Discurse Book. Spiritual Awakening. Dublin. Ireland. Gumersindo Meiriño Fernández

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Oración por la Paz desde Efeso, Turquía

El día trece de mayo (y en cualquier momento) nos unimos  a los deseos de Paz para todo el mundo. Desde un país de inmensa mayoría musulmana que cuida y protege algunos testimonios cristianos históricos. Así lo hace el Dr. Gumersindo Meiriño Fernández:

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This beauty is the one the mystic discovers. God and Beauty

This beauty is the one the mystic discovers as he realizes nature is not only about wonders for the senses and mind, but also wonders that satisfy the soul and spirit. Nature is meeting with God, it is God’s love demonstration that he created a Paradise for the human being to look at it, enjoy it, and above all to feel the Father’s love, meeting him and answering with the only ‘coin’ that can pay love: with love. As the popular proverb says: love is payed with love.

Page 45 from God and Beauty, Gumersindo Meiriño Fernández, Editorial De Oriente a Occidente

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La conversión del corazón y los cambios de vida

Para pedir por la conversión del corazón y para los cambios de vida.Image

Esta oración básicamente está tomada de Balduino de Ford o de Canterbury que nació en el seno de una familia pobre del Devonshire, Inglaterra. Pudo estudiar en la escuela catedralicia de Exeter, donde recibió el orden sacerdotal. En 1169 ingresó a la abadía de Ford. En 1175 fue elegido abad. En 1181, fue ordenado obispo de Worchester-on-Severn y, en 1184, nombrado arzobispo de Canterbury y primado de Inglaterra. Se adhirió a la Tercera Cruzada y, en 1189, partió con Ricardo Corazón de León a Palestina. Murió con mucho pesar al ver los desastres de la guerra y el mal comportamiento de los cruzados en el año 1190.

Hemos añadido algunas frases basadas en la lectura del libro de Ezequiel en los capítulos 11 y 36

Quita de mí, Señor, este corazón de piedra, quita de mí este corazón endurecido y dame un corazón de carne. Conviértelo  Tú que purificas los corazones y amas los corazones puros, toma posesión de mi corazón y habita en él, llénalo con tu presencia, tú que eres superior a lo más grande que hay en mí y que estás más dentro de mí que mi propia intimidad. Rocíame con agua pura y  purifícame; de todas las impurezas y de todas las basuras.

Que los querubines desplieguen sus alas y limpien todo lo malo y oscuro que hay mí.

Dame un corazón nuevo, infunde en mí  un espíritu nuevo.

Tú que eres el modelo perfecto de la belleza el sello de la santidad, sella mi corazón con la impronta de tu imagen, sella mi corazón, por tu misericordia, tú Dios por quien se consume mi corazón, mi lote perpetuo. Amén.

 

 

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Salmo 18-17. Me coloca en las Alturas

ImageCuando era niño, una tarde al salir de las clases, mientras todos los demás corrían buscando el autobús que les llevaba a casa o salían “disparados” a comprar alguna chuchería al kiosco, o a buscar a sus papás, me fui caminando y subí al pequeño cerro desde el que se divisaba en perspectiva todo el colegio y desde allí miraba lo que estaba sucediendo abajo, con mis compañeros de la escuela.

Desde el pequeño cerro la realidad de otra forma. Todo me pareció más pequeño y desde allá arriba me sentí como el héroe de alguna historia de cine o de un comic.

Algo semejante me pasó años después siendo sacerdote. Escuché a la gente de la ciudad hablar de las imponentes columnas de un enorme puente que recién habían construido para que pasase por allí la autopista. A los pocos días acompañé a un alma, como sacerdote, camino del cementerio para despedirlo. El cementerio está a las afueras, en un montículo, desde allí mientras caminábamos despacio hacia el camposanto miré a lo lejos y  pude ver con perspectiva y más abajo el imponente puente y, desde allí me pareció pequeño, muy pequeño…

Este salmo es precioso. Recuerda que el Señor te pone en lo Alto,

Porque dice: “me coloca en las alturas”,

Desde ahí, desde lo Alto, desde los brazos de Dios Padre, verás la vida en su verdadera dimensión, la mirarás con perspectiva real y le darás gracias a Dios por cada día que regala.

Te parecerán mucho más pequeñas las dimensiones de tus dificultades, de tus problemas, se transformarán en pequeños muy pequeños…., sentirás el aliento de Dios en tu corazón, te parecerá que vuelas por encima de ellos…

Acércate de Dios. El te sube a lo Alto.

Lejos de Dios bajas al vacío y al valle de la nada.

Paz y Bien de parte de Dios, el Altísimo que te bendice.

 

Gumersindo Meiriño Fernández

 

SALMO 18 (17), 31-51

Me coloca en las alturas

 

Perfecto es el camino de Dios,
acendrada es la promesa del Señor;
él es escudo para los que a él se acogen.

¿Quién es dios fuera del Señor?
¿Qué roca hay fuera de nuestro Dios?
Dios me ciñe de valor 
y me enseña un camino perfecto;

él me da pies de ciervo,
y me coloca en las alturas;
él adiestra mis manos para la guerra,
y mis brazos para tensar la ballesta.

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El misterio de los Salmos un libro que ayuda a rezar. Diario El Territorio

En declaración al diario El Territorio (Misiones, Argentina), el Dr. Gumersindo aclaró el objetivo de su nueva obra El Misterio de los Salmos, un libro que ayuda a rezar. Al rezarlos nos unimos a millones de místicos de las distintas religiones que los han recitado anteriormente, a Jesús, abrimos una puerta dimensional que nos une a ellos.

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12.12.12 y el fin del mundo

Image12.12.12 y el fin del mundo

Esto del fin del mundo y el 12.12.12 (día doce, del mes doce, del año dos mil doce) es sorprendente.

De hecho, el famoso día 12.12.12 ya pasó, no existe. Gregorio Magno, que da el nombre al calendario gregoriano, el calendario que determina que estamos en el año 2012,  se fio de uno de los sabios de la antigüedad para decidir que se empezaban a contar los tiempos con el nacimiento de Cristo. El año 1 (uno) de nuestra era coincidiría con el año que nació Cristo. Ahora se sabe que Jesús de Nazaret no nació en esa fecha, sino de cuatro a  siete años antes. En realidad no estamos en el 2012, si no en el 2019 o quizás en el 2016. El famoso 12.12.12 ya pasó hace 4 o 7 años. Lo cual quiere decir que no es más que una fecha arbitraria, que suena muy bien en el calendario, en las cábalas, pero nada más.

¿Entonces no se viene el fin del mundo?

Al ser humano siempre le han gustado estos temas. Desde la más remota antigüedad está envuelta en discusiones, debates y teorías en torno al fin de los tiempos.

Sin ir más lejos, la iglesia católica celebra el adviento, que es un tiempo en el que espera la Parusía, el final de los tiempos, en los que Cristo vendrá de nuevo en Gloria para instaurar el Reino de Dios definitivamente. A los pocos años de la muerte de Cristo, sus seguidores más cercanos, interpretando algunos de sus mensajes, anunciaban que el fin del mundo estaba muy cercano e insistían en la necesidad de estar preparados.

El fin del mundo existe. Y el día doce, del doce, del doce vendrá para muchos. También estoy de acuerdo en la necesidad de estar preparados porque no sabemos el día ni la hora en la que nos sobrevendrá ese final. Todos los que dejen este planeta durante estos días comprobarán en su propia carne que sí existe ese fin del mundo anunciado.

En cualquier caso convendría recordar que somos aves de paso por el planeta tierra. Que los anunciadores de la hecatombe mundial, tanto en los primeros años del cristianismo, o en los milenarismos (los que anunciaron ese acontecimiento para el año mil y muchos de los que lo hicieron para el dos mil) ya lo vivieron personalmente.

El mundo está en manos de Dios. Al ser humano le toca ir descubriendo las señales que se esconden en el universo, en los seres humanos, nuestros hermanos de camino, en los acontecimientos de cada día, pero sabiendo que somos peregrinos que ya vislumbramos la cercana meta. Lo cierto es que todos nos iremos, unos antes, los otros después; ojalá que todos en paz.

Gumersindo Meiriño

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Anam Cara

Anam Cara

Celtic culture gives this name to some special people. “Anam” means ‘soul’ in Gaelic; “Cara” means ‘friendship.’

In the Celtic world, the anam cara were spiritual friends; they were people on whom all trusted; people to whom every interior secret, every thing that people had in their bodies, mind and soul could be revealed. Celts thought that every person was eternally linked to their aman cara. This union of friendship was so big that nobody or nothing could break it off, not even death. «Because love is stronger than death.»[1]

We all need an anam cara, a spiritual friend in our lives. We need somebody who understands us exactly as we are, with no masks or tattoos. A friendship that emerges from genuine love. The anam cara is a gift of God. Pedro met these qualities. Those who attended his talks, feel that.

The anam cara also exists in the East, where they are called guru. For oriental people, the guru is a divinely illuminated teacher, who has exceeded the limitations of the human being, and is prepared to guide others along the spiritual path. According to their thoughts, when a pious person is ready to search for God, He sends him a guru. Thus, the pious person is guided by God, who uses the guru as an instrument to instruct said person. The guru is a channel used by God to find the way that leads to salvation. The presence of the guru is not only physical; there is also synchronization and harmonization of the hearts of the teacher and the pious person.

For Christians, the great anam cara is Jesus; he is our friend, our brother. We have been born in brotherhood with Jesus through the genuine friendship of the Anam Cara (with capital letters): God. Nobody loves as God does, because He is Love, He is pure friendship. But it becomes apparent in men who reflect the spirit of Christ. The great anam cara is Jesus; the great guru, the great spiritual teacher, from whom we all learn. He is the teacher born in the East, whose doctrine has specially spread to the West.

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The closeness of God: The Sun

The closeness of God: The Sun

Many people get bothered when God is close, because he makes them think about their ways of life. They do not like it because it makes them remember the dark parts of their ways. And they do not want to change; they do not want to be touched.

This happened to hypocrites and Pharisees who considered Jesus an enemy. This is what Jesus teaches now. You cannot be a person who only carries out the law and pretends to be a good person so that people say: “What a good man! How law abiding! How generous!” Jesus sees inside your heart and unmasks double-faced people. He does it for two reasons. Firstly, to help them because when he unmasks them he is living them a second chance. And secondly, in order not to let them deceive innocent people.

Nevertheless, many of them did not accept the word of God and did not bear him. They tried, by all means, to get rid of him. This also happens nowadays; many people have an appearance, show a kind face, but they are exactly the opposite. They are like actors who do not live their own lives; they live a pretended life they have invented, in which they are no more protagonists of a film. This is far from reality. The word of Jesus places you in your real life, and when you accept reality you see what you are, with no slyness or tricks; so Jesus helps you to start over.

This happens now and also happened two thousand years ago. Genuine people approached him despite the fact that they had sinned. His previous behavior and his way of life did not care. Thanks to Jesus they were reborn. They did not disown his presence; they invited him and shared with him instead. Zaqueo, who was a tax collector and a robber, admitted it before Jesus. He received Jesus in his house and his life changed radically. Mathew, another tax collector who kept other people’s money, invited him to eat and then became an apostle…

It is like the light of the sun. When entering a half-lighted room, we may say: «How clean this room is!» But when we open the windows and light enters, we see dirtiness, spider webs. In the presence of God, the sun shines. The darkness disappears. But if somebody wants to hide the dark part of his life get away from the light of God because nothing can be hidden from him.

In the Gospel, Jesus cured a man that was possessed by many demons, and then he sent the demons to a herd of swine. The evangelist says: «So people pleaded so that he moved away from them because they feared.» The inhabitants did not rejoice in Jesus’ miracle. They did not feel touched or happy when seeing his neighbor cured from the curse. They only cared about their economic loss, the loss of the herd of swine. On the contrary, the man from whom the demons had come out begged to remain with him (…) The man went off and proclaimed throughout the whole town what Jesus had done for him.»[1]

Demons and double-faced people cannot bear the Word of God. Many hypocrites read the Gospel to hide their malice. «They have eyes, but they do not see, ears, but they do not hear.» They have no root.


[1] Cf. Lc 8, 27-40.

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To empty the content

To empty the content

Josecito visits me every day, at least some minutes to say hello. Now he is one year old and he walks. As all children, he frequently falls down; but it is wonderful to see how he stands up. It takes him some minutes. We always observe him because it seems that he will not be able to do it; however, little by little and with a bit of suspense, he stands upright, after a number of strange poses. His grandparents cheer him and say:  «Very well, very well!»

As well as adults observe the progresses of the children, their falls, their “foolishness,” Father God observes us. He sees our struggle to walk straight, our falls, and our first steps.

In order to understand the Gospel, it is necessary that we become children again. The child has nothing; he is empty. He is born “clean,” and he learns everything he receives. He needs to be taught even the more basic things. If nobody taught him to speak, he would never learn; if nobody taught him to walk, he would never be able to do it.

Become a child again! Empty your worries and prejudices. Forget that you can read and write, remain empty, “clean,” as new born babies because whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.[1]

I invite you to throw away all the things you know about the Gospel, all your knowledge about Jesus’s life. Forget everything because you are a new born baby who is eager to learn; you are a baby who cannot walk or speak. Now open the Gospel with this attitude, as if it were the first time.

Nothing can be put into a full vessel. First you have to empty it and then you will be able to put something inside. As Jesus used to say: «Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins.»[2]

Saint Augustine of Hippo used to say:

To fill a vessel, it first has to be emptied. Shed the evil from you because you are going to be filled with the good. Suppose that God whishes to fill you with honey; if you are full of vinegar, where will you put the honey? The vessel must first be emptied, and then cleansed and freed from the vinegar. This requires hard work and is painful, but it is the only way to prepare it to receive something. And as we say honey, we could have said gold or wine; the fact is that we try to dignify the ineffable: God… enlarge our hearts so that he fills it when he comes.[3]

Now think what is there, inside your heart; examine what is in your mind, and recognize your acts. Throw everything away so that you can be filled with the Word of Jesus.

Reading the Gospel with new eyes means buying the collyrium that will help us to see. Look, observe, think, analyze and learn with that collyrium.

Leave your habits and prejudices away, because now you have the Gospel in your hands for the first time, and you are about to open your eyes to a new reality: the life of Jesus.

Exercise

Reflect: What do you think about along the day? Who is in your mind for more time? What objects do you love the most? How do you spend your time…?

Write it down in your workbook.

Read carefully a chapter of the Gospel each day, and write down the thoughts that come to your mind after reading.


[1] Cf. Lk 18, 16.

[2] Lk 5, 38.

[3] SAINT AUGUSTINE, Treaty on the first letter of Saint John, n.4..

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