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The intent of Contemplative Outreach is to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of the Centering Prayer

Concepts are not Reality

Series: 
Gifts for Living
Week: 
44

The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living DVD set offers a vision of hope and a view of reality that counter the cultural norms that view death as a tragedy, or the end of living, or an entry into harsh judgment and retribution. These videos are out-takes from the video series and presented here for your enrichment. A new video will be presented every Monday.

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English Transcript: 

No one with reason alone can know the God who actually is. Our rational consciousness does not go beyond the concepts and concepts are not reality and concepts are conditioned by the cultural background we have, our ignorance, our illusions, our expectations; and we know so many cases where the obvious truth we deny, even sincerely, because inside there are defense mechanisms that don’t allow us to see or hear what’s being said.  As in the case of Jesus’ teaching, he says quite openly: if you have ears to hear what I am saying, please hear.


 

Spanish Transcript: 

Los Conceptos no son la Realidad

Nadie, solo por medio de la razón, puede conocer quién es Dios en realidad. Nuestra conciencia racional no va más allá de los conceptos, y los conceptos no son la realidad, son condicionados por nuestro trasfondo cultural, nuestra ignorancia, nuestras ilusiones, nuestras expectativas; y sabemos de tantas situaciones en las que negamos la obvia verdad, si bien creyendo que actuamos sinceramente, porque en nuestro interior obran mecanismos de defensa que no nos permiten ver ni oír lo que se nos está diciendo. Ese es el caso con las enseñanzas de Jesús, que dice muy explícitamente: si tienen oídos para oír lo que estoy diciendo, por favor oigan.

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