Sunday, 25 January 2015

Invisible Holocausts



 

At the dawn of the new millennium, as we face more and more threats both to the human person and to society, we can and must take stock of the situation and the state of the human person especially in the emotional stakes.  Where do we find the human person?  Is the human person happier in our very advanced society or have we traded in one set of circumstances for another.
An overview of our world would certainly show that irrespective of our advancements in technology, and our understanding of human mind and human body, at the emotional level we have not progressed.  Indeed I would even suggest that we have regressed.  We have wounded our psyche or spirit and it’s grieving.
A daily diet of pain and loss brought into households via all media is the both “manmade” and natural disasters.  Since the beginning of the new millennium (2001) the world has been held captive with daily horrors, new sufferings previously unknown enshrouding it with grief.  It seems that one disaster is cleared a new one overwhelms us.  September the 11th, Bali bombings, London bombings, Indonesia bombings, Tsunami, hurricane, Beslan, Iraqi war, the Middle East war, the new form of terrorism and barbarism of new terror campaigns by extremists.

 “How did we get to this point?”

“How did we miss the signs?”

“How can ordinary people do this to other ordinary people?”

These questions can be answered in many ways.

There are those who would insist that we missed the signs because we have become desensitized to suffering due to the non stop visual diet of violence on screens.  Most of present society has grown up with onscreen violence, shooting, death, torture, destruction.  So much so that today there is confusion between “real” and “reel” violence.
Some would say that as a society we have evolved to a stage where the human person is no longer seen as inviolable and divinely made, but a bunch of cells, but not more important than any other creature and quite disposable lawfully.  Those that would say this continue to proclaim that disposing of a human being in its genesis and end stage is a right and must be retained as a right.   Somehow this makes sense if the human person is no more than a bunch of cells because bunches of cells do little to activate an emotional response.  So it has become necessary to de humanize and to remove imagery from the human consciousness.  When this is accomplished then then all things become possible.
Indeed some would even say that the human creature, unlike the beast is not in danger of extinction. Where the animal creature needs legal protection against the so called human predator in order for the species to survive, the human person can be legally disposed because it is believed and is seen as overpopulating and polluting the environment and therefore better to be culled. (Imagine,  a child to be culled!). 

 It’s interesting this thought because the environment was created to sustain the human, but now the human must be terminated in order not to disturb the ecological balance. Yes we have reached the stage of calling good evil and evil good.
A bird’s eye view of the past fifty five years will allow us to see that enormous transformation which has taken place has occurred
Perhaps the sixties can be seen as the water shed of much radical change and the question must be asked, why?  The answer is made up of many possibilities.  A weakened humanity as a result of two major world wars in one generation. Korean War. Vietnam War. Civil wars. Localized wars.  Intense migration and displacement.  The community feature of life missing because of migration. All these contributed to the change.
 An interesting aspect of the years in question was that for the first time in history wars were not only fought on the battlefields where the so called enemies fought, but were brought into the home and lounge rooms of nations.  The cruelty of war was brought before the eyes and heart of populations rather than being left on the battlefront.  The cruelty of war was presented daily as a diet, which slowly desensitized to pain.  The major wars, combined with the incessant rumors of war combined with the beginnings of tumult at home served to slowly change the understanding about war.  The enemy had a face.  The enemy could be seen dead.  “Our” boys faired well and they “killed” the other.  Prior to these wars, battlegrounds were battlegrounds where killing took place but for those at home it could only be imagined rather than visual.  Indeed it was for the honour of protecting those at home and this was a noble ideal.
 News and television services did much to change our society.  The arrival of television; the sexual revolution brought about by the contraceptive pill, the explicit imagery of Vietnam War and other war casualties all contributed to change.   Indeed even movies contributed to the “kill the enemy” thinking. The constant seeing of men and women being killed before one’s eyes under the guise of movies and “it’s not real” served to cajole the rest of the human beings into believing that those being killed were the enemy and deserving of such a fate.  Slowly the notion of killing the other became more and more a part of the daily diet of incoming information being fed to the viewing and listening public and normalized.   
 The Second World War with its unparalleled brutality, Vietnam War with its screened cruelty was quickly followed by a revolution at home.  Perhaps this surfaced because of the images of horror.  Perhaps it surfaced because cruelty was portrayed as something inevitable.  Whatever it was, the imagery caused pain both to those experiencing it and psychological pain to those viewing it.  And of course to alleviate the pain and forget, then the drug and substance abuse culture, which had previously been unheard of, slowly arose.  With a “fix” the pain was not so bad.  If life was so cheap then it became important to live life to the “full” that is, to experience all manner of excitement.  
The bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki showed us that it is easy to decimate whole populations.  Live and let live.  Love and let love.  Sex and more sex. And of course to assist those who wanted to live a life free from any constraints, the contraceptive devices, pill and all other measures became the response.    
Perhaps the images of death brought home so clearly and visually brought a sense of terror and finality to those who were not part of the warring milieu.  Perhaps those at home were more affected than those on the battlefield, because those at home were powerless to do anything to save the loved ones or even unloved ones.  Whatever the ultimate cause, it could be said that the changes were too many and too fast and the response to the changes were equally drastic and devastating.
The ground was cultivated, and made ready to plant.  It was tilled and prepared to plant and indeed when a soil is prepared and a seed is planted then of course the seed will germinate and sprout and grow.  The soil was planted with different seeds and encouraged to grow.  I am reminded of the biblical passages of the Wheat and the darnel both grew together and the Lord encouraged allowing both to grow parallel. Not to pull out the darnel for fear of pulling out wheat also.  It is the parallel growth, which has now, appears to have reached a time of needing to pull out one or the other or both the wheat and the darnel.

Since the sexual revolution of the sixties facilitated by the introduction of the contraceptive pill and encouraged by a population of dissenters who had been prepared for this moment, the role of woman also changed.  Woman was no longer to be the “supposed” downtrodden partner whose value was measured by her role of wife and mother home worker, but she herself was encouraged to be “other” than what she had been.  The new contraceptive mentality served to loosen what some females in the sisterhood decreed as enslaving bonds and free her to be something “other.”  The loosening meant that she no longer was to subject herself to the demands of home, husband and children and family.  Nurturer, partner and silent commander.  The loosening meant that there was a new hat to be worn.  A foreign hat.  It was not to be a beret or scarf but a war helmet.  It was to be khakis rather than a skirt.   It was to be as a so-called equal in all things of the man rather than his so called subservient chattel.

As a result of this new woman society was introduced to a new holocaust.

The past wars had been visible holocausts. That is, holocausts of lives sacrificed when sent to war to fight for ideals and family.  The new holocaust has been an invisible one where the victims would be offered for the new ideals of hedonism, me ism, consumerism, all the new isms of a new society. And this new idol has been demanding especially of woman.  It has demanded most from her.  It demands daily global sacrifice of only innocence.  This new idol demands babies and the pace of their mothers. This new idol demands nothing short of infants who have not even been born. Abortion.  

First, the visible holocaust on battle fields and now an invisible holocaust. Abortion.  

Those who went to war on battlefields were told that ideals were the reward

And in the invisible holocaust, abortion, the ideals espoused, that is women’s rights, freedom to choose, etc. are also quoted as the ideal to be embraced. The loss and grief for woman always the target of holocausts because woman has always had to stand by and watch the child of her womb be sacrificed whether as a young man or unborn or even as drug afflicted child who has slithered into a nether world because of some grief.
And so the grief experienced by those who viewed the wars on screen and were unable to assist followed by a new silent grief for the invisible holocaust permeates society. A societal grief now blankets the human beings.  A grief which is acted out in horror activity of lifestyles, drugs, self-destructive behaviours, and an nihilistic ideals. 

The advancements of societal achievements have not improved the life of the human person but indeed those who are permitted to be born then become mourning society. Mourning for its scapegoat losses.    

 

 

 

Sunday, 18 January 2015

The Three Epochs of the Bride


 

                                                    A Reflection

 

2015

The bride of Christ, humanity, has been growing and maturing through the ages and through epochs and in each era a member of the Most Holy Trinity has been the main celebrant and the main companion on this road to maturity.  Each member of the Most Holy Trinity has been able to work to give birth to and then sustain and nurture the Bride whilst she awaited her beloved.
Why a Bride to be created by the most Holy Trinity? Because she was to be born for the Son who from all time had been born. He was born before all creation was born, and the father knew He would need to prepare a bride worthy for His Son. A bride so spotless, so divine just like His Son.  And so the work of creation, which was intended from all time, began. A humanity created for the Son.
In the first epoch following the sin of the Father’s first earthly son and daughter (Adam and Eve in the garden known as Paradise) the epoch was host to God the Father, creator of all heaven and earth.  to the most Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, fell the task of continuing creation and build a humanity worthy of the second person of divine Trinity Jesus, His Father’s Son, whose own work would be to become one like the creation and then enact the redemption of the creature beloved of His Father’s heart.    Jesus would exercise his mission of Redemption in order to return to His Holy Father the creature spotless as He had desired and designed before the fall and the disobedience.
Jesus as Lord (Kyrios) would in his work prepare the way for the third person of the Most Holy Trinity, God the Holy Spirit, or even the Spirit of God which had been exhaled into the creature and which had thence become enervated Himself.  Who would sanctify and recreate the bride into the original stainless virgin, without mark without stain, without sin.
The epoch of the Father creator continued and will continue until the appointed time has been reached His breath, the Nashmah, continues to animate life until the appointed number has been reached.  Until every cell of the bride has been renewed.
The Father creator has established the road to redemption and it is one which is fraught with suffering.  It was not only death which the Father Creator who only knows life had to accommodate in his new order but, fear, shame, aggression, enmity, suffering anguish. Himself who knew nothing but love was introduced (by the creature) to “un-love.”
Throughout the epoch of the Father God, that is creation, conception, election, fear, anguish, suffering and death became the norms used to fulfil His epoch and bring about and prepare the order for the epoch of the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, God the Son, Jesus.
The epoch of the Father began with His creation of all that is seen and unseen. He immersed Himself into the creation.  He wakened it into life by breathing His own life into it. He infused the creature’s blueprint (DNA) with His own signature.  He wrote the word “love” into the creature’s being. He dialogued with His own creation. He walked with his own creation. He fellowshipped with him.
The intimacy is visible (Gen 1-3). The creator Father God, wanted to be intimately involved so that the creature would know that it was wanted and desired and would not be distant from Him. His masterpiece would need to be fathered, nurtured, so that in the fathering the creature would reach its original potential and beauty as bride befitting the great beauty of His Son.
The bride was given birth by the Father God in His mind.  The image of the bride, pure, spotless, beautiful, fruitful, was clearly in the Father’s heart.  The bride was conceived in splendour.  A bride befitting God the Son, Jesus, the Second member of the Most Holy Trinity. The Bride would be pure, unsoiled and her bridal gown “without spot or wrinkle” (Eph 5:27  ) The Bride conceived by the Father  and chosen for the Son  would be claimed in rapturous ecstasy intensified (Gen: Sleep).
As man (Adam) was enraptured when he saw and for an instant possessed a vision of the Creator God, and the bride which He had made for him. His ecstasy intensified to the point of almost death. Indeed he saw the face of God and almost died. 
The beauty of all creation including the “Adam” and the “Hawwah”.  The Adam created from the “adamah” was infused by the Nashmah (breath of the Creator God Father) thus a new and previously uncreated order was conceived. An order made from the elements of creation but elevated to a higher dimension, that of the Father Creator God.  Now ‘Adam” created from the “Adamah” (soil) gave birth to “Hawah” mother of all living.
Perhaps “mother of all living” is not an appropriate description of “Hawah” because all of living creation has inscribed within it the directive to reproduce itself and carry forward the Father Creator’s work. However, it could be said mother of all living, loving, reasoning, choosing, worshipping, humanity. because the distinguishing difference between “Adam” (human’s) and other creation is its higher calling to not only reproduce itself and thus co create with Father Creator God in His ongoing work, but because the “Adam” has an infused knowledge of its difference and its need to be different.
It has been an infused knowledge and restlessness of heart (St Augustine’s Confessions) to return to its maker and resting place, the heart of the Creator Father God.
In the first epoch the creator God the Father to whom belongs all life visible and invisible, God the creator and Father walked, talked, walked, communed with his infant Bride.(Adam-human-male and female he created them)  The Father God saw the infant bride as “very good” (Gen 1:31 ) beautiful, perfect.  He could fellowship with her and be close to her.  This was the time of silence, bliss. This was the latency period. A time of playing. A Time of growth.  This was the time for the bride to grow into maturity in order for her to know her own self being created in love and freedom.
Following the sin of Adam made from the “Adamah” new dimensions needed to be accommodated. The curses of suffering and death now entered the created order and the bride no longer rested in the peace and serenity.  She had to move from the creator Father’s vision and she could no longer see “my father my father why have you abandoned me?” Death was found to be bitter and lonely journey.   The rapture and joy of the Father creator had now to be regained through a life of toil and labour and at the end aloneness.
Prior to the sin these alien experiences were not known for they were not in the created order.   They were not known as an order of destruction because the order of creation was declared good. (Gn1:1:25) However, following sin fear (hiding from creator Father God) suffering (curses on Adam and Hawah) anguish (banishment from the place of Love) and death (an unknown something which had written in it terror and irreversible) became the reality. Before sin there was no knowledge of what these new realities meant. Following sin a new knowledge became evident. Father God was deeply wounded and betrayed.
The epoch of the creator Father God began with all of creation with the “Logos” breathing (“let there…Gn 1:3) and each new creation inscribed within it its capacity to worship its maker.  The logos of The Father God gave birth to all that he had conceived in His heart and mind.  He created one by one the prototypes and infused into their being instructions to repeat the creation and desire to worship.
This, until He came to create the prototype of the His first son made from all the elements of the earth. He took a fragment of each element and shaped an earthly “son” for Himself. He so loved this son that he even breathed His own breath into him.   The ahhh of awe could be heard.  And written into his “earthly son” were all that was needed to continue His own work. And thus the renewed Adam made from the Adamah but now imbued with divine breath, a more refined creature was made “hawah” (Eve) “mother of all living”  The Creator God had waited till the last moment of creation, before His Sabbath rest,  to create the final work. A work which evoked ecstatic response from the one who had donated himself to create her.  Woman drew her life from him in order to give it back again in this never ending circle called love.  
The creator God looked on with love and joined the created man and the created woman and united Himself to them to form a visible Trinity. A trinity worthy of the bride to come.  How interesting it has been that sin brought curses and suffering and death but sin could not destroy life.  “Life” “love” “bride” “future.”  These were not cursed.  “Life” has always remained “very good” (Gen.). 
The  epoch of the Creator God, continues with each new life still declared “very good” as it journey’s towards the Father creator who is still creating (my father is still working and so must I Jn 5:17) and calling and preparing the ground, the “adamah” for reception of His own Divine son The second person of the Holy Trinity.  Jesus.
The Creator God, creator of all including time has used time to prepare the elements to receive His Divine Son and to prepare the way so that the God Son, could walk, as He creator God, had walked with the infant Bride (humanity) in the garden.
Epoch of the Son
And so in created time began the epoch of the Son began.  The Father God had through millennia upon millennia nurtured, prepared, walked, fed, nourished, chastised, blessed, married his people in order to find amongst them one human being, made from the Adamah, and from the Adamah from Hawah to become the second Mother of all living.  “Mother, woman, behold hold your son” (John 19:25).
Unlike the Epoch of the Father God the time of Son, can be historically known,
And so it began with a messenger. One who stands before the throne of God and is messenger of the Father. To this messenger was given the task of approaching the creature made from the Adamah, (soil) to pose to her a question of immeasurable worth.  So noble was the question that all of creation held its breath in a pregnant pause for her answer.  There was to be no sign of doubt in her reply, no questioning of the request, but an understanding, and with the understanding a response from the depth of her pure soul.  One who had held the Father God’s vision spellbound with her beauty?  Not another like she was to be found.  Her beauty was made up of all the graces to be ever dispensed, held in the Father’s care.  All graces formed this Virgin almah. “Full of grace” as the messenger addressed her. Not limited in grace, not simply beautiful, not elegant but “full of grace” No consort with the enemy had been found in her. Her beauty was grace-ful.
So enraptured was the Most Holy Trinity that each member of this trinity desired to take up residence within her being.  So beautiful a virginal soul where the enemy’s arrow’s had been deflected so that no stain could be found in her, that in looking into a mirror of her being there was reflected an image of the Son.  Before time His imprint had been etched into her being.  The holy ardour of this Almah for her God was so pure that she responded with her fiat for Him to take up residence within her humble tent and the most Holy Trinity looking into that tent of meeting (Old Testament) found a spotless throne, a sanctuary, which had remained and must eternally remain shut (Ezk 44: 1-3) and not one other had trespassed there for it was reserved for Majesty only.
Only the “Prince” of the second Epoch may sit in this sanctuary which Yahweh creator God had passed through.
And so it was that the Almah was asked her question “Will you bear a Son, A Saviour” and the free and unencumbered response “let it be done unto me according to thy word for I am the handmaid of the Lord” was necessary before the epoch of the Son could begin. “Let none of my will impeded your desires Oh my Lord and my God. I am humbled before your majesty, Fiat Creator Father, Fiat to your Eternal Word spoken over me- let it be done so.”
And so it was that the epoch of the Son, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity began truly amongst His own creation.  The Son entered the Holy sanctuary and nestled and grew under her heart of the one whose fiat was anticipated and resounded throughout all of creation.  Even Sheol waited; holding its breath for the answer. Sheol overflowing with “Adamahs” of honour waiting for the gates  of paradise to be reopened with the response of the humble Almah, the one full of grace.
The Fiat of the virgin would mean a new creation; a first born of the Divine would be enfleshed with a robe of that which He had created, flesh of the creature, covering divinity.   Invisible divinity made visible in the flesh of creature.
And so God Son was born in a manner of the poor. Not a prince but in a manner of the first Adam, from the elements of creation.  The Second person of the Most Holy Trinity entered Humanity completely and without shame. He entered in all ways unrecognizable as divinity, as human in all ways but sin.
His voice was heard in time. His footsteps left imprints. His teaching unforgettable; but more than this the Son paved the way for the third Epoch of the bride to be welcomed.  The Epoch of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit of Life, Love and Truth and in this new epoch of the Spirit, this Holy Spirit would speak the truth about the Father and the Son. The Spirit would confirm Their Holiness and the truth of the Trinitarian Love and Life of Father God. 
“He will not come unless I go” said the Son (Jn14:26) and so He went. He returned back to the glory which was His before time began, so that the Third Person of the Most Holy Trinity could descend  with great power like a wind from heaven. Like tongues of fire. A spirit of Renewal and teaching. Spirit of healing, eloquence, prophecy, understanding, but above all The Spirit of Fire teaching about Love, the greatest of all the gifts. God is Love.

The Spirit’s work is to teach and prepare the work of Love to prepare the “bride” for her groom. To prepare her garment for the great wedding feast of the Lamb.  The Spirit leads and teaches and prepares so that the bridal garment is found to be spotless "...Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and faultless." (Ep. 5:27).  And so the work of the Holy Spirit continues till the Son returns to claim His Bride wearing her beautiful spotless gown. 
The third Epoch is one of beautifying the bride, (Church) cleansing her of all stain so that He may come for her and wed her to Himself and the Father through them may be glorified.

 

 

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Happy New Year.

Dear Friends Happy New Year. 2015

I wish for you a healthy and happy year filled with many graces and gifts of love.

Anne

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Hidden Pain ..An Insight into childhood sexual abuse






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Its been a hard labour but a labour of love.

Anne

Hail Holy Queen

                    



               
The prayer Hail Holy Queen which we pray after the Rosary is a most ancient prayer and beautiful. We declare that Mary the Mother of Jesus is "Holy" is "Queen" "Mother of all "Mercy" (Jesus).

She is a "hope."  We cry to Mary because before Mary's "Fiat" and the beginning of the work of our Redemption we were indeed "poor banished children of "Eve" (hawah-mother of all living) and in some ways we still are because we can no longer meet our creator face to face as "Eve" did in the garden. Today we meet our God and creator only with the eyes of faith. The Sin of Origins (of our first parents) deprived for us the experience of visual and "face to face" intimacy” (He walked with Adam in the cool of the garden) with Him. As we live on this earth (Garden of Eden?) and it is His joy and ours that we do so, we are deprived of the same intimacy of our "Father" as you and I have the visible and tangible intimacy with our own fathers. As you and I have an intimacy with your/my children.

We sigh and are sad because of this barrier that prohibits us from embracing our Heavenly Father as we embrace our own living children.
"This Valley of Tears" is the earth and our life as we live them.

My own life is strewn with tears and all human beings in one way or another experience much sorrow and loss and the tears shed often feel like we could fill a whole valley with our tears (poetically). So collectively the tears of the human beings in our daily lives fill a whole valley and form a river and fill and top up the ocean.
"Turn then most gracious advocate thine eyes of Mercy towards us" A new title for Our Blessed Mother. Remember Jesus on the Cross gave her to us as "our Mother" so we can turn to "our Mother" as we turn to our human mother for advocacy, for comfort, support, for intimate needs, so we turn to our heavenly mother for comfort for our soul’s needs, to help us to carry that heavy cross like my own deeply regretted two decisions which changed the trajectory of my life.

"And after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb....Jesus"
And in this exile/banishment from the embrace and vision of my own true Father, we ask, "Mum, when we come to the end of this journey, would you take me by the hand and introduce me to your Son who gave you to me and who bought for me this new and intimate relationship with Our Father/my Father?”

I believe wholly completely and totally that I receive the body, blood, soul and divinity of my Lord Jesus when I receive the Eucharist and as I said in the past if I close my eyes I can see the beauty of the light of my Lord Jesus of the Transfiguration. But it is only through the imagination and not the visual.
We are meant to be perfect as Our heavenly father is perfect, but the reality is that we are not and whilst we remain on this earth we can and do fail the ideal. None of us is sinless. We all sin and fall far short of the glory of God. However, for this and for the reason of His great love for us, He has left for us the remedy for this  our inclination towards failing the ideal.

 Yes Jesus has conquered the Sin of World, but this knowledge has to be taken on board, acquired and made one's own and again the reality is that we are human beings who are frail and like St Paul says, I want to do good things but I fail.

The prayer "Hail Holy Queen" has written within it a most marvellous catechesis and if it could be "delivered" it would open the eyes of the soul. Within this catechesis, is the story of God, creation, sin, redemption and return to Our Father.
To the best of our knowledge  we seek Christ in His integrity, unbroken just as His mother and Father gave Him to us. This is what the journey is all about. Finding the  whole and complete Christ in His divine essence.

That we should love our enemy is a given. That we get hurt with our enemy's arrows, is also a given and in our labour to forgive is when we grow deeper in the dimension of the Cross and in  this the finding Christ in His integrity.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

What is Religion?


The dictionary tells us that religion is "a particular system of faith and worship" (eg Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu) It means re-ligare" to bind, or tie oneself to.”
It is also human recognition of a non human power and especially of a personal God or gods who are believed to be entitled to obedience and worship. Religion and religious enquiry incorporates thought, belief, conduct, behaviour, experience, ritual and underpinning this umbrella called religion are some identifiable traits and systems which bring together and effect certain responses.
 
To be termed a religion and thus to be considered to be effective, a religion must have a set of doctrines, e.g. death and resurrection of Jesus in reparation for the sins of the world (Christianity). The Four Noble Truths, the Eighth fold Path (Buddhism). Religion must have a dimension of story (its history) and experiences. These stories must be known, believed and told and retold in order that they become assimilated into that particular life story and belief. Religion must have its rituals, to accompany the stories and history. Rituals make an attempt to make visible the invisible.  Rituals speak a language of the unspoken.

For the Catholic believer, the Mass and Sacraments constitute the most important rituals and elements of the faith. To accompany the rituals an ethical dimension must be formulated because it is this dimension which determines the mores. It is this dimension which enshrines the basic non changeable beliefs and tenets of that religion.


Religion must have its sacred texts (Torah for the Jewish people. Gospels, Epistles, Old Testament for Christianity, Rig Vedas, for Hindus, Koran for Muslim faith,  etc) which are the words spoken by the Deity through the  founder of that religion and which are to be studied and learned and kept and interpreted in perpetuity by the followers. These words are used to govern one's life.
Within the framework of religion is also found the experiential. This is because religion has the potential to fulfil the yearnings, spiritual, and psychological needs of the human person. These needs are written on the core of the human heart and demand a response.


Religion helps to give the human person an idea and image of his/her place in the universe and assists in the answers to the deep questions of life and death and the meaning of these.
And probably it can be said that religion assists in the seeking for an answer to that nameless core yearning that rises from within a human person. Religion is an attempt to vocalize and bring into reality 'the Sacred" "The Numinous" (Rudolph Otto, 1917, The Idea of the Holy.") It is an infinite and lifelong journey of the human person to return to their homeland for which there is an echo or deep yearning and longing for the return and for Father (God).
Ultimately the human person is restless (as St Augustine would say) and ontologically lonely because the human being recognises that its homeland is not as permanent resident here on earth, but where he/she comes from. A return to God and our place in Him and with Him.


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

God is Love Ps 103




Recently Iasked a friend do you love him?  (husband)  and her response surprised me especially as I had gone to their wedding, had been present when their daughter was born, have seen their ups and downs like every other young couple's ups and downs and yet still her reponse surprised me.  "I dont know what love means Anne" And this then set the cogs working.  I have had much time to think as I sat by the bedside of one who was dying.  These moments of watching, at times praying, thinking of what should've, could've, might've been and other extraneous thoughts.  Into this mix, moments of silence so that other thoughts filtered through.

Love what is this strange thing called "love" what we humans call "love" and can we humans experience unadulterated, pure, love, the kind of love which we attribute to God or is God "love"
As I pondered further, I thought back to beginnings and thought of creation and God enfleshing of the human being.  If God is "Love" then surely when He breathed into the human then all He could breathe would be love, so that every, every, every human being born is enfleshed with love.  Irrespective of the advanced or primitive nature of the person, love is their breath.
Love makes the world go round and some such silly, shallow song words but its probably true because love maintains creation in being or existence.  At the end of this existence then love withdraws.

To understand love perhaps a little helps us to maybe see God. And the Apostle to the gentile's words "There is faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love."

So what is love? what is the mystery called love? poetry, songs, dramas, movies, love stories have been written, sung, acted out, in honour of this emotion called love. All depicting love in its many forms.  It has been described as a feeling, way,journey, even affection. 

It has been called a challenge.  It is sought after and desired and longed for and even mourned for.
Love in its many shades, forms and ways cannot ever pass by and leave those it touches unchanged. True love by its nature change those it encounters or it cannot be "love."
True love gives birth to more love. True love is universal because every culture,, race, creed, colour, know love and have love embedded into their being.
Every culture has its own "love story" to tell. Every culture has love embedded into its consciousness because every culture has this mystery of divine enfleshment as their genesis.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Grief/Abortion/society


 

The connection between abortion and its after effects on men, women, and society has long been established, yet still the call is for more abortion, more sexual immorality and more death. 
The family is under severe attack from many fronts; however, the most insidious is the now legal and lethal assault on pre born children demanded by their own parents.   These are now the most vulnerable members of society, because in the womb they are unseen, unprotected, and those designed to protect and nurture them have become their judges and executioners. 
Past history tells us those societies where children were offered as sacrifice to the gods of their day have perished.  Perhaps our society with its technological advances has become the most primitive of all because our advanced knowledge has not been used to protect life but rather how to easily dispose of it.  The ensuing collective guilt has instilled a projected self-hate, provoking individuals and groups to inflict more death on many levels.   The crippling sense of guilt has led to flight via the medium of first denial and then ego satisfaction.

Ultimately what can be said about abortion and the family and society is that abortion deeply wounds the structure called family.  Just as the family of God is held together through the overflow of His  love  so the human family is meant to bind together man and woman by an overflow of their love shown clearly in the image of their child. Abortion is the antithesis of love and plunges the family and humanity into a new state of dehumanisation and de-civilisation.
To heal the family of disenfranchised grief and unacknowledged pain and free them for life must be a goal of all therapy and therapies.  Abortion kills love but an acknowledged and good therapeutic programme can restore love and equilibrium and wholeness and family. This needs to be the goal of the society of our times.
"In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act" (G Orwell)

Monday, 2 June 2014

For the Children's Sake

Having just returned from Hobart in Tasmania where I attended Emily's Voice Conference I want to say how much heartened I am with those who work for life.
I attended as speaker but there were three other speakers (Paul O'Rourke, CEO of Emily's Voice, Bernadette Black CEO Brave Foundation and Gaye ounsellor)  whose passion for women, and preborn babies is as deep and enduring as mine.  I think as we continue to work together to form a cohort for the Lord  we will be able to see that a difference can be made.
Post abortion grief and trauma exists.  Today this really cannot be denied. Abuse of children exists. This also cannot be denied and a  huge drug culture which seems to have overcome our children also cannot be denied.
I am amazed that it seems that  those children who escaped abortion in the last twenty years are now being lost to the drug "ice." Satan indeed hates our children.
Paul O'Rourke has written a fabulous book called "Why Satan Hates our Children"   which can be purchased from www.emilysvoice.com  and is really worth buying because it's important to know and to be informed. It's pointless saying "we didnt know" because we do know and we need to battle for the children and our culture.  Not doing so means an outcome of a whole generation lost to a "war" on children and against children.
Thank you Paul for the invitation to speak at the conference. Thank you to those who gave hospitality and I plead with my readers please please get involved for the children's sake. 

Saturday, 17 May 2014

God is Love and Forgiveness at work.


Love and forgiveness attributes of God were created before all of creation itself.  Forgiveness is the Lord’s name, attribute and character and these attributes were created by the Father before eternity, time  and humanity.  The Father God knowing that  His creation of the human in His image and of His own desires and “choice” would at times fail to rise above the wrong “choice” and hence make a wrong choice and further repay evil with good, and so forgiveness would be required. If this was and is not so, then this would mean that there was and is a limitation on God and He would not have known that Adam and Eve would make wrong choice and so forgiveness like Wisdom were created before time.
Love also an attribute and characteristic of God and in the image of Yeshua connects every part of humanity’s being to every other. It is the superglue.  The soul, that spark of God, which makes the creature so like God, has a deep need and hunger for “love” its source, God.  It is attracted and yearns for  its very source its being and origin and yearns to return to the One from whom he is given life.
In pasturing of another   or in a spiritual setting the word “love” “unity” “forgiveness” and “acceptance” are essential if there is to be a recovery from wounds and a return to authentic “love. And it is  especially in forgiveness that love is seen most pronounced and obvious and which leads to the emergence of a renewed one because of the “choice” made not to repay pain with pain. Wound with wound.
A pastoral carer’s role is to enter into the struggles of another as it strives to feel, free,  see, recognize, love and work through the disrepair in its life and assist the other in the struggle for renewal or even for state of  repair, or as the Hebrew  person might say tikkun.
Acceptance with all its meanings and effects ensures true union of love, forgiveness and a reconnection.  Grace, another attribute and characteristic and gift of the divine and offered by Christ i then becomes the true acceptance.
In both the First Testament and second Testament scriptures is revealed a God of acceptance. A God who goes to great lengths to reach the broken and hurting creature. He enters into the pain and accepts it. He is a God who accepts what is offered to Him because God sees that the human is a part of Himself, willingly and lovingly created by him to be His representative amongst the created order.
Knowing how special, how greatly honoured we are held in His esteem and gaze, should permit and help us to know that He created us and loves us and is ready to forgive us and our earthling siblings. He so loves that He shows us that He is always on our side.  He never abandons. As long as we are alive then He will always be ready to pick us up. 
In God we see the greatest offer of friendship in the situation of brokenness and see a God wishing to come near the brokenness and not be ashamed or repulsed by it. Just to repair Tikkun,   because in the repairing then his creation will complete  the mission which He has given to it and in the carrying out of the mission  not only to grow, but to grow in  stature, wisdom, and truth, and  learn to grow in perfection, that is, to learn to choose to do good, to make “good choices” when an evil choice is much easier to make.
This is the work and honour of the human being only, because beasts and angels do not have this very important option but only the human has been entrusted with this and has this capacity.
To this end we succeed when we have failed and made wrong choices and have seen the consequences of the wrong choices and then turned this around and worked towards making right choices.

Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, “ there is no righteous man in the whole world who continually does good and does not transgress” And yet even when “not good” is done there is the gift  and attribute of forgiveness a gift in the mind of God even before  Adam was created.
Our nature and humaneness belong to the order of goodness in the mind of God and were so before creation, because creation was declared “very good” and even after sin the creation was not destroyed but a promise of forgiveness was made for the future to come in the person of the Messiah and a new humanity. 
Different from the first one human (Adam created from the Adamah and Jesus both from the Adamah and divine) this new humanity, led by Yeshua enfleshes Love, Forgiveness and Grace, the characteristics of the Creator whose breath was infused into the creation because the Creator desired us to be just like Him. In His own image and likeness.
It was His “choice” and not His need for us to be and in the breathing into each human being His breath He also breathes into each individual an option for “choice” and permits us to “choose” to grow or journey into goodness. To develop divine manners and ways so that at the appointed time we do not find ourselves homeless in a strange land far from the creator Father because we have not made choices like Him.

He created us to be like Him and to make a “choice” for Life and on this journey as we make more and more “right” choices we become more and more like Him.  In His own image of one who  chose “life” even though He knew that “Life” would “choose” against Him. To this end He became “forgiveness” so that it was possible to offer this option when the need arose.