MATERIAL CHARITY & MORAL CHARITY
(From Kardec’s book The Gospel according to Spiritism translated from the French by Janet Duncan.)
THE GREAT BENEFIT OF PRAYER
Written by Miguel Vives
“Prayer! This is a subject much discussed, but abandoned by many Spiritists. I’m not speaking of routine, conventional and/or systematic prayers. I speak of prayers accompanied by sentiment, firm will, and love and adoration of our Father. I speak of prayer that enlightens, that consoles, and which is felt in the depths of the soul. I speak of prayer that allows a being to emancipate itself from the misery and faults of the earth.”
“We have to take into consideration that humanity is full of faults, evil tendencies, hypocrisy, egotism and pride. Each being on this planet gives off something of itself and what they are. Put a Spiritist in the midst of so much imperfection, and in spite of his beliefs, he will become contaminated with what emanates from others...”
“Therefore, as I understand it, for a Spiritist to cleanse himself [or herself] of vices he must saturate himself with superior fluids [or energy] and superior influences to the ones that surround him on this world, and in addition, so that these beneficial fluids can reach him, he must put himself in a condition to receive them.”
“When a being prays with fervor, his spirit elevates itself in search of those in the spirit world (to those spirits that live within it) whose principal mission is universal charity.”
“They never leave unsupported those whose willpower reaches theirs. Then a fluidic link is established between he who prays, and the influence that receives it. These influences from the spirit world then surround him with a spiritual light, one that will cleanse him of the imperfect fluids that have attached themselves to him. Then after his prayers, he has not only cleansed himself of imperfect fluids (those which would attract ignorant and malevolent spirits), but now he has surrounding him a wholesome [spiritual] atmosphere of beneficial fluids that act as a barrier to oppose perverse influences that could dominate him.”
(Excerpt from the book A Practical Guide for the Spiritist by Miguel Vives translated from Spanish by our founder EDGAR CRESPO, available on www.amazon.com .)
POINTS TO PONDER
Written by Yvonne C. Limoges
“God helps those who help themselves” and prayer is one of the most important ways to do this.
We should fully understand the tool and great power that sincere and heartfelt prayer provides us.
We know that wherever we go and through the people we meet, we may attract ignorant spirits.
That is why Spiritist teachings emphasize the practicing of good moral conduct, so we don’t attract these types of spirits. However, we cannot always keep from doing so, because we are ourselves are imperfect and because of all the imperfect humans on our world!
If we feel sad, upset, moody or angry for seemingly no reason it could be we are being affected by spirits that may be surrounding us with their negative influences.
We do have our spirit guides who love us and do their best to help us, but we must also do our part.
First, we must try to be a good person as much as possible. We also need to control our thoughts.
Secondly, it is through the type of prayer described by Miguel Vives in the previous article that can help ward off and protect ourselves from ignorant spirits and also better help us support and overcome whatever it is we chose to experience in this lifetime.
This type of prayer is also a tremendous tool for those with any type of addictions, and who truly wish to conquer them. However, we encourage an evaluation by a medical professional in case treatment is necessary as certain addictions affect the material body; we must also take care of our physical bodies that we use here upon earth. Addictions affect both body and soul.
In conclusion, pray for courage, resignation, assistance to correct any character flaws, pray for those you love here and in the spirit world, and for peace, harmony and protection about you, your family and friends, and for the peace our planet so desperately needs.
A PRAYER TO A LOVED ONE
WHO ARE WE & WHY ARE WE HERE?
Written by Yvonne C. Limoges
We are spirits that live eternally. We should never fear “death”; it is only a transition. We temporarily are reborn with physical bodies, for as many times as it takes, into a material world which acts as a classroom so we can learn (through lessons we chose ahead of time) to progress. The good spirits that love us help us all the time, but we should try and quiet our minds so we can better receive their advice and inspirations. We should look inward, with a quiet mind and prayer, to determine the best way for us to constructively live our life, and so we can make better choices.
OPEN YOUR HEARTS
Inspirationally received by Alysia Pape
WE ARE ALL EQUAL
Spirit communication received by
Yvonne C. Limoges
Oh Humanity, when will you stop judging your fellow humans? Why must you look for differences amongst yourselves instead of seeing how much you all have in common?
You are all the children of the same Father, the Creator Who loves and watches over all of you! You are all human beings! All of you have the same biological and spiritual heritage and all live on the same planet. What rights one has, should be the rights of all! Those who would find fault with another no matter what the cause: whether because of race, religion, ethnic background, wealth or poverty, nationality, sex, or any other differences you may identify…woe unto you!
You will bring down upon yourself, the same animosity, prejudice and wrongful acts you have directed towards your own brothers and sisters!
When you harm or do violence towards others, you do it to yourself!
Such is the Law of Cause and Effect and the Law of Reincarnation. These equalize all before God’s Eyes!
Who may now be born in a family of Protestants in this life, in another may be reborn into a Catholic family, etc., etc.; a man may be reborn as a woman; a person of one nationality may be reborn within his current enemy’s nation; and. so on and on… You must view everyone solely as a human being, the lowest common denominator amongst you upon the earth, and look upon each other, as either your brother or your sister.
(NOTE: We are all imperfect spirits initially created ignorant. As we complete each life time we progress and better ourselves, eventually we will only have charity and love within our hearts. Then we will no longer have to suffer. Each spirit travels a long spiritual journey and ends with reaching relative perfection. In this aspect, we are ALL equal before the Creator. - Y. L.)
LIFE ON OTHER WORLDS
Written by Yvonne Crespo Limoges
On July 16, NASA announced that within the next two decades we should find life on other planets.
There are 100 million worlds in the galaxy and they found that there are about “1-5 sun-like stars” and “small planets are extremely common.”
These situations are more like our planet.
There are currently three powerful telescopes in space searching for life. You can check the NASA website or see the link below: