Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Lenten Book - Way of The Ascetics



Way of the Ascetics for Lenten reading.

IF you wish to save your soul and win eternal life, arise from your lethargy, make the sign of the Cross and say:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Faith comes not through pondering but through action. Not words and speculation but experience teaches us what God is. To let in fresh air we have to open a window; to get tanned we must go out into the sunshine. Achieving faith is no different; we never reach a goal by just sitting in comfort and waiting, say the holy Fathers. Let the Prodigal Son be our example. He arose and came (Luke 15:20).

However weighed down and entangled in earthly fetters you may be, it can never be too late. Not without reason is it written that Abraham was seventy-five when he set forth, and the labourer who comes in the eleventh hour gets the same wages as the one who comes in the first.

Nor can it be too early. A forest fire cannot be put out too soon; would you see your soul ravaged and charred?

In baptism you received the command to wage the invisible warfare against the enemies of your soul; take it up now. Long enough have you dallied; sunk in indifference and laziness you have let much valuable time go to waste. Therefore you must begin again from the beginning: for you have let the purity you received in baptism be sullied in dire fashion.


Ignatian spirituality is my second love following a wise Irish priest's spiritual direction just before being recieved into the Catholic Church so I'm going to do this as well.

2 comments:

John Brown SJ said...

You may like this:

http://www.companionofjesus.com/animaignatiana/ai-penance.html

and

http://www.companionofjesus.com/mortification.html

Good Lenten reading!

The Cellarer said...

Many thanks for the links, looks like lots of other interesting material elsewhere on the site as well.