July 17, 2015

Let's Go Fishing

"Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men."
                                                                    Jesus Christ (Mark 1:17)

The Republicans in the USA are going to do what they can to botch the deal with Iran. They say they are afraid Iran will enrich uranium unbeknownst to the rest of us. Well, frankly the rest of us are not too sure how wise it is for the US to have their own nuclear weapons. From an outsider's point of view it looks like there is a lot of crazy going on in that nation too.

Across our planet there is some form of lunacy or another. We have got the Greeks demanding fairy tale economics; and, in other realms we have ISIS and the like wanting to see heads roll, literally. It is no wonder many of us feel anxious about the future. After all, on a daily basis social media bears witness to the high levels of corruption, chaos and violence going down. The scary part is that we have over 7 billion human primates and many of them do not even recognize the influence their bestial nature has upon their own behaviour. This goes for our politicians and religious leaders too.

All the political promises in the world cannot solve this evolutionary crisis facing humankind. It is apparent that our species' egocentric tendencies have outlived their usefulness. What really is required is transformations in human consciousness.The kind of human needed now is one who is aware of the angst and insecurity arising from his animal origins. Because of such insight, this new- age human is better able to follow an inner moral compass and logic as opposed to reacting to animal imperatives such as fear and lust.

Two thousand years ago Jesus proclaimed: "The body is a domestic animal. Therefore, you must go about perfecting yourself". Now at this point in our species' evolution, it appears that this is exactly what we must do. That is, if we want to give our collective a fighting chance at survival.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks



                                                                                



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July 8, 2015

For The Love of St. Francis

"Intellectual advancement must accompany spiritual growth or growth
 is one-sided and a warning sign of danger ahead if harmony is not restored."
                                                                                                         Gopi Krishna 
                                                                                                   The Secret of Yoga

I actually feel sorry for Pope Francis; he has got one hell of a job to do. Not only does he have to deal with pedophiles and financial corruption in his Catholic church, but now he has to contend with push back from Republicans in the USA. Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, advises the Vatican to keep church and state separate. He and his capitalist cohorts do not want to hear the pontiff promote responsible consumerism or related socialist agendas.Who cares if the Bible demands our wise stewardship of the planet.

Talk about being out of touch. Excuse me Mr. Bush, but don't you know we have an environmental crisis going on here. And, the very survival of our species is dependent upon our willingness to face that fact and do something to adapt. I applaud Pope Francis for having the courage to point out what the power brokers want us to ignore.

Whether Bush and the boys like it or not, the converging conditions of the global village are ushering us into a new era in the ascent of humankind. The truth is we can no longer conduct ourselves as if our Creator's designs need not concern us. There is no escape from the laws governing our organic predicament. We cannot continue to destroy our habitat without facing dire consequences. Pope Francis recognizes this and has intelligently outlined the issues and some solutions in the Vatican's latest encyclical.

At this critical juncture in our species' evolutionary journey we are being called to the sensible management and equitable distribution of the Earth's resources. We don't need any more manifestos promoting division, aggression and greed. What we really need is the reality check and the clarity of vision that Pope Francis has put forth in his latest letter to the faithful. Yet, we also will need to go a giant step further and look where the Catholic Church has not yet dared to go. That is, the issue of effective population control.

Faithfully yours,


Sheila Banks

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