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Orphans

Brothers and sisters, you should all love the orphans. If you only knew how sad it is to be abandoned, especially in infancy! God permits there to be orphans so that we may be motivated to be their parents. What an act of divine charity it is to protect a creature who has been sadly abandoned, to stop them from being hungry and cold, and administer to their soul so they may not fall prey to vice! When someone offers a helping hand to an abandoned creature they are being agreeable to God because they have understood and practiced His law. Meditate on the possibility that frequently the child you are helping may be someone who was very dear to you in a past incarnation, and that if they were able to recognize you, it would no longer be an act of charity but a simple obligation. In this way, my friends, every sufferer is your brother or sister and so has a right to your kindness. However, not the kind of charity that hurts feelings, nor yet the kind of alms that burns the hand which receives it, for unfortunately help is frequently accompanied by bitterness!

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How many times these sufferers would rather have refused, if it were not for the fact of sickness or death being their only other option. So, give with delicacy and together with any benefits you may offer, also give the most precious benefit of all, that of a kindly word, a loving gesture and a friendly smile. Avoid being patronizing, which only turns the dagger of suffering in the heart, so causing more bleeding. Consider that by doing good, you’re working for your own benefit as well as for those whom you love. – A Family Spirit (Paris, 1860).

From the book Gospel according to Spiritism, chapter 13.

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What is Spiritism?

•  “Spiritism is a science which deals with the nature, origin and destiny of Spirits, as well as their relationship with the corporeal world.”

•   It is the set of  principles, as revealed by the Superior Spirits, contained in  Allan Kardec’s works, which constitute the Spiritist
Fundamentals: The Spirits’ Book, The Mediums’ Book, The Gospel  Explained by Spiritism, Heaven and Hell, and The
Genesis.                                                                       Allan Kardec (Taken from Qu’est-ce que le Spiritisme? – Préambule) Translated from the original French

Allan Kardec (1804-1869)

Allan Kardec
(1804-1869)

 

What it reveals
•   It reveals more profound concepts with respect to God, the Universe, the Human Being, the Spirits and the Laws which govern life itself.
•   Furthermore, it reveals who we are; where we have come from; where we are going to; what  is the objective of our existence; and what
are the present and past causes of pain and suffering.

What it encompasses
•  Spiritism contributes to all areas of knowledge, human activities and behavior, offering new perspectives for humankind.
•  Spiritism is studied, analyzed, and practiced in all the fundamental aspects of life, such as scientific, philosophycal, religious, ethical,
moral, educational, and social.

Its main principles are:
•   God is the Supreme Intelligence, first cause of all things. God is eternal, immutable, immaterial, unique, omnipotent, supremely  just
and good.
•  The Universe is God’s creation. It encompasses all rational and non-rational beings, both animate and inanimate, material and
immaterial.
•   In addition to the corporeal world inhabited by incarnate Spirits, which are human beings, there exists the spiritual world, inhabited by
discarnate Spirits.
•   There are other inhabited worlds in the Universe, with beings at different degrees of evolution: some less, some egual, and others more
evolved than men on Earth (us).
•   All the Laws of Nature are Divine Laws because God is their author. They cover both the physical and moral laws.
•   A Human Being is a Spirit incarnated in a material body.
•   What connects the physical body to the Spirit is a semi-material body named perispirit.
•  Spirits are the intelligent beings of creation. They constitute the world of the Spirits, which pre-exists and outlives everything.
•   Spirits are created simple and ignorant. They evolve intellectually and morally, passing from a lower order to a higher one, until they
attain perfection, when they will enjoy unalterable bliss.
•   Spirits preserve their individuality before, during, and after each incarnation.
•   Spirits reincarnate as many times as is necessary for their spiritual advancement.
•   Spirits are always progressing. In their multiple physical existences, they may sometimes become stationary but they never regress. The
speed of their intellectual and moral progress depends on the efforts they make to attain perfection.
•   Spirits belong to different orders according to the degree of perfection they have attained: Pure Spirits, who have attained maximum
perfection; Good Spirits, whose predominant desire is towards goodness; and Imperfect Spirits, characterized by their ignorance, their
tendency towards evil, and by their inferior passions.
•   The Spirits’ relations with Human Beings are constant and have always existed. The Good Spirits attract us towards goodness, sustain
us in life’s trials, and help us bear them with courage and resignation. The Imperfect Spirits induce us towards error.
•   Jesus is the Guide and Model for all Humankind. The Doctrine He taught and exemplified is the purest expression of God’s Law.
•   The morality of Christ, as contained in the Gospels, is the guide for the secure progress of all Human Beings. Its practice is the solution
for all human problems and the objective to be attained by Humankind.
•   Human Beings are given free-will to act, but they must answer for the consequences of their actions.
•   Future life reserves for Human Beings penalties and pleasures according to the respect they do or do not show for God’s laws.
•   Prayer is an act of adoration for God. It is found in the natural law and is the result of an innate sentiment in every Human Being, just as
the idea of the existence of the Creator is innate.
•   Prayer makes Human Beings better. Whoever prays with confidence grows stronger against evil temptations, and God sends the Good
Spirits to assist them. This assistance will never be denied when requested with sincerity.

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