Personal Guidebook to Grief Recovery

Transform Grief

With Transform Grief you will get a systematic approach to replacing your grief with newfound happiness. Heres how: Your first step will be to gain the understanding that it is okay to start feeling better. Grief oftentimes makes us feel shame for being happy and through this introduction you will understand that your loss doesnt mean you have to mourn for your own life. Understand the 7 stages of grief and how you can navigate them in a healthy and productive manner. Conventionally, there have always been 5 stages of grief but this adaptation will provide you with the vital turning points experienced in the journey. Forgiveness is often overlooked when discussing grief, you will discover why and how you can forgive yourself, forgive others and most importantly, forgive the situation that got you here. Forgiveness is for you and it stands in the way of your ultimate happiness you need to move on with your life. Identify the facets of your support system that will carry you back to life as you once knew it. The smile on your face will return as joy and enthusiasm become possible again. Discover the 10 powerful actions that will help you deal with your grief in a constructive and helpful manner. Each exercise in this section will bring you one step closer to the peace you strive for. Its just one foot after the other towards resolution. Youll find out the two most important questions to answer in your grief circumstance and those answers will guide you to the finish line a world that your love every moment living in. More here...

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Augustine on War and Peace

It is important to observe that a close reading of Augustine's account shows that one must lament even justifiable wars and reflect on them, not with vainglory, but with great sorrow. Not to look back with grief marks one as pitiable and contemptible. There are no victory parades in Augustine's world for, however just the cause, war stirs up temptations to ravish and to devour, often in order to ensure peace. Just war, for Augustine, is a cautionary tale, not an incautious and reckless call to arms. For peace is a great good, so good that no word ever falls more gratefully upon the ear, nothing is desired with greater longing, in fact, nothing better can be found. Peace is delightful and dear to the heart of all mankind (1972 866).

A guardian who had been a father to me more than most real fathers [Letters p53

I had to choose between disobeying and grieving or deceiving a guardian who had been a father to me, more than most real fathers and 'dropping' the love-affair until I was twenty -one. I don't regret my decision, though it was very hard on my lover. But that was not my fault. She was perfectly free and under no vow to me, and I should have no just complaint if she had got married to someone else. For nearly three years I did not see or write to my lover.

The Dalit theology of India

Understandably, therefore, the Exodus text so central to Indian and other third world liberation theologians is reinterpreted by being traced back to the confessional text, Deut. 26 5-12, which establishes the historical roots of the Exodus people. For the Dalits regard themselves as the adivasis ( original inhabitants ) of India, whom the invading Aryans, with their colour consciousness (the Vedic word for caste is varna, colour), treated as a slave class (dasyus in Vedic hymns). Their Dalitness, to which Isaiah (53 2ff.) alludes in the one without comeliness, sorrowful person acquainted with grief, one from whom people hide their faces, one who was despised, is precisely that attribute which Jesus, the divine man of sorrows and slave God, had reportedly appropriated as proper to his messianic mission. This Jesus of the Dalits, or rather Jesus, the Dalit, whom the Gospels proclaim so clearly and emphatically, has never been recognized by

Anselms Quest and an Opposed Subjectivity

Every delight is in God harmonia, odor, sapor, lenitas, pulchritudo (the stress on the sensible here is crucial), but in a manner unique to himself and beyond us. We are tossed about in darkness and misery (Anselm 1946, 17, p. 113, line 9). In Chapter Eighteen the despair has become wild And behold, again confusion. Behold, again grief and mourning meet him who seeks joy and gladness (Anselm 1946, 18, p. 113, lines 18-19). This depth is, however, the point at which the argument turns.

The Structure of Subjectivity in the Boethian Itinerarium

By the end of Book Four the consoling itinerarium has twice carried the prayerful prisoner to the Providential view by which all things are seen in the unity of the Good. First, in Book Three, having made a positive beginning from the prisoner's dream of happiness, the argument moves until all is seen in the light of the simple Good (Boethius 1973, 3.1, p. 230, lines 17-18 He will be led Ad veram felicitatem, quam tuus quoque somniat animus. ). In the penultimate Book, all is looked at from the same perspective but this time, the beginning is negative the prisoner's unforgotten grief, the apparent existence and the apparent triumph of evil.13 But this twice secured result creates a problem the vision of all things from the perspective of the Good seems to destroy the subjective freedom by which the prisoner reached his journey's end. Unless the problem is solved, the argument would deconstruct itself the ladder marked on the dress of Lady Philosophy, of which the prisoner is finally...

Gods Punishments Are Remedial

Heb. 12 5, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence. Shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure but he for our profit that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Prov. 3 11, 12. My son, despise not the hastening of the Lord neither be weary of his correction For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. Lam. 3 31, 33. For the Lord will...

Popular Cultures Congenital Defects Tertullians de Spectaculus

The festival days around which the shows are arranged have their roots in paganism, he argues, as can be plainly seen in that they are dedicated to such false gods as Venus (patroness of lust), Bacchus (patron of drunkenness), Circe (the enchantress), and Neptune (ruler of the surging passions of the soul). The gladiatorial games retain elements of ancient rites of human sacrifice, which can be detected in the cruelty they are known to have perfected toward their victims. Perhaps they mete out a kind of justice, but it is a perverse justice. True, Tertullian allows, they provide a mechanism for the guilty to be punished nevertheless, God commands us to love our enemies and show them mercy. Consequently, the innocent can find no pleasure in another's sufferings he rather mourns that a brother has sinned so heinously as to need a punishment so dreadful. Besides, it is not always the guilty who are thrown to wild beasts or drawn on racks.13 Instead of teaching us mercy, these spectacles...

Swearing Falsely the Kol Nidre

Melodious grief of all ages, pompously intones the words All vows, obligations, oaths whether called 'konam,' 'konas,' or by any other name, which we may vow or swear, or pledge, or whereby we may be bound, from this Day of Atonement until the next (whose happy coming we await), we do repent. May they be deemed absolved, forgiven, annulled, and void and made of no effect . . The vows shall not be reckoned vows the obligations shall not be obligatory nor the oaths be oaths.

Love in the Modern World

Similarly, Schlegel's friend Novalis (Friedrich von Hardenberg, 1772-1801), who according to Barth ''represents in a uniquely pure way the intentions and achievements of this entire group of Romantic writers ,'' was leaning toward Roman Catholicism by the end of his short life. Novalis' poem ''Hymns to the Night'' expressed his passion and grief over the early death at 15 of his fiancee, Sophie von Kiihn. He himself died soon afterward from tuberculosis at the age of 29. His major unfinished writing, a critique of the Enlightenment ideal of reason and utilitarianism, was Heinrich von Ofterdingen, a fairy tale of a young medieval poet who searches for the mysterious blue flower of his dream. The ''blue flower,'' becoming a central symbol of Romanticism, stood for desire, love a longing for home and a longing for the infinite. In the course of Heinrich's search, he finds that the blue flower is

The Inestimable Value of Souls

(5) It is an established principle of his moral government, that he will not cast off forever but though he cause grief yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies (Lam. 3 31-32). Or as he himself hath said by the mouth of Isaiah, his prophet I will not contend forever, neither will I be always wroth for the spirit should fail before me and the souls I have made (Isa. 57 16). Therefore all lost souls will be finally restored.

Prophet Muhammad saw orders the destruction of the idols

These tribes had been awaiting the issue of the war between Muhammad and the Quraish but as soon as the tribe - the principal of the whole nation and the descendants of Ishmael, whose prerogatives none offered to dispute - had submitted, they were satisfied that it was not in their power to oppose Muhammad. Hence their embassies flocked into Medina to make their submission to him. The conquest of Mecca decided the fate of idolatry in Arabia. Now deputations began to arrive from all sides to render the adherence to Islam of various tribes. Among the rest, five princes of the tribe of Himyar professed Islam and sent ambassadors to notify Muhammad of the same. These were the princes of Yemen, Mahra, Oman, and Yamama. The idolaters of Ta'if, the very people who had driven the Messenger of Islam from their midst with violence and contempt, now sent a deputation to pray forgiveness and ask to be numbered among his followers. They begged, however, for temporary preservation of their idols....

Fragmented Consciousness Legion

In this scattered condition, what we notice is that we give sanction to the personality-display to react to whatever is happening in the surface consciousness outside of ourselves, and that we tend to live in a state of unconscious reaction or habitual patterns. We talk about my likes and dislikes, my feelings and emotions, my thoughts and opinions, my grief and pain, and the 1-thought becomes enfeebled and absorbed in all of these movements, and is compelled by them. From one mind-moment to another, the I-thought becomes involved in this or that personal drama, or absorbed in some compulsive and unconscious action, or in some obscure anxiety or restlessness, without end. From one moment to the next, the mind is constantly changing, and what is astonishing is that one finds no continuity of self at all. Basically speaking, whatever the passing mind-moment is, the l-thought unconsciously identifies with it and essentially becomes it. Yet taily, all of these phenomena of thoughts,...

Where do these first and last things come together in Tolkiens writing

Tolkien had a profound attachment to the mystery of the Fall of Man. He had known great grief and sorrow in his life from being orphaned. He had seen horrific atrocities in WWI and many of his friends die. He had seen the aftermath of war, then witnessed it happen all over again with the outbreak of WWII though he didn't fight in WWII, his son did . This philosophy in the Lord of the Rings comes not only from a basic Christian belief of God working good through all things for those who love Him, but also from his Catholicism, which believes that we can make up in our bodies, 'that which is lacking in the Passion of Christ' Col 1 24 . This is not to say that Jesus didn't suffer enough to pay the price for our sins, but that he left it open for us to offer our suffering in union with His to the Father, like a prayer e.g. fasting for any intention. In the Resurrection Jesus has raised Life to a Divine Level, but in suffering on the Cross, he has also raised suffering to a Divine Level...

Fueling the Agenda Postmodern Hogwash

One illustration showed the Statue of Liberty bent over and weeping. Cassidy said that, since the sketch was made shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks, it was obvious to him that the artist was expressing the nation's grief. The professor instead examined the drawing through the subjective prism of feminism. She asserted that the artist chose the statue because American culture allows women to cry, but not men. The artist, constrained by cultural forces (presumably, live white guys), had surrendered his artistic freedom. To the professor, this constituted proof that society has established gender roles that men and women must follow. She said the purpose of her history course was to locate these gender roles and reject them.

The 1930s and 1940sA New Beginning

The division of the Church of God (Seventh Day) caused the membership and leadership much grief. Many members and prospects were discouraged by the frequent attacks one church launched on the other. In some instances, ministers switched organizations, bewildering their membership. In other cases, the membership became pawns in the struggle between ministers who were vying for their loyalty and support. The membership growth of the 1920s was not realized or even approached in the decades of the 1930s and 1940s (Coulter, p. 55). Actually, membership decreased during this period.

Only the Obedient Spirit Filled

Lulled into a fatal blindness by grieving the Spirit which convicted them of disobedience, the professed Christians lost their sensitivity to the violation of God's holy law. Under the exciting emotional stimulus of Satan's spirit they continued to exercise a counterfeit religious power, based on feeling rather than the authority of the Word of God. Christ taught in Matthew 7 22 that the end time will produce a phenomenon of Christians claiming the Spirit's power in miracle ministry, but who are actually manipulated by the devil.

What did the prophet say Christ would be called to endure He was

After this remarkable prayer, what happened to cause Him more grief And while He yet spake, behold a mu1titude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss Luke 22 47, 48.

Punishment Rewards in the Resurrection

Funerals about loved ones in heaven are simply repetitions of Satan's first lie to the human family. The portrayal of imaginary, immaterial souls flying away from the body at death is not a source of comfort to grieving relatives. Paul described the time when the righteous dead will be with the Lord in 1 Thessalonians 4 16-18, and concluded with these words, Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Music as the limit of reason

But since this is so, then it follows that the character of music as 'pure rhetoric', whether as setting words or as purely instrumental, cannot be so understood as to preclude its bearing a meaning in some way analogous to that in which words do. And of course music does so bear meanings, in its own terms. When in The Marriage of Figaro Mozart sets to music the Countess's aria 'Porgi amor', he sets sad words sung sadly, indeed to one of the saddest melodies in music. We would be at least much puzzled if Mozart had set the Countess's expressions of grief at the Count's betrayals to a melody of Haydnesque jolliness, and we would be forced to suspect an irony of some sort, just because we recognise the emotional qualities of music directly from the music itself. In just the same way as a man 'may smile and smile and be a villain', so verbal text and music can transact meanings in all manner of interactions, which could be the case only if music had its own capacity to 'mean'...

What Being Born Again Means

We learn from scriptures that man sets himself apart unto God to be holy and God accepts him, forgives him and cleanses him, making him holy by the truth and by faith (CP Lev 20 7-8 Eze 18 30-31 Jn 17 17-19 Ac 26 18 Tit 3 3-6 1Pe 1 15-16). The word conversation in 1Pe 1 15 means behaviour - it is our behaviour that sets us apart unto holiness before God. But we can only maintain that state of holiness by the empowering of the Holy Spirit, and for that empowering to be effective in our lives we must always be yielded to the Holy Spirit's leading (CP Ro 8 5-17 Ga 5 16-25 6 7-9). Grieving the Holy Spirit leads to resisting Him (CP Ac 7 51) this in turn leads to quenching the Spirit (CP 1Th 5 19), and finally to despising Him (CP He 10 26-31), which will damn us for eternity. Renewing of the Holy Ghost in Tit 3 5 refers to the constant impartation of divine life to believers by the Holy Spirit after we surrender our lives to God (CP 2Pe 1 3-4). We must always continue willing to follow...

Jacobs Request to Find Joseph Quranic

He said I only complain of my grief and sorrow to Allah, and I know from Allah that which you know not. O my sons Go you and inquire about Joseph and his brother and never give up hope of Allah's Mercy. Certainly no one despairs of Allah's Mercy, except the people who disbelieve. (Ch 12 85-87 Quran).

The Coalition of Religious and Political Zionism

Similarly, Ramon Bennett, author of 'Saga Israel and the Demise of the Nations' and spokesman for Arm of Salvation, a Christian Zionist organisation based in Jerusalem, emotively dedicates his book, 'To the men of the Israeli Defence Force who display immense courage when facing impossible odds. To the grieving parents, wives, children, sweethearts, sisters and brothers and friends, whose tears have watered the parched earth of Eretz Yisreal.' 288

Concerning the remedial Design and Limitation of Punishment

We believe the Lord will not cast off forever but though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies that he will not contend forever, nor be always angry, lest the spirit should fail before him, and the souls he has made that although he may apparently forsake his children for a small moment, but with everlasting kindness will he have mercy on them, and heal them, and lead them also, and restore comforts unto them that whom he loves he chastens (and he loves and chastens all) for their profit, that they may be partakers of his holiness, and be enabled afterwards to say, Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now have I kept your word.

Recompense And Limitations

The idea of 'seeing face to face' is both rich and beguiling. Its richness is seen in part by the comfort which the related myths and stories about a life to come provide, via both consolation and hope, to bereft and grieving human beings. In part also it is seen in the many philosophical arguments which have been generated by the possibilities respectively of the immortality of the soul and the resurrection of the body. It is also intellectually beguiling, for it can maintain religious sensitivities about human finitude in the face of the eternity of God, while (and indeed by) postponing the possibility of an adequate theodicy until we 'see face to face'.

ALL Israel will be Saved

Apostle Paul was an Israelite from the tribe of Benjamin. He had great sorrow and continual grief in his heart because he knew that the vast majority of his fellow Israelites had been cut off from the blessing (salvation), which God promised to Abraham. However, he understood that this cutting off was only temporary and not permanent.

The Divinity of Christ

He hath put him to grief when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong because he hath poured out his soul unto death and he was numbered with the transgressors and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53 10-12.

No Sickness and No Death

Since there will be no sickness, pain, or death, some occupations and professions will be totally out of place. No doctors, nurses, morticians, or insurance agents could find a soul to do business with. Financial problems will be banished forever. The very issues which cause the greatest grief now will not even exist in the minds of the saints. They will forget eternally the troubles of this life.

Objection 6 How Can Hell Exist Alongside of Heaven

You have to remember that the soul is big enough to have an unperturbed sense of joy, well-being, love, and happiness, while at the same time having a sense of grief and sadness for others. Those are not inconsistent states in a person's life, and it is a mark of a person's character and maturity that they're able to have those states at the same time.

Gods Anger Is Limited

For I will not contend forever, neither will I be always wroth for the spirit would fail before me and the soul which I have made. Isa. 57 16. Hence, The Lord will not cast off forever but, though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies, for he does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men. Lam. 3 31-33.

The Byzantine force field

If the political culture and behavioural patterns which Byzantium prompted in so-called 'acquiring' societies are almost as notable for their diversity as for common traits, this reflects upon the ambivalence and flexibility of Byzantium's own imperial-ecclesiastical complex. The emperor's aspirations to carry on the divine mandate of Constantine the Great and lead the New Israel in the manner of Old Testament priest-kings remained robust, even after imperial intervention in doctrine and church governance came to grief with icono-clasm. The insistence of court ceremonial and rhetorical declarations on the harmony between emperor and senior churchmen represents the gloss on incessant minor points of friction in everyday affairs and more fundamental differences as to boundaries and values.106 The emperor's hold over the established church, already uncertain in the twelfth century, was shaken irreparably by the Latin conquest of Constantinople. The subsequent failure of Michael VIII's...

Allahs Message About Jesus Quranic

How clearly will they (polytheists and disbeliveers in the Oneness of Allah) see and hear, the Day when they will appear before Us But the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers) today are in plain error. And warn them (O Muhammad) of the Day of grief and regrets, when the case has been decided, while now they are in a state of carelessness and they believe not. (Ch 19 34-39 Quran)

If there should never be an awakening of the dead what would be the result

NOTE. - If, as we have learned (Eccl. 9 5), the dead know not anything, then they will certainly have no knowledge of the lapse of time. A thousand years will be to them a day or a moment. To go down to the grave, and wait till the resurrection, even though it be a thousand years, will be to those who experience it like a sudden transition from this life to the next. It ought to be a consoling thought to one whose life has been filled with anxiety and grief for loved ones who persist in wickedness, to know that they will in death be spared torment. Again, it would mar the felicity of one's enjoyment in heaven if he could look upon earth, and see his friends and relatives maltreated by strangers, or suffering from cold and hunger. It is wise that God has ordered it as expressed by the patriarch His sons come to honor, and he knoweth it not and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them. Job 14 21.

The Mob at Lots House

When darkness fell on the town, Lot escorted his guest to his home. No one was aware of their presence. However, as soon as Lot's wife saw them, she slipped out of the house quietly so that no one noticed her. Quickly, she ran to her people with the news and it spread to all the inhabitants like wildfire. The people rushed towards Lot quickly and excitedly. Lot was surprised by their discovery of his guests. and he wondered who could have informed them. The matter became clear, however, when he could not find his wife, anywhere, thus adding grief to his sorrow.

The Frankfurt School

A third feature of the Frankfurt School's disparagement of popular culture is found in its insistence that art - and specifically avant-garde art - is the cultural activity where the resources necessary to revolutionize the consciousness of the masses can be expected to arise. It is through such experimental and uncompromising artists as James Joyce and Picasso, Horkheimer insisted in 1941, that the appropriate responses of grief and horror to the gulf between the monadic individual and his barbarous surrounding is expressed.37 According to Adorno, an Expressionist work such as Picasso's Guernica evokes a public outcry that testifies to its power to bring to light what is wrong with present social conditions. 38 In contrast to the entertainment industry, Adorno proposed, modernist art respects the masses, in that, It puts before them an image of what they might be, rather than adapting to their dehumanized condition. 39 Genuine art, he reasoned, is always ahead of the commonly...

Pontius Pilate

Pontius Pilate Palace

He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

Romans 914

1 I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, 4 who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises.

The Great Proof Text

All God's punishments are those of a Father, and must therefore be adapted to the improvement of his children. Heb. 12 5-11, My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him for whom the lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence. Shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure but he for our profit that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruits of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Prov. 3 11-12, My son despise not the chastening of the Lord neither be...

Local Level

We begin at the local level, with events surrounding a public housing development in New York City in the wake of September 11. Following the terrorist attacks, the American people forged a stronger bond than any in recent memory. In seeking to help the people in New York City deal with their shock and grief, many religious leaders came forward to offer spiritual guidance, counseling, and assistance. Pastor Joan Daily, a longtime resident of a public housing development in Woodside in Queens, New York, sought permission from the New York City Housing Authority to rent a room at the Woodside Community Center to conduct a Bible study and prayer meeting for aggrieved city residents. Several Woodside residents died in the terrorist attacks. Though the facility is routinely used by various groups for a wide range of purposes, from exercise classes to adult education, the Authority denied the pastor's request. Officials cited a city policy prohibiting religious services, unless the...

Elizabeth Stuart

In a book she wrote several years after Gender Trouble (1990) Judith Butler suggested that in modernity I is predicated on the foreclosure of certain forms of desire with the result that the subject is grounded in melancholia and shrouded in an unacknowledged and irresolvable grief for impossible love, for to acknowledge this love would mean the destruction of the self. Both heterosexuality and homosexuality are dependent upon each other for their existence but that dependence is based upon repudiating the desire each identity rests upon. Gender and sexual identity are then a kind of melancholy (J. Butler 1997b 132-50). For Butler modern Western humanity is mourning and weeping in this vale of tears, unable to escape melancholia without risking annihilation. Butler's work raises two key questions. First, is there any place where it is possible to be truly queer, to perform maleness and femaleness in such a way as to expose their performativity And, second, can there really be no...

Loves Wound

Some might perhaps think that these are the words of one in pain, not those of one in joy, especially when she says They struck me they wounded me they took away my veil. But if you consider the meaning of the words carefully, you will see they are the expressions of one who glories most in what she enjoys. . . . The soul that looks up towards God, and conceives that good desire for His eternal beauty, constantly experiences an ever new yearning for that which lies ahead, and her desire is never given its full satisfaction. In this way she is, in a certain sense, wounded and beaten because of the frustration of what she desires. . . . But the veil of her grief is removed when she learns that the true satisfaction of her desire consists in constantly going on with her quest and never ceasing in her ascent, seeing that every fulfilment of her desire continually generates a further desire for the Transcendent. (Homily 12 on the Song of Songs 1029A-1037C Gregory of Nyssa 1961 263-71)

Shattered Foundation

In the year 1555, a Jewish physician living in southern France wrote that the Catholic Church would one day come to grief. By this he did not mean the rise of Protestant Christianity or the Reformation led by Martin Luther and John Calvin -both of which were by then accomplished facts. What he had to say was something far more ominous for the Church according to his vision of the future, Europeans in large numbers would abandon the Church 'with its shattered foundation' and return to paganism. His exact words were (with my translation)

The dearly departed

He eases into his role as house ghost, her companion to return to at the end of each day. Nina is happy again - until Jamie makes her flat a flophouse for his ghost friends who have nowhere else to go, confirmed bachelor ghosts who spend most of their days and nights watching old movies on the television, blasting her furnace, and moving her furniture around the apartment. Meanwhile a living suitor makes a ploy for Nina's affections, and as her irritation with her ghost-crowded flat increases, the possibility of rejoining the companionship of the living takes on a new allure. Jamie, it appears, has been recruiting housemates with the intent of having just this effect - to press lovely Nina out of her grief and back into the company of warm-blooded, still breathing humanity.


Quite contrary to the impression which the usual theology has spread abroad is the correct definition of repentance, the usual idea being that it means sorrow or agony of heart respecting sin and wrongdoing. The true meaning of the word shows that it is a change of mind and although there may be nothing to preclude that change being accompanied by grief, yet the sorrow itself is not repentance. Instead, it is the

Quenching the Spirit

This instruction is from 1 Thessalonians 5, where we are given a list of short commandments. It could also be called grieving the Spirit as mentioned in Eph 4. Quenching or grieving the Spirit is a stumbling block in that it involves rejection of the ministry of the Spirit. And that same ministry of the Spirit is what brings on maturity, so rejection will keep you in the ranks of the immature. Once you humble yourself and repent, The Spirit will be free to minister once again.

Gregorys Virginity

The common life is metonymically represented by marriage in Gregory's text. His uncompromising denunciation of family life proceeds by cataloguing the daily course of intimacy between spouses, parents, and children, and the repeated woundings of grief that necessarily accompany any finite love. As Michel Barnes (1996) has shown, Gregory's description of marriage draws heavily upon Stoic tradition, while placing new emphasis on the paradoxical conjunction of joy and sadness that is woven into the fabric of mortal existence. They are human all the time, things weak and perishing they have to look upon the tombs of their progenitors and so pain is inseparably bound up with their existence, if they have the least power of reflection. Page after page, Gregory sustains the spectacle of familiar suffering in an excessive and yet still seemingly insufficient attempt to answer his own challenge How shall we really bring to view the evils common to life Setting out to write of life as a...

The Wisdom of Sorrow

They also find that life goes on and that one cannot afford to live in the past, but must live in the present and turn one's gaze forward. Yet, mourning does not only mean the grief involved in the loss of loved ones and friends to death, it includes all forms of loss from which we might suffer the loss of one's job or career, the loss of one's youth, the loss of relationships, the loss of ones home, and so many other painful transitions that are part of life. Any cause of mourning presents us with an opportunity to turn inward and upward, Godward, and to seek to restore the Spirit-connection, and to draw upon the light that is in us. To mourn means to allow oneself to experience the grief and pain, to accept the loss, and to move on. hopefully with a deeper connection to the Spirit. Those who are willing to mourn in this way will be comforted, and they may well discover a secret center of peace and joy within themselves that can be found in no...


As the aspirant thus wanders among these startling scenes, surrounded by the wild cries and lamentations of the goddess and her train, at a signal from the hierophant a sudden turn is given to their feelings. The gloom begins to disappear, and their cries of grief are changed to joyful and triumphant shouts of Eurekamen, eurekamen ( We have found it ) The euresis, or discovery of the body, is then celebrated, and the mangled form of the murdered sun-god restored from death and darkness to life and light and power.

Passover Seder

Concerning this Passover Seder known as The Last Supper , there was a Medieval superstition that arose, based on error. Most have become convinced (hypnotized) into the thinking that OWYhy was executed on a FriDay , the Day of Preparation for the weekly Shabbath, and resurrected at SUNRISE on Sun-Day . This is not anything like what the memoirs reveal to us. This is just a traditional misinterpretation, propagated by Rome. In fact, there is no phrase last supper in the Writings, but only this Passover which our Rabbi said He had looked forward to observing before He suffered, and He had observed it every year of His life. He also said he would observe it again, drinking again the fruit of the vine, in His Father's Kingdom Reign. Shatan de-railed the train, folks. The only sign (like tongues , a sign for unbelievers, 1 Cor. 14 22) to prove that OWYhy is the Mashiach was the sign of Yonah . As Yonah was 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the fish, so OW Yhy was 3 days and 3 nights in...

Every Tear His Tear

Jesus is there, sitting beside us in the lowest places of our lives, he said. Are we broken He was broken, like bread, for us. Are we despised He was despised and rejected of men. Do we cry out that we can't take any more He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Do people betray us He was sold out himself. Are our tenderest relationships broken He too loved and was rejected. Do people turn from us They hid their faces from him as from a leper. Like the African woman, Marc has known what it's like to hold a dying child in his arms. While I wasn't able to talk with that grieving mother, I could converse with him.

The Gothic

Tom Beaudoin claims that GenX harbors many resentments for the damaged social goods they have been handed - a degraded environment, nuclear threat, AIDS, national debt, unaffordable tuition, stacked demographics, rampant materialism, McJobs, an unstable economy -and suggests that they testify to their resentment in their wardrobes. The semiotics of grunge, he suggests, is that of an uncared-for brood, declaring through style the awareness that they are society's orphans and its cleanup crew. Grunge underscores neediness it highlights wants, it testifies to an inner poverty and poorness of heart. Like their ensembles, Xers have been forced to piece together their own meaning, poaching off what has been stingily offered them. The message of grunge, then, is that when left alone, as we have been, we will wear the disarray in which we live. 19 A second fashion statement is the Gothic look. The semiotics of Gothic style is that this is a grieving generation readying itself for a funeral....

Ark Of Osiris

He inclosed him in a chest and cast him into the sea, thus plunging all heaven in grief and sadness. Isis, when she learned the melancholy news, refused all consolation, despoiled herself of her ornaments, cut off her tresses, robed herself in the habiliments of mourning, and wandered forth through the world. Disconsolate and sorrowful, she travelled into all countries seeking the mysterious chest which contained the body of the lost Osiris. In the meanwhile, the chest was drawn ashore at Byblos, and thrown into the center of a bush, which, having grown up into a beautiful tree, had entirely inclosed it. At length, however, the tree was cut down by a king of that country, and used by him in the construction of a new palace. But Isis finally learned the singular fate of the chest, and her persevering love was rewarded by the possession of it.

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Dominion by Covenant,3 which is the first clear exposition of the five points of the biblical covenant). Pastors who are convinced by Chilton's books would be wise to introduce these ideas to their congregations slowly over a period of years, and thereby save themselves and their churches a lot of possibly unnecessary grief. Pressure-relief valves are preferable to explosions.


What did he say would have been the case had their circumstances been reversed I also could speak as ye do if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you but I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should assuage your grief. Job 16 4, 5.

The Punishment

At that terrible moment, he wished he had the power to push them away from his guests. Seeing him in a state of helplessness, and grief the guests said Do not be anxious or frightened, Lot for we are angels, and these people will not harm you. On hearing this, the mob was terrified and fled from Lot's house, hurling threats at him as they left. The angels warned Prophet Lut (pbuh) to leave his house before sunrise, taking with him all his family except his wife. Allah had decreed that the city of Sodom should perish. An earthquake rocked the town. IT was as if a mighty power had lifted the entire city and flung it down in one jolt. A storm of stones rained on the city. Everyone and everything was destroyed, including Lot's wife.

The First Death

Hoping to allay the hatred seething in his brother Abel said, My brother, you are deviating from the right path and are sinful in your decisions. It is better that you repent to Allah and forget about your foolish threat. But if you do not then I will leave the matter in the hands of Allah. You alone will bear the consequence of your sin, for the Fire is the reward of the wrong-doers. This brotherly plea did nothing to lessen the hatred in Cain's heart, nor did he show fear of Allah's punishment. Even familial considerations were cast aside. Cain struck his brother with a stone killing him instantly. This was the first death and the first criminal act committed by man on earth. When Abel had not appeared for some time, Adam began to search for him but found no trace of his beloved son. He asked Cain about Abel's whereabouts. Cain insolently replied that he was not his brother's keeper nor his protector. From these words his father understood that Abel was dead and Adam was filled with...

Adams Life on Earth

Adam grasped all of this and with the knowledge of this suffering he started his life on the earth. The only thing that allowed his grief was that he was master of the earth and had to make it yield to him. He was the one who had to perpetuate, cultivate and construct and populate the earth. He was also the one who had to procreate and raise children who would change and improve the world.

What is Repentance

In the beginning, we were vying for her attention in ways that were probably very distracting to everyone. One day I stayed after school with two friends to play some basketball. Later, after all the other students had left, we went by our room to pick up our books. Just before opening the door, we glanced through the one clear pane of glass in the door and there we saw our beautiful girl-teacher weeping at her desk. No one needed to tell us why she was crying, because we instantly remembered some of the things we had done during classes. None of us had any desire to hurt that teacher. We liked her very much and had no idea that we were causing her so much grief. We were sick and ashamed of ourselves that day, and it was three very sorry boys who crept down the hall without opening that door. All three of us made a covenant that day that we would never do anything again that would hurt our pretty young teacher. We were truly repentant.


If Jesus the divine Son suffers the abandonment of the godforsaken, as the cry of desolation shows, the cross must be a trinitarian event between the incarnate Son and his Father who leaves him to die. It is an event of divine suffering in which Jesus suffers dying in abandonment by his Father and the Father suffers in grief the death of his Son. As such it is the act of divine solidarity with the godforsaken world, in which the Son willingly surrenders himself in love for the world and the Father willingly surrenders his Son in love for the world. Because at the point of their deepest separation, the Father and the Son are united in their love for the world, the event that separates them is salvific. The love between them now spans the gulf that separates the godless and the godforsaken from God and overcomes it.

Romans 1157

Apostle Paul had great sorrow and continual grief in his heart because he knew that the vast majority of his fellow Israelites had been cut off from the blessing of salvation, which God promised to Abraham. However, he understood that this cutting off was only temporary and not permanent. All Israelites, who die as unbelievers, will be saved. In Chapter 7 'God's Purpose for Israel' we have given a detailed answer on how and

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