Pope Francis, the new face of Christian Leadership

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Pope Francis, The People's Pope

Pope Francis, The People’s Pope

Pope Francis is a man with many hopes and aspirations.But most of all he’s a man on a mission. And the mission here being, in his own words, to “repair my church in ruins. ”

Ever since he was elected into “Popedom” in March 2013, Pope Francis has made concerted efforts to come down from the high horse of the pulpit, and associate with the common man in ways that have left indelible impressions in many. Whilst he has not changed fundamental Church doctrine, within a very short period of his election, he has been able to breathe fresh air into how the Church is being perceived both within the flock and without. He is seen in various quarters of society as the people’s Pope, a man who walks the talk, someone who is able to identify with the average man or woman on the street. Whether it’s sneaking out of the Vatican at night to feed the homeless, openly denouncing judgement of homosexuals, or ammending Vatican law to make sexual abuse of children a crime, the new Pope has been increasingly making an impact not just in a jaded Christian institution losing the faithful in droves by the day, but the greater world at large. Time Magazine have voted him Person of the Year 2013, and so has The Advocate, a leading gay rights journal.

Some excerpts from his recent speeches:
“Because Muslims, Hindus and African Animists are also made in the very likeness and image of God, to hate them is to hate God! To reject them to is to reject God and the Gospel of Christ. Whether we worship at a church, a synagogue, a mosque or a mandir, it does not matter. Whether we call God, Jesus, Adonai, Allah or Krishna, we all worship the same God of love. This truth is self-evident to all who have love and humility in their hearts!”
“In the past, the church has been harsh on those it deemed morally wrong or sinful. Today, we no longer judge. Like a loving father, we never condemn our children. Our church is big enough for heterosexuals and homosexuals, for the pro-life and the pro-choice! For conservatives and liberals, even communists are welcome and have joined us. We all love and worship the same God.”
“Racism today is the ultimate evil in the world. When Italians, Spanish or French turn back the boats of African migrants seeking a better life, are they not like the inn keeper who told Mary and Joseph that there was no room for them and the infant Christ? These migrants are children of God and we are commanded to love them!”
“The church no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer. This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God. God is not a judge but a friend and a lover of humanity. God seeks not to condemn but only to embrace. Like the fable of Adam and Eve, we see hell as a literary device. Hell is merely a metaphor for the isolated soul, which like all souls ultimately will be united in love with God.”

Pope Francis has brought a new face to Christian leadership. And this time it’s one which depicts renewal, resurrection and hope for a truly harmonious world where all people have faith and are able to love and receive love, the kind of love that Jesus Christ talked about. And I’m voting him my Inspiring Personality of the Year 2013! 🙂

An Urban Mystic and The Tarot

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The Tarot

The Tarot

The last couple of months have been incredibly hectic, leaving me with virtually little or no time at all to focus on my pet project “Le Blog”.The details are an entire story onto themselves ( little mini potential blog posts in the making). And that’s something we will eventually get to. But the focus of today’s little post is on a new interest which has slowly put surely taken roots in my soul as a potential hobby – The Tarot. It’s strange how you attract certain things into your life when you least expect it. If you had asked me 10 years ago what I thought about doing tarot card readings, I would have fallen off my chair with laughter….and then continued laughing long after. But over a course of 2 months, I have developed a sort of feverish passion in learning and developing my skills in the Tarot. I think it’s a fine art indeed, an art with many interesting dimensions – knowledge, awareness, healing and manifestation amongst others. There is something in it for everyone.

To those in the know , The Tarot is a deck of cards with symbolic pictures, numerics and meanings, about the size of playing cards (78 in total in it’s modern avatar especially in the form of the more well known Ryder Waite version of the deck). The cards breathed into life in the mid 15th century in Europe originally as playing cards and then from the 18th century onwards gained increased significance as a divination tool. Every card in the deck has several different meanings depending on whether they “fall” upright in the reading or reversed. They can also have different meanings depending on the position of the card within the reading and the situational context of the reading, amongst others.

Some of my initial challenges in learning the cards included memorising the multiple combinations of meanings and the different types of spreads. But as with everything else in life ,and as I also say constantly in my posts, and perhaps it’s my own personal mantra – Persistance and hardwork is the key to success.

The truly great thing I’ve discovered about the Tarot is that it’s an incredible tool for exploration, knowledge and insight. It’s really about empowering the querant with choices and enobling them to make the key decisions in their life to live their best lives possible. And that ties in neatly with my big passions in life.

On this juncture and also coming into the new year very soon, I’d like to make a very special announcement. I am now officially offering Tarot card readings at some very special rates, especially for my WordPress “neighbours”. Please feel free to contact me on irenelopez@yahoo.com and we can start working on creating your best life asap!

More from me, the Tarot and other things in future posts (hopefully..wink!) and blessings in the meantime!

Creative Infusions – Malhar Jam by Agam, Coke Studio MTV Season 2

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Sometimes taking something old and current, and infusing creativity and freshness into it, is all it takes to make it exciting all over again. Relationships, work, travel, clothing…finding a new way to approach the same thing can make the world more exciting and inspire the playful child that is always there deep inside each and every one of us.

In today’s post we’re featuring the music of a band called Agam all the way from soulful India. Agam’s style is classified by the original and inspiring blend of Indian classical music and rock. In Malhar Jam , Agam breathes new life into an old Indian raga called Malhar which, according to the stories of the ancients , was so powerful as to bring down rains from the heavens when sung .This one together with my freshly brewed coffee made my day…..hope it makes yours too :-)…and yeah it did rain for a while for me..joyously and thunderously!

In Conversation with the Mystic Sadhguru

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Sadhguru J. Vasudev has been recently named as one of the 50 most influential people in India. He is a contemporary mystic equally at ease skydiving off of airplanes as he is addressing countless spiritual podiums. His approach is thoroughly refreshing, vastly entertaining, and most importantly profoundly moving. Let’s hear what Sadhguru has to say in this delightful discourse. In conversation with the motorcycle guru himself.