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- n. self-discipline
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Selfdiscipline; self-denial.
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- n. rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint
The elusive but seductive goal of this intellectual ascesis is to turn us into anthropologists of our own culture and historians of our own present.
The life of spiritual discipline designed for the purpose—prayer, liturgy, sacrifice, devotions—is called ascesis, and the monastic tradition, especially of Eastern Christianity, exists to enable some people to devote their lives to it, both for their own salvation and as a sign to the rest of us of what we must make out of our own lives in the world.
The early ascetics take their name from their training in ascesis, the Greek word for "athletic discipline," but now it came to be chiefly a term applied to early Christian spiritual renunciation and obedience.
It also does this by its vulgarity and childishness that corrodes the notion of the seriousness of life and the need for ascesis self-discipline, all of which are fundamental elements that maintain family cohesion and stability.
The courses also teach the importance of ascesis, of renouncing some things in order to grow and develop in the search for a higher good.
"The ways of the image and the emblem are opposed; the final line is not a rhetorical statement of reconciliation but an anguished question; it is our perilous fate not to know if the glimpses of unity which we perceive at times can be made more permanent by natural ways or by the ascesis of renunciation, by images or emblem" (202).
The "radical spiritual ascesis" that Rome must undertake is what?
In other words, Mike, as a good and devout RC, thinks that spiritual ascesis for the Orthodox will lead Orthodox to accept Roman Catholic dogma.
The spiritual ascesis Mike wants from the Orthodox is one in which we refrain from our "rejectionism" of various sorts, and develop our ecclesiology to the point where we can accept the above statements of Vat I and the other RCC dogmas we have problems with and state that there is nothing false found in them.
Perhaps such a prayer might be better heard if we resume serious ascesis when "ordinary" time resumes after the Easter season.
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