Anglican Synod Decries Gay Marriage

This would be the African branch of the Anglican church to which many Episcopalian parishes of the conservative bent in this country have been joining. From The Vanguard:

THE first synod of the Anglican Diocese of Nike was concluded in Enugu yesterday with a  strong condemnation of what it called the debasement of moral values exemplified in same sex  marriage and homosexuality.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the synod, the church described same sex marriage as  “devilish and a deviation from the Holy Scriptures” which it said is the anchor of the Anglican  faith.  It called on the Christian faithful to shun such practice in view of the punishments  awaiting the perpetrators.

Pope Not Ill

There was some reporting out there that the pope was ill due to the hoarseness of his speech both in last Wednesday’s audience and at the beginning of his trip to Austria, but he sounded fine the rest of the time. Here is a report of the Vatican denying the press reports, from The Times:

The Vatican has cut short rumours concerning Pope Benedict XVI’s health, saying he was suffering from mild hoarseness and his condition warranted no concern.

“There are no concerns for the pope’s health,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.

Benedict XVI, during his general audience on Wednesday, had “mild hoarseness that is already in the process of healing,” Lombardi said.

The Life of a Mystic–Mother Teresa

If you’ve listened to the media reports about this book, you would be led to believe that Mother Teresa was an aetheist, who continued doing good works in God’s name, nonetheless. Yet after picking the book up and actually reading it, nothing could be further from the truth. What this book does do, is give us an even greater insight into the inspiration–the “call within a call,” that Mother Teresa experienced early in her mid-30’s which ultimately led her to leaving a religious community, that ran a private school, to form a new religious community made up of Indian sisters whose mission it would be to serve the poor in a radical fashion.

Who called Mother Teresa?

God.

The voice that would be silent later in her life, (what the media reports), spoke to her over the course of a year. Beginning on September 10th 1946 she began to hear the voice of Jesus giving her explicit directions on forming a community of sisters made up of women from India who He wanted to serve the poor in His name. He named this new community the Missionaries of Charity.

The “voice” of Jesus pleaded with her over and over throughout this year “Come, come, carry Me into the holes of the poor, Come, be My light,” from whence the title of the book comes. One could even say that this book is titled by Jesus Himself.

This mission entrusted to her was deeply related to a vision, one presumes of Jesus on the Cross crying out “I thirst” and the entire spirituality of Mother Teresa is immersed in this event. Recognizing Jesus in the faces of the outcasts (similiar to the crucified Christ) and her union with the crucified Jesus also explains the later absence of feeling and tangible presence of God similar to what Jesus experienced on the cross “My God, my God, why has thou abandoned me.”

Mother Teresa’s later experiences, like many mystics before her, can only be understood by reading the works of those who have written about the Spiritual path, most notably in this country Father Benedict Groeschel in his Spiritual Passages: The Psychology of Spiritual Development (Spiritual Passages, Paper) and his recently released popular presentation Questions and Answers About Your Journey to God, even though both of these books are accessible to Catholics and non-Catholics, some Protestants might find the work of Evelyn Underhill, a Protestant herself, Mysticismmore to their liking.

This book provides a rare peak into the life of a modern saint. From the early supernatural phenomena to the popular acclaim in later life, Come Be My Light can help everyone to be a better follower of Christ.

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