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Our paths go forward only

Discussion in 'Catholic DIR' started by Mark Dohle, Oct 25, 2021.

  1. Mark Dohle

    Mark Dohle Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2016

    Our paths go forward only

    To pass from estrangement from God to be a son of God is the basic fact of conversion. That altered relationship with God gives you an altered relationship with yourself, with your brother man, with nature, with the universe. --E. Stanley Joy Jones

    Many people believe in God, perhaps most. For many God is an afterthought, something to deal with on a Sunday or possibly not at all. That which brought all into being “The Word” can be regulated to a place in life so low as to be really non-existent. This is called being a “Practical Atheist”. A stance that is often thoughtless and then passed on to their children. True atheists are often thoughtful about their stance, while practical atheists are often too busy to even consider the more important questions of life.

    Once the reality of God becomes concrete, everything changes, for the center is now the ‘True Center’, the place where all creativity flows from. This ‘True-Center; is “The Word” that which is often overlooked and forgotten. To serve and love the Lord or not to, does have deep repercussions on one's life the further in one goes in either direction. The path we trod does not go back, we can only go forward. Conversion is the only way to change one's path on the level that faith operates from. Once the reality of life and death and God becomes real, we see differently and our hearts open up to receive grace and love. Life is the same, how we experience it and react however is not.-Br,MD
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  2. metis

    metis aged ecumenical anthropologist

    Aug 27, 2013
    ecumenical & naturalistic Catholic
    And this is why I have challenged some as to whether they believe in Jesus or just some things about Jesus?

    To me, Jesus' central message is very simple: Love of God and Love of neighbor, and the latter is all people.