One-Liner-Wednesday today January 30, 2019…
I wish this were Fake News, but I’m afraid it’s true that
N.Y. says it’s okay to kill your newborn baby on his/her birthday!
One-Liner-Wednesday today January 30, 2019…
Believe it or Not
My word of the day = PREFIGURE
to represent or suggest in advance to imagine or consider beforehand.
As a traditional Catholic, it is a practice of mine to pray the daily rosary, as requested at the miracle of Fatima where every person believer or not witnessed the wonder of the sun. The story here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_of_the_Sun
It is always encouraged while praying with a voice we also meditate on the life of Christ. Well, the other day while I was contemplating the story of how Our Lord at the age of 12, was lost for three days.
Luke 2; 41-52)
And His parents went every year to Jerusalem, at the solemn day of the pasch,  And when He was twelve years old, they going up into Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast,  And having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and His parents knew it not.  And thinking that He was in the company, they came a day’s journey, and sought Him among their kinsfolks and acquaintance.  And not finding Him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking Him.
 And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions.  And all that heard Him were astonished at His wisdom and His answers.  And seeing Him, they wondered. And His mother said to
Him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? Behold thy father, and I have sought thee sorrowing.  And He said to them: How is it that you sought me? did you not know, that I must be about my Father’s business?  And they understood not the word that He spoke unto them.
 And He went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And His mother kept all these words in her heart.  And Jesus advanced in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men.
Is it possible this was a prefigurement of the three days He was in the tomb before He rose from the dead on Easter morning?
Many believed at that time He was also lost to death, but He was found.
My inspiration is having the means to accomplish this idea from Youtube and writing about it for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “mean(s), prompt, to join click here for rules.
Why haven’t I written this week on my blog? Because too busy; my energy was to design my cement in the basement. Yes, you read correctly; CEMENT! Create an area where the pellet stove is sitting on cement. Thinking I would go to Youtube for help on how to paint my cement to look like faux marble.
So many techniques are making me dizzy; I must have watched them all. Do this and then do that, but one thing they all said was to start with an immaculately clean floor.
Therefore; I vacuumed around the pellet stove, washed the floor, taped along the stove with painter tape, vacuumed again, rewashed the floor and started to follow some instructions. As this procedure began, I began to develop my technique taking an idea from one video or another as I went along. Tempted to record my own thoughts of “How to paint a cement floor in your basement looking like faux marble” but didn’t want to take the time to figure out how to upload a video, I just took a picture of my finished product.
Oh, one more point; when finished it was so slippery, like walking on ice with that last coat of sealer, so I had to put a second coat on with this stuff, called Anti-Skid Floor Texture Additive. It worked perfectly when applying you have to keep stirring this additive because it sinks down into the sealer, so stir, stir to keep it well distributed.
Most importantly, before I started I prayed and asked the Holy Ghost to guide my every move, and He did! I am happy with the results below.
My Haibun for dVerse
Once Upon Tradition, we discovered that Truth and Humility are very similar in the fact that humility, among other definitions, is acceptance of Truth. Without humility, we cannot win heaven. Because If humility is missing, PRIDE is present.
Just think, it is very straightforward! God can only create goodness, and the angels when created were untainted. However tradition explains, God who knows all things, foretold to His angels that He would also create a nature with a lower essence than His angels. God continued to educate the angels of His plan, but many of them objected to giving one particular woman her proper place. “I will not serve.” The idea that a mere woman would be so privileged, blessed and recognized as to carry God within her human body.
Luke chapter 1; verse 48 “All generations shall call me BLESSED.”
At that moment in time Pride was born into existence, many angels fell.
Pride originated; deception appeared. The fallen then showing Adam and Eve how pleasant Pride looks, Eve accepted the bait while exercising free will thus; giving a new twist on that phrase, “The right to choose.”
Before Christ founded His Church, the people had their celebrations and festivals such as the beginning of winter “darker half” of the year.
Also, history tells the story of how the pagan Romans celebrated what was called Lemuralia (or Lemuria) dedicated to appeasing evil spirits. However, as Christianity spread by the 7th century, many Western European nations had converted to Christianity. These pagan feast days gradually changed to a Christian way of thinking about the dead, and during the 8th century, Pope Gregory III moved the annual festival to All Saints’ Day for Romans to November 1. This change took place during the celebrations known as Samhain. Pope Gregory IV made the replacement for the Western Church.
It was called the eve before All Saints’ Day and dubbed All Hallows’ Eve which evolved into today’s modern-day Halloween. Halloween is All-Hallows’-Eve which is the night-before-All-Saints’- Day.
Interesting tidbit from the Catholic Education resource center:
Begging at the door grew from an ancient English custom of knocking at doors to beg for a “soul cake” in return for which the beggars promised to pray for the dead of the household. Soul cakes, a form of shortbread and sometimes quite fancy, with currants for eyes became more important for the beggars than prayers for the dead, it is said. Florence Berger tells in her Cooking for Christ a legend of a zealous cook who vowed she would invent soul cakes to remind them of eternity at every bite. So she cut a hole in the middle and dropped it in hot fat, and lo a doughnut. Circle that it is, it suggests the never-ending of eternity. Truth or legend, it serves a good purpose at Halloween.
The refrains sung at the door varied from “a soul cake, a soul cake, have mercy on all Christian souls for a soul cake,” to the later:
Soul, soul, an apple or two,
If you haven’t an apple, a pear will do,
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for the Man Who made us all.
The spoken word explains that God revealed to them, His plan for redemption. That He, God would take human nature through Mary, suffer and die for us. The fallen angels through Pride, could not accept Mary’s role with such privileges.
I am tired of hearing Protestants wrongly accuse Catholics of worshipping Mary! If they only knew what they are missing!
Jesus was delighted with His mother, by keeping the Commandments He so honored her, as we all who call ourselves Christians should accept her. The Bible tells us exactly that! “For behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.” [Luke 1:48]
Mary was created by God the Father to carry Our Lord within her womb; therefore she was created perfect, and freed from original sin in other words brought forth into this world in a state of absolute sanctity. If anyone could imagine that Jesus, who is the Second Person of the Trinity could be part of world contamination (fallen nature) due to the sin of Adam and Eve, does not understand the purity of God.
“My hour has not yet come,”
spoken words at Cana; yet
she knew because she asked
He would yield at her request.
Impossible to worship Mary
The more we love her
love for Him magnified
affirmed — Luke 1; 46