From our Archives: Fr. Stephen Freeman – The Difficulty of Lent

From the 2007 archives of our old CaNNet blog…

“The Difficulty of Lent”

Fr. Stephen Freeman has a reflection on Romans 12:1,2 which I find very striking as we prepare for Lent.

Here’s an excerpt:

To offer our bodies as a sacrifice, through fasting and prayer, is itself lifted up to the level of worship, and interestingly our “logike” worship (”spiritual” really is more accurate than “reasonable” as some render it). It is a struggle to fast, to present a “living” sacrifice. This is so much more than a “one time” offering – but stretches through the days and nights of this great season.

He then admonishes us not to be conformed to the world but to be transformed by the renewal of our mind (nous) which could easily be rendered “heart.” Fr. John Behr describes the passions, in his The Mystery of Christ, as “false perceptions,” our own misunderstanding of the body and its natural desires. Thus renewing our minds is an inner change in our perception of our self and our desires, or in the words of St. Irenaeus (quoted frequently by Behr) “the true understanding of things as they are, that is, of God and of human beings.”

The full entry is here.


2 Responses to From our Archives: Fr. Stephen Freeman – The Difficulty of Lent

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