These include the healing that takes place through prayer, ascetical
practices and the charisms of healing, through sacraments and healing services, through a combination of medical and spiritual, social and systemic approaches, and through sensing the sustaining presence of the Holy Spirit, even when we accept and continue to struggle with illness and traumas.
Francis de Sales, complained that her prayer "is usually nothing but distractions and a little suffering, for what can a poor pitiful mind filled with all sorts of business do?' Yet at a time when she was suffering from interior trials, Cardinal de Berulle said after a conversation with her, "I have just been speaking with one of God's greatest lovers on earth." Father Robinson comments that ascetical
prayer is not always a very exciting business, and reading some of the passages from St.
In her final essay on "Types of Religious Life" (which really concerns types of piety), Mother Maria examines certain aspects of the church's inner life and the danger of a fascination with its institutional structures, rituals, esthetic beauties and ascetical
practices as ends in themselves to the detriment of a relationship to the Living Christ whose image is found in every person.
The group proposes a challenging ascetical
discipline: Unity will require our churches not only to renounce the selfishness that we all dislike and easily see as sin.
He believed that the will of man can be healed only through freedom and an ascetical
and creative effort, starting with a sacrificial commitment of the self to Christ and the Gospel that begins with Baptism and matures through a lifelong participation in the liturgical life of the Church.
RV 7.103.l and AV 4.11 foreshadow the narrower, technical application of the word in the prose yajus texts, the brahmanas, and the ritual sutras, viz., an ascetical
regimen undertaken by a yajamana or student, under the super intendence of Agni Vratapati.
For some years now, theologians, liturgists, ethicists, and those in religious education have begun to encourage Catholics away from ascetical
practices that have no demonstrable benefits and involve only a vertical relationship between God and the individual.
Vaggione's contribution to the reassessment of neo-Arianism in the present collection is a masterful essay in social and ascetical
between moral theology and ascetical
and mystical theology, a
While there are historical and theological materials in abundance to support the chapters "Bishop" and "Theologian," the ascetical
works and Festal Letters behind "Ascetic" and "Father" offer comparatively meager supplementary details.
During their involvement, ecumenists must follow various ascetical
practices: They repeatedly fast from celebrations of the eucharist when not in full communion with the presider; they spend their time and talents on lengthy study of positions that they only gradually understand; they endure the embarrassment and frustration that flow from the sins of both their own church communion and those of their dialogue partner's church communion as well; and frequently their efforts are feared or suspected by members of their own church.
abstentions are still cultivated in religious and political traditions often in the service of fundamentalisms that seek not only personal soteriological goals but also broader political re-framings of the world.