If one does research on the ORIGIN of the word “Astral” they might come up with something like this: “Theosophy noting a supersensible substance pervading all space and forming the substance of a second body (astral body) belonging to each individual. It accompanies the individual through life, can leave the human body at will, and survives the individual after death.”
What a perfect word “astral” used today which pertains to the stars and universe.
When God created the first man, He endowed us with an immortal soul. The following is my abridgment from an approved Catholic book titled: My Way of Life.
“Since then each living human has that vital principle, its soul, by which it is alive; these souls are not composite things to be taken apart; they are not bodies but the principles by which bodies come alive.
A soul cannot be taken apart, as no soul can, for it has no parts; but neither can it be destroyed by destroying the body of a man. The death of the body is not the end of the soul, for the soul has its own independence, its own actions transcending the physical and corporal, it has its own life which it gives to the body but which is not surrendered with the death of the body. The soul of man can be separated from the body.
The soul of a man once brought into existence is as immortal as the angels; the soul of every man who has been born into the world lives forever.”
Where does it live, that is up to YOU.
We recently celebrated Ash Wednesday, and in my youth on Ash Wednesday, the children would sing this little jingle; ♪ ♫ ashes to ashes, dust to dust if God doesn’t take you the devil must. ♫ ♫
Today I feel more conversant with the memory of my husbands last days than usual, so I wrote a poem. Although I may not be considered a poet, I still feel conversant with his memory.
A MEMORY afraid to forget
Some die soft and others die-hard.
You left me with a heart scarred.
His Will was to call you home
His Will left me all alone.
Your words to me were bravely spoken
Today I understand the words foretoken.
“It’s Gods Will,” you said over and over.
“Please lend me a prayer,” and moreover;
“What did our priest just say to me?”
Words I just couldn’t foresee.
“Our children will now care for you,”
He knew they would follow through.
Now that it’s been five long years
What I do best are shedding tears.
It is my opinion that this relic left for our time now that technology is better advanced compared to past centuries.
Going back in time a little to the year 1898; according to Wiki an Italian lawyer and amateur photographer by the named Secondo Pia a man known for taking the first photographs of the Shroud of Turin. While developing them, noticing that the photographic negatives showed a more precise rendition of the image. He said he almost dropped and broke the photographic plate in the darkroom from the shock of what appeared on it: the reverse plate showed the picture of a man and a face that was not visible with the naked eye. Furthermore, when the negative was developed, it showed a positive image of a human face. He concluded that the image itself was, therefore, in effect, a photographic negative.
How could this then be a medieval forgery?
Again in 1931 when a professional photographer, Giuseppe Enrie, also photographed the shroud and his findings supported Pia.
Now we know it was not a painting at all.
Recently some very interesting information has come to the world about the Shroud of Turin, the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.
Nanoparticles, what are they? Nanoparticles are tiny materials having size ranges from 1 to 100 nm. In this assay at present, are now referred to as particles of blood. Blood particles not typically found in a healthy human. Why? Because these blood particles contain substantial levels of creatinine and ferritin, a substance found in persons who have much suffered much as in torture. Such findings of this type of organic nanoparticles conclude that the person wrapped within this shroud did experience a violent death. Also, this discovery debunks the naysayers claim that the image is
AGAIN somehow painted on the shroud.
Consider also another point about the fabric. The cloth is consistent with materials from first-century Israel, but not with medieval Europe. A forger would have had to not only forge the image but would have had to have detailed knowledge of linen weaves of the first century and then not only reproduce it but age it convincingly.
At this point, the fiber is twisted (spun) into the thread. During Jesus’ time, all spinning was done by hand with spindles. The spinning wheel was not around yet, and the world waited another 500 years for that tool.
In the spinning process, the spinner twists the fibers in one of two ways: clockwise (Z) or counterclockwise (S). Because the structure of the flax fiber has a natural tendency to twist itself in an S twist, spinners over the millennia have spun it in this S direction, as if not wanting to “fight” the fiber. Curiously, the yarn that makes the Shroud was turned in a Z twist (clockwise). In other words, the weave is consistent with the era of Christ.
Just to elaborate a little further on this weave the yarn used to weave the Shroud of Turin is of very high quality, evenly spun, and it has been woven into an unusual, fancy pattern for the time, called 3 to 1 herringbone twill. The resulting cloth is very fine, with a density of about 89 threads per inch.
We read in Mark 15;43-46
“Joseph of Arimathea, a highly regarded member of the council, who was himself looking forward to the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate was surprised that he was already dead. He called the centurion and asked him if he had been dead for some time. When Pilate was informed by the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. After Joseph bought a linen cloth and took down the body, he wrapped it in the linen and placed it in a tomb cut out of the rock. ”
There was a noise in the media in 1987 when the Shroud was subjected to carbon-14 dating technology which dated it to the 13th century. The fabric of the shroud is linen, not cotton and proven the sample was from a patch with 16th-century cotton some nuns mended near the edge of the shroud.
There is so much more to consider about the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin; many YouTube’s are out there for your ASSAY on this subject.
One-Liner Wednesday #1liner Weds – Liberalism
What is mine is mine and what is yours is mine too!
Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” ~Bil Keane
The Title reads, when is a gift not a present? The quotes below tell the WHEN.
“Say not to thy friend: Go, and come again: and tomorrow I will give to thee: when thou canst give at present.”
“Who shall not receive much more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.”
In the Old Testament the story of the Martyrdom of the second son, his last breath he prophesied the resurrection. His quote from the book of 2 Machabees 7:9
“And when he was at the last gasp, he said thus: Thou indeed, O most wicked man, destroyest us out of this present life: but the King of the world will raise us up, who die for his laws, in the resurrection of eternal life.”
“I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God, your reasonable service.”
THE BEST QUOTE IS for our day: “Jesus Christ is present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar,” the Catechism.
An anonymous quote: “I can’t tell you everything I know at present because I don’t know anything.”
It takes COURAGE to write an actual story that sounds more like a joke on a religiously serious themed blog, but here goes.
Not really a joke at all, because it happened to me, true story.
One day about 25 years ago, I was caring for one of my granddaughters, she was about 4 or 5 years old at that time.
I was a bit disgruntled about all the nonsense I saw on T.V. at that time extended to kids T.V. shows, in my opinion. This particular child, like most, loved to sit and watch T.V. she would sit there all day if someone allowed it.
I started to talk to her about it. The conversation went somewhat like this. I will call her Little Zandra to protect the innocent.
“Little Zandra don’t you think you are watching too much television?”
“No, I love T.V. granny.”
“There are so many bad things on the T.V. for a little girl to see.”
“I want you to make me a promise, little Zandra.”
“What is it?”
“Promise me you will never, ever watch bad EVIL television shows again.”
“Okay, I promise I will never watch bad EVIL television, I will only watch good evil, T.V.”