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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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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 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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Fasting: A Personal Exodus into a Private Promised Land

 Fasting: A Spiritual Exodus . . . Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein. And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and … Continue reading

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Soberness of Fasting in an Intoxicated Reality

Sobering Up by Fasting The purpose of fasting is to loosen to some degree the ties which bind us to the world of material things and our surroundings as a whole, in order that we may concentrate all our spiritual … Continue reading

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Fasting for Spiritual Awareness and God-consciousness

Understanding God-consciousness  . . . fasting is useful as atoning for and preventing sin, and as raising the mind to spiritual things. And everyone is bound by the natural dictate of reason to practice fasting as far as it is necessary … Continue reading

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Virtual Pavlov – Conditioning the Salivating Heart (2/2)

Manipulating the Heart Our emotions are constantly being aroused, tantalized and exploited by marketers. Even great works of art and music, originally designed for far nobler purposes, are today used to reach deep into our hearts and manipulate our moods … Continue reading

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Virtual Pavlov – Conditioning the Salivating Heart (1/2)

Conditioning the Heart Lord, teach me to listen. The times are noisy and my ears are weary with the thousand raucous sounds which continuously assault them. Give me the spirit of the boy Samuel when he said to Thee, “Speak, … Continue reading

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Patience and Perseverance: Enduring Contemporary Tribulation

Patience and Perseverance O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! [Deuteronomy 5:29]. Our intent … Continue reading

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Fasting Defined: A Timeless & Universal Discipline (3/3)

Fasting: Timeless Worship O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.  [Qur’an 2:183]. Intrinsic Virtue Fasting marks the Day of Atonement, Lent and Ramadan, during which … Continue reading

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