Tag Archives: Thomas à Kempis

Life à la Mode: Fads, Fashions & the Latest Trend

Living from Trend to Trend   And he said to them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses. [Luke 12:15 (NKJV)]. Celebrities, technological innovations and glamorous possessions … 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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Silence of the Mind: Listening to Divine Whispers

Silence of the Mind We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and … Continue reading

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Reframing Reality: Putting Controls on Our Lifestyle by Fasting

Fasting & Controlling Our Life And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes. [Daniel 9:3] We are not left untested when we simply make an intellectual declaration … 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: Patience (5)

Patience: Guardian of Virtues But as for that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance. [Luke 8:15]. Our capacity … Continue reading

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Performance-Enhancing Thoughts (PETs): Gratitude (2)

Performance Enhancing Thoughts: Gratitude If we look carefully at the difference between the miserable and those who enjoy life we see that it is gratitude. … Gratitude is the key to joy, and joy is the happiness that does not … Continue reading

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Return of the Lost-found Soul (3/3)

The Lost-found Soul … The house of my soul is too small to receive you; let it be enlarged by you. It is all in ruins; do you repair it. There are things in it – I confess and I know … Continue reading

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On a Mission for Peace: Finding Our Soul in the Dark (1/3)

Know Your Soul Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” [Jeremiah 6:16]. What is this thing … Continue reading

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Controlling Stress, Anxiety & Depression by Fasting (1/2)

Fasting, Abstinence & Lifestyle O God. Give me the power to be strengthened inwardly and to empty my heart of all vain care and anxiety, so that I may not be drawn away by many desires, whether for precious things … Continue reading

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Eating Life Away: Aging and Oxidation

  Aging & Oxidation — People Rusting Away Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding? [Job 12:12 NIV]. Is there a relationship between faith and aging? Is it accurate to say that the more we eat, … Continue reading

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Mercy: God’s Greatest Gift to Mankind

Mercy of God The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy . . . For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far … 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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Knowledge of the Holy: The Ultimate Science (2/2)

  Knowledge & Divine Reality He who truly knows is the one in whom sound actions, pure supplications, truthfulness and precaution speak out; not his tongue, his debates, his comparisons, assertions or claims. In times other than these, those who … Continue reading

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Numbing Our Conscience: Hypocrisy @ Home & Work (1/2)

Hypocrisy and Our Conscience It is ironic to me that perhaps no religion has produced more hypocrites than Christianity. It is also painful to me — there is so much hypocrisy in me. It is both convicting and comforting that … Continue reading

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Gluttony: Camouflaging Anxiety & Despair (1/2)

Gluttony and Our Spirit O Children of Adam! Look to your adornment at every place of worship, and eat and drink, but be not prodigal. Lo! He loveth not the prodigals. [Quran 7:31]. Gluttony is a detour into unrestrained immersion … 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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Habits of the Palates: Trained to Crave

Habits of the Palates Let works of piety, therefore, be our delight, and let us be filled with those kinds of food which feed us for eternity. [Pope Leo the Great (on Lent II)]. We don’t know how to eat. We … Continue reading

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Fasting Works: How to Put Faith into Action

Fasting Works 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 of him. For a true fast, you cannot fast … Continue reading

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