At 3:21 PM -0800 12/29/00, Jeff Auen wrote:
>I am curious if Pietro spoke more about the nature of developing and
No, this conference really wasn't all about the "how to" of getting
along. The weekend had theological and academic overtones and was the
result of years of Archaiti's concentrated study on the Bible. As you
may know, he spent several years in solitary study due to a growth on
his vocal chords which caused him to be unable to speak. A mute
Jesuit priest studies a lot. In fact, at the time I heard him, he was
still having trouble speaking for long periods. For those who don't
know him, Archiati was tossed out of the Jesuit order after his
Steiner books were discovered in his room!
>As brought up in a post before,
>we are in a very odd state of affairs with our human soul makeup.
>We can think our way into greater intelligence and gather more
>information i our minds and develop insight about things. We can
>also control and use our wills and make it stronger and stronger.
>But we can do virtually nothing to directly develop greater love as
>a living force in our lives
I'm not sure what you mean by this.
>Yes, we can be more compassionate, receptive, and sensitive to
>others and God but this does not seem to activate love itself in the
>pure sense. ????
I'm again confused. It seems that compassion, sensitivity to others
and to God *will* activate love itself. Maybe we have different ideas
of love. I'll admit that talk of cosmic love is a bit of a stretch
for me, however, RS spoke of love many times in a very down to earth
way. Here are a few snips from "Love and Its Meaning, Zurich, 1912:
"Everything that we do out of the impulse of love reveals itself to
be such that through it we are repaying debts."
"When we exercise love, nurture love, then creative forces are
released into the world."
"We do not perfect ourselves through deeds of love--only through
other deeds--but the world is richer for our deeds of love."
"If we seek for the source of all creativity, then we come o love;
the source of everything living is love."
""We owe our existence to deeds of love from the past. As strong as
we are for this reason, so strongly are we indebted to the past. And
whatever we can accomplish in the way of love, is paying of out debt
for the fact that we can exist."