Tag Archives: Lust

A Nice Place to Vomit: Notes for Mardi Gras 2015

Room to Vomit Eat and drink, saith he to thee; But his heart is not with thee. The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, And lose thy sweet words. [Proverbs 23:7-8]. Ancient Romans loved to eat and … Continue reading

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Lust, Fasting & Self-Control: Weaning the Soul from Desires

Lusts: Insatiable, Fleeting, Unsatisfying There is no satisfying lusts, even by a shower of gold pieces; he who knows that lusts have a short taste and cause pain, he is wise; even in the [supernal] pleasures [of the devas], he … Continue reading

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Gratitude: Rx for Complaining, Discontent & Stress

Think Thanks: Gratitude We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds [Psalm 75:1]. To paraphrase Meister Eckhart, the most important prayer in the world is just two words: “‘Thank … Continue reading

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Spiritual Silence: Controlling the Restless Mind

  A Mind at Ease Thus does a summer evening suggest idyllic thoughts, soothing even a restless mind with its assuagement, inducing even the soaring imagination to abide on earth with an indwelling yearning for home as the place from … Continue reading

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Hunger for God: Spiritual Appetite of the Soul

Hunger for God And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents … And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he … Continue reading

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A Hunger for Life — An Appetite for Death

Appetite for Life If you are able to fast, you will do well to observe some days beyond what are ordered by the Church, for besides the ordinary effect of fasting in raising the mind, subduing the flesh, confirming goodness, and obtaining … Continue reading

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Fasting, Discipline & Self-control: Willpower over Habits (1/2)

Fasting, Discipline & Willpower The regular fast, becoming a weekday exercise all year, is for me less an effort than a very agreeable way of life. I practice it with pleasure so appreciating its advantages that I regret its interruptions. [Adalbert de … Continue reading

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Captivity of the Spirit: Taking Faith into Custody

  The Mind in Captivity  You saw what I did to the Egyptians, and how I lifted you up on eagles’ wings and brought you to me. So now, if you faithfully obey me and stay true to my covenant, … Continue reading

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Kosher Hearts: Exercising Our Spiritual Palate

  Kosher Hearts Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and … Continue reading

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Science, Mental Health and Spiritual Well-being

Mental Health and Spirituality You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. [Psalm 139:16 (NLT)]. What is the optimum mental condition, … Continue reading

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