Before sharing with you the life of this amazing nun, I want to mention that although Maria was only home schooled (except for a few months as a small child) she wrote more than a dozen book and by far, the Mystical City of God is her most famous. Here is a short sample: "One day while my soul sweetly lingered about that holy place I have come to adore, I heard the voice of my Lord calling out to me:
'My beloved spouse, I desire that you immediately open your eyes. Arouse, and quickly come, so that I may enjoy the fervent love you possess for Me.
'My dearest soul, make your life more angelic than human, and pay no attention the world, with all its concerns and distractions. Come to Me now. Consider My unlimited greatness and your smallness. Because I love you, I have l rescued you from the dust and the dunghills.
'My dearest soul, I am calling out your name. From the depths of your humility, knowing very well the unrelenting fear and suffering from where you come - wake yourself. Come closer now and let your sweet order linger near me. This makes me happy. Listen to Me. You must be convinced that you only deserve suffering. But do not worry because you are My beloved servant – Come to Me. Never forget My greatness. Be comforted in your smallness - knowing that I am a just and holy God.
'With My heartfelt compassion I bathe you with My mercy and set aside the chastisement you deserve. Strive to build upon this foundation: your sincere humility, and My favors. Embrace the other virtues. Draw them near. Decorate yourself with them, and thus fulfill My command. My Mother will protect, teach, correct, and guide you. She will help awaken your Love for Me, and She will keep you company, in all ways, in all places, and in all times.'
- Sor Maria de Jesus de Agreda -
(2 April 1602 – 24 May 1665)
- Catholic Obeisances -
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There are several personal reasons why I have added this page to Ancient Vedic Radio. Among them is my deep appreciation for the many Catholic Saints who have blessed this world over the centuries with their holy presence and encouragement - and who doesn't need encouragement? Also, for my own edification, this little corner of Ancient Vedic Radio will give me a place to keep the notes that are important to me and to explore with others this great religion that I have come to love.
On a personal note, at birth I was given the name Ronald E. Boutelle. I have never been baptized. In 1977 Srila Prabhupada accepted me as his disciple and gave me the name Rohini-suta dasa. Up to that time in my life I never "belonged" to any religion. Catholicism was not even a thought I entertained, except perhaps in passing as people do, discussing the horrible child molesting by priests. And I guess if a Catholic were to begin reading Prabhupada's books, devotees would be very happy. But here you are going to experience a bit of the opposite, because I am reading Catholic books. This has filled my life with great happiness. I invite you to follow some of the links I have created.
I have also created a blog on this page. It is the only interactive blog on Ancient Vedic Radio. You are most welcome to take a look at it. Perhaps you will leave a note. Perhaps it will be a place you will like to hang out with me. <Enter here>
- Below are some of the Saints & personalities I have been studying -
things to use and remember for Catholic Obeisances
The holy spirit is not Jesus Christ but the Holy spirit and Jesus Chrsit are the one God. The trinity uses specific language in its definition to reach these persons, thus I think you really don't know what the trinity says when you say they are the same person. Lets define some terms, two are really only important at this point.
Substance or essence, that which composes something which exists. Its important to note that in talking about the trinity essence or substance doesn't mean something material, physical and the like. Rather what we mean by this is that there is one unique essence of God, totally ineffeble, totally incomprehensible but still that which composes God.
Person or persons, refers to individuals with a mind or ability to realise themselves. That is Bill can say "I am not james." "I am myself and James is different from me." The holy spirit says "I am not Jesus Christ but I am God." Jesus Christ says "I am not the Holy spirit but I am God." These are three different individuals have the ability to say "I am myself and not the other."
Now we believe there to be one substance of divinity in which the father and the son and the spirit share totally equally. Jesus is of the exact same subtsance as the father and the spirit is of the exact same substance of the Father. This is the trinity and it is limited only to these three persons. And I would make it clear, that when are talking about Krishna we are talking about the blue man from hindu Theology right? I do not believe Krishna to be the same person as Jesus Christ and I think Jesus's own words speak to that point.
I have been mulling over these comments in my head for a number of days and just now pulled it back up to read again. Anyhow, this morning as I was praying to Mary, I suddenly thought that since there is a "spirit of competition" within humanity, that this must also exist in the spiritual realm. And in fact, this is described in some scriptures, in the form of playful wrestling. The other half of my altar is dedicated to Lord Krishna. As I was praying, it just struck me that perhaps this is all just some great, divine competition. I mean, these two great religions, competing as to which can save the most souls.
I like how you speak about this "divine substance" or "essence." You said, "we believe there to be one substance of divinity in which the father and the son and the spirit share totally equally. Jesus is of the exact same substance as the father and the spirit is of the exact same substance of the Father. This is the trinity and it is limited only to these three persons."
After I originally read this I was picturing this "divine substance" but I was calling it a "divine wave;" unique in all the ways that it is. I use to watch waves when I was a kid in California. Each wave is very unique. As far as this "divine substance," those who dive within its sacred waters certainly get wonderful results, some even reaching spiritual heights that are on par with angels. I have read a small amount of Catholic literature (and still am) and fully accept that this divine wave factually exists. I have spent long periods of time immersed within its holy waters, listening at the feet of its great teachers, and each day I bow to all that it is.
OK, but I have also spent just as much time absorbing myself in Vaishnava literature. Yep, there are saints, miracles, lepers instantly healed, the dead brought back to life, one God, Holy Eucharist ...all and all a very similar (but yes, a totally different) divine wave. And I am certainly not about to discount any of it, either.
The saints tell us that God is the greatest mystery and even the most glorified Catholic Saints say that there is still a great unknown to them (a second wave???). I think this is why I can swim in both waves, and explore both. And yes, perhaps there is some spiritual competition in play here. Maybe this makes life fun for God, as sports make life fun for those of us who are made in His image. Specifically you would have Jesus vs. Nityananda. After all, they are both backed flawlessly by their perspective scriptures and both know the most inner recesses of our hearts and thoughts. Also, both are mercy personified and both pacify God's just anger. Anyhow, a nice meditation this morning.