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michael jaffray king
I was absolutely thrilled to hear of your experiences and especially that of the mid 70's man..
I for one need to experience such a Purgatorial three day event as I sit comfortably in my new flat sipping my coffee and writing this short comment.
I humbly take off my hat to Saint Patrick and all these pilgrims who keep this Purgatorial experience alive. God bless them and Lord help us to be willing to forsake some of our comfortable ways so as to experience the closeness to our Creator that these Pilgrims so obviously feel as they put on their socks and shoes and climb into the boat that takes them back to the mainland.
8/5/2010 11:54:18 PM
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mary
How wonderful to place Purgatory in the project! We so need to hear about it and be encouraged to repent for our sins! God bless all of you working for His honor and glory! So looking forward to the completed work!!
8/15/2010 8:12:08 PM
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Karen Genest
Yes, it's an excellent idea to practice penance along the lines of denying self. I suggest a little, ordinary penance which can be practiced on a regular routine: Upon feeling attracted to a pleasure of some kind, especially when it's certainly affordable and/or readily at hand, and when the thought of having it produces a feeling of delight, say simply, "No, Lord. I want you instead." Then go on your way without it.
8/23/2010 2:42:51 PM
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Ryan Mann
Great take on upholding the truth of a fallen world and how true joy comes from suffering to be redeemed that is reordered so our powers play the song of God
9/9/2010 10:08:10 AM
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David
I read something by Luigi Giussani that described asceticism as the detachment from worldly goods that might have served a purpose for you at one time but now only impede you from embracing a closer friendship with God. I find this form of asceticism to make a lot of sense.

While I would not say that other forms of asceticism do not serve a good purpose for people, I am less trustful of them. Denying yourself food or sleep for a day might provide an opportunity for greater holiness. It might also become a form of "extreme sport" that encourages pride.
9/20/2010 9:04:26 AM
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yunn
While I would not say that other forms of asceticism do not serve a good purpose for people, I am less trustful of them. Denying yourself food or sleep for a day might provide an opportunity for greater holiness. It might also become a form of "extreme sport" that encourages pride.
9/20/2010 9:04:26 AM
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