The Beatitudes, from Biscantorat – The Sound Of The Spirit From Glenstal Abbey – The Monks of Glenstal Abbey – 2009
My relative and I have danced around a problem for over 40 years, sometimes more, sometimes less, but nothing ever changes or improves because no matter what happens, no matter what is said, no matter what exchanges are offered or invitations extended, she, like ISIS considers only one possible outcome. All the rest of the world must be either converted or become enemies to be destroyed.
Everyone who disagrees with her or who doesn’t at least acquiesce verbally with a smile and a laugh to her version of affairs must be utterly destroyed simply because they don’t share her views. Even people she has never met fall into that category without ever knowing they are condemned.
It is the quintessential Poppins Syndrome, “practically perfect in every way“, and of course “misunderstood”, therefore no need to ever make allowances or to accommodate others or for other visions of what transpires. Is this not the root of all evil and violence on this planet for all of human history? It sometimes crosses my mind that if this world was all there was, then the only way to “fix” this world would be to eliminate all the humans. Fortunately this is all just a training exercise.
The total, absolute, frozen sterility of utterly self centered contemplation.
A complete inward turning of all sensibilities and thoughts.
This is truly the ninth, innermost circle of hell.
Unstinting forgiveness and continuous prayer for the souls thus ensnared in this life, that they may see truth and be released from their own spell.
This path is also the only path to peace for the souls faced with this test in life.