Episode 97: The Saints, Our Psychology, and Healthy Self-Denial w/ Dr. Bryan and Amy Grace

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Welcome to Episode 97 of the Being Human Podcast: The Saints, Our Psychology, and Healthy Self-Denial w/ Dr. Bryan and Amy Grace

Flogging, hair shirts, extreme fasting…Some of the saints went to extreme measures to mortify their bodies, which can lead us to wonder if we need to do the same to attain sanctity.

In this episode, Dr. Greg, Dr. Bryan, and Amy Grace dive into discussion about healthy vs. unhealthy self-denial, and how our psychology impacts the mortification of our bodies.

Discussed in this episode:

  • How do we reconcile self-denial with self-care?
  • The true purpose of mortification of our bodies;
  • The balance needed between paying attention to our emotional and bodily lives while not allowing them to dictate every choice we make;
  • The danger in picking out particular stories or data points from the lives of the saints to justify a specific point of view;
  • When self-denial becomes detrimental to our spiritual and/or psychological lives;
  • The temptation to pride that is part of the practice of penance;
  • The importance of examining motives behind self-denial to ensure behavior is happening from a place of freedom versus a place of compulsion;
  • Determining the particular attachments that interfere with intimacy with God.

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