Third Sunday of
Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk
28th February 2016
Signs By Which We
May Recognise Our Disordered Attachments
by Fr. Anselm Longpre
provision for the flesh in its concupiscences"
Fear of getting tired, of
becoming sick, of doing too much, of dying.
Preoccupation about one's
body: Food, clothing, rest, comforts,
To seek out that which
delights the taste buds, sight, the ear, the
senses of smell and touch: Exquisite food,
liqueurs, delicacies, music, perfumes, etc.
A constant effort to obtain
that which is most comfortable in one's living.
Laziness, wasting time,
little application at work.
Immodesty in looks, in
touch, in one's bearing and in encounters with
Complacency in certain
delectations that one would like to have,
without however, going beyond certain limits.
Rest, sleep, recreations,
days off, vacations etc. that are sought out and
prolonged longer than is really necessary.
The fear of the least
suffering, the least privation.
Annoyance and discontent
when the body is deprived of something.
Murmuring and sadness in
sickness or in poverty.
How to Fight
Against Attachment to Bodily Goods
Renounce the cult of the
body. Remove any exterior adornment which is
worldly; avoiding what is luxurious, effeminate.
Apply yourself to practice
conscientiously the most perfect chastity.
Keep modesty, in looks, in hearing, in
conversations. Fight all sensuality in senses of
sight, bearing and touch.
Rise promptly and early
in the morning.
Do not eat between meals
unless there is a good reason, and be happy with
what is served, never complaining.
recreations but avoid idleness.
Work without respite
until your strength is exhausted, always taking
into account the rules of prudence.
Avoid abuse in the use
of radio, newspapers, internet, media, etc.
Do not complain about
the weather, tiredness, sickness, discomfort,
infirmities, sleeplessness, etc.
Impose upon yourself
voluntarily some light penances, especially when
afflicted by temptations of the flesh.
Practice fasting and
abstinence as required by the Church.