Friday, March 27, 2009

The 26th Day: Forbid Obsessive Thoughts

Dear Parish Faithful,

GREAT LENT - The Twenty-Sixth Day

It is beyond our power to prevent obsessive thoughts
from troubling and disturbing the soul.
But it is within our power to forbid such imaginings
to linger within
and to forbid such obsessions to control us.

Withdrawal from the world means two things:
the withering away of our obsessions
and the revelation of the life that is hidden in Christ.

- St. Theodore the Ascetic (7th c.)

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