The Charitist Voice
“For the sake of the Kingdom”
(Editor’s mea culpa: I find this new endeavor exciting, but have not a clue what I’m doing. Please be patient with my efforts, as I learn along the way.)
~News from All over~
Sister Seal, our very own novice, is planning to relocate from Virginia to Arizona this summer. She’ll be visiting family first, and then on to her new home state. Blessings!
Brother Mark is busy with episcopal duties, as chief Shepherd in his diocese of the Church of Antioch. He will ordain a deacon this month, with our own Sister Pat serving as Mistress of Ceremonies for the Liturgy. Congrats to the new deacon, our brother bishop and sister archpriest!
Brother Arnie is at a turn in the road, and is investigating new housing, medical assistance and employment. If you have any ideas, please let Brother know. Peace!
A police recruit was asked during his final exam, “What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?” He replied, “.........call for backup.”
Did you know?
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite? (Oh geez, and they make me gassy......)
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear. (And he still won’t come when I call.)
A goldfish has a memory span of just three seconds. (Hmm, I know people like that.)
Friends for the Journey...........Holy Souls whose lives bear testimony to the Charitist Spirit and Principles.
Sadhu Sundar Singh - Indian Mystic, 1889-1929
Born into a wealthy Sikh family in northern India, Sundar grew up being strongly influenced by his deeply religious mother. By the age of seven he could recite the entire Bhagavadgita in the original sanscrit. She taught him that service to God was the highest pursuit in life.
His father, though, was of a different mentality. Upon his mother’s death, Sundar’s father enrolled him in a local mission school. The father had plans of Sundar following in his steps as a well to do landowner, but the enrollment had a quite different result.
Sundar strongly rebelled against the Christian faith of the school, even once burning a copy of the New Testament in defiance. Angry, threatened and confused as to what spiritual path to follow, he desperately prayed one night that God should reveal himself by morning, or Sundar would kill himself. That night he had an extraordinary dream, where the Lord Jesus appeared and spoke to Sundar in his native tongue saying, “Why do you persecute Me? Remember, I gave My life for you on the cross.”
His father’s reaction to Sundar’s conversion was anger, accompanied by threats and absolute horror. Nothing swayed Sundar, and he was thrown to the streets. He was baptized into the Anglican Church at the age of 16. He rejected the practice of other Indian Christians and their adoption of western style clothing. He wished to demonstrate an indian way of following Christ, and put on the saffron robe and turban of an indian sadhu, or holy man, becoming a Christian sadhu instead.
Thus he wandered India, preaching and living a simple homeless life. Crowds would gather to hear him preach, but then react violently upon learning he was a Christian. He felt that his way of life mirrored that of Jesus, the first Christian sadhu.
He traveled to Nepal and Tibet, suffering rejection and abuse, but never swaying from trust in his faith. Admirers even took him to the West to preach, but Sundar was not impressed by the comfort and riches of England and America. He saw an interest in religion, but no real prayer. He said, “Without daily intercourse with God, there is no piety, no Christianity, no real life.”
His critics observed his friendly relations with Hindus and Christians of many denominations, though he still received Holy Communion in the Anglican Church.
They complained of his lack of accountability to any specific church or higher authority.
Inspite of this, he became well known and even revered as a ‘god-man’ though Sundar preached nothing but Jesus and His sacrifice for the world’s salvation.
In April of 1929, Sundar made his last trip to Tibet. He was seen wearing his saffron robe, fading into the distance. After a few months with no message from him, his friends fronted a search for him. Nothing was ever found. He might have succombed to illness, or murder by robbers or someone who despised the Christian faith. But Sundar died as he lived, trusting in the Faith he discovered one night in a dream, at the cross of Jesus.
Blessed Sundar, Pray for us on the Journey!
-Excerpted from All Saints,
By Robert Ellsberg
“Diamonds do not dazzle with beauty until they are cut. Once cut, the rays of the sun fall on them and make them shine with wonderful colors. So when we are cut by the Cross, we shall shine as jewels in the Kingdom of God.”
–Sadhu Sundar Singh
Brother Lupe’s musings
One of the first things to attract me to the EOC was the community medallion. The image of a human standing with arms raised made something resonate in me at a primal level. The Founding Document tells us the emblem represents the Soul, striving back towards its Origin. Beautiful. It has taken on added meanings for me:
1. It reminds me of a child, reaching up in trust and expectation, to someone Higher, Stronger and Caring.
2. It reminds me of someone shouting in victory.
3. It reminds me of someone with their arms open in joyful welcome.
4. It makes me think of the Body of Christ, no part more dominant than another, standing whole and complete.
5. It reminds me of us, standing as one, in community, in service to the
One, and to each other.
Just a few thoughts.................
.....a word, from the WORD.....
“ Don’t just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the Good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically. Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful. When God’s children are in need, be the one to help them out.
.....If people persecute for being a Christian, don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t try to act important, but enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible......Don’t let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing good.”
–Romans 12:9-13a, 14-18,21 The New Living Translation
Three women from the Altar and Rosary Society went out one afternoon for their weekly lunch together. After awhile, the conversation turned to their sons. Always trying to impress one another, the first woman said, “ My Tommy is a priest, you know. When he walks into a room everyone says,
Not to be outdone, the second woman proudly says, “ Well, my Frankie is a bishop. When He walks into a room everyone says, “Your Grace!”
The third woman sat quietly stirring her tea, as the other two stared at her to see if she could possibly top them.
“Um,” she said as she cleared her throat, “My Alex is a dancer. He’s 6'1", 180 pounds, and is buff, bronze and beautiful. When HE walks into a room everyone says, “OH---MY---GOD!!”
Lifting up one another in Prayer............
For Brother Arnie, who must investigate new housing, new employment, and medical assistance.
For Sister Seal, who is moving this summer, and has lumbar disk concerns and the problems that accompany such a condition.
==For them both: an easy relocation, renewed health and bountiful employment opportunities==
For all our dear ones near and far,
for the sick and those with any need,
for this weary war torn world,
for our departed Charitist Companions
and all the departed,
for our various ministries, and each other,
Lord have mercy.............Christ have mercy.
“Most people think that intercessory prayer means begging and pleading for another individual. But if you were praying that way for me, I would say, please don’t bother, because your prayer isn’t going to get any higher than your forehead. “Intercessor” means “one who passes between,” or one who stands in the gap. A person in need of prayer(healing) is often too distracted (depressed) maybe even too sick, to pray with conviction and feeling. What they don’t need is another distracted (misdirected)person with sick attitudes to come and stand in the gap. They need people who understand, and use the power of command and affirmation, who can visualize the Presence and Power of God, because they KNOW God......Intercessory prayer means you’re standing in the gap for an ailing person, decreeing a positive result.”
–Excerpted and adapted from Holy Spirit for Healing
By Ron Roth, Ph.D
You have bound us together in Your Love, and united us in prayer and service. Look with pleasure on all the Companions and Associates of the Ecumenical Order of Charity, present and departed.
Bless us and the work you have given us to do, and be ever near to comfort and guide, that we may love one another, and together serve in the Spirit and Power of Your Good News.
May we come at last to Your eternal mansions, where with God our Maker and the Holy Spirit, with You and Your blest Mother Mary, in the vast company of Saints and Angels already gathered, may we rest in Your Presence forever.
-----adapted from the Founding Document.