belleo's blog listings. From darkness to light Zend_Feed_Writer 1.10.8 (http://framework.zend.com) http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo Fasting , drawing closer to God ON FASTING St. John Chrysostom The value of fasting consists not only in avoiding certain foods, but in giving up of sinful practices. The person who limits his fast only to abstaining from meat is the one who especially lowers the value of it. 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 only with your mouth. You must fast with your eye, your ear, your feet, your hands, and all parts of your body. You fast with your hands by keeping them pure from doing greedy things. You fast with your feet by not going to see forbidden shows or plays. You fast with your eyes by not letting them look upon impure pictures. Because if this is forbidden or unlawful, it mars your fast and threatens the safety of your soul. But if you look at things which are lawful and save you increase your fast, for what you see with your eye influences your conduct. It would be very stupid to eliminate or give up meat and other foods because of the fast but feed with your eyes upon other things which are forbidden. You don't eat meat, you say. But you allow yourself to lis- ten to lewd things. You must fast with your ears, too. Another way of fasting with your ears is not to listen to those who speak evil or untrue things about others. "Thou shalt not receive an idle report. "This is especially true of rumors, gossip, untruths which are spoken to harm another. Besides fasting with your mouth by not eating certain foods, your mouth should also fast from foul language or telling lies about others. For what good is it if you don't eat meat or poultry, and yet you bite and devour your fellow man?
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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:40:14 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/04/15/fasting_,_drawing_closer_to_god_ http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/04/15/fasting_,_drawing_closer_to_god_ ON FASTING St. John Chrysostom The value of fasting consists not only in avoiding certain foods, but in giving up of sinful practices. The person who limits his fast only to abstaining from meat is the one who especially lowers the value of it. 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 only with your mouth. You must fast with your eye, your ear, your feet, your hands, and all parts of your body. You fast with your hands by keeping them pure from doing greedy things. You fast with your feet by not going to see forbidden shows or plays. You fast with your eyes by not letting them look upon impure pictures. Because if this is forbidden or unlawful, it mars your fast and threatens the safety of your soul. But if you look at things which are lawful and save you increase your fast, for what you see with your eye influences your conduct. It would be very stupid to eliminate or give up meat and other foods because of the fast but feed with your eyes upon other things which are forbidden. You don't eat meat, you say. But you allow yourself to lis- ten to lewd things. You must fast with your ears, too. Another way of fasting with your ears is not to listen to those who speak evil or untrue things about others. "Thou shalt not receive an idle report. "This is especially true of rumors, gossip, untruths which are spoken to harm another. Besides fasting with your mouth by not eating certain foods, your mouth should also fast from foul language or telling lies about others. For what good is it if you don't eat meat or poultry, and yet you bite and devour your fellow man?
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About Metanoia

Could you tell me what the definition of Metanoia is? Somebody told me it has to do with conversion but I never heard this term used before?

Metanoia is considered fundamental to the pursuit of authentic Christian perfection. Simply put, it is a term from the Greek metanoein (“to change one’s mind, repent, be converted”) that is used in the NT for conversion. It entails true repentance of sin and the subsequent turning toward the Lord. There is a complete change in one's life, turning from unbelief to belief, a change of heart from sin to the practice of the virtues, and the zealous demonstration of that faith through baptism, confession, and a worthy penance. Metanoia is commonly used in the Greek NT, especially in the preaching of the Apostles.

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Could you tell me what the definition of Metanoia is? Somebody told me it has to do with conversion but I never heard this term used before?

Metanoia is considered fundamental to the pursuit of authentic Christian perfection. Simply put, it is a term from the Greek metanoein (“to change one’s mind, repent, be converted”) that is used in the NT for conversion. It entails true repentance of sin and the subsequent turning toward the Lord. There is a complete change in one's life, turning from unbelief to belief, a change of heart from sin to the practice of the virtues, and the zealous demonstration of that faith through baptism, confession, and a worthy penance. Metanoia is commonly used in the Greek NT, especially in the preaching of the Apostles.

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There is value ... The value of fasting consists not only in avoiding certain foods, but in giving up of sinful practices. The person who limits his fast only to abstaining from meat is the one who especially lowers the value of it. 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 only with your mouth. You must fast with your eye, your ear, your feet, your hands, and all parts of your body. You fast with your hands by keeping them pure from doing greedy things. You fast with your feet by not going to see forbidden shows or plays. You fast with your eyes by not letting them look upon impure pictures. Because if this is forbidden or unlawful, it mars your fast and threatens the safety of your soul. But if you look at things which are lawful and save you increase your fast, for what you see with your eye influences your conduct. It would be very stupid to eliminate or give up meat and other foods because of the fast but feed with your eyes upon other things which are forbidden. You don't eat meat, you say. But you allow yourself to lis- ten to lewd things. You must fast with your ears, too. Another way of fasting with your ears is not to listen to those who speak evil or untrue things about others. "Thou shalt not receive an idle report. "This is especially true of rumors, gossip, untruths which are spoken to harm another. Besides fasting with your mouth by not eating certain foods, your mouth should also fast from foul language or telling lies about others. For what good is it if you don't eat meat or poultry, and yet you bite and devour your fellow man?
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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:34:36 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/04/14/there_is_value_... http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/04/14/there_is_value_... The value of fasting consists not only in avoiding certain foods, but in giving up of sinful practices. The person who limits his fast only to abstaining from meat is the one who especially lowers the value of it. 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 only with your mouth. You must fast with your eye, your ear, your feet, your hands, and all parts of your body. You fast with your hands by keeping them pure from doing greedy things. You fast with your feet by not going to see forbidden shows or plays. You fast with your eyes by not letting them look upon impure pictures. Because if this is forbidden or unlawful, it mars your fast and threatens the safety of your soul. But if you look at things which are lawful and save you increase your fast, for what you see with your eye influences your conduct. It would be very stupid to eliminate or give up meat and other foods because of the fast but feed with your eyes upon other things which are forbidden. You don't eat meat, you say. But you allow yourself to lis- ten to lewd things. You must fast with your ears, too. Another way of fasting with your ears is not to listen to those who speak evil or untrue things about others. "Thou shalt not receive an idle report. "This is especially true of rumors, gossip, untruths which are spoken to harm another. Besides fasting with your mouth by not eating certain foods, your mouth should also fast from foul language or telling lies about others. For what good is it if you don't eat meat or poultry, and yet you bite and devour your fellow man?
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Seven Last Words Of Jesus

1.    "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do."  Lk. 23: 34  Pater, dimitte illis, quia nesciunt, quid faciunt.

 

2.   "This day thou shalt be with me in Paradise."  Hodie mecum eris in Paradiso.  Lk. 23: 43

 

The Pieta, Jesus Christ, The Catholic Church3.   "Woman, behold thy son."  Mulier, ecce filius tuus.  Jn. 19: 26-7

 

4.   "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?"  Deus meus, Deus meus, utquid dereliquisti me?  Mk. 15: 34 (Mt. 27: 46)

 

5.   "I thirst."  Sitio.  Jn. 19: 28.

 

6.   "It is finished."  Consummatum est.  Jn 19: 30

 

7.   "Into thine hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit."  In manus tuas, Domine, commendo spiritum meum.  Lk. 23:

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1.    "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do."  Lk. 23: 34  Pater, dimitte illis, quia nesciunt, quid faciunt.

 

2.   "This day thou shalt be with me in Paradise."  Hodie mecum eris in Paradiso.  Lk. 23: 43

 

The Pieta, Jesus Christ, The Catholic Church3.   "Woman, behold thy son."  Mulier, ecce filius tuus.  Jn. 19: 26-7

 

4.   "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?"  Deus meus, Deus meus, utquid dereliquisti me?  Mk. 15: 34 (Mt. 27: 46)

 

5.   "I thirst."  Sitio.  Jn. 19: 28.

 

6.   "It is finished."  Consummatum est.  Jn 19: 30

 

7.   "Into thine hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit."  In manus tuas, Domine, commendo spiritum meum.  Lk. 23:

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Easter Wings

Easter Wings

By George Herbert

Lord, who createdst man in wealth and store,
      Though foolishly he lost the same,
            Decaying more and more,
                  Till he became
                        Most poore:
                        With thee
                  O let me rise
            As larks, harmoniously,
      And sing this day thy victories:
Then shall the fall further the flight in me.

My tender age in sorrow did beginne
      And still with sicknesses and shame.
            Thou didst so punish sinne,
                  That I became
                        Most thinne.
                        With thee
                  Let me combine,
            And feel thy victorie:
         For, if I imp my wing on thine,
Affliction shall advance the flight in me.
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Easter Wings

By George Herbert

Lord, who createdst man in wealth and store,
      Though foolishly he lost the same,
            Decaying more and more,
                  Till he became
                        Most poore:
                        With thee
                  O let me rise
            As larks, harmoniously,
      And sing this day thy victories:
Then shall the fall further the flight in me.

My tender age in sorrow did beginne
      And still with sicknesses and shame.
            Thou didst so punish sinne,
                  That I became
                        Most thinne.
                        With thee
                  Let me combine,
            And feel thy victorie:
         For, if I imp my wing on thine,
Affliction shall advance the flight in me.
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