In this lesson we use the Scriptures and Catechism and saintly writings to prepare us for the great and holy fast that begins tomorrow on Ash Wednesday. Today is Shrove Tuesday also known as Fat Tuesday. We will be praying in a special way today in reparation for those who profane this day at Mardi Gras. To that end, we will learn more about Devotions of Reparation to the Holy Face of Jesus.
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On the final day before Ash Wednesday, we prepare our hearts to embrace 40 days of intense prayer, fasting, and almsgiving for the glory of God in reparation for our own many offenses, sins, and negligences and those of the entire world. In the Gospel reading for today our Lord affirms the necessity of Faith: “Your faith has saved you.” Yet, we must also ensure that we produce good works, for “…every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire” (Matthew 4:8,10). During this season, the Church strongly encourages almsgiving for the poor as penance.
Seeking to follow the example of St. Agatha who was awarded the crown of glory in Heaven, we strive to disciples our senses during this Lenten Season. The following is an excerpt from Chapter 4: Discipline of the Senses in “Practical Spirituality” by Hegomen Athanasius Iskander:
Theophan the Recluse likens man to a king (the soul) who lives in a castle (the body). The castle has 5 windows and a door. The 5 windows are the 5 senses. The door is the mind. The enemy can not enter into the castle except through the windows or the door. If these are closed shut, the enemy can not enter into the castle.
Through these windows, the salesman of sin can bring in samples of different experiences or sensations that bring delights to the soul. Out of these, the soul bundles together a circle of comfort and pleasure (fun). The soul comes to consider this circle of pleasure as its primary good and goal. In this way, the order of things becomes inverted, and instead of seeking God and His Kingdom, the soul seeks comforts and pleasures (fun).
A person who seeks to start on the road of spiritual perfection, has to re-establish the original order of life; to find comfort in God and not in fun. Sometimes we take this decision, yet the struggle is long and difficult. After years of pleasing and pandering to one’s self, it is very difficult to wean the soul from the bad habits it had acquired over the years. Disciplining the senses is crucial for success in this struggle to re-establish the normal order of things within oneself.
Each sense has its pleasant and unpleasant subjects. The soul delights in pleasurable things, and becoming addicted to them always lusts after them. In this way, each sense introduces into the soul several lusts or passionate attachments. These lusts lie dormant in the soul until the object of lust is once again experience... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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