Category Archives: cities with religious names around the globe
- Mindful Christians: 7 C’s (Caring, Change, Connection, Cosmic Christ, Courage, Creativity)
- Read or reprint a page about butterflies, open flora, caring, change (cycles of living, dying and life going on …): Click to Mindful Christians Text and Photo.
- When you feel alive in wonder at the glories of nature, when you still want to sing some of the classic hymns to lull yourself to sleep after a day of inspiration (“Spirit of the living God …”), but being in church leaves you cold: Call yourself a Mindful Christian. Beyond the book (paper pope), beyond the hierarchy (human pope or other head honcho), into your own experience as a Mindful Christian.
- No need to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Keep Jesus Christ and the Blessed Mother, in your own understanding as makes sense to you for your culture, your awareness and your experience. Live! Never backward, only onward.
- Where were you born, where have you been, what has your life been bringing forth? Born in Corpus Christi (TX) with many years spent in Los Angeles, I choose the destiny of being a Mindful Christian, meditating as well as praying each day, integrating all facets of what’s within me to bring forth. What’s your destiny?
- Life’s always changing and destiny is never a straight line, yet we each have meaning and value (even the worst of us can model what not to do, and the best of us can show the way).
- We deserve the chance to grow into our better natures, to take things both seriously and lightly, in paradox of purpose and pleasure.
- Mindful Christians unite! (Like herding cats, but you get the idea.)
Faith adherents and non-believers alike call up religious names. California contains Santa Cruz (Holy Cross) with coastline saints like Santa Monica (pictured), San Francisco and San Diego, topped by the capitol Sacramento (for the sacrament of Eucharist). A timely name with the passing of Easter.
Mention Los Angeles, California and Corpus Christi, Texas, and you invoke angels in translation and the literal body of Christ for diversely populated hometowns that are also beach vacation destinations. Cities provide famous reminders of our search for the sacred.
To celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem, nobody need travel to the West Bank because Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Pennsylvania also have their Bethlehems. Biblical inspiration provides mailing addresses from Mt. Zion, Georgia to Beulah, Colorado and Damascus, Oregon.
The U.S. is not alone. Religious names abound globally, from Christchurch, New Zealand to the nation of El Salvador (The Savior). The Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Pagan and other religious traditions lent their language to places here and there. Tel Aviv in modern Israel historically harkens back to the scriptural prophet Ezekiel. Other examples of religious place names are Makkah al-Mukarramah (the Holy City of Mecca) in today’s Saudi Arabia, Mahakali (the Goddess Kali Ma) in contemporary Nepal, and Stone Henge in England.
Combined these places receive a fraction of the traffic that daily flows through Los Angeles, Corpus Christi and the Bethlehems, yet they still pinpoint the global fascination with religious naming. While formal religion may not be in our DNA, spirituality is. We simply cannot live in this world without spiritually motivated imprint to our linguistic consciousness. In all times we evoke the greater power behind the names of wherever we live and move and have our being. Name it whatever you want, timeless love remains real. We want to believe. Name the Infinite whatever you want, God meets that desire wherever we are.