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.
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?
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
3. "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:
The Effect of Childhood Experiences
The relationship people have with authority is often linked to the relationship they had as children with their parents. When this was difficult the children may be left with a lasting anger and suspicion of all authority. They will rebel against a leader. The relationship is a complicated one and it is hard to talk together with simplicity and truth because everything is colored by childish fears and attitudes.
Jean Vanier, Community and Growth, p. 235
Religious leaders, priests, ministers, rabbis, and imams can be admired and revered but also hated and despised. We expect that our religious leaders will bring us closer to God through their prayers, teaching, and guidance. Therefore, we watch their behavior carefully and listen critically to their words. But precisely because we expect them, often without fully realising it, to be superhuman, we are easily disappointed or even feel betrayed when they prove to be just as human as we are. Thus, our unmitigated admiration quickly turns into unrestrained anger.
Let's try to love our religious leaders, forgive them their faults, and see them as brothers and sisters. Then we will enable them, in their brokenness, to lead us closer to the heart of God.
Evil is the lack (or privation) of a good that should be present in a thing. For example, blindness is a physical evil because it is the absence of the ability to see, which is proper to a human being. In moral terms, sin is the absence of a particular virtue in a person. As such, evil is not something that exists in itself; it is merely the absence of the good (see Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 309, 314).
This classical definition, formulated by St. Thomas Aquinas in the thirteenth century, was the result of centuries of thought and the refinement of complex formulas into this simple, objective explanation.
Christ in My Life Each day you give me so many opportunities to choose love, to choose to act as you would act, to choose to give glory to God and further your Kingdom by denying my selfish tendencies and putting my life and talents at the service of my neighbor. And yet, like Pilate, I squirm out of these opportunities – or like the chief priests, I self-righteously misuse them. No more, Jesus. Thy will be done…
How magnificently you must love me to suffer all this for my sake! It wasn’t enough to give me the universe as my sandbox; you give me yourself as well. How can I number the gifts you have lavished upon me? Of all your immense majesty, what moves me most is this gentle and tireless love you show me. Thank you, Lord…
Mary, did it pain you to hear the crowds ratify their leaders’ decision? Did it pain you to see your Son, our Savior, at the mercy of a fickle and ambitious politician? Did you wince when they whipped your Son till the blood flowed? Did you weep when his own people rejected him? Mother of sorrows, teach me to love Jesus and to love as Jesus loved
Being Handed Over to Suffering
People who live close together can be sources of great sorrow for one another. When Jesus chose his twelve apostles, Judas was one of them. Judas is called a traitor. A traitor, according to the literal meaning of the Greek word for "betraying," is someone who hands the other over to suffering.
The truth is that we all have something of the traitor in us because each of us hands our fellow human beings over to suffering somehow, somewhere, mostly without intending or even knowing it. Many children, even grown-up children, can experience deep anger toward their parents for having protected them too much or too little. When we are willing to confess that we often hand those we love over to suffering, even against our best intentions, we will be more ready to forgive those who, mostly against their will, are the causes of our pain
Some saints’ names are far more familiar to us than others, but even the lives of obscure holy persons teach us something.
And so it is with St. Casilda, the daughter of a Muslim leader in Toledo, Spain, in the 10th century. Casilda was herself raised as a Muslim and showed special kindness to Christian prisoners. She became ill as a young woman but was not convinced that any of the local Arab doctors could cure her. So, she made a pilgrimage to the shrine of San Vicenzo in northern Spain. Like so many other people who made their way there—many of them suffering from hemorrhages—Casilda sought the healing waters of the shrine. We’re uncertain what brought her to the shrine, but we do know that she left it relieved of illness.
In response, she became a Christian and lived a life of solitude and penance not far from the miraculous spring. It’s said that she lived to be 100 years old. Her death likely occurred around the year 1050.
Tensions between Muslims and Christians have often existed throughout history, sometimes resulting in bloody conflict. Through her quiet, simple life Casilda served her Creator—first in one faith, then another
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