ORIGINS

WHO ARE WE? WHAT DO I NEED? … and many other similar questions are thoughts that we all have, more or less.Beginning to understand our origins is necessary for a search for our own identity.Father Bernardo addresses the problem of every man “who wants to know” through the RELATIONSHIP between wisdom, science, and faith.

"If I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?"

INTRODUCTION

TO BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND OUR EXISTENCE AND WHO WE ARE, IT IS NECESSARY TO KNOW OUR ORIGINS, JUST AS WE RECOGNIZE OUR EARTHLY PARENTS IN THE SAME WAY, WE MUST BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND THE ORIGIN OF LIFE.

THE FATHER SPEAKS TO HIS CHILDREN

We have a knowledge, a vision of a “hypothetical” GOD mainly distorted. If we think and begin to believe that GOD is first of all our FATHER, we cannot help but believe that all his work is for our good. Can a father ever want the harm of his own children?


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THE ORIGIN OF CONFLICT

“Why have you left me alone” is the voice of the conflict existing in the human being and that we constantly find in the Bible, especially in the Psalms. It is an experience of “conflict” within man that reverberates outside of him, in his “world,” in culture, in religions, and unfortunately, in violence of all kinds; in the search for meaning in suffering and death.


WHO IS MAN

Why does he ask who he is?

Why does he fear death?

Why does he question the meaning of life?

The experience of being conscious is that, among many experiences, in each of them our consciousness is present as a subject of knowledge. The animal has never produced any “culture” precisely because it is not self-conscious of the precarious nature of living: death.


THE TRUTH ABOUT OURSELVES

Being oneself is the aspiration of every man and is a trap for each of us: who am I? This is not the place to provide psychological explanations or anything else. A text by St. Bernard serves as the title for the journey to know oneself; others, both from the Fathers and especially from the Word of God, can summarize the answer to this question. Such a question, even if we have never posed it at a level of reflection, is the “leaven” of our entire existence: man always seeks to know who he is in everything he does.


TO YOU I CRY OUT FROM THE DEEP

Contemporary man, in his thirst for affirmation through possession or power, has distanced himself from himself, from the “home of his being,” and lives as if lost, “off-centered,” in need of ever new escapes and “thrills.” It seems as if e has been shattered on the rocks of his own sensations, by the will to power and domination. Despite having acquired power, man does not feel secure in his “achievements.”


THE THERAPY OF THE ARTICHOKE

The image and title of this booklet can be said to be somewhat unusual, if not quirky.

What is the relationship between an artichoke and this passage from the Gospel of John, which recounts Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman, so rich in “spiritual” content? It is not to belittle or even take in a ridiculous or sarcastic, if you will, and therefore irreverent, way, the Word of God? This is not the intention of these pages! It is to highlight the “Artichoke” that we are!

Or rather our SELF!


THE GAME OF MIRRORS

The “religious mirrors.”

A fundamental warning is necessary: the shack of our self is of inexhaustible richness and can easily provide religiously formatted mirrors of all kinds at will. Consequently, it can well and indeed does deform even the Gospel, the Lord Jesus, the Church, etc.

Not to mention those more general images that populate the shack of our self, such as the sense of the sacred, the religious sense, the sense of cosmic union. All distorted images that today could be summarized with a single term: the New Age.


THE DIVINE SCRIPTURES

The Christian, and particularly the monk, is the man of listening; his faith arises from listening (Romans 10:17). The conditions of listening are placed at three levels:

a) a bodily discipline: “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful” (1 Corinthians 10:23), “All things are lawful for me, but I will not be dominated by anything” (1 Corinthians 6:12).

b) a psychological discipline: “Now this I affirm and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds… alienated from the life of God” (Ephesians 4:17-19).

c) an intellectual discipline: “destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God” (2 Corinthians 10:5).


EUCHARIST

Before beginning the analysis of our illness, we must know who the Physician is and where He is, so that He can not only help us understand our illness, our real situation, but also heal us. We have talked about the Holy Spirit, who, according to St. Bernard, not only diagnoses us but also treats us, heals us, strengthens us.


IN-DEPTH STUDIES

IN FULL RESPECT OF THE AUTHOR, ALL THE MATERIAL PUBLISHED HAS BEEN LEFT IN ITS INTEGRITY OF CONCEPTS AND METHODS OF EXPOSITION.

The truth about ourselves

WHO AM I?

Become what you are…
but who am I?


Being oneself is the aspiration of every man and is a trap for each of us: who am I? This is not the place to provide psychological explanations or anything else. A text by St. Bernard serves as the title for the journey to know oneself; other texts, both from the Fathers and especially from the Word of God, can summarize the answer to this question. Such a question, even if we have never posed it at a level of reflection, is the “leaven” of our entire existence: man always seeks to know who he is and, in everything he does, to realize himself. Man cannot know who he is unless he enters into relationship—with the power of faith—with the Lord Jesus. Consequently, he cannot realize himself except in the Lord Jesus, in whom the Holy Spirit transforms us:

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Change Judgement

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The Path of Humility

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From the Depths I Cry Out to You

Anthropology of Prayer

Before viewing the indicated series of slides, it is recommended to read the introduction and explanation that introduce the individual blocks of the slides. The work presented here, introductions and slides, aims to be a formative aid and a journey to become a little more aware of what stirs beneath our banal, everyday superficiality and of the presence of the Lord in our hearts, in our person, and in our life: Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you? (2 Corinthians 13:5).

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The Situated Person

The human person must grow, and to grow, it is necessary to integrate all its dynamism. Whoever wants to obtain a degree must dedicate themselves to study. And so it is in life. They must gradually clarify why they live, if they do not want to be subservient to the “mass” and depend, believing themselves to be free, on “cultural massification”. To do this, they must have a clear goal to aim for. There is no unified conception of man in human culture. There are different types of personalities, different models of psychological structures, different evolutionary dynamics. Towards what goal?

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THE RELATIONSHIP AND THE MEANS TO IMPLEMENT IT

The elements listed in these slides regarding personal growth can be understood, with a hint of reason, as actions that we must undertake, with our commitment. It is true that the Lord wants our cooperation, but it is equally true that without me you can do nothing: In him, he chose us before the creation of the world, to be holy and blameless in his sight in love, predestining us to be his adopted children through Jesus Christ, Ephesians 1:4-5.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith; and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do, Ephesians 2:8-10.

THE BLIND MAN
THE PATH OF THE PRAYER OF THE HEART

In this chapter (or series of slides), after having seen which means are necessary for personal growth, and consequently for the relationship, we will examine the relationship. The relationship is the path to evangelize our depths. This journey, undertaken while seated, is the prayer of the heart or the prayer of the name of Jesus: name as PERSON. In the Bible, the Name corresponds to reality. Even in the language of common sense, the name “apple” is a fruit, and nothing more! However, in the first slide – REMEMBER – we will see our existential situation. Just as Adam and Eve hide and withdraw, in an illusory way, from the friendly presence of God, so in our concrete living we are “fugitives from our heart.” Existential, metaphysical anguish – “illa insita vis,” even if not perceived as such -, drags the soul into a peripheral life or into an external world that covers the anguish through the emotions that derive from it, distancing it from itself: the daze.

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THE GROWTH OF THE INDIVIDUAL

Most of our prayer is pagan! These are words spoken by us and end within us, even though we address the Lord with them! The center of our prayer is our problems, needs, aspirations. Christian prayer is RELATIONSHIP, as it is the Holy Spirit who operates it Romans 8:9-11. Even if we do not know how Romans 8:26-27, fundamentally Christian prayer can be formulated in this way: let your will be done. Do not escape, but do not focus on our needs: He knows what we need even before we ask Luke 12:30-31. So, seek above all the gentle and sweet gaze of the Lord. It is He who has sought us, waited for us, loved us, and wants to heal us.

THE RELATIONSHIP

Why does the world exist? Why does nothingness not exist?

These are not only legitimate but fundamental questions because they involve our existence, living, and especially dying.

The Enlightenment and atheistic response, the one based on “scientific reason,” is clear and in its “clarity and transparency” is apodictic, not allowing doubts or objections: evolutionism: the great deception!

The question of why the world exists is generated by the drive that man carries within himself to fill that tension that lies at the root of the fact of his actions.

It is the attempt to find a solution between the infinity that he carries in his heart and the finite in which he is immersed and with which he must deal with every day.

In the scientistic culture, the subject, man, deduces from himself this infinity that he obscurely feels within himself and of which he needs to be what he wants to be, what he already is at the level of desire and intention.

Man projects onto himself the form of a symbol or an idol of his need for fulfillment and perfection, worshipping, in the idol of himself, the incomunicable and inexhaustible life of which he carries within himself the source.

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