Marin BUGIULESCU

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Marin BUGIULESCU
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23 Mar 2018

This study presents Fasting and Prayer as gracious conditions in the communion of man with God, as well as the effects that they have both on the ecclesial community in general and on each believer in particular. The Scripture shows that the most important part of Fasting and Prayer is regaining thegracious condition before sin; equally important seems to be the fact in itselfthe inner transformation of man, urging to the rejection of sin, selfishnessand return to truth. Christian Fasting is a religious practice involving partial or total restrain from certain foods that come from animals, from drinking, and evil thoughts and acts, on a longer or shorter period of time, as decided by Church. Dis- tinguishingclearly from diets recommended out of medical or health maintenancereasons, fasting as religious practice has no end in itself, but is primarily linked to the fulfillment of the gracious condition received sacramentally within the ecclesial community.The purpose of fasting is to strengthen Christian communion and union with Christ by receiving the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Therefore, the role of the Fasting and Prayer is very important for Christian life because advancing in Holiness is a process developed simultaneously to advancing into Christ.

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2 Aug 2016

The present article deals with the theological problem of the soul: genesis, phenomenology, ethos and perenniality, in an interdisciplinary approach. According to the Christian teaching, the body and the soul are not antagonistic entities, but perfectly compatible realities that make up man as an entirety, created in God's image, with a view to acquiring His likeness. A brief theological definition of the soul shows that it has been created by God, as a reality or essence of life that leads the body and has the faculty of being untouchable and impossible to encompass materially (quantitatively),
being endowed with reason, self conscience and free will, via which the organic body is perceived. The soul is: immortal by the divine grace, immaterial, unique and unified indelibly and unrepeatably, offering spirituality by its faculties and guiding the human nature towards spirituality.

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