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Sign Language: Indulgence
INDULGENCE
Trace a circle on the stomach with tip of right forefinger.

Austerity



Imposing physical hardship and strict self-denial help achieve a simple life, without luxury or self-indulgence. The word austere brings to mind the image of something highly decorated being stripped clean of its ornamentation. This peeling back the layers of society, releases our spirit from the bondage of materialism. This is the process that a Monk undertakes in his formative years. Monasticism speaks of sacrifice and discipline, to live more radically the gospel teachings.

Notes:

1. "Make all things bitter to me, that so thou alone may appear sweet to my soul." -St. Augustine.

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