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Monday, January 29th, 2007
11:34 pm
Hi everyone! I wanted to introduce myself. My names Destinee and I'm from Detroit. I'm Christian and I just thought I could make some good friends here. Feel free to add me, I'll add you back! I would love to talk with you all.
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
12:06 am
Young, Hip, and Muslim?
Salaam Aleykoom!

I'm a young American Muslim who is sick and tired of only hearing about Islam in headlines. So I've started a new line of clothing and gifts that is geared towards young, modern Muslims who are ready to make their own headlines. Some political, some funny, some religious, and lots of ARABIC! So check it out, please spread the word if you dig it, and check in periodically for new designs.

And if you like it, WEAR IT WITH PRIDE!

American Muslim

Tuesday, December 14th, 2004
6:12 pm
Dear Friends,

Every year, seraphimsigrist collects money for the Pastristic Society, a society that promotes Christianity in Russia. They are facing a particularly steep short-fall this year; if you are considering donating to a charity this Christmas, I would heartily commend my friend Seraphim's. Contact him via his lj to find out more.
Monday, November 22nd, 2004
12:48 pm
Sergius Bulgakov - LJ Community
Friends--a new LiveJournal community has been created at sbulgakov for conversation about this important 20th century philosopher-theologian of creativity and sophianic nature. If you are interested in conversation about this profound and Orthodox ecumenist, please join.
Thursday, August 5th, 2004
3:07 pm
Thomas Moore
If anyone in this community is looking for a truly refreshing and insightful book on religion and the spiritual life, I recommend Thomas Moore's book "The Soul's Religion". Moore was a monk in a Catholic religious order for 12 years before leaving to pursue an academic career in psychology/theology/musicology, then working as a psychotherapist, followed by many years of writing wonderful books on the nature of the soul and deepening the experience of everyday life. (You may have heard of his book "Care of the Soul"). I have been affected profoundly by Moore's work and just felt the need to pass the word along (p.s. his website is www.careofthesoul.net).
Saturday, January 17th, 2004
2:59 am
I have a question and I want you to be HONEST in your answer. THINK about the questions.

What is your religion/denomination/spiritual path etc?

Why did you choose to follow the particular path you follow?

What makes your path different from the millions of others?

What comfort/peace/security etc does it offer you?

Think about yourself as a person, and how you follow your religion and what it offers you, do you think someone that is the exact opposite of you could find the same peace that you do?

Most importantly, how do YOU as an individual define the idea of "evil" as compared to the general definition of your chosen religion? Where does evil come from and why does evil exist?

my answersCollapse )

this is x-posted to just about every religion/spiritual community on LJ, sorry if you get this like 400 times on your friends page!

Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, January 2nd, 2004
7:48 pm
How did this community becoming a member of aliensusa?

Thursday, December 11th, 2003
9:43 am
religious ritual poll

respectful comments appreciated
Monday, November 17th, 2003
11:36 am
Gee, nobody's posted here in a long time. I thought of a question to ask y'all, just out of pure curiosity. Keep that in mind when you respond to this, I'm just curious.

I know that some religious groups, such as Catholics and Buddhists, have very obvious monastic traditions. What about other religious groups, such as Jews and members of various Protestant denominations? Do any of you feel that you have a monastic tradition that you can "tap" into so to speak?

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, July 20th, 2003
7:09 pm
Working backward and forward in time from St Macrina whose day it is.
Posting this which was also on my own journal, but only some
of you receive that--though all welcome--and yet I think it could
be of general interest

Today, as I am reminded by an entry in the journal of punkass_1
is the day of Saint Macrina the Younger,330-379. She was a very interesting
person in herself, as one of the creators of community religious life,and as
a person whose strength of character had great influence on her family and
brilliant brothers through whom the world was deeply intluenced and changed.
Her brothers were St Basil the Great, St Gregory of Nyssa, a profound philosopher
and mystic, and St Peter of Sebaste, and she was herself something of a philosopher
and we have a dialogue in the Socratic style attributed to her as being a
transcription by Gregory. In point of fact it is likely fairly comletely by
Gregory but must be of the sort of thing that she, as well as he, would have
said and based on conversations near the end of her life. She felt from a dream
which her mother had that her mystical name was Thecla, after a coworker with
St. Paul. However interesting as her life is, I am not really interested to
provide it here--you can find it without difficulty on the internet.

But thinking of that dream, and of her family, makes me think that it would be
interesting to trace back through her parents and beyond through the generations
as far as we can go, the formative influence, that led to four saints being
recongnized (saints it should be said for those who dont think easily
in these terms, are not perfect people who never did anything ambiguous or were
never confused or sad or something, nor yet are they only ones who are good people,
but they are those recognized by others as having led lives which were both remarkable
and somehow exemplary and in some way large or small perhaps even heroic
four saints in one generation of one family, and at that four whose influence
will touch the whole world and partly make the world we live in today... from what
stream of influence can such a phenomenon come?

In fact it proves possible to follow the path back a number of generations and it
is an interesting one, or so it seems to me, leading to a man I had never really
considered before. Come with me then on another journey in community but this time
through Time, clicking to the rightRead more...Collapse )
Saint Macrina the Younger.
Tuesday, July 1st, 2003
12:17 pm
I'd like to introduce myself to the community. (I'm intro'ing myself on many, so please excuse the redundancy if you're on any of the other groups I am.) I'm a 29-year-old Scorpio in Southern California, real into art, guitar, music, the O.T.O., poetry, Thelema and Qabalah. I'm especially interested in the Abramelin Operation, and would love to hear from anyone that's completed it, or otherwise attained K. & C. of the H.G.A. And to anyone with a Palm handheld that's studying Qabalah, I can offer some Palm software I developed to help you out. Take care!
Wednesday, June 18th, 2003
7:49 am
Hello everyone, let me introduce myself..
My name is Christy & I'm 20 yrs old. I live in Miami, Fl. & I was born & raised here, although my parents are hispanic.
As for my religious backround, I was raised as a very strict & religous Christian, but I Have always been very keen to the Jewish religion & just recently have been interested in the Kaballah.
I'm not sure if I would convert into Judiasm but I have a deep love & respect for it. I have been to Isreal many times & I can honestly say that every time I go, it is such a blessing.
It houses 3 of the largest religions in the world & its a place that I highly recommend to anyone who is looking to find a new experience. Well, I must go back to work for now, but I hope that all of you reading this have a wonderful day.
Monday, June 16th, 2003
9:53 pm
Does anybody here have an opinion about "The Varieties of Religious"? If so please share.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2003
10:24 pm
A pilgrimage to Rila
I have decided to follow up Vladika Seraphim's writing on monasteries with a pilgrimage story of my own.

I was born and raised in Bulgaria and when I went back several years ago, I visited the Monastery of Rila. Rila is a mountain high in the Balkans and the monastery is one of the most famous in Bulgaria.

It was originally the area in which St. John of Rila spent his life as a hermit. After his death, a monastery was built in the valley directly below the cave in which he lived. During the years of Ottoman rule, this monastery was a light to the Bulgarian people. It has always been the center of Bulgarian spirituality along with many other monasteries.

The basic complex of the Rila Monastery consists of the main catholicon (church), the residential buildings, and the bell tower. Of the buildings, the bell tower is the only original building that has survived the onslaught of the centuries the rest are from the 19th century. The bell tower was where the monks hid when the Turks came through and burned down the monastery. It is very high and the upper floor is now a museum.

Outside of the monastery via a winding road uphill is the cave where St. John of Rila spent his life. It is approached through steps and on the inside it is completely dark. There is a small hole in the ceiling and it is said that whoever can climb through that hole can have good luck. It is true for all people.

Outside of the hole, is the rock on which St. John of Rila spent many days and nights in vigil. I have seen the imprints of his knees on the rock (although the rock is upright now). The entire mountain seems to have been sanctified by St. John's presence. In the entire area, there a rocks and clefts that are marked with a cross and an image of the saint indicating that he was there. Even the water has a sweet taste and reminds us of the story of Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness.

The monastery museum houses some of the greatest treasures in the monastery. One particular favorite of mine is the blessing cross of Father Raphael. During the nineteenth century, Father Raphael was commissioned by the abbot for an exquisite cross. It took Father Raphael twelve years to complete the cross and it cost him his site because he carved in exquisite detail, scenes from the New Testament. To see the scenes in all of their details, you need to get a magnifying glass and look through the bullet proof glass in which the cross is protected.

If you ever go to the monastery, the monks sometimes take out the relics of St. John of Rila for veneration. I don't know how often this happens, but it happened while I was there. I was allowed to venerate one of the hands of St. John of Rila and it is a true blessing.

I hope that I have given you a little overview. I am sure that there is an official Rila site somewhere out there on the internet.

God bless all of you.

PS: St. John, by the way, was the patron saint of St. John of Kronstadt (a great saint of 19th century Russia and particular favorite of mine). The chapel in which St. John's relics were originally buried was dedicated to St. John of Rila.
5:43 pm
Seems like community relgious is not too well
launched yet. Thinking about what could be discussed, how
about one thing: people write about monasteries or religious
communities they visited, maybe post a couple of pictures,
it could be a on and off theme ...I bet most of you reading
this have visited, or will visit, one or another or maybe
many communities and remembrance of them can be interesting..
so here is my offering from last summer, from my journal,
and it is of a visit to the monastery at chevetogne Belgium,
Catholic and Benedictine but using both eastern and western
rites... after posting I will try to find a photo or two
to add to make it more interesting

Some notes from Chevetogne. It is a monastery
near a small town in southeastern Belgium. There
are wheatfields and a forest and enough silence
and beauty.

To continue this visit with me click to
the right here pleaseRead more...Collapse )
Chevetogne, main complex of buildings.
Sunday, April 13th, 2003
3:44 pm
For the past month or so, I was wishing to start a "monastic" sort of community on LJ but it seems as though you've beat me to it =) But I'm glad a community like this does now exist and I look forward to seeing its growth. Thank you for creating it.
Saturday, April 12th, 2003
5:35 pm

I am the maintainer of this community and I write this to welcome all of you. It seems to me that the study of religions and of the religious/spiritual life is one of the most important endeavors that we may embark on.

I would like to begin with an open ended question: Every religion searches for meaning and I would like to know if there is some way that we can hallow our existence. Is there? What does your religion say about meaning

Think about it and write me back.

5:31 pm
Two thoughts
Perhaps this is the first post here and I am not
the moderator or anything, but still if it is not
a bad post maybe it can be ok. I will post two
quotations which seem to me to relate
specifically to the "religious life" that is the life
in community or the interior way of the "interior
monasticism" as well as generally to all who have
hearts touched by the desire for God.

From Frere Roger Schutz
Prior of Taize

1) If everything began with a heart that trusts
who could still say 'what am I doing on this earth?'

2)Christ, tirelessly you were seeking me
until one day returning to the source I understood
you were asking me to commit myself to the point of
no return

Is not the religious life, indeed all spiritual life,
a 'pilgrimage of trust on earth'?
and as to the second the 'religious' is perhaps the
one who has the blessing of having passed the point
of no return, or who seeks it...

Frere Roger of Taize.
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