Tanka Tuesday by Colleen Chesbro, Word Prompts

YET! — poetry in Haibun

My post here is an acceptance of Colleen Chesebro Challenge Tanka Poetry; her challenge is to use the synonyms for the words “Change and Defy” The numerous synonyms will be underlined.
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My sojourn day by day, as time goes by, noticing that black is white and white, is now black. Life is altered, modified, and turned from winter to spring in lightning speed. Exchange can be good but just when I think I heard it all, the next day I am blown away by another adverse enlightenment.
My only reaction is to disregard, resist and dare to say NO!

The devil can cheer
near our habits, since he is
not inside our will!

 

YET!

 

My Haiku above a rephrase of Padre Pio’s quote below:

“healthy sign if the devil shouts and roars around your conscience since this shows that he is not inside your will.”
― Padre Pio

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My Quadrille for dVerse

dVerse Quadrille with the prompt word EARTH!

Friends/foe don’t agree
especially with me.
Some even say earth is flat
something like a placemat.
Some insist the earth is round
with speech that is profound.
When I get to heaven
I’ll let you know as sure as 1 + 6 are seven!

 

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Shape Poetry and Challenge

Today we are allowed to post on dVerse what is called OPEN LINK  this one below was posted by myself several years ago.

Searching and with good fortune found this particular but exciting format on shadowpoetry.com. A form invented by Christina R Jussaume and titled it — “The Christ-in-a-Rhyme,” a shape poem of the spiritual nature.

This poetry, when completed consists of five 3-lined stanzas that must rhyme; with a syllable count of each stanza, is as follows:
Stanza 1 – 8 syllables
Stanza 2 – 14 syllables
Stanza 3 – 7 syllables
Stanza 4 and 5 – 5 syllables.
The poem should be centered to show the cross that is created.

Below is my humble attempt, I hope you enjoy it and will try writing one today, yourself. Your challenge from me!

 

Empty ourselves God will fill us.
Peace of soul true happiness plus,
nevermore will there be mistrust!

Recall Saint John “The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.”
We were born to live — Christ born to die — charged as treasonous.
Christ gives, without taking back — His passion love with surplus.

Jesus hangs for all to see,
suffering — to set us free
until our eternity.

Stop — and don’t delay
admit deeds today …
failures on our way.

Shame on behavior.
Precious blood to pour.
— Truly a savior —

Just Because, true story

Just DO IT!

Not Thy Will be done … but My Will!  WRONG!
Thinking back on my life, in the 70’s; while wondering, does God exist?
Being raised through the Catholic school system my religion meant much, my lifestyle based on what I learned by the nuns. Suddenly then, why was I doubting?
Now I realize why the doubt; I was losing His grace, grace that was keeping me from falling. The Church was changing subtly but fast enough for me to pretend teachings, disciplines no longer mattered. I started to relax; doing my own will.
Mentioning this confession above is essential to the rest of this blog post because I want to write about an account or scenario where an unbeliever wants to believe, and with God’s grace; where to begin is the question. A beginner should start at the beginning with prayer. I had to begin again and know the feeling.

 

Prayer is talking to God. If one has never prayed before, has in the past but not lately; begin by talking to God as you do with a friend. The critical part, vital is somewhere within your talking to God sincerely, because He knows sincerity; you must petition Him for three things. 1. To see the Truth when you hear it. 2. To love the Truth. 3 To be given the grace to act on this Truth.
Now don’t expect anything to happen immediately, pray daily, and you will be surprised. One more request especially these days when there are so many churches with different lifestyles pulling souls from one direction to another. During your search for Truth ask Him when you draw your very last breath you will be in His grace, and united to the Church that He founded.

continued, Supernatural Reality

Story about a ROCK

I found this very interesting, and it goes along with my previous post here.

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen had this to say:
In the history of the world, only one tomb has ever had a rock rolled before it, and a soldier guard set to watch it to prevent the dead Man within from rising; that was the tomb of Christ on the evening of the Friday called Good. What spectacle could be more ridiculous than armed soldiers keeping their eyes on a Corpse? But sentinels were set, lest the dead walk, the silent speak, and the pierced Heart quicken to the pulse of life. They said He was dead; they knew He was dead; they said He would never rise again, and yet they watched! In His Resurrection He has given the earth it’s most serious wound — the empty tomb. And to us our greatest hope. ~ Fulton J. Sheen

Having posted Sheen’s quote here, it may be those guards were set to guard others buried, but never because of fear of the dead rising. Remember also, in those days it was never recorded that His enemies denied what happened that glorious day when He proved He indeed was God. Nor did they ever find what they believed was a stolen body. The truth is Longinus – the centurion who pierced the side of Jesus later converted (as well as many others) and became a Saint within the Church, he is known today as Saint Longinus.

Ascension

 

Supernatural Reality

Proof of Christianity for the Unbeliever

My Christian and especially my Traditional Catholic Faith has been questioned on previous posts here recently, the unbeliever insists on proof.  This is my proof below for any interested readers.

I apologize for the scandal the current leadership of the Novus Ordo (mainstream Vatican II religion) is inflicting on the word “Catholic” just another persecution of the Faith.  In God’s perfect time will end;  even the gates of Hell will never prevail.

Thinking about the many world religions and the good they have within them. Yes, in my opinion, they all have some good which comes from God. The fullness of good, however, comes from the religion that God founded.

How do we know?   Jesus Christ, God became a man, founded the only True 100% fullness, and not the other man religions which some even existed before Christianity.
One way would be to look at all their founders, line them up and see which of them was pre-announced, only one; Jesus Christ! No doubt this is why we date historical events

as

BC = Before Christ and AD = After His Death. Finally when He did come as the Old Testament described, He was expected therefore He is the ONE correct logic would research.
Looking at His life but especially His death, who else ever wrought a religion that began with defeat and suffering but conquered His ignominious death on the Cross. A faith that suffered one persecution after another held together and made stronger with each death of the martyrs which were the seeds of the Church. Meaning the sacrifice of their lives leads to the conversion of others. Jesus proved He is Divine when He rose from the dead by His power, and in those days even His enemies never denied that.

 

Jesus Christ PRE-ANNOUNCED
Gen. 49:10; Mic. 5:2 – a kingdom and ruler of Israel shall come from Judah – Mathew. 1:1-2, Luke 3:23,33 – Jesus is from the line of Judah.

Deut. 18:18 – He will be raised up as a prophet – Matt. 21:11, Luke 7:16; John 6:14; 7:40 – Jesus identified as this prophet.

Psalm 2:6 – He will be a King – Matt. 21:5; John 18:36-37 – Jesus is this King.

Psalm 2:7 – you are my Son, today I have begotten you – Matt. 3:17; Acts 13:33 – God the Father said this about Jesus the Son.

Psalm 69:4; Isaiah 49:7 – He will be hated without a cause – John 15:25 – Jesus was hated without a cause.

Psalm 69:9 – zeal for thy house has consumed me – John 2:16-17 – zeal consumed Jesus as He drove out the traders.

Psalm 78:2 – He will speak in parables – Matt. 13:34-35 – Jesus spoke in parables.

Psalm 110:1; Jer. 23:6 – He will be called Lord – Matt. 22:43-45; Luke 2:11; Heb. 1:10 – Jesus is called Lord by the Lord.

Psalm 118:22; Isaiah 8:14; 28:16 – He will be the stone rejected by the builders – Acts 4:10-11; Rom. 9:32-33; 1 Peter 2:7-8 – Jesus is the stone rejected by the builders.

Psalm 118:26; Hag.2:7-9; Mal. 3:1 – He will come to the Temple – Matt. 21:12; John 2:13-17 – Jesus so went to the Temple.

Psalm 132:11; Jer. 23:5 – He, the king, shall come from the House of David – Matt. 1:1; Luke 3:23,31 – Jesus is the son of David.

Isaiah 6:9-10 – they hear but do not understand and see but do not perceive – Matt. 13:14-15; John 12:38-41 – this is why Jesus used parables.

Isaiah 7:14 – He will be born of a young virgin woman – Matt. 1:18, 24-25; Luke 1:26-35 – Jesus was born of the young virgin Mary.

Isaiah 9:1 – His ministry will make Galilee glorious – Matt 4:12-17 – Jesus begins His ministry in Galilee.

Isaiah 9:6 – a woman shall bear a son called Emmanuel (“God is with us”) – Luke 1:35 – Jesus is this one, the Son of God.

Isaiah 11:2 – the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him – Matt. 3:16-17 – the Spirit of God descended upon Jesus like a dove.

Isaiah 32:3-4; 35:5-6- His ministry will include miracles curing the blind, deaf, lame and dumb – Matt. 9:32-35 – Jesus so healed the blind, deaf, lame and dumb.

Isaiah 33:22 – He will be a judge – John 5:30 – Jesus is the judge who judges justly.

Isaiah 40:3; Mal. 3:1 – He will be preceded by a messenger – Mathew. 3:1-3; 11:10; Luke 1:17; John 1:23 – Jesus was so preceded (by Saint John the Baptist).

Isaiah 53:3 – His people will reject him – John 1:11; 7:5 – Jesus was rejected by His people.

Isaiah 61:1-2 – the Spirit of the Lord is upon Him – Luke 4:21 – Jesus says that He has fulfilled this prophecy.

Zech. 9:9 – He will triumphantly enter Jerusalem on an ass – Matt. 21:5; Luke 19:35-38; John 12:14-17 – Jesus so entered Jerusalem.

Mic. 5:2 – Israel’s ruler shall come from Bethlehem – Matt. 2:1,4-8; Luke 2:4-7 – Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

II. Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus in His Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension
Psalm 16:10; 30:3 – He will not be spared from death and yet remain incorrupt – Acts 2:31; 13:33,35 – Jesus conquered death and remained incorrupt.

Psalm 22:1 – My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? – Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34 – Jesus utters this rabbinical formula from the cross declaring that He is the Messiah.

Psalm 22:7 – the people will wag their heads at Him – Matt. 27:39; Mark 15:29 – the people shook their heads at Jesus on the cross.

Psalm 22:7 – He will be mocked – Matt. 27:31; Mark 15:20; Luke 22:63; 23:36 – Jesus was mocked.

Psalm 22:16; Isa. 53:12 – He will be numbered with the transgressors – Matt. 27:38; Mark 15:27; Luke 23:32; John 19:18 – Jesus was numbered with the transgressors by being crucified between two thieves.

Psalm 22:16; Zech 12:10 – His hands and feet will be pierced and they will weep for the first-born – John 19:23,34,37 – Jesus’ hands and feet were pierced and his followers cried for Him, the true first-born Son of Israel.

Psalm 22:17 – they will stare and gloat over Him – Matt. 27:36; Luke 23:35 – the people stood by and stared at Jesus on the cross.

Psalm 22:18 – they will divide His garments among them – Matt. 27:35; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:34; John 19:23 – they divided Jesus’ garments among them.

Psalm 22:18 – they will cast lots for His garments – Matt. 27:35; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:34; John 19:24 – they cast lots for Jesus’ garments.

Psalm 30:3; 41:10, 118:17; Hos 6:2 – He will be raised to life on the third day – Acts 13:33, Matt. 28:6; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:34,46 – Jesus was raised to life on the third day.

Psalm 34:20 – He will not have broken bones – John 19:33,36 – none of Jesus’ bones were broken.

Psalm 41:9; 55:12-14 – He will be betrayed by a friend – Matt. 10:4; 26:20-25; Mark 14:18-21; John 13:18 – Jesus was betrayed by a friend.

Psalm 68:18 – He will ascend into heaven – Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51; John 20:17; Acts 1:9 – Jesus ascended into heaven.

Psalm 68:20 – He will escape the powers of death – Acts 2:31; 13:33; Matt 28:6; Mark 16:6, Luke 24:46; John 20:9-10 – Jesus escaped the powers of death through his resurrection.

Psalm 69:21 – they will give Him vinegar to drink – Matt. 27:34,48; Mark 15:23,36; Luke 23:36; John 19:29 – they gave Jesus vinegar to drink.

Psalm 110:1 – He will sit at the right hand of God – Heb. 1:3; Acts 2:34-35 – Jesus sits at the right hand of God.

Isaiah 50:6 – He will be spat upon – Matt. 26:67; Mark 15:19 – Jesus was spat upon.

Isaiah 50:6; Mic. 5:1 – the ruler of Israel’s cheek will be struck – Matt. 26:67; Luke 22:63; John 18:22 – Jesus was so struck and beaten.

Isaiah 53:5; Zech. 13:6 – He was wounded, bruised and scourged for us – Matt. 27:26; Mark 15:15; John 19:1 – Jesus was wounded, bruised and scourged for us.

Isaiah 53:7 – He will remain silent before His accusers – Matt. 27:12,14; Mark 14:61;15:5; Luke 23:9; John 19:9 – Jesus remained silent before His accusers.

Isaiah 53:8-10; Dan. 9:26 – the anointed one shall be cut off and die – Luke 23:46; 24:7; John 19:30 – Jesus the Messiah died.

Isaiah 53:9 – He will be buried in a rich man’s tomb – Matt. 27:57-60; Mark 15:42-46; Luke 23:50-53; John 19:38-42 – Jesus was buried in a rich man’s tomb (the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea).

Isaiah 53:12 – He will make intercession for the transgressors – Luke 23:34,43 – Jesus made intercession for the transgressors on the cross.

Amos 8:9 – God will darken the earth at noon – Matt. 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke 23:44-45 – there was darkness at noon at Jesus’ crucifixion and death.

Jonah 1:17 – three nights and days in the belly of the whale foreshadows Jesus’ death and rising on the third day.

Mic. 1:8 – He will lament and wail, and will go stripped and naked – John 19:23-24 – Jesus lamented and was stripped and naked.

Zech. 11:12-13 – He will be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver – Matt. 26:15 – Jesus was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver.

Zech. 11:13 – the pieces of silver are cast into God’s house – Matt. 27:5 – Judas threw the pieces of silver into the Temple.

Zech. 12:10 – His side will be pierced – John 19:34, 37 – Jesus’ side was pierced.

Zech. 13:7 – He will be forsaken by His disciples who will scatter – Matt. 26:31, Mark. 14:50 – Jesus’ disciples forsook Him and scattered.

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Poetry with Wings

A BUTTERFLY

 

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My post here is an acceptance of Colleen Chesebro Challenge Tanka Poetry; her challenge is to use the synonyms for the words “sad and Write” my choice of synonyms will be underlined. — This writing; is called SHAPE POETRY, a Butterfly Cinquain.

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Musing!
Craving to pen
scribble or compose, yet
troubled, melancholy am I
but why?
Sun steep in the sky — rays falling
God high up — grace dipping;
there I did it!
The end.

Supernatural Reality

Why does the unbeliever even care …

If we BELIEVE!

Poetry

Recently a discussion developed with my last post which is the inspiration of this post below:

“Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
God’s realm is His Kingdom where His will is done; it is I believe, eternity, a supernatural dimension absent of time and always present without ever beginning.

As long as we are living here on earth, we have time; we can make decisions and choose our next move. We reason with our God-given conscience convincing us to make the correct choice. When we make the wrong choice innocence suffers from the guilty and negativity comes into the world.
Think about your own life and see your loved ones who have suffered because of your choice, it happens to all of us; we make mistakes in judgment. Back in the day, there was a song that went like this; “We always hurt the ones we love, the ones we shouldn’t hurt at all.” Certainly food for thought!
When our time is up, and we breathe our last breath, our will is fixed forever; we can not change if after that fact. If we pass away into eternity, not wanting God, He gives us our desire.

The atheist like to say, your God is terrible, He sends negativity into the world, they fail to see because of Pride, that when one wakes up and finds they are blind, it is because they plucked out their eyes of their own will.

It is God’s will that we here on earth; as in heaven, His will be done! While on earth He offers us time to reason what His will is. To pray, the power of prayer is genuine power, ask, and you shall receive. If you don’t ask, you will not receive. Pride is the downfall of many in this regard.

It is His will that all are saved, but as the Bible states; “How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!” Matthew 7; 14.

Just Because, Supernatural Reality

Who Created God?

He always was, is the answer.

That boggles my mind, however when we consider that God has not ever existed in what we know as “Time,” because in fact, God caused “Time.” He brought it into existence before doing so, “Time” did not exist.
Time is described by words such as movement, change, motion.
Outside of “Time” is deathlessness, infiniteness, perpetuity.

Since we living humans have only experienced living in “Time,” it is difficult or impossible for most of us even to imagine living without “Time” when considering that God always was it seems like a fairy tale. When He created “Time” that was THE BEGINNING! God had to exist to cause this rhythm a cycle of rotation (movement). He existed before that period outside of “Time.” He existed in timelessness, infiniteness where there was NO BEGINNING; therefore HE ALWAYS WAS!
I am not a scientist just an everyday person of faith who was inspired to write this post after reading what an atheist had to say about God, who always was. On thinking through the eyes of an atheist, it takes more faith on their part to deny God than to believe in God when one considers the wonders of the world.

Of course, now that God has created “Time” the Catholic way is to believe not only does He live in eternity, but He dwells with us in Time and Eternity.
I end with this Tanka Poem that I wrote dwelling yesterday on this very subject.

Without devotion
a season beyond passion,
do not destroy God.
To deny Him we destroy
us — eternity without!