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Written Word > Articles & Commentaries > March 2010 > John Paul II and "Taking the Discipline"
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Frank Lane
Father Barron,

Thank you for the explanation. I thought that in some ways people who wish to be in better shape don't give a second thought to the pain incurred when they work out, whether with weights in a gym or long distance running. So, the idea of JP II "religious exercises" to deepen his understanding of God may not seem so strange.
3/24/2010 5:52:17 PM
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Brenda Miller
There is truth in the bible verse...the body is willing, but the flesh is weak. I'm slowly learning how to make sacrifices to deepen my spiritual experiences.
4/15/2010 4:46:19 PM
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John . Flipsen
Dear Father . Tonight I did hear you speak of the spiritual Disciplines . Such as the Jesus Prayer , The Rosary lead to contemplation . Many of our spiritual writers are saying the same such as John of The Cross . Teresa of Avila . Theresa of Liseux .Thank you for your program on Salt+light TV tonight .Greeting and Prayer John
5/18/2010 9:24:18 PM
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Bonnie Waletzko
Thank you, Father; your down-to-earth explanations are so helpful in bringing us closer-to-Heaven; may the grace of God continue to guide you daily so you may chose the right words always in your writings.
Bonnie Waletzko
6/4/2010 8:46:49 AM
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This is an interesting and insightful reflection on these issues. Thank you for sharing.
7/4/2010 11:25:28 PM
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While I don't think Pope John Paul II needed to enforce discipline upon himself, I don't view this as a psychological issue. John Paul's faith was so rock solid that he felt as thought he should punish himself for any sort of "wrong-doing" he felt he took part in. There's no other analysis needed.

Should he have went as far as he did? Probably not! Was it justified? Not really. . .but I see where he was coming from. He felt THAT devoted to God.
2/4/2011 2:33:20 PM
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