7354Re: [anthroposophy] Back to the Blacksmith
- Jan 3, 2003>>These 'mystics live well into their 90s and many are over 100.>>are amongst the healthiest humanity has to offer. A mystical life>>of devotion and prayer DOES bring health to the life processes.
>Excuse me in advance Br.Ron if I jump in in your duel with Joel>but since I live in a country full of Cistercian and Benedectine>monasteries i have the duty to give you (and the list) the other>side of the coin.
>A while ago i spent a time in Uliveto's Monte Maggiore Monastery in Toscana ->(I presently use to spend some weekend in the S.Benedetto Monastery> near Subiaco) and the Abate ("Commander in Chief") opened his heart> and told me about, with deep grief- of the decadence of the institutions> he had to lead.As an Abbot, I can imagine his heart was surely broken.
>Homosexuality,Alcoholism, Lack of Religious life, Politicism : those are the>monsters that, as he stated, show presently the decadence of the traditional>spiritual life and the hard times that is now living such a once powerful>religious brotherood here in Italy.Thanks for your input, Andrea.While these things were seldom an issue in my monasteryI do know they exist in some others. Not only the Church,but institutionalism itself is being purged these days.Monks are like Anthroposophists. There are good ones and bad ones.I wasn't however promoting monasteries as a solution to the world's illsbut simply making the point that a devout life of mystical prayer isindeed a healthy one, if earnestly adhered to. (in contradistinction toJoel's 'true believer' assertion that only AP was health producing whilemystical devotion was not)LVXBR
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