Posted by: DanutM | 29 October 2014

Rembrandt – omul unei singure carti

Rembrandt

Cu ocazia gazduirii, de catre Casa Pogor, a expozitiei de gravura ”Rembrandt, scene biblice”, Centrul de Studii Europene Robert Schuman a dedicat una din seriile prelegerilor de anul acesta marelui pictor, sub titlul de ”Rembrandt – Omul Unei Singure Cărți”.

Prelegerea are loc sâmbătă dimineața, 1 noiembrie, ora 10.30, la Muzeul Literaturii Române Iași (Casa Pogor, in Copou).

Posted by: DanutM | 31 October 2014

The Discretion of Nicholas Winton – NYTimes.com

The Discretion of Nicholas Winton – NYTimes.com.

Sir Nicholas Winston is one of the unsang heroes of our time.

‘At the age of 105, Sir Nicholas Winton is still inclined toward self-effacement. He did what any normal human being would, only at a time when most of Europe had gone mad. A London stockbroker, born into a family of German Jewish immigrants who had changed their name from Wertheim and converted to Christianity, he rescued 669 children, most of them Jews, from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939. They came to Britain in eight transports. The ninth was canceled when Hitler invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939. The 250 children destined for it journeyed instead into the inferno of the Holocaust.’

DanutM:

O documentar de vazut.

Originally posted on Istorie Evanghelica:

La frontieră este un film filmul de mediu metraj inspirat după un caz real care spune povestea a doi distribuitori de Biblii din anul 1983 din România comunistă.

Dintre actori menționez: Cătălin Dupu, Mihai Dragoman

Partea a 2 – se intitulează Cartea care a schimbat lumea.

CARTEA CARE A SCHIMBAT LUMEA – trailer

CARTEA CARE A SCHIMBAT LUMEA este povestea adevărată a doi prieteni care în 1983 trebuie să facă un transport de Biblii. Nimănui nu îi este ușor. Oare vor reusi?
O producție New Image Impact – Alege Viața – Proiectul România. Scenariul și regia: Cătălin Dupu Imaginea și montajul: Florin Dima

Vedeți și mărturia fratelui Lungu Dumitru despre transportul ilegal de Biblii

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Posted by: DanutM | 31 October 2014

Churchless and Secular

DanutM:

You should absolutely read this. It is relevant not only for the US.

Originally posted on Musings on Science and Theology:

ChurchMy world … and welcome to it. (HT James Thurber)

I’m not churchless or secular, but by far the majority of my friends, peers, and coworkers are. Although my university community is not yet the norm for the country as a whole, it may reflect a growing trend. Churchless is an increasing phenomenon in the US.

Dave Kinnaman and the Barna Group have published the results a series of surveys in a new book Churchless: Understanding Today’s Unchurched and How to Connect with Them. The surveys themselves lead to some interesting insights. Cathy Lynn Grossman at The Religion News Service reports:

If you’re dismayed that one in five Americans (20 percent) are “nones” — people who claim no particular religious identity — brace yourself.

How does 38 percent sound?

That’s what religion researcher David Kinnaman calculates when he adds “the unchurched, the never-churched and the skeptics” to the nones.

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Posted by: DanutM | 31 October 2014

A Kingdom Reality-Check in the Middle East Crisis

Originally posted on The Institute of Middle East Studies:

Jesus was all about his kingdom. The first declaration of his public ministry was “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” He communicated the nature of it in parable and story. His miracles demonstrated its authority over every sphere of life and he called his disciples to abandon all present loyalties for its sake. The genealogical records of the Gospels and citations of the prophets depict Jesus as its fulfillment—the promised Messiah-King.

Most Christians would give ready assent to the preceding paragraph, yet the real impact of Jesus’ Kingdom seems to escape us when dealing with thorny existential realities such as the current crisis in the Middle East. The parties which clamor for our attention are those which play a visible and material role in the conflict—ISIS, Khorazon, the Nusra Front, the Free Syrian army, the regime of Syrian president Asad, the Peshmerga (the Kurdish forces) and now…

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Posted by: DanutM | 30 October 2014

Kevin Ashton – The Creativity Myth

Kevin Ashton - How to Fly a Horse

Kevin Ashton – How to Fly a Horse

In 1815, Germany’s General Music Journal published a letter in which Mozart described his creative process:

When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone, and of good cheer; say traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly. All this fires my soul, and provided I am not disturbed, my subject enlarges itself, becomes methodized and defined, and the whole, though it be long, stands almost finished and complete in my mind, so that I can survey it, like a fine picture or a beautiful statue, at a glance. Nor do I hear in my imagination the parts successively, but I hear them, as it were, all at once. When I proceed to write down my ideas the committing to paper is done quickly enough, for everything is, as I said before, already finished; and it rarely differs on paper from what it was in my imagination.

In other words, Mozart’s greatest symphonies, concertos, and operas came to him complete when he was alone and in a good mood. He needed no tools to compose them. Once he had finished imagining his masterpieces, all he had to do was write them down. Read More…

David Shenk - Christian. Muslim. Friend

David Shenk is my favourite Protestant speicalist in Islam. He is a Mennonite and he desplays the typical irenic Anabaptist approach to inter-faith relations.

I highly recommend this book. Please find below the presentation of the book on the Amazon website.

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Can Christians and Muslims be friends? Real friends?

Even in a post-September 11 era of alienation and religious violence, David Shenk says yes.

In Christian. Muslim. Friend., Shenk lays out twelve ways that Christians can form authentic relationships with Muslims, characterized by respect, hospitality, and candid dialogue. Read More…

Suheil S. Dawani
Anglican Archbishop Suheil S. Dawani of Jerusalem

Dear saints,

As announced by the Episcopal Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, the Provincial Synod has resolved to confer on the Bishop of Jerusalem the title of Archbishop of Jerusalem.

Mabrouk to Archbishop Suheil S. Dawani, who becomes the first Arab Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem since 1974, an elevated status which will strengthen both the Anglican and Christian presence in Jerusalem. Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 30 October 2014

Cât de darbyşti sunt creştinii după Evanghelie?

DanutM:

Bogdan Emanuel Radut face in aceasta postare o comparatie intre darbysti si crestinii dupa Evanghelie.

Originally posted on Biserica Creştină după Evanghelie din România:

           În deceniile doi şi trei ale secolului XIX, în Dublin, Bristol şi Plymouth au apărut grupuri de credincioşi care au înfiinţat Mişcarea Frăţească. Mai apoi aceasta s-a extins în Europa, mişcare în care îşi au rădăcinile şi creştinii după Evanghelie din România. Dintre pionieri amintim pe Edward Cronin, Anthony Norris Groves, John Gifford Bellett, Henry Craik, George Müller, Lord Congleton, John Nelson Darby,  ş.a.

            În discuţii cu terţe persoane aud des asocierea creştinilor după Evanghelie cu Darby. Motivaţiile le găsim fie la lipsa unor informaţii mai clare, fie propagarea unor legende nedocumentate. Mi-am pus pun întrebarea, la care încerc să creionez un răspuns, cât de darbyşti suntem noi, sau cât de mare este influenţa învăţăturii lui J.N. Darby în Bisericile Creştine după Evanghelie din România?

            Dintru-nceput trebuie subliniat că pentru creştinii după Evanghelie fondatori ai Mişcării Frăţeşti, precum şi doctrinari ai acesteia, sunt Anthony Groves şi George…

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Posted by: DanutM | 29 October 2014

It Isn’t Love – But it Should Be

DanutM:

This is about a new book by Philip Yancey.

Originally posted on Musings on Science and Theology:

What is the first word that comes to mind when I say Christian?

YanceyThis question, and the answers given by non-Christians shape the second chapter of Philip Yancey’s new book Vanishing Grace. Yancey is convinced that all people long for meaning, a sense of purpose, that our life actually matters. We also long for genuine community and a sense of being loved and of belonging. Christian faith should draw people in, provide meaning, purpose, and belonging. Yet far too often this is not reality.

When I ask, “Tell me the first word that comes to your mind when I say “Christian,” not one time has someone suggested the word love. Yet without question that is the proper biblical answer.” As I have loved you, so you must love one another,” Jesus commanded his disciples at the Last Supper. He said the world will know we are…

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Posted by: DanutM | 29 October 2014

Alina Ilioi – Momentul în care mi-am luat zborul

Alina da autografe

Alina Ilioi scrie in ultima ei postare despre lansarea primei sale carti. Iata ce scrie ea.

Au fost câteva zile intense. Faptul că acum stau şi scriu dedicaţii pe prima pagină a cărţii pentru oameni dragi mie, încă mă face să cred că este ireal. Dar mă aduce la realitate pansamentul pe care încă-l am la mână, de aseară, de la spital. Am trăit intens fiecare moment, poate de asta le-am şi făcut o vizită neaşteptată medicilor.

Să revenim la bucurii. Lansarea cărţii “Aşa vei şti că l-ai întâlnit pe EL” a fost pur şi simplu… o seară în care mi-am stăpânit lacrimile de fericire în fiecare moment. Am avut parte de surprize minunate, începând de la prietenii mei, până la oameni necunoscuţi, care mi-au amintit că există bunătate şi la mai mult de 1 m depărtare.

Cititi mai departe AICI aceasta scurta postare, si admirati pozele care o insotesc.

JustinWelby

Monday 27th October 2014

One of the pleasures of this job is listening to the introductions that come to you just before you speak. That was a relatively mild one, compared to the head of the Friends of Liverpool Cathedral, when I became Dean and spoke to the Friends for the first time, and he said: “So glad to see so many people here to see the new Dean. Next time we have the conductor of the Liverpool Phil, so we will need a much bigger room.” [laughter]

One of you, probably not here, though it might well have been someone here, commented when I was appointed that I was someone of middle management talent appointed to a senior management job as an interim, without enemies, and that the real thing will come along in due course. A year later, he wrote: “I was entirely wrong. He has many enemies.” [laughter]

It’s a great. . . it’s something of a pleasure [laughter], it’s an interesting pleasure to be with you. . . I have to say, having over the last 18 months visited 36 provinces of the Anglican Communion, I see more and more the benefits of a strident, independent, campaigning and usually effective press – that’s not a comment on Leveson  but on what you do. It gives a great deal of discomfort to many, including myself on numerous occasions, but it is usually of great value, and it is because of that sense that it’s worth having, that it’s such a precious thing, that I feel especially privileged to preach at St Bride’s on Wednesday week for the service commemorating journalists killed, kidnapped or injured in combat. It is worth remembering what risks your colleagues often take, and many of you will have taken. Read More…

2014-10-27 - Daniel induction service St Paul's
Rev. Jonathan Fleming, Ligia Manastireanu & Rev. Daniel Manastireanu

Yesterday, Monday 27 October, our son, Daniel, (actually Rev. Daniel Manastireanu – we should speak… reverently of clergy, or… there may be consequences ) has been inducted for his new responsibility in the ‘ministry of word and sacrament’ in St. Paul’s Church within the city of Glasgow (Church of Scotland). I wish I could be there.
May his ministry be a blessing for many!

Posted by: DanutM | 27 October 2014

Mihai Gotiu – Scrisoare pentru parintii Simonei Halep

Simona Halep cu parintii
Simona Halep cu parintii

Stimați Tania și Stere Halep, nu știu ce gânduri vă încearcă acum, la puține momente de la sfârșitul finalei Turneului Campioanelor: de bucurie pentru că Simona a ajuns atât de sus, urmărită de o lume întreagă, sau de ușor regret că Simona n-a ”scăpat” de Serena Williams în faza grupelor. Înclin să cred că sentimentul de bucurie este cel care primează.

Dacă vă scriu acum (și sper că cineva vă va transmite aceste rânduri) e pentru a vă felicita și pentru a vă mulțumi. Nu atât pentru victoriile Simonei de pe teren (deși, o contribuție importantă aveți și la acestea, de când vă împrumutați de la bănci sau de când v-ați vândut afacerea pentru a-i putea susține pregătirea), cât pentru faptul că ați crescut un copil cinstit. Serviciul, lovitura de dreapta, smash-ul se învață de la antrenori, forța mentală poate fi întărită de psihologi, dar cinstea și fair-play-ul se deprind în primul rând în cei șapte ani de acasă. Read More…

DanutM:

I fully agree. Bite-size theology may be non-theology altogether.

Originally posted on BARTHOLOMUSINGS:

Some time ago I posted a more critical comment about Tim Keller, whom in many respects I appreciate and admire. I argued that he is known to come up with very neat schemes and symmetries to organise his thought. This is clearly one of the things which makes him a great speaker and writer. However, I fear(ed) that sometimes his neat categories and schemes mask false alternatives, forced points, reductionistic treatments of more complex themes, and an excessive dependence on a particular and particularly narrow soteriological system. I finally found the perfect illustration. 

”Jesus lost the sonship that he deserved so we could get the sonship that we don’t deserve,” says Keller. The symmetry is perfect. The theology, questionable. First, I’d be curious to know how Keller arrived, exegetically, at the idea that Jesus “lost his sonship”. Secondly, if Jesus lost his sonship at the Cross, then it seems to…

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Posted by: DanutM | 27 October 2014

Barbara Ehrenreich – It Is Expensive to Be Poor

It Is Expensive to Be Poor

Barbara Ehrenreich, author of the book  Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America and of other books has just published a very interesting article on poverty in The Atlantic. Here are a few excerpts, which, I hope, will motivate you to read the entire article.

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Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson made a move that was unprecedented at the time and remains unmatched by succeeding administrations. He announced a War on Poverty, saying that its “chief weapons” would be “better schools, and better health, and better homes, and better training, and better job opportunities.”

Johnson seemed to have established the principle that it is the responsibility of government to intervene on behalf of the disadvantaged and deprived. But there was never enough money for the fight against poverty, and Johnson found himself increasingly distracted by another and deadlier war—the one in Vietnam. Although underfunded, the War on Poverty still managed to provoke an intense backlash from conservative intellectuals and politicians.

In their view, government programs could do nothing to help the poor because poverty arises from the twisted psychology of the poor themselves. Read More…

Fighting plagiarism is serious business. From brainchild-snatching to wholly quotables, plagiarists have plenty of wily ways to pass others’ work off as their own — and all of them are threats to original thinking. Melissa Huseman D’Annunzio imagines what would happen if a Department of Plagiarism Investigation were on the case.

Lesson by Melissa Huseman D’Annunzio, animation by Hache Rodriguez.

See the lesson HERE.

Posted by: DanutM | 25 October 2014

Michael Pollan – How Cooking Can Change Your Life

Renowned activist and author Michael Pollan argues that cooking is one of the simplest and most important steps people can take to improve their family’s health, build communities, fix our broken food system, and break our growing dependence on corporations. The event was chaired by Tim Lang, professor of Food Policy at City University London.

Posted by: DanutM | 25 October 2014

Derwin L Gray – Do We Have Discipleship Wrong?

In the American educational system, from first grade all the way up through high school, we’re taught to memorize INFORMATION, and then take a test. If we pass the intellectual test, then we move on to the next grade.

We’ve transferred this learning pattern to Christianity. We’re trained to learn biblical concepts, principles, and doctrines intellectually. And the more biblical information we know, the greater disciples we are deemed to be.

I think this is killing the church in America, just like it hurt the Pharisees.

Let’s remember that the Pharisees—an elite group of well-educated men in Israel—knew the Scriptures, but they missed the main point of the Scriptures: to know JESUS personally and intimately (Phil. 3:5-11). Jesus said, “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to Me!” John 5:39 NLT

Knowing the Bible doesn’t give us eternal life; knowing Jesus does. (John 17:3)

Some people love the Bible more than they love Jesus.

HEAD, HEART, HANDS

I’m all for learning about Jesus and the Christian faith. I have a Master’s of Divinity with a Concentration in Apologetics (magna cum laude). I’m currently pursuing my Doctorate of Ministry with a Concentration in ‘New Testament in Context’ under New Testament scholar Scot McKnight, Ph.D.

BUT,

if all my learning does not produce more love for Jesus, myself, and people, then I’ve wasted my time. (1 Corinthians 13)

If all that learning doesn’t cultivate more love in my heart, then I wouldn’t be a disciple—I’d be a gatherer of biblical facts. Gatherers of biblical facts don’t transform the world; disciples do. I want to be a disciple. And I want the church I’ve been called to shepherd to be a community of disciples who make disciples who make disciples. Jesus said, “You will know my disciples by the way they love one another.” (John 13:35)

The Apostle Paul says to the Philippian Church,

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God. Philippians 1:9-11 NLT

The “fruit of your salvation” is the fruit of the Spirit,

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:22-24 ESV

When our minds are in awe of Jesus and our hearts are overflowing with the love of Jesus, we become the hands of Jesus by serving people because we love them.

Marinate on that.

(Source, Christianity Today.)

prayer in school

Note: I absolutely love this article, which tries to bring a little  bit of rationality into a debate that was marred by fanaticism and the sick presuppositions of the ‘cultural war’ pathological obsession of the Religious Right in the United States.

I will paste here just a few quotes, as a teaser. I hope I will succeed in making you interested to read the entire article, which you can do HERE. The bold passages are my emphases.

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It was a mistake to read about Janine Turner’s push to bring prayer “back” to school so early in the morning.

Then came my next mistake of the day: reading what Facebook commenters had to say about the article. “It’s about time we put God back in school.” “No coincidence: schools got violent when we took God out of them!” Likes all around. These self-proclaiming Christian people were apparently totally comfortable with the idea that we are powerful enough to remove God from the world he created. Fine with this blasphemy that we can take God out of schools, just like we can take Christ out of Christmas.

This conception of God, though, is not one that I can get behind. I object to any mission to bring prayer “back” to school because I can’t support the faulty theology—downright heresyof implying God is only around to hear our prayers when the building sanctions his presence.

Prayer never left schools. And God never did either. To suggest otherwise should make us shudder. Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 25 October 2014

The Debate Continues – Ethical Evangelism

LOI

Stimulated by the two responses given to his paper when the LOI Initiative met in Albania last month, Dr. Elmer Theissen has now written a further contribution to the debate. On the final day at St. Vlash Dr. Theissen presented a challenging paper on the ethics of evangelism. This paper received appreciative but robust responses from Dr. Danut Manastireanu  and His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Youhanon Mar Demetrios followed by a lively debate.


Dr. Danut Manastireanu  & Metr. Dr. Youhanon Mar Demetrios

In his reply Dr. Theissen says, “I maintain that proselytizing understood as sheep-stealing need not always be wrong.  ….  I argue that it need not be unethical. There is an oddity about the very notion of sheep-stealing that needs to be brought to the fore.  Is it even appropriate to talk about sheep (i.e. church members) being stolen? Or owned?  There is a possessiveness here that worries me.  Ultimately, the sheep or members of a church are not owned by the church.  If anything, we should rather talk about sheep being owned by the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for the sheep (John 10).  Further, the Good Shepherd is very concerned about sheep that get lost.  Both Orthodox and evangelical Christians need to acknowledge that church members can get lost.”

You can read Dr. Theissen’s reply here.   If you would like to contribute further to this debate please send your responses to markoxbrow@aol.com for posting on our website.

(Source, LOI website.)

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Find below Dr. Thiesen’s response in PDF form.

Elmer J. Thiessen – Response to Mar Demetrious and Manastireanu – draft2Oct.2014

Posted by: DanutM | 24 October 2014

Terisa Folaron – Comma Story

t isn’t easy holding complex sentences together (just ask a conjunction or a subordinate), but the clever little comma can help lighten the load. But how to tell when help is really needed? Terisa Folaron offers some tricks of the comma trade.

Lesson by Terisa Folaron, animation by Brett Underhill.

Posted by: DanutM | 24 October 2014

Un imam la… Golgota – relatări de pe “front”

DanutM:

Iata aici o relatere, din memorie, si oarecum ‘in doi peri’ a intilnirii de la Arad cu imamul din Indonezia.

Originally posted on cetatea de piatră:

Sincer să fiu, nici nu ştiu cum să abordez relatarea întâlnirii de astăzi. Aş putea să o fac într-o notă umoristică, fiindcă, dintr-o anumită perspectivă, am avut multe motive să zâmbesc şi uneori chiar să râd.
Prefer însă să o fac într-o notă serioasă, nu de alta, dar am privit de la bun început un demers ca acesta ca pe un lucru cât se poate de serios.

Mai întâi, câteva detalii:

– întâlnirea nu a fost una planificată din timp (chiar dacă, în contextul suspiciunilor care ne caracterizează când este vorba despre lumea islamică, pare greu de crezut!). Ea s-a datorat unei conjuncturi legată de prezenţa în ţară, în vederea participării la o nuntă, a lui Ali, oaspetele nostru. De altfel, întâlnirea în sine s-a dovedit a fi una în care toţi participanţii s-au arătat destul de nepregătiţi pentru a discuţie foarte amplă.

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Posted by: DanutM | 24 October 2014

Fie că trăim, fie că murim…

DanutM:

Iata cit de usor putem pleca de aici. Si cit de important este sa fim pregatiti pentru asta in price clipa.

Originally posted on Chibzuieli:

Căci dacă trăim, pentru Domnul trăim; și dacă murim, pentru Domnul murim. Deci, fie că trăim, fie că murim, noi suntem ai Domnului. (Rom 14:8 CNS)

Dintr-o anumită perspectivă, faptul că mai postez odată pe blog este o minune. Sau mai corect, un șir de minuni. Minuni de fiecare zi. Nu le identific pe fiecare – o pot face cititorii – dar s-au întâmplat cam așa:

Aprox. 4:40 am. Mă trezesc cu un sentiment ciudat. Ies din scurtul popas din baie și îmi dau seama că nu e de glumă. Durerile din piept nu încetează. Mă dau la laptop să google, să văd ce să iau de dureri de piept. N-apuc să citesc prima pagină care îmi iese la îndemână dar văd o propoziție care zice că dacă ai atac de cord, să nu conduci mașina, să lași pe alții, că s-ar putea să treci pe lumea cealaltă înainte de…

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Posted by: DanutM | 23 October 2014

Kindle vs Book

Kindle vs Book

I plead for reconciliation. There is enough place in the world for both.

Originally posted on The Institute of Middle East Studies:

AKKAR

By Rupen Das

The Syrian conflict has now become a slow meat grinder with hundreds being killed every month, while families and communities across Syria are being systematically destroyed. There are no good guys in this conflict and there are no visible and viable solutions being considered.

In the “fog of war” it is very easy to miss the small signs of hope in the midst of the evil. One of these signs is the role that many local Arab churches have assumed during the Syrian crisis. As the present Syrian crisis developed and spilled into Lebanon over the past three years, the Lebanese Baptist community, officially the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD), [of which IMES as a department of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) is a subsidiary ministry], decided to respond to the unfolding humanitarian crisis. Being a church based agency…

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Posted by: DanutM | 22 October 2014

Richard Rohr – Ambushed by Love

I wonder if the only way that conversion, enlightenment, and transformation ever happen is by a kind of divine ambush. We have to be caught off guard. As long as you are in control, you are going to keep trying to steer the ship by your previous experience of being in charge. The only way you will let yourself be ambushed is by trusting the “Ambusher,” and learning to trust that the darkness of intimacy will lead to depth, safety, freedom, and love.

Any use of fear techniques or trying to shame people into the spiritual journey is inherently counter- productive. It simply makes you more defensive and protective of your boundaries, but now at an unconscious level (I am afraid this is true of a high percentage of Christians, who were largely raised on fear of “hell” and social pressure). We need spiritual teachers like John of the Cross to help us see the patterns of the spiritual journey that actually work, so we can be a bit less defended, a bit less boundaried, with ourselves and with God. Only then can God do the soul forming work of seduction and union. Read More…

Mental Illness

Here they are:

Lie #1: God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.

Lie #2: Daily prayer and bible reading alone cures mental illness.

Lie #3: Depression is a sin, a curse, or demon possession.

Lie #4: If you loved Jesus more you would be happier. 

Lie #5: You can’t be a Christian if you have a mental illness.

You may find out HERE what the author means by these.

Posted by: DanutM | 21 October 2014

Alina Ilioi – Asa vei sti ca l-ai intilnit pe EL

Alina Ilioi - Asa vei sti ca l-ai intilnit pe EL

Alina Ilioi anunta astazi pe Facebook ca luni, 27 octombrie ora 19:00 la SALON GOLESCU  din Bucuresti, Str Nicolae Golescu nr 17, isi va lansa prima ei carte: Asa vei sti ca l-ai intilnit pe EL

Mi-ar placea sa fiu acolo, caci in ultimul an am incurajat-o mereu pe Alina sa citeasca cit mai mult si mai divers, si sa scrie mereu. Ma bucur ca vedem acum un prim rod mai consistent al scrisului ei. Si, cu siguranta, nu este decit un inceput. Felicitari, Alina!

Redau mai jos, in premiera, un text scris pentru aceasta ocazie. Read More…

Papa Francisc la sinod

Discursul Sfântului Părinte Papa Francisc
La încheierea celei de-a III-a
Adunări Generale Extraordinare
a Sinodului Episcopilor
sâmbătă, 18 octombrie 2014

Eminenţe, Preafericiri, Excelenţe, fraţi şi surori,

Cu o inimă plină de recunoştinţă şi de gratitudine aş vrea să mulţumesc, împreună cu voi, Domnului care ne-a însoţit şi ne-a condus în zilele trecute, cu lumina Duhului Sfânt! Mulţumesc din inimă Cardinalului Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretar general al Sinodului, E.S. Mons. Fabio Fabene, subsecretar, şi cu ei le mulţumesc relatorului, Cardinalul Péter Erdö, care a lucrat mult şi în zilele de doliu familial, şi secretarului special, E.S. Mons. Bruno Forte, celor trei preşedinţi delegaţi, scriitorilor, consultanţilor, traducătorilor şi celor anonimi, tuturor celor care au lucrat cu adevărată fidelitate în spatele cortinei şi dăruire totală Bisericii şi fără încetare: multe mulţumiri! Vă mulţumesc la fel vouă tuturor, dragi Părinţi sinodali, delegaţi fraterni, auditori, auditoare şi asesori pentru participarea voastră activă şi rodnică. Vă voi purta în rugăciune, cerând Domnului să vă recompenseze cu belşugul darurilor sale de har!

Aş putea spune cu seninătate că – printr-un spirit de colegialitate şi de sinodalitate – am trăit cu adevărat o experienţă de “Sinod”, un parcurs solidar, un “drum împreună”. Şi pentru că a fost “un drum” – şi ca orice drum au fost şi momente de cursă rapidă, ca şi cum s-ar fi voit să se învingă timpul şi să se ajungă cât mai repede la ţintă; alte momente de oboseală, ca şi cum s-ar fi voit să se spună gata; alte momente de entuziasm şi de ardoare. Au existat momente de profundă consolare ascultând mărturia păstorilor adevăraţi (cf. In 10 şi can. 375, 386, 387) care poartă în inimă cu înţelepciune bucuriile şi lacrimile credincioşilor lor. Momente de consolare şi har şi de întărire ascultând şi mărturii ale familiilor care au participat la Sinod şi au împărtăşit cu noi frumuseţea şi bucuria vieţii lor matrimoniale. Un drum în care cel mai puternic a simţit datoria de a-l ajuta pe cel mai puţin puternic, în care cel mai expert a simţit datoria de a-i sluji pe ceilalţi, chiar şi prin confruntări. Şi pentru că este un drum al oamenilor, cu consolările au existat şi alte momente de dezolare, de tensiune şi de ispite, dintre care s-ar putea menţiona câteva posibilităţi: Read More…

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