Mary, Our Lady, Pray for us

A little girl, from a seemingly dumpy little town, a seemingly insignificantly person.. What good could come from Nazareth? An innocent little girl..

Yes, Mary.. Evil hated her.. Yet, she is the one who crushed the head of the Serpent. Our Lady.. The mother of God.

We ask that you pray for us sinners. Now and at the hour of our death.

The Ancient and the Epic

The 2 most epic and ancient questions are these: “Where were we before we were born?” and “What happens to us when we die?”

All possible life questions of “who, what, where, when, how and why” can only be answered as a corollary to them.

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Liberation from the Liberator?: The Choice of Atheism in Perspective

Somehow it’s really nice knowing a person who believes in a God and a Person who Doesn’t believe in God can find common ground on the most epic questions of all time.

It seems to me when I weigh my options at the most fundamental level I come to these logical conclusions and choices:

If God Truly Does Not exist:

1: Not believe in God/afterlife and nothing happens and our consciences disappear.

Consequence: None

2: Believe in God/afterlife and nothing happens and consciences disappear.

Consequence: None

If God Truly Does Exist:

1: Not believe in God/afterlife and God is real.

Consequence: Infinite Amount (subject to change based on religion)

2: Believe in God

Consequence: None

Either way, the belief in God does not have a consequence.. While not believing does.. Can you help me understand how Liberation and freedom comes from this?

Edit: It has been brought to my attention that this is actually known as Pascals Wager. However, I believe it is still a good tool to show the common ground between believers and non-believers. That similar thoughts can be thought and we are not so different after all.

I got curious about James and the claim that James was Jesus’ brother/half-brother:

Mark 15:40 - “Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome.”

The claim that Mary, the mother of Jesus was not made. Multiple Mary’s were present at the crucifixion.

Also, if there were blood relatives of Jesus there would be claims of being descendants.. But none have been made.. And descendants are important in biblical scripture.

Mark 6:3

"Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not this his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him."

The Aramaic language which Jesus spoke did not have a word for biological brother. The word brother was used interchangeably for cousin, brother and close friend.

Every time the inspired authors write about the children of a mother or of a Mary, they say “Mary the mother of..” In the second passage they distinctly separate them by saying “brother.” — If it were Jesus’ biological brothers it should have read like Mark 15:40 and included an explicit continuation of children.. But instead they distinctly separate them off.

The Mary who was at the crucifixion is commonly referenced as “the other Mary.”

Also, the most ancient and earliest Christians believed that Mary the mother of Jesus was a perpetual virgin after her conception of Jesus and therefore never had any more children.

Two more clues give us this testimony..

1) since Mary was incarnate of the Holy Spirit, any fornication following the conception would have been adultery.

2) if Jesus had biological brothers alive at the time of his death they would have taken the role of caring for Mary after his death. However, he entrusted her to John. John 19:26-27

The earliest Christians writers make mention of the three James, 2 of which were disciples and a third who was this James of the other Mary.

Some ancient writings explicitly reference him as a cousin. Even early leaders of the state of Rome before Constantine’s “Chi-Rho” vision that lead him to conversion and fall of Rome, had an inclination that a “divinity line” could be present in this James, his brother and their sons.

Around 85AD Early writings document how one leader of Rome summoned the Grandchildren of Judas (one of the supposed brothers) to him. He was afraid of this divinity line but after a thorough investigation let them go and saw them as farmers who posed no threat.

The most likely and conservative understanding as posed from the bible and from then earliest Christian tradition signal that James was an unbelieving cousin from his home town. He was converted and believed and set as a leader of his family. He also worked with the disciples on multiple occasion but was not a disciple.

References: Thecatholicthing.org Catholicdoors.org

Critics Welcomed 😊

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Actionable Steps

Nothing stands still. Nothing remains the the same. Each moment comes and goes like the breeze. All we do is chase the wind. If we do not gain a grip on our reality then we too should fade away without a glimpse or lingering memory. Our lives are a series of moments, leading us forward toward an inescapable future. We toil and philander and become someone we did not will ourselves to become. Take actionable steps of will to create your future. Otherwise, you will become whatever chance happens to fall in front of you.

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Never in 14 years of being a Catholic can I ever recall worshiping a statue.

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I’ve got 20 years experience and …. Nope. No statue worship.

23 years and no Mary-worshipping either.

24 years and never worshipped a statue

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Happiness: A Morning Discernment

I’ve been staying up too late and sleeping too much. I’ve been eating a terrible diet and haven’t been as active as I would like.

Last night I forced myself into bed earlier than normal and I still slept about 10 hours and woke up tired.

I rolled out of bed and started getting ready for work. As I began to get ready I started to realize how much more refreshed I felt today; albeit not much.

I began to discern this marginal feeling and on my way to work I turned off my radio and started to think about how this relates to Jesus. Here are my thoughts:

If I had to put my happiness on a line with -10 being the worst feeling ever, 0 being perfectly content with no inspiration and 10 being Rocky Balboa beating Apollo in Rocky 2, then I would be about a -1. Ouch.

I’ve been at +8 many times but I’ve also been at -8. I think about those times; what it was like, what I was doing, why I’ve been there and how to get back to being my best.

It’s true how you don’t realize how good you’ve had something until it’s no longer there.

I could spend a very long time trying to explain all the things that make me feel like a million bucks and all the things that make me feel like a dirty smelly sock. I could try to embed a value to all my life decisions and do a calculation to try and figure out the sum of things that will bring me to +8.

Isn’t this exactly what the world teaches? That somehow happiness is a sum of all the things and choices in your life? If only I had done this and if only I had done that. Some people point fingers at each other and some people point fingers at them-self.

Let’s understand purity as an example of this. The Pharisees would wash their hands until they bled in order to feel clean. The Sadducees of the Dead Sea Scrolls would eat of bowls and throw them away once finished for the fear of contaminating them-self. Anyone who didn’t follow this practice was cast out.

What are we afraid of contaminating in our life? Are we afraid of contaminating our happiness? Are we afraid of not being at a +8? Isn’t this the root of anxiety, fear, hopelessness and depression?

Jesus was obviously not afraid of contamination. He spoke and touched anyone and everyone in all phases of life. No matter who he touched, healed or talked to he still remained holy and pure. He had nothing but his friends whom he loved, a pair of sandals, and his clothes.

What would Jesus’ happiness have been if we had to add a number. He was at +10, always. When he wept for Lazarus, when he was crucified, when he ate at the last supper, when he was tempted in the desert. He knew that right then, right there, in His life, God was with Him, always.

Jesus’ kept repeating that his disciples still did not believe, that they had little faith, that they had to see more of His works, more of His power to believe that what He was saying is true.

What they kept missing is that Jesus’ was trying to tell us is that God is with us always. When he spoke to his disciples, He told them to go out and proclaim that the “Kingdom of heaven is upon us.”

Let me return back to the happiness that I spoke about before. I ask myself about my emotions and this scale that I measure myself on and wonder how accurate this all is. The water from which we drink will eventually leave us and we will become thirsty again. Jesus provides the stream of eternal life.

All the things that bring us temporary happiness will fade. That perfect husband/wife, perfect body, money, etc.. Truly, these things are water that doesn’t last. Truly, we will be thirsty again in due time.

Truly, there is nothing of this world that can bring you everlasting happiness. And there is no scale to look at to measure your happiness.

So, instead, let us hear and understand the Truth and proclaim: the Kingdom of Heaven is upon us.

God Bless

"Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; and we have believed and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."

— John 6:68

Control (Objectification)

Many times we view situations, people, things and we objectify them. We look at them and think, “this object for me.” Objectifying something is REALLY about controlling the object that has entered into your mind. But let us reflect — As it said in the beginning:

Then God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the tame animals, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on the earth. God blessed them and God said to them: Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that crawl on the earth. (Genesis 1:26, 28 NABRE)

God obviously wants us to subdue the earth, control the wild animals and all living things that were not made in the likeness and image of God. But what does he say about humans? Are we to subdue each other? Humans were created on the sixth day, a Friday. On the seventh day, a Saturday, God rested. The world was left to human hands and minds.

Why then do we feel the need to control one another? Why do we kill one another and hurt one another? We, together, form the last of Gods original creation. We have all these beautiful things that God has created for us to use. Yet, our biggest global mission is to subdue each other. Humans are not meant to be objectified. Humans are meant to be God-like creations. And so we receive our first and second commandment:

"Love The Lord your God with all you heart, mind and soul."

&&

"Love your neighbor as you love yourself."

Lackluster

Illuminating on the table in front of him is a candle that has been lit. Its radiance makes the room flicker with an abundance of light. The night has embraced a black and deep purple color and no power has been given to the lamps overhead.

He is on his knees and stares at his hands clasped together. Streams of light from the candle cross his body and cast a lackluster shadow on the floor behind him.

The room is closed off by a door that has been shut and a soundless void fills the open spaces. A string of beads and a cross hang down from his hands; each one being carefully examined and understood.

The light gently dances around him as the darkness retreats and returns in a rhythmic motion. The unending nature of this moment captures his attention and his heart begins to fill. If only for a moment, if only… He sees Christ extending his hand toward him.. And it is enough.

(PS) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU

(PS) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU

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Just because you can smell the smoke and feel the heat doesn’t mean the fire is still lit.

Deception is the cruelest of all evils. Know truth in all things.

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"Let us keep the faith."

Simplicity in the Impossible

It can be imagined that the most complex things of this world might take their form in the simplest of ways; that the things that we endlessly seek may simply be self-evident.

In ourself we find the simplest of reasons to pursue the impossible. So, could it not be imagined that the impossible could find the simplest of reasons to pursue us?

-Infinite Paschal