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The Discipline of Lent

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Matt, With Fellow Pilgrims, Praying The Stations Of The Cross At The Via Dolorosa In The Old City Of Jerusalem.

As I recognize a temptation… for what it is, as I haul it out of the depths into the light of day, I weaken it and allow for the possibility of transformation, or what Saint Benedict termed ‘conversion of life.’ This, it seems to me, is the basic work of the Christian: to admit to my most basic temptations to do evil, and resist them. And as I do so, I free the virtues to act on me… This is the discipline–and the joy–of Lent.

~ Kathleen Norris


Written by MattAndJojang

March 8, 2012 at 7:42 am

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  1. Outside of faith (not just Christian, but Jewish, Muslim, Hindu as well) discipline is easily confused with punishment. But discipline, self-chosen, has nothing to do with “punishing” ourselves. It has to do with transformation – and hence, with joy.


    March 9, 2012 at 8:21 am

  2. It is sad that the word discipline has been misconstrued to mean punishment. For sure applying discipline can sometimes mean experiencing discomfort. But as the saying goes: “Nothing worthwhile comes easily.”

    Knowing what discipline really is, and applying it properly is very important for success in any area of life. Much more in the area of self-transformation. There can be no true joy without strength of character. And there can be no strength of character without discipline.

    ~ Matt


    March 9, 2012 at 8:51 am

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