Renunciation: The Key to Liberation in 2012 and Any Other Year


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Renunciation: The Key to Liberation in 2012 and Any Other Year

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak | 6:02pm Monday January 2, 2012

In our culture of must have, right now, or else I’m gonna freak out, renunciation is a dirty word. Renunciation means giving up something and to give up something means that I have less; and if I have less then somehow I am less than.

How did we get to this formulation? What if instead of giving up material things, status, and pleasure renunciation meant giving up suffering? Now it is sounding more appealing.

I’ll make a bold statement: All dissatisfaction, anguish, and suffering stems from a failure to renounce attachment to mistaken views and the behaviors compelled by them.

If I think that somehow I am entitled to everything going my way, I am mistaken. If I think somehow that the pleasures I have now will last, I am mistaken. If think that somehow there is some “me” out there in the world that experiences these things without being affected by these things, I am mistaken. It’s all just the process of now and if I try to control it, I’m sunk. If I think that I “own” it, I am sunk.

The alternative is to kiss things as they go by, affectionate, respectful, and cognizant of the passing. This is renunciation. A letting go of futile effort. An allowing to be of this moment as it is without any conditions.

To renounce is to be fluid. To renounce is to be open. To renounce is to be connected. Renunciation is the bridge to this next moment. Life in three dimensions, and perhaps more. By giving up you gain a greater perspective; renouncing encumbrances to happiness right here, right now.

So think about what you’d like to give up in this New Year. Think about how you’d like to be. And, by the way, Happy New Year!



About Catholic Apostolic Church of Jerusalem

The Catholic Apostolic Church of Jerusalem What We Believe The Catholic Apostolic Church of Jerusalem is an Autocephalous and Ecumenical Catholic Church. We are a UNIFIED and UNIVERSAL Catholic Church for all people. We offer the traditional sacraments in an inclusive environment. While we recognize the Roman Catholic Pope as the Bishop of Rome, we also believe he is but one of many Catholic and Orthodox Patriarchs. The direct spiritual head of the Catholic Apostolic Church of Jerusalem is His Sacred Beatitude Patriarch William Gameson. We believe in and practice the Sacraments of the Holy Catholic Church, with those being one Baptism, one Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. ALL of our Sacraments are open to everyone. We hold unbroken lines of Apostolic Succession, which flow to us from the ancient Patriarchal Sees of Jerusalem, Constantinople, and Antioch. We ordain both men and women, married or single, to the Priesthood and to the Episcopacy. History of the Church The Catholic Apostolic Church of Jerusalem is a valid patriarchate existing in the catholic tradition. We are called "Autocephalous" because we do not have a relationship with the Roman Catholic Church. As such - we do not exist under the Roman Pope's authority, nor do we report to the Holy See of Rome. Our first sitting patriarch, His Sacred Beatitude Isaac Kramer, founded the church on the principles of ecumenical unity and to promote the progressive and contemporary studies of the Christian Mysteries. At the end of 2009 our jurisdiction was recognized by His Sacred Beatitude, Patriarch James Mondok of the Western Orthodox Church and it's jurisdiction Christ Catholic Orthodox Church. On behalf of Patriarch James Mondok, our founding Patriarch Isaac Kramer was enthroned by Metropolitan Archbishop Frank Vandeventer. The Western Orthodox Church in America was founded by H.S.B. Patriarch James Mondok with the approval of the late Bishop C. David Luther, Bishop and superior of the Good Shepherd Religious Order in Altoona, PA. Patriarch James Mondok was one of the first Bishops that he consecrated along with Bishops; Alan Bain and Peter Paul Brennen in 1984. In 1988 the name was changed to Christ Catholic Orthodox Church after conferring with the late Presiding Bishop Karl Pruter of the Christ Catholic Church. Today, the Church of Jerusalem maintains an unofficial open dialogue with Christ Catholic Orthodox Church. Inter-Communions & Inter-Jurisdictional Relationships At the CACJ we believe that by nature of our common Apostolic heritage and practice of the sacraments, we are automatically "In-Communion" with all Apostolic and Christian Jurisdictions. From time to time, as one jurisdiction may desire a closer relationship with another, an Inter-Communion agreement may be signed, and an ecumenical mass may be celebrated.
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One Response to Renunciation: The Key to Liberation in 2012 and Any Other Year

  1. You are a very smart person!

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