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Why don’t we fast during the week of the Publican and the Pharisee?

Why don’t we fast during the week of the Publican and the Pharisee? By cancelling the Wednesday and Friday fast during the week of the Publican and the Pharisee, the holy Church desires to keep us from pharisaical self-complacency, when the formal observation of Church rules (fasting, prayer rule, and church attendance) becomes the goal… Continue reading Why don’t we fast during the week of the Publican and the Pharisee?

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Penthos: The Lenten Journey To Joy – part 2

Penthos: The Lenten Journey To Joy PART 2 John Cassian has 3 important pages on compunction in his 9th conference on prayer. Here is #29,1,2 (p.347): “Compunction arises from the contemplation of eternal goods and the desire for that future glory, for the sake of which, too, abundant fountains of tears erupt out of irrepressible… Continue reading Penthos: The Lenten Journey To Joy – part 2