Supposedly not staged.
A man making his way home after a long day at work was stunned when he looked up at the opposite side of the platform and saw seven nuns.
Not because this is an uncommon occurrence in London, where he works, but because they were sitting in a truly unbelievable place.
The women were waiting for a train at Seven Sisters train station in the capital. …
(There was another woman on the right of this photo)
Ben Patey, 33, couldn’t resist taking a photo of the once-in-a-lifetime spot.
He said: “I had just had a long day and I was waiting to jump on the train when I looked across and saw the nuns and the sign.
“I had to do a double-take. It was one of those strange but amusing moments.”
Seven Sisters is believed to take its name from a group of seven elm trees which were planted around a willow tree in the 14th Century.
By coincidence, someone told me this morning that a nun once told the class she was in that the Catholics once taught reincarnation, but they had a policy change and stopped because people were using it as an excuse to misbehave.
“I’ll do better in my next life.”
Reading about Father Origen or any of many other historical figures, you see that religious views morph over time as stories are retold and as new cultures join the party. (All religions are a result of syncretism, as far as I’m aware.)
… early Christians gave more credence to the concept of rebirth than was later the case. The main figure responsible for this change was no churchman but an ambitious, worldly and powerful figure Emperor Justinius. In the year 553, quite independently of the Pope, Justinius had the teachings of the church father Origen (185-253) banned by a synod. Origen had spoken out in unmistakable terms on the question of the repeated incarnations of the soul:
“Each soul enters the world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defects of its past lives. Its place in this world is determined by past virtues and shortcomings.” De Principalis.
“Is it not more in accordance with common sense that every soul for reasons unknown — I speak in accordance with the opinions of Pythagoras, Plato and Empedokles — enters the body influenced by its past deeds? The soul has a body at its disposal for a certain period of time which, due to its changeable condition, eventually is no longer suitable for the soul, whereupon it changes that body for another.” Contra Celsum.”