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The Healing Power of Asceticism
Recovering an authentic understanding of the meaning and purpose of asceticism in the Orthodox Christian life
I have given this talk at several parish retreats during the past year, with the final retreat having been given in Chicago at the beginning of this month. Since there remain no future retreats to spoil, I thought I would post a recording of the talk now.
In the talk, I first discuss some of the more common challenges, pitfalls, and misunderstandings which we modern Americans might face when encountering the ascetic practices of the Holy Orthodox Church. Second, I try to present a healthy, balanced, and authentic approach to asceticism — in the spirit intended by our holy fathers and mothers who have begotten us in the faith. Finally, I attempt to briefly apply such an approach to some of the more common forms of ascetic practice which we Orthodox Christians seek to incorporate into our daily lives.
I sincerely thank St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Franklin, TN for hosting the first retreat and providing us with this video recording.
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