Tag : Asceticism

Written on May, 05, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Help the laity live as disciples of Christ who are confident and competent in their ability to shape the world of persons, events and things according to the Gospel and you have gone a long way toward fostering the spiritual and emotional health of the clergy.

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Written on Mar, 27, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

The evangelical fruit of our sacramental and ascetical life extends not simply to the soul but also to the body. But it doesn’t end there. Through our work, we also are called to bring the material world and human society into an ever greater conformity to the Kingdom of God.

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Written on Mar, 04, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Great Lent is a preparation not only to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. It is also a preparation for our personal and shared transformation in Christ; “first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also” (Matthew 23:26, NKJV). God transforms the Christian from the inside out. And why wouldn’t He? In baptism He has not only joined us to Himself, He has come to dwell in our hearts. The ascetical life builds in the presence of Christ in us.

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Written on Sep, 21, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Asceticism is natural to us. Ascetical struggle isn’t something super-added to human life. It is rather the means that God has given us to become who we are already. Or maybe even better, asceticism is our natural response as creatures to God’s love.

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