Re: [anthroposophy] The Asuras Issue - a dissenting voice
- Not really - for that response took over 10 years to filter
through...and if so then all the inner work I have been doing in the
last decade has been so much time wasted...
On 21 Aug, 2004, at 03:46 pm, Jan wrote:
> > Mark wrote -
> "The issue is that they have the force to withstand the call to the
> > individual Christ forces in the I (I even distinctly recall the
> > of the challenge "Go on- call on the Christ for all the good it
> will do
> > you!"). In fact, at the time, and even with Klockenbring, that was
> > we had the wit to do, and though the Christ forces took up the
> > consequences after contact was broken off, there remained negative
> > effects, which have still not yet been fully resolved.
> > However, Steiner, in his 2 lecture cycles on the Apocalypse, gives
> > answer (though only in 1 sentence -!) and that is to call upon the
> > force of Michael."
> Hello Mark,
> Perhaps directing you back to the lectures and the Michael prayer
> forces appropriate to your particular need and situation was Christ's
> response to your call?
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- holderlin wrote:
"It is to our horror and nightmare that we present wonderful nuclear
containment, reams of techno gibberish and yet fail to imagine what
truly makes up the Moral forces of our Earth. Our failure to
understand the holes we are knocking in the occult Earth with our
nuclear testing, and sprinkling of the ecosystem with Depleted
Uranium etc, produces future fire energy without present or past
"If we look at the infection and the effects that radiation and DU or
Depleted Urnaium has on man..we also come to an elemental mystery of
how moral forces and betrayed fire spirits, ancient Agni fire gods,
and spirits have been knocked out of sync with human development
through our nuclear testing. You might say, how did you get that
strange idea Bugford? Well my geiger counter is going to tell me
that this part of the woods is not going to be safe to walk. Even if
everything looks the same, the buildings are intact, flowers seem to
grow, cars are in the streets, food is in cans, but something is
wrong, the people are all dead."
Bradford is stunned by what follows;
This next piece of information was a long time coming but here it
is. It doesn't come from Dr. Steiner or Jan or Joksu or Danny and it
certainly doesn't come from me. It is the result of piecing together
the contents of the Joint Handbook Notes into the certainty of what
Matter, light, moral forces and fire amount to. Indeed, this piece
of the puzzle is the most horrific because it comes from the moral
vision of science. As Anthros it is O' so easy to dismiss those who
research out of Spiritual Science, and it is done with a mere shrug
of the shoulders. The following link to all that has been brought so
far is truly a kicker that takes the fat headed wind right out of
our sails. If you can't put all the things together from Notes I-II-
here is a little piece of Notebook number III, just so that we can
at least say, we saw it.
Depleted Uranium: Dirty Bombs, Dirty Missiles, Dirty Bullets
by Leuren Moret
SF Bay View
A death sentence here and abroad
"Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns
in foreign policy." - Henry Kissinger, quoted in "Kiss the Boys
Goodbye: How the United States Betrayed Its Own POW's in Vietnam"
Vietnam was a chemical war for oil, permanently contaminating
large regions and countries downriver with Agent Orange, and
environmentally the most devastating war in world history. But since
1991, the U.S. has staged four nuclear wars using depleted uranium
weaponry, which, like Agent Orange, meets the U.S. government
definition of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Vast regions in the
Middle East and Central Asia have been permanently contaminated with
And what about our soldiers? Terry Jemison of the Department of
Veterans Affairs reported this week to the American Free Press
that "Gulf-era veterans" now on medical disability since 1991 number
518,739, with only 7,035 reported wounded in Iraq in that same 14-
This week the American Free Press dropped a "dirty bomb" on the
Pentagon by reporting that eight out of 20 men who served in one
unit in the 2003 U.S. military offensive in Iraq now have
malignancies. That means that 40 percent of the soldiers in that
unit have developed malignancies in just 16 months.
Since these soldiers were exposed to vaccines and depleted
uranium (DU) only, this is strong evidence for researchers and
scientists working on this issue, that DU is the definitive cause of
Gulf War Syndrome. Vaccines are not known to cause cancer. One of
the first published researchers on Gulf War Syndrome, who also
served in 1991 in Iraq, Dr. Andras Korényi-Both, is in agreement
with Barbara Goodno from the Department of Defense's Deployment
Health Support Directorate, that in this war soldiers were not
exposed to chemicals, pesticides, bioagents or other suspect causes
this time to confuse the issue.
This powerful new evidence is blowing holes in the cover-up
perpetrated by the Pentagon and three presidential administrations
ever since DU was first used in 1991 in the Persian Gulf War.
Fourteen years after the introduction of DU on the battlefield in
1991, the long-term effects have revealed that DU is a death
sentence and very nasty stuff.
Scientists studying the biological effects of uranium in the
1960s reported that it targets the DNA. Marion Fulk, a nuclear
physical chemist retired from the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab and
formerly involved with the Manhattan Project, interprets the new and
rapid malignancies in soldiers from the 2003 war as "spectacular
and a matter of concern."
This evidence shows that of the three effects which DU has on
biological systems - radiation, chemical and particulate the
particulate effect from nano-size particles is the most dominant one
immediately after exposure and targets the Master Code in the DNA.
This is bad news, but it explains why DU causes a myriad of diseases
which are difficult to define.
In simple words, DU "trashes the body." When asked if the main
purpose for using it was for destroying things and killing people,
Fulk was more specific: "I would say that it is the perfect weapon
for killing lots of people."
Soldiers developing malignancies so quickly since 2003 can be
expected to develop multiple cancers from independent causes. This
phenomenon has been reported by doctors in hospitals treating
civilians following NATO bombing with DU in Yugoslavia in 1998-1999
and the U.S. military invasion of Iraq using DU for the first time
in 1991. Medical experts report that this phenomenon of multiple
malignancies from unrelated causes has been unknown until now and is
a new syndrome associated with internal DU exposure.
Just 467 U.S. personnel were wounded in the three-week Persian
Gulf War in 1990-1991. Out of 580,400 soldiers who served in Gulf
War I, 11,000 are dead, and by 2000 there were 325,000 on permanent
medical disability. This astounding number of disabled vets means
that a decade later, 56 percent of those soldiers who served now
have medical problems.
The number of disabled vets reported up to 2000 has been
increasing by 43,000 every year. Brad Flohr of the Department of
Veterans Affairs told American Free Press that he believes there are
more disabled vets now than even after World War II.
They brought it home
Not only were soldiers exposed to DU on and off the
battlefields, but they brought it home. DU in the semen of soldiers
internally contaminated their wives, partners and girlfriends.
Tragically, some women in their 20s and 30s who were sexual partners
of exposed soldiers developed endometriosis and were forced to have
hysterectomies because of health problems.
In a group of 251 soldiers from a study group in Mississippi who
had all had normal babies before the Gulf War, 67 percent of their
post-war babies were born with severe birth defects. They were born
with missing legs, arms, organs or eyes or had immune system and
blood diseases. In some veterans' families now, the only normal or
healthy members of the family are the children born before the war.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has stated that they do not
keep records of birth defects occurring in families of veterans.
How did they hide it?
Before a new weapons system can be used, it must be fully
tested. The blueprint for depleted uranium weapons is a 1943
declassified document from the Manhattan Project.
Harvard President and physicist James B. Conant, who developed
poison gas in World War I, was brought into the Manhattan Project by
the father of presidential candidate John Kerry. Kerry's father
served at a high level in the Manhattan Project and was a CIA agent.
Conant was chair of the S-1 Poison Gas Committee, which
recommended developing poison gas weapons from the radioactive trash
of the atomic bomb project in World War II. At that time, it was
known that radioactive materials dispersed in bombs from the air,
from land vehicles or on the battlefield produced very fine
radioactive dust which would penetrate all protective clothing, any
gas mask or filter or the skin. By contaminating the lungs and
blood, it could kill or cause illness very quickly.
They also recommended it as a permanent terrain contaminant,
which could be used to destroy populations by contaminating water
supplies and agricultural land with the radioactive dust.
The first DU weapons system was developed for the Navy in 1968,
and DU weapons were given to and used by Israel in 1973 under U.S.
supervision in the Yom Kippur war against the Arabs.
The Phalanx weapons system, using DU, was tested on the USS
Bigelow out of Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in 1977, and DU weapons
have been sold by the U.S. to 29 countries.
Military research report summaries detail the testing of DU from
1974-1999 at military testing grounds, bombing and gunnery ranges
and at civilian labs under contract. Today 42 states are
contaminated with DU from manufacture, testing and deployment.
Women living around these facilities have reported increases in
endometriosis, birth defects in babies, leukemia in children and
cancers and other diseases in adults. Thousands of tons of DU
weapons tested for decades by the Navy on four bombing and gunnery
ranges around Fallon, Nevada, is no doubt the cause of the fastest
growing leukemia cluster in the U.S. over the past decade. The
military denies that DU is the cause.
The medical profession has been active in the cover-up - just as
they were in hiding the effects from the American public - of low
level radiation from atmospheric testing and nuclear power plants. A
medical doctor in Northern California reported being trained by the
Pentagon with other doctors, months before the 2003 war started, to
diagnose and treat soldiers returning from the 2003 war for mental
Medical professionals in hospitals and facilities treating
returning soldiers were threatened with $10,000 fines if they talked
about the soldiers or their medical problems. They were also
threatened with jail.
Reporters have also been prevented access to more than 14,000
medically evacuated soldiers flown nightly since the 2003 war in C-
150s from Germany who are brought to Walter Reed Hospital near
Dr. Robert Gould, former president of the Bay Area chapter of
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), has contacted three
medical doctors since February 2004, after I had been invited to
speak about DU. Dr. Katharine Thomasson, president of the Oregon
chapter of the PSR, informed me that Dr. Gould had contacted her and
tried to convince her to cancel her invitation for me to speak about
DU at Portland State University on April 12. Although I was able to
do a presentation, Dr. Thomasson told me I could only talk about DU
in Oregon "and nothing overseas nothing political."
Dr. Gould also contacted and discouraged Dr. Ross Wilcox in
Toronto, Canada, from inviting me to speak to Physicians for Global
Survival (PGS), the Canadian equivalent of PSR, several months
later. When that didn't work, he contacted Dr. Allan Connoly, the
Canadian national president of PGS, who was able to cancel my
invitation and nearly succeeded in preventing Dr. Wilcox, his own
member, from showing photos and presenting details on civilians
suffering from DU exposure and cancer provided to him by doctors in
Dr. Janette Sherman, a former and long-standing member of PSR,
reported that she finally quit some time after being invited to
lunch by a new PSR executive administrator. After the woman had
pumped Dr. Sherman for information all through lunch about her
position on key issues, the woman informed Dr. Sherman that her last
job had been with the CIA.
How was the truth about DU hidden from military personnel
serving in successive DU wars? Before his tragic death, Sen. Paul
Wellstone informed Joyce Riley, R.N., B.S.N., executive director of
the American Gulf War Veterans Association, that 95 percent of Gulf
War veterans had been recycled out of the military by 1995. Any of
those continuing in military service were isolated from each other,
preventing critical information being transferred to new troops.
The "next DU war" had already been planned, and those planning it
wanted "no skunk at the garden party."
The US has a dirty (DU) little (CIA) secret
A new book just published at the American Free Press by Michael
Collins Piper, "The High Priests of War: The Secret History of How
America's Neo-Conservative Trotskyites Came to Power and
Orchestrated the War Against Iraq as the First Step in Their Drive
for Global Empire," details the early plans for a war against the
Arab world by Henry Kissinger and the neo-cons in the late 1960s and
early 1970s. That just happens to coincide with getting the DU "show
on the road" and the oil crisis in the Middle East, which caused
concern not only to President Nixon. The British had been plotting
and scheming for control of the oil in Iraq for decades since first
using poison gas on the Iraqis and Kurds in 1912.
The book details the creation of the neo-cons by
their "godfather" and Trotsky lover Irving Kristol, who pushed for
a "war against terrorism" long before 9/11 and was lavishly funded
for years by the CIA. His son, William Kristol, is one of the most
influential men in the United States.
Both are public relations men for the Israeli lobby's neo-
conservative network, with strong ties to Rupert Murdoch. Kissinger
also has ties to this network and the Carlyle Group, who, one could
say, have facilitated these omnicidal wars beginning from the time
former President Bush took office. It would be easy to say that we
are recycling World Wars I and II, with the same faces.
When I asked Vietnam Special Ops Green Beret Capt. John
McCarthy, who could have devised this omnicidal plan to use DU to
destroy the genetic code and genetic future of large populations of
Arabs and Moslems in the Middle East and Central Asia - just
coincidentally the areas where most of the world's oil deposits are
located - he replied: "It has all the handprints of Henry
In Zbignew Brzezinski's book "The Grand Chessboard: American
Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives," the map of the Eurasian
chessboard includes four regions strategic to U.S. foreign policy.
The "South" region corresponds precisely to the regions now
contaminated permanently with radiation from U.S. bombs, missiles
and bullets made with thousands of tons of DU.
A Japanese professor, Dr. K. Yagasaki, has calculated that 800
tons of DU is the atomicity equivalent of 83,000 Nagasaki bombs. The
U.S. has used more DU since 1991 than the atomicity equivalent of
400,000 Nagasaki bombs. Four nuclear wars indeed, and 10 times the
amount of radiation released into the atmosphere from atmospheric
No wonder our soldiers, their families and the people of the
Middle East, Yugoslavia and Central Asia are sick. But as Henry
Kissinger said after Vietnam when our soldiers came home ill from
Agent Orange, "Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used
for foreign policy."
Unfortunately, more and more of those soldiers are men and women
with brown skin. And unfortunately, the DU radioactive dust will be
carried around the world and deposited in our environments just as
the "smog of war" from the 1991 Gulf War was found in deposits in
South America, the Himalayas and Hawaii.
In June 2003, the World Health Organization announced in a press
release that global cancer rates will increase 50 percent by 2020.
What else do they know that they aren't telling us? I know that
depleted uranium is a death sentence for all of us. We will all
die in silent ways."
- 16th April Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin (1889)
20th April Adolf Hitler (1889);
Name: Albert Einstein
Birth Date: March 14, 1879
Death Date: April 18, 1955
Place of Birth: Ulm, Germany
Place of Death: Princeton, Massachusetts, United States
Occupations: physicist, scientist
"Forty years after he came to America , Chaplin was accused of being
a communist. He had no answer to prove the accusations wrong except
that it was his constitutional right, and with Senator McCarthy on
the loose that wasn't enough. Charlie had come to America, that
forty years ago, to breathe free air. Now he was leaving for the
same reason (James, Clive, pg 137).
After finding out that Chaplin was "sympathetic with the Leftist
beliefs", the FBI went to work to find out what was going on. The
extensive files on Chaplin maintained by the FBI over a period of
more than fifty years. They total more than nineteen hundred pages.
Not only was he accused of being a communist, he was also accused of
being Jewish, as well, because his half-brother, Sidney, was three-
fourths Jewish. Chaplin's reputation was not good with the FBI.
Charlie's investigation began on August 15, 1922, when an agent
called A.A. Hopkins passed on the information to the FBI that
Charlie had given a reception for a prominent labor leader, William
Z. Foster, who was visiting Los Angeles (Robinson, David, pg. 751).
He was also frequently the guest of the millionaire D.C. James at
his cliffside mansion in Carmel. It was there that he came to
delight with his host's son, Dan, a would be writer and a communist
whom he later would employ as an assistant director on "The Great
After being questioned about being a communist, Chaplin answered, "I
do not want to create any revolution, all I want to do is create a
few more films. I might amuse people. I hope so." (Robinson, David,
The FBI interviewed scores of witnesses, and the secret evidence
they collected fills more than four hundred pages. On January 15th,
1927, Chaplin suffered a serious nervous breakdown. Three days after
that, the broken comedian learned from a story in the New York Times
that the U.S. Government was about to lien on his assets. In 1933
the impromptu performances stopped. Instead, Chaplin's dark moods
became more obvious, and his anger flashes more constant. A fear of
failure was plaguing him. The secret to Chaplin's fortitude in
weathering the storms of the late 1940's was the unqualified success
and happiness of his marriage to Oona. '
Firstly we can see that Einstein came into incarnation, 1879, when
the bonified Michael Battle and the Ahrimanic forces had had their
War In Heaven. This War in Heaven, shifted the field of battle to
Humanity. Here in our human environment, certain secrets that had
been hidden in the world of the Angels, would now be part of human
life on Earth. The light bulb and Edison, blinked on in 1879, but
Einstein had brought into his incarnation and destiny a potent and
exclusive focus and quetion. Something had impressed Einstein about
the nature of our universe as he surveyed the Stunning War in Heaven
and looked ahead into the rise of Ahrimanic forces in 1933.
Einstein certainly wasn't the last soul to see the battle of 1879
and the War in Heaven but he captured something of the stunned
severing force of light and anti-light. Einstein had grasped the
shift of how light is Love and Love and Light is laced in matter.
But Einstein lost the pieces of the riddle, but not the potency of
the pre-birth experience.
Einstein brought with him the peculiar living Manichean strife of
Light and Darkness all the way down into his brain. The War in
Heaven and the nature of Light thundered down into the very interior
brain cortex of the forming embryo of baby Einstein. The defeat and
meaning of Ahrimanic forces and the high complexity of Light trailed
out of Heaven and tumbled into the crib of Einstein. But Ahriman was
mixed and tossed into the tumult as that which was exiled into the
brains and deeds of humanity, once the Michael's House had been
In dealing with Christic and Incarnational details we can point
precisely to how Charlie Chaplin and Hitler had moved through the
world to the point where Chaplin had them intersect in his
film, "The Great Dictator". We can literally observe a risen Christ,
Etheric Christ, crisis signature, in the destiny of Chaplin. He is
haunted and hounded by Hoover's FBI. Like Novalis and Jerry Lee
Lewis Chaplin saw an unfallen majesty in a young girl.
However, if we attempt to examine anything of the delicate nature of
biography, we find that the guns of AntiSemitism constantly point at
Steiner. It is easier to point those guns than build an impression
of the Risen Etheric Christ Event of the 20th century. That is too
difficult so it is easier to shoot Steiner in the knees with the
label Antisemitic. This blunt weapon is used against Steiner with as
many rumors as there are bristles on boars head.
Now understanding the impact of the Etheric Christ on everyone also
allows us to see the effects of the Etheric Christ on Charlie
Chaplin, Albert Einstein and Adolf Hitler.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "holderlin66"
Bradford quoted Steiner:
This layer has specific characteristics: its
> substance begins to display certain spiritual qualities, whichAnd Danny says:
> consist in the fact that as soon as it is brought into contact with
> something living, it strives to expel and destroy this life. The
> occultist is able to investigate this layer by pure concentration.
'Twould be nice to have Occultists....
(And also just Normal 'Perceptives'...)
=>SOUL - Forces of 'DETECTION' Missing;
That; amongst 'Many' (and also casual daily) other things...
- Overview of our Planet allows both historical and future
perspectives. Bottling future religious fire, is not like bottling
beer. Someday, as in Church Pilgrimages/as Jan has noted, MAGEs we
might be able to open a bottle of Agni raw fire and drink it down
with Christic bubbly delight.
"All of this, as it relates to locations of nuclear plants and
new churches for the Asuric Beings to be thrust into cannisters and
dumped in mountains like sacred Native American grounds and Yucca
Mountain or tossed to leak and rust at the bottom of the seas,
reveals a failure to understand the Beasts of Light that we must
needs encounter as Picture and Imagination and as Science and
Technology. Central to such understanding is the core of the
Immortality of Humanity and the mystery of the Occult Core of the
Nine Layered Earth.
Jan wonderfully contributed;
"Churches were sited not only upon holy, healing wells and caverns of
ancient initiation but also deliberately built upon vortex sites of
evil earth energies, often of a very baleful, raw kind and
consciously transformed within the community of the church, often by
means of ceremony and chanting, re-enchanting into raised and useful
form what was seeping from darker regions of the earth. A form of
search and transform - a Manichean journey into the darkest places
secure in the magical power of Christ-light. This is no longer
understood and it is the task of those who can to detect and act in
an appropriate way upon such energies, as there are ever more
Current Pilgrimage notes added free of charge:
"As we crossed over the escarpment at the Mount of Joy
traditionally the place where pilgrims caught their first glimpse of
the spires of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, but now a
grim and dirty picnic spot with a hideous modern monument to a
recent visit by the Pope, a kiosk selling soft drinks, and no view
because the cathedral has been obscured by suburbs and trees our
eyes winced in the late afternoon sun, which hung directly in front
of us. To the left, the heavens were black with the storm clouds
that had soaked us throughout the morning; to the right, the
brilliant blue sky had been washed bluer by the day's rain. Whether
this dramatic bisection of the firmament reminded other pilgrims too
of Last Judgments with heaven on one side and hell on the other, I
don't know; but there can be few more dramatic or moving experiences
than arriving at your destination, in my case after walking for 16
days and 300 miles, as the sun is setting in front of you. Perhaps
this explains why, alone among the great mediaeval pilgrimage
routes, the Way of St James is now more popular than ever.
Anyone who has walked west for weeks on end instinctively
understands that a pilgrimage is a metaphor for life, and that our
life's journey has only one certain end, namely death. Not that the
camino (as the pilgrim's way is universally known) has anything
morbid or even particularly religious about it. Instead, it is
rather like a peripatetic dinner party, or a school outing for grown-
ups. Far from being a conscious act of mortification, the camino is
for many just a cheap holiday offering outdoor activity, a hippy-
dippy lifestyle, or at most a whiff of right-on spirituality. Often
pilgrims look like the sort of people who go to Stonehenge for the
solstice, and their relationship to Christianity is tangential at
best. On one of my first nights, an Irishman expounded the truths
revealed in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code (that Mary Magdalene was
Christ's wife and that they had many children) while a tubby Native
American woman from Quebec, who played a deep-toned Red Indian pipe,
explained the superiority of Celtic religions over Christianity
because of the pre-eminent role accorded to goddesses by the former.
I learnt, too, how tolerant the Moors had been in Spain, unlike
those evil Christians with their cult of St James the Moor Slayer
a point of view, I felt, which had probably not been shared by the
Christian slaves on whose backs the bells of Santiago cathedral were
carried to Cordoba, where they were placed upside-down by the mosque
as an insult and a humiliation. So far, indeed, were the minds of
most so-called pilgrims from the clouds of incense emitted by the
enormous censer, the famous `botafumeiro', which is swung on a huge
pulley operated by eight men at the end of the daily pilgrim Mass in
Santiago cathedral, that the most pungent smoke I detected during
the walk came when a blonde German girl and two long-haired
Argentinian boys repaired to a bench by a village church to puff
their way through a remarkably fat spliff.
But what the pilgrims lacked in traditional spirituality they made
up for in traditional charity. They were kind, considerate, friendly
and generous to one another. For weeks people from all over the
world walk, sleep, eat, wash, snore, fart and pick their blisters
together in conditions of extreme privation. The pain is constant
and everyone's feet swell up like Hobbits'. You sleep in the
pilgrim `refuges' which have sprung up all along the way large
dormitories, often bug-infested. People who back home in Milan or
Paris would shudder to invite a stranger into their home for a drink
seem happy to throw themselves into sudden intimacy with people they
do not know, often including sleeping in what amounts to the same
bed. At Leon, a barrel-bellied, bearded man snored like an open
sewer with a partial blockage, keeping the whole dorm awake, and a
boy from Bavaria attempted vainly to quell the noise by getting out
of bed and rattling the snorer's bunk at three in the morning. When
that failed, he simply rummaged in his rucksack until he found an
unneeded object to throw at him; but no one bore the man, still less
the boy, any serious grudge.
Perhaps the greatest deprivation is of a lie-in, or anything
approaching it. Spaniards have a love of noise and a hatred of sun,
and they are the usual suspects when, without fail at 5 a.m. or
earlier, alarm clocks start to ring and bags start to rustle, as
those walkers start the day who wish to finish by lunchtime. Then
the slow torture begins, for those still in bed, of listening to the
zip and unzip of camping gear and to the infuriatingly gentle swoosh
which light waterproof fabrics make when they are being packed into
a rucksack. Many early risers have torches which they fix to their
foreheads and so, for what seems like for ever, the dormitory
resembles Nibelheim, as strange figures move around furtively
performing unnatural tasks in the gloom. Yet no one complains, for
that would infringe the unspoken but universally understood rules of
Given that these simple truths about doing without are immediately
grasped by anyone who experiences them, I found it incredible that I
never once heard the word `penance' from the lips of a priest in the
villages and towns along the way, even when they specifically
preached on pilgrimage. Instead those few pilgrims who attended Mass
were treated to sermons composed of what my Canadian walking
companion (non-religious) pithily described as `a lot of New Age
bullshit' about self-discovery and the unity of humankind. Even the
Archbishop of Santiago, in his sermon, told the throngs in his
cathedral that `We are all pilgrims' a nice enough thought,
perhaps, but rather irritating for those of us who actually were.
Never did any cleric explain that a pilgrimage is a physical act of
penance by which sins can be redeemed not only one's own but also
other people's. And yet the Christian religion has no greater
message than the injunction to imitate Christ by performing self-
A pilgrimage, like life, is a stony, hard, often lonely and
sometimes desolate path..."