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February 15, 2013


I became fixated on a Luigi Nono quote:  She knew how to have in life moments of the wonderful, of horror, of doubt, through which she could rediscover the beauty of ecstasy, of meditation. It is about the choice between a balanced, considered, yet certain existence and a problematic, restless, even frightening one — but with moments of great joy — that is open to all experience and knowledge. This having to do with the character lo, from his musical composition, lo, Frammento da Prometeo. A discussion on this led to considering Perpetua and Felicity . I was not familiar with these two figures, and I expect I will remain unfamiliar with these two figures, and I feel quite certain I will spend little or no time on most of what I call the primordial ‘saints’ of Religion, Augustine of Hippo being one of them. Here is what I have discerned in this business called sainthood.

Not all apostles are saints, but what constitutes a saint in the Spiritual (not Religion) is self-understanding. It’s key: taking what God gives and using it in a way that maximizes the precepts under Parenthood God. In other words, self-less giving, but not in works kept within a love statute that theorizes God understanding. Visual acuity from the deep – a sort of seeing through the dark and not a a seeing in the dark – an even light shines continuous. Always there is an awareness. Saints primordial are not the living working saints in Godhood, that Spirit realm. Luther was a primordial saint, but, of course, Saint Paul was not. This has to do with choice. It has to do with death, a death untold.

Man loves to rack up his primordial and electorial saints, some of whom had been pre-ordained in and for specific agenda within Religious Institutions. I call these a Moderator of the Masses. Augustine was a capitalist in this arena, as are many members in set Religions. Members have gotten used to this way, often ignoring the Christ way, and forgetting Who is Parent. If these in Religion aren’t careful, they may be asking for the plagues of Judea.

But what makes one evolve? A saint, that is. Saintliness, I would imagine. I am not trying to be coy here; just apparent. AP Parent. Advanced Placement Parenting – God ordained. And to be frank on this, it does take a parent, or a parental role. To know one is to be one, to be one is to know. Now, please, someone, tell me how these primordial and electorial saints are supposed to inspire Religious members? For, what other reason is one sainted? This reminds me of a quote I received some time ago from someone in a parish. These words were imbedded in a frilly, glitter-spattered, twinkling, music-laced e-mail: Inspire before you expire.

I responded rather curtly many months later:

Before one can inspire, one must expire. Once this is achieved, one can inspire before one expires. 

In light of the message on inspiration, those words might go hand in hand with the passage in John 3.3

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

This has less to do with mathematics, and more to do with humility.

Now, for those coined “saints” … Do I really want to be a John Paul II? Does anyone want to be a John Paul II? Or an Augustine? Or a Luther? I know so many who have run circles around John Paul II in terms of good deeds, hard work and effort, intelligence, foresight, negotiating, management, leadership, parenting, arbitrating, giving and loving, and all of this on a shoestring budget, with late nights at the office, in an emergency room, school meetings and those uncomfortable stadium bleachers.  Many moms and dads fit these reasonably well, and they have done quite well without any imperialistic intentions. One might argue that these efforts are more singular, less worldly, and my response would be:

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12.2

And then, how do we know if saint is true saint or just ordinary sinner? Could it be the amount of sin a saint can and will endure? Could it be the years spent plying the tools of the trade? Becoming so transiently popular that no one within set Religion would dare to consider anything other than sainthood? Although, I thought that those called by God typically go where they are needed, not usually where they are wanted.

In further study, I try to imagine Saint Paul concerning himself with self-mortification, a practice attributable to some. I think the torture from those opposing him was likely more than enough. Which makes me wonder about this practice. Could it be that those involved in this form of self-abuse aren’t feeling enough? If you read Saint Paul’s letters, there is certainly no lack of compassion, and so, I would think that Love would be the moderating factor in saintliness. True, existential, unadulterated Love (free will in choosing to Be, to know God). God calls these members of The Community to specific tasks, and these Community Members align themselves with God purpose, and God planning, in and through the One. The days are not attuned to agenda Religion style. God is a whipper snapper when it comes to groundwork. No flight until the grounds are well spent, the gifts used in His Name, the Light arrayed and the Truth apparent. But for those called to specific tasks, the tasks are of the Essence, that Spirituality of Christ, redeemable only through indentured servitude in and of the Way. And one called in this would have it no other way. To be apart from this would be alien to self.

In Corinthians 10.25 of One, it says Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience sake …

How might this be understood? Possibly … Eat nothing that offends God the Father. I think we need to first agree that at the time of this passage, man did not understand God’s purpose. They believed certain pieces of meat should never be eaten. Hopefully, the thinking today is to use all parts. Another point here is to Never underestimate the value of a man’s intent. I suppose we could view this as a small portion for one might be a large portion for another.

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