Though the horror of the Spanish Inquisition is largely a myth, it has been used to malign religion for decades, even centuries. This is not to say that the Catholic Church, or some other churches for that matter, are innocent of crimes against humanity. On the contrary we know that many in churches were guilty of such crimes. Yet just as we must expose the real crimes of powerful people, we must be sure that light of truth shines brightly. In fact, the Catholic Church did engage in the burning and torture of so called heretics, but did so much more often in other countries of Europe. The BBC has actually produced some good documentaries, like the one below.
This resonates with me very deeply. I have discovered over the years that I have to listen to the "still small voice" within that is the Holy Spirit speaking to me in a very concise way. Often it doesn't come in words but is just a feeling. I may hear or feel "no", "not this" or "not now". I have discovered that when I hear that voice or feel that feeling that says "no" or "not now", I will find out later why I heard or felt that answer. And always there has been a negative result at some level when I did not listen to God. Likewise when I have listened to the still small voice, I often find out later why the prompting from God said "no", or 'not now". That isn't always the case, sometimes you don't necessarily find out why and in this case you just have to be in faith.
That still small voice is the voice of Christ in you, your guide, your guardian, your best friend. It behooves us to tune into that higher voice, that higher mind and to do that we must still our own human mind. This is key and she speaks about that here as well.
This is Cassandra Mack. I listened a little bit to some of her videos and I like her vibe and where she is coming from in her sermons.
Pastor Kynan Bridges talks about the mass manipulation like we have never seen before. 'The level of manipulation going on right now is totally astounding." He talks about mental, emotional manipulation and that people have lost the ability to discern fact from fiction. People are not truly listening to the context and the content of the lies we are being fed. He talks about how people only hear the narrative and not the facts. We are even being told how to feel.
The power of faith has "framed the world" and the power of faith to alter a way of life for a nation, a state, or an individual continues to be "the spark that God begot," the spark of heavenly confidence that knows no bounds to possibility wedded to effort. Miracles are called for by mankind, yet the sense of the miraculous is often absent from their consciousness. The confining stakes that stretch forth the extent of the human claim are often a far cry from the mighty revelation of possibility which springs from the mind of God as the strength to accomplish, by the power of vision in action, born of hope and nurtured by charity.
Beloved Who with Charity Would Abide Forever:
You have heard it said that although tongues may cease and knowledge shall banish away, 'Charity never faileth' (I Corinthians 13:8). Human speculations concerning the Earth and its destiny frequently have caused men to desire to probe the Earth's existence from its earliest beginnings unto its final end. The Biblical statement, "...the Earth abideth forever" (Ecclesiastes 1:4), is frequently cited as proof that the world will continue to exist beyond all mortal ken.
Among the manifold Blessings enjoyed by the American people are the treasured memories of the great dramas of their early history—of General Washington crossing the Delaware, the winter at Valley Forge and his magnificent leadership of the American Revolution during a trying period in the formation of the United States. The Great General, who knelt in the forest and implored protection from his Almighty God, did evoke a response that could never be measured as material substance is; for it was the very real Charity of Heaven and the response from the Mercy Seat of God that flooded his Heart and manifested in him as flint-like courage to press on through the most dire hardships and forebodings. Thus he came to a place where his Faith expanded still further in the drawing together of the strands of Unity throughout the Thirteen States that comprised the first American Union.
Three Hermits: By Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist
This is a story retold with live active storytelling. This is an art which brings the story to the liveliness of the present with voice and in many stories told, with both voice and musical instruments.
We sometimes think that we can reach perfection through accomplishments that are ever more demanding. We bring a complexity of skills and creativity to our work. Perfection is an illusive mourning dove that contemplates. Perhaps the quiet non-intrusive bird is seeking simplicity.
"There was once a scholarly bishop who was on his way. Several pilgrims are travelling on a fishing boat from Archangel to the Solovétsk Monastery. The passenger ship sailed through the white sea far to the Russian North Sea. During the voyage the bishop overhears a discussion about a remote island nearby their course where three old hermits live a meager existence focused on seeking "salvation for their souls." Inquiring about the hermits the bishop finds that several of the fishermen claim to have seen the hermits once.
The bishop then informs the captain that he wishes to visit the island. The captain seeks to dissuade him by saying "the old men are not worth your pains. I have heard say that they are foolish old fellows, who understand nothing, and never speak a word." The bishop insists and the captain steers the ship toward the island. The bishop subsequently sets off in a rowboat to visit. He is met ashore by the three hermits.
The bishop informs the hermits that he has heard of them and of their search for salvation. He inquires how they are seeking salvation and serving God, but the hermits say they do not know how, only that they pray, simply: "Three are ye, three are we, and have mercy upon us." Subsequently, the bishop acknowledges that they have a little knowledge but are ignorant of the true meaning of the doctrine and how to pray properly. He tells them that he will teach them "not a way of my own, but the way in which God in the Holy Scriptures has commanded all men to pray to Him" and proceeds to explain the doctrines of the incarnation and the Trinity. He attempts to teach them the Lord's Prayer, the "Our Father", but the simple hermits blunder and cannot remember the words. This compels the bishop to repeat the lesson late into the night. After he is satisfied that they have memorized the prayer, the Bishop departs from the island leaving the hermits with a firm instruction to pray as he has taught them. The bishop then returns to the fisherman's vessel anchored offshore in the rowboat and continues his voyage.
While on board the bishop notices that their vessel is being followed. At first he thinks a boat is behind them but he soon realizes that the three hermits are running across the surface of the water "as though it were dry land." The hermits catch up to the vessel as the captain stops the boat and inform the bishop, "We have forgotten your teaching servant of God. As long as we kept repeating it we remembered but when we stopped saying it for a time a word dropped out and now it has all gone to pieces. We can remember nothing of it. Teach us again. "The bishop crossed himself and dropped to his knees and was humbled and prayed out for the heavens to hear and replied to the hermits, "Your own prayer will reach the Lord, men of God. It is not for me to teach you a different way to heaven. Pray to God for all of us." After this the hermits turn around and walked back to their island."
wikipedia.org - 17 Jan 2021
Here is a live recording of the Storytelling version
"Leo Tolstoy the Russian novelist (figure of the late Czarist Russia) explores the nature of prayer by contrasting the simple, faithful but unknowing prayer of the illiterate hermits with the formal, doctrinal prayer of the educated bishop who is critical of the hermits' practice. Tolstoy prefaces this story with an epigraph from the sixth chapter of the Gospel of Saint Matthew: "And in praying use not vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him." (wikipedia.org)
You can learn more about this story telling concept here: Storytellingcenter.net
The twinkle of mirth is needed on earth in many a situation in which mankind find themselves. A happy, confident approach to any situation, even what appears to be quite a serious one, is of tremendous assistance to all concerned in bringing about a divinely just and satisfactory resolution thereof.
An interesting take on the mark of the beast and what it is and what we should watch for.
"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years." Revelation 20:4
The evening of Thursday February 25 2021 begins a very important holiday in Jewish tradition.
"The jolly Jewish holiday of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/early spring). Purim 2021 begins on Thursday night, February 25 and continues through Friday, February 26, (extending through Sunday in Jerusalem). It commemorates the (Divinely orchestrated) salvation of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian empire from Haman's plot "to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day." Literally "lots" in ancient Persian, Purim was thus named since Haman had thrown lots to determine when he would carry out his diabolical scheme, as recorded in the Megillah (book of Esther).
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The Story and Experience of Purim is also extremely significant this year to the Great Awakening. Juan O Savin explains.
As many of you may recall, Mary Magdalene, referred to our Beloved Jesus as "Rabboni" when she came upon him after his resurrection. This is to say "Master" and was a Jewish word used to address someone who was a spiritual leader or a learned one in those days. So our Beloved Master Speaks to us in our heart flames if we will hear. What does the Master Jesus whisper to us in the still small voice we hear in our minds and hearts?
"Unborn babies are persons and they have the right to life", say Judge Andrew Napolitano.
Napolitano is a former judge of the New Jersey Superior Court and is a news analyst on Fox news. He frequently weighs in on the constitutionality of actions taken by elected officials including the judiciary. Earlier this week Judge Napolitano weighed in on the likely effort moving forward of the Biden administration attempting to make it nearly impossible for states to make and enforce their own laws on abortion.