PARADOXICAL

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Friday, October 31, 2014

 

Snatches

Lines from love songs that suddenly hit my mind, which I take to be from God:

"You break down my wall, with the strength of your love.." -- This is more of me telling this to God.

"Mahal kita/ kapantay ay langit sinta/ Ang tangi kong dasal/ sa Maykapal/ ay lumigaya ka..."

"Nais kong malaman mo/naging bahagi ka ng buhay ko..."

 

Is this pantheism?

I am basically a Jew, except that I believe in the New Testament.

I’m actually a Muslim in that I won’t say a bad word about praying to God several times in a day, although I don’t see myself as a slave of God but a servant or, better yet, His son/child.

I can be a good Pentecostal. I just love those gospel songs by black musicians – the same people who gave us the blues, jazz, rap, soul, hiphop, ska and reggae beats we love.

I love reggae and Bob Marley and I have a friend who had dreadful dreadlocks. Maybe I'm Rastafari, too?

Am I a born-again Christian? Amen, amen, I say unto thee, if it means it's no longer I but Christ who dwells in me, I am indeed born-again. (“Born from above” is reportedly the more accurate translation.)

I turn into a Protestant whenever I see the excesses - or inadequacies, of Catholics.

Sometimes I use the word karma; does that make me a Hindu?

I have much admiration for St. John of the Cross and his spirituality. That’s a lot of Buddhism, although I’m not sure which strain. Zen maybe?

I am essentially a Jesuit; I love to intellectualize until I miss the point, I mean, I will read the excellent magazine, America, from page to page if I could. Even if sometimes it means I’m just pretending I got everything down pat.

I guess I’m a Carmelite nun because I like to begin the day offering everything up to God, in the hope that He’d find it pleasing. I like bribing God that way.

I believe in talismans if they are pre-approved by St. Benedict. I know for a fact that this monk has his own brand of spirituality. I like doing his Lectio Divina sometimes, you know, reflecting on Biblical scenes by imaging myself entering into that scene.

It’s obvious I find it attractive working for the alleviation of the life of the poor, so this makes me a Franciscan, although I certainly hate being poor myself and I hate bad working conditions, hehe.

I am a Salesian. I’m fond of being around young people, exchanging jokes, swapping infos on what’s the hottest in fashion and music and whatnot, and teaching them what is good from bad if the opportunity knocks. Or isn’t this a Dominican state of mind, too?

I've learned that, apart from praying prayers in songs, it is a very Augustinian thing to see God working in everything, to see godly metaphors in nature and everything man has created.

I sometimes join the queue in Baclaran church in the dead of the night (or the dawn) to pray in front of the Perpetual Help. I guess I’m, uhm, a Recollect that way. By the way, I know for a fact that the image of the Perpetual Help icon is Byzantine in style, which we got from the Russian Orthodox Church. I guess this makes me a little bit Orthodox, right?

Sometimes I lapse into saying "Good luck," so this makes me Shinto or Taoist or Confucianist.

I love Ifugao sculpture and I wouldn't mind having a dark bul-lol sitting in my room as an objet d'art, that is, if it were not so scary to look at at night. I'm animist that way, huh?

Sometimes I pretend God can’t see through my actions, or inactions. Surely I am an atheist, too? LOL!

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