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In the bible there are many references and teachings about the importance of forgiveness. But when we talk about forgiveness about what we are talking about? There is a parable that teach to us about the gift of forgiveness:
"There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, "Father, give me my share of the state". So he divided his property between them. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs where eating, but no one gave him anything.
When he came to his senses, he said: How many of my father's hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: "Father I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants". So he got up and went to his father.
But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kisses him. The son said to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son". But the father said to his servants, "Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found"", Luke 15:11-24.
This father of unconditional love shares his fortune among his sons, and one of them asks for the inheritance to leave. What happens in the father is the aversion to the son's behavior: "Son, I cannot follow your way", the father responds. The aversion does not destroy the love bond, it simply obscures it, hides it.
If hate occurs, it is because the misconduct is shared, and forgiveness cannot occur. Who hates does not forgive. After a while, the son rethinks about the mistake and returns home. And it is here that the aversion disappears, the unconditional love is reestablished and the father forgives him, but always the basis of forgiveness is the rejection of the wrong behavior, the error. Forgiveness occurs because the error is amended and does not relapse.
The basis of forgiveness is the unconditional love and the wisdom to live, the book of proverbs reminds us of a beautiful quote about knowing how to forgive:
"Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends", Proverbs 17:9.

The apostle Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians explains in what the spiritual gift of prophecy consists of: "But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church", 1 Corinthians 14:3-4.
Paul in this part of the letter describes the gift of prophecy as what arises from the sacred listening: listen (perceive with attention), meditate (with intuition and inspiration), respond with discernment.
In this aspect a prophet is a doctor of wisdom, that is, a person gifted by God to teach wisdom. A doctor of wisdom is not a doctor of the Law. A doctor of the Law is basically someone who studied the law of Moses in a rabbinate. The engineering is a science, what is the name of who knows about engineering?: Doctor of Engineering. Wisdom is a science, what is the name of the one who knows about wisdom? Doctor of wisdom, but here it is necessary to clarify something this "doctorate" is a grace, a gift from God, it's impossible to be a "doctor of wisdom" for the study, it is God who endow. A doctor of wisdom is a person full of the holy spirit.
There is also another meaning for the gift of prophecy:"prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers, but for believers", 1 Corinthians 14:22. That is to say when spiritual integrity or enlightenment (gnosis) is achieved through a life of piety; the contemplative life arises ("no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again", John 3: 3), this contemplative life is accompanied by other blessings: clairvoyance, longevity, happiness of heart. This set of blessings is what Jesus calls "eternal life" ("this is eternal life that they may know you the only true God", John 17: 3).
This is why the gift of prophecy not only includes "knowledge of wisdom" (wisdom inspired by the sacred listening), but also the revelation of future facts that are going to happen, or of facts that are hidden from the sight of people. Contemplative activity brings "clairvoyance", because contemplation, that is, the meditation focused on the divine attributes of God, opens "the third eye". A contemplative is an oracle. Thence the existence of ancient oracles such as Delphi and Siwa, where the fate of kings in wars was predicted. In ancient times, that is, the pagan world, this was what was called "consulting spirits."
There is an important and final reflection on the gift of prophecy in the Letter of the apostle Paul:"Since you are eager for gifts of the spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church".

Jesus in the Gospel of Saint Matthew gives us an important teaching against the sins of pride and vanity, that is, the opposite of the virtues of humility and simplicity:"But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first", Matthew 19:30.
Recall that the Kingdom of God; that is to say dominion, empire, the government of divine perfections, implies an attitude of service towards the others: "do to others what you would have them do to you", Matthew 7:12. In other words, the "other", "the neighbor" matters, you cannot be simple and humble when our neighbor is reduced to a manipulable object. The exercise of empathy, putting ourselves in the place of the other, is essential.
This is why Jesus calls us not to look for the headboards of the tables, lest that the owner of the house force you to change your place in the table because a more important person arrived. The acception of people is a consequence of human selfishness, and is considered a serious sin (error).
In the Bible there is a description of God's love:"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects,always trusts, always hopes,always perseveres.", 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.
Humility and simplicity are virtues that are the result of a discernment, that is, a way of choosing, a mentality with this characteristics: benevolent, edifyng, progressive.
Being humble and simple does not mean not realizing what the world is, lowering your head to any outrage, but, not believing in the lies we like and feed us the ego, not believing in "beautiful lies." Being simple and humble avoids us being an easy target for flatterers, that is, for those who know how to give fallacious speeches by appealing to human selfishness.
Jesus reminds us that in the commandment of love and in the description of Charity all Christian virtues are summarized:"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, If you love one another" John 13:34-35.


  • New book retired from Editorial
    Friday, 11 July 2014 17:08
    New book retired from Editorial

    The latest version of the tractate in spanish retired from Editorial Dunken on July 11, 2014

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    Friday, 11 July 2014 17:29
    The new book in Editorial Dunken

    You can buy the lastest version of the tractate more complete than the free version in the web in Editorial Dunken, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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    Tuesday, 15 July 2014 11:05
    Interview in Radio Fm Signs 92.5

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