I was looking for a good and realistic movie portraying the life of St. Teresa of Avila and found this one(through the World Cat library thingy), which looked promising because it was made in her homeland and depicted faithfully the times and places of her life. 450 minutes in Spanish with English subtitles.
Teresa is played very realistically, as described by her contemporary, as a woman with a strong personality, who through suffering and love for God, the truth and the church, was prepared for her mission in leading others to the knowledge of God as a Bridegroom and founding communities of people living a simple life, pursuing God’s ways in working and praying.
During onething08 we were challenged to live the life of holiness. These are the main points to pursue for the next 10 years:
The Sacred Charge: 7 Commitments of a Forerunner
Friends of the Bridegroom preparing the way of Jesus’ Second Coming
As part of the Sacred Charge you commit to:
- Pray Daily: Spending 2 hours in prayer and Word (Book of Revelation once a week for 3 years)
- Fast Weekly: Setting your heart to fast 2 days a week as a lifestyle
- Speak Boldly: Standing as a faithful witness in allegiance to Jesus’ heart for the Church, Israel and the nations
- Do Justly: Doing works of justice focusing on the fatherless and oppressed
- Give Extravagantly: Giving to the prayer movement (beyond our tithe)
- Live Holy: Walking out the Sermon on the Mount and keeping the Purity Covenant
- Lead Diligently: Leading weekly prayer meetings and Bible studies (focused on training forerunners)
Swięte Wyzwanie: 7 Przyrzeczeń Posłańca
Przyjaciele Oblubieńca przygotowujący drogę na powtórne przyjście Jezusa
Zobowiązujesz się do wymienionych działań:
1. Módl się codziennie: poświęć 2h dziennie na modlitwę i Słowo (Ks. Apokalipsy raz w tyg.)
2. Pość regularnie: 2 dni w tygodniu
3. Mów odważnie: stając jako wierny świadek serca Jezusa wobec Kościoła, Izraela i narodów
4. Okazuj sprawiedliwość: koncentrując się na uciemiężonych i sierotach
5. Dawaj obficie: ofiarność względem ruchu modlitewnego (ponad dziesięcinę)
6. Zyj w świętości:wzorując się na Kazaniu na Górze i utrzymując przymierze czystości
7. Prowadź innych sumiennie: prowadź spotkania modlitewne / grupy biblijne
Greek icon of Second Coming, c.1700
I never understood Christians, who would not want to celebrate Christian holidays. God Himself gave Israel feasts (holidays), Jesus celebrated religious feasts, early Christians did also. I know, the dates might be screwed up, the majority is more concerned with the tradition (can you hear Tevje singing: “Tradition!”) then with the spiritual meaning behind it, people are going nuts over the gifts..but
We need seasons, cycles of life, to remind us, who God is, who are we before and in Him.
Advent was celebrated by the first Christians since the fourth century, when the synod announced that as a preparation for Christmas “from the seventeenth of December to the feast of the Epiphany no one should be permitted to absent himself from church.”
I found Advent Conspiracy site, an international movement restoring the scandal of Christmas by substituting compassion for consumption.
People of USA, celebrate Advent during Advent, and Christmas during Christmas! Don’t put Christmas tree or sing carols before Christmas Eve. Don’t buy more than one gift per person, give the spear money to those who really need them (like to my friends adopting Aiden, a boy with Down syndrome from Ukraine), but most of all give presence. Celebrate St. Nick’s day on Dec 6th (that’s why you are hanging your stockings for anyway…St. Nicholas is the one who is supposed to fill them with some sweets) with your kids, reminding them, who he really was. Have Advent evenings with your family underlining Jesus’ first and second coming as the reason of this time.