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  • Rita
    Lent is a time of new beginnings. Yes, we are to die to sin and all forms of selfishness. However, just as the seed that must first die before it shoots forth
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 2, 2003

       
       
      'Lent is a time of new beginnings. Yes, we are to die to sin and all forms of selfishness. However, just as the seed that must first die before it shoots forth with new life, we too die, in order that we may truly live...'
       
       
       
       
       
       

      ASCETIC    ( part 1 )
      Reflections on the Way of Self Sacrifice

      By An Anonymous Orthodox Author

       


       

       

      A boy once approached his father, ‘Old man, why do you fast?’  The father stood silent, bringing heart and mind together, and then:

       

                  ‘Beloved boy, I fast to know what it is I lack.

                  For day by day I sit in abundance, and

                        all is well before me;

                        I want not, I suffer not, and I

                        lack but that for which I invent a need.

                  But my heart is empty of true joy,

                        filled, yet overflowing with dry waters.

                  There is no room left for love.

                  I have no needs, and so my needs are never met,

                        no longings, and so my desires are never fulfilled.

                  Where all the fruits of the earth could dwell, I have

                        filled the house with dust and clouds;

                        It is full, so I am content—

                        But it is empty, and so I weep.

       

                  Thus I fast, beloved, to know the

                        dust in which I dwell.

                  I take not from that which I might take,

                  for in its absence I am left empty,

                        and what is empty stands ready to be

                        filled.

                  I turn from what I love, for my love is barren,

                        and by it I curse the earth.

                  I turn from what I love, that I may purify my loving,

                        and move from curse to blessing.

       

                  ‘From my abundance I turn to want,

                  as the soldier leaves the comfort of home,

                        of family and love,

                        to know the barrenness of war.

                  For it is only amongst the fight, in the

                        torture of loss, in the fire of battle,

                  that lies are lost and the blind man

                        clearly sees.

                  In hunger of body and mind, I see

                  the vanity of food,

                        for I have loved food as food,

                        and have never been fed.

                  In weary, waking vigil I see

                  the vanity of sleep,

                        for I have embraced sleep as desire,

                        and have never found rest.

                  In sorrow, with eyes of tears I see

                  the vanity of pleasure,

                        for I have treasured happiness above all,

                        and have never known joy.

       

                  ‘I fast, beloved child, to crush the wall

                        that is my self;

                  For I am not who I am, just as these passions

                        are not treasures of gold but of clay.

                  I fast to die, for it is not the living who are

                        raised, but the dead.

                  I fast to crucify my desires, for He who was

                        crucified was He who lived,

                        and He who conquered,

                        and He who lives forever.’

       
       
       
      ( I wish u all a very spiritual holy lent )
       
      God bless you
      Rita
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