Leonard had discovered over the last couple of years that fasting was just not a spiritual discipline which his body would tolerate. The first time he had tried it, several years ago, he thought his resultant physical distress was because he had tried to go for too long; that his body needed to adjust by degrees. So he began to experiment with shorter periods of time: 12 hours instead of 24, 10 hours instead of 12. It didn't seem to help. He was almost doubled over with the severity of his abdominal cramps. He gave up the idea of fasting during Lent that year.
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
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Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.