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I found a quiet place at a nearby Japanese garden and every day for 3 months straight, I spent an hour there unplugged, in deep meditation near running water. Sometimes I would burn incense, other times I would recite mantras in my native tongue, but essentially I was trying to get my mind and body to be on one accord.
I never knew how loud my mind could be until I tried to quiet it. Ultimately it would be the greatest skill I would acquire as an adult, one that taught me to reconnect my body with my soul. I have never felt more free than when I began to adhere to the spiritual system of my ancestors.
For once, I was being encouraged to explore and discover my own truth, no one was barking it at me. In indigenous African Spirituality, no real separation exists between the spirit world and the physical world or the realm of matter. Wherever matter occurs, Spirit can be found, and the opposite is also true. African worldview teaches that all life is spiritual and both seen and unseen work together.
Guiding us through decisions, keeping us safe from danger and acting many times as the voice of reason. Unfortunately, not many of us are encouraged to listen to our intuition and begin silencing this voice from childhood, only to find ourselves struggling through adulthood without it.
Following Odinani not only taught me to be more intuitive but has also helped me to be more in tune with the energies around me. Trusting my intuition strengthened my intuition. Who knew life got easier when you listened to yourself? Religion makes us afraid of the word ritual, although religion is riddled with its fair share of rituals. Learning various healing traditions and reconnecting with my paternal and maternal grandmothers through ancestral veneration, which has been the most rewarding part of my year-long journey.
Choosing to follow Odinani has changed most aspects of my life, how I parent my son, how I interface with friends, how I approach adversity, how I make important decisions and the list goes on. The devil has no body, and herein is his punishment.
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All beings who have bodies have power over those who have not. Our physical bodies make possible a breadth, a depth, and an intensity of experience that simply could not be obtained in our premortal estate. In the classroom of mortality, we experience tenderness, love, kindness, happiness, sorrow, disappointment, pain, and even the challenges of physical limitations in ways that prepare us for eternity.
Apostles and prophets consistently have taught the mortal and eternal importance of our bodies. Paul declared:. A truth that really is and always will be is that the body and the spirit constitute our reality and identity. Lucifer labors to make the sons and daughters of God confused and unhappy and to hinder their eternal progression.
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Satan does not have a body, and his eternal progress has been halted. Because of his rebellion, Lucifer has denied himself all of the mortal blessings and experiences made possible through a tabernacle of flesh and bones.
He cannot learn the lessons that only an embodied spirit can learn. He cannot marry or enjoy the blessings of procreation and family life. He cannot abide the reality of a literal and universal resurrection of all mankind. One of the potent scriptural meanings of the word damned is illustrated in his inability to continue developing and becoming like our Heavenly Father.
One of the ultimate ironies of eternity is that the adversary, who is miserable precisely because he has no physical body, invites and entices us to share in his misery through the improper use of our bodies. The very tool he does not have and cannot use is thus the primary target of his attempts to lure us to physical and spiritual destruction. The adversary attempts to influence us both to misuse our physical bodies and to minimize the importance of our bodies.
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These two methods of attack are important for us to recognize and to repel. And according to your faithfulness and diligence, you will have the power to discern the deception and repel the attacks of the adversary as he tempts you to misuse your physical body. Satan also strives to entice the sons and daughters of God to minimize the importance of their physical bodies.
This particular type of attack is most subtle and diabolical. For example, all of us can find enjoyment in a wide range of wholesome, entertaining, and engaging activities. A young man or woman may waste countless hours, postpone or forfeit vocational or academic achievement, and ultimately sacrifice cherished human relationships because of mind- and spirit-numbing video and online games.
Are you suggesting that video gaming and various types of computer-mediated communication can play a role in minimizing the importance of our physical bodies? Let me explain.
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We live at a time when technology can be used to replicate reality, to augment reality, and to create virtual reality. For example, a medical doctor can use software simulation to gain valuable experience performing a complicated surgical operation without ever putting a human patient at risk. A pilot in a flight simulator repeatedly can practice emergency landing procedures that could save many lives. And architects and engineers can use innovative technologies to model sophisticated design and construction methods that decrease the loss of human life and damage to buildings caused by earthquakes and other natural disasters.
In each of these examples, a high degree of fidelity in the simulation or model contributes to the effectiveness of the experience. The term fidelity denotes the similarity between reality and a representation of reality. Please notice the fidelity between the representation of reality in the computer rendering first image below and the reality of the completed room second image.
I raise an apostolic voice of warning about the potentially stifling, suffocating, suppressing, and constraining impact of some kinds of cyberspace interactions and experiences upon our souls. The concerns I raise are not new; they apply equally to other types of media, such as television, movies, and music. But in a cyber world, these challenges are more pervasive and intense.
I plead with you to beware of the sense-dulling and spiritually destructive influence of cyberspace technologies that are used to produce high fidelity and that promote degrading and evil purposes. If the adversary cannot entice us to misuse our physical bodies, then one of his most potent tactics is to beguile you and me as embodied spirits to disconnect gradually and physically from things as they really are. In essence, he encourages us to think and act as if we were in our premortal, unembodied state. And, if we let him, he can cunningly employ some aspects of modern technology to accomplish his purposes.
Please be careful of becoming so immersed and engrossed in pixels, texting, earbuds, twittering, online social networking, and potentially addictive uses of media and the Internet that you fail to recognize the importance of your physical body and miss the richness of person-to-person communication. We look forward to traveling with him as he leads us on the road to strengthening our Catholic faith. Although Fr. David Lesniak is leaving St. Alphonsus Church in Dearborn as of Oct. May God bless you in your new parish.
You will be long remembered and we thank you for all you have done. I am writing to The Michigan Catholic to let the world — oops, Michigan — know about a most wonderful priest named Fr. Grzegorz Greg Rozborski. Our parish, St. Pio of Pietrelcina in Roseville, was very lucky to have Fr. Athanasius of Roseville — to consolidate us into one parish.
This happened about a year and a half ago, and we were called Mission One, Two and Three. Thank goodness that Fr. Greg is young because he worked very hard with people of all ages. He wanted to make everyone happy, which was a difficult process. We all had faith in Fr. Greg and prayed hard for everything to work out. We all love him and are willing to work with him. He is always there for us, whether it be the choir he has a wonderful voice , education, outreach programs, youth ministry and worship.
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I am 84 years old and a Catholic all my life and have never left Mass feeling as good as I do now. Greg is a wonderful priest. We are thankful that he has now been made our pastor for six years. Thank you for letting me give thanks for a wonderful priest like Fr. Greg Rozborski. Zbigniew Grankowski has touched our lives at St. Barbara in Dearborn and St. Cunegunda in Detroit in so many ways. We thank the Lord for allowing us to have him with us as our pastor, spiritual guide, the one who is there for us when we need him the most.
Father has helped us to recognize the need to reach out and meet the needs of our multicultural and multilingual community.