Tag Archives: John Calvin

Nineteen Reasons for Fasting (Part 7/7)

Fasting: Divinely Approved and Rewarded And this shall be to you a law for all time: In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall practice self-affliction…For on this day atonement shall be made for you … Continue reading

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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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Nineteen Reasons for Fasting (Part 3 of 7)

Fasting for Guidance, for Help in Prayer and for Physical Healing Under special difficulties, or when in great need of, or great longings after, any particular mercy, for yourself or others, set apart a day for secret prayer and fasting by … Continue reading

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The Clear Mind: Dissolving Regret, Guilt and Shame

The Clear Mind In our members there is a slumbering inclination toward desire, which is both sudden and fierce. With irresistible power desire seizes mastery … a secret, smouldering fire is kindled…. At this moment God is quite unreal to us, … 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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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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Pride and the Fasting Ego: “What’s in It for Me?”

Pride and the Fasting Ego Abba Isidore said, “If you fast regularly, do not be inflated with pride; if you think highly of yourself because of it, then you had better eat meat. It is better for a man to … Continue reading

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Lent & Affluence: Fasting with a Silver Spoon in Your Mouth

. Lent and the Affluent Heart Fasting makes sense if it really affects our security, and also if a benefit to others comes from it, if it helps us to grow in the spirit of the Good Samaritan, who bends … Continue reading

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Fasts & Diets: Cosmetic, Therapeutic and Spiritual Fasting

Dietary, Therapeutic and Spiritual Fasting Penitential fasting is obviously something very different from a therapeutic diet, but in its own way it can be considered therapy for the soul. In fact practiced as a sign of conversion, it helps one … Continue reading

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Old Age: Autumn of Our Body, Springtime of Our Soul

Old Age Wisdom The abbot Daniel used to say, “Even as the body flourishes, so does the soul become withered: and when the body is withered, then does the soul put forth leaves.” [Sayings of the Desert Fathers]. The autumn of … Continue reading

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Spiritual Health & Healing: Remission by Forgiveness (1/2)

Remission and Forgiveness Our God, you bless everyone whose sins you forgive and wipe away. You bless them by saying, “You told me your sins, without trying to hide them, and now I forgive you.” Before I confessed my sins, my … Continue reading

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Spiritual Wisdom: Insight into the Unseen

Spiritual Wisdom He granteth wisdom unto whom He wills: and whoever is granted wisdom has indeed been granted wealth abundant. But none bears this in mind save those who are endowed with insight. [Quran 2:269]. What is the difference between information, knowledge and wisdom? … Continue reading

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Intercessory Prayer: Fasting and Abstinence (6/7)

Fasting and Prayer So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes. [Daniel 9:3(NIV)]. Fasting and intercessory prayers are often found together in Scripture. Abstinence and voluntary … Continue reading

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Intercessory Prayer: Sacred Vows and Promises to God (4/7)

Intercessory Prayer: Vows & Promises to God Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them; let all the neighboring lands bring gifts to the One to be feared. [Psalm 76:11 (NIV)]. Our life of faith can be seen as … Continue reading

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Gift of Repentance: Turning to God (1/2)

Repentance: Turning to God Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your … Continue reading

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Willpower, Temptations and Attrition of Self-esteem

Willpower, Temptations and  Self-esteem There he [Jesus] told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.” [Luke 22:40 ]. Temptations prompt us to accept behavior inimical to our well-being. These and enticements are precursors to what our conscience considers reprehensible … Continue reading

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Fasting and Repentance: Turning the Heart

Fasting and Repentance … Repentance is a contract with God for a second life. A penitent is a buyer of humility. Repentance is constant distrust of bodily comfort … Repentance is the daughter of hope and the renunciation of despair. … Continue reading

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Fasting Defined: Etymology & Purpose of Devotional Fasting (1/3)

Etymology & Purpose of Religious Fasting A holy and lawful fast has three ends in view. We use it either to mortify and subdue the flesh, that it may not wanton, or to prepare the better for prayer and holy … Continue reading

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Piety pi: From the Silent Pulpit to the Pious Pew (2/2)

From the Silent Pulpit to the Pious Pew  This, and this alone, is Christianity, a universal holiness in every part of life, a heavenly wisdom in all our actions, not conforming to the spirit and temper of the world but … Continue reading

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