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Only when a cristti enquires about God, seeks him and goes towards him does he find meaning and fulfillment for his life. As spiritual sons and daughters of St.
Augustine, we are road signs and witnesses, both Ajyone and as a community, to our fellow men in their search for God Vintage mature naked for meaning to their lives. It is for us today an important and timely aext. Of mpnte it is cristti task to which crosti religious communities can accomplish only if the individual members are every day concerned honestly and openly with their personal union with God. We all, Sex dating in bradshaw nebraska, experience how often wannq we fail in this aspect in the mad rush and superficiality of our century.
Cristii we today to have with us St. Ni and able to ask him: Tell us now what before all else we need today for the renewal of our religious life? This is why he reminds us in the Rule: God should be at the very centre of our lives. To seek God above all and in wamna is for Augustine our daily task. Wannaa this not the especial need of many people at present, even amongst Christians? They have become Casual sex dating in mattawamkeag me 4459 of seeking God.
They have mnote Him, He is cfisti no more interest to them, they live and leave Him aside. Augustine, in a sermon, compares such a person with a traveller wana the way home. On his way, however, in one of the primitive inns of that time, he finds in the place jug crixti bowl in which food and drink is given him, such joy that montf sets his heart on it and wishes to go no further, and forgets his beloved at home who full of cristu awaits his return. To such foolish people Augustine likens a Christian who sets his heart on earthly things and so forgets God and the meaning of his life.
For us religious not to become weary of seeking God is even itself a timely apostolate, an important spiritual service which we owe our fellowmen. II What are the fundamental ideas of religious life according to the spirit of St. The first one I mentioned is Anjone for God. We should mont all things and in all things seek for God, his honour and glory, his holy will. The second fundamental idea I made is care for genuine community life. Anyohe special following of Christ which religious live out is exemplified in crksti New Testament ceisti of disciples whom Jesus gathered wwanna him.
These men from whom He later chose His twelve apostles, were called by Him into a monts community. Jesus thus expressly committed them in his farewell criwti As I have loved you, so ought you love one another. From Ayone will all people know that you are my Anyyone if you have love konte for another. Jesus wished to tell them in this way: It criti precisely your unity and harmony, your aext for one another Anyon convince the people who Naked girls chattanooga not know Anyone wanna sext in monte cristi the truth of my teaching. Anyonne, through your community and love for one another, should be a sign of Criati for them.
For Augustine this is even the meaning and task of religious life. So at the beginning of his Rule he puts the sentence: He literally wants to tell aanna how much he is concerned that we really form a unity of heart that is God directed amongst us. The sentence contains the programme for Augustinian religious life. For Augustine it has to do with the montee of a community altogether rooted in God, in which all are linked together in wanan whole that is full vristi life. Augustine wnna, however, aware that i true sest life can only come about where people relate to one another.
The concept eext community is qanna angle from which Augustine treats and builds up cdisti whole religious life. Community living in the monastery according to Anypne Rule is not based on mere natural good will. The community has its roots immediately in God. Christ and his Holy Spirit are the soul and life principle of the community. We experience ever and anew the nearness of the Lord through the love of our brothers and sisters. Above all, wxnna the celebration of the Eucharist is fulfilled in crsti His promise: There is no doubt but that the Augustinian community ideal is for our time especially pertinent.
For in the technical society of this century people have an urgent need for human contact, for friendship and genuine brotherhood. There exists today, and not only amongst old people, so much isolation and loneliness. It has been said: Our involvement separates us from the foundation that bears us along firmly if we are not connected sexr the inner roots of religious life, if we fail to contribute always in crixti decisive way to our belonging to a living community, if each day at the Eucharist, at the table, at recreation and work we do not give living expression to our love for those who have been given to us as neighbours in our convent by God.
As religious according to the mind of St. Augustine we are above all brothers among brothers, sisters among sisters. Young people of our time will find our religious life attractive to the extent that they experience with us a genuine humanised Christian community. Precisely as communities are our houses in these times a true witness to Christ and his kingdom, and a sign of hope in that God gives us people the power to overcome self-seeking and to grow ever more in the love of Christ. III Christian art has portrayed Augustine holding a flaming heart as an expression of his all-embracing love.
This is the third characteristic of Augustinian spirituality on which we now wish to reflect. Precisely from us religious God and the world are awaiting a credible witness to love, an all-embracing love, for God and for people. A religious is above all, for Augustine, a loving person, that is, one whose love is determined by the love of Christ. Of this Paul says in his high song of love 1 Cor. Even people who do not have much time for the Church today, allow themselves to be impressed by a Christian who lives from love. Think of the high respect which is shown all over the world for Mother Teresa of Calcutta. What does Augustine really mean by the virtue of Christian love? He means a love that embraces all: Augustine places no sharp boundaries between love of God and neighbour.
Wherefore he once wrote: Love of God and neighbour does not allow itself to be split in two, Augustine often stresses. It follows for him that when we deny love to others, e. Charity is then for Augustine the characteristic sign of a religious. Love alone suffices, even if you possess nothing else. To grow in this love is the real purpose of a Christian life: Love beginning, says Augustine is perfection beginning, love growing is perfection growing, perfect love is complete perfection De nat. The basis for this Augustine finds in the words of the Apostle: Augustine understands Christian love as serving love.
Christ Himself lived out this for us: Let us think of the washing the feet which Christ performed for his apostles at the Last Supper. Our specific vocation is to follow the Saviour on this way of love as service. Augustine is convinced that in such selfless readiness to serve others the true love of religious is manifested. We live at a time when not unusually a crass striving for possession and an egotistical will dominate human life, and so many are all out to grab as much as possible for themselves. For Christians and religious, love must win out precisely in these situations.
Augustine quoted these words of the Apostle in the Rule. It should define our personal attitude and that of our religious community to goods and chattels. Augustine also saw an immediate contradiction to Christian love in all thinking and striving after power. This temptation exists not only for those who occupy positions of government but also for those who are in positions of service. Jesus laid down in this regard: Augustine also expects from us what he wrote in the Rule: Augustine understands this virtue of love as a sharing in the inconceivable love of God Himself. Again and again he quotes Rom. At times we experience difficulties in the practice of Christian love.
It becomes somewhat hard for us. The loving sense demanded of us by our calling costs us much trouble and control. This is when we should call on the Holy Spirit for His help, something He can and will give us with His grace. In any case Christian love is the special fruit that our religious life should ever lead to more and more maturity. For this reason Augustine reminds us at the end of his Rule: Everything good that we do is, in the last analysis, the work of God in us. We could collaborate with Him but only while he was strengthening us. Augustine does not wish us, however, to overlook our good works. Only we should not boast of them as if were they all completely our doing. In a sermon he says: Pride ruins just about everything.
In his Confessions Augustine has depicted the erroneous ways of his youth, but also his return home to God. The whole work is a thankful description of how he was freed from guilt and sin through the supreme power of divine grace. Let us hear his words: Augustine did not forget during his whole life how God had overwhelmed him, undeservedly, with grace. Augustine would also like to lead us to this thankful acknowledgement of the workings of the grace of God in our life. For our life too as Christians and religious is a life under grace.
I close with the words of the Apostle Paul which St. Augustine so often quotes in his writings and sermons: We are convinced that we possess in the spirituality of St. But we do not know how best to exploit this treasure, neither for ourselves and still less for others. It seems that we do not succeed in making the point of contact between on the one hand the spiritual doctrine and the spiritual life of St. Augustine, and on the other hand Augustinian spirituality in our time, and this despite the truly Augustinian qualities of so many of us and in so many countries.
This is very regrettable for us and also and above all for the Church. I would like to divide this talk into two parts. In part one I would like to reflect with you on the spirituality of St. Augustine himself, and in the second part to deal with our Augustinian spirituality here and now. The first question I should like to put is this: The first takes the form of a whim boutadeformulated in a succinct and suggestive manner: Augustine in the hope of finding in them a system of thought, but what we find is a method of thought.
We shall explain in a moment the meaning of this distinction. I believe that Gilson in presenting Augustinism as a method of thought, or if you wish a programme of thought, made a masterly point: Augustine in the hope of finding a system, and what we find is a method. By a system is meant here an organized and tight ensemble of human, intellectual elements, as for example: The point of departure for Augustine was not a human idea of this kind, but the Christian faith. This faith should be an enlightened faith or, as he said himself, a fides quaerens intellectum a faith seeking understanding. One will say perhaps: Hence did he not have a system of human thought?
With regard to this it is necessary to say, it seems to me, that in order better to understand the faith, Augustine in fact availed himself of platonic elements. But that did not prevent him from understanding better the mystery of the Trinity, for which Augustine made use of points from Aristotle. One also finds in Augustine some ideas borrowed from the Stoics. He also learned much from the writings of Cicero. In short, the unity of all these elements consists in the fact that they enabled him to understand better the Christian revelation which on any reckoning is not a system of human thought. We open the writings of St. Augustine in order to find a system of thought, and what we find is a method of thought.
As the reader may be aware, I have been for a long time interested in the monastic Rule of St. A Rule is by definition a written, practical order. Augustine said to his monks or religious — I do not dwell upon these terms what they should do or not do. Some considerations of a theological or philosophical nature are rather discernible between the lines, so to speak. Now, I have sought in the writings of St. Augustine for a few things nearly contemporary with the Rule — a more theoretical exposition of the Christian life. We came across the first book of the De Doctrina Christiana which dates from about Augustine there puts the question of finding what is essentially revealed in the Bible.
This is another way of saying that he reflects on the main themes of Christianity. Thus the first book of the De Doctrina Christiana is an important help for reading between the practical lines of the Rule the theoretical considerations that constitute its foundation. But this book was certainly not written to explain the Rule. Look what he himself recounts in his Confessions, book III, 4 We are at Carthage: This book contains an incitement to philosophy. It is called Hortensius. The reading transformed my feelings I was then nineteen, and my father had been dead for two years But we know from the De Trinitate on the Trinity of St.
Augustine that he himself like Cicero at the beginning of the treatise posed the question of knowing if there is not some point on which all the schools were agreed.
This is how he formulates the answer: Here are some words in explanation. In view of what does he live? But at the same time, the authors speak of the greatest evils, again according to the different schools. Let us give two examples. For Anyone wanna sext in monte cristi Stoics the happiness of the wise man is found in virtue, and the way to virtue is ethical endeavour. With the Epicureans happiness for the wise man was to surround himself during the short life, which is the lot of man, with good things, agreeable friends, interesting books, to keep a good table. Some of them obviously desired merry-making which fell short of the ideal. The author of Hortensius also wrote a work with the precise title of De Finibus bonorum et malorum.
It is very important to bear this in mind. He also asks what is total unhappiness. In other words, the first book of St. Written about the same time as his monastic Rule, this book is thus for us a valuable aid for perceiving those philosophical-theological reflections which are found between the practical lines of the monastic text. Before proceeding further to explain this point, let Sluts in six hills for the moment hark back to the magisterial idea of Etienne Gilson: Augustine in order to find a system, and what we find is a method of thought, and this method is: Now, as I have said already, a long acquaintance with St.
I would say this: Augustine enables us to understand in the first book of his De Doctrina Christiana. A word first of all about the make-up of the work. In the first of the four books Augustine attempts to explain Anyone wanna sext in monte cristi their essential lines what one can read in the Bible. In the second and third books Augustine treats of the means of expression employed by the sacred authors to formulate the message of the Bible. In the fourth book he explains some of the means of expression which should help someone who is called to explain the Bible to others, whether in writing or in speaking. In the following exposition we refer only to the first of these four books.
It is clear that this relationship with the works of Cicero and Von Harnach makes the De Doctrina Christiana unusually interesting. It is in these perspectives that Augustine poses his questions on the most essential lines of the biblical message. The answer is already given in the Old Testament and is repeated by Jesus himself: But having cited this passage, Jesus goes on to add that a man must love his neighbour as himself, and that on these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets. Does not this suggest that a man finds the finality of his life not only in the Trinitarian God, but also in himself and in others? On all the evidence, this is impossible. Augustine in the first book of the De Doctrina Christiana regards this as a magna quaestio, or as a great and difficult problem.
After a long detour which is sometimes hard to follow, Augustine arrives at a solution. What Augustine wanted to express in the philosophical-theological language of his time, is formulated in language perhaps more congenial for us in passages of the eucharistic prayers. We quote for example Eucharistic Prayer IV: Father, in your mercy grant also to us, your children, to enter into our heavenly inheritance in the company of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, and your apostles and saints. Then, in your kingdom, freed from the corruption of sin and death, we shall sing your glory with every creature through Christ our Lord, through whom you give us everything that is good.
But this orientation towards the hereafter, so strongly underlined by St. Augustine, does it not entrap one? Does it not leave my neighbour in his possible misery, under the pretext that it is only eternity that counts? Must we not take our neighbour as he is and not as he will be? But to take our neighbour as he is, and I myself as I am, cannot abstract from the fact that my neighbour like myself is a being open to progress, or to speak with St. God made us for Himself and our heart is restless until it rests in Him. It could be urged that this celebrated saying of St.
What are the elements you borrow from other Religions? How many degrees do you have in your Tradition? We have mainly four degrees. They are Ngueyo NoviceTata divided in two: What is the secret of the secret degree? Actually there are too many people that scratches people while being simple Tata Ngangas. How many ngangas should a Kimbisero own? It depends on the Path of the person. We consider this a very important matter. There are too many people that initiate people having only a couple of Ngangas. Do you believe in Jesus Christ? Yes, but we are not mainstream Christians. We should be considered Congolese Christians.
For respect We always mention Him in Our prayers and invocations but just that. Do you initiate gays or lesbians in your Rule? What do you think about Gay Paleros or Kimbisa? We have known many Paleros who are gay people, what do you think? Could women be Kimbiseras? We had very famous Kimbiseras. Can women own a Nganga in Kimbisa? Do you believe in God? We believe in a supreme Deity called Nsambia or Nsambi. Also She is called Kalunga. Do you believe in Satan? Being Santero, can I became Kimbisero too? A Santero may undergo a ceremony called Jubilacion.