Category Archives: Homlies & Spiritual Talks

Great Great Risk – in the order of the 1st Deacon – Stephen was stoned to death for his Homily.

Gone Fishing –> The Discovery of my Heritage:

Stowell Family:

Back in the late 1980’s I told my mother Martha Stowell Meuninck I was in the process of becoming a Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.  My mother’s response was you are joining a long line of preachers.  At the time I did not have the wisdom to ask my mom, exactly what and who are you talking about?  Short sighted was I!

33 Years Ago:

Well it is 2023!  Whew more than 33 years ago this year!  Well circumstances have lead me to search for an understanding of the current situation in regard to my own ministry and just exactly what is the Lord’s plan for me?

Well I began a google search for the name Joseph Stowell a name I ran across listening to New Life Radio.  I knew at one point Joseph Stowell was the President of Moody Bible Institute.  Funny coincidence I worked at the Chicago O’Hare Airport in the 1970’s.  When I heard the name I began to wonder if this man Joseph could be the grandson like I was a grandson to my grand dad Tilton Cheney Stowell.  Funny first name Tilton Cheney.  I have a story to tell about me and kindergarten.

Another funny incidence.  I took a Course “Theology of the Body” Saint John Paul II’s teaching through the Dallas Theology Seminary in 2011?

Bejamin Ellijah Stowell March 6, 1847 (my Birthday Month and day)  Married Rosa Jane Livermore:  Children:  Mary Alice,  Joseph Michael (Grand Dad of Joseph Stowell – Moody fame),  Alma Livermore, plus  My Grand Parents:

Tilton Cheney – Oct. 4 1874 (Grand father) and Anna Marie Walsh – May 9, 1880 (grand mother):  Children:  Kathern B., Joseph Michael, Mary Margueritt, Richard Robert, Thomas Albert, Margueritte Carrol – May 18, 1915 (my mom)

and Rosa Nell.

A Long line of Preachers:  That’s what my mom told me over 33 years ago.

Ultimately I ran across this video and took the time to listen:  Give it a listen:  See if you can figure out the invisible that ties us together?

Gone Fishing:

 

 

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Four

What the Hey!  So lets start!  Just what are the four cardinal virtues?  And just why should I try and figure out what they are?

Darn – all of this about having “Courage”!  Having the courage to do what is necessary both right and good!   Do I have too?

Hmmm!  Four Cardinal Virtues!!!  Fortitude (hang in there), Prudence (foresight?), Justice ( not just about old selfie), and Temperance!  Yikes each word is packed full of spiritual meaning!

So just who decided to identify there?  Hmmmm!  Some old ancient guy – Thomas Aquinas of Hippo!  Do I need to know this?  And does “Hippo” mean the guy was “Hip”?  Maybe he was!  Is Hippo a part of this world?

I just got a new fast computer!  The mouse thinks it can read my mind!  Not so fast you little blipper!  Get back in your mouse hole!

Not Another Saint!

St. Thomas defines virtue for us as “a good habit bearing on activity” or a good faculty/habit!  Oh my the word faculty!?!   Awah shucks another funny word – I am just a red neck country boy!  Faculty?  Do I have to exercise discipline again?  And just what the Hey is discipline?  Oh yea -> snippet -> Discipline = Love!  Short hand that takes many words to describe such a complex spiritual reality demonstrated while handing on a cross!  I guess eyes can see and ears hear better when one encounters the well hidden secrets only a cross can reveal to the human who encounters the word suffering!  Oh man no body wants to do that!  Come follow me rings a bell!  Who said that?  And oh yea like a virtue one must choose to enter into the story!  Do I have too???

Where was I?

Gotta take a break before I kill this mouse — to be continued . . . . . . . . . . . .

Seven  —>  Oh Man another Number!!!!????

Seven Virtues!  Chastity, diligence (Concord vs Discord), Faith, Good Works, Humility, Patience, Sobriety:  Yea I didn’t kill the mouse!!!

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The Four Cardinal Virtues:  Cardinal a Hinge that hold up a heavy door so it can open and close.  A Cardinal a very very red bird.  The Color of life sustaining oxygenated bright red blood.

Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, Temperance:  == Hinges:  That which hold up a heavy door so it can open and close.

Prudence:  (oh no not that word Discipline oneself, to use reason to discern good versus evil / know the Ten Commandments – and we are creature not God.)

Justice:  (giving / treating people with dignity because they were created in the image of God.  Dignity is hidden in work – working enable one to discover gifts and talents.)

Fortitude:  ( persistence -0 hanging in there when it is hard, Courage to continue unabated – set one face like Flint)

Temperance:  ( involves all the senses – touch, smell, sight, hearing, taste)

Who is the first and best teacher of the Cardinal Virtues????  Mom & Dad!

 

Chastity (oh my!  not in this world!),

Hearing the Ache Coming from the Heart

December 2022.  Visited today with a home bound friend.  All in a tizzy over his encounter with women!  Heck, he isn’t telling me anything new – I am married!  Ha ha on both of us!  Sometimes we get so very worked up and serious we can no longer see beyond ourselves.   So in the middle of tonight I woke up!  Hey I am now legitimately “WOKE”:!   Oh man – trouble brews!

My mind was working over time of the lament of the day!  I was witness to and how we humans struggle with grasping our diverse perspectives while stumbling all over ourselves that prevents us from being able to communicate!  Part of the problem is we lack courage to ask and courage to criticize one another!  Fear Fear – How to without destroying a relationship!  Love one another is not an easy task!  Taking the necessary risk to try seems to be our Achilles heel!  Hello There!

Life’s journey through the bowels of Atlanta during the early HIV / AIDS days was the doorway to the discovery my spiritual ears and eyes were being trained.  It was that very uncomfortable place I traveled to be and sit in the presence of mostly young men who were pouring out their souls in the accelerator lane self debating themselves and the others present.  They were in a self grappling match with themselves, questioning life’s purpose and meaning filled with a deep lament in regard to the very serious life and death circumstances they found themselves.

Why am I here?  What can I do?

I myself am probably not yet fully aware of just why in the heck was I present their with them in the first place?  What qualifications did I have?  My only answer that makes sense is – “I was called and I answered the call”!  I didn’t know it at the time, but I had worked through the Air Traffic Strike of 1981.  11,000 controllers walked out that day.  PATCO was the union and had negotiated the first contract with the Federal Government and pretty much had gotten everything they had asked for!  Why Strike??  It was part of my preparation to listen and hear to human cries that rise up out of the soul!

A 3rd Party AFLCIO Hidden Agenda:

The AFLCIO had control of the Trucks and Ships!  Now if only they could control the airplanes they would have the Power to shut down the Nation’s transportation system.  Funny how this event had prepared my spiritual ears and eyes to see and hear!  Yes, this is the deadly sin hidden in the Garden Story in the Book of Genesis.  Yes hidden in the symbol of the tree!  Yes the tree that belongs to God holding the forbidden fruit!  Fruit natures lure of good taste and healthy food – yet hidden within lies “choice”, “free will” and the consequences = “death”!

Why did 11,000 Controllers Go On Strike?

That is the precise question I wanted an answer to!  Fortunately I was not alone!  A number of Leadership and Human Behavior courses were rapidly opened up and I was able to participate.  I used this training today December 2022!  Morris Massey’s video “You are who you were when” hit the nail on the head.  It takes a significant emotional event to open the doorway of the human heart and mind to begin to search and ask why am I upset?

  Thus the Beginning of Lament:

A short few years later I found myself in the bowels of the HIV / AIDS crises amidst genuine laments!  Why me!  Why I asked myself was the word “Lord” missing?  Another treasure missed – created in the image of God within -= ones soul!  The battle in the beginning continues today!  Within in this battle I was unknowingly being prepared oh so long ago to see and hear with spiritual eye and ears!

to be continued . . . . . . . . .

 

 

 

Life Sentence, Hope for Parole, Rejection, New Life

Silence:  The Doorway for the Spirit of God to Enter:

Went to prison on Friday as usual.  Changed my game plan since one inmate indicated he needed silent time.  He told me in prison there is no silence unless:  Something not good has happened or is going to happen.  Tension exists when silence permeates a prison.

Adoration:  Worshiping the Eucharist – The Body of Christ:

Yep that was my game plan.  Light a candle and Expose the Eucharist on a small table in the room so the inmates who come can worship and adore the Body of Christ!  Not so sure all Catholic’s let alone Christians understand the Eucharist, Silence let alone Adoration?

The Real Presence:

For twenty minutes in silence we sat, kneel ed, and prayed!  Then I broke the silence and asked them to reflect upon their individual sins.  After another fifteen minutes I again interrupted and asked them to join me in praying as perfect an Act of Contrition as we possible could!

Act of Contrition:

Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee,  and I detest all my sins because of the loss of heaven and the pains of hell.  But most of all because they offend Thee, who are all good and deserving of all my love.  I firmly resolve with the help of Thy grace to confess my sins and amend my life.  Amen.

Since these inmates are and have been confined to prison and no priest has visited for over 3 years – this is the best we can do!  I tell them the next time a Catholic priest is available, grad them by the arm and ask them will you please hear your confession!

Communion Service – Outside Mass:

After the Act of Contrition, I ask them to join me in celebrating a Communion Service.  We begin with the Sign of the Cross, an opening prayer and the Penitential Right.  Next we begin the Liturgy of the Word from Scripture.

At the moment I begin to proclaim the Gospel, a young man knocks at the door.  We invite him in and ask how we can help him.  We discover he is looking for information regarding the Catholic Religion.  So heck we ask him to stay with us as we celebrate and briefly explain what we are doing.

At the conclusion of the service we ask him to stay and ask whatever questions he has for us in regard to his queries!  Lord Have Mercy!  He is interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and the difference between the protestant and Catholic Religions.

“Alleluia Alleluia”

In my book is timing is perfect.  One of the older inmates was recently turned down for parole and it was clear to me his disappointment took a spiritual tole on him.  To my great delight, this inmate took the greatest interest in answering this young mans questions.  It was a perfect opportunity for him to share his faith journey and in depth learning during his many years of incarceration.  Lord have mercy!  I sense the excitement in his manner and voice.  A rich opportunity to share his faith and journey to discerning the word of God.  Holy Smokes – sure appeared to me the Holy Spirit had set this even up.  It was uplifting!  In fact I would say both the young man and the veteran inmate were lifting each other up as words and explanations were exchanged.

to be continued …….

 

 

 

 

 

Still Under Development? Yep!:

Hey – What’s this all about?

Hey All:  I have been working on “theideacon.com” web site since 2011.  I am sure it is messy!  Many transitions / upgrades etc. etc.  Started this for my grand kids so maybe one day they could check out what I thought about things I posted here!  Was never intended to be perfect!

Reality is many improvements have been made to “WordPress.com” and all the associated plugins etc.  This is a learning by doing exercise!

Please Holy Spirit protect my back – Well I made it through a Knot hole!

But perhaps most important to me is to try and write according to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.  In 2011 I underwent my second open heart surgery.  My description was “I was pulled through a “knot whole”!

As a result I began to pray constantly why did the Good Lord kept me around?  Later after many weeks and months the Good Lord gave me a Vision to reflect upon.

The Birth of “theideacon.com”

Ah Ha – “theideacon” was born!  In this web site somewhere the reader will find a description of my vision and interpretation!

Forgiveness is found at the foot of the Cross:

Please please forgive me my human failures when it comes to writing, spelling, sentence structure, etc., etc..  I am a two finger typing and my mind are not in sink!  My mind does not think about what I just wrote in regard to correct writing discipline.  My mind frankly is racing way ahead on what might be written next!

Perhaps there-in Lies the Secret Message – Life Struggle with me Please:

If you struggle – well perhaps if you struggle – then perhaps we share the same spirit of struggle together!  It is the spirit hidden in the message I pray and hope to reveal!  God Bless anyone willing to enter the spiritual war I am attempting to put into words!

Just say “YES”:

November 26, 2022 – yes 11 years living a calling!  The key word is “YES” Lord!  He didn’t call me to be perfect – no he called me to seek perfection by taking the risks the Yes demands!  I am a work in progress – no apologies!

Wanna Help?  Am I crazy or what?  Oh Yea – open the doors and let the Holy Spirit in!

Where Oh Where is Raphael?

I discovered my Baptismal Patron Saint:

Help help help!!! I cry out with all my soul! I am calling to the wind, the spirit and breath of life to carry my plea to the ends of the earth! Help help help. My name is Michael given at birth yet delayed to this moment to recognize my calling. In the midst of the night my kin Gabriel I heard the hark as coming through my many intercessions to the Virgin!  Make haste our kin Raphael has been taken hostage by the spirit of “trans” seeking to detour souls on their journey home to the promised land.

Deception Evils Doorway:

Deceptive is that Spirit kin to the deceiver articulated in the story – “In the Beginning from which “original sin entered the world! Ah ha – yes luring souls including the tender vulnerable very young ever so slowly leading to the great abyss. Oh Raphael, Oh Raphael where oh where have you taken up hiding Raphael?

Bowels of the Earth – My Classroom:

Oh my cries my soul; For years my ears have heard the cry from the souls of men seeking the answer of just who they were created to be? To the bowels of the earth I traveled. My classroom of the spirit of creation is where few travel! Have you forgotten Raphael you are pure spirit created to lead and join prayers of souls crying out from the deeps of the their soul inhabiting earth seeking profound healing only found in the truth of God’s design in the beginning.
I need help! Yes I need help of souls with spiritual ears and eyes! Yes the spirit hidden within People – oh so often people who earnestly wish to follow the good shepherd yet seemingly blinded by the imagination and lure of the great deceiver to replace God’s tree with self! Imagination now used as a serious weapon of war seeking to fool and conquer the spirit of logic with selfie Truth! Hi tech has opened a new door diverting focus and attention away from ancient truth luring man’s nature to own the tree of good and evil! Today this weapon is placed in the hands of the very young and vulnerable!

The Walls of the One Flesh have been penetrated:

Oh my, oh my and even the old journeying on, separating truth and Creations design from reality. Oh so many have been lured by greater and greater numbers, especially the young holding in their small hands the newest device that has invaded the domain of the one flesh and stealthily seeks control over ones imagination – an imaginary Disney Land where all things are possible including the desire to extinguish the one flesh few in the modern world understand.

Thick Clouds cover the earth:

Hark – I cry in desperation! Can anyone hear my voice! Have the images of the deceiver world placed a thick layer of clouds over souls so thick eyes can no longer see and ears can not hear! Has this spirit of imagination been deceived leading souls and putting them to sleep? The Battle from the beginning has always been raging. But today it seems to have accelerated taking Raphael hostage! Has anyone see the great archangel?

Hidden Power of Imagination and Emotions Joined:

Oh so many others have been taken hostage as well by the power of imagination and emotions even penetrating and overtaking so many leaders of the good shepherd’s church!
Yes even some holier than thou followers cry in protest to the proclaiming of truth and are offended by any Rebuke. Rather they protest – seeking rather a voice that will entertain the imagination and speak to the spirit within a message the new born selfie god wants to hear! Oh my even some Cardinals, Archbishops and Priests tremble at the volume of the voice of imagination and emotion! Purse strings influence truth! For who exists in our modern world that is qualified to testify to the Truth reveled “In the Beginning”? Rather embracing Pilot’s words! Truth – what is truth! Spoken to the face of the one who came to testify to the Truth and was ultimately willing to be crucified in silence for speaking the message of truth clarified from the Beginning! Yet while hanging His spirit spoke volumes to the eyes open to read the discipline of love communicated through suffering! The secret doorway was reveled to spirits open and willing to enter the story!

 

I am Michael created to drive the demons of heaven and earth into the great abyss to save souls of man from following! Yet in this modern selfie world even I am in desperate need of human souls from the so very very old through the very very young to join me in prayer to save Raphael. And to pray to save those suffering from the delusions of the imagination driven by and embedded in the upheaval of emotions seeking free reign over the spirit of logic defining the very battle of this day – the war between the spirit and flesh that began in the very beginning of time.

Who will step forward and help me? I call upon angels, saints with wings and souls of pilgrims of earth on the journey home to kneel down this day! Pray I ask for the spirit and source of healing of the “trans” disease inflicted by the great deceiver, that seeks to destroy essence of the innocence of life from the cradle of the womb of creation and now targets the innocence of youth designed to be protected by the very spiritual nature of the one flesh!  I plead – am I alone? Who will pray with me for the healing of souls walking in the crises of the unseen war seeking the ruin and extinction of man, woman, male, female, boy, girl, mother, father, husband, and wife all the while taking dead aim at dissolving God’s design for – “the “One Flesh“!

Am I Michael walking alone? Is there a single soul who with the courage to support the creation of a spirit lead animation as in God’s spiritual creation with the potential to penetrate the imagination in spite of the great deceiver’s thick clouds that covers the whole world seeking lost souls!  And where oh where has Raphael been taken hostage?

The Truth will set you Free — Who spoke those words?

Amen!

Innocence Followed by the Fall Leading to Truth:

“In the Very Beginning”

“In the Beginning” the original story man is born into innocence!  As the story unfolds quickly follows the original fallYes it is a setup opening the door for redemption and the restoration of innocence.

“Longing for a Return to Innocence”

Ever since man longs to return to a state of innocence .

In the Garden:

In the Garden Innocence

Man – male and female are defined A seed provider and a womb capable of creating new life as a pair.  Yet to be complete the expression one flesh receives it’s true definition wrapped in a trinity of 3.  One man, one woman and the two united in spirit with the creator of all life.  A definition under attack by modern man.  The gift of free will under severe attack by the same deceptive spirit against the original design of the creator.  Man was unable to escape the lure of the deceiver and consumed the forbidden fruit.  Way back in the beginning.

Every Generation:

No surprise humanity continues to fall to same deceptive voice that captures mans yearning to self proclaim themselves owner of the original tree in the garden. The ancient story that setup the necessity of the creator sending a treasured first born spiritual gift to save man from himself!  Oh my – through the torture and unbelievable suffering that non verbally spoken the very words where forgiveness, healing and salvation lie in hiding!  Man’s Free Will demands suffering in order that man will seek truth beyond himself!

Solitude – Self Searching for Self:

In the Beginning was solitude.  One single man alone encountering God’s design in himself and all of nature!  It is not good that man should be alone!  Ah ha from one man came the second a female.  Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh.  Company at last!  They were destined to before a trinity.  One man, one woman plus one God with the power to instill the spirit of a soul that formed the definition of marriage united to the spirit – the single source of unity = a trinity – each of gift necessary for new life.  No other combination satisfies the spirit of the soul within.

The War In the Beginning Still Today

Any other combination is laced with dismemberment, confusion, self appointment in direct conflict with Truth!

Yes the War rages within humanity which seeks to overthrow the creation of God’s designMan claim’s ownership of the tree in the garden and quickly loses innocence!

Hidden within the Body

Man has an awareness of self” – conscientious – hidden in the spirit /soul of the man’s body the hidden image of God within!  Only man can cultivate the earth and discover the purpose of body and soul.  This process when it reaches maturity is referred to in human behavior as self actualizationtrue human dignity is found in the process of work!  the process of work entail the use of gifts and talents which when used one discovers the “pursuit of happiness” which is never ends.   This discovery is equivalent to the the “Breath of Life” and being born again.

The Original Breath of Life Faces Death

In the Beginning God blew into the nostrils of man the breath of life!  Yet in waiting the forbidden fruit takes on greater meaning between Life, death and the hope of immorality.

In summary an analogy of the raw material used to make bread and wine define the process of man discovering self!  A grain of wheat must be crushed and broken in the process of becoming the unity of flour that gives birth to bread by being heated.  Food for the body and soul.  Grapes as well must be crushed and broken to release the juice necessary in the process of making wine.  In both cases each individual – the essence of each must die to give birth, merged into a necessary unity, a oneness of being, necessary for the birth of a new wine.  In both cases one must wait as the process of creation unfolds.

It is the process of suffering that opens the door necessary for man to begin to search and to use reason to discover the Truth that can set man free and discover the lost sense of innocence!

Nature, Natural Law, Reason – Lessons Speak

As with natural law and nature each generation must wait for an encounter with being crushed and broken as the necessary birth pains to encounter the birth of new life!

Only man can come to understand – he must begin to cultivate and subdue himself for this birth of the communion of unity with the spirit to occur within persons both male and female.

Truth Buried along the Journey to New Life:

Man created in the image of God in the beginning.  Communion, the Body and Blood of Christ sent to teach through suffering speaking and dying to open the doorway to the discovery of new life more abundant!

The Rights of the People: The Choice:

The Potential of a Blank Piece of Paper:

A blank piece of paper is empty.  It openly awaits and serves as pure potential to inscribe a message yet written to communicate thoughts hidden in ones mind.  It has no history, values, principles, rules or guidelines.  It is an opportunity to sort through ideas, hopes, and dreams while entering the battleground of discovering  and engaging with the spirit of Truth!

Modern man and America are at War with the Truth!  It is a War between the creature and the creator.   It is the War explained “In the Beginning” and just who owns the “Tree of Knowledge, Good and Evil”!  A story that precisely provides a God given basic Truth called “Free Will”!

Spirit and flesh who is in control?  Emotions and logic who is in control?  Yes it is the War between the Spirit and the Flesh!!  Who is winning in 2022?  Yes it sure looks like the Flesh – yes the Flesh appears to be winning!

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

Oh yea and then there was this Declaration of Independence and Constitution paper thing!  And just what does it say?  Not your opinion or mine!  At what cost were those words written on a blank piece of paper? Just exactly what do the words placed upon a blank sheet of paper say?  And and does modern man have a clueBlood the cost humans were willing to pay – real blood and real tears!  Hearts torn not just a little!  Should we even pay any attention to these words in 2022?  Or do modern humans have insights sufficient to throw away the words written on a blank paper many years and generations ago?

One Flesh – United – Do we any longer have any Idea what it Means:

Are all people are created “Equal”!  Are we confused?  The word on the Blank paper is “Equal” not “Equitable”Endowed by the “Creator” not manIndividual Rights No Government may infringe upon!  Am I allowed to speak these words today which were long ago written on a blank paper?  Does our modern government now support a new religion based upon the creature versus creator?  Seems so!  The “Pronoun” Religion — Prohibited by sacred words written long ago!  Who is being sacrificed at the altar of the Pronoun Religion?

The Pronoun Religion has been Elevated to the Status of Law:

Some assume this was written for the reader, when in fact the written Word carries the Spirit of Life / Truth for which I was created in the first place.  It’s desired destination is the eyes and ears of those who I love even tough many may demand that I not speak!  No more sermons from Jesus Christ was clearly communicated through His crucifixion long ago!

To my Grand Children:

My spirit cries out – sometimes in real tears!  Before you were born and even as you were formed in your mothers womb the God of Life was shed to assure that the spirit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were birthed as well!

Least Understood is the Pursuit of Happiness:

Life provides the opportunity to search and discover ancient Truths.  Your spirit cries out from deep within searching to discover the gifts buried within your body and soul!  Precisely and Uniquely your own at the moment of conception – the implantation of your soul hidden in your body.  A closely guarded secret by to those who seek to replace the creator with self.    The secret of happiness is found in the creators spirit of Truth!  It was for this Truth I was destined to reveal!  I would gladly give my life so you might encounter the mystery of life and the fountain source where the the thirst for happiness is found!

The War of Good versus Evil from Antiquity Continues

From this formerly blank paper leaps hope the tears I shed from the collision of God’s Truth with the demons who sought from the “Beginning” to lead humanity to replace the owner of that Tree in the Garden with Man himself.  If Man owns the Tree then the Spirit of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness lead mankind down the road to hatred and division – clear symptoms of the Satan’s War is being successfully waged against the creator’s Plan for the Salvation of man!

Where Hope Hides:

Yes it is!  It is buried in your soulYou were born for this day and this particular War.  As Jesus told His disciples every time he encountered them — “Do not be afraid and Peace be with you“!  Turn your Spirit to me, I am at your side always and yes faith and trust are the gifts freely given for you to find your way Home!  Yes God loves you and yes He does – He calls you by your most beloved name!

The Stain – The Stain – the Spirit Hidden in the Stain Triggers a Pause to Reflect.

Hey all!  Took a ride to a property I purchased in 2005.  34 + beautiful acres resting on the side of Pine Mountain running east -west across Georgia.  As I drove up the grassy road I passed by Walnut Trees I planted about 15 years ago.  Behold I saw Walnuts hanging in a few trees.  My spiritual brain began immediately to digest the sight before my eyes!

Oh my – the journey that followed:

I stopped – got out of my truck and began picking up fallen walnuts .  Some were still green and as many where in the process of turning black.  Before long I had a bucket full of walnuts.  Time to head for home.  On the way my mind raced back to the days of my young when my father stopped in front an old house that had a huge Walnut Tree near the street.  There the ground was covered with fallen walnuts.  My dad loved walnuts and we quickly began collecting those fallen walnuts covered with green and black husks.

Again — My Oh My – much later (too late) I would recall my dad’s warning! Oh yes he did!

When I arrived home, I rushed into the house and to my trusty computer!  Search “Video – how to de husk walnuts”.  Remove that green and turning black shell within which the walnut is protected as it matures.  The video showed the walnuts being placed in water and rigorously stirred in a process to remove the husks.  Simple – I should have studied much more!!

You Guessed It – yes I did!  into a bucket of water went the newly fallen walnuts!

Let them soak a while – patients is called for!  But this day patients was in short supply!  Yes I did – you bet into the water went my hands to fetch and peel each walnut!  I discovered the ones turned black peeled the easiest.  The green ones no such luck.  After about 15 minutes I pulled my hands out of the water to BEHOLD!!!  Black fingers and palms!  Oh Oh – what does one do??  Oh yea – my dad’s ancient warning jumped into my mind!  Too Late??

Oh – Removal of husks multiplied by removal of stain with yet to come removal of the shell just to discover and encounter the treasure hidden within!

Back to the computer I raced!  My imagination was running wild thinking of what my wife would have to say!  You betcha!!   Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, vegetable oil – all concoctions to rid the stain – yes the ingrained stain to my fingers and hands.  The trouble she is a brewing from the haste to discover and encounter the walnut nut – hidden inside the shell covered by by the husk which turns the water into a black stained soup – which is resistant to almost everything!  Yikes!  I am a goner!

The Stain the Pain:  Guaranteed Pause to Reflect on the Stain:

The Holy Spirit me wonders doth follow me around for the laughs I insight.   Looking at my stained hands I began to grasp and digest the spiritual secrets and treasures hidden in God’s creation of the Walnut tree and my story – a human nature story.  A walnut has two protective hard covers within which it can safely grow and mature!  Hmmm!  Kinds like us humans!  We too need a protective shell as we grow and mature.  But hey the Walnut has two protective layers.  You betcha!  Hmmm?  To get to the heart and treasure of the walnut hidden within one must find a method to remove two different protective covers!  One which by nature will deteriorate if left alone and the second not so easy to remove!  My oh my!  A new skill set!  Er!  Maybe – could it be an ancient skill set??

to be continued ……..

Staring and Contemplating the stain to my fingers and hands cause me to reflect upon the difficulties we humans have communicating.  It is as though there is a hidden protective cover to avoid an encounter with another who expresses themselves in a way that threatens our self image.

Nonverbal Communication – It Works

The Gospel for Sunday – Catholic – April 3, 2022.  John 8:1-11.

The Scribes and Pharisees brought Jesus a woman caught in adultery!  Hey – where’s the guy?  Oh heck darn – I have to remember it is the spirit hidden in the story that is the point.  So what was it about the woman??? Well, women back in the day had no status or power!

It was a man’s world – right?? Oh, and today no change???  Ha ha we have a man winning the woman’s swim race in 2022! Testimony Truth turned Upside down? Modern man has set women back how many years??? Where did the feminist go? Is it safe to say the NCAA leaders are just like the folks we are speaking of in this old old old Gospel? Pretty much cowards I would say!

Just when are we going to see some real men and womanly courage arise? Oh yeah, the terms male and female not allowed to be spoken!  Just who is it that will have the courage to stand up and speak up? Democrats?  Joe the Devout Catholic? Nancy the say what Catholic? Oh my – who are they today? AND just where’s the Catholic Bishops hiding??

Bad boy – I am not supposed to be asking those questions!

The unspoken spiritual point:

Women in Jesus’s day had no status – indeed, they were the lowest of the low – well except for children! The people of His day confronted Jesus and thought they could trick Him into saying words that would get Him in real trouble! They thought they set him up wonderfully! Yep – just can’t fail!

So, what did He do when they challenged Him to reply to their setup question? What did they do? Maybe better said: what did Jesus do to help defeat themselves?  Well, he defeated them without speaking a word. Yikes – silence is a deadly weapon! Instead, He bent down – lower than the lowly woman they brought before Him to be publicly be humbled! He bent down lower than she and said not a word!

He taught them by what He did!

And He made them wait! They had to begin to question themselves. What the heck is He doing? It had to infuriate their pious attitudes and challenge the spirit that lives within! Oh my – now what is He doing? Looks like writing in the sand.

The Sand:

Where is that? Oh – on the earth – yep, the earth! Darn – What? What was He thinking? In the Beginning – man was made from the what???? Do we know the answer? Does from dust to dust have any meaning in the modern world? He was silently yet powerfully speaking!

After a very very long and frustrating pause – He finally spoke up!  You who are without sin – YES, that awful word “SIN” – can cast the first stone! Oh my Oh my Oh my! Yes it was the eldest who left first!!! Wisdom seems to be married to age! I can identify – yes I can!  The elderly knew instinctively without a great deal of thought they were guilty of the modern day awful word “SIN”!

Then – yes even then the younger folks had to begin to ask themselves – what the heck? Why are they leaving? Yep, it took a little time – yes it did – silence speaks and penetrates pride! It is a spiritual thing, you know – it’s a spiritual message. Can you see it? Any chance your spirit works?

Finally, even the hardest of heart – you know, those with the stiffest necks – yes even they had to begin to depart from the presence of Truth!

Disney are your ears open and do they work – are you listening?

Talk about hard hearts and stiff necks – Oh my! People who use imagination to destroy Truth – consequently, there is this very special place reserved and set aside for them!

Only then did Jesus stand up – “Has no one condemned you.” He asked the lady with no power.  “No one sir,” she responds! “Neither do I condemn you,” says the Lord! – Wow!

Now the punch line the modern world seeks to erase!!!!! READY?

Oh so very many miss the whole spiritual point! Yes, folks it is obvious the modern world misses it! “Go and sin no more.”  Oh my – what the hey! What are some people at Disney going to do?

If I don’t go to Disney again – could it send a non verbal message? Yep, it could be powerful.  Disney does not create or own children or the family! Keep on sinning and we are promised a proper reward! Hell and the Devil anxiously await our answer!