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This is a web article containing sketches, watercolours and notes taken during my holiday in the area of southern Italy called 'The Salento'.

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  • T H E SALENTO, ITALY-

    S U M M E R 2 0 1 2

    awkward topics: faith, the word of God, good/evil, Jesus

    red font = dateblue font = excerpt from the daily mass reading from catholic calendar (year b) green font = personal reflection derived from excerpt

    black font = kabbalah reading

    INDEX

  • 1Wednesday 27 June 2012

    Matt 7,17,18Every sound tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces evil fruit. A sound tree cannot produce evil fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.

    What are the fruits of my life? Are they all good? What kind of tree am I? Am I good?

    In Psalm 73, a sinner asks, How can I know God? Is there knowledge of Him? The question con-cerns faith in God. The principle of faith consists in seeking God and following Him with certainty. This doesnt mean just serving Him, which implies, at the base of my comprehension, that I think I can ac-tually reach Him somehow.

    Being limited in my intelligence is a wonderful and human part of me. Even if I would like to know about every-thing, it is not possible for me, as an individual, nor for all of humanity as a whole. This is why, in a very simple way, faith is superior to reason. The char-acteristic of humans to search and try to understand everything is an egoistic thing and is the cause of constant dis-cussion with faith, which is an altruistic thing.

    Reasoning should also be used to follow God and understand His actions and intents. Therefore reason is a necessary part of faith. Reason and research for my own egoistical ends can lead me to see how far I am from the perfection that I perceive in the universe.

    Thurs 27 June 2012

    Matt 7,24everyone that listens to my words and puts them into practice is similar to a wise man who builds his house on rock.

    How can I listen to His word and put it into practice?

  • 2Being limited in my intelligence is a wonderful and human part of me. Even if I would like to know about every-thing, it is not possible for me, as an individual, nor for all of humanity as a whole. This is why, in a very simple way, faith is superior to reason. The char-acteristic of humans to search and try to understand everything is an egoistic thing and is the cause of constant dis-cussion with faith, which is an altruistic thing.

    Thurs 27 June 2012

    Matt 7,24everyone that listens to my words and puts them into practice is similar to a wise man who builds his house on rock.

    How can I listen to His word and put it into practice?

  • 3My inner self tells me that I am similar to God. However, this intuition doesnt abrogate my belief in the unreachability of God by using reason. This is why we were given the word of God with its precepts. By following this word, I can cultivate my awareness between what I perceive as evil and the light that I am able to understand through His spirit. The light that can enter inside of me becomes life and guides me towards the desires that are similar to the desires of God.

    I must want and ask for this awareness in order for any light to enter. The desires of God are resurrection from death, controlling the rain and generating life. My corre-sponding desires are reflecting Gods light through my actions, acts of mercy and correcting my egoistic nature.

    It is through actions based on these desires that make me similar to God. The more I know myself and understand what I am doing, the more I can feel in contact with God.

    Friday 28 june 2012

    Matt 16,13-19Jesus asked, Who do the people say that the Son of Man is?

    Who do I think Jesus is?

    When I desire to reach God through reasoning, I obligate myself to verify His presence first and then react.

    The problem is that if I try to behave in a certain way only according to my reasoning, I am actu-ally denying the possibility to see God. This is be-cause all of which I do is done through reasoning. As soon as I do something out of reason, that act diminishes my faith. So how do faith and reason in-teract?

    If I desire to be close to God through mere devo-tion (reason), this too can diminish my faith. But these same acts of devotion can become part of Gods will as they can eventually uncover the truth of Gods Word.

    When I understand that it is God that is providing the path to spiritual awareness, His word becomes manifest in my life. So eventually these acts of de-votion, which were perpetrated through reason and egoism, can lead me to see how faith behaves beyond reason and it eventually becomes possible to act through pure faith and not faith based on reason.

  • 4My inner self tells me that I am similar to God. However, this intuition doesnt abrogate my belief in the unreachability of God by using reason. This is why we were given the word of God with its precepts. By following this word, I can cultivate my awareness between what I perceive as evil and the light that I am able to understand through His spirit. The light that can enter inside of me becomes life and guides me towards the desires that are similar to the desires of God.

    I must want and ask for this awareness in order for any light to enter. The desires of God are resurrection from death, controlling the rain and generating life. My corre-sponding desires are reflecting Gods light through my actions, acts of mercy and correcting my egoistic nature.

    It is through actions based on these desires that make me similar to God. The more I know myself and understand what I am doing, the more I can feel in contact with God.

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  • 6Sat 29 June 2012

    Matt 8,5-17I will come and I will heal him.

    Can Jesus heal me? Can the Word help me perceive the light?

    Through the acquisition of sincere faith, I understand how God saves me. When I recognize the pure light that has always existed inside of me, I will obtain total freedom. Until then, it seems that I am struck down continu-ally and surrounded by what I perceive as evil. However, in reality, it is evil which strikes down itself.

    Through understanding that chasing after material things and the eventual frustration caused by egoistic desires that can never be totally fulfilled, my continual unhappiness accelerates me towards a self-realization that faith is beyond my comprehension and reason.

    In this way, every single act of mine, whether I like it or not, is fulfilling the will of God.

    So why am I not called a slave of God? Because I act without being con-scious of the total freedom which is obtained through the light. In order to help me act in accordance with Gods will, He gives me the desire to enjoy my own freedom and become a real slave to my own egoistic de-sires as if this was not a part of His will.

    For example, I could develop the desire to open a restaurant solely in or-der to achieve wealth. Even if I am interested solely in earning money, the final result provides food for others to eat (altruistic).

  • 7Sunday 1 July 2012

    Mark 5,34He said, Your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be healed from your affliction.

    How am I saved through faith? What am I saved from?

    My spirit is in a state of exile in the material world. The altruistic desires of God are in conflict with my own material desires. However my aspirations of altruism interact dy-namically with my egoistic desires. The altruistic aspirations generate both the desire to understand God and doubts about His existence.

    Based on these doubts, God allows me to be guided afar from His pure light towards my own egoistic slavery. My own spiritual slavery becomes material slavery as well. Because of this, it is difficult to have an inner union with God.

    Eternal union with God means the end of the dualism between good and evil. In such a state, I will be able to see that God has created only good and the principle of Creation is for all of humanity to be corrected and free from this dualism.

    Before this happens, all of my actions, even the highest spiritual aspirations are imbued with an impure egoistic force that wants to keep the pure light for itself. This is the con-sequence of my doubts towards God and this force is generated inside of myself.

    However, this condition was not created for my affliction but to help me to push myself towards correction. As long as I listen to the reasons of my egoism, God helps me gradu-ally understand his presence through trial and error in this spiritual exile.

  • 8Sunday 1 July 2012

    Mark 5,34He said, Your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be healed from your affliction.

    How am I saved through faith? What am I saved from?

    My spirit is in a state of exile in the material world. The altruistic desires of God are in conflict with my own material desires. However my aspirations of altruism interact dy-namically with my egoistic desires. The altruistic aspirations generate both the desire to understand God and doubts about His existence.

    Based on these doubts, God allows me to be guided afar from His pure light towards my own egoistic slavery. My own spiritual slavery becomes material slavery as well. Because of this, it is difficult to have an inner union with God.

    Eternal union with God means the end of the dualism between good and evil. In such a state, I will be able to see that God has created only good and the principle of Creation is for all of humanity to be corrected and free from this dualism.

    Before this happens, all of my actions, even the highest spiritual aspirations are imbued with an impure egoistic force that wants to keep the pure light for itself. This is the con-sequence of my doubts towards God and this force is generated inside of myself.

    However, this condition was not created for my affliction but to help me to push myself towards correction. As long as I liste