Tag Archives: Moses Maimonides

Nineteen Reasons for Fasting (Part 6 of 7)

Fasting to Overcome Habits, for Solitude and to Chastise the Body Do you fast? Prove it by doing good works. If you see someone in need, take pity on them. If you see a friend being honored, don’t get jealous … Continue reading

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Fasting, Asceticism & God-consciousness

Fasting and Spiritual Discipline Renounce yourself in order to follow Christ; discipline your body; do not pamper yourself, but love fasting. [The Rule of St. Benedict, The Instruments of Good Works, Ch. 4]. Every major religion has a small segment … Continue reading

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Performance Enhancing Thoughts: Charity (6)

Charity: Language of the Heart  And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. [1 Peter 4:8 (KJV)]. To most of us, the practice of charity consists of contributions to worthy causes and making … Continue reading

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Principles Beyond Pleasure: The Reality of Divine Joy

Pleasure of God Thou dost show me the path of life; in Thy presence there is fulness of joy, in Thy right hand are pleasures for evermore. [Psalm 16:1]. A gap, perhaps an abyss, exists between our daily life and … Continue reading

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Gluttony: A Life of Chomping, Urges & Gulps (2/2)

Guilty of Gluttony? [Gluttony,] according to the teaching of the Angelic Doctor, [St. Thomas Aquinas] may happen in five ways which are set forth in the scholastic verse: “Prae-propere, laute, nimis, ardenter, studiose”:… too soon, too expensively, too much, too … Continue reading

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Spiritual Food: Nourishment of the Heart

Spiritual Food and Divine Awareness Know, O inquirer after the divine secrets, that there are two things needful to man in this world; first of all, he needs to acquire spiritual food to preserve his heart from perishing. The nourishment … Continue reading

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Wealth, Weight & Fat: Easing the Burden of Affluence

  Spiritual Health and Wealth Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God … when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and … Continue reading

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Fasting Quotes: Other Jewish Sources (3/7)

Fasting Quotes: Other Jewish Sources Fasting in post-biblical Judaism offered holiness and obedience in the absence of sacrificial ritual services and prayers associated with the Temple. It also helped to preserve the separate and distinct character of the Jewish people … Continue reading

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Mystical Experience: The Divine Presence

  Divine Presence So a man must be penetrated with the divine presence, and be shaped through and through with the shape of the God he loves, and be present in him, so that God’s presence may shine out to … Continue reading

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