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Ponemos en el conocimiento de nuestros amables lectores que todo el material que ofrecemos como posts en este blog ha sido extraído de la obra LOS FUNDAMENTOS DEL ESPIRITISMO, previa autorización de su autor nuestro distinguido amigo Prof. Jon Aizpurua.

No nos atreveríamos a divulgar este precioso e invaluable material doctrinario y de divulgación de la cultura espírita si no tuviésemos de antemano la autorización expresa de su autor, de lo contario incurriríamos en el plagio, actitud que nos despierta repugancia tan sólo con mencionar el término.

Hemos escogido esta obra, LOS FUNDAMENTOS DEL
ESPIRITISMO, porque estamos seguros que ella constituye la exposición más actualizada de los postulados doctrinarios expresados por el Codificador Allan Kardec, enmarcados en nuevo contexto paradigamático; el vigente en estos tiempos que corren.

En LOS FUNDAMENTOS DEL ESPIRITISMO el autor reinvidica el verdadero carácter de la Doctrina Espírita, como un sistema de pensamiento laico, racionalista, e iconoclasta, alejado de todo misticismo religioso, tal como fue codificada la Doctrina por el Maestro Allan Kardec en el siglo diecinueve.

Esta obra es eminentemente didáctica, porque está escrita en un estilo ágil y ameno, sin que por ello pierda consistencia en su brillante exposición de ideas, llegando a toda clase de público lector, desde el estudioso del Espiritismo hasta aquellas personas que se encuentran en la búsqueda de una filosofía racional que les ayude a pensar al mundo y a sí mismos.

René Dayre Abella
Nos adherimos a los postulados doctrinarios sustentados por la Confederación Espiritista Panamericana, que muestran a la Doctrina Espírita como un sistema de pensamiento filosófico laico, racionalista e iconoclasta. Alejado de todo misticismo religioso. Apoyamos la Carta de Puerto Rico, emanada del XIX Congreso de la CEPA en el pasado año 2008.

martes, 9 de mayo de 2017








APRIL NEWSLETTER 2017
***SS of FL - CELEBRATING 35 YEARS***




THE JUSTICE OF AFFLICTIONS

In the Bible, Jesus said:

 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the Earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew, 5: 5, 6 & 10)

And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples and said, “Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the Kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.” (Luke, 6: 20 & 21)

Below, translated from the French by Janet Duncan - from Kardec’s The Gospel according to Spiritism in Chapter 5:

“The compensation promised by Jesus to the afflicted of this Earth can only be effected in a future life. Without the certainty of this future these maxims would be a contradiction; still more, they would be a decoy.”

“Even with this certainty it is difficult to understand the convenience of suffering in order to be happy. It is said that it is to acquire greater merit. But then we ask: Why do some suffer more than others? Why are some born in misery and others in opulence without having done anything to justify this situation? Why is it that some never manage to achieve anything, while for others everything seems to smile?”

“Yet, what is even less understandable is why benefits and misfortunes are divided so unequally between vice and virtue. Why do we find virtuous people suffering side by side with the wicked who prosper? Faith in the future can console and instill patience, but it does not explain these irregularities which appear to contradict God's justice. However, once God's existence has been admitted one cannot conceive Him as being less than infinitely perfect…. If He is supremely good and just, then He cannot act capriciously, nor yet with partiality.”

“The vicissitudes of life derive from a cause, and as God is just so then that cause must also be just. This is what each one of us must convince ourselves of.”

“Through the teachings of Jesus, God started Man on the path to find that cause, and now that Man is sufficiently mature as to be able to understand, He has revealed the cause by means of [what Kardec called the spiritual science and moral philosophy of] Spiritism. That is to say, through the words of the Spirits.”

(NOTE: The greatest medium and most perfect soul that ever incarnated upon this planet, Jesus, brought sublime teachings that came down to us in parables. Now in modern times, with science and clearer spirit communications, we can try to more fully comprehend the laws of Divine Justice; why we suffer, why terrible things happen on the Earth and what happens to our spirit after physical death. – Y. Limoges)
LIFE OF JESUS AS DICTATED BY HIMSELF

            Written by Yvonne Crespo Limoges

The month of Easter I read/write about Jesus, and I noticed that the book entitled above, is now completely translated relatively well into English by Marcos Molina Baker from Buenos Aires, Argentina. It has 27 chapters, and only available on-line at: https://lifeofjesus.wordpress.com/  

The printed Spanish hardcopy book has been known by Spiritists for decades. A Portuguese version was translated from that book.   

Some do not give it any credence at all. However,
many study it because they feel it provides a reasonable sequence of events and information that could have occurred during the time of Jesus, and, the moral teachings are very similar.

I find the English translator’s “Foreword” to be somewhat confusing, and believe Ernesto Volpi’s and prestigious Dr. Ovidio Rebaudi’s original translator notes about the history of the book and how it came to be written, would provide more context and credence to its possible authenticity.

In the book, the spirit of Jesus communicates, via Medium X and Medium XX, about: his youth, his family, his mission, John the Baptist, the apostles, about Mary his mother and Mary Magdalene, what he taught the people, the miracles, his betrayal and about his eventual crucifixion. It is not exactly Christianity’s account of Jesus.

I find the book fascinating and one to study and ponder…        
          
Excerpt from Chapter 9:

The doctrine of love, based on equality and fraternity; there’s the cause of Jesus’ prestige in the midst of humanity. He came to bring God’s law to a world too new for this law to be understood, but laid his work’s foundation, which would be immortal, and that work continues to develop even today.”  -  Jesus

MEDIUMSHIP - An Act of Charity                                     

   A spirit guide speaks through its medium

Mediumship is the precious opportunity to put into realization an act of Divine Love and one of Supreme Charity.

Your eyes cry needed tears for those who no longer have material ones. Your tears erase, a little at a time, through repentance, the past wrongdoings of a spirit.

Through your mediumship, you relate life stories that liberate those who would like to clear their conscience and relieve themselves of rancor, remorse and unlimited anguish.  

Do not resist the use of your mediumship faculties to those in the spirit world who would grieve and cry. Those spirits need you and your faculties to obtain a spiritual equilibrium that allows them the blessed opportunity for spiritual progress.

Endure with love the sufferings, both moral and physical, which is a natural part of this interchange based on love. You receive but simple and temporary grief, but for the spirits, there is a chain of perpetual sorrow. So, fortify yourselves through prayer and do not refuse them.

Your spirit guides are always present to protect and assist you in such a delicate and extraordinary task, having complete confidence in you and your capacity for this sacred work.

This is my entreaty for you to persist in the continuation of your efforts.


(Received spirit communication printed in the Spiritist Union magazine in Puerto Rico and translated from the Spanish by Yvonne C. Limoges)

INCONVENIENCES

                     Written by Julio Sanchez

Remember:

The disadvantages that Providence places in our path are not to destroy or annihilate our hopes, but instead are opportunities to increase our capabilities and allow new victories.

The inconveniences cannot become a mist that makes us forget the rest of our lives, because we must see the inconveniences through the light of knowledge, and not plunge into the darkness of helplessness.

If we allow problems to become the center of our lives, our lives will be a problem, and we must never forget that material inconveniences are transient and temporary, and our life is eternal and continuous.

Strengthen your faith:

That the Will of God does not abandon your path, when you let faith accompany you.

That happiness is achieved when we spread the wings of our spirit through difficulties.

That when we ignore our pain to comfort the fallen, we have abandoned the burden of selfishness, and begin to walk like spirits among men.

That when you accumulate experiences and triumphs in the face of vicissitudes, your word every day will accumulate a little more truth.

That when in your way some inconvenience surprises you, God has taken the reins of your path and what better guide than our Lord.

That in struggles we obtain friends, in difficulties we achieve virtues and along the way we accumulate experiences that will accompany us for eternity.

Vigilance:

Never minimize your neighbor's problem, for even though it may seem small, you do not know what their soul’s ability is to bear it.

That successive triumphs, if not accompanied by humility, we may lose them in pride.

That happiness is not just to triumph, happiness is to learn, because only knowledge is what provides real utility to a struggle.

Problems always come back and are part of man's ways, always be alert.

God always places a friend by our side, never stop listening and learning.

Do not run away from problems, otherwise you will lose opportunities for progress and find yourself tired of running.

That the greatest virtues require the greatest sacrifices, because they are the ones who transport us to the destinies of our soul.

Rebellion, suicide, defeat, misery, sadness or loneliness are not solutions, they are problems that we add to inconveniences that we already have, and are uncertain ways that we should never take.

Finally, even in inconveniences, the door to peace and the light of prayer never closes, which we can find and need to see the way to victory.


(A writing from the Spiritist Society of Jesus of Nazareth from Caracas, Venezuela - translated and edited by Yvonne C. Limoges. In last month’s issue, for the article “TIME,” I apologize. I used an incorrect first name of “Jose” for the author. The correct name is Julio Sanchez, the same author of this article.)
ILLNESSES

       Inspirationally received by Alysia Pape

It is disheartening to have a disease which limits one in certain ways. Also, as time goes on, complications can arise in various ways and severities, which again and again disheartens, each time a new problem arises or one gets worse.

After a while, the soul wants to escape from this malfunctioning shell, and no longer has the will, at times, to want to use it at all.

There are so many terrible physical, mental and emotional illnesses that afflict mankind on this planet. People, on the outside may look ok, but they may be in severe pain and/or suffering. They get up, and try to do their best each day; and, every day, there is a different amount of affliction of what they can handle.

Remember this when you meet people you don't know, or do know. If asked how they are, and they have the courage to tell you, be kind and listen. For this is rare, not everyone has a person to talk to, to share what is happening to them.

They might need some positive words at the end of their story, some prayers, a kind gesture, reassurance that all they are going through means something.

The Spiritists know “why.” So, tell them. Do not let your fellow brothers and sisters fall into doubt and depression, or let them give up.


PAIN

“If it is really not in your hands to change a situation that causes you pain, you can always choose the attitude with which you face that suffering.”

Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian Neurologist,
Psychiatrist, & Holocaust Survivor
THE CREATOR’S LAWS
     
             Written by Amalia Domingo Soler
                                  (1835-1909) Spain                 

I have always believed that God is very much more elevated than our miseries and our blunders. When they say: “God punishes his rebellious children and rewards the just,” this appears to me that it profanes the grandeur of God. I consider God a Soul of the Universe radiating onto the worlds, not converted into a schoolteacher guarding over the actions of his pupils…God is just, immutable, eternal, superior…God is just because the law of love has to be achieved, and when the law of God is fulfilled there will be no sunset on the day of universal happiness.

(Excerpt translated from her book in Spanish Acts that Prove [Hechos Que Prueban] by Yvonne C. Limoges)



A PRAYER

God All Powerful and All Merciful, please hear the cries and prayers of the sick, the poor, the fearful, the persecuted, those in agony, and all who suffer in one form or another upon the Earth!

Please support us in all our adversities. Give us the strength, courage, patience, humility and wisdom we lack during the trials and tests of Life.

May we learn to help and love one another, so we can eventually live in peace and save our planet!

May we have faith in Your Divine Justice which is Perfect. May Your Will be done!   AMEN
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Edited by Yvonne Crespo Limoges, Director

 

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