Saving the Catholic Religion
from the Roman Church
- through deepening our understanding
of the Third Fatima Prophecy -
Joel A. Wendt -
Everything lives and dies - everything, even God. Remember, the Son came to Earth, became human and then died.
Remember too what He said: I and the Father are one; and, no one gets to the Father except by me.
Dying is not an
end, but rather a transformation from one state to another
state, so we could say with truth that everything lives and
then transforms into something new. Dying is not
an end. The poet-scientist Goethe called
and becoming, and we know the
general idea as: metamorphosis. As
nothing is beyond God, then God too can become.
Knowing the truth of this explains the creation of
human beings - a vehicle for God's becoming.
In the light
these ideas now recall the words of the Third Fatima Prophecy:
"I write in obedience to you, my God, who command me to do so through his Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and through your Most Holy Mother and mine.
"After the two parts which I
have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a
little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in
his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked
as though they would set the world on fire; but they
died out in contact with the splendor that Our Lady
radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to
the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a
loud voice: 'Penance, Penance, Penance!'. And we saw in
an immense light that is God: 'something similar to how
people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it'
a Bishop dressed in White 'we had the impression that it
was the Holy Father'. Other Bishops, Priests, men and
women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of
which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a
cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy
Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half
trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and
sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on
his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his
knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a
group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him,
and in the same way there died one after another the
other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and
various lay people of different ranks and positions.
Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels
each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which
they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it
sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God."
Christ said: I come not to bring
peace, but a sword ... Are we
then not to be surprised when the first image above is of an
Angel wielding a sword? But even this action, by the
Son, is moderated by the Forces of the Divine Mother.
Are we not ready now to say it is past time for the
Mother to take her rightful place in the Catholic Religion?
Not off to the side, in a small chapel, but right in
front of the whole congregation. Is it not time for
women, who were in the beginning of the Christian Religion
leaders and Bishops, to once more be the equal of men in the
Catholic Religion, if not in the Roman Catholic Church?
Who then, on
Earth, is being exhorted to give Penance? Certainly not
just the laity, the women, and the nuns and the religious.
Who has most demonstrated their disdain for authentic
morality but the male hierarchy of the Church, again and again
and again over the Centuries? Who leads the parade through the ruins of the City and up
the Mountain? What does this image teach, but that death
is to come to the patriarchal structure of the Roman Church so
that new life may come to the Catholic Religion - blessed with
the blood - with the life essence of the all to often martyred
faithful - to be sprinkled over the souls, who in following
the Catholic Religion are making their way thereby to God.
And the first shall be last and the last shall be
first. Those who lead may not
always be rightful leaders, but rather with their ambition and
their arrogance instead be of a lessor moral stature and
nature. And those who are humble, and go last by choice
and inclination, they will be first in their moral nature.
The order of the parade in the Prophecy
is not without its own meaning.
The City half
in ruins is modern times, where Western Civilization itself is
undergoing a dying and becoming - a metamorphosis to something
new. Within that broader conflagration lies another, the
death and transformation of the Church itself, where all from
Pope to the laity pass through the fiery baptism of Christ (as
John the Baptist said: the one coming after me will baptize you
with fire and holy breath), which fire is the times in which we live.
The castigation of the current Pope is part of his
personal biographical fire, as no one of any religious rank or
accomplishment is to escape this Baptism.
Religion is foremost a Christian
Religion. The Roman Church
is a religious institution, arising in
connection with political power and compromise, which by that
means was founded on sand about 1600 years ago. When
certain (but not all) of the bishops of various early
Christian sects united their efforts with the dying Roman
Empire, the resulting earthly institution could not but be
defective - it was a house build not upon the truth, but upon
sand. Recall the last words of the Sermon on the Mount.
who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is
like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came
down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against
that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation
on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and
does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who
built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose,
and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell
with a great crash." Matthew
founding the Roman Catholic Church soon fell to earth, and
became corrupt. At every crucial stage of its history,
this religious institution failed to practice: that is, to follow In His Steps, but instead made political and social
compromises in order to preserve its growing patriarchal
authority and the earthly wealth and privileges of its all
male popes, cardinals and bishops. These sought not to
follow Christ, but to seek earthly power and position.
We forgive them because they are human, but we cannot
continue to support anymore their continuing confusion
and its ever more deadly effects.
Recall that the
rule of celibacy came to be because of concerns that the
children of church leaders might seek to inherit Church
property, even though Christ taught voluntary poverty, not the
history of the Church, sainted individuals, both men and
women, having engaged in the practice of
the true teachings of Christ, went on to found religious
orders where practice was the core
rule. Within the Church hierarchy, knowledge of the
moral life was at the same time gradually lost, as those
within it became more and more tempted to protect the structure of the Church
itself. The egotism of the Church leaders became
confused, and thinking that Christian Religion was identical
with the dogmas of the institutional Church, the preservation
of the Church was assumed a higher moral value than the practice of the religion - the practice of the moral life. A code of obedience to
earthly fallen men became more important to Church authorities
than obedience to the teachings of Christ.
Christ in fact
did not teach obedience to men (or to Himself), but humility
and service through beginning with the gesture of the Washing
of the Feet. How often, however, in spite of Christ's
clear teachings did these voices of asserted patriarchal
authority and power speak to us of the Church? The
Church, the Church - we must protect the Church - meaning
there not the Religion, but the seats of their institutional
power and privilege. Recall as well the stories of what
St. Francis did complain.
In the present
day scandals, regarding the abuse of children by priests (and
others higher up as well), we see clearly how for generations
the hierarchical structures of the Church sought to maintain
itself against any loss of authority, which might have
resulted from having to confess that the male priesthood had
become horribly dysfunctional, and that celibacy itself
(something not at all a part the beginning) was asking too
much of human beings. Certainly voluntary celibacy is a
wonderful virtue to practice, but as a compulsion it should
never have been asked, for then it is no longer a virtue but a
human imposed trial.
question here, however, is not so much concerned with
recognizing the true defective history of the Church, but
rather in making it clear that the institutional Church is a
failure, and continues to lead the faithful - the Body of
Christ - into error, not into truth. What else is the
Third Fatima prophecy telling us, gently to be sure for it is
after all a message from the Mother, but still showing us the
coming and now present end of something that is necessary in
order for new life to arise. When the prophecy was first
opened and read in 1960, we are told that the then Pope was so
ashamed at the recognition of his own guilty role that he fell
into a swoon, and the Prophecy withheld from the faithful for
decades beyond the time it was supposed to have been released.
Who knows what additional folly was born in that
earthly institutional Church is fallen (too earthly),
the life of prayer and other aspects of religious practice are not. When, for example, the Mass is
practiced (even if the state of soul of the celebrating priest
is flawed), Christ does unite this earthy Church with His True
Church that remains in Heaven. The heavenly Church
is perfect, and while the earthly Church is fallen, Christ has
not abandoned His children, so that when they call to Him in
prayer and through ritual, He Comes. He is there in the
Mass and will be there in the Mass on into the limitless
future, just as He is there, with the Father, whenever we pray
in secret as He taught in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew
6:6) Did He not say: I will be with you unto the ends of time?
It now becomes
necessary to add to the sad and already tragic aspect of the
many errors over the Centuries of the fallen institutional
Church an even greater spiritual crime, although yet unknown.
But first some background, for this crime only delayed
the arrival among the faithful of the knowledge of something
wondrous - it did not stop it from Coming at its appointed
While many of
the correctives, to the continuously errant course of the
Roman Church, were offered over the Centuries by the lives of
the saints and by the founding of the various orders, another
stream of Christian wisdom was at the same time intensely
excluded right from the beginning. This was the stream
of the Kings, the representatives of the ancient mysteries,
who with the Shepherds had also attended the Birth. The
stream of the Shepherds became the disciples and then became
the bishops of the early Church - that is: they reflected the
pastoral impulse which uses the image, as given to us by
Christ, of the shepherd and his flock. But the magi -
the teachers of the ancient mysteries who too had knelt before
Christ - their wisdom became lost for a time.
Even in the
creation of the New Testament, Roman Church authorities
excluded many other Gospels and sources besides the usual
four, in particular that which was connected to the stream of
wisdom of the Kings, such as the Gospel of Thomas. While
it was maintained that there was justification for this, this
exclusion mostly existed as a way of defeating competing ideas
and views. In drawing to itself earthly social power,
the early Roman Church grossly edited the possible knowledge
and understanding of the meaning of the Christ Event, to
accord with its human and flawed determination to make its own
limited views simple and clearly under institutional control.
Church murdered as heretics many speakers of truth, and
destroyed libraries and other centers of spiritual learning,
all in order to dominate. This attitude toward the
destruction of seemingly competing views continued for
centuries, and it wasn't until secular society and the various
kings and queens of the late middle ages no longer instantly
obeyed Church authority, that the murder of the holders of
heretical views began to wane. Finally with the
arrival of the Reformation and then of the Romantics in Europe
and the Transcendentalists in America, did the male dominated
Church become sufficiently powerless to enforce widely in
social life its rigidly held views through violence.
Of course most
know that the Church has routinely silenced independent
thinkers within its own ranks for centuries, and the current
Pope Benedict the 16th, before assuming that office was in
fact the dominant authority over what were to be the right
ideas of the Church through his former position, which is
called: Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the
In a sense we
need to see the institutional Church as trying to maintain its
power, first through the destruction of competing thought, and
the killing and silencing of heretics (including the founders
of Natural Science), both within and without the structures of
the Church itself. Then as time passed, the Church lost
more and more its prior public authority as the various Nation
States no longer supported it as the official religion, with
the result that tighter became its grip on ideas within the
Body of Christ. The still too Roman Church now strangles much needed ideas, such as
the ordination of women, with the same deadly intent it once
burned heretics at the stake.
But the Body of
Christ, the laity and the religious orders, are more and more
inclined to accept that Rome should have such authority.
This should not be a wonder, because Christ said: I am Way, the Truth,
and the Life. The Church has
never had anything to fear from the Truth - never, although
every act of repression and control was a demonstration of
The reality is
that the strangulation of ideas is evidence of an absence of
real Faith. True Faith, which is essentially trust, has
nothing to fear from science, for example, and never has had
to fear knowledge, or other Ways, including the ancient Ways
and Traditions of the wisdom of the Kings. Yet, in its
efforts to dominate ideas, to compel what is allowed to be
thought by its members, whether in terms of moral teachings or
doctrine, the Church itself has become the opponent of Christ.
To oppose the Truth is to oppose Christ.
We describe as
totalitarian a political State which wants to control thoughts
and ideas. How then should we describe the institutional
One way to
understand this fall from Grace into corruption and
totalitarian thought control, is to appreciate that social
forms (such as an institutional religion) can begin in a state
of alive-ness and then over time become sclerotic or hardened,
the same way the human body can become hardened over time.
This can also
happen to religious orders within the Church, after their
founder has crossed over. For example, the at one time
independence of the Jesuits was lost, and they became
essentially an intellectual war-like arm of the Pope.
Results were more important than means, and the true
significance of the practices of the Ignatius meditations, or
essence of the Rules of the Order, becomes confused. The
history of the Roman Church is littered with such ruins.
Fortunately, some will keep the practices of the various
religious orders alive, so there are always pockets where
hardening and dogmatic fundamentalism is kept out.
Now with this background we can begin to consider the even greater, though yet mostly unknown, spiritual crime that the Church recently committed (in the 20th Century).
Let me first
put this forward as a sequence of hypotheses - as several
Suppose that as
natural science began to dominate the thinking of the world,
in its conclusion that all was matter and that there was no
spirit, natural science became what in John I would have been
called: an aspect of the spirit of the anti-Christ. In
that long ago language, we can still today find the right
modern idea if we do not make too exaggerated our approach.
What does that language in John I say, but that the
anti-Christ spirit will deny the existence of the Son and of
This is what
natural science does today, in that it teaches that there is
only matter, never spirit. Do not be confused by those
zealots who think the anti-Christ is a person who will bring
destruction and end times. This is not so.
The anti-Christ spirit simply penetrates human
consciousness in the absence of Christian practices, and then denies the Son and the Father, as the
writer of John I understood through the examples he saw in his
time. It (this anti-Christ spirit) expresses itself as
an idea contrary to the Truth.
But Christ is
the Truth, as our Faith would tell us. If then science
denies the Father and the Son, then somehow it has failed to
find the truth. It may know a great deal, but something
must be missing. Let me repeat this in another way.
Christ is the
Truth. Science denying spirit and saying all is only
matter, denies the Father and the Son. Our Faith then
tells us this kind of science must be flawed. But where
do we find a science that knows the spirit? He promised
to be with us to the ends of time - is He with us in this
institutions believe the situation is one of debate, say
between a scientific thinker such as Sam Harris, and between
someone of a more religious persuasion. It is argued by
some religious that religion has as its proper territory the
question of morals, and they are willing to leave to science
the question of facts. But Mr. Harris is relentless, and
now asserts that this flawed science not only should dominate
the question of facts, but can give us morals as well.
If we look to
the leaders of the institutional Church, we don't get much of
a moral example, so what can be done? Wel, Faith would
suggest that Christ would act and not leave us alone in this
failed situation - would not leave us bound to the materialism
(all is matter, there is no spirit) of present day science.
Suppose He did.
Suppose during the early parts of the 20th Century
Christ found a voice for New Revelation. That not
only did Christ find such a voice crying in the wilderness of
scientific materialism (all matter, no spirit), suppose the
exercise of that voice predicted Christ's true spiritual
Second Coming (just as the first John the Baptist predicted
Christ physical Incarnation). Further, suppose that all
this happened in a way in which the problems that might face
such acts of Christ could be meet with the standards of
inquiry common today to natural science. Suppose
that in this 2nd voice crying in the wilderness, existed the
capacity to unite science and religion, without damage to the
true nature of either Way of being in the world.
suppose that the true Second Coming began its principle
effects upon the world, during the darkest horrors of the 12
years between the burning of the Reichstag (1933) and the
exploding of the Atomic Bomb (1945) - the time when millions
of Jews and Russians and Germans, and hundreds of thousands
others, were murdered in war. And suppose that true to
what Christ had predicted, that He would come again in a
certain form or way, this He actually did: Jesus replied, "You
have said it. And in the future you will see the Son of Man
seated in the place of power at God's right hand and coming on
the clouds of heaven." Matthew 26:
the stream of ancient wisdom - the Kings of the Gospel stories
- are at work again today. Given the opportunity to give
birth into life a new revelation - new spiritual truth
belonging to the age of science - something happens in the
world right in front of the male dominating hierarchies of the
fallen Roman Church, and they ignore it, just as they ignored
the priests who steal innocence, and just as they ignored the
holocaust, and just as they ignored the countless other crimes
within the Roman Church, in order to preserve the
institutional Church at the expense of the practice of the
that this true Second Coming is not the End Times Second
Coming, but something else, something more needed and wanted
by the Faithful. Those who want to judge all matters of
Christian Religion by reference to the Bible, want essentially
to confine the Divine to words in a book, and in particular
words as interpreted by fallen human beings. The Divine
cannot be so confined, but is free to speak in any way and in
any how It chooses.
What does it
mean: to unite science and religion? How could we know
about this so-called true Second Coming in the spirit - in clouds of heaven? What can be made of facts and morals that
combines into something both and neither - something beyond
the limits of each?
crucially: What has this to do with Saving the Catholic
Religion from the Roman Church?
A story ...
In 1861 was
born a man in Central Europe, by the name of Rudolf Steiner.
He was to become the voice crying in the
wilderness of scientific materialism, and those who he had
Baptized with the true scientific spirit (the one that does
not deny the Father and the Son) prepared themselves for the
true Second Coming of Christ, not in the material physical
body, and but in a spiritual body. In the age where
science mistakenly assumes all is matter and there is no
spirit, where else would Christ - the Truth - come again in
this Now, but in the spirit - in the future you will see the Son of
Man seated in the place of power at God's right hand and
coming on the clouds of heaven.
happens in the 20th Century to a degree all over the world,
although the announcement of this event was right in Central
Europe and right under the noses of the Roman Church, with its
vast intellectual prowess via the Society of Jesus. New
Revelation of how it is that behind matter lies spirit, and
not only the idea of that, but how to go about reconstructing
science itself so that this can be known without ever
violating the best that already justly lives in natural
Nor is this
Revelation dependent upon mere belief. All the work of
this Revelation points to facts, which can be sought and
discovered and which lead ever and again toward not only a
true scientific practice of Religion,
but toward a truly religious practice of
Science. Right under the noses of the self-serving male
dominated hierarchical structures of the Roman Catholic Church, New Revelation
was/is given and then criminally ignored.
medicine, education, social science, natural science,
agriculture, art, philosophy, theology, - how would all the
vast fields of human knowledge change, if real scientific
knowledge of the spirit were joined to the already huge scope
of the scientific knowledge of matter?
There are here
a thousand stories, as this transformation of New Revelation
into practical Arts has been slowly begun (we are only in the
beginning of the Second Coming - the Copernican revolution took almost 400 years
to dominate human thinking, and now its counter revolution -
the true Second Coming, will as well take Centuries to emerge
into full flowering). Here let me tell just one such
story (there are far too many), with a small preliminary
In order for
the scientific spirit to enter into the already centuries long
scientific age and participate in some kind of extension of
the arts of science so as to include the spirit, the crucial
subject of inquiry first has to be the human mind.
It is the human mind that is the primary tool out
of which materialistic science has been given birth, and it is
through the human mind that the New Revelation and the true
Second Coming are to be perceived.
aspire to elevate rational thinking are on the right track,
but they are mistaken in their assumption that our instinctive
thinking is all that mind can manifest. Yes, we do
think, but we sleep inwardly through the real processes of
thinking, and it is out of the renewed Kings wisdom that the
real nature and understanding of the full spiritual potential
of thinking has been born. Let me repeat: has been born.
counter-revolution has begun, and Christ has come again.
To the consciously developed and fully willed thinking,
Christ is perceivable. Mind is spirit in action,
and this personal spirit in action that lives potential in our
thinking can be brought to a condition where it perceives
In his religious role (among many other roles) as the John the
Baptist of the true Second Coming, Rudolf Steiner first
elaborated in three books, at the end of the 19th Century,
precisely how to give birth to this spiritualized thinking.
Not only how, but he explained exactly in what ways this
spiritual revolution in thinking fit within the existing
stream of philosophical and scientific thought. In the
third of these books: called The Philosophy of Spiritual
Activity, the subtitle was: some
results of introspection following the methods of natural
baptized by the second John in preparation for our true full
baptism by Christ during His Second Coming means only to
become fully awake a bit ahead of something that will arise
over time in all human beings who seek it, which yet is
available already today for those willing to undertake the practices.
The at one time
falsely declared heretical wisdom of the Kings has now
returned unfettered, and presently makes possible the
metamorphosis of thinking itself. There are many ways to
approach this transformation, some more instinctive and some
more conscious. In all cases where some degree of the
new thinking mystery arises, human knowledge is extended in
such a way that the reality of spirit is added to our
understanding of matter.
in Central Europe in the 20th Century, right under the noses
of the Catholic institutional hierarchies, and its scholars in
the Society of Jesus, was nothing less than the beginning
glory of a Christ centered spiritualization of all human
knowledge. Those who took up this new understanding of
the potential of the human mind, inspired by (baptized by)
Rudolf Steiner, gave birth to knowledge very much needed by
present day humanity. One can not overstate how much
this knowledge is needed, and what a crime it was then (and
continues today and into the future) for the institutional
Roman Church to deny the truths the live right in front of
them, and of which they were and are aware.
his work Anthroposophy, and as a Kings wisdom he expressly
differentiated it from the Christian Religion.
Anthroposophy was simply the science of the new thinking
cognition, and like any such science it was meant to live in
service to human needs - not itself become another competing
religious impulse. Pope John Paul II knew of this work
during his early years in Poland, and as Karol Jozef Wojtlya,
he participated in anthroposophical work. On the
Internet one can find a picture of him as Pope with a book on
his desk by a former student of Steiner's.
over 30 books, was quite famous in Central Europe at the
beginning of the 20th Century, giving over 6000 lectures,
while often during his last years these lectures were attended
by thousands. There was no way the Church was
unaware of this voice crying in the wilderness of scientific
Christ is the Truth and we have nothing to fear from seeking
Let me now take
up some small examples of this ongoing work, which are related
to each other although sometimes separated as if involving
different fields. Just as modern science often over
emphasizes the distinction between disciplines, their reality
is only truly understood when they are integrated.
So we have as a
ripening fruit of the new thinking, what are called in
separation: Biodynamic Agriculture, Anthroposophical Medicine
and Goethean Science. All three of these are joined in
their contributions to the health of the human being, and are
filled from within by knowledge of the spirit which has now
been added to knowledge of matter. The human
being, while on the Earth between birth and death, is both
matter and spirit, and many problems of humanity today cannot
be solved without first understanding and then realizing in
practice the integration of the relevant spiritual facts with
the relevant material facts.
Below I can
only skip across the surface of this knowledge like a flat
rock thrown horizontally onto the surface of a pond or a lake.
The details are too vast, which is why those who take up
this work make for themselves new religious-like careers.
What was formerly heretical thinking is no longer to be
confined to the monastery or the convent, but comes now full
born into the light of day.
general of these inner related disciplines is called Goethean
Science, and one can find excellent examples of its practice
on the website: The Nature Institute. The new thinking
mysteries begin with the metamorphosis of ordinary cause and
effect abstract thinking into what is best called organic
thinking (and sometimes called Goetheanism, after the
poet-scientist Goethe who was among the first who
instinctively practiced it). This organic
thinking naturally grows into pure thinking, which is similar
in a way to the high level concentrated thinking of the pure
mathematician, but which is a more conscious type of pure
thinking because it is filled from within by a fully intended
On the Nature
Institute website, one can come upon many works, and here is
just a good example: by Stephen Talbot: On
Making the Genome Whole, were
current advances in the investigation of the nature of the
cell reveal more and more that the natural scientist can no
longer hold to the view the DNA is the cause of living
processes, but that if we honestly view what goes on in the
cell (as understood today), the part does not determine the
whole, but rather the whole determines the part.
This idea is
significant for all human knowledge, particular that
concerning our health.
As well, the
human being needs food in order to live. We are all
aware today how poorly run is the social system that delivers
food to our tables. Nutrition is a core aspect of
health, particularly of the physical body. A doctor
acquaintance of mine, deeply familiar with biodynamic
agriculture and anthroposophical medicine has made the
following statements in conversation (I've highlighted these
in italics), concerning which I will then offer my own
1) The chief cause of
death in America is the American doctor. This is not meant to morally blame, but
to point out the fact that the ignorance of the relationship
between spirit and matter that so pervades modern medicine -
this ignorance kills. The modern doctor frequently
mis-diagnoses, and then compounds that error by using a
sledge-hammer when a butterfly kiss is more therapeutic.
All we have to do is listen to the ads for modern
medicines and all their deadly side-effects to realize that
whatever the understanding of medical science is today, it
actually knows a great deal less than it pretends.
ignorance is a culture-wide - that is most everyone assumes
that it is the best understanding - scientific materialism
lives inside modern medicine as a kind of religion, and just
like the Catholic Church in the 16th century, when its beliefs
were challenged by the early natural scientists, modern
science will brand all spiritual views as heretical and seek
to punish those who disagree. But medicine is more art
than science, and the true practice of healing requires more
than arid facts, numbers and countless tests with machines.
2) The reason people are
obese is not because they eat too much, but because they are
starving. The physical body is
a work of wonder, about which we still have a great deal to
learn (see the essays one the Genome mentioned above, where if
you want to get at the core of this drastically incomplete
knowledge, just consider that at the cutting edge of cell
biology the idea that DNA in the cell is the chief cause of bodily function and form is not longer
recognized. Rather researchers into cell biology now
recognize that the parts do not determine the whole, but
rather that the whole clearly determines the parts. This
confounds them, for it makes of the living once again a
In the light of
this, from the side of a spirit oriented understanding of
nutrition, my doctor acquaintance was pointing out that the
body knows that there is almost no real nutrition in the foods
agribusiness provides through our grocery stores. As a
consequence, the wisdom of the body is always telling us to
eat more and eat more and eat more, because we are
nutritionally starving. All of us eat food with little
nutrition, but the obviously obese are just those with a body
type and typical internal chemistry that more readily
transforms sugars into stored fats. Everyone, whatever
body type, can't get real nutritious food in the regular
grocery store, and this is a cause of a great many illness,
both physical and mental.
foods, which are too often agricultural waste transformed into
profit making highly advertised junk (with a lot of sugar
added so we get the illusion of renewed energy and a lot of
salt added so we get the illusion that these things taste
good) are killing us in the same way the doctor is killing us
- through greed and and arrogant ignorance.
Food grown on
farms is meant to keep us alive, not kill us. To keep us
alive, it has itself to contain life - the food has to be
itself alive. Modern farming practices, as the organic
movement fully knows, produce foods that look good (with a lot
of help from added fake color and surface oiling). but which
don't deliver actual nutrition. The materialist will
argue that there is no proof of this, but his idea of proof is
confused. The real experiment is being done on a massive
world-wide scale on all human beings, and while we may not yet
fully appreciate the exact causal mechanism (what the
materialist demands as proof), the history of last 150 years
reveals clearly the arriving of all kinds of illnesses in
connection with changes in the growth of food and the
simultaneous creation of the picture of the human being as a
mechanism - as only matter.
You can't see
what you don't look for and having assumed away spiritual
concepts of the human being, it is no wonder that today this
is hard to find.
the situation is developed further than in organic practices,
for the agricultural processes (modern huge farms) of today
actually are killing the soil and the body inheritance
characteristics of the animals we eat as well. The
living Earth, on which we depend as a fully integrated
organism in its totality, is dying, and we are killing it.
The arrogant and ignorant child is killing its Mother.
In order to return life to the Earth, we have to recognize that it is itself integrated into the Cosmos, into the extra-telluric fullness of the whole Solar System. Nothing is separate from anything else, and it is only the over-use of the presently limited thinking processes of analysis (without wise synthesis) by natural science that has led to this false perception of independence (parts unrelated to wholes). The moon and the planets do influence plant and animal growth, and we need to include these realities (out of a scientifically oriented new discipline of observation and thinking - Goethean Science) in our understanding of the underlying nature of living agricultural processes. This is Biodynamic Agriculture.
produce has now become the sought after prize of many gourmet
chefs, and as well biodynamic wines are seen as exceptional.
Why - because those who know foods and wines know taste,
and nothing - nothing - tastes quite as lively (as full of
life) as biodynamic foods and wines, to the carefully
developed and cultivated senses of a gourmet.
In a similar
fashion as to farms and food, the human organization is not
merely physical, but spiritual as well. We have in fact
four bodies, not one: a physical body; an ethereal or life
body; a soul or psychological or astral body; and, a warmth or
ego or spirit body. A properly disciplined thinking can
learn to perceive these less visible elements of our reality
and nature, and while each part is healed in a subtly
different way, all are yet interdependent.
acquaintance has produced a book, which I recommend as an
excellent practical and pragmatic doorway into this realm of
the union of knowledge of spirit and matter. He doesn't
know everything, but he will be a good start, on a valuable
subject for all, to coming to the appreciation of the facts of
which I have been writing here: New Revelation is making its
way into the world, and the true Second Coming is upon us.
These changes leave traces in human cultural
developments - fingerprints as it were, and in Dr. Cowen's
book: The Four-Fold Path to Healing, we have one quite outstanding fingerprint.
For example, he
describes how with good nutrition, we heal the physical body.
With good therapeutics (butterfly kisses instead of
sledge-hammers) we heal the ethereal or life body. With
good movement exercise we heal the soul or psychic/emotional
or astral body, and with meditation (good mental exercises) we
heal the spirit body.
This is just
one, by the way, of thousands of books and works and human
activities that have begun to come into the world through the
New Revelation and as part of the true Second Coming in the
spiritual. Education is being transformed, as is Art and
Psychology and Science and Social Science and beyond.
The presence of these fingerprints is far greater in
Central Europe, and has been going on there longer than in
America. The ignoring of this Christ presence, and its
offerings to humanity's deepest needs, is the ultimate
spiritual crime of the now very much needs to be dying
institutional Roman Church.
it will not die an easy death and with that theme I will next
approach a way to understand how to save the Catholic (or
Christian) Religion from the no longer viable patriarchal
dominance of old Christian religious institutions, for all
institutional hierarchical structures must eventually undergo
the dying and becoming described in the Third Fatima Prophecy.
A question that
may arise, in those who hear or read these words, is: what about me? If Christ has come again, how am I to know
this? If He promised to be with me until the ends of
time, how I am to see Him in the spirit today?
Doesn't he make himself available to all?
As an aspect of
the true Second Coming in the spirit - in the clouds of heaven
- in the inwardness of the human being - there has also come
to be a Second and purely spiritual Eucharist. In Luke
Christ says: the kingdom of heaven is inside you. So, look inside yourself and you will
find Him there. This second Eucharist does not eliminate
the Original, which has to do with the transubstantiation of
matter, but does add to that of matter the transubstantiation
of thought. This is the essence of the new Mystery of
Eucharist is communal and requires thereby guiding hands,
which no longer needs to be a priest, however. It is
simply a practical problem. To celebrate the
transubstantiation of matter - its respiritualization as it
were - as a community, requires many hands. We do not
feed ourselves, but each other.
Eucharist in the Ethereal (in the clouds of heaven - in the
inwardness of our own Life Body) is entirely personal and
takes place between our own spirit (our own I-am) and the
Divine, within the temple of the soul or mind. The
practice of the transubstantiation of thought is religious in
intention (that is an aspect of our will) and scientific in
perception (that is an aspect of our introspective thinking) and artistic
in practice (that is an aspect of the contribution of the
heart or of feeling). Some will call it thinking with the
heart, although that is an oversimplification.
for the Second Eucharist was known from the beginning of
Christianity, and the disciples in Acts called it: Holy
Breath. Recall John the Baptist: the one coming after
me, I cannot even carry His sandals; He will baptize you in
holy breath and fire.
The practice is fairly straightforward, and was described by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount, although since that time it has fallen into confusion and earthly excesses.
gave the Our Father, He said to pray it in secret. "But when you pray, go
into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who
is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward
you." Matthew 6:6
This is the
true spiritual mystery of prayer - to pray in secret, not in
public. The practice of public prayer is the practice of
institutional coercion and religious totalitarianism. We
are meant to be shamed by this, and its chief fruit is the
further empowerment of the priest as a necessary intermediary
between us and the Divine. That time is over.
prayer in secret, be all the same bold: say it out loud.
There is no need to be so loud as to be heard in the
next room, but it is more a matter of authenticity. You
are in secret, but not hiding. Speak it with your normal
voice. Let this spoken tone carry the truth of how you actually feel in the
moment, even if filled with doubt and despair. Prayer is
about truth. Speak truly, and then listen inwardly.
inwardly can be difficult, especially if we have had little
practice. It is, after all, an art of sorts - first a
skill, then a craft and then an art. Holy Breath does
not shout, for it is of Life, just as the prologue to the John
Gospel describes: "In Him was Life and the Life was the Light of men"
doctrine and ancient ideas, neither the Son or the Father (or
the Mother) is about obedience. Their love grants us
full freedom as its highest currently expressed meaning.
In our time, however, there has arisen, because of the
flaws and fallen nature of institutional and patriarchal
religious practices, the idea that there are absolute moral
principles to which everyone must be obedient. One can
even understand that there may have been in the past some
degree of necessity for this approach, because the human being
was not fully developed - did not possess entirely what is
potential (and this remains true to a degree - we can yet be
more). For that reason a religious culture urging
obedience to high moral ideas may have been in the past a bit
Yet, the timing of the true Second Coming in the spiritual is about acknowledging that we are now capable of becoming morally free. The whole point of Christ's present day Baptism of human beings, by fire and holy breath, concerns this moral freedom. This idea too is found in the images of the Third Fatima Prophecy which we have been studying.
The City is in ruins - Western Civilization is undergoing dramatic metamorphosis. What could be more clear from contemporary events we see on the evening News? Institutional religion must as well transform. The Holy Father leads the procession up the Hill to the foot of the Cross, there to die in violence not unlike what is being visited all over the world. The spiritual essence released by this act - the blood - is to be saved by Angels and then offered to us in the future as we continue to struggle to make our way toward God.
out of the Kings wisdom, taught us in detail how to have a
practical relationship to the dead - to those that have
crossed over. They remain interested in our lives, and
available to help. At the same time, nothing that we
need is to be hidden from us, if we but rightly understand
what Christ tried to teach us about prayer.
When we pray
the Our Father in secret, we have made of the mind and soul a
temple for our immortal spirit. This mood of prayer, and
the seven petitions of the Our Father, when practiced (remember
what Christ said about building our house upon rock) leads us
further. In this temple and in secret we now say
whatever is on our mind, out loud and authentically giving
voice to our true feeling nature as we are at that time.
We hide nothing.
Ask, seek and knock, He
If we have a
question spoken aloud, and the more modest the question (the
more humble), we will receive an answer in the inward silence
of our own mind/soul temple. A voice, like in form and
texture our own inner voice, yet so so soft, will reply in the
clouds of heaven inside us. The reply will be nearly
instantaneous, and almost simultaneous, because even before we
speak out loud, the question has lived first in our hearts,
and its in our hearts that we are known ("...but then I will
perceive the same way that I was perceived all along." St. Paul, 1 Corinthians 13).
Because we live
in the time of Fire, the time of the ruination of the City,
where the Angel with the Sword is acting (remember He said:
come not to bring peace but a sword),
and because we strive to walk up the Hill - up the Mountain -
to the Cross - that is because we strive to be moral -
Christ's Baptism of us by Fire is that struggle to walk up
that Hill - to be moral in a time of great troubles - that is
in this time - this present. If we wish to follow In His
Steps, we will not be able to hide from moral trials.
institutional Church is fallen. What moral authority can
it present to us, when clearly the male institutional
hierarchy can not lead by example? Christ answers this
in all the practices He taught, and which we can follow.
One of these is prayer, and when the fire of our
individual biography forces us to confront troubling
individual moral questions, we can no longer lean on the Roman
Church, but must instead reside in the Catholic (Christian)
Religion. The Religion says pray in secret and find your
reward in secret; or, ask, seek and knock.
Good and humble
questions take the form of how may I help this other person.
How may I love them. These good questions are
other-directed. Self-directed questions, such as get me
out of jail or what is the right number for the lottery -
these questions we already know in our hearts the Divine
should not answer. But if we alter them in the right
way, so that we ask (to continue the example) how do I live
with being in jail or how do I live with being poor - these
questions can be answered.
However, if we put among many possible questions a straightforward moral question into the intimacy of prayer something rather remarkable and powerful, and initially frightening, happens. If we ask, as did the character in the movie Million Dollar Baby, should I help this person who wants to die, die? We do not get an answer, but Silence.
speaks thus: you already know what the right thing to do is.
There is in the Silence no abandonment, but rather a
gift of freedom and most remarkably - the gift of trust.
You know, you decide, you act, says the Silence.
The same Faith we have in God, God has in us.
also says: you cannot hide here by making the Divine
responsible for what life and the baptism by fire of your own
biography has already made you responsible. Don't in
prayer come to shift the blame to the Divine, or to a book or
to another person in the form of a priest or a bishop or a
pope. Its your life, and you decide. This is what
it means to be Baptized by Fire, and to walk up the Hill, or
Mountain of moral trials, through the ruination of the City
and toward the Cross.
But what then
about Baptism by Holy Breath? What is that about?
Next in prayer
we share what we have decided to do. We take
responsibility, and we let the Father know. We accept
the Cup, and with gratefulness. This Christ lived and
taught by example.
Now comes the
miracle - now comes the reward - now comes Holy Breath.
We will find
that we are stronger - that our course once chosen is joined
by Another, who walks beside us. We walk up the Hill
following our self chosen course, and we do not walk alone.
Remember: I will be with you until the ends of time.
Even if we drop the Cross, another picks it up.
This is true
for everyone, whether Catholic or Christian or whatever.
To take full human responsibility for moral
choices is to be Graced by Holy Breath, which comes not as an
idea, but as a renewed strength of will.
All of this, by
the way, can happen in an instant. Life confronts us
with many moral dilemmas and choices. The more we
practice taking responsibility, the more confidence we gain in
the practice of our version of religion. Even the
atheist will be graced in this way, because the event of the
Second Eucharist is invisible, and cannot be known unless we
start to look for it. Not having the idea of it, the
atheist will not see it, but this grace is not denied anyone
who choses to be moral out of their own insight.
think this will lead to all kinds of moral relativism and all
the other complaints made by modern priests of institutional
religions, the facts of experience are otherwise. These,
who assert moral authority, judge, when having been taught in
the Sermon on the Mount not to judge. We pray in secret
and are rewarded in secret and it is no one else's business.
Now don't think
you are going to get it right all the time. Life hasn't
ever taught such a lesson, and to live truly in life is to
live in Christ. To learn authentic prayer and to
discover and have confidence in our own capacity for knowing
the right course of moral action is to bear a Cross - to
follow Him and take up our own cross.
Nor are such
ideas anything fully mysteries and hidden. One need only
watch these two films of Clint Eastwood to see how artists
perceive this reality, without ever having to grasp it in
ideas: Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino. Eastwood
plays in both these roles the human face of someone who can't
quite get it what the priests of the Roman Church have to say.
His deepest questions, they can't answer. Not
because they lack experience, so much as they are not him.
The Baptism by
fire in our biography is personal. Its not for another,
its just for us. We are individual and loved as an
individual which is why moral choices have a very tricky time
coming down to universal principles to which all must be
obedient. For example, all abortions take place in an
individual context and it is that individual which must deal
with the question - the meaning of the moral question is meant
for them, and this includes the dilemma of those who want to
preserve life. Their dilemma too is individual.
There is a
caution, however. Which again is related to the
absence of actually practicing the Catholic
(Christian) Religion. The anti-abortion movement
frequently shapes itself in the form of a mob. Not
always, but frequently. As a mob it is more like the
folks in the Gospels who Christ appears before and says: He who is without
sin, let him cast the first stone.
Its a teaching story that gives a concrete example of
the problem of the mote and the beam - the problem of judging
lest ye be judged. An anti-abortion mob really ought to
look to their own beam, first. Once they understand
that, then Christ says, will they be able to help the person
with the mote.
A similar thing
is true when we think about the current Pope and the innocence
shattering priests. Let's not become a mob. Let's
instead understand that within the larger scale of things, it
is time for the Body of Christ, the laity and the religious,
in the Catholic Religion, to do something the institutional
Church cannot do. Walk up the Hill and consciously let
the old die. Stop leaning on the institutional Church as
a moral authority, and take up the Cross yourself.
need to be a reformative mob-like revolution in the Roman
Church for there to be a metamorphosis of the Catholic (or
Christian) Religion. Carry your own cross, don't throw
stones and have faith. The rest will take care of
Church will then become more and more irrelevant.
Already it has had to let go all manner of buildings,
because the material costs of the tragedy of child abuse have
been so high. All over are empty spaces, some once
Churches. The City is falling into ruin. Who said
God only shows up in a Cathedral? Nothing prevents the
laity and the religious from gathering together in small
circles to actually practice the Christian Religion.
can expect the male authority driven hierarchies to threaten
excommunication - that is to deny the celebration of the
Mass and the transubstantiation of matter during this rite.
Let them. Christ doesn't follow the Pope, or the
Bishops or the Priests. They have no authority
whatsoever over Him.
community with others and once more struggle to practice the Religion. Let the Church built on sand
wash away in the storms of the present times. Walk up
the Hill. Carry the Cross. Keep company with
others of a like intention. But pray in secret. He
will be with us, and She will be with us. The
Religion is actually very simple. Savor its simplicity.
Pray in secret
and individually. Meditate (have thoughtful
conversations about the Truth) in community. And last,
but certainly not least: Love each other.