Catholic Answers Forums will be transitioning to a redesigned website starting in September.If you've been active on the forums within the last year your account will be migrated to the new site.It is only a help; a disposition; a means though a fitting one, for the attainment oftrue perfection. Jerome, is an effort to attain true perfection, penance being only an auxiliary virtue thereto.It should be noted also that the expression " fasting and abstinence " is commonly used in Scripture and by ascetic writers as a generic term for all sorts of penance.
Gregory, as the "true beginner" of one of the most important Churches in Christendom and the medium by which the authority of the Roman See was established over men of the English-speaking race.
In some places it was carefully preserved throughout the year and, by reason of its having been used in baptism, was considered free from all corruption. However, baptismal water was not the only holy water.
It is known that some of the faithful believed that holy water possessed curative properties for certain diseases, and that this was true in a special manner of baptismal water.
The word asceticism comes from the Greek askesis which means practice, bodily exercise, and more especially, atheletic training.
The early Christians adopted it to signify the practice of the spiritual things, or spiritual exercises performed for the purpose of acquiring the habits of virtue.