Holy Hindu, Batman!

From my friend, Jimbo….

I was only half joking in the earlier email when I mentioned the Hindu  god Ganesha, then I found this on the Holy Trinity website!!  (https://trh.flashalerts.com/index.php November newsletter)

”  As we set out to climb our first peak on Friday morning, we
reflected on a Hindu image for God’s relationship with creation – God
is the Dancer and creation is the dance”

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“Adirondack Hiking Trip: Outdoor  Ministry”

On September 27, 2012, fifteen students and three teachers set off for
adventure to the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Mountains near
Lake Placid, New York. We camped in tents by Heart Lake at Adirondack
Loj Campground.

We started our first full day with an Aboriginal smudge ceremony and
Sacred Seven prayer, reminding us of God’s presence in all of creation
and of our interconnectedness.  As we set out to climb our first peak
on Friday morning, we reflected on a Hindu image for God’s
relationship with creation – God is the Dancer and creation is the
dance. Throughout the day, we would try to catch a glimpse of the
Dancer in the dance of creation. We certainly had plenty of
opportunities as the hike to the summit of Giant Mountain was
spectacular! Unforgettable views awaited us at the top of Roaring
Brook Falls and a rock outcrop called Giant’s Nubble. After lunch, we
all walked in silence for twenty minutes to soak in the awe and
majesty of the beauty that surrounded us. Those who made it to the
summit were quite literally in the clouds, but the lack of view didn’t
lessen the feeling of accomplishment of having climbed one of the top
12 peaks in New York State.

That night around the campfire, Mr.Kea led us in song and then we
shared our experiences of the Divine throughout the day. Some shared
that they had experienced God in the companionship of those they hiked
with, as well as in the wonder of nature.

On Saturday, we reflected on the love and respect that the Native
Peoples had for Mother Earth and how we need to rediscover that
interconnectedness with nature if we want to be able to pass on this
gift to future generations. We read “Old Turtle” and were reminded of
our need to see God in one another and the beauty of the earth. As we
headed to Lake Placid, we hoped that the rain would stop, so that we
could get one more hike in. When this didn’t happen, it allowed more
time to have a leisurely lunch and explore the town which has hosted
two Winter Olympics. Then we were on our way back home, filled with
memories of a wondrous corner of God’s creation and hopefully, a
greater commitment to care for it.”

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This is the Sacred Seven prayer:
https://educationforjustice.org/resources/sacred-seven-prayers

http://www.indigenouspeople.net/greatspi.htm

O Great Spirit, who art before all else and who dwells in every
object, in every person and in every place, we cry unto Thee. We
summon Thee from the far places into our present awareness.
O Great Spirit of the North, who gives wings to the waters of the air
and rolls the thick snowstorm before Thee, Who covers the Earth with a
sparkling crystal carpet above whose deep tranquillity every sound is
beautiful. Temper us with strength to withstand the biting blizzards,
yet make us thankful for the beauty which follows and lies deep over
the warm Earth in its wake.

O Great Spirit of the East, the land of the rising Sun, Who holds in
Your right hand the years of our lives and in Your left the
opportunities of each day. Brace us that we may not neglect our gifts
nor lose in laziness the hopes of each day and the hopes of each year.

O Great Spirit of the South, whose warm breath of compassion melts the
ice that gathers round our hearts, whose fragrance speaks of distant
springs and summer days, dissolve our fears, melt our hatreds, kindle
our love into flames of true and living realities. Teach us that he
who is truly strong is also kind, he who is wise tempers justice with
mercy, he who is truly brave matches courage with compassion.

O Great Spirit of the West, the land of the setting Sun, with Your
soaring mountains and free, wide rolling prairies, bless us with
knowledge of the peace which follows purity of striving and the
freedom which follows like a flowing robe in the winds of a
well-disciplined life. Teach us that the end is better than the
beginning and that the setting sun glorifies not in vain.

O Great Spirit of the heavens, in the day’s infinite blue and amid the
countless stars of the night season, remind us that you are vast, that
you are beautiful and majestic beyond all of our knowing or telling,
but also that you are no further from us than the tilting upwards of
our heads and the raising of our eyes.

O Great Spirit of Mother Earth beneath our feet, Master of metals,
Germinator of seeds and the Storer of the Earth’s unreckoned
resources, help us to give thanks unceasingly for Your present bounty.

O Great Spirit of our souls, burning in our heart’s yearning and in
our innermost aspirations, speak to us now and always so that we may
be aware of the greatness and goodness of Your gift of life and be
worthy of this priceless privilege of living

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Earlier Email:

This is more symbolic than anything, but it does show that these
groups prefer using Socialist Symbols as opposed to anything
Christian.

See the “Students for Social Justice – Breaking the Change of
Injustice” (bottom right)

https://trh.ocsb.ca/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp

This is the man who designed the leftist salute:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/28/arts/design/28cieciorka.html?_r=0

Are these students and staff followers of Christ or Che Guevara? Note
that this schools is sending students to El Salvador to meet a
hard-core lefttist group “Equipo Maiz” who are big supporters of Che,
Cuba etc
http://www.equipomaiz.org.sv/PaginaTodo.html

Papal Statements on Socialism:
“… Socialism …cannot be reconciled with the teachings of the
Catholic Church because its concept of society itself is utterly
foreign to Christian truth.”  Pope Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno, #117,
1931

” … no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true
socialist.”    Ibid  #120

” … no Catholic could subscribe even to moderate Socialism.”  Pope
John XXIII, Mater et Magistra #34

James

PS: Their Equity and Inclusive Education policy includes Multi-Faith
prayers over the PA (see attachment).
Will they be praying to Ganesha?

http://hinduism.about.com/od/lordganesha/a/ganesha.htm

One thought on “Holy Hindu, Batman!

  1. About two years ago, a woman who is in charge of the catechesis at the Diocesan level in our Diocese read at a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration during Lent, that “prayer” of “O Great Spirit of the North… South, East, West, etc.” She and her companion had distributed a short form to collect our opinion about that Holy Hour, and I just couldn’t help but telling them that most of it rated “fair” but that, for the closing prayer, it would have been much better to use one of the many beautiful prayers of adoration that the Catholic Church possesses instead of using that one that sounded rather like invoking a pagan deity. It’s too sad what is happening in the Church…

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