Commentary on the Sermon on the Mount

Jesus and the sermon on the mount

Jesus said, ‘Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.’ What was the nature of Jesus’ love? What did he see in a human being? The response is found in the Sermon on the Mount when he addressed his disciples and the crowd that had followed him, and said, ‘Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.’ What this means is that in his disciples and in all those who came to him, Jesus saw the image of the heavenly Father, of the Divinity, and it was to this Divinity within them that he addressed himself …

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Light connects us to God

“Some people say they are believers but also admit that, for them, God is an abstract notion. They don’t know how to make contact with him, and they obviously feel that they are lacking something. In reality, the most effective method for connecting to God is to concentrate on light. God is not light, he is much more than light, and we cannot know him or even imagine him. But why then does it say in Genesis that on the first day God created light? He wanted to make light the very substance of the universe. If light is the …

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Never get discouraged-the value of patience

“We can be sure that those people who never let things get them down, no matter what difficulties they have to overcome, will go a long way. You may say, ‘Never let things get them down? How is that possible?’ It is made possible by their willingness. Yes, willingness, for the will alone is not enough. When faced with difficulties, it is not enough to say, ‘I’ll hold on in there’, while gritting your teeth and clenching your fists, for you cannot be certain that you will be able to be stronger than the events you’re faced with, and you will …

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Attuned to heavenly harmony

“Listening to an orchestra play or a choir sing could be an encouragement for people to reflect on the harmony that should reign between them. Unfortunately, even after a magnificent concert during which they have all resonated as one, they won’t think to do anything that would allow them to continue to live in this harmony and beauty. Disharmony is the most widespread state in the world, so widespread that even religions and spiritual movements are still full of confrontation. Not only are they opposed to one another, but within each religion and spiritual movement there are the same misunderstandings …

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Divinely inspired music- Ludwig van Beethoven

“I love Chopin a lot. Paganini also. And of course Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Berlioz.  The most important thing for me is to sense a language in the music. I love music which speaks, which expresses something. Listen to Chopin, how expressive his music is! There is language there, every notes speaks to us. And, of course, he is not the only one…. Nowadays you meet fewer and fewer truly inspired artists, these true artists who first seek to elevate themselves in order to contemplate the beauty of the world above so as to reproduce it in their art. In …

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The tree of love- spiritual sexuality

“Love may be compared to a tree. In this tree, sexuality is represented by the roots, roots that are deeply buried in the human being: we cannot pull them up and we should not try to, because they are as indispensable to us as the roots are to a tree. The only way we should explore love is by seeking to go higher, further up into the trunk, the branches, the leaves, the flowers and the fruits. And the flowers and fruits of love are sacrifice. The most spiritual form of love receives its power from the sexual force, but …

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