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Prayer and Despondency—Chapter 5 Notes

This chapter begins the 2nd section of the book, Reclaiming the Present: Stepping Stones on the Path Out of Despondency. Boy! Do I need this 2nd section! Some practical tips to help me out of this sticky mud! Chapter 5 on Prayer and Despondency, for me, hits home the fact that my intense struggles in… Continue reading Prayer and Despondency—Chapter 5 Notes

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Chapter 4 Notes of Time and Despondency

Today, in the Orthodox Church, is the beginning of Great Lent. Today is “clean Monday”. As we start our Lenten journey, I found this chapter extremely applicable…thought provoking. I think one of my Lenten endeavors will be to fight against “Escaping the Present”. To fight with all my might! Because despondency comes so easily to… Continue reading Chapter 4 Notes of Time and Despondency

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Chapter 3: What is the Present Moment?

A short but profound chapter. “Despondency is the most temporal of the passions. It severs our relationship to time; rather than a mode of transformation and ongoing resurrection, time becomes our enemy, a prison that holds us captive to our own self-destruction. When time drags on slowly, our life’s activities –especially prayer—stagnate…Soon we are exhausted… Continue reading Chapter 3: What is the Present Moment?

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“What is Despondency?” Chapter 1 Discussion

Hello friends! Here we are on another Monday! Book club Monday. Have you had a chance to read chapter 1 of Time and Despondency? What a full and informative chapter! I learned so much about myself! Reading chapter 1, the explanation of what despondency is, was like looking in a mirror in many ways. The… Continue reading “What is Despondency?” Chapter 1 Discussion

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Book Club Monday: “Time and Despondency”-Introduction

Welcome to Book Club Mondays and our first post on the book "Time and Despondency" by Nicole Roccas. Glad you could stop by. If you have thoughts on this book or want to participate in discussion, please feel free to chime in below at the comments! I’d love to hear from you. This is my… Continue reading Book Club Monday: “Time and Despondency”-Introduction