The Blessing Way Column

Reflections on peace for the upcoming cuaresma

By David Fernández de Taos
For The Taos News
Posted 2/20/19

The world will soon enter the special time of Lent (March 6, Ash Wednesday). It is a sacred season to many, during which people take stock of the state of their lives and seriously consider the ways …

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Reflections on peace for the upcoming cuaresma

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The world will soon enter the special time of Lent (March 6, Ash Wednesday). It is a sacred season to many, during which people take stock of the state of their lives and seriously consider the ways in which our fellow humans are treated or mistreated, and seek to find the ways to make life better for everyone.

There are a great many in the world who do not have the time for these kinds of reflections and continue on the old rutted roads of gratuitous mayhem. They seem convinced that it is right to mistreat others, under the rationalization that they are following the ordinances of their gods, or merely following the laws of evolution being played out in the governance and affairs of humanity. They see it as an unfortunate necessity that some people must suffer for the general well-being of the rest.

It is abundantly evident that this way of thinking and acting holds sway: of global skullduggery and machinations to manipulate the world into war and covert conflict; and making sure by any means that the requisite daily quantity of blood is spilled; where unceasingly the human sacrifice is offered in a perverse holocaust to something which is not the friend of humankind nor of creation itself.

Many protest stridently: "Yes, we want peace, but sometimes it is necessary to use force and violence to attain our peace. Those people who we have to eliminate, unfortunately, are obstacles to the right peace that we want to achieve."

This self-serving rationalization has been with humankind since the beginning. But it is a way that is and has always been mortally counter to the well-being of us all, and always looms as an imminent threat against our survival and our very existence.

Almost everybody professes that they want peace all around the world, including in our Northern region.

The peace that is envisioned here is a transcendent state, that presents itself as the highest achievable serenity and maturity of the human soul, heart and mind.

The peoples of el norte have lived for many centuries in harmony with the natural and the supernatural world, in a land considered special and sacred, due to what comes from the earth as food and sustenance and to what comes from the spiritual realm as aliment for the soul.

This region has been recognized through millennia as an exceptional part of the world, in part due to its particular history of thousands of years of spiritual traditions and expressions of the Spirit itself in some of the famous and not so famous "sacred sites" that are located in this region, such as the Santuario de Chimayó, to which many thousands of spiritual pilgrims go and will again come this Lent.

It is a belief in el norte that the Most High and the people are linked and the people are made stronger; and that our prayers for the Peace of the Most High among the people and in the world are granted.

May the Peace which surpasses all human understanding finally come to reign in the world, as the summit and capstone of human evolution.

¡Que la páz y la gracia del altísimo sigue aumentando a todo por la cuaresma!

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