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Offline wallflower

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Custody of the eyes
« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2011, 06:57:54 PM »
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  • What about practicing custody of the eyes at times when no occasion of sin is involved so that when the serious time comes, you've practiced the discipline and it might be less overpowering?

    Kind of like becoming seasoned or going through drills. If you choose one or two other times with curiosities that are neutral (truck commercials, last seconds of sports games, not staring at the Harley as it passes you, lol, I don't really know, something you really like) and use those times to practice, it might help empower you when the real thing comes along.

    I don't know if it would be applicable to these situations but the concept helps me in other ways, it's a thought.

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    « Reply #16 on: July 01, 2011, 07:59:34 PM »
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  • A difficult subject for most to talk about but this is probably one of the most if not THE most important issues to pray about. Thanks for sharing.

    The smart sheep

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    « Reply #17 on: July 01, 2011, 09:17:12 PM »
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  • Quote from: gladius_veritatis
    IMO, one of the keys to guarding the eyes, or any other faculty, is to begin each day alone with God.  By being more inwardly focussed, we are less likely to be unduly distracted/attracted by things outside ourselves.  When we are disordered, we seek to draw the attention of other creatures and are far more likely to give creatures much more attention than is right.  If left unchecked, we end up giving creatures part or all of the special, principal place in our hearts that is for God alone.

    When we get snared by something outside ourselves, it is usually because we are not sufficiently recollected.  In order to be sufficiently recollected each day, the wisest course is to begin each day well -- i.e., meditating, talking to God, etc.  This is all the more important if we have to spend much time in the public places of this crazy world.

    Modern life is FULL of things designed to distract us and keep us 'living' on the surface in everything.  That is not where real life is found, lived, or increased.

    Spend time alone with God, Spork.  He will return your investment ten-fold.  Godspeed :)



    Most excellent and prudent advice.



    JMJ

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    Custody of the eyes
    « Reply #18 on: July 02, 2011, 07:15:12 AM »
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  • Quote from: wallflower
    What about practicing custody of the eyes at times when no occasion of sin is involved so that when the serious time comes, you've practiced the discipline and it might be less overpowering?


    This is true. In fact, it is one of the purposes of a religious cloister. It is said that St. Bernard always looked to the ground.


     

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