It has been very common to allege this as a reason for the self-dedication of nuns: and it is always a handy missile to throw.
The language in question may be considered as expressive of self-dedication.
Every sacrifice contemplated in this self-dedication had to be made.
But the self-dedication must be made at once, and it must be complete.
We may produce, however, a striking document of self-dedication which belongs to this period.
The modern man or woman can combine the Greek ideal of self-development with the Christian ideal of self-dedication.
He speaks much of the death of self, of purity of heart, and of self-dedication to God.
late 14c., "action of dedicating," from Old French dedicacion (14c., Modern French dédication) "consecration of a church or chapel," or directly from Latin dedicationem, noun of action from dedicare (see dedicate). Meaning "the giving of oneself to some purpose" is c.1600; as an inscription in a book, etc., from 1590s.