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vives gladio

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In Topic: A Challenge For The Would-Be Christian Mystic

19 April 2019 - 05:20 PM

I would agree that it doesn't seem to require a solid Catholic background, however I am a little behind the curve on certain assumptions. I won't let that deter me. I can approach this sincerely and see what comes out the other side. I have no intention of giving it a perfunctory attempt, that would guarantee a lack of result.

In physical exercise, everything works to a greater or lesser extent once a couch potato gets moving, however good programs should have clearer results if followed and a more reliable path with a reduced likelihood of injury. Either at the end of a progression or at a certain interval you should have something to show, whether it be picking up heavier things or running further / faster.

I don't imagine that these exercises will have tangible or visible results, however there ought to be something tranformative or experiential to come out of it.

If you have a good recipe, assemble the ingredients and follow directions, then it stands to reason you end with something resembling a cake and not just a bowl of goop.

In Topic: A Challenge For The Would-Be Christian Mystic

19 April 2019 - 02:00 AM

After reading the annotations, I will take their suggestion to not read ahead of the week I will be working through. I will be at a certain disadvantage in not having a catholic background however I don't see that as being a showstopper. I have no doubt any required information can be found easily enough. If this makes me a poor test subject, I can but apologize. Don't let my efforts dissuade any one else from giving this an attempt, I won't try to talk over you. :-)

In Topic: Selflessness, Selfishness, And The Harmony, Of Nature And God.

17 April 2019 - 03:39 AM

It is tempting to see the good that comes to us as deserved, and the unpleasant as inflicted.

In Topic: A Challenge For The Would-Be Christian Mystic

16 April 2019 - 11:22 PM

View PostR. Eugene Laughlin, on 16 April 2019 - 02:58 PM, said:

I'm interested in your impressions of the proscribed work before you begin it, if you're willing to discuss it.

Absolutely. We can do this over PM or in the thread in the event it may be of interest or benefit to others. I will be candid, with all the potential for anti-climax that entails.
The notion of a 'challenge' as such came as a welcome opportunity to re-focus efforts. I would welcome anyone else's thoughts and be happy to engage. The whole point in being part of a community and on a collaborative platform such as a forum is to exchange ideas and thoughts. If I was doing my own thing, I can get a composition book. I signed up here to learn and share and I still believe that is an achievable aim.

edit to add: Since this is a Christian undertaking, Easter Sunday seems like an auspicious starting point. I intend to review the work, and to have a response to Mr. Laughlin prior to the Twenty First of April, Anno Domini MMXIX. I understand I may very well fall on my face and fail in this undertaking, however I will endeavor to take this work up with a sober mind and a good true faith effort. I will do this thing, and if I fail I will not hide, obscure, or prevaricate.

In Topic: A Challenge For The Would-Be Christian Mystic

16 April 2019 - 03:05 AM

I will spend a few days reviewing the material provided and then make a true faith effort in executing it. I may very well fail and will not be ashamed to say it was beyond my reach at this time.