In the Garden – March 2017

      “When sitting the brother sees the flower wilting and the rust coming out, he feels his bone bending; then into his head the hoe comes to till the garden that never fades. The brother that is clear-sighted goes out of his own head, goes up into My Hand.  His head becomes gold […]

Penitence is not contrition

For The Revelation of Arès and for us, Arès Pilgrims, penitence is not contrition, nor deep regret nor remorse of having offended God and committed sins, with the intention to correct one’s faults and never fall into them again.  Penitence in the Word of Arès and for us Arès Pilgrims is just the active intention to stop sinning (RA30/16) with the accomplished action of being men and women of Good cultivating within themselves absolute Love, including loving the enemy, forgiveness of all offenses, total peace, reviving within the almost snuffed out lantern of the heart’s intelligence or spiritual intelligence (RA32/5), becoming free beings (RA10/10), free from all prejudice, laws, powers, fears.  In other words, penitence for us is the conscious and wilful application to our lives of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) in which we see the dynamic heart of the Gospel.  In other words, The Revelation of Arès retains only the positive and constructive meaning of penitence.  Therefore I do not have, and my brothers and sisters in faith do not have, a feeling of guilt.  I am not, and none of my companions in faith are, a morbid person who feels like some kind of monster and forces himself to destroy the monster within, but rather is someone who changes his life (RA30/11).  The word repent does appear in The Revelation of Arès, but with the same sense as the word penitence as a dynamic for changing life from evil to good.  It is a repentance which constructs, not a repentance that laments its past faults.  The Father says in The Revelation of Arès, “If they stop sinning, I stop recollecting their past” (RA30/13) and “I will forget their hatred” (RA28/16).  For a penitent, one’s neighbour, any other human being, is what was, for example, La Boétie for Montaigne and Montaigne for La Boétie, another self.  “Because it was him and because it was me,” said Montaigne.  It’s this feeling which I call the co-penetration of beings, the sharing of joys and sufferings, which dominates the spirit of penitence for us.

As long as the world is not dominated by the will –that we may do Your Will (12/4)—to become a world of beings of Good, not a world crying over their evil, and as long as the world will see in a fault something to be punished and expiated rather than something which must disappear, and as long as the world does not see God’s Judgment Seat as a building site, the continuation of the Creation of the world rather than the courtroom of a sanctioning judge, this world will remain as it is, a world of Evil.

This radical change in the meaning of penitence is, what’s more, problematic in our mission.

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The Key to Good in the World

In His immense Wisdom, with The Revelation of Arès, the Father gives us a very simple key: penitence, to unlock the door that will permit Good to enter the world.  Perhaps we do not insist enough on this simplicity as realization of His Design.  Mankind expects the complications and obscurities of the legal system—laws are the base of the legal system and there are so many, even jurists are becoming lost.  Man has in his heart, in love, the code which enables him to put away in a closet all legal codes.

We must awaken love, make a hole in the indifference, coldness, laziness, ice…prelude to frozen specters…so that Good, too far removed, may return.  What has man become?  Not only condemned to die—each of us is, only the moment of execution varies—but miserable, hungry for peace and happiness yet incapable of giving himself that peace and happiness.  Everything becomes quite complicated in this world, so much so that this complication agitates and derails the mind, prevents the fulfillment so necessary to happiness.  I was having lunch a short while ago with my grandchildren and I said to myself: they are preparing their baccalaureate exams, soon they will enter institutions of higher education, and the worries of life will begin.  The preparation of peace, the solution to the worries, is in the love they will give, because one only receives love if one gives love.

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Some Things One Doesn’t Notice at the Car Dealer’s

You don’t really know how a car is made until you wash it.

see-through-wheel

One can see straight through these wheels!  The brakes are right out in the open air, mud, etc!  Is that normal?  The green is the reflection of the grass.  I guess the hubcap is shiny clean.  🙂

 

wheelwell

Then I found these cute little cubby-holes for planting potatoes, empty for the moment, but self-refilling. All we have to do is drive to the corner and they will get lots of fertile topsoil.

 

country-road

So I have to wonder—don’t any car designing engineers live in the country?  Do they ever wash their own car?  On any car I have ever washed, I always have trouble with those logo, model thingeys, impossible to get clean.

 

My desk area

This is how I found it this morning; of course, that’s how I left it last night.

desk-area

 

It looks like some kind of metaphysical set-up for a still life.  I suppose it could be psychoanalyzed but I have to go—I haven’t finished my homework.

🙂

 

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February 2, 2017

The way it was blustering and raining all night long, with more stormy weather forecast for the next few days, I really did not expect to see my shadow today.