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Nineteen Reasons for Fasting (Part 4 of 7)

Fasting for Discipline, for Protection against Lust and for Humility Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and … Continue reading

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Spiritual Exercises: An Eloquent Silence (1/2)

Silence: Language of Patience For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my … Continue reading

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Silent Shouts of Joy: Finding Peace & Contentment (1/3)

Silent Shouts of Joy Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, “Great is the LORD, who delights in the welfare of his servant!” [Psalm 35:27]. Where can we find real joy — … Continue reading

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Depression & Faith: How to Escape from a Prison of the Mind

Prison of the Mind A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of … Continue reading

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Mystical Echoes: Amplifying the Divine Silence

Divine Silence . . . divine silence might just be an expression of God’s preferred mode of interaction, and that we need not experience his silence as absence … if we live out our lives in the conviction that God … Continue reading

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The Life of Prayer: How to Pray without Ceasing (1/2)

Prayer, Awareness and Remembrance Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances. [1 Thessalonians 5:15-19 (NIRV)]. We often think of prayer as ritual postures, memorized phrases and supplication in times of need. However, praying is also a condition, an attitude, a … Continue reading

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A Rumi Belly: Ruminations on a Fasting Stomach

Rumi’s Fasting Stomach What hidden sweetness is found in this empty stomach! Man is like a lute, neither more nor less. When the lute’s stomach is full, It cannot lament, whether high or low. If your brain and stomach burn … Continue reading

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Fasting As an Attitude: Ten (10) Psychological Qualities of Fasting (2/2)

Ten (10) Psychological Qualities of Fasting (cont.) The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted … Continue reading

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Our Mirror of Desires: Reflections of Our Soul

 Reflections on a Mirror Do not merely listen to the word [of God], and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at … Continue reading

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God and Money — Integrity, Character and Wealth

Integrity, Character and Money Jesus Christ said more about money than about any other single thing because, when it comes to a man’s real nature, money is of first importance. Money is an exact index to a man’s true character. All … Continue reading

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