Category Archives: Traditional Christian Dogma

THE COMMANDMENTS; FROM THE CATECHISM EXPLAINED

SECTION A: THE COMMANDMENTS

VIII. THE COMMANDMENT TO LOVE OUR ENEMY

We call him our enemy who hates us and seeks to do us harm.

Saul, for instance, was an enemy of the Christians. Those alone can be said to have the love of their neighbor who love their enemies too. [Emphasis in bold added.] A big fire is not extinguished but increased by the wind; so the love of one\’s neighbor, if it be real, is not destroyed, but deepened, by affronts and offenses on the part of others. If we only love those who love us, we cannot look for any great reward (Matt. v. 46). We love our friends for our own sake, but we love our enemies for God\’s sake. [Ibid.]

1. We ought to love our enemies because Christ commands it; He says: \”Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you; pray for them that persecute and calumniate you\” (Matt. v. 44).

Christ has given

via THE COMMANDMENTS; FROM THE CATECHISM EXPLAINED.

There will be people in this life whom increase the weight of my cross, which is already too heavy for me to bare.  They will scape goat you and they try to kill you.  The only way I know how to survive this and for my own salvation?  Is to be non-violent and to pray for them and try to love them.  It keeps me from becoming violent myself. It protects me from doing crimes of passion myself. I am human and I suffer, but to release this pain in a non-toxic way and be responsible for this planet and all of it’s sacred realms.  I cannot say that I can love my  ememies?  That I possess the strength of character or fortitude.  I do have empathy and compassion.  I believe that life is like the Tin Man in the Wiz.  If we try to oil another rapid oxidation of their armor and their cells.  We are a better person for it. But more than this?  I feel better.  We offer mass and consecration of the host of communion to help ease the burden of another, because we are all one.

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Origen & Early Church Fathers on Reincarnation

Titus Flavius Clemens or “Clement the Alexandrian” was a heathen who came over to Christianity and whose natural talents soon attained him the position of presbyter in the church of Alexandria. He was the successor of Pantaenus in the catechetical school of that place, which was the first and for a long time the only institution where Christians were instructed simultaneously in the Greek sciences and the doctrines of the Holy Scriptures. Among his numerous pupils was Origen. Clement later became the Greek Father of the Church

Since the time of the Ptolemies, Alexandria had been a centre for the interchange of ideas between East and West. It had furnished Judaism with a Hellenic philosophy and it also brought about the alliance of Christianity with Greek philosophy.

The importance of Clement in the history of Christianity was this: he is the first to bring all the culture of the Greeks and all the speculations of the Christian heretics to bear on the exposition of Christian truth. That is, although he did not create a systematic theory of Christian doctrine he paved the way for it, and laid the first foundation stones of it. Clement’s knowledge of Christian heretic theology was great indeed. In addition, it is self-evident from his teachings that he had not only read but also thought deeply on the questions raised by the Greeks and the various writings of poets, philosophers and heretics.

Clement believed the Scriptures contained the revelation of God’s wisdom to men. Moreover, he believed that all that is good comes from God, that Truth is Good, thus, he sought the Truth from whatever quarter he could get it and wherever it be found. Therefore, since he belonged to no school of philosophers he called himself an Eclectic. However, that said, he was in the main a Neo-Platonist, especially in his doctrines of the Monad and his predilection to mysticism. Although his moral doctrine borrows freely from Stoicism, and is embellished with Aristotelian features, he always regarded the articles of the Christian creed as the axioms of a new philosophy.

Clement’s Christianity not only does not fit into any classification but he also regarded Christianity as a philosophy. Thus, just as the ancient Greek philosophers sought through their speculations to attain a nobler and holier life, this also was the aim of Christianity. The fundamental difference between the two, said Clement, was that the Greek philosophers had only glimpses of the truth, and attained only to fragments of the truth, while Christianity revealed in Christ the absolute and perfect truth. Consequently, world history was therefore preparation leading up to this full revelation.  Moreover, God’s care was not confined to the Hebrews alone but had universal application.

via Origen & Early Church Fathers on Reincarnation.

Saul of Tarsus, Mithraic Cults, and Christs Blood

Saul of Tarsus, Mithraic Cults, and Christs Blood.

I really cannot say too much about this sculpture?  Slaying the holy cow certainly brings up the idea of Hinduism.  I do know a little bit more having watched at least on film, the story of SAUL of Tarsus.  I wonder if the Tarsus is related to Taurus from the Love planet of Venus?  I do know that Sauls/Paul’s treatise on the nature of love in Corinthian’s 1313 is the most beautiful of all time.  So far, he is suddenly my favorite apostle. ❤

English: Head of the Buddha from Hadda, Centra...

English: Head of the Buddha from Hadda, Central Asia, Gandhara art, Victoria and albert Museum (London) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

English: Painting of the miraculous birth of G...

English: Painting of the miraculous birth of Gautama Buddha, out of the side of Queen Maya. Sanskrit Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra manuscript written in the Ranjana script. Nalanda, Bihar, India. Circa 700-1100 CE. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

What was India of 2,500 years ago?   Are they biographically enlightened?  Where was the Shakya tribe of the Buddha originating and was it possibly located amongst the Scythian civilizations geographical zones?  Is it so difficult to ImAGINe that the 3 wise men were from Northern India, hence the Buddhist legacy and Christian connection….

 

SeatedBuddhaGandhara2ndCentury

SeatedBuddhaGandhara2ndCentury (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Ein Kerem, home of Saint John the Baptist

i cannot believe i lived in Ein Kerem I cannot believe that I lived in Ein Kerem for 6 months.  Did I  do it because I wanted to be Holy?  No! At the time?  I was impressed that my job was within a French monastery as a volunteer with the children and the possibility of French Food! I had some deep soul searching eventually but it was not my intentions.   To imagine that John the Baptist and the original mystery of Mother Mary and Elizabeth.  It’s all very unreal.   During the entire time I lived in Israel, which was roughly one year and half  I never was invited into a temple. I was invited to eat borekas, to see poets and Jewish intellectuals but never to a proper temple.  The rich interior spiritual life of the Jewish people remained an enigma until my beloved recently was doing his post surgery-physical therapy in a small enclave of Brooklyn.  Here are some of the most orthodox and Hassidic Jews whom originated in Hungary, called the Satmar sect.  I felt as if I were in a Jewish Disneyland. It was an idyllic Hassidic paradise. I wept and I wept often.  I felt very comfortable there for many months visiting 8 to 12 hours a day.  Once I lost a Christian book about Saint Vianney inside of a cell phone shoppe, run also by religious.  What?  Telepathy will not always tell you when the challah is being baked or the little cookies freshly made in Hungarian and old Ashkenaz recipes.  I would buy kosher food everyday and upon recieving my change?  The cashier was not allowed to put money in my hand and I learnt this very quickly.  Yet, he would tell me a magical meaning in their Hassidic belief to the numbers involved in my purchases!  So, no telepathy is not always enough for religious folks whom appear dressed from an era where cell phones would never appear?  These men, when I was ordering  food next door to the cell phone store would say?  Did’nt you loes a book a week ago?  Speak to Moishe and then to Simon and he will give you back your book.  I did not even realize I lost it!  There was a hundred dollar bill in the book and Simon said, you will see that all your money is still in your book.  They smiled, dressed in white stockings and antique vests and furry hats. It was a small miracle. I had a wonderful time there and it filled in the time I spent in Israel having never known very much about the religious life of the Jews.  The hospital there had a rich religious life for it’s patients.  It was always a holiday and there was constant prayer.  Shofars blowing on Yom Kippur to loud speaker warnings that sundown was arrving and to hurry in the streets to shul.  I really don’t think it was very different than in ancient times.   I had so many amazing experiences during these months.

Zen in Ein Kerem

Zen in Ein Kerem (Photo credit: Flavio~)

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Charity, according to Benedict

It’s so surreal to imagine that Jorgio  did translations for the Pope from German?  My experience with being catholic is more surreal than the Frenchman Andre Breton!  Simply surreal. Now, I can see clearly what was once obscure…. 

Charity, according to Benedict

 

VATICAN CORRESPONDENT OF THE PRESS

L’Osservatore Romano published the preface written by Pope Benedict XVI to the book by Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” The aid does not fall from the sky. Caritas and Spirituality (Siena, Ignatius Press, 2011, 160 pages, € 16, translated by Jörg Schwipper, “Christianity and Culture” 16) 

Benedict XVI: “In the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, St. Luke describes the early Church with four features that characterize the life:” They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers “(Acts 2: 42). 

via Charity, according to Benedict.

Andean prayer bundles and quantum physics.

Andean prayer bundle

I am just as easily persuaded by pseudo scientific lingo to enhance new age experience of ancient cultural practices such as the Andean prayer bundles.  Alas, how beautiful a mojo recipe. Life is such a mystery.  I am a skeptic all the more suddenly of so-called science than I am of my own laboratory, which I call ” The proof is in the pudding”  If  it tastes good than I am a believer.  The mysteries of why when one person follows exactly the same recipe with exactly the same ingredients can have a dramatically different flavor effect?  Maybe it is the cosmic energy fields, duh?   We all know what attraction is and when we are in our zone.  Affinity towards poetic ideas and enrichment of the hearts desires, like  my tea affinity and praying my rosary,  need suit no other and that is my philosophy.  Alas I pray we all find our land of the sublime and it’s transcendental bliss.  What is the Quantum mojo, I really don’t have a clue, however the seeker only knows when his prayers are answered.  

Creating the prayer bundle is not only a beautiful spiritual practice, but also very much a ceremony of quantum physics.  It reminds us that we are no longer living in a strictly Newtonian universe where we are separate from and confined by the laws of nature; where our material world is separate from the spiritual world and the mind and body are distinct and separate from the soul and the spirit.

The prayer bundle, like quantum physics, is all about fields of energy and the invisible luminous threads that connect everything to everything.  We interact with this field and are participating in and are an integral part of all creation. There is no separation between the subconscious and the conscious. The mind-body-soul-spirit is a unified system.

via New Science « Addiction Recovery and Healing Center Blog at The Sanctuary at Sedona.

Warrior Of Light: Afterlife : Astral Heaven Explained By Paramahansa Yogananda 2

Afterlife : Astral Heaven Explained By Paramahansa Yogananda 2

Heaven may be said to consist, overall, of three regions: where the Heavenly Father lives in vibrationless Infinity; where Christ Intelligence reigns–omnipresent in but transcendentally untouched by vibratory creation–and in which the angels and highest evolved saints reside; and the vibratory spheres of the ideational causal world and lifetronic astral world.

These heavenly realms, vibratory and transcendent, are only figuratively “above” the gross vibrations of earth “below”: They are in fact superimposed one on the other,with the finer screened from the denser manifestation through the medium and intervention of the “firmament,” vibratory etheric space, hiding the astral from the physical manifestation, the causal from the astral, and the transcendent Christ and Cosmic Consciousness from the causal. Without this integration–producing a physical  instrumentality empowered by astral life,guided by individualized intelligence, all arising from consciousness-there could beno meaningful manifestation.

So this earth and its beings seemingly floating in limitless space as the result of blind forces is not happenstance at all; it is highly organized.

via Warrior Of Light: Afterlife : Astral Heaven Explained By Paramahansa Yogananda 2.

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