Desert Hermits, , ca, 1081 Princ. U. Libr., image modif .
Original meaning of ascesis and use in the early Church. Mt. 6:1-21 as ascetical model and exhortation.
The theological “domain” of asceticism; repentance and asceticism. Ongoing conversion and spiritual progress. Conversatio/conversio; the difficult “art of accurate repentance”.
3. FROM ASCETICISM to CONTEMPLATION
Ascetical practice and contemplative vision. Lectio divina - a key to ascetical practice.
4. FROM VICE to VIRTUE
Ancient and monastic models of virtue and vice. The eight deadly thoughts. Stairways and Instruments in The Master and Benedict.
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