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Revd Dr Martin Israel, mystic, priest and pathologist, was born on April 30, 1927. He died on October 23, 2007, aged 80.

If I can forget even for a moment all the injuries that have been done to me, and all the unpleasant things people have said about me, and all my fears and worries about the future, if I can start to forgive all those in my life who have betrayed and injured me — always bearing in mind the injury I have done to others — I repeat, if all this incubus of resentment, fear, and hatred which is part of the human condition and is what we call the hell in our existence, can be relieved and cleansed through the power of love, I can suddenly begin to live properly and realise that I am not really alone at all. I will see that both my misery and my hope are part of the universal scheme of becoming, and that I can only begin to be a proper person when I am no longer enclosed in myself. Then I will know that I am part of a greater whole which is the psychic component of all created things. At that point, a new awareness comes into me and I begin to understand the meaning of forgiveness. When I am unforgiven— and this was the state of man before the Resurrection — I am enclosed and alone, full of fear, self-justification, and many other fruitless, destructive emotional attitudes. But once this enclosedness is penetrated through love that comes to me, not because I deserve it, but because I am a creature of God, an opening occurs in my defences so that this love can enter me and healing can come to me. This is precisely how people are made whole in Christ. I repeat, once this protective separateness in me is rent asunder by love and I am no longer frightened and resentful, the power of God can come to me and I can begin to realise the Christ within me. Christ, Son of God p.10

If we pledge ourselves to the preservation of life and the fostering of goodwill among people, we will be open to the healing power of God.  Prayer and Healing.

Healing is not a plastering over of a defective personality, bought to notice by a physical or mental disorder, but a renewal of the whole person in the light of truth.

John the Baptist makes us aware of what we are, and then Jesus accepts us for what we are. He gives up his life for us. He becomes sin for us so that, as St Paul puts it, a new dimension of reality may come. Discipleship Today.

It was the Church of His time that conspired to crucify Jesus, not the common people around Him, who were weak rather than evil. And yet we are not to indulge our weaknesses or those of other people. They are to be confronted, seen for what they are, and given to God in humble confession so that they may be healed. This is love in action; it is not simply a benevolent attitude but a way of life that works towards the healing of all things in God. Love is warm, but it has its chill also — for it demands everything we possess. Love endures all things, but it also works with impatience for the resurrection of folly to wisdom, for the maturing of selfish attitudes of juvenility to the self-giving sacrifice that crowns a life of creative experience. Self-love is no static ecstasy of self-approval. It is simply the first essential stage in an arduous re-creation of the personality into something of the fullness of the stature of Christ. In the same way, only when we love the perversity that lies at the heart of another person’s soul, can we effect a relationship with him. But the end of that relationship is a regeneration of that individual into a real person, one who has an alert, functioning will capable of choice, decision and action. Only when we have come to terms with the perversity within ourselves can we start to relate in earnest with the other person.

To be aware of the heavenly realm, to which death is the portal of entry,we do not have so much to think about spiritual things as to be fully aware of the present moment. Life Eternal p.6.

If I personally were asked by an interested, but totally uncommitted, observer what I meant by the word God, I would say 'a presence of spiritual aspiration beyond myself by which my life is guided towards the light.' Any more positive definition confuses the divine mystery in a mass of human reasoning and verbiage. The light towards which God guides me is embraced in the three ultimate values: beauty, truth and goodness, as declared by Plato. The Christian would prefer to substitute the quality of love for goodness, but the intention is the same; a mode of self-transcendence in which we are part of the vast body of creation in a glory that both obliterates the little ego and brings the full person into unique actualization as a servant of love for the whole community. Life Eternal p.52.