it is fucking on, bros,” Lardo shouts
over the incessant thumping of the bass. “You two are going to get obliterated.” She points an emphatic
finger at Ransom and Holster, who stand shoulder to shoulder on the other side
of the beer pong table. Holster cups his hand over his chin, rubbing it
thoughtfully, and side-eyes Ransom.
shouldn’t be able to say words like ‘obliterated’ three cups of tub juice in,”
he says. Ransom is just beginning to nod in agreement when he’s beaned smack in
the middle of his forehead with a ping pong ball. Holster gets hit in the same
spot half a second later, sending both of them reeling back, spluttering.
know, I figured four years was enough time for the two of you to learn not to
underestimate my abilities,” Lardo says, tossing another ping pong ball up in
the air. She cocks an eyebrow and catches the ball, meeting their gazes. “My
mistake. Clearly, you need another lesson.”
What books would you recommend for someone who wants to learn more about Christian communism and Christianity in relation to oppressed communities of people?
Oh, what a great question! There are so many resources out there, but honestly the best place to start in my opinion is to just read the Gospels again with fresh eyes. I’d go in this order: Mark, Luke, Matthew, John. You’ll probably notice some of the more radical things that were glossed over in previous readings. I’d also check out some biblical scholarship as you read (you could honestly just look at the wikipedia articles for the Gospels) for some historical context. After you do that, here are some amazing resources:
“There is a very strong correlation between the subject of royalty and the color purple in the scriptures. The word, royal, means that which belongs or pertains to a king. The children of a king are said to be his royal seed. The clothing of a king are his royal apparel. The cities of the king are referred to as royal cities. Thus, all the possessions of a king are royal possessions.”
“Satan is an imitator. He tries to imitate Christ, but in a wicked way. We see in the scriptures where his false or idol gods are clothed in purple: Jer. 10:8 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities. 9 Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men.”
Learnings and Teachings Pt 2 (Inspired by Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis)
Keep peace with yourself then you will be able to bring peace to others. Learn how to suffer in silence to achieve great peace.
Be silent about the affairs of others and pay close attention to yourself. Keep your mind on God and yourself. Consider nothing great or a big deal except for God. If your conscience is clear it is easier to be at peace.
Be humble, always do good and think little of yourself. Love God, he will not leave you as others do. Stay humble and peaceful and Jesus will be with you.
Love Friends and Foes a like. Enemies never rest so always be prepared for the battle.
Not all that is high is holy. Always take the lowest place and the highest will be granted to you. Humbleness is key, place yourself lower than what your mind leads you to be.
Christian Mysticism (I include this section because even though it isn’t explicitly communist/socialist/anarchist, it pretty clearly and definitively shows how warped right-wing values are in comparison to real Christian values. Like you couldn’t possibly read any of these works and come away thinking that you should be a selfish, greedy, capitalist (or worse, a nationalist). They are basically the spiritual antidote to right-wing nonsense. And they are all Christian classics that other Christians you come across will be vaguely familiar with. And they are all free online):
Do you have any links or recommendations for a beginner to read on theology? Not even necessarily Leftist christian writings but Christian thought in general
As always, I recommend reading a good translation of the Gospels and New Testament first. I personally really like the NRSV. I’d go in this order with the Gospels: Mark, Luke, Matthew, John. After you do that, here are some other great resources:
So here’s the books I’ve found (or they found me) to be helpful along in my faith. I’m going to try to list them in somewhat chronological order, but I may fail at that. What’s in parenthesis is what I haven’t finished & what’s in brackets I’m currently reading. If you have any questions on any of them, let me know. I can try to give a little explanation of them.
. Blessed are the Bored in Spirit - Mark Hart
. (Ignatius The Holy Bible RSV)
. Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska
. Story of a Soul - St. Therese of Lisieux
. The Imitation of Christ - Thomas á Kempis
. (The Imitation of Mary - Thomas á Kempis)
. 33 Days to Morning Glory – Fr. Michael Gaitley M.I.C.
. (Mother Angelica’s Private & Pithy Lessons from Scriptures)
. Consoling the Heart of Jesus – Fr. Michael Gaitley M.I.C.
. The ‘One Thing’ is Three – Fr. Michael Gaitley M.I.C.
. Poor in Spirit – Gabriel-Marie Cardinal Garrone (about St. Jean Jugan, founder of the Little Sisters of the Poor)
. The Secret of the Rosary - St. Louis de Montfort
. (Catechism of the Catholic Church)
. Christ in His Mysteries – Blessed Columba Marmion
. Christ The Life of the Soul – Blessed Columba Marmion
. Praying for Priests – Kathleen Beckman L.H.S.
. Under the Mantle – Fr. Donald Calloway M.I.C.
. (The Interior Castle - St. Teresa of Avila)
. You Set My Spirit Free - St. John of the Cross paraphrased by David Hazard
. The Cross and the Beatitudes - Fulton Sheen
. (Life of Christ - Fulton Sheen)
. Finding God Through Meditation -St. Peter Alacantara
. (Manual For Spiritual Warfare - TAN Books)
. [30 Days with Teresa of Avila - Daniel Burke & Anthony Lilles]
. [The Redeemer’s Call to Consecrated Souls]
. (St. John Paul the Great: His Five Loves - Jason Evert)
. Divine Mercy Minutes with Jesus - Rev. George W. Kosicki C.S.B.
. Thoughts of St. Therese
and the book by St. Louis de Montfort about total consecration to Mary, that I don’t remember the name of. Lol