La Ermita – The Hermitage
Dedicated to Mother Sophia, the Divine Feminine
We are brothers and sisters living a “spirituality in the marketplace,” Christians dedicated to Mother Sophia, the Holy Spirit, a life of contemplative prayer and integrated spirituality while living in the marketplace.
The practice of true religion dwells within the living of some form of spirituality. The practice of an authentic spirituality will unite and bring healing to the body and soul/spirit through love.
Through these pages we wish to share with those interested the blessings that flow from an intimate relationship of love with our Heavenly Father, Jesus, and especially with the Holy Spirit whom we have come to know as Mother Sophia. We pray that something here will inspire you to seek a deeper relationship of love with the Father, Mother Sophia and Brother Jesus.
Our weekly Meditation
Marriage, a Sacrament of what?
Let us apply our understanding of sacraments (a visible sign of God’s spiritual presence) to that of marriage. What is the “spiritual reality” that this sacrament makes visible?
The basic visible spiritual reality of God is Divine Love. Love is the essence of the Divine Life of each of the Three Divine Persons. It is shared equally among themselves in every aspect of their eternal existence. God the Father and God the Mother share it differently than God the Son.
However, the primary visible presence of the spiritual reality of the love shared between God the Father and God the Mother, the Holy Spirit, is expressed as Divine Marital Love, and it is this aspect of their divine love that becomes visible sacramentally when two human beings marry, and it remains visible throughout the marital relationship just as it does within the eternal Divine Marital Union within God.
Before we proceed further, let’s understand the word “marriage” since we are applying it to our human existence as well as our spiritual existence.
One day in prayer I noticed that my Guardian Angel had three young angels who were relating to him as their father. When I confronted him that Jesus said, “in heaven there is no giving in marriage,” and therefore, angels cannot give birth to angels, he simply replied that all of God’s creation had the power to reproduce itself, and the angelic kingdom was no exception. I could not deny his response. So, what is marriage?
Marriage is the intimate uniting of two intelligent beings through a sharing of love so deep and profound within them that the two beings become united in their soul and spirit as one.
On earth, we express a deep intimate love in different ways. For example, a long profound hug signifies our desire to be physically united as well as spiritually with the other. On the other hand, one’s sexual organs can become the body’s physical visible sign of that deep inner spiritual union that already exists. Our sexual organs, like our arms or other part of our bodies, are only physical instruments through which the love that is within our soul and spirit is shared. The word “instrument” is important.
We know that not every expression of such intimate unity in love will create and give birth to a new ‘being,’ but it will always give life and oneness because that is the nature of love. Love is the essence of God’s life, and God is One. Consequently, the constant unity of love between the two persons is not only a visible sign of how great and wonderful the love is, but it is a visible sign of the same love that exists within, and is, our heavenly Father and Mother.
We are truly made to their image and likeness.
However, human marriage has something added to the above explanation, namely, a contractual phrase: “until death do us part.” How does that contract fit in the above explanation of marriage?
Since love never dies, neither here nor in heaven, the ‘contractual’ element of a human marriage refers only to the physical body aspect, not to the soul and spirit, both of which never die. We, the person, dwell within a body that is temporal. We, the person, also dwell within a soul and spirit that is eternal. And love is eternal because it is the essence of God.
When a human couple unite themselves in the sacrament of marriage, they are not only making visible their deep loving desire and happiness of being united as one, but, also, they are making visibly present the same unity of deep intimate love and happiness that is between their Heavenly Father and Mother.
That moment of sharing the depth of their love is so beautifully a visible sign of that deep divine intimate love within us that we humans celebrate it enthusiastically, even though many of us may not see the wonderful divine relationship!
Neither does such a sacramental moment exist only at the marriage ceremony. It exists forever because love, being Divine, is eternal. Consequently, the sacrament of marriage continues to bless the couple with its healing gift of oneness. It continues to be the visible loving union of our Heavenly Father and Mother within us. And we constantly celebrate in one way or another the joy of its presence.
Every action of love expressed by the human couple during their whole life is the same visible Divine Expression of Love within our Triune God.
What a joy it is for the couple when those special moments of deep intimate sharing conceive a child. The parents become even more sacramentally like their Divine Father and Mother. And the child born into such a family is filled with nothing but love, love that is always sacramentally visible. Human parents do sacramentally what our Divine Parents did in spiritual reality when their intimate relationship of love begot another being like unto themselves, their Divine Son, the Son of God.
When married couples realize the depth of all this awareness, their hearts are filled more and more with love. They constantly thank our beloved Father and Mother for being united in them with love, for the sharing Their love so deeply and intimately with them, a love that unites them more to each other.
Love is what makes all this so wonderful because love in its true essence is totally unconditional. It gives without hooks and conditions. That is why it is divine! A love that is burdened with hooks and conditions is a love that needs to be purified of the obstacle to true sharing of oneself, one’s very life. That obstacle will always be some type of fear.
So many times, in opening such divine intimate doors of love for others I have witnessed husbands becoming jealous. In other words, they feared that loving God intimately would take away their spouse or close friend. We know such experiences with other human beings could cause such a problem, but not the Divine intimate love. In reality, the opposite happens.
Also, it presented another problem for men. With whom of the Triune Persons are the men open to have a deep intimate experience of love?
Once again, our understanding of love, and the sharing of it, needs re-evaluation. We need to acknowledge that our Heavenly Father and Mother created our body and sexual organs as instruments through which the tremendous love within our whole being is shared with the beloved. We also need to realize that the pleasure flowing from such an experience is caused by love. Pleasure is not love, but it flows from and exists as a fruit of the essence of love.
These are concepts that we need to understand, but we all know that such corrections do not come easy, simply because down through the centuries we have misunderstood and/or abused love and the body that our heavenly Father and Mother have given us.
The saints speak of their ecstasies of love with one of the Triune Persons. Each of them experienced that powerful unity of love in and with their whole being. If they were free to admit it, they would have said that the relationship was similar to that of human intercourse, but, without one’s human sexual organs being actively involved in the relationship. The organs didn’t need to be, because the saint’s whole being, physical and spiritual, became the instrument of such deep spiritual divine love. As a result, the ecstatic moment was and will always be far greater. It is truly an experience of heaven on earth.
The final witness of the truth of any loving experience comes from the fruits that flow from such a sharing. Jesus said that by their fruits you shall know them. For example, if a married couple share deep intimate love before falling asleep, and then in the morning one of them, or both, are in a bad mood, the love they shared that evening before is highly suspect. The fruits of love do not disappear quickly.
Many years ago, I shared these and many other thoughts with married couples on a weekend retreat. At the end I was asked how I could speak like this since I have never been married. My reply was simply, “human marriage, no, but a spiritual marriage with the Divine Persons, yes.” And from my awareness about the human aspect of sharing intimate love, I realized that both intimate relationships are expressed in a similar way. Thus, we can call it the “sacramental way.”
Several months later, a couple called to tell me that they now knew from experience what I was talking about because they had experienced together a “marital” intimate love with God. It was an experience that was far greater that anything they had experienced together.
When it comes to these beautiful sacramental experiences of love with one of the Divine Persons of our Triune God, one will realize that one such experience can last a lifetime! Repetition is not necessary. The power of such a love experience never leaves. Neither does the desire to continue living and sharing the fruits of that great love.
Rejoice, my marital brothers and sisters! Rejoice. Continue to be that visible reality of the marital love between our Heavenly Father and Mother as you live your sacrament of marriage. This sacrament is your road to holiness, wholeness, love. Rejoice that you are that visible sign in our materialistic world today of the wonderful spiritual reality of Divine Intimate Love.
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Somos hermanos y hermanas que vivimos una “espiritualidad más profunda en el mundo real,” cristianos dedicados a Madre Sofía, el Espíritu Santo, y a la vida de oración contemplativa mientras vivimos una espiritualidad integrada.
La práctica de una religión auténtica debe llevarnos a una vida espiritual. La práctica de una espiritualidad auténtica debe unir el cuerpo y el espíritu o alma con el amor.
Deseamos por medio de estas páginas compartir con los interesados las bendiciones que brotan de la relación íntima del amor con nuestro Padre, Jesús, pero especialmente con el Espíritu Santo, a quien hemos llegado a conocer cómo Madre Sofía. Qué algo aquí le inspire a buscar también un lazo más profundo en amor con el Padre, Madre Sofía y Hermano Jesús.
Nuestra Meditación Semanal
¿Matrimonio, un sacramento de qué?
Apliquemos nuestra comprensión de los sacramentos (un signo visible de la presencia espiritual de Dios) a la del matrimonio. ¿Cuál es la "realidad espiritual" que este Sacramento hace visible?
La realidad básica que es espiritual y visible de Dios es el amor divino. El amor es la esencia de la vida divina de cada una de las tres Personas Divinas. Se comparte equitativamente entre sí en todos los aspectos de su existencia eterna. Dios el Padre y Dios la Madre lo comparten diferentemente que Dios el Hijo.
Sin embargo, la presencia primaria visible de la realidad espiritual del amor compartido entre Dios el Padre y Dios la Madre, el Espíritu Santo, se expresa como amor conyugal divino, y es este aspecto de su amor divino que se hace visible sacramentalmente cuando los dos seres humanos se casan, y permanece visible a lo largo de la relación matrimonial tal como lo hace dentro de la eterna unión matrimonial divina dentro de Dios.
Antes de seguir adelante, entendamos la palabra "matrimonio", ya que la estamos aplicando a nuestra existencia humana, así como a nuestra existencia espiritual.
Un día en la oración noté que mi Angel Guardian tenía tres ángeles jóvenes que se relacionaban con él como su padre. Cuando le confronté que Jesús dijo, "en el cielo no hay entrega en el matrimonio," y, por lo tanto, los Ángeles no pueden dar a luz a los Ángeles, él simplemente respondió que toda la creación de Dios tenía el poder de reproducirse, y el Reino Angélico no era una excepción. No podía negar su respuesta. Entonces, ¿qué es el matrimonio?
El matrimonio es la unión íntima de dos seres inteligentes a través de un intercambio de amor tan profundo e íntimo dentro de ellos que los dos seres se unen en su alma y espíritu como uno.
En la tierra, expresamos un
profundo amor íntimo de diferentes maneras. Por ejemplo, un abrazo largo y
profundo significa nuestro deseo de estar físicamente unidos tanto como
espiritualmente con el otro. Por otro lado, los propios órganos sexuales
pueden convertirse en el signo físico visible del cuerpo de esa profunda
unión espiritual interna que ya existe. Nuestros órganos sexuales, como
nuestros brazos u otra parte de nuestros cuerpos, son solo instrumentos
físicos a través de los cuales se comparte el amor que está dentro de nuestra
alma y espíritu. La palabra "instrumento" es importante.
Cada acción de amor expresada por la pareja humana durante toda su vida es la misma Expresión Divina de Amor visible dentro de nuestro Dios Trino.
Qué alegría es para la pareja cuando
esos momentos especiales de compartirse íntima y profundamente conciben a un
niño. Los padres se vuelven aún más sacramentalmente como su Divino Padre y
Madre. Y el niño nacido en tal familia está lleno de nada más con amor, amor
que siempre es sacramentalmente visible. Los padres humanos hacen
sacramentalmente lo que nuestros Divinos Padres hicieron en la realidad
espiritual cuando su relación íntima de amor engendró a otro ser como ellos
mismos, su Hijo Divino, el Hijo de Dios.
Cuando las parejas casadas se dan
cuenta de la profundidad de toda esta conciencia, sus corazones se llenan
cada vez más con amor. Ellos constantemente agradecen a nuestro amado Padre y
Madre por estar unidos en ellos con amor, por compartir Su amor tan profundo
e íntimamente con ellos, un amor que los une más el uno al otro.
testigo final de la verdad de cualquier experiencia amorosa proviene de los
frutos que fluyen de tal intercambio. Jesús dijo que por sus frutos los
conocerían. Por ejemplo, si una pareja casada comparte un profundo amor
íntimo antes de quedarse dormido, y luego en la mañana uno de ellos, o ambos,
están de mal humor, el amor que compartieron esa noche anterior es muy
sospechoso. Los frutos del amor no desaparecen rápidamente.
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