Posted by: judy | April 16, 2009

From bad to worse . . .

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. . .  as Mr. Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI to Roman Catholics) ‘Way of the Cross’ adopts an Eastern Meditation flavor.

Exerpts from Catholic News Service  article:

The archbishop said the challenge today is to remain attentive to God’s “quiet presences” found in tabernacles and shrines, the laughter of children, the tiniest living cell and the distant galaxies. His text reflected the idea that Jesus’ own life embodies Indian values, including an awareness of the sacred through contemplation.

. . . Archbishop Menamparampil seemed equally comfortable drawing from the Western and Eastern Christian traditions. He illustrated the “mystic journey” of personal faith set in motion by Christ’s death on the cross with a verse from a psalm and an eighth-century Irish hymn.

. . . He ended with a meditation on Jesus’ entombment, borrowing insights from the Eastern spiritual distinction between reality and illusion.

“Tragedies make us ponder. A tsunami tells us that life is serious. Hiroshima and Nagasaki remain pilgrim places. When death strikes near, another world draws close. We then shed our illusions and have a grasp of the deeper reality,” he said.

He quoted a prayer from the Hindu holy writings, the Upanishads: “Lead me from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, from death to immortality.” He said this was the path taken by the early Christians, who were inspired by Jesus’ life to carry his message to the ends of the earth.

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