The 1961 Message further clarified
this approach for us, reminding us to distinguish between
faith and the comprehension of what is certain, nor
to confuse truth with subjective mystical experiences
or with theories about supernatural life. In this way,
he prompted us to apply the scientific method, especially
the concept of verification, to spiritual life.
As for the teaching, Don Santiago thought there was
no longer esoteric knowledge (knowledge accessible only
to the chosen or initiated), that everything that was
once hidden was now within everyone’s reach. He
likewise said that the esoteric teachings of past traditions
must answer to scientific rigor, that those which could
not be proven would have to be taken only as theories
which were possible, but not definitive. He taught us,
moreover, that advancement in scientific knowledge not
only was not opposed to religious and spiritual ideas,
but that it actually supported and expanded them.
For Don Santiago, faith had a special meaning: rather
than asserting that this or that belief is right, faith
is the deep certainty that each of us, as a human being,
has within ourselves the capacity to respond to life’s
This approach to faith is the spirit of the teachings
of Cafh: they are offered as study material to work
on, not as articles to believe in.
Don Santiago explained to us that Cafh is an idea and
a work appropriate to the new times he could see coming,
in which knowledge would be accessible to any person
who wished to find it.
His original teachings are available today here for
all readers and seekers of spiritual wisdom. Teachings
such as The Good Road, Spiritual Unfolding, and Sacrifice
outline for us expansive spiritual teachings which find
expression in the inner freedom and expansive love of
those who apply these teachings to their lives.
Cafh today exists in many parts of the world, on nearly
every continent, and in many languages. Although Don
Santiago passed away in 1962, his work continues to
this day in the great variety of individuals all over
the world who feel called to participate inwardly in
the spiritual mission he began. It is to Don Santiago
that we, the members of Cafh, owe the wealth of spiritual
life that we have received, and it is to him that we
will be eternally grateful.