knowing others is intelligence
knowing yourself is true wisdom
mastering others is strength
mastering yourself is true power
if you realize that you have enough
you are truly rich
According to the ancient tradition of the East, Mary Magdalene was a wealthy woman from whom Christ expelled seven "demons." During the three years of Jesus' ministry she helped support him and his other disciples with her money. When almost everyone else fled, she stayed with him at the cross. On Easter morning she was the first to bear witness to his resurrection. She is called "Equal to the Apostles." The Eastern tradition tells us that after the Ascension she journeyed to Rome where she was admitted to the court of Tiberius Caesar because of her high social standing. After describing how poorly Pilate had administered justice at Jesus' trial, she told Caesar that Jesus had risen from the dead. To help explain his resurrection she picked up an egg from the dinner table. Caesar responded that a human being could no more rise from the dead than the egg in her hand turn red. The egg turned red immediately, which is why red eggs have been exchanged at Easter for centuries in the Byzantine East.
Mary traveled the Mediterranean preaching the resurrection. Like Peter and Paul, she died a martyr and she bears witness to the important role women once held in the Church.
This icon (on the front of the card) was commissioned for Grace Cathedral in San Francisco to commemorate the election of Barbara Harris, the first woman bishop in the Anglican communion. As women reclaim their ancient rights in the church, Mary Magdalene challenges all Christians to re-examine their cultural prejudices about gender and leadership. -- From the back of my Society of Mary Magdalene membership welcome card
Image via WikipediaAn' It Harm None, Do What Thou Will.
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Here are some basic principles to keep in mind when formulating your path. Remember, you don't need to encompass all these ideas, but this is a good outline of what most who walk the Christian Pagan path believe.
These are but concepts and should not be taken as a creed. Most but not all I personally believe in. Remember, it is your walk with The One. No one can tell you what path to take.
(Most if not all these concepts were adapted from an article found on the MSN Christian Craft E-Group. As MSN is abandoning it's E-Group program, any infomation on who I can credit as a source of thise article will be greatly appreciated.)
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How does God choose which prayers to say yes to? And does god ever pray to someone?I think the Divine, if it was within the limits of power, would say yes to everything. But, there are some things we really don't need even if we think it would help us. A pastor once told me, God has a few answers for prayer:
4. Not now/When the time is right.
As far as the yes, I'll stick to, if it will help us, then the answer will be yes.
So far, we haven't done so, but we still have time.Please tell me, is there such thing as a witch?
Witches do exist in to today's world, but not in the fantastical ways that are depicted in classical literature. Today's witch, more oft than not, is trying to seek a closer path to the Divine than can be found in organized religion by turning back to the primitive respect for nature found in neo-paganism.What's the difference between worshiping and "being a fan of something"?
Worshiping something is when you let that object become the center of your universe and you can't function without daily thought of it. Whereas, being a friend reflects that you really enjoy something without letting it take over your world.Technorati : QandA
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Welcome to what I hope will be an exciting experience for everyone who comes here. To begin with, this blog will be updated weekly. As interest gains, as I hope it will, it may be published more often then that.
In the first few posts, it is my hope to explain the basics of what is thought of as Christian Paganism. One thing needs to be kept in mind: the concept cannot be defined precisely, because that would create the impression of someting set, regid, and established. But this is not the case, as with every other faith, each who practices Christo-Paganism will have their own ideas of what should or should not be done.
On the lefthand side of the blog I have included some links to websites that share other people's experiences in the walking between the two worlds of Christianity and Neo-Paganism. Please feel free to e-mail me more links if you know of them.
With that, let's establish the next few posts....
1) What the heck is Christian Paganism?
2) Some Needed Concepts.
3) Frequently Asked Questions Answered!
Again, welcome. It is my hope that this blog will enlighten and help you in your understanding of what Christian Paganism has come to be. I encourage you to comment often on these posts; all comments will be read and responded to.
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