'Mortification' Chapter

Mortification

Mortification of the flesh means putting the flesh to death. Mortification of the flesh in a ritualized setting can help people get over these bad addictions that hurt them. The practices often show that there is more to us than our desires and served as rights of passage. Am I advocating self-mortification? No. I am advocating experience. No one practice.

“For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.” Saint Paul (Rom 8:13).

What is Mortification of the Flesh?

Mortification of the flesh means putting the flesh to death. It has been and is still practiced in all cultures in some way across the world, though the exact intention and result is often different. There is a lot of… Seek More

Addiction vs. Practice

Mortification of the flesh to what purpose, dis-identification? Yes, indeed.  When people still undertook it with the proper intent, but it has no merit if it’s merely a self destructive act. Are there not other ways less destructive to dis-identify?… Seek More

Practices of Mortification of the Flesh

To speak more on mortification of the flesh practices, they often show that there is more to us than our desires. Practices served as rites of passage, much like tribal ritual scarification. It still is practiced in the Opus Dei.… Seek More

Experience over Practice

Are you advocating for self-mortification? No. I am advocating experience. No one practice. When you are impassioned, and begin cleaning house despite physical fatigue, you restructure your whole living space. You ache miserably after pushing yourself so hard, but from… Seek More

Natural Rhythm

An example of a modern mortification of the flesh is caffeine. It tends to make us feel very alert, but also uncomfy.  However, it is so taken for granted that it is little questioned in general, and we schedule our… Seek More

Feeling Safe

It is safe to say that both mortification of the flesh and the stock market crash are manifestations of something. We learn by testing. We learn by trial, and in the past there have been trials of all kinds. Now we… Seek More

Religion as Addiction

Is religion a new addiction of self image? Often times it is, from my observation. This is why modern organized religion is so troubled. In one case, I was taking my son to a daycare, very religious people and thought… Seek More

Virtue and Vice

Yes, I have changed. I have reached a personal crisis, and it is here that I have had every idea or belief reduced to a bottom line. My instinct is fear. Now I have transcended that fear and thus transcended… Seek More