“A thousand spirituality or yoga courses will not give you the freedom of the Holy Spirit”

I hope Cardinal Oswald Gracias , the Archbishop of Mumbai takes a note of this and bans all yoga courses.

Merely because someone is your friend or someone gives you money or because someone puts you on their trust as a trustee is no excuse for turning a blind eye.

A.M.Sodder

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Francis celebrates mass in St. Martha's House

Francis celebrates mass in St. Martha’s House

In his homily for this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House, the Pope said: “Those who barricade themselves behind the laws and rules, as though inside a prison, to feel safer, is a safety devoid of freedom”

andrea tornielli Taken from Vatican Insider
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“You can follow thousands of catechism courses, thousands of spirituality courses, thousands of yoga or zen courses and all these things. But none of this will be able to give you the freedom as a child (of God).  Only the Holy Spirit can prompt your heart to say ‘Father’,” Francis said in this morning’s homily for the mass he celebrated in St. Martha’s House. The Pope returned to the scene of Mark’s Gospel where the disciples are scared when they see Jesus walking on water toward them. The Gospel passage ends with a thought as to why they feel scared: the apostles had not understood the miracle of the bread loaves because “their hearts were hardened”.

 

A person’s heart can be made of stone for many reasons, such as, for example, a painful experience in one’s life, such as that of the disciples of Emmaus who were afraid to be disappointed once again, or Thomas, who refuses to believe in Jesus’ resurrection. Another reason for hardened hearts,” Francis explained, “is because people are closed in on themselves.”

 

“Creating a world within one self, all closed in.  Closed within oneself, in one’s community or parish, but always closed in.  And this closure can revolve around so many things. But let’s think about pride, self-sufficiency, thinking I am better than others, and vanity too, right?  We have ‘mirror-men and women’ (who are wedded to their own image in the mirror), who are closed in on themselves and are constantly looking at themselves, right? These religious narcissists, right?  But they have a hardened heart because they are closed in on themselves, they are not open.  And they seek to defend themselves with these walls that they have created around themselves.”

 

“The Pope said these hardened hearts in people can also arise from a problem of insecurity, such as those who barricade themselves behind the laws and rules, as though inside a prison, to feel safer and follow these rules to the letter.”

 

“When a heart becomes hardened, it’s not free and if it’s not free it’s because that person isn’t capable of love, that was the fate of the Apostle John in the first Reading.  A love that’s perfect banishes fear: in love there’s no fear, because fear is expecting a punishment and a person who’s afraid doesn’t have a perfect love. He or she is not free. They are constantly afraid that something painful or sad will occur, that will cause their life to go badly or will endanger their eternal salvation … What an (over-active) imagination, because he or she can’t love. A person who isn’t capable of loving is not free.  And their heart was hardened because they hadn’t learnt how to love.”

 

Pope Francis concluded his homily by stressing that “only the Holy Spirit can teach us how to love and free us from our hardened hearts.” “You can follow thousands of catechism courses, thousands of spirituality courses, thousands of yoga or zen courses and all these things. But none of this will be able to give you the freedom as a child (of God).  Only the Holy Spirit can prompt your heart to say ‘Father.’ Only the Holy Spirit is capable of banishing, of breaking that hardness of heart and making it … soft?  No, I don’t like that word, … ‘docile’.  Docile towards the Lord.  Docile when it comes to the freedom to love.”

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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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3 Responses to “A thousand spirituality or yoga courses will not give you the freedom of the Holy Spirit”

  1. Muriel2015 says:

    Hello Mr Sodder, I have done a cut past of this and sent it to The Vatican.May be they need to be aware of whats happening at the grass root level.The picture must be different when narrated there. After all Our Dear Cardinal Oswald Gracias is one of Pope Francis close confidant and I am sure the Holy Father would like to ensure his words are put into practice.

  2. Peter Prabhu says:

    There is a Ashram run by a Yogic priest across India under the Ab administration. Unfortunately the current Cardinal does not have the guts to remove him.

  3. Our Cardinal Oswald Gracias does not have the guts

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