Tag Archives: Pope Benedict XVI

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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Fasting As an Attitude: Ten (10) Psychological Qualities of Fasting (1/2)

 Ten (10) Psychological Qualities of Fasting And whoever does more good than he is bound to do does good unto himself thereby; for to fast is to do good unto yourselves — if you but knew it.  [Quran 2:184]. Our … 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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High-tech Lent: Filling Up on Apps Can Break Your Fast

Filling Up on Apps It seems abundantly clear that fasting represents an important ascetical practice, a spiritual arm to do battle against every possible disordered attachment to ourselves. Freely chosen detachment from the pleasure of food and other material goods helps … Continue reading

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Fasting Quotes: Catholic Popes and Saints (5/7)

(Updated 02/17/2015 ) Fasting Quotes: Catholic Popes and Saints   Saint Peter Chrysologus (c. 380 – c. 450) Saint Benedict (c. 480 – 547) Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098 – 1179) Saint Francis of Assisi  (1181/1182 – 1226) Saint Thomas Aquinas  (1225 – 1274) … Continue reading

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Spiritual Exercises in Christianity: Sacred Reading (Lectio Divina) (2/4)

Lectio Divina, Sacred Reading Let them remember, however, that prayer should accompany the reading of sacred scripture, so that it becomes a dialogue between God and the human reader. For, ‘we speak to him when we pray; we listen to him when we … Continue reading

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Affluence on an Empty Heart: Daily Bread of a Bloated Soul

  Affluence and the Bloated Soul Whoever has earthly possessions and notices a brother in need and yet withholds his compassion from him, how can the love of God be present in him?  [1 John 3:17]. Affluence and comforts constantly challenge our … Continue reading

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A Mind on Nutrition: The Thought of Eating Well

Spiritual Nutrition Just like you need physical food for physical strength, you need spiritual food for spiritual strength. The Bible describes itself as spiritual food — the water, milk, bread, and meat of our spiritual lives. It’s everything you need … Continue reading

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Holy Reading (Lectio Divina): Prayer, Scriptures & the Spirit of God

  Holy Reading of Scriptures There is one particular way of listening to what the Lord wishes to tell us in his word and of letting ourselves be transformed by the Spirit. It is what we call lectio divina. It consists of … Continue reading

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Spiritual Exercises to Strengthen Our Faith (3/5)

Spiritual Exercises (4-6) But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.  For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is … Continue reading

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Spiritual Exercises to Strengthen Our Faith (2/5)

  Spiritual Exercises (1-3) The first Annotation is that by this name of Spiritual Exercises is meant every way of examining one’s conscience, of meditating, of contemplating, of praying vocally and mentally, and of performing other spiritual actions … For … Continue reading

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Controlling the Mind: Self-esteem, Marketing & Media Manipulation (3/3)

  Protecting Our Spiritual Life from Media Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. [1 John 2:15]. Marked by contempt and irreverence for … Continue reading

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