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October 13, 2013



Recently someone shared with me the pope’s opinion of the role of the female in his church. He asked my opinion on this. Well, for starters, the pope’s understanding of CHURCH has been different than mine. This, and a multitude of other reasons keeps me not Catholic. But in order to keep this essay brief, I will comment only on the placing of service and servitude. 

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It has to do with intent, really. The pope has just now solicited a perimeter. In this, he designates female to a genre of set place–service. No Spirit Gifts reside within service alone. He has–in ESSENCE–denounced female servitude. Instead of celebrating the fabric of She … he had instituted a bond of dereliction.

Too bad for RC Mary … but thank God Mary is not “Roman Catholic.”


Peace and Love

  1. opheliart permalink

    Interesting, Alf. Thanks for sharing. I would like to add a bit more–this having to do with the paradox of placement within Servitude.

    Service is a personal choice of endeavor, which may or may not serve the Presence of Light. It is contingent on the understanding that Light is the Essence within the placement … where a person lives and breathes. Servitude is the necessity of the continuum of Spirit Presence within work, or the Work. It aligns with Light in a manner applicable to God Purpose. What I was demonstrating to the reader in my essay is that Mary within the context of this pope’s message to his members reduces her to a Martha, or possibly less (not implying that a Martha is bad, for the Mary/Martha biblical story is really a story of two hands: right and left). He challenges the members to believe that his church is mother, but he misses the mark by his own allegations of hierarchal supremacy and doctrine. Mother does not exist where she cannot be found. Statues and ikons are reminders of the possibility of mother, but do not serve of equal measure in the paradox. These are things, not Spirits. Spirit can only unite where it is of intimate Love. Mary’s Mary, or Miriam in the understanding … is living, uniting, growing … which does include persecution at times, and the Sorrow, as well as the Joy. This is sorely missed and misunderstood in Mary’s epitaph on Love–in religion.

    Peace and Love

  2. opheliart permalink

    Good morning, Alfred. I thought of something else that applies here. Let’s take Maximilian Kolbe as an example of one in service to a religious denomination having moved into servitude. Saint Maximilian chose to become a Franciscan Friar and be of service to a sect within this organization. He promoted set agenda based on his opinions, thoughts, ideologies, which aligned with much of what RC advocates. He was no different than a woman serving as teacher in a parochial school. Some paid attention to what he taught, some did not. But this man moved into a calling of servitude during the war. In number of days, this was brief, especially compared to those who spend a lifetime serving vocationally in a church or ministry, but [this], a SERVITUDE, was such that it “raised him from the dead” … so to speak, and transformed him, untying, then uniting him with Spirit for a juncture that inspires and generates Life AFTER his passing within the flesh. If you read ancient wisdom texts such as The Ladder of Ascent or The Philokalia, or some gnostic texts, the understanding is that we, no matter where we serve, live in darkness (a sort of death), and we are to yearn for Light. This is continuous, an ever-growing stimulation toward holiness–a wine coming into Essence to be served at a certain time–God’s Time. His days were numbered–much like Jesus–but his wine was of the Essence of the Spirituality of Christ (see Galatians 5:22-25), and is LIVING beyond those few days.

    In addition, it was no secret that Saint Maximilian was a lover of Mary. Although his desire in this love was still in infancy, the generosity and truthfulness in heart “served him” in his last days on earth, for he BELIEVED in something beyond his service as friar, which, combined with something that I believe was preordained for his coming Station (after his earth life) … moved him forward, and into Sainthood, which is a uniting with Angel.

    Man in his understanding of God is still in infancy. It is time he move forward.

    Peace and Love

  3. mamorales8 permalink

    Just a comment on the role of women in the church and Pope Francis. I had lost confidence in the church. Especially after the phedophilia incident . I saw the election of Cardinal Bergolio fascinating, but I almost fell out of my chair after I heard the name he chose for his papacy! If you watch and study why the Popes pick the names they do, you will find what doctrine or way he will follow. What his papacy is going to be like. St Francis, left his life of wealth and comfort to serve God and the poor. He started from the very first day to do just so. No red shoes , no new gown, but one used by another Pope, he had re-fitted for him. And other things that was ” expected” for the Popp to follow. All this things created quite an uproar. He has already form a committee to deal with the pedophlic priests that are sort of hiding out in the Vatican and elsewhere. He is just starting. Cardinal Bergolio, mow Pope Francis, has to take his time and follow certain steps , in order to do the changes he wants and change things. So far he has created quite an uproar within the the Curia! He has to be careful. Remember what happened to Pope John Paul l! Andany of us pray for his safety! So , although he is not afraid of death, those who believe that he can and will do many wonderful changes that the church needs . So , we wait, and watch the first Pope that had truly discarded pomp and riches and loves and works for all people and the poor. This are my thoughts . I have recover my faith in the church and like many like pray for a wonderful man of God , that is driven to help everyone and to care for the poor in spirit andometary, notated race or culture . Sent from my iPhone

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