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Frank, I was a seminarian for six years before deciding to leave. I've been very active in the Church ever since. I'm now married with two children. Last year I made my final profession as a Lay Carmelite, so Liturgy of the Hours, Lectio Divina, spiritual reading, and contemplative prayer are very much a part of my life. So the answer to your first question is yes. I do believe that Jesus came to show us the joy that we can obtain if and only if we follow the Father's will. I think the more we follow God's will, the more we imitate the life of the Holy Trinity. We experience sorrow and separation when we decide to follow our own will versus that of the Father's. That's why we need God's grace: to make up for the sinful things we think, say, and do. I've always said this, and I always will: If I had been ordained, the two things I would have promoted to my dying day would have been the sacraments of Holy Communion and Penance. They're often called twin sacraments because they were both instituted by Christ in the Upper Room, one just before He died, and one just after He rose. I believe that Jesus' prayer while dying on the cross (Psalm 22: "My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?") shows how despondent we become when we alienate ourselves from God due to sin. Even though Jesus never sinned, he felt that alienation while taking on every sin of humanity. Our hope comes at the end of Psalm 22: we trust that God will take care of us in spite of everything we're now suffering. I do believe that God is in each one of us, and the real challenge for us is to see past the sin--especially when people utter blasphemies and insults because they don't believe--and still love them as God's children. Regarding your statements about Baptism, it is through Baptism that we receive the Holy Spirit and become part of the Church. There's no telling how the Spirit will act in us, but we open ourselves up to receive God's grace once we have been baptized. Recall that many of the Jews received baptism from John the Baptist before going off to follow Christ. John preached the message of repentance so that we could inherit the kingdom of God. So yes, I believe that the kingdom is within us, but we have to be properly oriented in order to be able to see it and strive for it. Sin is what clouds our vision and makes it harder, if not impossible, to see. I believe that every theological discovery I make is a gift from God, and that each discovery only makes me want to learn that much more so that I can see more clearly. That's why I try to be extremely careful in presenting what I believe to be the truth as charitably as I can, even when I receive nasty replies. I believe that when I go before God after I die, I will be asked, "Did you spread my Gospel, and did you do it in love?" If you want to know what drives me in this life, that's it. That's also why my image is that of St. Therese, the Little Flower.From: Disqus <notifications@disqus.net>To: tlf97@yahoo.comSent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 5:39 PMSubject: Re: New comment posted on Pope To Demote Conservative Cardinal – A Revolution, Decapitation, Describes Vatican CriticSettingsA new comment was posted on International Business TimesFrankBU, I understand you very well and I understand the Church teachings you are sharing. In my earlier days I studied biblical theology at a Catholic University. The truth I’ve since discovered, or the reality behind what which we are taught, is buried beneath mountains of doctrine like multiple layers of paint on a famous fresco. I have much I’d like to tell you, but this venue has it’s limitations. I would ask you first, if you practice any form of meditation in your life… which is simply sitting in silence in the presence of God within you? This is most often where God reveals His presence to us. Secondly, do you really understand that Jesus came as a Model to show us that the oneness in Him is the same oneness that is in us? St. Paul discovered this and very clea rly stated, “I no longer live, as it is Christ who lives in me”. Paul now knew his true identity. If you read over your last response to me, I see clearly that you identify yourself as a separate individual praying to a God who is separate from you. If you compare your statement to what St. Paul is saying, you can see a clear gap. The process of being born from above, or in Catholic terms Baptism, is not a receiving of anything. It’s meant as an awakening to what is already there. An awakening to who you actually are. If you look at Jesus’ earliest words, he spoke to a group of town’s people (who were all but strangers to Him) and He told them that the Kingdom of God was within them. Do you hear those words… the Kingdom was already there, inside each individual. Then Jesus later prayed in John’s Gospel that we would know the same oneness that He knew with the Father. It’s not some outside Spirit we need to receive, it’s an awakening to the Life that we alr eady are. You and God are not two separate entities. St. Paul states again that, “Whosoever is united with Christ is ONE Spirit with Him”. All this church hierarchy and priests with special powers that you’ve entrusted yourself to, is the reflection of hundreds of years of tradition. Every single individual has the same Life of God within them. It’s not just something in you, it actually is you. The Church has put the Body of Christ in a Tabernacle, yet they fail to tell you that each one of you sitting in Church, is Christ manifest in different individuals. Look back at Genesis where it tells us that God breathed His Spirit into us and we became a living soul. Jesus went away so that we’d stop clinging to Him and realize that He is our very Life. The only thing that holds us back from realizing our true nature is our Mind… the famous Ego. Julian of Norwich stated, “That between you and God, there is no between”. That’s the reality. 7:39 p.m., Thursday Sept. 18Reply to FrankFrank’s comment is in reply to BU:Thank you for your kind remarks. Just like any organization, once the Church began to grow, the few in charge (in this case, the Apostles ... Read moreYou're receiving this message because you're signed up to receive notifications about replies to disqus_LsKMD30dyP. You can unsubscribe from emails about replies to disqus_LsKMD30dyP by replying to this email with "unsubscribe" or reduce the rate with which these emails are sent by adjusting your notification settings.

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