Lipscomb University 2012 Ignatian Retreat

1 Peter 3:21 Baptism Saves. Jesus and Peter affirm, Jay Guin and Al Maxey refute. ALL quotes trying to negate Scripture will be found to be lifted by those who refute them.

The Kingdom of Satan is Ecumenical is the Kosmos. Christianity is a tiNY SECT called the WAY: narrow, exclusive.

See with connection between DIVINATION like WITCHCRAFT and a token reading of a passage. David Lipscomb College was founded, supported and trusted with our children--and maybe with our grandchildren. We would hope that someone would take corrective action and restore the Bible Department having drifted into theology: Jesus said the doctors of the law take away the key to knowledge. The world is suffering.

Worship Androgyny the Pagan Sexual Ideal Peter Jones: Throughout time and across space, the pagan cultus consistently, though not exclusively, holds out as its sexual representative the emasculated, androgynous priest. Mircea Eliade, a respected expert in comparative religions,  argues that androgyny as a religious universal or archetype appears virtually everywhere and at all times in the world’s religions. Much evidence exists to support his judgment.

The clearest textual testimony in ancient times comes from nineteenthcentury BC Mesopotamia. Androgynous priests were associated with the worship of the goddess Istar from the Sumerian age (1800 BC ).  Their condition was due to their “devotion to Istar who herself had ‘transformed their masculinity into femininity.

See the Musical Worship of Ishtar and Tammuz in Ezekiel 8 while the men turned their backs to the temple to hold the Babylonian Sun-Rise worship.

ANDROGYNY: THE PAGAN SEXUAL IDEAL 17 A leading history of religions “Christian” scholar, Huston Smith, believes that the present work of the Spirit is producing an “invisible geometry to shape the religions of the world into a single truth.” 18 In a similar vein, the late Joseph Campbell combined Jungian psychology and New Age spirituality in his The Hero with a Thousand Faces to express the notion that all human civilizations have the same monomyth with only minor differences in details.19

According to pagan esoterism, spiritual understanding through intuition and meditation is the only way to salvation. This comes through a nonrational, mystical experience of seeing oneself as the center of a circle that has no boundaries, where all distinctions are eliminated. As the great modern gnostic C. G. Jung said, “The self is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.” 20 

From the center of one’s own limitless universe, the self is sovereign. The unitive experience, essential to this worldview, is engendered through drugs, time-honored (Hindu) meditation or otherwise induced trance. Meditation, rightly practiced, enables the mind-soul to be disconnected from the limitations of the body and to be in direct contact with cosmic spiritual unity. In the words of a leading neo-pagan mystic, “The ultimate metaphysical secret, if we dare to state it so simply, is that there are no boundaries in the universe. Boundaries are illusions, products not of reality but of the way we map and edit reality. And while it is fine to map out the territory, it is fatal to confuse the two [illusion and reality].”

17 Ibid., emphasis mine. Jennifer Woodhull, “Meditation, Prayer and the Still Point Within,” in The Meditation and Prayer Catalog (1999) 2, states that the 12 major religions and more than five hundred movements and sects are all born of the “same spark.” She describes this experience of unio mystica as “the soundless still point of the sacred.” The Theosophical Society pronounces valid the ideas about God in all the world’s religions—all but one, Biblical/Christian monotheism. As the Society’s brochure states: “Esoteric Philosophy [read proto-New Age thinking] reconciles all nations, strips every one of its outward human garments, and shows the root of each to be identical with that of every other great religion. It proves the necessity of a Divine Absolute Principle in Nature. It denies Deity no more than it does the sun. Esoteric Philosophy has never rejected God in Nature, nor Deity as the absolute and abstract End. It only refuses to accept any of the gods of the so-called monotheistic religions, gods created by man in his own image and likeness, a blasphemous and sorry caricature of the Ever Unknowable.”

18 Alan Morrison, The Serpent and the Cross: Religious Corruption in an Evil Age (Birmingham, UK: K&M, 1994) 568.

19 Pamela Johnson, “The Dark Side of the Force: Joseph Campbell, Star Wars and Hollywood’s New Religion,” World (May 3/10, 1997) 23–24. 

Ignatius of Loyola: He experienced a  and the infant Jesus while at the shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat in March 1522. Thereafter he went to Manresa, where he began praying for seven hours a day, often in a nearby cave, while formulating the fundamentals of the Spiritual Exercises. who founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits)

In 1534, he arrived in the latter city during a period of anti-Protestant turmoil which forced John Calvin to flee France. Ignatius and a few followers bound themselves by vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. In 1539, they formed the Society of Jesus,

Famous Quote:
That we may be altogether of the same mind and in conformity with the Church herself, if she shall have defined anything to be black which appears to our eyes to be white, we ought in like manner to pronounce it to be black. For we must undoubtingly believe, that the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Spirit of the Orthodox Church His Spouse, by which Spirit we are governed and directed to Salvation, is the same [Ignatius Loyola, Spiritual Exercises, Rule 13 Henry Bettenson, ed., Documents of the Christian Church, 2nd ed. (London: Oxford University Press, 1963), p. 260.
Rubel Shelly: 

"In the Old Testament God spoke at many times and in a variety of ways.
Through Jesus, God Himself spoke to His people during His lifetime.
Now God speaks through the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit will teach you all things,
will call to your memory the things Jesus said,
will guide you into all truth,
will speak what He hears from the Father,
will tell you what is yet to come,
and glorify Christ as He reveals Christ to you.
The Society of Jesus is consecrated under the patronage of Madonna Della Strada, a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and it is led by a Superior General, currently Adolfo Nicolás.

Associated Press: Confronted by scores of lawsuits alleging sex abuse by priests, the Jesuits of the Oregon Province have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The petition was filed Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Portland. The province of the Roman Catholic order listed assets of less than $5 million and liabilities of almost $62 million.

David went naked after wearing the Ephod:

"The trained musicians which eventually appear around the time of David and Solomon mark a distinctive change in the history of Jewish music. Before this time much of the music was made by women." (Zondervan Pict., Music p. 313).

"Before the establishment of the kingdom under Saul, it was the women who, as in every young civilization, played a major part in the performance of music. Such figures as Miriam, Deborah, Jephtha's daughter, and the women hailing the young hero David have become almost archetypes of female musicians. Characteristic of all these cases is the familiar picture of a female chorus, dancing and singing, accompanied by frenzied drum-beating. This is the scene known to the entire Near East, and not even the severe rule of Islam could wholly suppress this age-old practice." (Int Dict of the Bible, Music, p. 457).

Queen of Heaven was a title given to a number of ancient sky goddesses in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East, in particular Anat, Isis, Innana, Astarte, Hera and possibly Asherah (by the prophet Jeremiah). Elsewhere, Nordic Frigg also bore this title. In Greco-Roman times Hera, and her Roman aspect Juno bore this title. Forms and content of worship varied. The title Queen of Heaven is used by Catholics and Orthodox Christians for Mary.

  1. ^ Jeremiah 7:17–18

> For I spake NOT unto your fathers, nor commanded them
        in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt,
       concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: Jeremiah 7:22

Some people are so simple that they might say that WE can be rightous AND burn innocent animals without tainting either.  They say, "If we add instruments we are STILL singing."

> But this thing commanded I them, saying,
       Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people:
       and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you,
       that it may be well unto you. Jeremiah 7:23
  1. ^ Jeremiah 44:17

"Asherah  She is the Queen of Heaven, in other languages and ages identified as Ashtoreth, Athirat, Astarte, and Ishtar. Yahweh, the Hebrew God elevated to become the sole deity , was Her consort. Her "male" priestesses were known as kelabim, the faithful "dogs" of the Goddess, "who practiced divinatory arts, danced in processions, and served as hierodules, qedeshim, in the company of other priestesses. Elements of the goddess worship were largely erased in a cultural purge c. 630 BCE by King Yosiah, at the behest of Yahweh's priests, who required supremacy.

"I would argue that in Greek tragedy the cross-dressed actor was crucial, a sign of the conventional nature of the drama. Male playing female is inevitably distanced from the role and makes it clear that the role of the woman is an idealization, not a realization.

In addition the male playing female indicates a possible relevance of the form to dionysus, a god associated with masks and characterized by softness, woman's curls and dress (Bacchae) and worshipped with transvestite ceremonies at the Oschophoria (Seaford; Segal 1982: 10-20, 158- 68, 214).

Revised 9.17.12 Lectio  violates the direct command to read that which is written for our learning by reading without understanding as a prelude or trance with the object to DIVINA. The word divina does not mean reading the revealed word of the Divine Being. That is proven by the intention to receive direct revelation.




THE CHRISTIAN COMMAND:

Lectio ALWAYS means to READ the commands or laws or whole text because the Author has spoken with authority. That is THE meaning of a Church.

Divinus is dīvīnus , a, um, adj. divus, I.   of or belonging to a deity, divine. religious exercise, divine worship, sacrifice.
A.  Divinely inspired, prophetic

A Personal Ignatian Retreat:  Opening to the Presence of Christ in All Things

Reminding the Romans (also Corinthians 10) about the Musical Idolatry of the Egyptian trinity:

Romans 10:5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law,
        That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
Romans 10:6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise,
        Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
Romans 10:7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
Romans 10:8 But what saith it?
       The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
Ignatius of Loyola the spiritual terrorist is NOT Ignatius the Church Father whose doctrine refutes the Ignatius of terrorism
...with the task of making disciples of women called as witnesses by the Inquisition under the direction of magistrate Alonso Mejias. Although the alumbrados [Illuminated; Illuminati; Enlightened Ones] of Spain were linked in their zeal and spirituality to the Franciscan reforms of which Cardinal de Cisneros was a promoter," the administrators of the Inquisition had mounting suspicions. These female disciples, Doña Leo, Doña Maria, and Doña Beatriz were so hysterically zealous that "one fell senseless, another sometimes rolled about on the ground, another had been seen in the grip of convulsions or shuddering and sweating in anguish." This suspicious activity had taken place while Ignatius and his companions were regularly preaching in public. Because of his "street-corner perorations" being identified "with the activities of the alumbrados," Ignatius was naturally singled out for inspection as one of these visionaries; however he was later released.

The Alumbrados: The Jesuit Order or "Society of Jesus" is a Covert Military Organization founded by Ignatius of Loyola (a member of the Spanish Gnostic Sect, Los Alumbrados) in 1534. The Alumbrados (Spanish word for The Illuminated Ones) where a Secret Society of Gnostic (Religion that combines Eastern Mysticism with Monotheist Religions and Mystery Religions ) origins. The Alumbrados were a sect of people of Noble blood who believed that the Human Soul could evolve into a degree of "Perfection" in this present life and comprehend the "Mystery" of the trinity. They believe that when a person´s soul reaches this state of "Perfection" and "Union with God" they could commit any criminal, Immoral and sinful acts without staining their souls.
        Gnosticism and Eastern Mysticism (including the Mystery Babylonian religion) teaches that its members are "Gods in the making" and that Lucifer is the one that makes us realize the "God within us" and evolve this into our full potential (without the need to repent for our sins) as his name means "Morning Star" and "The Illuminated One", this doctrine which is nearly identical in all Secret Societies called the Illuminati (The Illuminated Ones)

Lucifer or Phosphorus "the bringer of light"). The name of the planet Venus, when seen in the morning before sunrise. The same planet was called Hesperus, Vesperugo, Vesper, Noctifer, or Nocturnus, when it appeared in the heavens after sunset. Lucifer as a personification is called a son of Astraeus and Aurora or Eos, of Cephalus and Eos, or of Atlas By Philonis he is said to have been the father of Ceyx. He is also called the father of Daedalion and of the Hesperides. Lucifer is also a surname of several goddesses of light, as Artemis, Aurora, and Hecaté.

Vergil: TO POLLIO. DAMON ALPHESIBOEUS

DAMON "Rise, Lucifer, and, heralding the light,
bring in the genial day, while I make
moan
fooled
by vain passion for a faithless bride,
for Nysa, and with this my dying breath
call on the gods, though little it bestead--
the gods who heard her vows and heeded not.
'Begin, my
flute, with me Maenalian lays.'


Lipscomb Ignatian Retreat: This offering will assist participants in understanding and experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola. Presentations will include:  The Life and Spirituality of St. Ignatius, The Principle anrd Foundation of the Exercises, An Overview of the Four Weeks of Exercises, Ignatian Prayer Forms, and Finding God in All Things.

Lipscomb Ignatian Retreat:Participants will not only learn about the Exercises but will experience them as a way of opening their hearts to the transforming power of Christ’s love. Times of silence will be observed each day, honoring the Ignatian principle that the Creator deals uniquely with the creature. Corporate worship and prayer will also be offered daily, recognizing that we do not make the spiritual journey alone but are inspired and supported by “a great cloud of witnesses". 

Lipscomb Ignatian Retreat: Finding God in All Things, A Companion To The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, by William Barry, SJ, is recommended (not required) reading before this retreat.

Ignatian Spirituality
The Spiritual Exercises by Barry, SJ

William Barry SJ - women and ordiantion

Lipscomb Ignatian Retreat: Resting on over 200 wooded and landscaped acres with a magnificent bluff view, St. Mary's Sewanee provides a sacred space in which guests may meet, bring their own group programs, engage in a personal retreat, or participate in program offerings by St. Mary's Sewanee.. There is a labyrinth on which to trace a sacred path.

Exposing Dangerous Prayer Labyrinths

Clement of Alexandria Do not play the tyrant, O man, over beauty, nor offer foul insult to youth in its bloom. Keep beauty pure, that it may be truly fair. Be king over beauty, not its tyrant. Remain free, and then I shall acknowledge thy beauty, because thou hast kept its image pure: then will I worship that true beauty which is the archetype of all who are beautiful.

Now the grave of the debauched boy is the temple and town of Antinous. For just as temples are held in reverence, so also are sepulchres, and pyramids, and mausoleums, and labyrinths, which are temples of the dead, as the others are sepulchres of the gods. As teacher on this point, I shall produce to you the Sibyl prophetess:-

"Not the oracular lie of Phoebus, [Apollo, Abaddon, Apollyon]
Whom silly men called God, and falsely termed Prophet;
But the oracles of the great God, who was not made by men's hands,
Like dumb idols of Sculptured stone. (Vulg., Sibyllini, p. 253. )
The Labyrinth Offers Ancient Meditation For Today’s Hurried Souls: The prayer labyrinth offers a feast to fill that hunger. Meeting God in the middle [: In the Occult ...the center is the Androgenous deity/both male & female ... it goes by different names ... depending on sect or tradition.] The labyrinth is a maze-like path [Contrived path or arrangement, it’s witchcraft term is actually known as PATHWORKING: i.e.. any of the archetypal guided journeys undertaken in innerplane travel.] similar to those designed into the floors of European cathedrals during the Middle Ages. [What is not mentioned is that it was also known as the dark ages for the common person did not have access to the Word of God thus there was no spiritual light or discernment ] Christians of that time would walk the labyrinth to aid their contemplative prayer and reflection. The labyrinths fell into disuse, and most were eventually forgotten or destroyed. [At the time of the Reformation as people began to have access to the Word of God and were able to be discerning of the spirits, the experiential, empirical, and occult practices fell into disuse or were abandoned as people became obedient to the mandates of Scripture.]
      As we began the inward journey-toward the center of the canvas, a gentle female voice with a British accent [“notice the female voice which is automatically acclimating the participant to hearing the voice of the Divine Feminine/goddess in a spiritual context”] reads a portion of John 1. She told us not to rush but to slow down, breathe deeply, and fully focus on God. [In witchcraft this is known as “CONCENTRATION,” which is focusing the mind on one object or idea so that nothing else exists during the period of concentration.]

Prehistoric labyrinths are believed to have served as traps for malevolent spirits or as defined paths for ritual dances. In medieval times, the labyrinth symbolized a hard path to God with a clearly defined center (God) and one entrance (birth). In their cross-cultural study of signs and symbols, Patterns that Connect, Carl Schuster and Edmund Carpenter present various forms of the labyrinth and suggest various possible meanings, including not only a sacred path to the home of a sacred ancestor, but also, perhaps, a representation of the ancestor him/herself: "...many [New World] Indians who make the labyrinth regard it as a sacred symbol, a beneficial ancestor, a deity. In this they may be preserving its original meaning: the ultimate ancestor, here evoked by two continuous lines joining its twelve primary joints." .[33]

Labyrinths can be thought of as symbolic forms of pilgrimage; people can walk the path, ascending toward salvation or enlightenment.

Labyrinths have been around for over 4000 years and are found in just about every major religious tradition in the world. They have been an integral part of many cultures such as Native American, Greek, Celtic and Mayan. The Hopi called the labyrinth the symbol for "mother earth" and equated it with the Kiva. Like Stonehenge and the pyramids, they are magical geometric forms that define sacred space.

Speaking of the Instrumental music in worship condemned by Amos and others we note that:

"The marzeah had an extremely long history extending at least from the 14th century B.C. through the Roman period. In the 14th century B.C., it was prominently associated with the ancient Canaanite city of Ugarit (modern Ras Shamra), on the coast of Syria... The marzeah was a pagan ritual that took the form of a social and religious association... Some scholars regard the funerary marzeah as a feast for--and with--deceased ancestors (or Rephaim, a proper name in the Bible for the inhabitants of Sheol)." (King, Biblical Archaeological Review, Aug, 1988, p. 35, 35)

"These five elements are: (1) reclining or relaxing, (2) eating a meat meal, (3) singing with harp or other musical accompaniment, (4) drinking wine and (5) anointing oneself with oil." (King, p. 37).

"Worship was form more than substance; consequently, conduct in the marketplace was totally unaffected by worship in the holy place. Amos spoke from the conviction that social justice is an integral part of the Mosaic covenant, which regulates relations not only between God and people, but also among people." (King, p. 44).

"In pagan traditions, musical instruments are invented by gods or demi-gods, such as titans. In the Bible, credit is assigned to antediluvian patriarchs, for example, the descendants of Cain in Genesis 4:21. There is no other biblical tradition about the invention of musical instruments." (Freedman, David Noel, Bible Review, Summer 1985, p. 51).

5. Jane Carter, Tulane U.: "Thiasos and Marzeah: Ancestor Cult in the Age of Homer"

Syssitia of Sparta and Crete very similar: music, singing, probably lyre in both places; very similar institution, apparently: the Marzeah of Syria-Palestine, a gathering of prominent men in a house with its own vineyard supply, hereditary membership, perhaps involving a cult of ancestors. 8th c.

Hebrew prophet Amos denounces the luxurious marzeah of Samaria with men reclining on ivory couches; common motifs on ivory plaques: winged guardians, women at window, grazing animals, themes of fertility & rebirth, life-death transitions; Aristotle noted similarity of syssitia of Carthage to those of Crete & Sparta; fragment of Alcman re andreion, singing of paian; a thiasos was involved in syssitia; LXX OT translates marzeah as thiasos; orgeones are members of thiasos or koinon; inscription found in Piraeus: in Phoenician, by Sidonians, ref to a koinon; similar scenes are found on Attic geometric krateres.

Apparently an aristocratic cult institution whose participants can expect to join ancestors in afterlife.

THE EXERCISES OF IGNATIUS VALIDATE THE WORSHIP OF THE MOTHER OF GODS

FIRST EXERCISE First Prelude. The First Prelude is a composition, seeing the place.

Here it is to be noted that, in a visible contemplation or meditation -- as, for instance, when one contemplates Christ our Lord, Who is visible -- the composition will be to see with the sight of the imagination the corporeal place where the thing is found which I want to contemplate. I say the corporeal place, as for instance, a Temple or Mountain where Jesus Christ or Our Lady is found, according to what I want to contemplate. In an invisible contemplation or meditation -- as here on the Sins -- the composition will be to see with the sight of the imagination and consider that my soul is imprisoned in this corruptible body, and all the compound in this valley, as exiled among brute beasts: I say all the compound of soul and body.

John 4:19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
John 4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
John 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh,
        when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
John 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation  [Jesus] is of the Jews.
John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is,
        when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:
        for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
John 4:25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ:
        when he is come, he will tell us all things.
John 4:26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

THIRD EXERCISE

First Colloquy. The first Colloquy to Our Lady, that she may get me grace from Her Son and Lord for three things: first, that I may feel an interior knowledge of my sins, and hatred of them; second, that I may feel the disorder of my actions, so that, hating them, I may correct myself and put myself in order; third, to ask knowledge of the world, in order that, hating it, I may put away from me worldly and vain things. And with that a HAIL MARY.

1Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Second Colloquy. The second: The same to the Son, begging Him to get it for me from the Father.

FIFTH EXERCISE

First Addition. The first Addition is, after going to bed, just when I want to go asleep, to think, for the space of a HAIL MARY, of the hour that I have to rise and for what, making a resume of the Exercise which I have to make.

First Prelude. The first Prelude is the composition, which is here to see with the sight of the imagination the length, breadth and depth of Hell.

Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
        Deuteronomy 29:19 And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst:
        Jeremiah 3:17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.

Second Prelude. The second, to ask for what I want: it will be here to ask for interior sense of the pain which the damned suffer, in order that, if, through my faults, I should forget the love of the Eternal Lord, at least the fear of the pains may help me not to come into sin.

First Point. The first Point will be to see with the sight of the imagination the great fires, and the souls as in bodies of fire.
Second Point. The second, to hear with the ears wailings, howlings, cries, blasphemies against Christ our Lord and against all His Saints.
Third Point. The third, to smell with the smell smoke, sulphur, dregs and putrid things.
Fourth Point. The fourth, to taste with the taste bitter things, like tears, sadness and the worm of conscience.
Fifth Point. The fifth, to touch with the touch; that is to say, how the fires touch and burn the souls.
Colloquy. Making a Colloquy to Christ our Lord, I will bring to memory the souls that are in Hell, some because they did not believe the Coming, others because, believing, they did not act according to His Commandments; making three divisions:

SECOND WEEK THIRD POINT
"Eternal Lord of all things, I make my oblation with Thy favor and help, in presence of Thy infinite Goodness and in presence of Thy glorious Mother and of all the Saints of the heavenly Court; that I want and desire, and it is my deliberate determination, if only it be Thy greater service and praise, to imitate Thee in bearing all injuries and all abuse and all poverty of spirit, and actual poverty, too, if Thy most Holy Majesty wants to choose and receive me to such life and state."

Third Point. The third, to look then at what the persons on the face of the earth are doing, as, for instance, killing, going to Hell etc.; likewise what the Divine PersonS are doing, namely, working out the most holy Incarnation, etc.; and likewise what the Angel and Our Lady are doing, namely, the Angel doing his duty as ambassador, and Our Lady humbling herself and giving thanks to the Divine Majesty; and then to reflect in order to draw some profit from each of these things.

Colloquy. At the end a Colloquy is to be made, thinking what I ought to say to the Three Divine Persons, or to the Eternal Word incarnate, or to our Mother and Lady, asking according to what I feel in me, in order more to follow and imitate Our Lord, so lately incarnate.

First Colloquy. One Colloquy to Our Lady, that she may get me grace from Her Son and Lord that I may be received under His standard; and first in the highest spiritual poverty, and -- if His Divine Majesty would be served and would want to choose and receive me -- not less in actual poverty; second, in suffering contumely and injuries, to imitate Him more in them, if only I can suffer them without the sin of any person, or displeasure of His Divine Majesty; and with that a HAIL MARY. Etc.,,,,

DESCRIPTION OF ANOTHER IGNATIAN MEDITATION AND THE REAL THEOLOGY OF IGNATIUS

Points for Ignatian Meditation

  1. Find a quiet place to pray. This may be in your room, a church, the garden, your office with its door closed.
  2. Establish a sense of inner peace and tranquility. Let the cares and concerns of the moment slip away. Sometimes reciting the Lord’s Prayer, Psalm 23 or a favorite prayer from memory will help to ease you into the prayer.
  3. As you relax into God’s presence, take a moment to greet the Lord. Ask God to give you the grace to see what God desires for you.
  4. Slowly read a passage from scripture – stories from one of the gospels are best. Get a sense of its geography and flow. Is there something that stands out to you?
  5. Read it again, perhaps using a different Bible translation. Is there something in particular that is touching your heart – either enlivening or frightening you?
  6. Now be a child: place yourself in the scene. Are you a main character? A spectator? Think about the following:
    • What are you wearing?
    • What are the sights? Smells? Textures? Sounds?
    • What is going on around you?
    • Who else is there? Do you recognize those around you?
  7. Surrender to the story. Interact with your surrounding,
    allow yourself
    to be guided by the Spirit as you speak and engage with others.
  8. Do not try to control the prayer. Surrender! Let the Holy Spirit guide you.
  9. How are you feeling? Is your “heart on fire?”
  10. As you bring your prayer to a close, perhaps you might take a few minutes to speak to the Lord about your experience. Be candid – tell God what/how you have felt.

Contrary to Scripture and Church Scholarship Arnobius, Musical Mocking arnobius, instrumental music in worship,

"Mocking the belief that Mellonia introduces herself into the entrails, or Limentinus, and that they set themselves to make known what you seek to learn, Arnobius asks--

May it not happen, may it not come to pass, although you craftily conceal it, that the one should take the other's place, deluding, mocking, deceiving, and presenting the appearance of the deity invoked? If the magi, who are so much akin to soothsayers, relate that, in their incantations,

pretend gods steal in frequently instead of those invoked; that some of these, moreover, are spirits of grosser substance, who pretend that they are gods, and delude the ignorant by their lies and deceit." (Arnobius Against the Heathen, Ante-Nicene, VI, p. 479).

The magicians or soothsayers sang their incantations but Arnobius warned that other "gods" or evil spirits seemed to steal in and, instead of divine truth, delivered lies and deceit

1.  Find a quiet place to pray. This may be in your room, a church, the garden, your office with its door closed.

2. Establish a sense of inner peace and tranquility. Let the cares and concerns of the moment slip away. Sometimes reciting the Lord’s Prayer, Psalm 23 or a favorite prayer from memory will help to ease you into the prayer

3.  As you relax into God’s presence, take a moment to greet the Lord. Ask God to give you the grace to see what God desires for you.

2Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
2Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
2Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
2Peter 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
2Peter 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
2Peter 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
2Peter 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2Peter 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

 

Do not commit the unpardonable sin by CLAIMING to have the musical power to LEAD people into the presence of God!

Rom 10:6 Or, Who shall descend into the deep?
          (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
John 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father:
        but go to my brethren, and say unto them,
        I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
Righteousness by FAITH excludes any attempt to CONTACT or INFLUENCE God through music which originated with Satan to make people lie about Romans 10.
Rom 10:7 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise,
          Say not in thine heart, Who shall ASCEND into HEAVEN?
          (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
PAUL proves that the Israelites had abandoned any claim to PREDESTINATION at Mount Sinai. He also warned in 1 Cor 10 that this MUSICAL IDOLATRY was DEMON WORSHIP.
Dt 30:11 For this commandment which I command thee this day,
        it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.

Dt 30:12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say,
        Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

Dt 30:13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say,
        Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
Sending across the sea is mentioned many times in the literature: it refers to the Israelite worship of Dionysus who was cut up and sent across the sea. All was lost until his wife collected all of his body parts and brought him to life. She found all but the penis: so that is why the STEEPLES and PILLARS supply the missing parts in the Abomination of Desolation in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Temple had TWO of these overflowing with fertility.
Dt 30:14 But the word is very nigh unto thee,
        in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it
.

Dt 30:15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;

Dt 30:16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God,
        to walk in his ways,
        and to keep his commandments
        and his statutes
        and his judgments,
        that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
They rose up to PLAY using a word quite similar to David's PRAISE or making self vile word:
"The triumphal hymn of Moses had unquestionably a religious character about it; but the employment of music in religious services, though idolatrous, is more distinctly marked in the festivities which attended the erection of the golden calf." (Smith's Bible Dictionary, Music, p. 589).

Dt 30:17 But if thine heart turn away,
        so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away,
        and worship other gods, and serve them;

Dt 30:18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.
UNLESS YOU WANT TO BE MADE INTO A MONK: Students think this is the Church Father Ignatius.

Church  Father Ignatius to Ephesians Chapter XV.-Exhortation to Confess Christ by Silence as Well as Speech.

It is better for a man to be silent and be [a Christian], than to talk and not to be one. It is good to teach, if he who speaks also acts.

There is then one Teacher, who spake and it was done; while even those things which He did in silence are worthy of the Father.

He who possesses the word of Jesus, is truly able to hear even His very silence, that he may be perfect, and may both act as he speaks, and be recognised by his silence.

There is nothing which is hid from God, but our very secrets are near to Him.

Let us therefore do all things as those who have Him dwelling in us, that we may be His temples, and He may be in us as our God, which indeed He is, and will manifest Himself before our faces. Wherefore we justly love Him.

It is better for a man to be silent and be [a Christian], than to talk and not to be one. "The kingdom of God is not in word, but in power."  Men "believe with the heart, and confess with the mouth," the one "unto righteousness," the other "unto salvation."  It is good to teach, if he who speaks also acts. For he who shall both "do and teach, the same shall be great in the kingdom."  Our Lord and God, Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, first did and then taught, as Luke testifies, "whose praise is in the Gospel through all the Churches."  There is nothing which is hid from the Lord, but our very secrets are near to Him. Let us therefore do all things as those who have Him dwelling in us, that we may be His temples,  and He may be in us as God.

Let Christ speak in us, even as He did in Paul.
Let the
Holy Spirit teach us to speak the things of Christ in like manner as He did.

4. Slowly read a passage from scripture – stories from one of the gospels are best. Get a sense of its geography and flow. Is there something that stands out to you?

Church Father Ignatius to Ephesians Chapter XVI.-The Fate of False Teachers.

Do not err, my brethren. Those that corrupt families shall not inherit the kingdom of God. If, then, those who do this as respects the flesh have suffered death,

how much more shall this be the case with any one who corrupts by wicked doctrine the faith of God, for which Jesus Christ was crucified! Such an one becoming defiled [in this way], shall go away into everlasting fire, and so shall every one that hearkens unto him.

Do not err, my brethren.  Those that corrupt families shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 

And if those that corrupt mere human families are condemned to death, how much more shall those suffer everlasting punishment who endeavour to corrupt the Church of Christ, for which the Lord Jesus, the only-begotten Son of God, endured the cross, and submitted to death! Whosoever, "being waxen fat,"  and "become gross," sets at nought His doctrine, shall go into hell. See the universal name of the universal church.

In like manner, every one that has received from God the power of distinguishing,
and yet
follows an unskilful shepherd, and receives a false opinion for the truth,
shall be punished.

"What communion hath light with darkness? or Christ with Belial? Or what portion hath he that believeth with an infidel? or the temple of God with idols? "  And in like manner say I, what communion hath truth with falsehood? or righteousness with unrighteousness? or true doctrine with that which is false?

5. Read it again, perhaps using a different Bible translation. Is there something in particular that is touching your heart – either enlivening or frightening you?

Church Father Ignatius to Ephesians Note 20: Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. 1 Tim 1:16

Wherefore it is fitting that ye should run together in accordance with the will of your bishop, which thing also ye do. For your justly renowned presbytery, worthy of God, is fitted as exactly to the bishop as the strings are to the harp.

Therefore in your concord and harmonious love, Jesus Christ is sung.
And do ye, man by man,
become a choir, that being harmonious in love,
and
taking up the song of God in unison,
ye may
with one voice sing to the Father through Jesus Christ,

so that He may both hear you, and perceive by your works that ye are indeed the members of His Son. It is profitable, therefore, that you should live in an unblameable unity, that thus ye may always enjoy communion with God.

Note 21: God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Cor 1:9

Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1 Cor 1:10

For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 1 Co 1:11

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Rom 15:4

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: Rom 15:5
That ye may with
one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom 15:6
Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. Rom 15:7
It is therefore befitting that you should in every way glorify Jesus Christ, who hath glorified you, that by a unanimous obedience "ye may be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment, and may all speak the same thing concerning the same thing,"  and that, being subject to the bishop and the presbytery, ye may in all respects be sanctified.

6. Now be a child: place yourself in the scene. Are you a main character? A spectator? Think about the following:

What are you wearing?
What are the sights? Smells? Textures? Sounds?
What is going on around you?
Who else is there? Do you recognize those around you?

What could that possible to to modify the Truth or make it speak to YOU beyond the sacred Pages?

1Corinthians 13:9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
1Corinthians 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come,
        then that which is in part shall be done away.
1Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child:
        but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
1Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly;
        but then face to face: now I know in part;
        but then shall I know even as also I am known.
1Corinthians 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity

Galatians 4:1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child,
        differeth nothing from a servant,
        though he be lord of all;
Galatians 4:2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Galatians 4:3 Even so we, when we were children,
        were in bondage under the elements of the world:
Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come,
         God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Galatians 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law,
        that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons,
        God hath sent forth the Spirit OF his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Galatians 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son;
        and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Galatians 4:8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil 4:7 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Col.3:15 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Eph 5:17
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;

teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess;  [Methuo in the literature is always "getting fluted down with wine.]

but be
filled with the Spirit; [Word] Eph 5:18

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, [Inspired Text]

and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phil 4:8

Worship takes place only in our own heart.

singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Col. 3:16

With Grace in our hearts

singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Eph 5:19

is the same as with melody in our hearts: neither are "music" but the nature of speech.

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. Phil 4:9 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Col. 3:17 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Eph 5:20

2Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses,
        so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
2Timothy 3:9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
2Timothy 3:10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
2Timothy 3:11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.
2Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
2Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
2Timothy 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned
        and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
2Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures,
        which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
2Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
        for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

7. Surrender to the [your] story. Interact with your surrounding,

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Church Father Ignatius to Ephesians  Chapter XIX.-Three Celebrated Mysteries.
And there was
agitation felt as to whence this new spectacle came, so unlike to everything else [in the heavens].

Hence every kind of magic was destroyed, and every bond of wickedness disappeared; ignorance was removed, and the old kingdom abolished, God Himself being manifested in human form for the renewal of eternal life.

And now that took a beginning which had been prepared by God. Henceforth all things were in a state of tumult, because He meditated the abolition of death.

Now the virginity of Mary was hidden from the prince of this world, as was also her offspring, and the death of the Lord; three mysteries of renown, which were wrought in silence, but have been revealed to us. A star shone forth in heaven above all that were before it, and its light was inexpressible, while its novelty struck men with astonishment. And all the rest of the stars, with the sun and moon, formed a chorus to this star.

It far exceeded them all in brightness, and agitation was felt as to whence this new spectacle [proceeded].

Hence worldly wisdom became folly; conjuration was seen to be mere trifling; and magic became utterly ridiculous. Every law of wickedness vanished away; the darkness of ignorance was dispersed; and tyrannical authority was destroyed,

God being manifested as a man, and man displaying power as God.
But neither was the former a mere imagination,  nor did the second imply a bare humanity; but the one was absolutely true, and the other an economical arrangement.  Now that received a beginning which was perfected by God.  Henceforth all things were in a state of tumult, because He meditated the abolition of death.

8. allow yourself to be guided by the Spirit as you speak and engage with others.

Church Father Ignatius to Ephesians

The Holy Spirit

Chapter IX.-Ye Have Given No Heed to False Teachers.

Nevertheless, I have heard of some who have passed on from this to you, having false doctrine, whom ye did not suffer to sow among you, but stopped your ears, that ye might not receive those things which were sown by them, as being stones of the temple of the Father, prepared for the building of God the Father, and drawn up on high by the instrument of Jesus Christ, which is the cross, making use of the Holy Spirit as a rope, while your faith was the means by which you ascended, and your love the way which led up to God.

Ye, therefore, as well as all your fellow-travellers, are God-bearers, temple-bearers, Christ-bearers, bearers of holiness, adorned in all respects with the commandments of Jesus Christ, in whom also I exult that I have been thought worthy, by means of this Epistle, to converse and rejoice with you, because with respect to your Christian life  ye love nothing but God only.

Long version: Nevertheless, I have heard of some who have passed in among you, holding the wicked doctrine of the strange and evil spirit; to whom ye did not allow entrance to sow their tares, but stopped your ears that ye might not receive that error which was proclaimed by them,

as being persuaded that that spirit which deceives the people does not speak the things of Christ, but his own, for he is a lying spirit.

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. Jn. 8:44

But the Holy Spirit does not speak His own things, but those of Christ, and that not from himself, but from the Lord; even as the Lord also announced to us the things that He received from the Father.

For, says He, "the word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father's, who sent Me."
And says He of the Holy Spirit, "He shall
not speak of Himself, but whatsoever things He shall hear from Me." 

And He says of Himself to the Father, "I have," says He, "glorified Thee upon the earth; I have finished the work which, Thou gavest Me; I have manifested Thy name to men."  And of the Holy Ghost, "He shall glorify Me, for He receives of Mine." 

But the spirit of deceit preaches himself, and speaks his own things, for he seeks to please himself. He glorifies himself, for he is full of arrogance.

He is lying, fraudulent, soothing, flattering, treacherous, rhapsodical, trifling, inharmonious, verbose, sordid, and timorous.

From his power Jesus Christ will deliver you, who has founded you upon the rock, as being chosen stones, well fitted for the divine edifice of the Father, and who are raised up on high by Christ, who was crucified for you, making use of the Holy Spirit as a rope, and being borne up by faith, while exalted by love from earth to heaven, walking in company with those that are undefiled.

For, says [the Scripture], "Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord."  Now the way is unerring, namely, Jesus Christ. For, says He, "I am the way and the life."  And this way leads to the Father.

For "no man," says He, "cometh to the Father but by Me." Blessed, then, are ye who are God-bearers, spirit-bearers, temple-bearers, bearers of holiness, adorned in all respects with the commandments of Jesus Christ, being "a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people,"  on whose account I rejoice exceedingly, and have had the privilege, by this Epistle, of conversing with "the saints which are at Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus." I rejoice, therefore, over you, that ye do not give heed to vanity, and love nothing according to the flesh, but according to God.

9. Do not try to control the prayer. Surrender! Let the Holy Spirit guide you.

Church Father Ignatius to Ephesians Chapter X.-Exhortations to Prayer, Humility, Etc.

And pray ye without ceasing in behalf of other men. For there is in them hope of repentance that they may attain to God. See,  then, that they be instructed by your works, if in no other way.

Be ye meek in response to their wrath, humble in opposition to their boasting: to their blasphemies return  your prayers; in contrast to their error, be ye stedfast  in the faith; and for their cruelty, manifest your gentleness.
While we take care not to imitate their conduct, let us be found their brethren in all true kindness; and let us seek to be followers of the Lord (
who ever more unjustly treated, more destitute, more condemned? ), that so no plant of the devil may be found in you, but ye may remain in all holiness and sobriety in Jesus Christ, both with respect to the flesh and spirit.

And pray ye without ceasing in behalf of other men; for there is hope of the repentance, that they may attain to God. For "cannot he that falls arise again, and he that goes astray return? " 

Permit them, then, to be instructed by you.
Be ye therefore the
ministers of God, and the mouth of Christ.

For thus saith the Lord, "If ye take forth the precious from the vile, ye shall be as my mouth." Be ye humble in response to their wrath; oppose to their blasphemies your earnest prayers; while they go astray, stand ye stedfast in the faith.

  Church Father Ignatius to the Magnesians Chapter IX.-Let Us Live with Christ.

If, therefore, those who were brought up in the ancient order of things have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord's Day, on which also our life has sprung up again by Him and by His death-whom some deny, by which mystery we have obtained faith, and therefore endure, that we may be found the disciples of Jesus Christ, our only Master-how shall we be able to live apart from Him, whose disciples the prophets themselves in the Spirit did wait for Him as their Teacher? And therefore He whom they rightly waited for, being come, raised them from the dead.

1Peter 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

2Corinthians 3:14 But their minds were blinded:
        for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament;
        which vail is done away in Christ.
2Corinthians 3:15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
2Corinthians 3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn [convert, be baptized] to the Lord,
        the vail shall be taken away. [receiving A holy spirit: ours]
2Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord,
        are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Revelation 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.
        And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not:
        I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus:
        worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

If, then, those who were conversant with the ancient Scriptures came to newness of hope, expecting the coming of Christ, as the Lord teaches us when He says, "If ye had believed Moses, ye would have believed Me, for he wrote of Me; " and again, "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it, and was glad; for before Abraham was, I am; " how shall we be able to live without Him?

The
prophets were His servants, and foresaw Him by the Spirit, and waited for Him as their Teacher, and expected Him as their Lord and Saviour, saying, "He will come and save us."
        Let us therefore no longer keep the Sabbath after the Jewish manner,
        and rejoice in days of idleness; for "he that does not work, let him not eat."

For say the [holy] oracles, "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat thy bread."

        But let every one of you keep the Sabbath after a spiritual manner,
        rejoicing in meditation on the law, not in relaxation of the body,
        admiring the workmanship of God, and not eating things prepared the day before,
        nor using lukewarm drinks, and walking within a prescribed space,
        nor finding delight in dancing and plaudits which have no sense in them.

And after the observance of the Sabbath, let every friend of
Christ keep the Lord's Day as a festival, the resurrection-day, the queen and chief of all the days [of the week]. Looking forward to this, the prophet declared, "To the end, for the eighth day," on which our life both sprang up again, and the victory over death was obtained in Christ, whom the children of perdition, the enemies of the Saviour, deny, "whose god is their belly, who mind earthly things," who are "lovers of pleasure, and not lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof."

These make merchandise of Christ, corrupting His word, and giving up Jesus to sale:
they are corrupters of women, and covetous of other men's possessions,
swallowing up wealth insatiably; from whom may ye be delivered
        by the mercy of God
        through our Lord Jesus Christ! 

2 Cor 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

Kapeleuo (g2585) kap-ale-yoo'-o; from kapelos , (a huckster); to retail, i.e. (by impl.) to adulterate (fig.): - corrupt
kapêl-euô ,A. to be a retail-dealer, drive a petty trade... kapêleu' drive a trade, chaffer with your vegetable food Hdt.1.155
II. c. acc., sell by retail, ton herpin Hippon.51 .

2. metaph., k. ta prêgmata, of Darius, Hdt.3.89; k. ta mathêmata sell learning by retail, hawk it about2 Ep.Cor.2.17 ; so eoiken ou kapêleusein machên will not peddle in war, i. e. fight half-heartedly, A.Th. 545; k. têi Chariti tên amoibên Epicur.Sent.Vat.39 ; k. tên politeian traffic in grants of citizenship,   of prostitutes. ton bion playing tricks with life, [p. 876] corrupting it, AP9.180 (Pall.).

How are you feeling? Is your “heart on fire?”

10. As you bring your prayer to a close, perhaps you might take a few minutes to speak to the Lord about YOUR experience. Be candid – tell God what/how you have felt.

Church Father Ignatius to Ephesians 

Let not then any one deceive you, as indeed ye are not deceived; for ye are wholly devoted to God. For when there is no evil desire within you, which might defile and torment you, then do ye live in accordance with the will of God, and are [the servants] of Christ. Cast ye out that which defiles [1 Cor. iv. 13.]  you, who are of the  most holy Church of the Ephesians, which is so famous and celebrated throughout the world.

They that are carnal cannot do those things which are spiritual, nor they that are spiritual the things which are carnal; even as faith cannot do the works of unbelief, nor unbelief the works of faith.

But ye, being full of the Holy Spirit, do nothing according to the flesh, but all things according to the Spirit.
Ye are
complete in Christ Jesus, "who is the Saviour of all men, specially of them that believe." 57 1 Tim. iv. 10.


John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

1Corinthians 4:9 For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death:
        for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.
1Corinthians 4:10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.
1Corinthians 4:11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;
1Corinthians 4:12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:
1Corinthians 4:13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.
1Corinthians 4:14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.
1Corinthians 4:15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ,
        yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
1Corinthians 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
See 1 Timothy Four to define the DEDUCING spirits
1Tim. 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly,
        that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith,
        giving heed to seducing spirits,
        and doctrines of devils;

SEDUCING SPIRITS: [added]

G4107 planees plan-ay'-tace From G4108 ; a rover ("planet"), that is, (figuratively) an erratic teacher:wandering

2. Pass., wandering, roaming, fickle, “poikilon pragm' esti kai planon

Poikilos i^, ē, on,
2. of Art, p. humnos a song of changeful strain or full of diverse art, Pi.O.6.87; “poikilon kitharizōnId.N.4.14; “dedaidalmenoi pseudesi poikilois muthoiId.O.1.29; of style, “lexis poiētikōtera kai p.Isoc.15.47 (Comp.); “skhēmatismoiD.H.Is.3

Pind. O. 6 I think I have on my tongue a shrill whetstone, which steals over me (and I am willing) with fair-flowing breaths. My mother's mother was the nymph of Stymphalus, blossoming Metopa, [85] who bore horse-driving Thebe, whose delicious water I drink, while I weave my embroidered song for heroic spearmen. Now rouse your companions, Aeneas, first to shout the praises of Hera Parthenia, and then to know whether we have truly escaped the ancient reproach [90] of men's speech, “Boeotian pig.” For you are a faithful herald, a message-stick of the lovely-haired Muses, a sweet mixing-bowl of loud-sounding songs. Tell them to remember Syracuse and Ortygia, which Hieron rules with his pure scepter and with good counsels, [95] while he attends on the worship of Demeter of the red feet, and on the festival of her daughter with her white horses, and on the might of Aetnaean Zeus. The sweet-voiced lyres and music are familiar with Hieron.

Numphē : nymph, goddess of secondary rank, as the Naiads, mountain nymphs, etc., Il. 6.420, Od. 6.123; offerings were made to them, Od. 17.211, Od. 12.318; Calypso and Circe are termed nymphs, Od. 5.153, Od. 10.543.

Numphē , voc. numpha (cf. nubo): bride, lady; after as well as at the time of marriage, Il. 9.560, Od. 11.447, Il. 3.130, Od. 4.743.

Mixing bowl Krater 2. metaph., k. aoidan, of the messenger who bears an ode, Pi.O.6.91; k. kakōn, of a sycophant, Ar.Ach.937 (lyr.); “tosonde kratēr' en domois kakōn plēsas . . ekpineiA.Ag.1397; haimatos kratēra politikou stēsai, of civil war,

Mousa A. Olumpiades M., Dios aigiokhoio thugateresIl.2.491, cf. Hes.Th.25, etc.; nine in number, first in Od.24.60; named in Hes.Th.75 sqq. 

Horace Odes 2.
Ay, Venus smiles; the pure nymphs smile,
And Cupid, tyrant-lord of hearts,
Sharpening on bloody stone the while
His fiery darts.

New captives fill the nets you weave;
New slaves are bred; and those before,
Though oft they threaten, never leave
Your godless door.

Lipscomb Ignatian Retreat:  Several sessions were also led by Institute of Christian Spirituality faculty, including Rhonda Lowry, whose “Art of Spirituality” offering featured a story of healing from Mark 5 shared through traditional hymns, painting and reflections on the text.

The Art of Spirituality
(1-hour session)
Rhonda Lowry and guests • Collins Alumni Auditorium
This experiential offering will combine elements of music,
visual arts, Scripture, and meditative reflections from a story
of healing in the Gospel of Mark.
Markers in the Spiritual

Paul outlawed self-pleasure which excludes all of the performing arts.

Romans 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Romans 15:2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
Romans 15:3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

Romans 15:1 
   Opheilomen de hēmeis hoi dunatoi ta asthenēmata tōn adunatōn bastazein, kai heautois areskein.

Ophellō (B), Aeol. aor. ind. 3sg. A. [select] ōphelleOd.16.174, ophellen) Il. 2.420, Theoc.25.120 (unless these are impf.); aor. subj. 3pl. ophellōsin Il.1.510; aor. opt. “ophelleien16.651, Od.2.334:—old Ep. Verb, increase, enlarge, strengthen, “stononIl.4.445; “ponon16.651, Od.2.334; “andros erōēnIl.3.62; “demas d' ōphelle kai hēbēnOd.16.174; is anemou . . kumat' ophellei the force of the wind raises high the waves, Il.15.383; muthon o. multiply words, 16.631; hubrin o. add to insult, Hes.Op.213; polemon kai dērin o. ib.14, cf. 33; ophr' an Akhaioi huion emon tisōsin, ophellōsin te he timē advance him in honour, Il.1.510; oikon o. advance it, make it thrive, Od.15.21, Hes.Op.495 (hence oikōpheliē; pedion sun theōn timais o. Pi.P.4.260:—Pass., oikos ophelleto it waxed great, prospered, Od.14.233; “ophelleto gar menos ēu hippouIl.23.524; “lēion . . ophellomenon Dios ombrōTheoc.17.78; “ta tōn thurathen . . ophelletaiA.Th.103; aragmos en pulais ophelletai increases, waxes louder, ib.249. (Dialectal word acc. to Pl.Cra.417c.)

Romans XV. 1 debemus autem nos firmiores imbecillitates infirmorum sustinere et non nobis placere

Sustinere A. In gen., to uphold, sustain, maintain, preserve with dignity.

Imbecillitas Caes. B. G. 7, 77, 9

Caes. B. G. 7, 77, 9  Caesar, Gallic War 7.77. LXXVII. But those who were blockaded at Alesia , the day being past, on which they had expected auxiliaries from their countrymen, and all their corn being consumed ignorant of what was going on among the Aedui, convened an assembly [Concilium Pastorium ]and deliberated on the exigency of their situation. After various opinions had been expressed among them, some of which proposed a surrender, others a sally, while their strength would support it, the speech of Critognatus ought not to be omitted for its singular and detestable cruelty. 

Infirmus  I. not strong, weak, feeble. Very uncertain about their beliefs. This could be superstitious about what foods they coudl eat. Cic. Fam. 15, 1, 3  sum paulo infirmior,Hor. S. 1, 9, 71

Cicero 1 11 My dear Tullia's ill-health and weakness frightens me to death. I gather that you are shewing her great attention, for which I am deeply grateful.

Horace 1.9.
"We do not live there in the manner you imagine; there is not a house that is freer or more remote from evils of this nature. It is never of any disservice to me, that any particular person is wealthier or a better scholar than I am: every individual has his proper place."

"You tell me a marvelous thing, scarcely credible."

"But it is even so."
"You the more inflame my desires to be near his person."

"You need only be inclined to it: such is your merit, you will accomplish it: and he is capable of being won; and on that account the first access to him he makes difficult."

"I will not be wanting to myself; I will corrupt his servants with presents; if I am excluded to-day, I will not desist; I will seek opportunities; I will meet him in the public streets; I will wait upon him home. Life allows nothing to mortals without great labor."

Outlawed:  Placeo to please, to be pleasing or agreeable, to be welcome, acceptable, to satisfy (class.).
1. In scenic lang., of players or pieces presented, to please, find favor, give satisfaction: scenico placenti 

Rom. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Rom. 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, 
        if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. 
        Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Outlawed: Scaenicus I. of or belonging to the stage, scenic, dramaticORGANA, theatrical
I. Lit.: poëtae, dramatic poets, ludi, stage-plays, theatrical representations, : fabula, a drama,  
2. Placere sibi, to be pleased or satisfied with one's self, to flatter one's self, to pride or plume one's self

I. Lit.: poëtae, dramatic poets, ludi, stage-plays, theatrical representations, : fabula, a drama, organa, Suet. Ner. 44 : coronae, id. ib. 53 : habitus, id. ib. 38 : gestus, Cic. de Or. 3, 59, 220 : modulatio Comedy. Orator

Poi-êtês II. composer of a poem, author, p. kômôidias Pl.Lg.935e ; p. kainôn dramatôn, b. composer of music, 2. author of a speech

Outlawed:  Organum Vitr. 10, 1.--Of musical instruments, a pipe,. Gen. 4, 21; id. 2 Par. 34, 12 et saep.--Of hydraulic engines, an organ, water-organ: organa hydraulica

Gen 4:21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.

H8610 manipulate, figuratively to use unwarrantably:--catch, handle, (lay, take) hold (on, over), stop, X surely, surprise, take.
H8608 taphaph to drum, that is, play (as) on the tambourine:taber, play with timbrels.
H8611 tôpheth to'-feth From the base of H8608 ; a smiting, that is, (figuratively) contempt:--tabret. MEANING HELL

Outlawed:  Modulatio. In partic., a rhythmical measure, modulation; hence, singing and playing, melody, in poetry and music, Quint. 9, 4, 139: modulatione produci aut corripi (verba), id. 9, 4, 89 : modulatio pedum, id. 1, 6, 2 : scenica, id. 11, 3, 57 : vocis, melody, id. 11, 3, 59 : musica, Aus. Ep. 25, 13 .

Clement of Alexandria: "After having paid reverence to the discourse about God, they leave within [at church] what they have heard. And outside they foolishly amuse themselves with impious playing, and amatory quavering (feminine vibrato), occupied with flute-playing, and dancing, and intoxication, and all kinds of trash.

[2] unusquisque vestrum proximo suo placeat in bonum ad aedificationem [3] etenim Christus non sibi placuit sed sicut scriptum est inproperia inproperantium tibi ceciderunt super me 

LOQUOR I. inf. loquier, Naev. ap. Gell. 1, 24, 2), v. dep. n. and a. [Sanscr. lap-, to talk, whisper; Gr. lak-, elakon, laskô], to speak, talk, say (in the lang. of common life, in the tone of conversation; cf. Quint. 9, 4, 10; 11, 3, 45). 

1. To speak out, to say, tell, talk about, mention, utter, name: A. To speak, declare, show, indicate or express clearly:

Aedificatio III. Fig., building up, instructing, edification.
(a). Absol.: loquitur ad aedificationem, Vulg. 1 Cor. 14, 3 ; 14, 26.--
(b). With gen.: ad aedificationem Ecclesiae [church], Vulg. 1 Cor. 14, 12 ; ib. Eph. 4, 12.

Eph. 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists;
        and some, pastors and teachers;
Eph. 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Eph. 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil 4:7 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Col.3:15 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Eph 5:17
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;

teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess;  [Methuo in the literature is always "getting fluted down with wine.]

but be
filled with the Spirit; [Word] Eph 5:18

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, [Inspired Text]

and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phil 4:8

Worship takes place only in our own heart.

singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Col. 3:16

With Grace in our hearts

singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Eph 5:19

is the same as with melody in our hearts: neither are "music" but the nature of speech.

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. Phil 4:9 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Col. 3:17 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Eph 5:20
 

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