Appendix A- Discernment
According to the National Directory for Catechesis, Chapter 6: “We are to live according to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.”
More information about discernment may be found at www.Loquate.tv home page, upper right, by clicking a “Sacred Door.”
You may also find faith enrichment categories on the Loquate home page on the right. By clicking a category that strikes you, you will find inspiring videos identified as falling under that faith enrichment category “Where Work Meets Faith.”
On the home page click the tab “Retreat.” This is a free retreat. On the left side is an audio version of the retreat. On the right side is a readable version of the retreat. On both the right and the left, videos are offered. By clicking the video arrow, you may view each retreat presenter on a topic chronologically. For $9.99 you can buy a small group kit, and have a discussion on cultural challenges and sprititual breakthroughts with your friends found on the retreat. Your friends need not take the retreat to participate in your small group.
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Appendix B – Research
Loquate is a community for peace, a not for profit listed by the IRS on its official list of tax deductible charities that uses technology for intentional community building. Its website, Loquate.TV, airs videos of a Seminar “Where Work Meets Faith.”
Loquate Research acts as a plug-in between Academic Research on Emotional Intelligence, focusing on primary values that create a sense of community. Loquate employs Academic Research from the field of Emotional Intelligence on best practices for Work Meets Faith small groups. Best practices empower participants with greater happiness and sense of community, so as to operate longer and better in a world that can all too often be harsh.
Best practices consist in increasing: self awareness, self management, empathy, and God centered community building thru skilled relationships. An Emotional Intelligence Training Guide permits self management by the group members for best practice outcomes.
The founder of Loquate, Jeffrey Liautaud, went to what was billed as the friendliest college in America. After graduate school he went to work in a large metropolitan area. He could not help noticing a tangible difference meeting people in the friendliest college in America and meeting people in the large metropolitan area. He felt an intense curiosity to understand and “bottle” the difference and began Loquate in 1970.
He began research that continued since 1970. He studied literature on the subject at the University of Chicago library. He studied books on the subject. He discovered the problem was defining the instrumental means to the good society and the good citizen. The literature called for help from the common man to understand the instrumental means. He created a ten foot stack of papers examining every experience of his own of significance where he felt good or felt bad. He then applied values that he intrinsically knew from the natural law of our feelings to be important. He redefined the values to have no overlap, which he called primary values, or natural law primary values. Yet he found exceptions to his research. He found experiences that went for one or more primary values but in which he still felt bad.
After several years he discovered his error. It was not one primary value which was the be all and end all, but a combination of primary values. Each of these primary values is discreet and pre-potent over our feelings of good and bad.
The natural law rule is
If the experience goes for one or more primary values, and the experience does not go against any of the other primary values, you will feel good.
From such an experience, you will tend toward happiness for yourself and sense of community in the groups of which you are a part. You will tend toward being a good citizen creating a good society.
Immediately all of his former exceptions were explained. He had no exceptions. Going forward he applied the Rule to all of his experiences for many months. He asked a close friend to do the same on his own experiences. Neither found any exceptions to the Rule.
The next step was to get others to experientially validate the natural law primary values as related to their feelings. He defined a process for testing. He started Loquate as a statewide individual development program for the Jaycees. He asked participants to share an experience that no one could ever convince them was not good for themselves. In one Jaycee chapter 70 participants shared such experiences. About ten other chapters ran the same program. The program examined all such experiences in Jaycees over several years and found no exception. No peak experience went against one or more primary values. Every peak experience went for one or more primary values, and usually was for all three primary values.
Awards: Illinois Jaycees Individual Development Award 1973
A seeming exception was a dual experience, for example in a religious experience. On the one hand a person could feel bad because an experience went against a primary value, but on the other hand the person had joy in a dual experience of choosing to live according to one’s beliefs, in spite of not feeling good. Such a person experienced joy at living according to their beliefs, and in the midst of suffering, an experience that went against one or more of the primary values. So such a person would need to know how to interpret each of two experiences using a specific point in time to clarify use of the primary values.
Seminar Series -”Where Work Meets Faith”
In 2009 Jeff began a St. Paul of the Cross Seminar Series –”Where Work Meets Faith.” He asked presenters: “Can you share a real life story (volunteer, student, family, retired) where you provided extreme value where work meets faith?” Some stories were dual experience stories. In about half of the stories, the presenter felt humility in a presence of God who provided extreme value for the common good by grace. All stories went for one or more primary values and never went against any primary value. Over 150 videos get at the core of one’s being and may be viewed at Loquate.tv.
With presenters from over 24 locations, principally Catholic Parishes, the late Cardinal George, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, said: “I am happy to recommend the work of Loquate’s “Where Work Meets Faith.” Termed “Inspiring and practical” by viewers, the videos build a sense of community.
An identity experience may be another practical application for natural law primary values. An identity experience is a single experience or set of related experiences that is selected and elevated by the individual as defining what it means to be that individual. The practical application for the primary values is this. When the identity experience goes “for” one or more primary values and does not go “against” any primary value, the natural law is that individual tends toward happiness and that individual tends toward sense of community for groups to which he belongs.
You can apply identity experience evaluation to yourself.
Happiness for the Individual
Think of an experience or series of experiences which you have elevated as defining what it means for you to be you. Does that experience or series of experiences contain one or more primary values and not go against any primary value? If so, does thinking about your identity experience bring a smile to your face? If so is that experience leading you to happiness? And what about the groups to which you belong? Is that experience leading you toward sense of community in the groups to which the experience relates?
If not, can you elevate another experience as an identity experience which will lead to happiness for yourself? Do the primary values help you to understand why you feel the way you do? If so, you can experientially validate the primary values as related to your feelings. Then you may conclude that natural law relates primary values to your feelings.
Sense of community for the group
Another practical application for the natural law of primary values is analyzing the collective identity experiences of a group and its members, elevated by the members, as defining what it means to be a part of that group or organization. When the identity experience is for one or more primary values and does not go against any primary value, the natural law is that the group or organization tends toward sense of community.
No method known by Loquate is more effective than Identity Experience Evaluation for making the sense of community flourish. Jeff applied this to his own company as well as to companies in which he had formed small groups. If an individual can be found whose identity experience with the organization is affirming of all primary values or does not go against any primary value, that individual’s experience may be considered a valid and applicable precedent for others. Because the experience is consistent with natural law, the experience may be a breakthrough applicable to many others.
Or the group or organization can see how well some have achieved a one to one correlation between the organization’s goals, personal happiness of its members, and sense of community for the group or organization. Such a group or organization will use natural law in its favor to increase engagement by its members. Increased engagement leads to increased productivity and less waste. A mission statement can be helpful in better realizing this one to one correlation, thereby increasing the natural law application of sense of community.
Culture is made up of the collective identity experiences of many individuals. Interestingly, Jeff found that by just living the primary values, his example seemingly affected his company. Natural law is something all are attracted to by example. After living his example over years and years, in a period of one month two different outside people unsolicited volunteered how much they felt sense of community at his factory.
The primary values may be used to identify whether your identity experience with God will lead to your personal happiness, defined as peace and joy in this world and happiness in the next, and to sense of community in the groups to which the identity experience relates.
A naturalistic value system plus God centered sense of community works because it supports the primary values that lead to happiness and joy for the individual and sense of community for every group of which that individual is a part.
Short Summary of Academic Research validating natural law of innate psychological needs.
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It is a natural law that all human beings are born with feelings. Our feelings tell us if we are on target, or off target, as a human being. Feelings are hardwired into the human chassis. As a computer analogy, feelings become part of our operating system.
Loquate, a community for peace, has done research on primary values that affect our feelings. Academic research supports the validity of each primary value and calls them innate psychological needs.
The first primary value is doing that which is truly in the best interests of others.
The second primary value is attaining a goal.
The third primary value is “Operating in an area of meaningful expansion for yourself,” that is your interiorly preferred work.
Applying Academic Research to the first primary value “Doing that which is truly in the best interests of others,” Psychologists use terms called agency and relatedness.
Dr. Albert Bandura, Stanford University.
“Agency is the sense that ‘I did that,’ …the proactive desire to create, manipulate, influence, and transform the environment that one is in so to improve it in some way.”
Baard, Deci and Ryan (1998) showed that “employees’ experiences of satisfaction of the needs for autonomy, competence and relatedness in the workplace predicted their performance and well-being at work.”
Doing that which is truly in the best interests of others increases environmental improvement and enhances relatedness with those in the environment.
Academic research says this about the second primary value attaining goals.
Eric. H. Kessler, Pace University,
“The roots of goal-setting theory lie in biology…an organism’s survival is conditional on its fulfilling its needs… fulfilling goals… Close to 400 studies were conducted by many researchers over a period of some 25 years before the findings were integrated into an actual theory in 1990… Goal – setting theory has been rated as the most important and valid theory in organizational behavior and industrial/organizational psychology. It is widely taught in university courses and appears in virtually all organizational behavior and industrial and organizational psychology textbooks.”
The third primary value is operating in an area of meaningful expansion for yourself.
“Operating in an area of meaningful expansion for yourself” relates to one’s belief in one’s ability to succeed in specific situations, what Academic
research calls self efficacy.
Dr. Albert Bandura, Stanford University said “One’s sense of self-efficacy can play a major role in how one approaches goals, tasks, and challenges.”
Since Bandura published his seminal 1977 paper, the subject has become one of the most studied topics in psychology.
Edwin A. Locke, University of Maryland, and Gary P Latham, University of Michigan published in Psychological Science an article cited by 748.
“After decades of research it is now possible to offer a coherent, data-based theory of work motivation and job satisfaction…If high challenge is accompanied by high expectancy of success or self efficacy, high performance results, given that there is: commitment to the goals, feedback, adequate ability, and low situational constraints.”
Richard M. Ryan, and Edward L. Deci both of the University of Rochester published in American Psychologist cited by 14,168
“The findings have led to the postulate of three innate psychological needs–competence, autonomy, and relatedness-which when satisfied yield enhanced self-motivation and mental health and when thwarted lead to diminished motivation and well-being.”
Natural law supports the three primary values:
1. Relatedness – doing that which is truly in the best interests of others.
2. Competence – attaining a goal, and
3. Autonomy – Operating in an area of meaningful expansion for ourselves.
The natural law rule
If one or more of the values is present and the experience does not go against any of the other values, you will feel good. If the experience goes against one or more of the values, you will feel bad, even if other values are present.
All of this research led Loquate to acknowledge the validity of its hypothesis:
There are natural law primary values behind our feelings toward which every man of every religion, and every person ever born, is drawn. Each of these primary values is discreet and pre-potent over our feelings of good and bad.
God built us with primary values hardwired into our chassis as a human being. Of course we have free will. The choice is ours to elevate, or not, an identity experience for our self or for a group to which we belong, which goes “for” primary values without going “against” any primary value.
Appendix C – Approved Marian Apparition
“Mary’s role in the Church is inseparable from her union with Christ and flows directly from it.” 964-Catechism of the Catholic Church. The rosary is linked with Mary and her Son thru contemplating the mysteries of her Son in the rosary. The tradition of Mary is that she understands our needs like our mother before we do. Any person who prays the rosary long enough experiences the grace of discernment. Discernment is enlightenment from God. You do not have to be Catholic to pray the rosary. Many pray the rosary… because it works!
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Our Lady of Kibeho: Is Anyone Still Listening?
Diane McKelva • October 5, 2013
The attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, is a stark reminder of man’s inhumanity towards his fellow man; senseless retribution against the innocents for perceived injustices, political gain or religious domination. Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked rebel group, al-Shabab, targeted and killed non-Muslims in a popular shopping mall as retribution for the Kenyan military presence in Somalia, where Kenyan troops have driven Shabab fighters out of much of the territory they once controlled.
To encapsulate the historical dynamics of African cultural and politics, in order to fully appreciate her impact on the rest of the world, would take far more time and space than this column allows. However, it is essential to acknowledge that when people hear the word “Africa,” it is not always good images that come to mind. Certainly reinforced by the international media, people more often associate Africa as a place of famine, disease, tribal wars,genocide, AIDS and ruthless dictators. When in fact, Africa is a microcosm of the human condition throughout the world.
To reinforce this assessment, one of the most compelling Marian apparitions in history occurred in Kibeho, Rwanda, with little fanfare or media coverage beyond the country’s borders. The Virgin Mary’s message is not just a message for Rwandans, and Africans, but for the entire world. It is as relevant today as it was in 1981.
The Condition of Kibeho
To appreciate the magnitude of the events that occurred in Kibeho, you need a little perspective. The small mountain village of Kibeho is located in the southern province of Rwanda, a country on the eastern side of the continent bordering Somalia. Considered one of the poorest countries in Africa, Rwanda has an estimated 65% of people living in poverty. Between 1980 and 1981, Catholics in villages throughout Rwanda were humiliated. Almost all the statues of the Virgin Mary on display were dismembered, destroyed or stolen. People stopped praying the Rosary, believing propaganda that “the devotion was outdated.” Clergy became so frustrated until they basically gave up trying to shepherd their parishes. They no longer encouraged praying the Rosary, and thus, the Blessed Mother was almost forgotten.
Between 1981 and 1989, numerous visionaries had frequent encounters with the Blessed Virgin Mary, who revealed herself as “Nynia wa Jambo,” meaning “Mother of the Word,” which is a synonym for “Umubyeyi w’Imana,” which means “Mother of God.” However, after extensive tests and evaluations by physicians and Church authorities, the Catholic Church approved and sanctioned only the first three visionaries; Alphonsine Mumureke, Nathalie Mukamazimpaka, and Marie-Claire Mukangano, who attended the 120-student Kibeho High School; an all-girl boarding school, run by three Catholic nuns.
The messages from the Blessed Mother, similar to Fatima, are urgent appeals for the repentance and conversion of hearts, an assessment of the moral conduct of the world, the Blessed Mother’s deep sorrow for the disobedience of all of God’s children, regardless of religion, and the necessity of prayer and conversion before the Final Judgment, which she expresses repeatedly is coming soon. She also talks about how suffering saves, saying: “No one will reach heaven without suffering.”
Similar to the children of Fatima, Alphonsine, Nathalie, Marie-Claire were ridiculed and tormented, with Marie-Claire initially being the most outspoken critic before her own visions began.
Alphonsine, Nathalie and Marie-Claire
On November 28, 1981, Alphonsine was the first to see the Blessed Mother. As news spread throughout Kibeho, the school became concerned of the negative impact Alphonsine’s actions could have on the school and the village. People began traveling to Kibeho in hopes of seeing a miracle. Yet, at the school, no one believed the girl was seeing anything. One of the school’s priests actually gave Marie-Claire encouragement to promote the physical abuse of Alphonsine during her apparitions in an effort to discourage her. Maria-Claire organized a group of girls who pulled Alphonsine’s hair, pinched her skin, screamed in her ears, even shone a bright flashlight in her eyes, during the apparition, but nothing caused Alphonsine to blink, flinch or winced in the slightest way.
After hearing that the girls’ efforts failed to expose Alphonsine as a fraud, the same priest approached Alphosine during an apparition and stuck a needle into her arm. Again, no response. Ironically, in Kinyarwanda, the native language of Rwanda, Alphonsine’s last name, Mumureke, means “leave her alone; she speaks the truth.”
Eventually, The Pressure Became Too Much for Alphonsine
Alphonsine asked the Blessed Mother if she could appear to more children so that those at the school would believe her. So, on January 12th, 1982, the Blessed Mother began to appear to Nathalie, which only made Marie-Claire angrier and more determined to expose both girls as frauds.
Yet, the Blessed Mother had plans for the little “doubting Thomas,” and on March 2nd, 1982, the Blessed Mother chose Marie-Claire as the third visionary. Now Marie-Claire was filled with shame and humility.
In one of the first visions, Marie-Claire was given a message for the same priest who encouraged her to torment Alphonsine. She approached the priest and said, “The Blessed Mother told me to tell you that you’ve been unjustly tormenting her children and must do penance. She wants you to knell down tonight, hold your arms open to God, and pray your rosary three times.”
The priest viewed Marie-Claire’s statement as insolence, and called her a liar. He ordered her to remain in her dormitory until morning when he would administer her punishment.
That night, before going to bed, the priest recalled the Blessed Mother’s message. Although he didn’t believe these apparitions, he saw no harm in saying a few extra rosaries. Telling no one, he drew all the curtains so that no one could see him, and he prayed just as the Blessed Mother had instructed. When he finished praying, he laid the rosary in the nightstand draw, placed some books and magazines on top of the rosary, and closed the drawer.
The next day when the priest met with Marie-Claire to pronounce her punishment, she greeted the priest with another message, saying that the Blessed Mother was pleased that he prayed the previous night as she asked. However, the Blessed Mother wanted the priest to know that he should never throw his rosary in a drawer and cover it with books and magazines. She said the rosary should be with you at all times, and that it should be prayed every day. From that moment forward, the priest was humbled and became a believer.
The Blessed Mother Allowed the Visionaries to See the Future
On August 19, 1982, the Blessed Mother gave the girls visions that are now believed to have been in part a prophecy of the Rwandan genocide. With witnesses present, the visionaries screamed in horror as they saw in a vision, trees in flames, a river of blood flowing with corpses which had been decapitated and floating limbs of people. Our Lady warned the children that this world is “on the edge of catastrophe.” The accurate account of their vision was recorded as follows:
“A river of blood, people were killing each other, abandoned corpses with no one to bury them. A tree all in flames, bodies without their heads. There was crying and screaming. At different times, all seven of the Kibeho visionaries experienced this horrifying vision. They saw a river of blood that formed because people were killing each other indiscriminately. “Corpses, some without heads, were strewn everywhere and were so numerous they could not be buried.”
Rwanda is comprised of two predominate tribes: Hutu and Tutsi. On April 6, 1994, after the plane of the Hutu President Hamyarimana crashed, the violence against the Tutsi began almost instantaneously. Fueled by Hutu extremists that blamed the Tutsi minority for the country’s social, economic, and political problems, in less than 100 days, Hutus systematically massacred between 800,000 and 1 million Tutsis, or anyone sympathetic to the Tutsis. They savagely dismembered and mutilated their victims. To further degrade the Tutsi, Hutu extremists would not allow the Tutsi dead to be buried. Their bodies were left where they were slaughtered, exposed to the elements, eaten by rats and dogs.
Why is the “Mother of the Word” Still Relevant Today?
The message that Our Lady gave to Marie-Claire on March 27, 1982 was this:
“If I am now turning to the parish of Kibeho it does not mean I am concerned only for Kibeho or for the diocese of Butare or for Rwanda, or for the whole of Africa. The world is bad. The world rushes toward its ruin. It’s about to fall into an abyss. The world is in rebellion against God. Many sins are committed. There is no love and no peace. If you don’t repent and convert your hearts, all will fall into an abyss.”
The world is bad.
The world rushes towards its ruin.
The world is in rebellion against God.
Nothing has changed on this earth since the Kibeho visions ended in 1989. The tragedy in Nairobi, Kenya, is but a mere reminder of similar tragedies around the world in the last 24 years, such as the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. We live in a world where human life is not valued from the moment of conception until natural death, and we act shocked when people rise up against and kill one another in retaliation for perceived injustices, political gain or religious domination. And this devaluing of life is present in all countries, among all races of people, and within all forms of professed religions.
During the campaign in the 1940’s for independence in India, Mohandas Gandhi was quoted as saying, “An eye for an eye will leave everyone blind.”
Is that what we have become – a world of blind children who lack the ability to recognize the ability for compassion and humility that God gave us? Have we lost our ability to discern what is of value in this life and what is not? Like obstinate children, why do we chose not to hear God’s voice, thinking any message from Him through the Blessed Mother, Mary, cannot possibly apply to us?
“….blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
Appendix D – Implications for Religions
of Innate Psychological Needs and Terrorism
There are primary values related to our feelings toward which every person ever born, and every person of every religion, is drawn. The natural law is that each of these primary values is discreet and pre-potent over our feelings of good and bad.
The schema below shows God as the ultimate goal of life for those who claim to serve Him.
The base of the pyramid shows the primary values related to our feelings as innate psychological needs. The middle shows an open space around religion in this sense: Religion may define rewards of a religious life in line or out of line with innate psychological needs. A norm outside the natural boundaries of the pyramid is bad code. A norm is an expected form of behavior from a group member in order to remain a member of the group. Bad code goes against fulfilling innate psychological needs. No religion has authority to go against innate psychological needs put into us by our Creator, defined as going against the primary values.
As discussed previously, a seeming exception to innate psychological needs is a dual experience, for example in a religious experience. The exception is feeling good and bad seemingly in one experience. On the one hand a person could feel bad because an experience went against a primary value as a result of being in a harsh environment, but on the other hand the person could experience joy in a dual, or concurrent, experience by still doing that which is truly in the best interests of others, in spite of not feeling good. In the midst of suffering, such a person would still feel bad about the harshness of the environment that went against one or more of the person’s primary values. Concurrently the person could experience joy in the dual experience in still choosing to do that which is truly in the best interests of others. This seeming exception is explained away when one realizes there are two experiences at one specific point in time. From the harsh experience one feels bad, but from still doing that which is truly in the best interests of others, one feels joy.
Suffering while still choosing to do that which is truly in the best interests of others is an example of religion bringing joy. Joy is different from happiness. In joy we still are afflicted. In happiness our affliction ends.
Conversely, the opposite is true. If a religion hurts or harms others, that religion goes against the innate psychological need of doing that which is truly in the best interests of others. That religion would be misaligned with the innate psychological needs defined as the primary values that were created in us by our Creator, God.
Man has free will. Man can live according to natural law fulfilling innate psychological needs or not. For example hurting or harming others always goes against fulfilling the innate psychological need of relatedness or doing that which is truly in the best interests of others.
Any claiming to be acting according to a religion under God, hurting or harming others would be self evidently misaligned. Any person can self validate as a basic human right the right to fulfill the innate psychological needs, defined as going for primary values. The primary values as basic human rights uphold dignity for all.
|Uphold dignity for all.
Primary Values Based on Natural law
|Explanation – Symptom of Violation
|1. The right to do that which is truly in the best interests of others.||1. Feeling that I am part of something that injures or harms others.|
|2. The right to attain goals or other ends not necessarily preconceived as goals but which become goals once experienced.||2. Feeling unable to finish something I have started or want to do because others prevent me or interfere or take over.|
|3. The right to operate in an area of meaningful expansion for yourself.||3. Feeling bored about my work. Feeling I am wasting my time. When I die I don’t want to say “That which I should have done, I did not do.”|
|4. The right to act non-cooperatively, non- violently according to my personal-moral or religious beliefs.||4. Feeling like my personal-moral or religious beliefs are not accepted. Feeling like I am kept from living my personal – moral or religious beliefs.|
Dignity Comes from Primary Values
Can You Find Scripture From Your Religion that Supports Dignity for all?
1. Love. Doing that which is truly in the best interests of others.
· Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31;
· This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. John 15:12;
· You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Leviticus 19:18;
· Hatred stirs up disputes, but love covers all offenses. Proverbs 10:12;
· “Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.”- Buddha
· “Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.”- Buddha
· May we resolve to dedicate our life to the service of humankind, and uplift them to Divinity. (Hindu-Yajur Veda)
2. Work. Attaining a goal or other end not necessarily preconceived as a goal but which becomes a goal once experienced.
· My Father is at work until now, so I am at work. John 5:17;
· Not that I say this because of need, for I have learned, in whatever situation I find myself, to be self-sufficient. Philippians 4:11;
· The LORD God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it. Genesis 2:15;
· Prosper the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17;
· “However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?” – Buddha
· “An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”- Buddha
· The experience of unity is the fulfillment of human endeavors. (Hindu-Rig Veda)
3. Meaningful Expansion. Operating in an area of meaningful expansion for yourself.
· Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord and not for others, Colossians 3:23;
· I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: Ephesians
· For the vision is a witness for the appointed time, a testimony to the end; it will not disappoint. If it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late. Habakkuk 2:3
· For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. Jeremiah 29:11;
· “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.”- Buddha
· “You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself”- Buddha
· One who kindles the light of awareness within gets true light.(Hindu-Rig Veda)
(The Old Testament, shared by followers of the Muslim Qur’an, as indicated in the Bible quotes in the chart may imply endorsement of the innate primary values. Also the Qur’an does speak about Jesus. And Jesus as known in the tradition of his early followers endorsed the innate primary values as the Bible quotes in the chart indicate above. So thru the Old Testament link and through the Jesus link the Qur’an may imply endorsement of the innate primary values.)
Terrorism killing non combatants in the name of God is a confusing topic for many. The confusion of the topic may be readily discerned. The main discrepancy is one of belief. Could a God who created us ask us to go against satisfying the innate psychological need of other-relatedness that God planted within us?
See the 7 minute video: http://www.loquate.tv/a-natural-law-on-feelings-jeffreyliautaud that defines the instrumental means to satisfy innate psychological needs cited by over 14,000 in academic articles.
Could a loving God who created us with free will, ask us to force another to join our religion? Forcing another to join our religion is not the answer because man has free will. A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still. The only good reason to belong to any religion is because you believe it pleases God to do so.
The implication for religions is this. If a religion were to preach misalignment with natural law then the religion would be preaching to not satisfy innate psychological needs. If the religion were to preach alignment with natural law then the religion would be preaching to satisfy innate psychological needs.
God built us with a conscience that can be overridden but only at great personal loss of self. The end never justifies the means. The means of doing that which is truly in the best interests of others justifies the end of loving God and loving all before us. Such a culture of love brings peace.
When one in authority in any religion by their action leads another astray, a religious lie occurs. The religious lie is doing evil in the name of good. But when those in authority in a religion align their actions with the primary values as a given, the richness of that faith tradition may be seen, like an isotope for nuclear fission. They become saints for their religion and for all mankind.
Appendix E – Non Cooperation, Non Violence
Civil Resistance Works
- Academic Research:
- Twice as effective as their violent counterparts.
- Studied between 1900 and 2006
- Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan
- detail the factors enabling such campaigns to succeed.
(The f0llowing is provided by Loquate. For more information about Loquate see Appendix G.)
A Teaching That Transcends Definitions
When your brother or sister does something wrong, confront the problem and talk between your two selves. If he or she listens to you, you have won back your brother or sister. If he or she does not listen, take one or two others along with you: the evidence of two or three witnesses is required to sustain any charge, but if he or she refuses to listen to these, report it to the community; and if he or she refuses to listen to the community, treat him or her like a pagan or a tax collector. These are Jesus’ words found in the New Testament, Matthew chapter 18, verses 15 to 18.
A bad environment is one that does not recognize a wrong for a wrong. It troubles our peace. When we follow the teaching that transcends definitions, it does not matter whether we can define whether the environment is good, and corrects the wrong, or is bad, and does not correct the wrong.
If the environment is good, then it will hold to be wrong what we hold to be wrong. In time, the environment will correct the situation. Consensus will form which leads to change.
But if the environment does not hold to be wrong, what we hold to be wrong, there can be but two outcomes. Either, what we hold to be wrong, is not wrong, and therefore just people, hold it to not cause the suffering of others while we hold it to cause the suffering of others, or, what we hold to be wrong is wrong, and therefore just people will hold it to cause the suffering of others, though these people do not. The view of just people is a truth force.
Even in the face of the power of truth, some people may not hold to be wrong what we hold to be wrong. They may try to keep the group as it is, even if it results in human diminution because it is to their benefit to do so. Some may even see it as resulting in the suffering of others and do it systematically for personal gain. Truth force may have less affect on those who deny it, but it will not be any less powerful.
Even if some do not hold what we hold to be wrong, what we hold to be wrong may still make others feel bad if they permit themselves to be honest with their feelings. These others may change.
Still others may not want to cause others to suffer but do what we hold to be wrong only because it is to their benefit to do so. These too may seek to change their consciousness to bring what we hold to be wrong in accord with a life which is agreeable and habitual to them, rather than to face the truth.
Others may hold the suffering of others to be wrong, but still choose it nonetheless, because of the gains that result, which are determined to be more valuable than the elimination of the wrong. Others may not be aware of the suffering it is causing, but if they were aware would wish to change it. For the power of truth to come out, discussion is needed for perception to change. Perception changes when apparent issues are seen as real issues. People need to talk themselves into perception of what we hold to be wrong, before they can talk themselves into eliminating what we hold to be wrong. Doing good cannot occur over night.
The Power of Truth
There is a truth force. God is truth. Accepting our cross and submitting to authority, prayer can help us stay on our path to God.
Effectiveness of the truth force may be measured by perception needed to eliminate the cause of the suffering. Change comes about in two ways: an environment perceiving the truth and seeking to eliminate the cause of the injustice, or an innocent person suffering in an environment. By innocent is meant one who has suffered enough. We will know we have suffered enough when we suffer no more.
The effectiveness of the truth force will occur to the degree that a major engagement takes place in favor of the greatest mutually perceived issue by the most involved, not necessarily the greatest issue perceived by the suffering person.
The greatest truth force will occur when:
a) all or most agree to the issue,
b) the issue is perceived as real… it does exist in the eyes of all or most,
c) the issue results in injustice apparent to all or most,
d) the issue being addressed is the most widely held injustice,
e) the proponent of the truth force is more calm, loving, patient and kind than opponents,
f) the proponent of the truth force is an obviously good person, that is has a good relationship with the constituency and has an obviously loving, patient, kind relationship with all antagonists,
g) the antagonist’s use of force results in suffering perceived by the constituency.
A suffering person, in all humility, can wage a non-violent war of non-cooperation against an environment. The principles set forth above which allow the greatest truth force sets forth the moral principles of the war being waged against the environment. The power of the truth force exists to the degree that the moral majority counts greater than the physical minority. This is a defining characteristic of a just environment. The more overwhelming the awareness of the injustice by the constituency, the more predictable will be the outcome in favor of the suffering person. A corollary to this is that the clearer the suffering, the greater the power of truth.
Appendix F – Why take a Catholic retreat 0f all inclusive love?
This Catholic retreat is consistent with natural law that leads to happiness and joy for the individual and sense of community for all groups of which the individual is a part. Everyone is invited to share “that which they value the most.” By linking that which you value the most to an identity experience at work, best practices may be shared by all in a diverse work population for increased engagement at work. The retreat discussion questions may be answered by all.
The word catholic (lower case) means universal. The spiritual roots of many faith traditions go back to the Bible.
The Catholic Church is the oldest Christian church. It literally dates back to the time of Christ. So the treasures of the church are the early followers of Christ who knew Christ personally. Many of those followers were students of the Old Testament. Their teachings are an important part of authentic
revelation. The Catholic Church rests its foundation on the tradition of the early Church followers.
Someone needs to decide what writings should become part of scripture called the Bible. The Catholic Church from the beginning formed a gathering of scholars to study the writings and gather the authentic ones into the scripture. These were committed Christians who were the scholars of the day. Continuing to today this is called the Magisterium or teaching authority of the Catholic Church.
The alternative is every man decides for himself what to believe. The problem for one who teaches is that if any man teaches, who is to say that man’s teaching is authentic for another man. Deliberation among men is needed. Discernment is needed.
Any person can take comfort in following on the shoulders of the pillars of that person’s faith. Those shoulders are considered opinions. It takes a lot of scholarly research to make a considered opinion. A considered opinion of one man saves time for many men. The unified considered opinion of many men is even more reliable. The Catholic Church rests on the Bible taken as a whole to form its considered opinions. So with the Catholic Church, official teachings are one, not many. This saves time and confusion. So a Catholic retreat is chosen as authentic considered opinion relying on the Magisterium, the tradition of the early church, and the Bible taken as a whole to permit obedience to the word of God as one unified body of knowledge called scripture or the Bible.
The Catholic Church studies the Old Testament as well as the New Testament. The same rigorous understanding of the Old Testament is applied to the Old Testament as to the New Testament. So one who relies on the Old Testament may be presented with a unified opinion of God revealing himself from the Catholic Church.
If Loquate.tv agrees, any faith is invited to put up its version of the Smart Retreat ® consistent with natural law. Academic Research validates as innate psychological needs the primary values that lead to happiness and joy for the individual, sense of community for any group of which the individual is a part, and peace on earth. See http://www.loquate.tv/a-natural-law-on-feelings-jeffreyliautaud.
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The “Where Work Meets Faith” – program meets or exceeds the standards set forth for New Evangelization by USCCB Catholic Hierarchy. See report X001.9.
The “Where Work Meets Faith” – New Evangelization program was designed to meet or exceed the standards set forth for New Evangelization by USCCB Catholic Hierarchy. See Research report below. X001.9 –research report-d
Email received 2/12/16 from Director of New Evangelization Archdiocese of Chicago
“Where Work Meets Faith is a unique, parish-based process that helps individuals encounter Christ, grow as disciples, and assists them in applying their faith to the work they do every day. I recommend it to any pastor as part of an overall strategy of parish-based evangelization.” –Deacon Keith Strohm, Director of the Office for the New Evangelization, Archdiocese of Chicago
3525 S. Lake Park Avenue|Chicago, IL 60653-1402|312.534.5316
Email sent to Director of New Evangelization 9/8/15
In this email I would like to make a “Where Work Meets Faith” initiative Clarification, Evaluation in the context of the National Directory of Evangelization, and a Proposed Implementation Strategy. I am open to you totally.
I welcome your thoughts and assistance.
Jeff Liautaud 773-621-0863
“Where Work Meets Faith” New Evangelization Parish Program was
designed to meet or exceed
all requirements for New Evangelization set forth by
the National Directory for Catechesis established by
the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
The Where Work Meets Faith (“WWMF”) initiative now seemingly to me includes all aspects of the New Evangelization assuming the parish continues all catechesis as before and adds WWMF. In my email of 9/5/15 to you I enclosed a copy of our retreat booklet. The retreat is one form of the WWMF initiative.
Each form of the WWMF initiative has now been evaluated by myself with respect to compliance to the National Directory for New Evangelization. I invite you to please review my evaluation below to see if you concur that the WWMF initiative now includes all aspects of the New Evangelization assuming the parish continues all catechesis as before and adds WWMF.
I have read the National Directory for Catechesis as it applies to our initiative “Where Work Meets Faith” (“WWMF”). There is both a significant need for catechesis met and a significant need for catechesis not met by WWMF. The following is arranged in chronological order of the National Directory for Catechesis, USCCB, September 2005.
There is a significant need for catechesis not met by WWMF:
1. WWMF initiative assumes the role of the parish is in place. The sacraments, right of initiation, liturgy and so forth are all taken as a given provided by the parish, not by WWMF.
2. The parish Director of Catechesis is competent and in place and provides the parish plan of catechesis. The Director is in a position to review all New Evangelization initiatives WWMF for fit with their parish.
There is a significant need for catechesis met by WWMF:
1. In general, the WWMF initiative is middle wear for the enculturation of Christian doctrine in the niche WWMF.
2. By middle ware is meant enculturation at work. This is no small niche. For the faithful live out the gospel message largely at work. Everyone works, the student, the housewife, the retiree, as well as the mainstream worker. Work consumes a huge portion of the total time of the faithful.
3. WWMF initiative is the compliment to the pastoral church.
4. The WWMF retreat is “intended to arouse the first signs of faith.” Page 56
5. “All diocese and parishes, in the efforts and resources they focus on the new evangelization, should pursue the following fundamental objectives.” Page 52.
WWMF is intended to meet all objectives, but the WWMF process is like a tight knit ball of fibers, like a golf ball that is interwoven which when smacked, that is launched, has a purposefully designed powerful high speed launch. The velocity comes because WWMF is experiential with formation as a community of peace with several components.
6. The WWMF retreat includes salvation history, finding preferred work, a genuine profession of faith, staying on track moment by moment, joining a small group, Biblical application, all along the theme of where work meets faith.
7. The WWMF Seminar Series is public witnessing of extreme value from God for the common good.
8. The WWMF small group is meant to be a charismatic cross community, emphasizing the role of the cross in vocation as an ongoing resource in the tradition of the early Christian community.
9. The WWMF companion website www.Loquate.tv is a clear channel to the goodness of God as seen in published videos from the Seminar Series.
a. Social justice of righteous causes
b. Community for peace.
10. Page 58: “The aim of catechetical activity…is to encourage a living, explicit and fruitful profession of faith (WWMF small group)…while presenting catholic teaching in its entirety (WWMF retreat Salvation History) also enlightens faith (WWMF small group), directs the heart toward God (WWMF Retreat, fosters participation in the liturgy (example of member of WWMF small group), inspires apostolic activity (WWMF small group concerns about handling a God issue in work), and nurtures a life completely in accord with the spirit of Christ (WWMF small group Scripture and Catechism of the Catholic Church.)”
11. Page 62 interfaith dialogue and unity promoted (WWMF companion website www.Loquate.tv see Dove copy).
12. Page 64 “The new evangelization calls for a clearly conceived, serious and well organized effort to evangelize culture.”
a. WWMF realizes that U.S. culture today suppresses so much about God and religion as offensive to the rights of the atheist and the anti church population, that the person proclaiming the gospel is often put down before opening their mouth.
b. To level the playing field WWMF companion website Loquate.tv speaks of “that which we value the most. Since a significant majority of Americans believe in God according to public polls like the Harris poll, a platform of speaking about “that which one values the most” permits:
i. The God fearing person to explain God as “That which they value the most,”
ii. overcomes the put down, and
iii. in the end God will win. God always wins when a person is serious about examining their life and “that which they value the most.”
c. WWMF companion website Loquate.tv is a community for peace. Both peace and “that which we value the most” offers “compatibility with the Gospel and communion with the universal church.”
i. P 64 “it involves, when necessary, the purification of the elements in the cultures that may be hostile or adverse to the Gospel.
ii. And it involves an invitation to conversion.” P 64
13. Page 67 “Using the media correctly and competently can lead to a genuine enculturation of the gospel.”
a. WWMF companion website Loquate.tv is media. WWMF companion website offers a clear channel to the preciousness of god at work in the lives of ordinary people like you and I.
14. Page 70 “Sacred scripture… Has the preeminent position in the life of the Catholic Church…it strengthens faith, nourishes the soul, and nurtures the spiritual life.”
a. WWMF small group applies scripture in preparation for sharing a concern about handling of something at work that is God related. Other members of the WWMF small group share experience that may be relevant and applicable to the matter at hand.
15. Page 168 “The model of the human community is the Holy Trinity…the very nature of the Trinity is communal and social…people are social by nature…the fact that human beings are social by nature forms a fundamental tenet of catholic social teaching.”
a. WWMF companion 501C3 charity Loquate is a community for peace.
b. WWMF Catholic Lay Association is a community in the process of seeking official recognition by the Catholic Church.
16. Pages 188 and 189 “adult catechesis has 3 major goals… (including) tasks of adult Catechesis”
a. When taken in conjunction with the maintenance role of the parish which is assumed to be in place, WWMF is consistent with the 3 major goals and meets many of the tasks of adult Catechesis p 189.
b. WWMF is primarily New Evangelization.
c. WWMF meets the needs of “Catechesis that is more missionary by intention page 193
d. WWMF small group is open to retired adults, young adults and mature adults in one group that is more missionary by intention but does not claim by itself to fulfill all the parish needs of providing comprehensive Catechesis to each of these groups. However, the companion website also affirms WWMF missionary intention.
Proposed Implementation Strategy at the diocesan level
1. Director of New Evangelization evaluates WWMF, and if worthy offers WWMF along with Jeff as one form of New Evangelization to those who may be interested as follows.
a. Bishops ask pastors to evangelize their flock.
b. Pastors ask parishioners to present in WWMF seminar which forms a WWMF community including a portion who have joined WWMF catholic lay community.
2. WWMF community asks parishioners to go on a retreat: finding your story in God’s Story.
a. Retreat invites parishioners to join a WWMF small group.
b. WWMF small group self evangelizes members thru enculturation
c. WWMF to form a charismatic cross community in the tradition of the early church.
3. Loquate education component encultures small group engagement at work WWMF.
a. WWMF small group members bring sense of community thru Loquate to work place.
b. Loquate open source documentation provides at work a communication protocol WWMF.
i. Immediate increase in engagement occurs thru work seminar series WWMF.
4. Thru Loquate workplace gains greater engagement of participants in seminar set up for workers to share that which they value the most WWMF.
a. Committed business owners are invited to participate.
b. Loquate as an interdenominational 501c3 charity grows in credibility as a consultant to business on increased engagement WWMF.
i. There are three levels of faith: 1. Faith in self, 2. Faith in others, 3. Faith in God. Loquate addresses all 3 levels.
ii. Thru Loquate workplace offers retreat WWMF
5. WWMF Small groups form at work to share their concerns about their handling of a faith matter at work.
a. WWMF small groups help each other overcome their faith matter concerns based on practical experience.
b. Workplace Identity experience shifts to include that which all value the most.
i. A huge increase in engagement occurs at work.
ii. Work profits increase.
iii. Job satisfaction increases.
iv. Retention of employees increases.
v. Attraction ability of top new employees increases.
6. WWMF identified 9 bottlenecks to New Evangelization which Bottlenecks were broken across the board.
a. 9 spiritual awakenings occur across the board.
b. New Evangelization occurs across the board.
7. Bishop meets pastor
8. Pastor meets director of catechesis.
9. All former catechesis stays in place.
10. WWMF new evangelization gets added.
11. Parish goes thru steps above.
12. Workplace goes thru steps above.
13. The world gets acculturated with love of God and love of neighbor thru Loquate shining light on natural law and through the Catholic WWMF initiative.
14. Loquate community for peace grows thru the WWMF initiative.
Appendix G – Welcome to Loquate
At a high level, Loquate identified that which we value the most. And at the highest level God centered sense of community is the highest sense of community possible. The same innate psychological needs that God built into us, also lead us… to Him.
Loquate is a charitable center for peace that uses technology for intentional community building. It’s website, Loquate.TV, airs videos as presenters share stories of extreme value principally in a Seminar “Where Work Meets Faith.”
Presenters’ interfaith dialogue is not on how they disagree but on how they agree. The Seminar’s premise is that people of good will of every faith experience a sense of community. Their sense of community can never belong to just one religion or one group. For God is above all. A village’s sense of community belongs to God. The village’s sense of community belongs to all.
There are amazing similarities among all people in fulfilling innate psychological needs. Loquate leaves out religious details in its unity. Religious details are like innate identity experience details, most important but unique to each of us. Our details are most important because they lead us to fulfilling our God given work in our way. No one else on earth has our job to do and that is “Where Work Meets Faith.”
Loquate’s website has a power to bring peace on earth to a little corner of the world, your village. The power of your village is a preciousness of God at work in the lives of ordinary people. By coming to the website, you begin something that God will finish if you make yourself open and respectful to your
presenters, your initiators, your inquirers, and your viewers!
Sense of community is up to all of us “sharing our stories, building our community.”
Good viewing to you! Good interaction to you!
Loquate’s mission is to work with members of groups and organizations:
· To develop the member’s diversity and sense of shared humanity thru self awareness,
· To develop a sense of community in small groups of self aware members,
· To develop the sense of community within the larger group or organization of which they are a part,
· To develop the larger group or organization into a catalyst for the sense of community in its surrounding environment,
· To spread the sense of community throughout our fragile world using small incubator groups to serve as a model for peace.
Your village is about bottoms-up norms. Norms are expected behavior of a group. Every presenter is empowered to share their story where their work meets faith. Their story for the common good has a power to affect your village norms.
When individuals reveal such identity experiences, they reveal their happiness and sense of community.
When a Seminar presentation video is viewed 150 times on average, the pace of norm setting accelerates thru technology. Videos are pushed out thru links to friends and neighbors. Up to one hour of free consultations are offered on work expertise or spiritual content. “Inspiring and practical,” that is what audiences say about the Seminar.
Each video is edited by the presenter’s cleric for faith, by a local and regional person for sense of community, and by the presenters themselves. Unless all 3 agree to the edits, the video does not get published.
Viewers select relevant videos. You may select your faith, faith enrichment categories, or topic. You may search by title, description, presenter, or faith community.
Loquate has guidelines for a communications protocol for obtaining its videos that has as its basis love of God and love of neighbor. Love of God and love of neighbor are central themes of many different faith traditions. In some instances interfaith, or interreligious, dialogue may occur.
Loquate is committed to honesty and transparency. A policy document below sets forth Loquate’s policy with respect to principles of interfaith dialogue.
Policy Document on Interfaith Dialogue
Loquate is not a religion, nor does it seek to be a religion. Loquate is not a substitute for a religion. Loquate affirms religion but does not teach religion. Rather Loquate learns from primary bodies which are responsible for setting principles of interfaith dialogue, and adopts their principles as its policy for interfaith dialogue.
Executive Summary of Loquate’s Principles of Interfaith Dialogue As Adopted
Learn from primary bodies which are responsible for setting principles of interfaith dialogue as follows. Follow a main and overarching principle of interfaith dialogue and in the free world which is religious liberty and freedom of speech. Interfaith dialogue is necessary for peace.
Interfaith dialogue is first and foremost an attitude that is acquired as the result of listening to various points of view and ultimately forming one’s own view of other religions. An attitude could be defined as a manner of acting or thinking; a disposition, opinion or mental set.
Be united in faith in God. Be respectful of differences. Interfaith dialogue consists essentially in hearing each other. Interfaith dialogue is living together in spite of our differences. Differences make sense when they are well understood.
According to the primary bodies which are responsible for setting principles of interfaith dialogue, avoid proselytizing during interfaith dialogue. Be true to your beliefs. State your own beliefs when appropriate. But mainly listen well, which means hearing an entire message. Build unity.
The main purpose of interfaith dialogue is peace on earth. We need to learn to live together in spite of our differences and for the greater glory of God and love of fellow man.
For more about Loquate, click Dove at www.loquate.tv.
Appendix H – “How any person can benefit from our small group?”
Does an atheist, or any person, put their faith in the common good or in self interest?
If the common good, do they put their faith in others? Putting faith in others satisfies the innate psychological need of relatedness. Satisfying the innate psychological need of relatedness is a benefit. A sense of well being, mental health comes with relatedness.
The next question is relatedness to whom?
If yes, relatedness is desired with all people, then an atheist, or any person, will satisfy an innate psychological need of relatedness.
Knowing the spiritual roots of others helps us to understand them better. Understanding differences of belief makes working out relatedness easier. So it is worth it for anyone to participate in this small group to increase understanding differences of belief.
Our small group is meant to be a flat group. No person takes precedence over any other person. When it comes to language, we choose “that which we value the most.” This levels the playing field for all.
When we talk in the particular about our own faith, we can be specific. This specificity is part of the charm of the whole group. Yet we are united in our protocol, which seeks to provide extreme value to each other, in helping each accomplish that which they value the most.
We will get an acquired attitude in our small group. Be united in faith in relatedness. Be respectful of differences. Interfaith dialogue consists essentially in hearing each other. Interfaith dialogue is living together in spite of our differences. Differences make sense when they are well understood.
According to the primary bodies which are responsible for setting principles of interfaith dialogue, avoid proselytizing during interfaith dialogue. Be true to your beliefs. State your own beliefs when appropriate. But mainly listen well, which means hearing an entire message. Build unity.
Accomplishing relatedness is done by doing that which is truly in the best interests of others. Academic Research from Deci and Ryan cited by over 14,000 shows relatedness satisfies an innate human need.
Doing that which is truly in the best interests of others is the instrumental means to relatedness.
Eventually we become related to fewer and fewer if we choose only self interest. But if we choose the common good, our circle of those to whom we become related grows and grows.
Our compassion for others grows. Our compassion for humanity grows. Our faith in accomplishing for the common good, that which we value the most, transitions naturally from being self-interested to being a fiduciary, or guardian, for other-relatedness. That is where sense of community comes from. If you have ever experienced sense of community, you know that man was built to be in community. It is how we are supposed to live.
By sense of community we mean an environment characterized by togetherness and sharing as opposed to cool detachment. The leaders in the environment know the members and go out of their way to be helpful. Though the members are quite diverse, personal diversity is celebrated for its contribution. There is a sense of group loyalty and group support. The atmosphere is cohesive. The environment is a community.
Having faith in accomplishing for the common good that which others value the most is extreme value. Compassion for others leads to compassion for self.
Compassion grows to seeing dignity in every human being without exception. Our healing hands become healing hands for others, like the famous group “Doctors Without Borders,” teams that deliver medical aid where it is needed most. So an atheist, or any person, can participate in this small group to explore the spiritual roots of their other-relatedness.
The benefit of this small group is growth in other-relatedness. Helping another accomplish for the common good that which they value the most is extreme value.
Our protocol comes from Loquate’s Smart® Protocol.
General Information: Loquate is officially recognized by the IRS in its published list of 501 c 3 charitable organizations. As such Loquate is a not for profit, not a business. Loquate is a retreat community for peace that uses technology, for intentional community building.
Loquate’s mission is to work with members of groups and organizations:
- To develop the member’s diversity and sense of shared humanity thru self awareness,
- To develop a sense of community in small groups of self aware members,
- To develop the sense of community within the larger group or organization of which they are a part,
- To develop the larger group or organization into a catalyst for the sense of community in its surrounding environment,
- To spread the sense of community throughout our fragile world using small incubator groups to serve as a model for peace.