Lent with the Desert Fathers: How Should One Fast?

A Word from the Desert “Abba Joseph asked Abba Poeman: ‘How should one fast?’ And Abba Poeman said: ‘For my part I think it is better that one should eat every day, but only a little, so as not to be satisfied.’ Abba Joseph said to him, ‘When you were younger, did you not fast two days at a time, abba?’ The old man said: … Continue reading Lent with the Desert Fathers: How Should One Fast?

What Are You Giving Up For Lent?

“What are you giving up for Lent?” I suspect we have all heard this question many times. We have probably even asked it of another or ourselves. Unfortunately, it seems this one question often sets the tone for the season of Lent. The Ash Wednesday liturgy calls us to observe a Holy Lent, in part, through fasting and self-denial. So the question is very relevant. … Continue reading What Are You Giving Up For Lent?

Entering the Temple of the Heart

If the heart is the most authentic temple of God, the truest dwelling place of God, then it is also our true home. It is the deepest and most authentic part of our humanity, the place of wholeness and integration. “All things are there,” Macarius says of the heart. The heart is not only the physical but also the psychic and spiritual center of the … Continue reading Entering the Temple of the Heart