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Should one Still Self Mortify with a Medical condition?

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by joymercy, Aug 4, 2021.

  1. joymercy

    joymercy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Self-Mortification helps us to fight the passions, which help us to live more virtuously.

    What if you are already in a bit of pain due to natural causes? Would it be wrong to offer up your own physical pains, just because they are there? Shouldn't you give up things and choose to suffer because of it as a way to spiritually mature?

    What do you say, whom have done any spiritual readings on the topic?

    ps-my doctor told me that my physical sufferings through the natural means is enough and that I don't need to choose to do more.

    However, I think we actually do need to choose of our own free will to sacrifice!

    For example, having the pain of arthritis is not enough to count as something that you give up or sacrifice in order to put to death the flesh.

    I was taking gradually cold showers and it helped me tremendously, and she told me my arthritic pain was already a sacrifice!

    I don't agree, do you?
     
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    It is true that a freely given sacrifice is more valuable, but that doesn't mean you can't offer up unchosen sufferings as well. Indeed, it is also important to freely assent to the suffering that God has already placed in your cup. When the author of Hebrews says that, "[Christ] learned obedience through suffering," I think he is primarily referring to unchosen suffering.
     
  3. Chesster

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    You should talk to your spiritual advisor about that.
     
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  4. joymercy

    joymercy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    He told me to choose to do it. I need to have the intention to do the sacrifice as well as offer up what I already have.

    I like the cold showers and doing them while praying hard against the sharp and cold stabs of the water pellets, cleanses me from my self pity and refocuses my mind onto Him.

    He advised me that I need to freely choose to do this despite my doctors wishes.

    @zippy is right.

    Thanks zippy!

    And spiritual directors are very hard to find as it is, so often many have to search online or in the writings of the church fathers to seek the truth.

    Very sadly, many spiritual directors are booked solid and other priests claim they are over worked and not trained in that area.
     
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