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March 05, 2019

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Brad Jersak

I think that section is very important and have similar ways of processing it.

At first, I found St. Basil's prayer of preparation a bit cringe-worthy (through old eyes of shame),
but eventually was surprised to have trouble getting through it without touching deep emotions that felt healthy and healing nearly every time.

It feels like gratitude for the great grace that we've been given--similar to what we would expect of the thief, the prodigal, the woman at Jesus' feet, etc.

I also saw how the rhetoric of it works: the emphasis is on helping people understand that absolutely no one can say, "this isn't for me."

That is, Basil's prayer isn't about emphasizing how shitty we are, but rather, declaring that there's simply no shit you can imagine that he can't wash.

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