The Catholic world has been struck by the resignation of its Holy Father - as was St Peter's Basilica by lightning on the very day his resignation was announced (Monday Feb 11 2013).
The image suggests to me that something very deep is at work here.
I'd love to hear from any Alliance members who have a view on the subject of the Pope, his shock resignation, and the way forward for the Catholic Church...

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Comment by Gray Crawford on March 20, 2013 at 12:56pm

Hello Esther and others,

I wanted to thank you for including the "open letter" as it was nice to read a different perspective on this situation from what I had been hearing mostly in the media.  I just wrote an article about the birthing of Pope Francis in the world, especially the connection with Saint Francis and the archetypes of Uranus and Neptune in astrology- maybe of interest here?  blessings, Gray

Comment by Esther Waldron on March 12, 2013 at 2:56pm

Dear Ed, Constance, Liz and all,

On the first day of the conclave I have a post script - an open letter I've just come across from the provost of my favourite church here in London. It is brief, to the point and in my humble opinion well worth reading:


Comment by Constance Jennings on February 17, 2013 at 6:01pm
Ed, thank you--such a helpful way to frame the struggle--it seems that although one can see through the agenda of ego desires more readily with age, that rather than this insight tilting the balance solidly toward the soul, a conservative trend in the personality is strengthened in response to ego anxiety over consciousness of death--perhaps finding our way out of the gravitational field of the puer-senex polarity in order to be present in the moment may be a more helpful way to frame the issue since when we are able to be in the moment we seem to know what we need to do there.
Comment by Ed Koffenberger on February 17, 2013 at 2:16pm


Not too sermonic for me - I'm in the "big show." That struggle to tamp down the ego's desires and fears so that the psyche/soul can balance and co-direct our lives is quite the challenge. Just found S.K. this morning next to Tillich of all places. :)

Comment by Constance Jennings on February 16, 2013 at 8:14pm
Ed, that is such a challenging question--I suppose we often do not know or remember the ways we have been used to make a difference. My moving process in which I emptied out file cabinets and basement boxes containing a career worth of paperwork was an interesting life review for me--I remembered the path of my life in a way that I ordinarily would not--with so many events that have meaning for me looking back. But at this age i think that the challenge is to have a vision of a future that I want to live into---I love the way Liz phrased it; balanced, benevolent, masculine and feminine, with right action in all spheres. As I think of being the change I desire, the Lord's Prayer comes to mind as a way of connecting with the spirit of Jesus to reorient my desires on a daily basis away from my ego's desire for my kingdom and my will to the peaceable kingdom he envisioned but which requires a daily sacrifice of self centeredness in order to enter. Too sermonic I know but helpful to me to try to articulate it.
Comment by Ed Koffenberger on February 16, 2013 at 6:45pm

Constance, I need to get S.K. off the shelf and read a bit myself. I find that in reading your quote, I agree and disagree but don't have the time presently to dig any deeper before tomorrow.

Liz, I also see this image as a one to en-light-en as Esther has pointed out. Now my question is to you as it is to many who see a new age coming, what part do each of us play? To sit back and expect the collective consciousness to correct itself without individual sacrifice or hoping that the universe would do the heavy lifting for humanity was seen by Jung as a near impossibility so that leaves the work to the enlightened minority. How does your meditation guide you toward being the change?

Esther, delightful as always.


Comment by Esther Waldron on February 16, 2013 at 5:46pm

Liz, Wise by name and wise by nature :)

Comment by Liz Wise on February 16, 2013 at 5:20pm

Esther and Ed, Constance,

I have been consciously been staying away from news lately as I decided I wanted to retain my energy for positivity and change; coincidentaly the two times I turned the radio on this year the first newspiece I heard was the State of the Union address, and the second piece was of the pope's resignation, in that order.

Straight away I received a symbolic impression of the pope's stepping back as a sign of what is to come: the misguided masculine leadership in the world will be stepping back - and something new will arise. New colaborative and balanced leadership will come forth, masculine and feminine. It will be a benevolent leadership inspired by right action in all spheres.

This means that a lot is going to change including comforts we are accustomed to as we cannot have a truly benevolent society while the availibility of resources is tilted as it is now.

Lightning bolts are in order!! And I am choosing not to review what the catholic church has done, has not done, but to fast forward and meet this present event as a visual for myself in meditation - an energetic stepping back of destructive forces.




Comment by Esther Waldron on February 16, 2013 at 4:11pm

Thank you, Ed and Constance, for your thoughtful comments.

Dear Ed, I had simply been thinking of the church being stricken/struck/taking a literal and figurative hit; I like your interpretation of the lightning strike symbolising (a need for) en'light'enment from above... 

Constance, lovely to hear from you and it's interesting to hear that the image i posted was 'striking' for you too.. Your generational take on the matter has given me great food for thought. Thank you.

If you'll pardon the pun the message seems to be the need to learn from the 'sins of the fathers'...Personally, I'm with the late, great Cardinal Martini SJ who stated in his final interview that the Catholic church is 200 years behind the times;

"Our culture has aged, our churches are big and empty and the church bureaucracy rises up. The Church must admit its mistakes and begin a radical change, starting from the Pope and the bishops. The paedophilia scandals oblige us to take a journey of transformation."

We will see what unfolds in the sacred container of Lent 2013 and beyond.


Comment by Constance Jennings on February 16, 2013 at 3:27pm
Ed, I guess in Lent we need to welcome the lightening! Reading your post reminded me of my favorite author Kierkegaard. I have recently moved and all his volumes except the first one I read, Fear and Trembling, are on my shelves now so I suppose I packed it elsewhere and had it out to read from time to time. But I found excerpts online of what I was looking for:
Once when the price of spices in Holland fell, the merchants had a few cargoes sunk in the sea in order to jack up the price. Do we need something similar in the world of the spirit? Are we so sure that we have achieved the highest, so that there is nothing left for us to do except piously to delude ourselves into thinking that we have not come that far, simply in order to have something to occupy one’s time> is this the kind of self-deception the present age needs? Should it be trained in the virtuosity along that line, or is it not, instead adequately perfected in the art of deceiving itself? Or, rather, does it not need an honest earnestness that fearlessly and incorruptibly points to the tasks, an honest earnestness that lovingly maintains the tasks, that does not disquiet people into wanting to attain the highest too hastily but keeps the tasks young and beautiful and lovely to look at, inviting to all and yet also difficult and inspiring to the noble-minded (for the noble nature is inspired only by the difficult)? The essentially human is passion, in which one generation perfectly understands another and understands itself. For example, no generation has learned to love from another, no generation is able to begin at any other point than the beginning, no later generation has a more abridged task than the previous one, and if someone desires to go further and not stop with loving as the previous generation did, this is foolish and idle talk. But the highest passion in a person is faith, and here no generation begins at any other point that where the previous one did. Each generation begins all over again; the next generation advances no further than the previous one, that is, if that one was faithful to the task and did not leave high and dry. p. 121-122
As long as one generation is concerned only about its task, which is the highest, it cannot become weary, for the task is always adequate for a person’s lifetime. When children on vacation have already played all the games before twelve o’clock and impatiently ask: Can’t somebody think up a new game-does this show that these children are more developed and more advanced than the children in the contemporary or previous generation who make the well-known games last all day long? Or does it now instead that the first children lack what I would call the endearing earnestness belonging to play? p. 122
"One must go further, one must go further." This impulse to go further is an ancient thing in the world.
Faith is the highest passion in a man. There are perhaps many in every generation who do not even reach it, but no one gets further.

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