Someone recently sent an email to Akh Jonathan bar Stephen asking about the Manichaean Church’s stand regarding the Roman Catholic Church.
Do Manichaeans believe Catholics are outside of God’s grace? An associate told me there are Manichaean texts that condemn Catholicism and that Manichaeans hate Catholics.
Manichaeans do not believe Catholics are outside of God’s grace. Could it be said that there are certain people who practice Catholicism are outside of God’s grace? Yes, and that is the situation with any church. Simply because someone claims to practice a particular religion, does not mean they are practicing according to the standards of that religion.
We are incredibly blessed to recently have the presence of Mir Roshka instruct us in a new, and wonderful gift, known as the “Chaplet of Light.” On 20 October 2015, Mir Roshka made his presence known, along with numerous celestial beings, to a small community of Manichaeans to give instructions in how to make and pray this chaplet or prayer rope.
He said, in part, “Anyone who prays this chaplet diligently and with perfect faith and knowledge, with a clean heart and with clean hands, may walk with me in the Light. I will stand beside the man, woman or child who prays this under these guidelines.”
There are various activities and rituals in our day to day life that can help us remember the need for unity among all of our brethren. In many ways, rituals often tie communities and individuals together, and give a blessed sense of unity among each other, no matter how many miles away the Brethren may be from one another.
Unity should be considered very important for each of us, as it is also taught by our divine instructors. I highly recommend a serious reading of the Eighth Epistle of Mir Garendra from the latest edition of the Holy Book to get a better understanding of the need for unity among the spiritual communities.
Question: Is Mir Tarendra the “final” or last Messenger or will there be others in other eras?
The name “Mir Izgadda” is Syriac and means “the Lord Third Messenger” or “Third Envoy.” With him are many others. He is a manifestation caused by the Will of the Father of Greatness. Within Mir Izgadda are many, possibly countless Manifestations of his own and each of these also have Emanations. It is difficult to explain this fully in human terms. Mir Tarendra is a Manifestation of the Third Messenger. The various sons are, in some cases, Emanations of Mir Tarendra. Sometimes the name “Mir Izgadda” and “Mir Tarendra” are used interchangeably because of their shared responsibilities.