“Your daily life is your temple and your religion…”(Khalil Gibran)

motto:“Votre vie quotidienne est votre temple et votre religion.”(Khalil Gibran)

j’aime aussi la définition poétique de Jean-Jules Richard qui affirme que “la religion est avant tout un grand désir de retour dans les galaxies…” 🙂 je pense vraiment que nous possédons tous l’intuition de l’univers, du sens et du goût de l’infini… j’ai suivi des études bibliques en France et aux États-Unis, et au cas où on me demande si je crois à la vie (éternelle) après la mort, ma réponse est toujours la même: non, je n’y crois pas, MAIS je respecte l’option de ceux ont choisi d’y croire… c’est une question existentielle assez courante, banale, et c’est préférable de se concentrer sur notre vie quotidienne que sur celle de “l’au-delà”… nous devrions nous demander plus souvent: qu’est-ce qu’on fait de et avec notre vie ACTUELLE?… quelles sont nos urgences, nos priorités, nos objectifs, nos valeurs de ce jour et de demain?… vers où nous nous dirigeons?… avons-nous une super-boussole qui nous indique la direction exacte sans dévier de notre destination initiale?… à quels efforts et quels changements devrions-nous recourir afin d’arriver à bon port?… – à méditer et à réfléchir… cependant je suis entièrement d’accord avec Louis Aragon:”Il est temps d’instaurer la religion de l’amour…” – amen! 🙂
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a few Maltese (catholic & baroque) churches – among almost 700! 🙂

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I also like J-J Richard’s poetical definition:’Religion is above all a strong craving to return back into the galaxies…” 🙂 I really think that we all have the intuition of the Universe, of its meaning and the taste of its infinity… I followed Bible studies in France and in the US and in case people ask me if I believe in the (eternal) life after death, my answer is the same: no, I don’t, BUT I do respect those who have chosen to believe in it… this is a fairly common existential question, and we’d better focus on our daily life than on the one ‘beyond’ it… we should ask ourselves more often: what do we do with and of our PRESENT life?… what are our emergencies, priorities, values ​​of this very day and of tomorrow?… where are we heading for?… do we have an accurate compass to show us the proper direction without deviating from our original target or destination?… how much effort should we provide and what changes should we carry out ‘to sail’ through and to make it to the right harbor?… think it over and meditate… nevertheless, I totally agree with Louis Aragon:’It’s time to establish the religion of love…” – amen! 🙂
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Icelandic churches here:
https://myvirtualplayground.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/tout-ce-quon-fait-en-soupirant-est-tache-de-neant-christian-bobin/

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Posted on 8 October 2014, in melanie. Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

  1. Quite an interesting post Melanie, looking at your great pics makes me wonder, what would we have thought back in the days, watching these great buildings being erected. All around the world we see great monuments built in the past, what monuments are we erecting today and what do they symbolise? Beautiful post, my friend. We are born, we die, and in between is what our Soul carries into Eternity. Regards, Ian

  2. De cate ori am fost in Malta in vizita la copii mei {dar si-n alte tari pe unde mai am niscai neamuri, in UK sau Danemarca bunaoara} , niciodata n-am fotografiat si mai ales nu m-am fotografiat , langa vreun monument, langa ceva reprezentativ pentru acea tara care fotografie, sa-mi aminteasca vreodata mie sau urmasilor ca….o data , macar o data , am fost si eu p’acolo! In Malta, fie in La Valetta fie in St.Joseph….eram luat drept localnic iar multi dintre vecinii copiilor mei ….ma considerau daca nu maltez {o chestie absolut imposibila avand in vedere ca n-am reusit sa-nvat mai mult decat vreo cateva expresii in limba aia ingrozitoare} atunci …cel putin italian insa….turist roman , nimeni n-a putut crede asta , nici macar romanii ce-s destui {prea destui asi aprecia eu} in acele insule. Am insa in memoria unor stik-uri foarte multe fotografii cu acele absolut exceptionale locuri, fotografii in care apar copii mei si fireste….nevasta-mea. Astia-s mai egocentrici 😉 ! Iti multumesc Melanie {a cata oara?} pentru placerea de-a revedea locuri pe unde am trecut inclusiv eu! De curand am invatat cum sa ma folosesc de google Map {hartile alea din satelit puse la dispozitie de Google} pentru a face plimbari virtuale, fie pe unde am fost vreodata fie…pe unde mi-as fi dorit sa fiu. Spre exemplu ieri, ” am fost” in Memphis, Tennessee si-am parcurs ” Elvis Presley Boulevard” oprindu-ma fireste, la portile Graceland -ului. Data viitoare, voi ” vizita ” in acelasi mod si Toulouse {fireste daca-mi voi mai aminti cum se procedeaza! 😉 } stiind precis ca…si acolo am o prietena, pe dumneata Melanie. Sarutari de maini si-o duminica de Octombrie cat mai placuta, iti urez dumitale si familiei!

  3. Asta e: “la religion de l’amour…”! Şi Horaţiu un mare deştept când a spus “Carpe diem” care tradus aşa mai liber ar fi “trăieşte clipa”. In rest… de acord cu tine şi respect pentru toate religiile, fiindcă nici una nu învaţă la rău!

  4. I do agree and life is a sacred ritual and a great mystery!

  5. Et s’il n’y avait aucun sens à notre vie sur terre, on vit, un point c’est tout, et l’on disparaît, comme la terre disparaîtra un jour.

  6. Ma le immagini sono chiese maltesi, come sta scritto prima di queste oppure islandesi come appare nel link? In attesa di chiarirmi il dubbio, le immagini sono davvero splendide.

  7. Oui il est vraiment temps d’instaurer la religion de l’amour, nous en avons vraiment besoin! Je suis très impressionnée par le nombre d’églises de Malte noté sur ton billet! Bonne soirée! Bisous.

  8. Wonderful architectural photos. There’s a lot of really nice churches. I have a section with some Stave Churches in my blog.

  9. Mélanie, j’aime ton texte impliquant et sincère, servi par des images signifiantes. Les lieux de culte sont au coeur des cités et ce n’est pas un hasard. j’ai entrepris un texte un peu long sur certains aspects de la question de la croyance. Peut-être je te l’enverrai, à moins qu’il ne me semble inutile, ou trop débile. Bonne journée à toi. Amitiés. Hervé

    • merci, Hervé! tu sais que tu peux m’envoyer ce que tu veux, O.K. et je verrai si ton texte sera “inutile ou débile”… 🙂 bonne-nuit et à+!

  10. Deci, mai bine ”carpe diem”! 😀

  11. moi, je crois à la vie ethernet… merci pour le partage des photos de la Malte! Cheers, Michel 🙂

  12. Cred într-o entitate care ne guvernează lumile. Dar nu vreau să fac parte dintr-o anumită religie. Consider că religia nu are nimic de-a face cu Credinţa. Asta mă face să nu judec şi să încerc să înţeleg mai bine oamenii. Nu am nici o reţinere de-a intra în orice fel de lăcaş de cult. Doar că mă minunez de mărimea lor. Oare chiar e nevoie de imensităţi pentru a te reculege? 🙂

    • cum o numesti acea “entitate”, 9?… 😉 exact: religia si credinta sunt complet diferite si separate… doar în scolile PUBLICE din România religia e materie “impusa”!!!
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      @”Oare chiar e nevoie de imensităţi pentru a te reculege? 🙂 ” – raspunsu’ la retorica-ti întrebare e NU! 🙂

      • Nu contează numele entităţii. 🙂 Fiecare o numeşte cum doreşte. Cât despre şcolile din România, aud tot mai multe voci care spun că ar fi mai corect să se studieze Istoria Religiilor. Sincer şi eu sunt de aceeaşi părere. Ai mei au crescut, nu vor mai apuca asemenea vremuri, dar au mintea deschisă şi au propriile lor convingeri. 🙂

  13. I’m also a non-believer who loves the spirituality of churches. Nice post!

  14. I think Christians have a concept about melancholy, if I’m not wrong related to the platonic archetypes, defined as the distant memory of mankind of a previous divine nature we had. To the existence of life is needed previously the death of a star, so in fact we are stardust. Perhaps that Melancholy is some way in our structure that make us remember we were stars, or perhaps is just a theological game! 🙂 Across your wonderful travel, Malta looks more like a little universe than an island. So many styles in churches or doors… Regards from far-away, Mélanie 🙂

    • Hola Francis! yes, tiny Malta ‘overflows’ with catholic churches made of limestone, but if you read its history from the 16th century to nowadays, you’ll understand WHY… lemme give you a hint: the Maltese knights… 🙂 you’ve mentioned a certain Christian ‘melancholy’, but I guess it’s rather a kinda ‘guilt sentiment’ that prevails… thanx for your interesting comment and sunny thoughts from France – the Beautiful! 🙂

      • Salut, Mélanie! 🙂 Spaniards also built in Peru a lot of churches, sadly they had the bad habit to build them upon our old temples, lol. I’m not much into religions (except their mythology) but I love the architecture. Icelandic churches looked very nice, too. Thanks from Peru (if France is the Beautiful I guess Peru would be the Beast! 😀

        • ah, les conquistadores et leur horrible inquisition – no me digas, amigo! I love all Iceland, its reformed churches included! 🙂 gracias, “el bruto” y saludos desde Tolosa, olé! 🙂

  15. how I love you!!! life after death??? I’m not interested!!! the right harbor??? do we really know if it’s better to come ashore or, to sail all your life?!… here on earth is heaven and hell together… we choose how we spend this life… I’m a sailor…(even I have seasick)… come with me to “the end of love”!!!

    • 🙂 glad you love me, Dr Nina… ❤ you're a sailor and 'the captain of your soul'(Invictus – W.E. Henley)… 🙂 I guess you meant 'dance me to the end of love'…(Leonard Cohen) have a sunny evening like here! 🙂

  16. I agree with Khalil but I certainly don’t give it enough attention. It’s not that I am concentrating on an after-life; I simply get diverted by daily inanities.

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