Private Devotions and Practices
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<FONT face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif">I'm posting part of my answer on another thread that didn't go over too well. Edited for this thread: Hopefully it will make sense here...</FONT>
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<FONT face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif">The path to spiritual perfection is not the same for every individual. We are uniquely made, with our own natural (and morally neutral) strengths and weaknesses. For some people, reading the Bible for 20 minutes every day would be more spiritually beneficial than fasting on bread and water. Hellfire sermons might help some people achieve sanctity, but a steady diet of them might crush the spirit of others. Wearing a hair shirt might make some people soar to sainthood, but for others it will only give them an itch.</FONT>
<FONT color=#000000 size=2></FONT><FONT face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif"> </FONT><FONT face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" color=#000000 size=2>Further, your "hair shirt" could be the person sitting next to you. It could be a cranky husband, wife, parent, or child, that you have to put up with everyday. It could be a lousy boss or an unforgiving friend. Growing in love of God and neighbor is often a lot harder than physical discomfort. Then again, the saints aren't saints for nothing. Their advice is trustworthy, when taken in proper context. Whatever path brings you the closest to Christ - with spiritual guidance - is the path you should take. </FONT><FONT face=Arial></FONT><FONT face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif"></FONT> <FONT face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif">- Lisa</FONT>
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Private Devotions and Practices - by Historian - 02-12-2009, 08:19 PM
Private Devotions and Practices - by Historian - 02-12-2009, 08:36 PM
Private Devotions and Practices - by Benno - 02-13-2009, 02:59 AM
Private Devotions and Practices - by Credo - 02-13-2009, 07:55 AM
Private Devotions and Practices - by SCG - 02-13-2009, 01:43 PM
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