Archives for December 2013

Let’s blow the fog away so that the Star of Bethlehem shines again!


We live in difficult times. Though there are more goods ever for many, most people, rich and poor, live in alienation and desperation, in a consumerist society devoid of values and virtue.

Fog covers the world.

People feel defenseless and exposed to innumerable dangers. The boat of humanity sails through haze, without orientation and visibility, without balance and principles. The human race drifts in uncertainty and anxiety, refusing to listen to the voice of consciousness and to see the light of truth. A madness reigns that does not take into account human beings yet cripples man.

Consequently, the star of Bethlehem does not illuminate the path for the Magi toward the manger, where the Son of Man is to be born.

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Yet, the birth of the Divine Infant once again brings new hope to our hopeless and desperate world; redemption for all human beings.

Jesus comes to enlighten the hearts of man. To make them brilliant, peaceful, loving, and hopeful!

To redeem and enrich with integrity, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, graciousness, peace, and glory!

Christmas comes with a promising and benevolent message of trust against the “plastic” ornamentation of the profit-making exploitation that exists everywhere; with a hope for the beginning of a new and better way of living, in a new, superior world, where greed and pain have no place.

It shields against the challenge of the consumerist bulimia and greediness which aims to divert from the essential.

In these turbulent times, Christmas brings the life-saving message of peace and love which can shelter from the fear of an imperceptible, diverse catastrophe from disease, chemical weapons, predatory and terrorist assaults, genocides, and many other civil conflicts, all of which could wipe out millions of unfortunate, hungry, and sick people, and not only.

In Christmas we can find the lost communion with our essence and through the lonely and grieving fellow human beings we can seek our faith in the Supreme Being…

…while in the supermarkets, man can find everything, except his lost soul.

The insignificant cave repeatedly becomes the navel of history each year, and the splendid star of Bethlehem has the possibility to lighten up the world and humanity again.

It is up to us…you and me…the few compassionate ones… those with conscience and love in our hearts, to wipe clean our lenses so as to see, and be guided by, the star of Bethlehem.

To make this Christmas a holiday of joy, for as many as possible!

When the angel song stops, when the star no longer shines in the sky, when the Magi go back to their home and the shepherds return to their flocks, then we will continue to make a difference.

During Christmas and through the New Year, we will…

Look for the stray to bring back to the right path

Lift up the fallen

Feed the hungry

Comfort the lonely and grieving

Free the imprisoned from his prison, whatever that might be

Do anything to elevate the world to a better place

Bring peace among those in discord

Bring and inspire harmony and melody to hearts

Only then we can joyously sing, “God is born within us and no one can stand against us!” Only then we have the chance to be who we were designed by the Crator to be.

May the True Spirit, Hope, and Wonder of Christmas bring you and your family Peace, Happiness, and Enlightenment through the coming New Year!

 

 

10 Reasons why I Write

Written words have been used for thousands of years to communicate thoughts and ideas. I always loved, both reading and writing.

After quite a few years of not bringing the pen on the page, I began writing to heal my life and my body, to love and accept the unlovable. Journaling helped me not only heal but also see myself as a student of life, a writer, and an author. These are my reasons for journaling and writing:

  1. Journaling is my own time to get in touch with my soul and the universe.
  2. Every time my pen comes to page, my non-physical guides are right there with me, whispering in my heart and guiding my hand. I learned to cherish this relationship and depend on their inspirations.
  3. As words from the depths of my heart pour on the page, I become acquainted with my body as well as my soul. The healer in me prompts me through my words to pay attention to parts of my body in need of care, long before the manifestation of the symptoms appear. Not only promptings but solutions show up on the page.
  4. Writing is the way to clear the bewildering thoughts of my mind, vent anger or frustration, access parts of my deeper self, feel feelings I ignore, and allow the creative juices to flow.
  5. Issues needing my attention are persistently pouring on the page, asking me to find ways to deal with them. Scribbled words pointing to untamed weeds give me the opportunity to pull them out or keep them in check, healing both my body and freeing my soul.
  6. I write to gain deeper understanding of my experiences, feelings, dreams, imagination, hopes and vision. To share my experiences and the way I see the world; to call attention to something that caught mine.
  7. I write to celebrate triumphs; to look to failures, loses, and disappointments for feedback.
  8. I write to remember my story. Who knows when the wicked winds might blow away my memories? (For years I wanted to create our family tree, but never made the time. Now, my mother is too old and memory loss has taken a toll on her.)
  9. I write to inspire, empower, and urge readers to live a rich life, both physical and spiritual. I found out that empowering others returns back to me manifold, not only rewarding but fortifying me against ills.
  10. Finally, I have to admit, I am writing because this ego of mine yearns to leave something of me behind, before it’s gone.

This post was inspired by Bryan Hutchinson, author and blogger at positivewriter.com and Jeff Goins’ post Why I Write, at goinswriter.com/why-i-write/

Now, you know why I write.

Your turn to share in the comments why you write!

If you don’t already, there are plenty of reasons to begin!

 

 

Why we should be virtuous The perspective of a 17-year old girl

The other day, as I was going through old school papers, I found an essay I had written when seventeen years old. I had forgotten about it and was surprised for two reasons:

For one, it was written in purist Greek. Growing up in Greece, we spoke the demotic language, which is still spoken today. I had forgotten however that the language we used in writing was extremely purist and much closer to the Koine than the verbal one.

Secondly, I had forgotten that much of my writing in school essays or journal entrances was dealing with mature and sophisticated topics, such as this one about virtue.

Here is a copy of this essay’s first page -more current than ever-

all Greek to you, I am sure:

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Read below my translation, uncensored of my current perspective, which will be posted next.

 

Why we should be virtuous

Man by nature has the propensity to be virtuous. Virtue itself elevates him to a benevolent being, with the potential to eventually connect with the divine.

Plython, the ancient Greek philosopher said:

“Virtue is a habit through which we become good, honest, decent, and kind.”

Virtuous is he who acts according to the innate moral law; he who acts under the command of a higher and powerful universal principle. According to Plython, a virtuous man is wise and just, pious, brave, sweet-tempered, open-handed, and honorable.

The virtuous man does not attach himself to riches. He is not governed by pleasures of the flesh either, as he sees himself more than just a body. He knows he is in, and with the, spirit. The goals and standards he sets, his aspirations, are not base and vile. They are noble and sublime…in harmony with the divine.

He who habitually lives a life of virtue is respected by society as a man of good standing and reputation. Perhaps, the world would have been ruined without virtuous and highly principled people. Today (that was fifty-one years ago) more than ever, virtue must revisit and grace our world.

Only God is holy and divine. While though man often sees himself only as logical, he has it in his power to be wise and watchfully proceed to his upward journey.

When it comes to his relationship with others,to live with justice

In the course of life’s tribulations and affliction, to operate with bravery and patience

During troubles built by his own free will, to live with moderation and discretion, to remain in hope and faith

Many are the blessings of virtue. A moral man is good not only for himself but for the world as well. Civilizations fully mature when good values are weaved in the fibers of humanity.

No man can thrive physically and spiritually unless he lives with virtue. He cannot have a healthy body and mind (soul) if he does not practice self-restraint from food, alcohol, and illicit pleasures, if not temperate, loving, courageous, generous, and connected to the divine through faith and hope.

On the contrary, man feels great spiritual relief when he lives his life according to innate moral laws, when he escapes the wicked and vile entanglements, when he steps away from the mud, lifts hiself upwards, and conforms to the divine laws.

Yes, such is the man our world desperately needs today!

Let’s all strive to live a life enhanced with values and virtue!

 

Please share in the comments something about your teenage ethical beliefs on life?

Looking forward to share with you my mature perspective on Virtue! I hope you will come back.

Blessings and Light this beautiful season!

Katina Vaselopulos