A Farewell to Arms

what did Henry mean by "It is in defeat that we become Christian."?

In the chapter 25, on page 178, in the line 28

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Henry believes that people only become gentle and Christian in defeat. Humbleness and enlightenment come from the meek and not the strong (Blessed be the meek for that shall inherit the earth...) I also think that this statement has something to do with Catherine. Henry feels defeated not being able to be with her and hence vulnerable. It is this vulnerability and defeat that he equates to being a Christian.