Archives for December 2015

We Wish You an Ascetic Christmas! Understanding the Ascetic Struggle in Orthodoxy

  For Orthodox Christians Christmas is a problem. Western culture celebrates the Holy Days (what is left of them anyway) with parties leading up to that day. Orthodoxy sees the days leading up to the Holy Day as a period of ascetic struggle -- an inward reorientation towards greater prayer, fasting, and caring for the poor. To accomplish this our lives need structure. We conform our … [Read more...]

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