Monthly Archives: June 2013

Quote To Ponder

I am rereading a book for the second time because it has been too many years since I read it the first time. It is always amazing to me that many bemoan the divisions within the Church today. They seem to intimate that way back then…that the Church was of unanimity. For now I offer this quote. Next post we will reveal the book and author.

“During the second and third centuries, however, there was no agreed-upon canon – and no agreed upon theology. Instead there was a wide range of diversity: diverse groups asserting diverse theologies based on diverse written texts, all claiming to be written by apostles of Jesus.”

“Some of these Christian groups insisted that God had created this world; others maintained that the true God had not created this world (which is, after all, an evil place), but that it was the result of a comic disaster. Some of these groups insisted that the Jewish scriptures were given by the one true God; others claimed that the Jewish scriptures belong to the inferior God of the Jews, who was not the one true God. Some of these groups insisted that Jesus Christ was the one Son of God who was both completely human and completely divine; other groups insisted that Christ was completely human and not at all divine; others maintained that he was completely divine and not at all human; and yet others asserted that Jesus Christ was two things – a divine being (Christ) and a human being (Jesus). Some of these groups  believed that Christ’s death brought about the salvation of the world; others maintained that Christ’s death had nothing to do with the salvation  of this world; yet other groups insisted that Christ had never actually died.”

“Each and every one of these viewpoints – and many others besides – were topics of constant discussion, dialogue, and debate in the early centuries of the church, while Christians of various persuasions tried to convince  others of the truth of their own claims. Only one group eventually ‘won out’ in these debates.”

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Many Lives, Many Masters

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As a traditional psychotherapist, Dr. Brian Weiss was astonished and skeptical when one of his patients began recalling past-life traumas that seemed to hold the key to her recurring nightmares and anxiety attacks.

His skepticism was eroded, however, when she began to channel messages from “the space between lives,” which contained remarkable revelations about Dr. Weiss’s family and his dead son.

Using past-life therapy, he was able to cure the patient and embark on a new, more meaningful phase of his own career.

One of the books I was discussing with Bishop Tony Howard, was Many Lives, Many Masters in the context of reincarnation. Dr. Weiss came upon the regression of patients through hypnotism quite by accident. Here was a healer who did not act on a preconceived notion but let himself be led wherever the truth led him. In fact Weiss was a real non believer in past lives until, quite by accident, he happened upon it.

That’s why it is always necessary to keep an open mind and to explore wherever the spirit takes you without prejudging. If you haven’t read this book, get it. It’s a real eye opener. Weiss, of course, has written much more since this his original foray into the field of past lives.

June 23rd Worship At St. Clement of Alexandria

Bishop Tony Howard

Bishop Tony Howard

Bishop Tony Howard’s homily today was very interesting. The Gospel reading was Luke 9:18-24.

Jesus asks, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.”

If an ancient prophet had returned, then does that not show that there was some belief in reincarnation within the early christian Community, muses Bishop Tony? Now there is no official church position on this belief, neither condemnation or acceptance. It is not a tenet of the church but left to individual conscience.

Then we come to the scripture:
Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.” He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone.

Why would Christ direct them to tell nobody? Perhaps, reasons Bishop Tony, Christ knew that the people were not ready to hear about a spiritual Messiah. They were expecting a political savior. Christ’s admonition was not to say anything ever, but to wait until the transfiguration, resurrection and ascension, until people could fully understand what his ministry was all about and what a true Messiah consisted of. Revelation before that would be premature and might backfire.

As usual Bishop Tony Howard has some really good insights into a life with Christ. I am encouraged that we all come to worship. We all confess our sins and start with the same clean slate. There is no reason to exclude anyone. All are welcome here to the table.

Universal Catholic Church

Universal Catholic Church

St. Clement of Alexandria

St Clement of Alexandria is part of the Universal Catholic Church , Bishop Tony Howard, Pastor. Here is a church that is very traditional in its worship service. Mass is very close to the original Roman Catholic Tridentine Mass with a little more joy inserted and some Anglican flavor added. The Universal Catholic Church is a continuation of the Liberal Catholic Church.

While worship is traditional, all the baggage that comes along with Roman Catholicism has been dropped – the politics, the judgments and the necessity to control personal actions. Bishop Tony Howard says, “the Universal Catholic church offers the beauty of Mass while allowing absolute freedom of conscience.”

This congregation is located in Allen Texas. Please visit the website at http://www.scalcc.org