Well have you given this any thought?? Funny me!
As the bird sped down toward the lake – No Way No Way my mind raced:
Unbelievable the bird made a last second maneuver. It skimmed the surface of the Lake and then pulled up into the air! Amazing! How’d the bird do that? What the hey! Oh yes, Oh yes, what I already knew was reveled. Yes, the bird has twelve tail feathers! The rudder that guides the bird allowing the bird to escape it’s enemies and yes death!
The Power of Twelve:
Twelve tail feathers – twelve disciples any chance – any chance at all? As a kid I already knew! Oh man – the good Lord gave me this vision to remind and teach me again!
The Heart of the Matter:
Did you know a racing pigeon / dove has a wattle of it’s nose? Yes it is in the shape of a Heart! The wattle is white in color the symbol of purity.
Scientists believe the Homing Pigeon uses this organ to orientate / mark it’s home location. Kinda a natural built in GPS Latitude / Longitude system. Created “in the beginning” so the bird can use this ability to find it’s way home regardless of direction taken.
Home – Where is Home?:
Far more is buried than meets the eye! Ancient man had to have recognized the birds instinctive love of Home / nest and it’s ability to return home time and again. An instinctive drive to always return home. Hence the bird acquired the name “Homing Pigeon”.
Spiritual Instincts Buried Within:
A homing pigeon knows it’s way home though it has never been away? Did you know a homing pigeon recognizes it’s enemy even though it has never seen the enemy before? True true true: I am a witness.
Eyes Like a Hawk:
One beautiful sunny day I opened the door to my loft to let the young pigeons out for the first time. Bright sun shiny day – perfect with just a little wind! The young birds where excited, nervous, fully alert and ready for the next adventure if Life! Anxious to get out and take look around to the larger world.
Seldom do young birds actually take off and fly around the first time out. It is usually just to check out the surrounding area from the roof top, happily flap, exercise and test those wings! Enough flapping to lift themselves up off the rook but not so much that they actually begin flying. The testing before the launch to improve the readiness level. A little scary for them perhaps – exciting and scary all at once!
Recognizes Enemy Yet has never seen the Enemy before:
To my surprise on this bright sun shining day Mr. Hawk flew by and to my surprise panic struck the nerves of these young inexperienced birds. Whoa – whoa there my mind raced! Oh man – too late off the loft they went as if in a panic had set in! Fortunately Mr. Hawk just flew by and paid not attention. After a few panic stricken circles my young birds began the best managed crash landing they could manage. Lord have mercy another unexpected lesson in the really real reality in the life of a pigeon / dove!
Finding ones Wat Home:
Amazing God’s design! Recognizes it’s enemy yet has never seem them. And the bird can find it’s way home yet has never been away from home! Creation – a Spiritual message by design – Finding ones Way Home! It speaks the spirit and heart of every human person.
Please Clear this Gender thing Up:
We are living in the midst of a very mean spiritual War in the nation and indeed the world! The good Lord gave me a vision back in 2011.
In short, this War is another example of the Great Deceiver leading modern man’s original against God’s design as it continues from antiquity.
God Revels who He is 3-1:
If one reads scripture God Himself revels who God says He is! Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three persons yet just one God. 3 in 1 in mystery:
Can we humans discern, digest and understand this 3 in 1 mystery? In the beginning God created man! Two creation stories: An infusing (my word if you will allow) His image and likeness into each person in the form of what we call our spirit / soul.
Definition of Marriage – the Difference makes all the Difference:
Scripture is clear God created man – male and female He created them. No mistakes or confusion! Oh my! Like the tree in the Garden man was not satisfied! Ah – the original sin rebounds and strikes again! Two genders and each was created uniquely different on purpose! And we have ever so much evidence even little kids can tell the difference.! Biology is clearly accurate and distinct! However we know well the Behavior is different! It is the difference that makes the difference to assure the very possibility procreation can occur. And it is clearly a choice humans can make.
Choice / Free Will:
Procreation is an interesting word! Every human being has a mother and a father. No errors with only one claimed exception the Son of God.
The spirit / soul / His image and likeness is hidden within each humans body! Yep!
His creation of man was not completed simply with the creation of two distinctly different bodies. God’s creation plan included a breath of new life design referred to as the “One Flesh”! Holy Smokes another 3 in 1 creation concept after Himself! Simultaneously God created both humankind and a new sacrament. Thus assuring the survival of this new Spiritual being and a covenant relationship we call marriage! Make no mistake – The “One Flesh” design under a new fierce attack by modern selfie centered man who seeks to replace God with good old selfie!
Now this mystery has taken me awhile to digest into the language and words I use this day. The very definition of Family is immersed into an 3 in 1 entity we would call the singular essence of family!
The Devil’s Agenda – Destroy God’s Design – “One Flesh”:
Destroy, mom, dad, boy, girl, husband, wife, male, female, the design for family and what will occur? Chaos! Yes Chaos! People seeking to satisfy selfie appetites rather than grasping the necessary, mandatory elements and basic God created design!
One who focus’s on self can not begin to comprehend God’s design where Happiness lies in wait!
For true love, self denying, sacrificial discipline necessary to breath new life into the most fundamental and life sustaining building block family – a relationship based upon the design principle of God Himself! Family = Mother, father in a covenant relationship with God – 3 in 1 = the “one Flesh”!
Beyond these Stone Walls: Fr. Gordan MacRae: Link: https://beyondthesestonewalls.com/
A Post in regard to the Modern World thought provoking reality of human kind’s best effort to solve Natures (God’s design) for the Elephant population: Hmmm any relationship to Fathers and humanities mass incarceration reality – and just exactly what is the cause?
Any correlation? Common Thread?
My Comments followed by link to Fr. Gordan Macre’s recent Post.
General Instruction of the Roman Mass (GRIM)
There is this fellow who went to prison to celebrate the “Body and Blood of Christ”! “Corpus Christi”. Kinda like “what do you have in mind for me today Lord?
On this day a new lifer inmate arrived. I have found him to be very knowledgeable of the Catholic Faith. His spiritual leaning comes through ever so strongly. Suffice it to say he favors the inclusion of all the options celebrated at what is referred to as a “High Mass”. Singing – everything option allowed by Mr. GRIM!
Now in the room another lifer inmate who clearly indicates a preference for a simpler celebration – i.e. the “Low Mass”! Not too much into singing etc.
See any Conflict?
After a long laborious discussion of options a “Communion Service is celebrated since no priest is available. The readings used for this day can be found in “Feast of Corpus Chrsity”!
Could be there existed some conflict within the community in the readings. The inmates proclaimed the First and Second Readings. My friend proclaimed the Gospel according to John!
Jesus sought to teach the people about the crushed and broken grains of wheat and the crushed and broken grapes. Hmmm! It was the crushing that transformed the wheat and grapes into a mix where the individual parts could not be discerned. In fact they had been transformed into unity of oneness! The symbol of dying in one form necessary to make way and enable a rising in a new united spiritual form we call the sacred people of God! Emphasis is on being united which can only happen when one is willing to forgive as in the “Our Father”.
My friend stood in disbelief when the inmates were sent – these two fellows brought up various reputations that had been heard and spread apparently not just this prison but within the greater state prison system (multiple prisons – the underground word spreads!) My friend didn’t have a clue in regard to the specific’s of these.
Oh my!! Imagine we just celebrated the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ and the spirit of division struck with surprising speed! Yes “What do you have in mind for me today Lord it a nerve”!
What’s the Objective of the Liturgy?:
Now what??? A lesson in GRIM is forthcoming! It is not up for debate and not a vote! The one who presides is the the decider-in-chief! Why? Objective of the Liturgy is to follow the Grace and Spirit of Ordination. It’s not that people can not or are not allowed to express the options they prefer! Certainly one who presides will listen with an open ear.
Hidden in the Conflict is the potential Spirit that divides:
The question hidden in the conflict of preferences is “not the individual” but rather the spirit and grace needed to form the unity of the Body of Christ! This applies to every group of people who seek to become “the Body and Blood of Christ in the world full of the complexities of human preference. Perhaps better said can each individual person empty themselves – die to self – in order that the grace and unity of spirit of the Body and Blood of Christ can be set sent into the world as each indivual travels the road ahead on the journey Home!
Funny title!!! But so true in many ways. To be specifically something with a title yet to be held at arms length! Kinda like having “BO” but you don’t know it! Yikes – I must stink!
An Encounter with the Walking Dead:
Sometimes words just get in the way! Another funny thing we can speech even more powerfully by what we do. Made many trips to Newnan, Georgia for example. Yikes – traveled to the bowels of Atlanta from 1990-2000 during the HIV/AIDS crises sitting among people who thought the disease was a death sentence. Uncomfortable is the word. The place one can hear the voice of the soul crying out! There I encountered people who thought they were the walking dead.
Imagine Jesus Christ the very first Walking Dead and then Jesus calling us to follow! Yep! He had but a single requirement – Oh man – pick up your cross and follow me! A Dead Man – the Living Bread who told us I have life because of the Father. Do you suppose He came so we might have New Life even when it seems clear we are held at arms length (rejected might be a better word) as though we have some sort of serious disease?
Yes He came to start a fire! To do this he became human like us! We can not separate Jesus from His mother Mary! Yep a woman – no man or male could replace.
Body, Blood, Soul all part of a mixture –> the Divine Plan of Salvation.
Jesus the Lamb! Do we know what a lamb is? A young sheep – a prime source to be sacrificed – food for the body — oh and Jesus slaughtered / sacrificed by human with souls! We bring our own broken nature every where we go! Where I ask do we take this broken spirit / soul that cries out to be transformed and healed? To who do we go?
Buried and Hidden Treasure:
Where oh where do we look to find this buried and hidden treasure? In a cross? In communion, unity, the Eucharistic Sacrifice! Come to me all you who hunger and thirst! Come to me all you who seek healing of Body, mind and soul!
Consider wax is heated until it melts! Then and only then can it be poured as melted wax and transformed into the Body of Christ! Yes the Church!
Discernment – wow – a word that requires transformation and understanding. Attitude, heart, spirit, broken all necessary to enter into communion – one body!
Women – Mother Church
Everything flows through Mary, the human whose “Yes” opened the door for God to enter into human flesh. Born to walk in this world! The die in this world!
And Yes to become the first Dead Man Walking and Talking!
I hope and pray – have faith and trust – yes this very Jesus has lead me on a journey of the walking dead!
The Spiritual Set Up:
The past week I have been fretting about just what I should do regarding natural human conflict between two inmates who attend my Catholic Service.
Funny and Not Very Funny:
Can we laugh at ourselves and just how human were set up? Funny but not so funny – one became upset with the other for engaging in a protracted debate / challenging my core perspective regarding Faith, Trust and Hope founded upon my religious belief in God, scripture and the Catholic perspective on Truth.
What Going On and On and On will Do!:
It was an argument, debate, long winded discussion some might find difficult to endure. Well fact was on inmate stood up without saying a word and walked out. This inmate did not return.
Time for a Deep Dive:
This particular incident caused my soul to search first for why the two inmates both felt strongly about the perspectives they held. Further I wanted to know what I could or should have done to handle this situation better?
The good news for me was, I was able to listen without overly interrupting the inmate making a point about Artificial Intelligence and how repeatedly in the past human kind has been able to imagine concepts not possible at the time, yet over time became a reality. Technology, cell phones, flight, outer space travel, electricity, medical advances, etc. etc. Yes things that must have been considered at one point in history as impossible yet today we know conclusively those imagined possibilities are really real.
Why not AIT? What’s so different?
Fundamental Truth? AI is a machine not human and does not have a soul or real feelings or emotions! It is simply a non living – electronic computer technology completely dependent up some flawed human being creating the hardware and software that can emulate ever so many human capabilities. AI has an advantage over a single human being for it can access data and be programmed by multiples of human being with a multiplicity of human values programmed into a non living highly sophisticated embedded complex outcomes which over time will become more and more difficult to test the predicted outcome!
The Other Inmate had had enough – Body Language in Action:
Question is? What is our tolerance capability and can we hear the spiritual question being asked hidden within a challenging debate?
The on and on debate Question hides the spiritual question! – Do our spiritual eyes and ears work?
As the dialogue went on as happens in time – how does one test such a machine and what standard will be used to measure the future outcomes / truth of results of AI? The machine will not have a soul nor a conscientious – rather a growing multiplicity of human and perhaps other machine software programmers who may never ever to speak to one another about the purpose and validation of outputs!
Fast Back to the “In the Very Beginning”:
Will mankind treat such a machine as a God? The temptation will be real as “In the beginning”! Will the reality of human kinds original sin be factored in? Ah ha! The Ten Commandments! Ah ha humankind’s nature to fall into temptation / desire to take ownership of the original “Tree of Knowledge” in the Garden.
A leap forward and simultaneously a leap backward to “in the beginning” – temptation!
Have I confused anyone yet?
Hey I know this is incomplete but I gotta take a break!
to be continued ………….
What is the purpose of Suffering?? Many say Jesus suffering and death was payment for the sins of humanity necessary to open the door of salvation for sinners so human’s can gain access to heaven! This statement is true while also being incomplete!
Jesus himself called all of us to come follow me adding pick up your cross! Another way to say join our suffering to that of His sacrifice! Now that is a mouthful! Buried in His crucifixion is Hid non verbal message! Join your suffering to mine as testimony that others might be lead to the gate.
An intensified Search:
From my own experience of suffering I found the intensity of my search for meaning and understanding was magnified exponentially! This trip through the valley of tears was necessary to open my spiritual eyes and ears to begin to see spiritual reality! You were born for this day!
The Human Condition – God’s Design:
It is a prerequisite that our human condition the only potential doorway to connect oneself with the image and spirit of God within is real suffering! It is the place one can begin to find oneself, the purpose of their being and to begin to hear the call to find themselves and the purpose for which they were created!
Modern Man Thinks himself Smarter:
A New Religion:
This new religion is leading the world rapidly down the road where “suffering” will become the only doorway – one can encounter the “narrow gate” Jesus spoke about as He hung on the cross!
Are you ready? Can you see it is on the near horizon and accelerating each day!
There is however Hope! In Christ’s own words! “Come back to me – Turn around – with your whole mind, emotions, feelings, spirit, soul, mind and yes your body”!
This is Mable’s message to Chris and anyone with ears to hear!
Went to prison yesterday. Normal entry and normal delay for inmates to come! Food for thought! Almost every week a delay! And just why do I persist?
Oh, something about I am the student – sent to proclaim the Good News and to listen to the spirit’s voice hidden is the message spoken and unspoken by men incarcerated.
Oh Oh – I am the Student!!:
One inmate has been in prison 30 plus years. Lots of time to think! He admits guilt in murder of another human being. He regrets the impact of his frustration that lead to his crime! Essentially a spear he could not see coming penetrated his spirit when his son committed suicide as a older teenager.
Perspective of Hope – Stubbornness of the Spirit:
Can you imagine 30 + years to reflect upon and study the teachings of the Catholic Church. Simultaneously, ones human nature that landed him in prison clings to oneself and continues to cause him to challenge again and again truth no matter who! Just happened to be me today! Yes my each expressed thought! Can any one make the leap to understand this same challenge plays out time and again within the prison when I am not present with other inmates?
A Pain – a Pain! Get over yourself!:
So it was this day my question “how has it been going” lead to a conversation where seemingly every thought I expressed was challenged. Could it be 30 years ever so little hope exists “of ever being set free” was driving the conversation? A conversation that was upsetting to another inmate who recently received news “parole for multiple inmates was on the near horizon”. I ask myself? Are my ears working? Am I off track? New Hope came face to face with Hope frustrated! Unspoken language speaks through body movement! Absolutely no doubt – for sure something obviously had been triggered.
Oh Lord has my willingness to take the RISK to let people Speak an Error?
Was the difference I observed this day between the two inmates a spiritual attitude toward the hope of parole intensified by my willingness to take such a risk? Did I observe the natural long existing conflict – yet not fully understood by either – between the inmates – seemingly obviously due to a long interaction between the two men. A mouth full!
There I sat – the enabler: Guilty!
There I was essentially sitting in the middle enabling a discussion challenging my perspective of the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) . Yes I was being challenged to defend myself at every turn in regard to inanimate object (AI’s home) – a non-human machines ability to replicate and exceed a humans ability to reason.
A machine no matter how sophisticated does not have a soul – nor was it created in the image of God with free will!
The unspoken word speaks clearly! Evidence – the inmate – a short timer – in his mind could not tolerate the lifer’s attitude in regard to his insistence to challenge my perspective
Sometimes the soul speaks through ones feet! Yes the short-timer got up and walked out!
Wonder why I am writing this?
Did I tell you – in this ministry to prisoners – I have discovered the Spirit of the One who called me, reversed my role making me the student and teacher so I might travel through the valley that leads one to begin to better understand God’s complicated design of the nature of the Human person – where the soul can not escape the body!
Fact — This is not easy reality to digest and discern the truth. Is it perhaps the valley one must pass through where the search for wisdom leads both teacher and student?
And where do I find a Human I can talk to who will not get up and leave?
Shepherd: Flock: So close: Takes on Smell:
Take the Real Presence out into the Sheep’s grazing grounds:
Arms Length – neither a “Yes” or “No”:
A Gift I didn’t ask for:
Seems to me the good Lord gave me a gift I wasn’t shopping for! Ten years with people suffering with HIV/AIDS fast forwarded facing the reality of death resulted in an immersion of myself into the world of sheep saying “I was born this way” – not understanding “in the beginning” they were exactly born this way – with “original sin” human natures in the beginning desire to define truth! Yes sin is still sin in spite of oh so many humans seeking to make real the original sin/unreality!