Posted by: Sant, Ave Ignis | May 13, 2012

Regarding Mother’s Day

To give life is to give one’s life, and to give one’s life is to love in a divine way. Hence, to procreate is the result of loving god-like.

That is how God created the world. And that is how one can co-participate in Creation-giving life to others.

Posted by: Sant, Ave Ignis | February 26, 2012

The Process of Discipleship

In many Christian traditions, this past Wednesday was Ash Wednesday. It is regarded as a time for preparation and a time to get rid of that which prevents one from being close to the divine and/or become the ideal disciple one desires to be.

Amidst of all that is globally happening in our environment, it is a good time to focus on a better discipleship by being better stewards of the Earth. One might think that being an environmentally responsible citizen takes much time, effort, money and preparation. That might be true for becoming the ideal citizen, as it is true for becoming the ideal disciple. Nevertheless, if we take a closer look to the process of the apostles, we notice that is exactly that, a process.

If you ask me, it would be a much more radical change to have a poor fisherman with no education, to be a follower of a man who proposed radically new ideas that opposed the status quo and there was no money in return, than changing from wherever on is now to a more responsible citizen.

At the beginning, Jesus approached his first disciples and asks them to follow him. They eagerly left everything behind and followed him. However, throughout the entire gospel, one can see the process of discipleship they go through. Peter almost drowns having little faith while trying to walk on water; he even neglects Jesus after being three years with him. James and John desire the first places in the kingdom. Thomas doubts the awaited resurrection of the Lord. The two disciples going to Emmaus didn’t even recognize the Christ on the road.

Even after being with Jesus, all these years, they fail to have faith and a servant attitude. Nonetheless, they went on to found the primitive church and to be examples of how to follow God.

Something similar happens with us nowadays. One hears the current environmental and social situation and has all the power to change fully the way one behaves and consumes. Yet, one fails to do so because of lack of knowledge and will. The first step to become a responsible citizen, as in the case of becoming a follower of Jesus, is to take the plunge and decide that one wants to do it. After that, it is a matter of trying every day to be better informed, and more conscious of what one consumes, refuses and wastes.

So this coming Lent, the invitation is to be closer to the divine and be a better disciple by taking, actions one day at a time that contribute to a better planet where one has mutually enhancing relations with all creatures of the Earth.

Posted by: Sant, Ave Ignis | July 3, 2011

Nature in the midst of the city

God started writing the first book 13.8 billion years ago. We have called it creation, incarnation, nature, universe, cosmos, and many other names. The name helps one understand it’s relation to It and role in It. But ultimately the name is unimportant, what matters is how one sees oneself in relation to it and understands that one has been a crucial part of it since the begging and plays a crucial part in it’s end.

Posted by: Sant, Ave Ignis | July 2, 2011

Health Sanctuary

This is just a tree, which contains all the forests. And this is just a forest made up of a single tree. And this tree contains all the power of the universe: the creative force of life.

Inspired after meditating in front of the health sanctuary at Viveros de Coyoacan.

Posted by: Sant, Ave Ignis | May 16, 2011

FAN

A note from FAN

http://www.franciscanaction.org/Upload_Module/upload/2011.05.22_FANEasterFifthSunday.pdf

Posted by: Sant, Ave Ignis | May 9, 2011

Fourth Sunday of Easter

http://www.franciscanaction.org/Upload_Module/upload/2011.05.15_FANEasterFourthSunday.pdf

Posted by: Sant, Ave Ignis | May 9, 2011

Third Sunday of Easter

http://www.franciscanaction.org/Upload_Module/upload/2011.05.08_FANEasterThirdSunday.pdf

Posted by: Sant, Ave Ignis | April 27, 2011

The Green Thing

I was in line at the supermarket and the cashier told the elderly woman ahead of me that plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”

 

That’s right, they didn’t have the green thing in her day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled – but they didn’t have the green thing back in her day.

 

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to thegrocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine very time they had to go two blocks – but she’s right. They didn’t havethe green thing in her day.  Back then, they washed the baby’s diapers because they didn’t have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts – wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing – but that elderly woman is right, they didn’t have the green thing back in her day.

 

Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house – not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a pizza dish, not a screen the size of the state of Nebraska. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used wadded up newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operated on electricity – but she’s right, they didn’t have the green thing back then.

 

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty, instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled pens with ink, instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull – but they didn’t havethe green thing back then.

 

Back then, people took the streetcar and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus, instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from

satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint – but they didn’t have the green thing back then!

 

 

(Disclosure – I almost always write these newsletters myself but this crossed my desk and in sending it out I would certainly give appropriate attribution but I have no idea who originated it but it came to me from my friend Donnie Dann and his Conservation Alert)

 

Posted by: Sant, Ave Ignis | April 25, 2011

Resurrection in Creation

A very good article by a fransiscan misionary.

http://www.franciscanaction.org/Upload_Module/upload/2011.05.01_FANEasterSeason.pdf

Posted by: Sant, Ave Ignis | January 13, 2011

Why Jesus had to be baptized?

Why, if Jesus is the Son of God, needed to baptize? Why do one needs to be baptized with water? Why not with a barrel filled with water but had to be necessarily in a river?

Water is composed only of two molecules of hydrogen and one molecule of oxygen (H2O) and between these molecules are simple chemical bonds. Nevertheless, these bonds are very difficult to break. It is the most important molecule for the planet and in turn makes the world readily for living.

Being only two molecules of hydrogen and oxygen, Jesus simply could have taken them from the air but chose to enter the river, why?

Definitely the water has other properties besides the ones that can give hydrogen and oxygen. This is called emergent properties since they arise from the new molecule that comes from the combination of O and H. Water has features that go beyond the chemical; for example, water awakens and enlivens the senses. We have all felt, when we entered a cold lake or river, a special feeling that awakens the senses, it is a different feeling. Water purifies, moisturizes, cleans, refreshes. And in the baptism Gospel reading we see the holiness of it.

Sanctify comes from the Latin meaning to put something aside or make clean, spotless. It also means to dedicate something to God.

Jesus, being baptized in the Jordan, is confirming the sanctifying element of water. It’s clearly something that connects us and unites us to God. If the water sanctifies and brings us together and connect to God, then why not treat it as such?

We all know the problems of water, regardless if there is too much water or not, if you can purify it or not, to be a sacred element, we must protect and use it as we would use any other element that unites us with God. This means not wasting it, not polluting it, in short rediscover that water more than H2O, it is a part of the creation that unites us spiritually with the Father.

 

 

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