Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Our bodies and eternity


No doubt about it: we’re going to have these bodies forever, though in some transfigured form we can’t now imagine. Out bodies are blessed, but we don’t know how to live harmoniously in them. We drive them like vehicles, use them like tools to dig pleasure, and in the process damage them and distort our capacity to understand them. Fasting disciplines help us to quiet these impulsive demands, so that we can better hear what they need and how they are meant to work. It is a turning towards health, a way of honoring creation and preparing for eternity.

Frederica Mathewes-Green
The Illumined Heart
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