Când zgomotele lumii
Vin sã-mi zdrobeascã mintea
Şi n-am unde m-ascunde,
Te chem în gând pe Tine.
Atunci, în rugãciune,
În straie de tãcere,
Prin care nu mai trece,
De-afarã, nici un sunet.
O linişte, ca ceaţa
Şterge tãişul spaimei
Şi sufletul se face
O geanã de luminã.
Originally posted on Public Orthodoxy: by George Hunsinger U.S. torture is back in the news. Loopholes left behind by President Obama are about to be exploited by his successor. Consider the following items: Despite Obama’s promises, the camp at Guantanamo Bay — perhaps the most glaring symbol of U.S. torture — was not closed. Our…
A book to read/reread: The Devils of Loudun, by Aldous HUXLEY.
Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, sau Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Nascut la Salzburg în ziua de 27 ianuarie 1756, mort la Viena la 5 decembrie 1791, zice Wikipedia, „este un compositor”.
De ziua lui celui care a fost, înainte de toate,”Wolfi”, un alt copil minune… ALMA.
In the early 1960s, Jesuit Karl Rahner (1904-1984) stated that if Western Christianity did not rediscover its mystical foundations, we might as well close the doors of the churches because we had lost the primary reason for our existence. Now don’t let the word “mystic” scare you. It simply means one who has moved from mere belief systems or belonging systems to actual inner experience. All spiritual traditions at their mature levels agree that such a movement is possible, desirable, and even available to everyone.
Until someone has had some level of inner religious experience, there is no point in asking them to follow the ethical ideals of Jesus or to really understand Christian doctrines beyond the formulaic level. In fact, moral mandates and doctrinal affirmations only become the source of deeper anxiety and more contentiousness! And then that very anxiety will usually take the form of denial, pretension, and projection of our evil elsewhere.
You quite simply don’t have the power to obey the law or follow any ideal—such as loving others, forgiving enemies, nonviolence, or humble use of power—except in and through union with God. Nor do doctrines like the Trinity, the Real Presence, salvation, or the mystery of Incarnation have any meaning that actually changes your life. They are merely books on shelves. Without some inner experience of the Divine, what Bill Wilson of Alcoholics Anonymous called “a vital spiritual experience,” nothing authentically new or life-giving happens.
Christians speak of the “paschal mystery,” the process of loss and renewal that was lived and personified in the death and raising up of Jesus, as the pattern of transformation. We can affirm that belief in lovely song and ritual, as many Christians do in the Eucharist. However, until we have personally lost our own foundation and then experienced God upholding us so that we come out even more alive on the other side, the theological affirmation of the paschal mystery is little understood and not essentially transformative. It is a mere liturgical acclamation.
“Cross and resurrection,” or loss and renewal if you prefer, is a doctrine to which most Christians might intellectually assent; but we worshiped it in Jesus, thanked him for it, and rarely transferred it to our own lives. This mystery of transformation must become the very cornerstone of our own life philosophy. We move into this mystery through actual encounter, surrender, trust, and the infilling of a new and larger life that proceeds from it. This is the experience of an inner movement and presence, not a mere belief or moral position.
Gateway to Silence:
Awaken me to Love this day.