De Gloria Olivae is an organization promoting the convergence of religions and the emergence of spiritual awareness, leading to peace, compassion, and solidarity, all key conditions for collective survival and sustainable development.
The “Religions of the Book” have lost their way
To increase their individual and collective power, some men are using religion to gain influence over their followers and to divide humanity. With the acceleration of History, with almost unlimited means of communications and with easily accessible means of destruction, this influence is translating into more and more deliberate acts of destruction and death, initiated by entire states as well as by loosely organized networks.
At the same time, religion sentiment itself is fading in many places into idolatry and superstition, leading to some kind of materialistic barbarian age.
We have the collective responsibility to overturn this situation by using our visible and invisible connections with all other human beings. The catalyst might well be the next Pope, known in Malachy’s Prophecy of the Popes as “De Gloria Olivae”.
Many spiritual leaders behave as if their primary role was “to defend their parish” and to perpetuate the system that governs it – and its privileges. They promise their followers a better future - provided that these followers are (more or less strictly) obedient to their rules and just … believe.
Unfortunately, it is rare that these spiritual leaders take a public stance regarding the events of the world, not even speaking of an active role - maybe in fear of hurting the feelings of their base or by fear of risking their own position. Even worse, in history as well as today, some spiritual leaders have strongly supported the most tyrannical and dictatorial regimes, demonstrating either blindness, weakness, bad judgment or an exacerbated sense of personal interest above all.
Large crowds are looking after their spiritual leaders to dictate to them their personal opinion and belief. Instead of misleading them, spiritual leaders ought to be the first and the most vocal promoters of the values of compassion, unity and spiritual development, under any form, and of Peace.
Divisions are disastrous.
Now I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who create divisions and sinful enticements in opposition to the teaching you have learned. Stay away from them. For such people are not serving Christ our Lord but their own desires. By their smooth talk and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. For your obedience has become known to everyone, and I am full of joy for you.But I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. (Romans 16, 17-20)
All sincere spiritual movements aim at helping individuals grow spiritually. More precisely, all monotheist religions are essentially conveying a similar message. And narrowing down even further, the “Religions of the Book” (Judaism, Christianity and Islamism) are roughly different elaborations of the same message - one of the most prevalent messages of spiritual development and Peace around the world. How can they keep on fighting each other? Can they afford to continue missing their best chance to ally and to see their common objective achieved? Islam, the youngest and the most dynamic current of the three, has a vital role to play, to help more than a billion of faithful individuals to live in harmony with the rest of the world, and achieve a Peaceful material and spiritual development.
“We presume that the disappearance [of great religions] is inevitable and that, under the influence of the worldwide expansion of consciousness, they will give birth to a universal religion that will integrate the best that the major religions have to offer humanity for its regeneration. Furthermore, we believe that the desire to know divine laws—that is, natural, universal, and spiritual laws—will eventually supplant the need just to believe in God. We assume, therefore, that belief will one day give way to knowledge.” (PositioFraternitatisRosaeCrucis, 2001)
For more information about Rosicrucians, start with:
The existence of Good and Evil is a crucial reality to be understood, or, more correctly, to be perceived.
It has nothing to do with political arguments and judging others, nor with the iconography of “Paradise” and “Hell”.
“Good” has been defined many times, with astute judgment, as “what you would wish others to do unto you” ... Essentially meaning: leaving others in Peace and allowing them enough prosperity so that they can dedicate their physical and mental energy to higher goals than mere survival.
But be prudent. All that shines is not gold: all that looks good is not always Good. Because Good is intrinsically appealing to human beings, Evil frequently presents itself as if it was Good (in Christianity, the Devil is the fallen Angel of Light). Do you usually trust a man who orders you: “trust me!” when you are in real doubt about his intentions? Certainly not! You should have the same doubts when hearing anyone teaching you: “We are the Good ones. The other ones who are with us are also Good ones. But all the rest are Evil ones. If you are not with us, you are against us”.
The reality of Good can be perceived only through the eyes of the heart, which need to be awakened by true spirituality.
“The XXIth century will be spiritual or will not be” (André Malraux)
Evil (under the form sometimes called “Harriman”) is trying to tempt you and to bind you to materiality, to fossilize your spirit. But is also gives you the unique opportunity to exercise your free will, change your perspective about the material world and just consider it for what it is: the needed support and vehicle for your current existence. At the same time, your desire will grow to educate your mind (your rationale reasoning and knowledge) and to develop your spirit (your understanding of the realities beyond the appearances).
This is why you have to take a step back from your busy life (the “rat race”), from your material desires and your appetites. You need to start immediately seeking for information. You need to understand the misery that exists around you. You need to leave your intuition tell you how you can best take action. However, intuition is good only when it combines “educated intuition” (understanding from the reason) with “enlightened intuition” (understanding from the heart).
“We feel that this degeneracy is only temporary and that it will lead to an individual and collective regeneration, provided that men and women give a humanist and spiritualistic direction to their future.” (PositioFraternitatisRosaeCrucis, 2001)
The Roman Catholic Church has created the most unified and consistent communication system around the world. You can listen to a mass in Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles or Lyon and hear exactly the same message each and every day.
This is why the Pope, as the inspirer for this communication system, has the duty to lead the movement of reunification of the religions - in their essence not in their symbols or their expression of faith. Previous Popes have started to create bridges, such as John XXIII and John Paul II, but much remains to be done until religion can no more be a pretext for destruction and death. The next Pope, “De Gloria Olivae”, is the man who will achieve this task and bring the Revelation.
Fans of numerology will appreciate that the Latin surname of the Pope, VICARIUS FILIIDEI, contains in a very transparent manner various Latin numbers totaling …666. (See also www.bibleetnombres.online.fr ).
Doing so, this Pope will actually change so much his own organization that he will lead to the end of Church “as we know it”. Changes may for example include the disappearance of a single, infallible Pope for another form of leadership, jointly with the other religions, or the generalization of marriage at all levels of the new Church …
Therefore, an elder must be blameless, the husband of one wife, stable, sensible, respectable, a lover of strangers, and teachable. He must manage his own family well and have children who are submissive and respectful in every way. For if a man does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church? (First Timothy, 3,2-5)
Leave in Peace or impose Peace?
Having eliminated the dissent between religions, which are responsible for a large number of conflicts (beside the conflicts triggered by the mere personal ambition and interest of a leader), all conditions are in place to start actively cooperating towards Peace.
“Peace be with you”. “Shalom”. “Salaam”. I wish you to live with Peace of mind as well as with Peace in your physical existence.
Peace is the most wonderful and awaited gift that you can give to or wish for anyone. However, as for any other gift, you cannot impose it to others; you can just leave it to others.
“Peace I leave with you, my Peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14,27)
As well, you may believe that your own Peace deserves to be hardly fought for.
“Sivispacempara bellum” (“If you want Peace, prepare for war” - Roman legions, quoted by Plato and others)
Preparing for war in the name of Peace is right when it means fighting real Evil – don’t be mistaken - and leaving others also receiving the benefits of Peace. But if you intend to “pacify” them by violence to create your own egoistic Peace, you will just receive violence in return. Many great empires have become decadent, complacent, insisting in imposing their will to others and their sense of Good and Evil, and have finally been submerged and destroyed by “barbarians” who did not accept this domination.
“To want to govern the other against their will, under pretext that it is good for them, constitutes the most frequent argument for ‘unfair wars’” (Grotius, XVIIth century lawyer)
Can someone reach Peace independently from the material conditions in which one is living?
Theoretically, everyone could pretend being an hermit, live in isolation and be indifferent to any material aspect of life. Practically, anyone struggling to make a living or to sustain a family will have a hard time developing his / her spirituality and reaching Peace. In extreme cases, a person who needs to support a family may be ready to use shocking means in order to survive, such as stealing or killing. Just consider how looting may quickly appear when a country, however sophisticated and educated, falls into hardship, such as Argentina a few years ago.
Coalition against Misery
Peace and sustainable development go hand in hand:
-Peace is the stable ground on which physical and spiritual development can be built.
-One can argue that a basic level of prosperity is required to achieve the tranquility of mind needed to develop a positive and Peace-oriented spirit. Misery generates anxiety and removal from spiritual matters.
“Fear is on the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to Suffering” (Star Wars, “Episode I, The Phantom Menace”)
This is also the danger of some governments that buy time by keeping their populations in a carefully calculated state of fear.
Misery leads to violence, aggression, terrorism, degradation of the environment… Fighting misery and reestablishing a basic level of prosperity should be the fundamental objective of every government:
-the governments of the countries challenged by misery - this misery often being aggravated by corruption and the exploitation of the resources for the profit of an elite, but also
-the governments of the rich countries, which have an absolute responsibility to assist countries in difficulty. In a world more open to communication than ever, any arrogance or lack of showing compassion may just trigger an immense wave of resentment that could translate into all forms of violence. Supporting a less performing country does not have to be paternalism or colonialism. It is basic solidarity and the only form of leadership that transcends and can abolish barriers.
“For whoever is not against us is for us” (Mark 9, 38-48 - interestingly, this sentence has been sometimes reversed to rally support for aggression instead of Peace: “whoever is not for us is against us”.)
Reducing misery requires
-empowering those that you intend to help so that they can become independent from you
“Do not give a fish to the poor; teach the poor how to catch more fish” (adapted from Chinese proverb)
-eliminating violence (including the violence in the name of eliminating violence)
“You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war” (Albert Einstein)
-and excluding personal profit motivations - individually or collectively - economically, religiously or politically.
Sharing existing resources
Existing resources are spread in a very unbalanced way, and are easily spoiled (energy, food…) by those who have plenty.
What is the cost of helping others?
It may be better defined by the cost of not helping them:
-September 11 devastation: 11 billion US dollars?
-Reconstruction of Iraq: 300 billion US dollars?
-Cost of not neutralizing the radioactivity created by the nuclear accident in Chernobyl: unknown yet (note Chernobyl means “wormwood” or “absinthe” in Ukrainian).
“And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.” (Revelations 9, 10-11)
-the cost of leaving AIDS spread all over the (developing) world : unknown yet, civilizations annihilated, entire economies in jeopardy
-the cost of not intervening in ethnic conflicts in Rwanda, Congo and other tore down African countries: hundreds of thousands of lives destroyed, regression to barbaric systems, millions of young individuals having lost all hope in life.
-the cost incurred by Governments in Western Europe to subsidize millions of jobless people … not to work, whereas their skills would be very useful to assist those in needs in their own country or in other countries
- 80% of the worldwide births every year (about 100 million babies) take place in countries where the revenue per person is less than 20% of the average household revenue in the USA. A lot of suffering and hunger could be spared for each of these children for a handful of dollars per week (this is about what an average US household spends on cable TV every week).
- allowing controlled copying of patented life-essential drugs in developing countries: almost for free since, anyway, these users would not be able to pay for the full price of the treatment
- many corporations have spontaneously started diverting some of their monetary resources and some time of their workers to lead programs to assist local populations in various countries. They demonstrate that ethics and compassion are not contrary to business.
Get out, speak out and walk the talk
Our future is not written. We have received free will and we are the ones writing the future.
“The future is not written; only glimpses of it can be seen”
But be careful that all interpretations of visions and prophecies must be taken with extreme reserve:
-Many prophecies are just forgeries or, at best, they have been created by individuals under the illusion that they were receiving a message or a vision from God or from any other spiritual entity
-Your may be fascinated by trying to guess the future, but you must keep in mind that any interpretation of visions or prophecies by you or by anyone else is very weak and limited, and should not be trusted. It can only be considered as a source of inspiration and you need to keep working on your understanding to receive more inspiration, and sort out between different, sometimes contradictory levels of interpretation.
Dear friends, stop believing every spirit. Instead, test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (First John, 4,1)
On the other hand, every contribution counts, maybe even more than you realize in the instant. Do not stay silent. Speak out. Act now.
Being contemplative or active
Contemplative spirituality deserves deep respect since it is based (depending on your faith) on the belief that contemplation and individual prayers can create a communication link with God or that positive thoughts can favorably influence, help or heal others.
But contemplation in isolation may also cut an individual from the rest of humanity, lead to the ideas that nothing material matters, that other individuals are impure and not worthy of consideration, and it may end up with egoism, self-centric focus, ignorance of others, or exceedingly high self-esteem or low self-esteem.
An individual matures through three stages: dependence, independence, and eventually interdependence. The latter happens when you realize that you can elevate yourself only when helping others to elevate themselves (freely adapted from Stephen Covey).
Interdependence is also allowing or helping others to live a Peaceful and gratifying life. Giving is more rewarding than receiving. Interdependence leads to active spirituality, in which your educated intuition guides you to act concretely to help others, materially, emotionally and possibly spiritually.
But you must keep in mind that giving is not imposing. The recipients must be ready to receive. If you impose your help, your faith, your principles, if you try to indoctrinate, convert, forcefully transform others, you will create the opposite effect: doubt, resistance, resentment, hatred. As well, you must not stop giving because the others are very different from what you are, have a different faith, have apparently different values, etc. Without tolerance, no progress will be possible.
“The things that we have in common far out-number and outweigh those that divide us” (Walt Disney).
We are all interconnected. Think about the people that you know or that you interact with. At this time, you are having, yourself, various kinds of relationship with several thousands of individuals, who in turn are connecting with several thousands. Even if many of these connections are redundant, only a handful of these relationships will link you to any other human being on the planet, including the leaders of any major nation as well as the worst criminals.
They do influence you, directly or indirectly, for good or for bad.
Nevertheless, if you do not stay passive, you can also influence them, directly or indirectly. It is actually OUR responsibility to leverage our influence onto others’ influence in order to achieve the larger goal of a better world.
It is your duty:
-To understand better, from a variety of opinions - coming from multiple countries, backgrounds and interests - what are the real underlying causes that lie behind the problems. Do not accept pre-fabricated, simple and easy, explanations, most often designed by the politicians or by the media to prevent you from thinking.
“Panem et circenses” (“bread and games”, as the way to keep the people of antique Rome ignorant of the real issues of the Empire)
-Create your own educated and enlightened opinion, over time, from your heart and reflection, thinking alone but also speaking with anyone who can help you develop a more articulated vision - this may or may not be your religious leaders.
-Run away from futility and identify, if you are not yet doing so, how, around you, you can help alleviate suffering, reduce anxiety, and create hope. The golden rule is … start by listening. This is the key for compassion and understanding. Only then can you usefully help without imposing an inadequate answer.
-Communicate your opinion to your leaders. It is important for them to monitor what topics are important for the population that they are responsible for, so that they can address these concerns - hopefully more than with promises only. If you do not express your opinion, and if the majority around you is also passive, your leaders and the media may just, deliberately or by default, keep everyone in a state of ignorance, superstition and distraction (“bread and games”).
-Avoid the greedy, the envious, and the predator that can derail you. Do not feel intimated. The task is immense but each drop counts. If your cause is good, you will ultimately find support.
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves” (Matthew )
De Gloria Olivae provides you with the Internet links in the above text and hereunder to help you broaden your vision with a diversity of perspectives, and start your own reflection. De Gloria Olivae does not endorse nor has any connection with any of these organizations. Furthermore, they may express opinions which are not necessarily ours but are important to know about as a different perspective about many of the same topics addressed by De Gloria Olivae.
De Gloria Olivae is a tribune for testimony and hope. It promotes the convergence of religions, spiritual awareness, Peace, and sustainable development. It is not related to any specific religion or faith and it advocates tolerance for all opinions and creeds.
We believe that the Internet is a powerful tool that may be used for the better or for the worse but that offers a media of never-seen-before reach and efficiency to convey our message.
Our name, De Gloria Olivae, is a clear reference to the Prophecy of the Popes attributed to Malachy. This reference is not from a religious or prophetic perspective but we use it
-to create a wake-up call that humanity needs to change urgently (Malachy’s list of Popes is coming to a quick end…)
-to urge all human religions to break down the walls that isolate them without real protection, to converge instead of diverging, to combine instead of divding, to cease being a cause of war and destruction and to become a common platform to guide the whole humanity with tolerance towards true spirituality
-to symbolize the need for mysticism and religion to take an active participating role in creating a better spiritual and material world
Our emblem symbolizes
-Peace and reunion (the olive branch)
-the strength and the glory of a unified humanity (the oak branch)
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