Self-critical understanding during Lent and daily!

By: Metropolitan +Joseph Thaddeus the Unworthy One in the vineyard of this life…

 

A most difficult time is when we, as individuals, find ourselves in a quandary about ourselves because someone at some time or another has tried to make us feel that we are a bad person. 

  

This characteristic of people to belittle others is more because they are unsure of themselves and need to prop themselves up by belittling another who they either disagree with or do not like, or even respect.  No human being in this life can run away or escape from their having caused another to feel worse about themselves only because we were in a defensive stance to protect our own unworthiness or our inability to know our own worth. 

 

Yet, there have been other moments that we find ourselves wishing we hadn’t said something to another in a belittling way.  We fail or refuse to apologize only because we are afraid of what will be said against us.

 

Then there are those who believe and feel they are better than others and it has become a normal practice of theirs to make other people to appear as worthless human garbage which makes themselves feel better.

 

These things and worse assault the human mind from within, along with a host of other negative ideas and thoughts.  Why?  Many times those ideas and thoughts that we are receiving or come up with - - - come from what is happening around us, the environment, the mass of people around us can affect the way we think.  The crisis of economic proportion can affect us as we look to others and what their situations appear to us.  Notice I said “Appear” – for what appears to be better conditions or situations may be that those individuals or persons are in a worse situation than ourselves but have found different ways to overcome the problems that put them in a crises.  Each person’s crisis may be similar but surely it is not necessarily the SAME as us.  Each person should consider self examination each day to determine the degree of their thinking, their feelings and their words toward others as well as self.  By doing so, the individual's honest self-critical assessment will aide toward being freed from bad habits, preparing their soul and their mind for transformation from the "Old Man" toward that which Jesus Christ would have us be. 

 

We are all going through a transformation of one kind or another.  And, as scripture suggests, as the End Times are entered (and we have) and prophesy becomes more succinct to us as being an unfolding development... we may find our own sensitivity toward spiritual matters and earthy ones to agitate our negative and positive thoughts, words and actions.  This is when those heavenly spheres come closer to the realm of the earth, or earthly, which we often, in the material world… don’t recognize, being unaware that we are “open” to those other spheres; be they negative (hell or hellish?) or positive (heaven or heavenly?).

 

The transformation we experience will cause for our thoughts and even our words to become more dark or more light.  The spiritual (heavenly or hellish) begins to affect us even more so now.  Some will have visions, others may see things in materiality that appear holy or heavenly, hear things that sound beautiful (but may be Satanic deceptions) and more. These things may (and in some cases WILL) affect how we treat people and how people may treat us.

 

Sometimes we hear a friend or loved one cap off their sentences with vindictives or negative comments about another person based on what is assumed as a “knowing” by the one making the comment.  It is not necessarily meant to be a ‘put down’ of the individual altogether, so much as a perception of the thoughts about a particular aspect of that individual’s character or personality based on what thought in their perception to ‘think’ they have seen or see about them.  It can be something that is true or not… whether it is true or not really doesn’t matter in ‘real time’ as we know it… or in ‘reality’ itself as we understand it.  What should be understood at this point of the person we trust who is making the negative comment; is that it is their thought about the person being talked about or discussed.  What matters is that their statement is what they, at the moment of their comment, is what they are ‘thinking’ out-loud to us. It doesn’t mean the whole person (the one they are talking about) is wrong… just certain aspects….

 

Of course there is one other factor we have pointed out… based on what is out there on the wonderful wide world web, be it governmental or private web sites open to everyone… it is sometime posted that an individual is totally worthless garbage altogether … forgetting that each individual is God’s child – a hand of His creation no matter who that person is. Yet, we often are found to make horrible and yes, even detestable statements of ridicule about another person based on what we’ve heard of seen on the world wide web… without, more often than not, knowing the individual. 

 

Even if we have known the person for just a ‘moment’ in time and gone on our way with bad thoughts about the person; it does not mean the individual is really “horrible” or a “piece of garbage” or that what is posted is totally true that the individual is the most horrible altogether.  It means, we really don’t know the individual.  It also means that we might not like the charisma or aura a person gives off, as they used to say during the hippie days… we didn’t like the “vibes” they gave off… And to be honest, you know yourself that there are number of people you have met and do meet who you don’t like altogether because of such uncomfortable meetings.  That does not mean the person is totally “bad” – it means what it means… you don’t like them ‘personally’ – it means you have no right to ridicule or put them down to others at all… it means that if you have put them down… you’ve bitten into the anti-christian way…  If you prefaced your statements with, “I believe” or “I personally” and then made your statements based on your “belief” or your “personal” feelings… you may be on safer ground…

 

It is rather interesting how people have taken to the path of criticizing others, even more especially those who they have known or know… but never say a good thing about them until it is too late.  Every human being, no matter whether you have or have not known them, has something ‘good’ within them… They are, after all, a child of God’s handiwork!

 

But what is happening?  This is the real world!  “What is happening?” you ask yourself.

Our insights or our thoughts are finding things that are close or akin to intuition!  A semblance of a restlessness stirs within.  We find that we are going through some kind of alternative experience, one we’re not exactly sure about.  These may be moments in our lives that make us somehow feel different about people, events and other things around us.  We sometimes become angry or anger sets in for unknown reasons. 

 

Sometimes we find our selves being in a euphoric state because of a thought that crossed our mind which came out of the proverbial ‘blue’.  We find it to be interesting and wish it would last so we can have more of these experiences.  Sometimes the very “anger’ we feel is due to the ending of that momentary experience.  We found the experience more exciting and want it to last.  When it ends we’re left with feelings of being dissatisfied and again, restless.

 

All of us are looking for more fulfillment in our lives and we won’t put up with anything that seems to bring us down, so-to-speak.  And, this restless searching is what’s behind the “me-first” attitude which produces an “anger” within us which causes us to sometimes lash out with horrible statements about others who we’ve held near and dear as friends.  It’s not just ourselves that is being affected.  It happens to Wall Street people and to Street Gangsters as well.

 

Relationships are become near impossible as a result it seems. Even those that have a romantic kind of flavor are affected and sometimes dashed to the rocks. 

 

Over demanding we become when that experience ends. 

 

Is this experience a spiritual one?  It is in part, but it is also one of our own reality too which is, in itself, a spiritual experience that becomes a part of our lives.

 

We can call those experiences ‘insights’ so-to-speak!  It is a part of the mystery that surrounds this planet that God created for us.  We experience these mysterious coincidences and don’t understand them.  We don’t need to understand them either.  We might even realize that there is another side of the life that we have yet to discover, that some other process is operating behind the scenes in our lives.  This is a part of the inherent mystery of the greatness of God and planet earth. 

 

Many of the sages and Vladykas (Spiritual Fathers of Orthodox Catholic Christianity) have known these things in many ways and knew them to be from God’s benevolence… God, the source of all life and abundance!  God, who opens windows for us when we have found that doors have been closed.  God… He who is the source of all things!

 

Those experiences, awareness of something different taking place with greater number of human beings is because the Heavenly Realm or sphere is moving closer to that of this material world.  It is because the closer it comes toward us, the greater the numbers there will be of people who will have such experiences that they never before had.  However, one has to be cautious and careful because of the difference between “Heavenly” and “Hellish” (both being a part of the spiritual realm) which will affect human consciousness. 

 

When we grasp the various insights into those experiences, those thoughts, those ideas and come to a recognition that we are not complete in ourselves as individuals, but that we are incomplete; it may be then and only then we will awaken to the fact that our understanding, our very worship to God has not been what it should be.  That our very walk and talk in daily life has not been what it should be.

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Why News for an Orthodox Catholic Christian Church Website?

Daily News is very important to those who are true Orthodox Catholic Christians.  For without knowing or gaining information for understanding about what is happening in one's local area and around the world, you could  find yourself faced with denied services in the secular area, lack of income, even (although it sounds far-fetched) ability to worship openly for the time is not far off when all will have to decide if they wish to follow the Anti-Christ through the One World Church and One World Government as prophesied by the Apocalypse, the Book of Revelation of St. John or follow the faith delivered once and for all which will cause for many to be denied the abilities to survive under those kind of conditions, causing for one to consider other options. 

 

Many of those who subscribe to, and some who have caused or are the cause for, these things to happen are involved in or with the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church (which is not the seat of all things "Catholic") as well as its protestant daughters such as the cultic Jehovah's Witnesses, the Pentecostal Churches, the Church of Latter Day Saints also known as the Mormon Church and far too many more to list. 

 

Yet, at this web site we do provide some of the reasons about why they are opined to be the harbingers of that which is prophesied in Holy Scripture for the bringing about of the End Times which we have already entered.  It is not necessarily their individual members or parishioners that should be blamed since they are only the "Sheep" and not the Shepherds... So do not think we castigate individual people of themselves as we castigate those "money changers" who Jesus Christ chased out of His Father's House as the Bible Describes; for they exist in these present times too.

 

Events are already rushing toward that time in which this is beginning to happen and will become more fully wide-spread. In these present times all you need to really do is look around both your local and larger areas as to what is really on-going through.  Things so very little or miniscule that they are barely noticeable except to the more informed observer may become apparent. 

Those little things are the laws of the land, economics, politics, the degrading and erosion of those rights and liberties afforded by the Constitution of these United States of America and many other things such as the manner with which entertainments have taken over much of the populace, entering into and becoming a major focus in worship, and more. 

We ask you, if you don't want to believe us... Have you heard, seen or found what is termed (of the many terms being used) that there are "holding areas" or "camps" or "Closed/Fenced communities" being built by GOVERNMENT? 

Here in North America, especially in the United States of America, we must admit that what Russia has come out of (a communistic, atheist country) we are entering into.  And one last thing that needs also to be understood... Something very important to those of you who are "Catholic" in the Roman sense of its jurisdiction....   And, we believe this also holds true for many who are "Orthodox" whether "Eastern" or "Western"....

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