Archive | September, 2017

The Purpose of a Dog 25 Sept 17

30 Sep

Working Dates: Monday, September 25, 2017 to Saturday, September 30, 2017

[27 pages]

 

Communication

Wikiwisdom: Communication is the most common purpose of a dog’s tail. The way the animal carries its tail gives insight into its emotional state. A high, rigid, quickly moving tail means the dog is dominant and aggressive, while a low tail means the dog is fearful or unsure.

Pastor John Tolle: The wisdom of man is that we may think we know, but have we pursued?

Monk (in “Basset Eyes” 23 Sept 17): I guess it must have been the Basset eyes that got him.

Exodus 17:4 So Moses cried out to the LORD, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.”

Alane Haynes: I heard the Lord say that there are many gates in the time ahead that the Body of Christ will need to press through…some individually and some corporately. There will be baptisms of fire where the breath of God will blow upon everything in us that is unholy. This is not necessarily the gross sins that we think of as unholy, but every mindset and structure in us that will keep us from manifesting His Kingdom on the earth. The breath and fire of God will remove those things.

Pastor John Tolle: I have an Achilles heal injury (probably from all those years I played sports.) I have to go to the physical therapist two times a week.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter: May you and yours be sealed for a good and sweet new year

George: Dialogue must be a good thing.

Betty: Why is that?

George: It helps two people who disagree to come together.

Brat: Pardon me, George and Betty, for crashing into your conversation, but my inner Golden Retriever must jump in and say hello!

[Pant, pant, wag, wag]

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George: Truth? Well, that is discovered as you dialogue, surely.

Betty: And stop calling me Shirley.

George: Seriously.

Brat: We have so much to learn, Shirley!

Monk: Do you think Laverne would join us?

Annie Williams: I feel a little grandiose saying my life is necessary for anyone’s benefit, but the truth is, all of our lives are necessary to another.

Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz): The Sages say that repentance preceded the creation of the world, which means that repentance transports a person above and beyond the realities of the created world, with its order of time, forming, as it were, a new creation. And since Yom Kippur is the day of Divine pardon and forgiveness, it is the revelation of a Supreme Essence that transcends the limits of the whole world.

 

Dialogue purpose

George: But surely dialogue is in the Bible. Paul dialogued with people in Athens. Peter dialogued with the Pharisees. Jesus dialogued with people!

Betty: They preached. Its different. They believed there was a truth and that they had to proclaim it and explain it.

Brat: Gabriel was also a messenger who knew there was ‘a truth’ (using Betty’s phrase) and he had to proclaim and explain it. (Dan 8:16, Dan 9:23; Lk1)

 

What would Peter do?

Mary Pezzulo: If you obey every Catholic teaching that meshes with Right-wing sensibility but assume that every teaching that meshes with the Left isn’t equally binding or vice versa, you’re a Protestant. Ditto if you think that aesthetics, important as they are, make a Mass invalid and that a Church who allows the Novus Ordo has committed an error. Same if you think that any scholar on earth, no matter how many times he’s read Saint Thomas, knows more about Church teaching than the Holy Ghost Who speaks through Peter’s successor. Also if you cheer when the Church speaks against the sins of your neighbor but claim she’s mistaken when she reminds you of yours. Especially if you applaud when she denounces your neighbor’s sins but claim she is in error when she speaks for mercy. [1]

Brat (4 Sept 17 to Fr Toribio Gutierrez): I’m listening. The keys of the kingdom of heaven are supposed to get to PETER. (Mt 16:19) Isn’t that why the apostolic succession is still honored in the Catholic Church?

 

Trellis

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Why Doesn’t the Pope Answer His Critics? [2]

Brian Shankman, AIPAC: Your urgent reply is needed

Henry Karlson: The old man said to them, ‘If he is not edified by my silence, he will not be edified by my speech.’[3]

Brat: It is not beyond reason to believe that God is bequeathing another one of His most precious gifts to another beloved disciple, but how would Francis know if nobody tells him? Jesus had said, “Repair My house.”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The vine is the faith–the encounter with Christ–the real experience and adventure of living the Christian life. The trellis is the doctrinal and moral propositions that support the vine, but the trellis, being a dead thing needs constant maintenance and repair if it is to support the vine.

Brat: Dialogue is not always about convincing another over “I’m right and you’re wrong.” Sometimes it is a tool to reveal a higher purpose. And sometimes dialogue enfleshes the words to put meat on them to make them come alive. It’s a scaffolding for the bones upon which the Holy Spirit can breathe to raise dem bones.

 

Messenger

Alane Haynes: Come to the gate and enter in, I will remove the man of sin. The fire of My presence will burn away all unholy and you will say, the Great I AM has brought me here. Come up higher, do not fear, the Great I AM is calling you near.

Rahmiel-Hayyim Drizin: Rabbi Yehuda [offers a different interpretation. Instead of atoning “for” you meaning on your behalf, he takes the literal interpretation “atone “on” you” as meaning literally on the source of your soul which will receive a Divine influx of abundance and purity from Imma/bina] saying, “A song of ascent. Out of the depths [of teshuva] I have cried to You, G‑d.” (Psalms 130:1) We have learned that when G‑d created the world, He wanted to create man. He took counsel in the Torah [since the very purpose of creating man was so he would fulfill the Torah commands]. She said before Him: You wish to create this man, but he will sin before you. he will anger You and, if You react to him according to his deeds, the world will not survive before You, and certainly not man. He said to her, “Is it for no reason that I am called “E-l, merciful and gracious long-suffering”? (Ex. 34:6) [attributes sins of Mercy that G‑d generates to “cover” (related to the Hebrew ‘kaper/atone) over man’s faults and cleanse him of his sins].

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “The doors of repentance are not locked even in the face of an apostate,” Rabbi Leib continued. “I have heard from my teachers that even when one pokes about in the ashes, one can light upon a spark of fire…”

 

Goats

Hemant Mehta: The 62 writers say very clearly in their document that they’re not suggesting the Pope is wrong… but only because he was so vague in his writing. That’s why they want clarification on these issues.

62 Catholic Scholars: … Our correction is indeed required by fidelity to infallible papal teachings which are incompatible with certain of Your Holiness’s statements.

Daniel 8: The goat became very great, but at the height of its power the large horn was broken off, and in its place four prominent horns grew up toward the four winds of heaven.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Although all of us possess the full array of soul-faculties alluded to by the four priestly garments, these garments also allude to four types of people, each of which chiefly manifests one of these soul-faculties:

The headgear (keter and chochma) alludes to creative, inventive types.

The sash (bina) alludes to intellectual, analytic types.

The tunic (emotions) alludes to emotional types.

The trousers (malchut) allude to industrious types, whose chief interest lies in palpable accomplishment, driving the world to its ultimate rectification.

All four types of people must learn to perform their pursuits with faith in God.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: Having chosen the church’s treatment of trolls you must first set up the trolls as being misunderstood. Paint a harsh picture of the church’s treatment of trolls. “Trolls eat goats that cross the bridge! Trolls should be excommunicated! Trolls are ugly, foul mouthed beastly creatures! Trolls are mean to goats! Trolls are demonic! Trolls should be excluded!” Once you’ve portrayed the church as harsh and uncaring it is only a short hop to elicit sympathy for the trolls.

Rabbi Zalman Shmotkin: Ms. Hauser, we’re trying to get a hold of you before Yom Kippur!

Anna Blake: First, you didn’t create the circling back idea and you don’t get all the blame. It’s somehow become common knowledge in riding. Forget it. It’s a lousy tactic unless it’s your goal to fry your horse’s brain.

 

Conflict

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: This image of being a courageous pioneer and a reformer will serve you well when the conflict begins–and this will be the topic of session number three.

Brat: What do you mean, “When the conflict begins”? I thought it already had. Where’s Ephesus when you need her?

[Sigh. O drama.] I’m really trying to be kind to my troll here. Maybe Fr Nic could put him in his next book.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: In my little book (which has been endorsed by an Archbishop and a Cardinal!) I talk about trolls under the bridge and I call for the church to change her harsh attitude to trolls. So let us use the fairy tale example of trolls to illustrate how to handle the first stages of your dissent.

Brat: PLEASE don’t feed the Leviathan trolling under the bridge!

Rabbi Zalman Shmotkin: There is an age-old Jewish custom to bet’n Lekach, or “ask for honey cake,” before Yom Kippur. In case it was decreed upon us On High to become needy of the benevolence of others during the upcoming year, we pray that we need ask for nothing more than the sweet honey cake graciously granted us by our friends.

 

Starry Quarrel

Exodus 17:2 The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?”

Joey LeTourneau: The John 4 section of the Passion Translation is titled: “A Thirsty Savior.” When I look at the world and where it’s at right now, I think we have a very thirsty Savior. The well is where Jesus met someone who was supposed to be off limits but instead He became satisfied by the turning of her heart towards His. It wouldn’t have happened at the synagogue. It wouldn’t have happened in one of His gatherings, because she likely wouldn’t have come due to her shame. Rather, our thirsty Savior met her on her level, yet didn’t compromise the message either. He loved her so well in Spirit and in truth while upgrading the kind of water she was drinking.

Anne Marie Molster: “‘I, Jesus, have sent My angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star. The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.'” Revelation 22:16-17 NIV

Luke 1:19 The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.

Betty: Well, if I’m right and there is such a thing as revealed truth, then dialogue is not just a dialogue between you and me, but between you, me and the revealed truth.

George: But what if I disagree with what you call the revealed truth?

Betty: Then your argument isn’t really with me. Its with the one who revealed the truth.

Daniel 8:16 And I heard a man’s voice from the Ulai calling, “Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of the vision.”

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “By the sanction of the Almighty, and by the sanction of the congregation, we declare it permissible to pray together with those who have sinned . . .” The squire paled at the words spoken by this white-clothed man with the singular face. And meanwhile, down the road, the eight local villagers waited in shul, huddled together in frozen dread. Who could tell what calamity this odd stranger was about to bring down upon their heads?

Brat: But Surely, (and all kidding aside for the moment), since ‘special revelation’ is where God reveals stuff to human beings that we wouldn’t necessarily figure out by ourselves just by observing, then the argument would be with GOD and not the messenger of God who revealed the Truth.

Anne Marie Molster: After journaling all that was immediately spoken to my spirit, I began to research Scripture that involved the many stars I envisioned. I was in absolute awe to see the Scripture of Daniel before me. Not only has Daniel been highlighted numerous times to me over the past two months, but the numbers of the Scripture were in alignment. God so often speaks to me in numbers and confirms them with Scripture.

Daniel 8: 10 It grew until it reached the host of the heavens, and it threw some of the starry host down to the earth and trampled on them.

Anne Marie Molster: “For those who step willingly, reaching to the heavens to take hold of My light, I will bless abundantly in the days to come. You have felt the grip of the evil one, the one who has tried to steal from you, kill what you carry and destroy all hopes of completing what you were created to do with Me. I have crushed him beneath My feet. You will now tread over the head of your enemy.

Betty: Well, we might dialogue about the revealed truth and how we might learn more about it in order to believe it and submit to it.

Gidon Ariel: Kathryn, How Can Jews Teach the New Testament?

As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. Psalms 103:12

George: But what if I don’t want to believe and submit to the “revealed truth” as you put it?

Daniel 8: 12 Because of rebellion, the Lord’s people and the daily sacrifice were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground.

BeRahamim LeHayyim: It’s all about return, and returning the womb of your Supernal Imma/Mother. There you were safely nourished, surrounded by waters of unconditional kindness. There you had sacred dialogue with educating angels on high. And it is to there that we seek to return to cleanse us of our mis-takes and misdeeds. There we should intend yearly (from Elul until Yom Kippur), monthly (the day before Rosh Chodesh), weekly (Friday), daily (before retiring for the night), and any moment possible. “Repent one day before you die,” truly. For we have been given the opportunity in this world to fix and to heal. Blessings on your efforts to reach this target.

Brat: They’re high all right. I’m down here.

Hemant Mehta: The Pope said the Church should love those people just as much as everyone else. And that’s what these 62 Catholics are angry about to the point of calling the Pope’s statement heretical.

Pastor John Tolle: Religious leaders wanted to kill. Religion doesn’t care about people. Religion doesn’t build the Kingdom. Religious legalism is not what Jesus was all about.

Hemant Mehta: The Pope did something nice… and they’re furious. If that doesn’t tell you the problem with the Catholic Church, I don’t know what does.

62 Catholic Scholars: … We issue this correction, rather, to protect our fellow Catholics — and those outside the Church, from whom the key of knowledge must not be taken away… — hoping to prevent the further spread of doctrines which tend of themselves to the profaning of all the sacraments and the subversion of the Law of God.

Lana Vawser: “PSALM 18 is KEY right now!!! Meditate upon the KEY of PSALM 18”

 

Questions

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: However, in saying this, once you have affirmed the church’s teachings you may remind your audience that the church’s doctrine develops over time according to different circumstances. Its good to use slavery as an example. Do not trouble your audience with the fact that the Catholic Church has historically spoken out against slavery. Instead, let them assume that the Catholic Church always supported slavery and point out that we no longer are. In addition to the “development of doctrine” idea, it is also good to spend some time talking about how important it is that the church “receives” the teaching and if the church (you don’t need to define ‘church’–they should assume it means ‘the people’) doesn’t receive the teaching then it is up to question. But leave it there. You mustn’t push that sort of thing too far.

Brat: Hold the phone (or media), Fr Nic. Ephesus DID receive the teaching! And the questions go round and round like the washing machine spin cycle…They technically received the words, but there’s no way of knowing if they received the words into their hearts. Who am I to judge? That’s God’s job. But then that was Pope Francis’ point, too. You can lead a troll to water but you can’t make him drink.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: Never talk about what trolls actually do. Gloss over the fact that they kidnap baby goats and eat them for dinner. Don’t talk about the way they scare and bully everyone who crosses the bridge. If their bad behavior comes up say its not for you to judge. If anyone does persist in telling you how nasty trolls are scold them for judging and tell them Jesus would never judge the trolls.

Richard Chess (25 Sept 17): Questions for the One Who Waits[4]

Revelation 6:10 They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”

Wanda Alger: I inquire of the Lord as to why they weep and He says they cry for the sons and daughters. Just as the prophets of old wept for the children of Israel who forsook their God, so are the fathers and mothers now weeping for the sons and daughters who have forgotten the ancient paths and mingled with Babylon. There is weeping in the night for those who have forgotten the hope for which they were born and the purpose for which they were created.

Richard Chess: The questions that follow, with occasional responses, are inspired by the experience of waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and waiting. Inspired, too, by the questions of who is waiting and waiting for whom.

How long have you been waiting?

I wait and I wait.

How long will you wait?

I will wait and wait.

How do you pass the time while you are waiting?

I watch time.

Would you like an estimate of how long your wait will be?

Do you want me to believe? Do you want me to believe my wait will, one day, one decade, one millennium, come to an end? I am strong. I will not succumb to your seduction. I will not be a believer. I will wait. I wait.

Daniel 8: 13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, “How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled—the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, the surrender of the sanctuary and the trampling underfoot of the Lord’s people?”

Alane Haynes: It’s time to enter through the gate, do not let your thoughts anticipate and cause you to delay and wait. The time is short and creation is groaning. Can you not hear the sound of their moaning?

Anna Blake: Meanwhile, you’re still in detention. Take stock in this hindsight moment. Can you tell when your ego kicked in? Can you tell when you went from creating safety and security for your horse to starting a war that you had to win? It’s a good question. The line between these extremes is small, especially once you’ve stopped breathing.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter: The Baal Shem is quoted as having once asked, “How can we have the audacity to imagine that if we pray, G‑d is going to change the order of Creation and accede to our requests?” He answered that each person gets a stream of blessings from heaven; a person’s negative actions can cause those blessings to be reduced or blocked. When a person prays from the depth of his soul, digging deep, opening himself up, something changes in the person himself (!), altering him entirely. The Heavenly Court can then remove those blockages. The decrees that caused the blessings to be cut off no longer apply because, through prayer, that person has been transformed into someone else.

Matthew 21:23 When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”

Ashley Cortes: This is the day that the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it! There’s been an executive order that has been signed. A contract that has been issued. Kingdom legal justice that has just been administered! The Lord says, Do you not see it? I AM making a way for you in the desert, a highway for you in the wilderness. MY EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION has just taken effect. It’s a fact, not a process and those that do not submit to My plans and My will will suffer repercussions. I gather MY SHEEP. I TURN AWAY from the OPPRESSOR, those who walk in rebellion and lead MY people astray. I have camped around My house because of the army, because of him who passes by, because of him who rules without understanding, No more shall an oppressor pass through them, For now I have seen with My eyes. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Your time has come. Your King is coming to you (Zech 9:8).

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The crowd of Torah scholars stood around them, shocked and terrified. The man gritted himself and stretched open his mouth as wide as he could. R. Moshe de Leon swiftly removed from the folds of his robe a jar of rose honey, and leveled a spoonful of it on the blindfolded man’s tongue. “May your sins depart and your crimes be atoned,” he recited loudly.

 

Forgiveness

Alane Haynes:  I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment [was] white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne [was like] the fiery flame, [and] his wheels [as] burning fire. [Dan 7:9 KJV]

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Confess all your sins,” he intoned. “Acknowledge G‑d’s majesty sincerely and wholeheartedly; say ‘Shema Yisrael…echad’; and accept this death in atonement for all of your sins and having rebelled against your Creator and angering Him your whole life.”

Rick Joyner: The message of the Gospel is about a Person, not just concepts and principles. It is also about His overcoming death. The devil controls men by fear, and the ultimate fear is the fear of death. If the fear of death is broken, then all the other yokes of fear will be easy to break. These yokes must be broken for a person to come under the Lordship of Jesus. If fear is controlling us, then fear is still our lord in place of Christ. So the purpose of our message is to compel men to believe in the Lord and live by faith in Him in place of the controlling fear.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The Jew sprang up from his seat, and did exactly as the master had commanded him, the whole time crying bitter and powerful sobs. His obvious sincerity affected everyone present.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Here a patriarch and prophet, there a virgin and mystic. Here a scholar and pastor there a missionary and martyr. Then we discover that the different saints–beginning from such different starting places in time, personalities, historical circumstances and cultural backgrounds–draw closer to one another as they draw closer to Christ.

Brat: Honestly, Rick, I could have sworn that back in the day the edict of SILENCE was issued forth from your domain and that was meant to punish me for speaking up. That edict caused me more fear than if you’d been straight with me from the beginning. I could be wrong, as mystics are not always right. I forgive you and Steve Shultz, the Funny Bunnies, and myself for misplaced assumptions and burdens.

Steve Shultz: Lately MY STATEMENT is, “God is the most personal friend I’ve ever had. With HIM every answer in prayer HE GIVES IS PERSONAL!”

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak (YY) Jacobson: The logic is counterintuitive. People who offer forgiveness are less feared, not more feared. If I know that you are the “forgiving type,” I fear you less, not more. What then does King David mean “But you offer forgiveness, so that we might learn to fear you?”

Edie Bayer: Once the works of darkness have been exposed in our own lives, and we realize that we have a demonic stronghold, we can admit our involvement with the enemy, repent of it, and ask God for another plan.  God will give it to us!  Ask Him for His God plan! Yield to this plan!  Follow it to a “T”, because He knows the end from the beginning, and He knows how it will all end up – with you as the overcoming conqueror (Romans 8:37)!

Rick Joyner: Of course, this begins with us having faith in Him and freedom from fear. These are both things that we grow in. In II Corinthians 13:5 we are told to “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith.” How do we test ourselves this way? There are ways that we evaluate our spiritual growth, and there are ways that we evaluate relationships. These do not need to be complicated, but if we really care about something we will do this.

Brat: Then you must have cared a lot.

Anna Blake: Most of the time we throw our horses at something scary, pummel them with cues, and yell, “Brace yourself, Baby!” To be abundantly clear, that’s why you’re in detention.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: As soon as he tasted the honey and realized what had happened, the man screamed in pain and outrage. “Rebbe, Master, what did you do to me? Why didn’t you kill me? Why did you deceive me? Destroy my body just as you promised, in honor of our Creator, the King of kings, the Holy One, blessed be He. I can’t bear my evilness any longer; why should I live? And I haven’t suffered at all—not a blow, not a wound, not even a drop of blood. Please! Do it to me.”

Avraham Sutton: There is an important custom before Kol Nidre for everyone to forgive everyone else for whatever wrongs they may have committed against us. When one forgives everyone else, then G-d can forgive him as well. Lack of forgiveness prevents one from getting close to G-d.

Anne Marie Molster: “You are each to bring Heaven to Earth. One at a time I shall release you. You will be taken up upon a path that only I can send you on. At first, you will not understand the direction I have chosen, because the timing does not always align with your plans. Go forth in the expectancy that I will bring all things to pass that I have promised you. It must be done in the alignment that I have arranged, so that all things are brought together for your good and the good of the Kingdom.

Brat (from “Feathers” 18 Sept 17)): Lord Jesus, as I bury my head in Your chest and hear the sound of angel wings flapping rhythmically close by, please give me the wisdom to stomp on unrealistic and erroneous expectations.

Expectations suck.

[As I … I… spit out …[thp] … feathers.]

Anna Blake: Back to the beginning. Horses need a moment to think. It doesn’t mean they’re refusing. Have a little faith. Ask politely.

 

Elders – chassé

Exodus 17:5 The LORD said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go.

Pastor John Tolle: The Sons of Issachar had the kind of wisdom to advise their countrymen. God’s people had to be of benefit to a larger group of people. They do not often value the Word, accountability, etc. God’s concerned about you. Deeply concerned about YOU!

Joey LeTourneau: I’ll never forget reading Rick Joyner’s “The Final Quest” some twenty years ago and one of the wise truths that always stood out is that truth without grace is a lie. Truth without grace is what lures us into a war of “sides.” Before we know it, we find ourselves in a civil war within the Church across from other slightly different beliefs or denominations than our own. Or we find ourselves in a world war, our mercy-less applications of truth widening the chasm between Jesus and the world while we end up pointing side to side.

George: But wouldn’t dialogue help you to see that things are not really that simple?

Betty: I think the truth is simple, but not easy.

Exodus 17:7 He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the LORD, saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”

Betty: Good question. I would then wonder what the point of the dialogue is.

George: It is to wrestle with the reality that this dogmatic revealed truth you’re talking about is not quite so black and white as you like to think. There are many grey areas.

Betty: You wouldn’t have grey if there were no black and white.

Alane Haynes: The first part of the vision was all in shades of blue. The atmosphere was a cerulean blue, luminous, thick and pulsing, as if it had substance. There were a multitude of people worshiping, thousands. These were another shade of blue, a darker blue – nearly royal blue in tint. As we worshiped, there was a portal opened and angels began descending. They were a very light iridescent blue in color. They were about the same size as the people, and had many wings. They seemed to be dancing above us, then they began interacting with us in a graceful way, ascending and descending. They seemed to be putting things into our hands, then they would fly up through the portal again, returning with more to give us.

Brat: God is trying to answer our prayers; Rick, would you please chassé off to the side just a step?

“The time has come for judging the dead,
and for rewarding your servants the prophets
and your people who revere your name,
both great and small—
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.” (Rev 11:18)

Rick Joyner: What we do not know is how long this will take to unfold or be completed.

Brat: Seriously, what more are you expecting God to fulfill? He already spoke out of the cloud and the Israelites got scared. He spoke out of the mountain and they sent Moses to talk to Him, cuz they couldn’t handle God’s awesomeness. God spoke out of the cloud over His own Son, and some were terrified (Mt 17), and some entered the cloud itself and were afraid.

Luke 9:34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.

Anna Blake: Now your brain is running like a rat on a wheel, it’s personal, so you circle him one more time pulling your inside rein to the exact degree that he is pulling to the outside, with your seat planted and both legs kicking up a frenzy, along with a tap of the whip. And did I mention you are pulling on the reins during your kicking fit? You’re just trying to get him straight, but he has so much tension and resistance from your conflicting cues that now that he can’t take a step.

Wanda Alger: Join with the cloud of witnesses and cry out for the children of God to set themselves apart so as to display the SPLENDOR OF HIS HOLINESS. “I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes” (Ezekiel 36:21).  

 

The Plumb Line – I still read you

James Goll: Amos had never expected to hear God’s voice, and he had not anticipated becoming a prophet. However, he obeyed his prophetic calling, and he applied himself to learning what he needed to know to be faithful to that calling. He is best known for making public a word about how God was setting a “plumb line” in the nation of Israel to measure the truth and righteousness of the people and their rulers. The Spirit of God gave him this vision:

The Plumb Line of the Word of the Lord

The Lord was standing by a wall made using a plumb line, with a plumb line in His hand. The Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?”

And I said, “A plumb line.”

Then the Lord said, “See, I am putting a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel. I will forgive them no more” (Amos. 7:7-8).

Edie Bayer: Shake, Rattle and Expose!

Anna Blake: One calm circle-back might do the trick, but just one. More than that and the circle-back, intended as a way of correcting an evasion, becomes a way for the horse to evade the war of cues, now bigger than the original task ever was. It trains some horses to frantically circle when they get confused. It becomes a hysterical calming signal intended for you; he’s forgotten the obstacle and is evading your over-cueing now. You’ve changed the subject from the original question to letting him know that you’re a scary, warlike leader.

Brat (18 Sept 17): The pastors have the oil for anointing and the priests have the wine. Eli and Sons (1 Sam 2) have suffered the most from terrible covetousness!!

Pastor John Tolle: The Church is consumer-driven! We ask what we can get from God and not how we can serve Him.

Matthew 18:33 Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?

Pastor John Tolle: In Romans it says to whomever you yield, it is to that servant whom you serve.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: [Pope Francis] is the servant of the servants of God, and so he is our servant, too. This includes being a shepherd and answering sincere, well-meaning questions: just as Jesus did when He explained the parables (difficult to understand) to His disciples, but not to the more skeptical masses. If he answered to no one but God, that would render silly and irrelevant the famous rebukes of the pope by St. Dominic, St. Francis, St. Catherine, and indeed, the Church as a whole, in the case of Pope John XXII and the Beatific Vision.

Daniel 8:Out of one of them came another horn, which started small but grew in power to the south and to the east and toward the Beautiful Land.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: No. Something is wrong because it distorts or destroys something that is beautiful, good and true. Evil is nothing positive and good. It is always a good thing broken or twisted or destroyed. I explore this theme further in my book Praying the Rosary for Spiritual Warfare.

Rick Joyner (26 Sept 17): The powers of this age have never treated the Lord’s messengers, or even His Son, with the respect they are due. The proclamation of the Gospel of His kingdom will stir the anti-God forces like nothing has since Jesus walked the earth. It is to be expected, as all things must be revealed for what they are, and this anointed word going forth will reveal where everyone on earth stands.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: But now that evil has been separated from the good, ‘Satan’ has lost that portion [of divine beneficence] that was granted [to it] via the good [of the “luminous shell”]. It follows that ‘Satan’ has been tricked and has suffered a great loss. On the contrary, a situation that was originally complete [for him] is now the opposite. For, [as the verse paraphrased above continues:][G‑d] will surely reward you”, meaning that the goodness [of the “luminous shell”] connects to and completes the holy soul of the person, while ‘Satan’ loses this good altogether.

Philippians 2:10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

2:11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak (YY) Jacobson: “But you offer forgiveness, so that we might learn to fear you,” King David says. G-d forgives. He never asks us to be perfect, only to be accountable. He asks of us to meet Him half way. He tells each of us on Yom Kippur: I want to make this work for YOU. I want you to live the most meaningful, beautiful, successful, powerful and happy life you can. I yearn for you to help Me make your life the ultimate success story.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: This illustrates the tremendous power of repentance.

Brat (26 Sept 17): Rick, I noticed I did not get your Word of the Week in my inbox. I take that as a “chassé off to the side”. I still read you.

Matthew: 21:32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.

Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi: Seize the opportunities offered to elevate your soul.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter: Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Chabad explains that the word for “depths” should be “me’amukim” – literally “from the depths”. The Psalmist’s use of the word “ma’amakim” – literally “from those who make depth” – infers action, like someone digging even deeper into his soul, past all of the facades, to a place of inner eternal truth. If you want to guarantee that your call is going to be heard, it must come from this place. The Ten Days of Repentance give us the ability to reach the deepest depths of our soul.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: It could be that someone raises the point that the church condemns trollish actions. If they push you to affirm this teaching and say that you also condemn trollish behaviors just deflect the question and say, “The Church’s teaching on trollish behavior is very clear.” Others might say to you, “But what if the trolls don’t want to come up from under the bridge and turn from their wicked goat eating ways?”

Anna Blake: Some horses won’t go forward at all, preferring to stand and brace for the punishment to come. It can feel like disobedience, but a horse shutting down is a calming signal. It’s your horse saying, “I’m no threat to you; you don’t have to yell.”

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: He decided to discuss repentance with Rabbi Moshe de Leon, but without committing himself.

 

Vocation

Joey LeTourneau: “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true Worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” (John 4:23)

Hemant Mehta: It’s somewhat entertaining to watch this happen because, while the legalese of dogma is certainly important to True Believers™, think about what this argument is over: Should the Catholic Church reach out and welcome people who have been divorced, but found love, got remarried, and want to be members in good standing? Or, to put it another way, if people broke their wedding vows, even for very legitimate reasons, do they deserve a second chance? [5]

Bishop Gerald Wilkerson (in “Evidence” 14 Sept 17): But there is one more hunger that I want to note. This is a powerful hunger, one that is highly dangerous, one that each of us is exposed to and reminded of every time we come to the altar. You and I are exposed to the hunger of God. And that terrifies us. God is, in the imageries of many stories, the Hound of Heaven, the Stalker, the Shepherd, the Seeker, who for some reason which escapes us, is madly in love with us and is hungry for our companionship. You are not choosing a career here today. You are rather responding to the mysterious call of God to oneness with Him. You are responding to God’s hunger for you. Let him love you![6]

Anna Blake: Escape the Death Spiral: Asking For a Step

Brat: Then I ask you, dear bishop, for sanctuary where I can continue praying and writing. This is not my career but my vocation. How will the world gain wisdom from our mistakes if the open arms don’t come from you first?

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: This is a very good career move because once you have won justice for the trolls you can go on to another group who you have decided is persecuted by the church and start all over again.

Brat: [Sigh.] No wonder the Church is persecuted. She can’t hear.

Anna Blake: Wait, I forgot the most important part. What makes it a death spiral isn’t the circle or his refusal. It’s you. It’s your nagging request that gets louder and bigger and faster and never stops. It’s the overlapping use of flailing cues that become a rant that accelerates and obliterates your connection with your horse, as if the goal or obstacle is a matter of life or death.

Brat: Well, it is!

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “However, if his words are commendable to Your people, listen to them, though he is only one witness. Our Sages have taught us that while the testimony of a single witness is not sufficient to obligate a person, it is sufficient for a vow to be taken. And, You have made a vow to our forefathers….”

George: I think dialogue is an excellent way for two people who disagree to make progress.

Betty: What exactly do you mean by “progress,” George?

Pastor John Tolle (in “Chess Move” 21 Sept 17): Pray for wisdom for me in how to lead you as a Christian. I have pastured [pastored] for over forty years and I have reached a wall with Crosstown Church.

Betty: I think it can be a useful exercise to get people to understand one another and where they’re coming from. that can’t be a bad thing.

George: It’s certainly better than two sides just hurling hatred and bigotry back and forth.

Brat (in “Evidence” 14 Sept 17): My head knows that biblically the Where always leads back to Jerusalem. I wonder what God is up to? Is God trying to bring the Vatican and Jerusalem together? I saw a picture once of Pope Francis and the Chief Rabbi praying together at the Wailing Wall and that picture has come to my mind many times lately. Just wondering. I donno. I lay it before You, God, in sacred grace space. May You have room to move, breathe, and do what You need and want to do. Keep talking, O Wise One. I’m listening. May others be open to listening, too.

Betty: Agreed, but is just understanding the other person’s point of view enough? Are you suggesting that everyone’s point of view is equally valid just because it is their point of view?

Pastor John Tolle: Since you are praying for me, I will pray for you. What can I pray for you that you need wisdom in?

Brat: My orbit is the Seven Churches. There is a “lost” contingent in the Catholic camp. Our story must get to them. Pastor John, you’d asked for prayers for God to mobilize us. I ask for prayers of wisdom in how to reach them. I’ve reached a wall myself. I bless your connections.

Monk: I gather you mean “lost” because they don’t know you’re here?

Brat: Precisely. Jesus knew He was in the Temple. It was His parents who went off and left Him behind cuz they didn’t know, and then they couldn’t find Him. (Lk 2:43) “Lost” is relative.

Monk: Yeah, I know what you mean. Family is always the last to “get” it.

Bill Johnson: “But They Both Heard From God”

Anne Marie Molster: “There will be a change in direction for the many who are already moving amongst the nations. It is time that they are heard by those they have not yet been able to reach. They will have a new sound that will call out to those who have been lost. Many will come to them broken and afraid. The light drawing them in will cast out the darkness that has surrounded them. Their lives will have a miraculous turnaround, leaving others in awe of My goodness.

The Israel Bible Promotion: Shalom from Jerusalem,

The most sacred part of the Temple in Jerusalem was the “Holy of Holies”, the innermost room where the Ark of the Covenant was kept. Entrance to this sacred room was strictly forbidden with only one exception. One person, the high priest, would enter the room once a year on the Day of Atonement. What did he do?

Brat: Zechariah was the one who argued with Gabriel, and Gabriel zipped his lips until Zech proclaimed the truth and praised God (Lk 1:64)

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: The eight garments worn year-round by the high priest atone for eight specific aberrations of attitude or behavior.

Brat (in “The Issue” 19 Sept 17): The angel blows the trumpet for Jesus.

Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.” (Lk 9:20)

“The kingdom of the world has become
the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah (Rev 11:15)

Rick Joyner (in “The Issue” 19 Sept 17): “Our God Reigns”—this is the preaching of the Gospel of the kingdom. Even though much from this prophecy has yet to be fulfilled, according to the unfolding timeline, we are coming to the time for this last message to go forth across the earth.

Brat: Excuse me? What more are you expecting God to fulfill?

The Lord Almighty has taken His great power and already has begun to reign. (Rev 11:17)

The nations are already angry. (Rev 11:18) We see this on the nightly news.

God’s wrath has come. (v 18) So has His mercy!

Don’t you think He’s trying to say something with North Korea trying to destroy the earth, the global firestorms raging, hail in midsummer, hurricanes Harvey, Irma, José, and now Maria, and a 7.1 earthquake in Mexico just today (19 Sept 17)?

Anna Blake: The worst part: You might not have noticed that you cued this pig-fight but you are the one having a runaway. Not your horse. Stop. Consider yourself in detention. Let your horse breathe.

Rick Joyner: As we see in a number of biblical prophecies, the temple of God on earth, the church, is a parallel to the temple of God in heaven. Here we see that when this temple in heaven is open, first there are flashes of lightning. These speak of revelation, especially revelation that reveals what is hidden in darkness. Then thunder, which is a prophetic metaphor for the voice of the Lord. The earthquake speaks of shaking everything that can be shaken, which we are told of in Hebrews 12.

 

Community

Kenneth L. Samuel (in “Basset Eyes” 23 Sept 17): Prayer
Lord, the church may have left the building, but use me to help the world understand how vital it still is for human community. Amen.

Brat: Jesus? What would Mary do?

[Basset eyes imploring heaven.]

Rick Joyner: As covered, the seventh angel represents the final message to go forth. When this one sounds, there are “loud voices in heaven,” which speaks of the power of this message being so great and elevated that it is heard throughout heaven, or the entire spiritual realm. It is probable that not only will every nation and village hear the Gospel of the kingdom, but every living soul will hear this powerful message.

Brat: You’ve got the pipes for it. Go for it.

Pastor John Tolle: I have 45 years (total) of pastoral experience! If you expect me to keep leading the way I used to, you must understand that I WON’T! We need wisdom in how to live life fulfilled to overflowing.

Rabbi Zalman Shmotkin: Can we count on you?

Anna Blake: He avoided it, so you circle, pushing him right back. But then you give the outside rein (or lead rope) a hard pull for good measure. It’s asking a little louder and a little faster the second time, hoping that you can push him through, but he braces his ribs in response to your sharp heel, planted and pressing, not all that far from his kidneys. His hind end skitters to the side.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: Of course you realize the real situation is far more complicated, but by stating the church teaching your hearer is satisfied that you hold to an orthodox position. You can then move on to more important matters.

Edie Bayer: Who could ask for anything more?

Brat (in “Basset Eyes” 23 Sept 17): Excuse me, but sanctuary is a basic need. You have sanctuary. Why can’t I? So I’m not Catholic. I’m not a groupie, but that never bothered you before.

Mary Pezzulo: I have nothing against my Protestant brothers and sisters, by the way, and I pray that we will someday all be one as Christ is One with the Father. But I’ve got to call a spade a spade.

Monk: Thanks, I have a shovel.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: One of the exciting things about being a Catholic dissident is that you get lots of publicity for your books. By rocking the boat you will get lots of headlines, and those headlines generate book sales and speaking engagements. It is true that you may not be very popular with some Catholics, but they are the rigid, Pharisaical ones, and if you don’t win their approval don’t worry. By alienating them you will have won many more followers. They are exactly the sort of Catholics the majority of people can’t stand. For every rigid, legalistic type you lose you will gain a dozen, level headed, big hearted followers. Those who appreciate you may not be Catholics in a formal sense, but they are good people who only want a world of justice, kindness and equality for all.

Brat: Parking and praying during the day, sleeping at my 85-year-old dad’s house at night, and sharing the journey through this pig-fight only to get continued SILENCE, does not match the vision God gave me for living in a respected community and being a valued contributor.

Anna Blake: You may only ask for one thing at a time. Then you wait for an answer. Count to ten, more than once if you need to. It will feel way too slow but that’s because you’re used to cueing runaways. After he answers, reward him. If the answer was not the one you wanted, then re-phrase the question. Not louder. Not quicker. Ask for something simple that you can both agree on. Cut the task into tiny bite-sized pieces.

Brat: I asked them to pass me along.

Monk: I guess they gossiped.

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak (YY) Jacobson: It is like the child who can never please their parent. Whatever he does, it is never enough, and every mistake is highlighted. At some point, such children give up completely. “If I have no hope of ever getting it right, why try? If I will always be criticized, why bother?” The child, in a mixture of cynicism, rebellion, pain, and despair, just severs the relationship.

 

 

Sanctuary

Revelation 11:19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.

Rick Joyner (26 Sept 17): The great hailstorm speaks of the destruction of all that is not in a proper shelter. There is one great shelter that can protect us from anything—being in the will of the Lord. Those protected from the destruction will be those who have sought first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, esteeming His will and purposes above their own desires. These will have nothing to fear from anything that is coming on the earth.

Daniel 8: 11 It set itself up to be as great as the commander of the army of the Lord; it took away the daily sacrifice from the Lord, and his sanctuary was thrown down.

Brat (in “Evidence 14 Sept 17”): Since the four living creatures, the elders, and the Two Witnesses read what I write, then why can I not get sanctuary to pray and write in safety? I’ve been asking, seeking, and praying in my car for ten years now.

Mount Calvary Monastery: Come visit for a respite

Fr Dwight Longenecker: For my part, I’m determined more than ever not to be flustered by the stormy seas. I’m going to strive to be local and to do what I can with what I have where I am–to pray more, to try to overcome my faults and work harder to love God and my neighbor.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: These four realms of evil are all alluded to in the vision of Ezekiel: “I saw, and behold, there was (1) a stormy wind coming from the north, (2) a great cloud, and (3) a flashing fire, and (4) a luminescence surrounding it….” (Ezekiel 1:4)

Mount Calvary Monastery: Rates:  $120 per night, per person.
Clergy/Student/Associate rate: $90 per night, per person.

Brat (in “Basset Eyes” 23 Sept 17): Oooowie. Oooooooowie! [Tears.] I worship You, Jesus! More bakery window! My nose that is pressed up against the glass cannot take anymore! I’m supposed to live with You and not just retreat on You, God!

Rahmiel-Hayyim Drizin: Atonement ON You

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “My name is Leib Sarah’s,” began the visitor. “It was my privilege to know Rabbi Israel, the Baal Shem Tov, who was admired also by the gentile noblemen. From his mouth I once heard that every Jew should utter the sort of prayer that was first said by King David: ‘Save me, O L‑rd, from blood-guilt.’ But the word used for ‘blood’ (damim) can also be translated as ‘money.’ So my teacher expounded the verse as follows: ‘Save me, so that I should never regard money as my L‑rd…’

Pastor John Tolle: Your barns are too small. (Lk 12:16-21) Whose things will these be when your life is required of you?

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: Now to today’s session: It is very important to choose your subject of dissent very carefully. People aren’t interested in money that much. Of course they like to think that the Catholic Church is rolling in cash and that most of it comes from the mafia, but what they are really interested in is sex.

James Goll: God’s plumb line is all-important, not only for aligning crooked human life with His perfect uprightness, but also for discerning His voice in the first place. Amid all the noise of the world, we need to be able to distinguish God’s voice clearly. God wants you to know what He is saying, even if you never need to wear a prophet’s mantle in public.

Exodus 17:6 I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.

Pastor John Tolle: I see way too much religion in us and we must cast out the religious spirit and raise up our fellowship. It’s not about what I think about.

Brat: Bottom line (from “Feathers” 18 Sept 17): It’s the leadership who never acknowledged the gift, because they put CYA above God. No one can promote him/herself in the Kingdom of God and you both know it. Please don’t push covetousness (or self-pity) off on to me when they don’t belong to me. No one held Eli and company accountable. It’s as simple and basic as that.

Matthew 21:26 But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.”

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: The plain meaning of “Azazel” is a cliff; the goat sent to Azazel was thrown off a desert cliff to its death. (See Rashi on Lev. 16:8-10)

Fr Dwight Longenecker: If St Faustina’s vision is correct I hope he saw true love and said “I’m sorry. I accept your love. Let me go now and serve my time and be purified.”

Matthew 21:25 Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak (YY) Jacobson: Now we really have to go into our hearts and mend our mistakes, fix our wrongs and resolve to live a purer and holier future.

Ashley Cortes: Indeed, I have sought you out. Indeed, I AM delivering you from all the places you were scattered on that dark, cloudy day. Rulers with iron fists and void of understanding crushed down on you. They cursed you from the darkness, masquerading as light. Religion’s crafty spin caused you to believe lies that I never spoke over you. You strived and grasped in the darkness without My grace. Rulers who were ignorant of my WORD and MY SPIRIT misled you. They taught you from their own souls and rallied you for their own kingdoms. Politics, arguments, and social counterfeits were their banners. As I heard the cries of the Hebrews, so I have heard your cries. There are no political agendas in MY Church. My Church, My Bride will be a House of Prayer. A House of Repentance. A House of Purity. A House of Intimacy, with Me, her GROOM. My Bride will be Holy as I AM HOLY.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Marriage is a delicate and difficult gift. It breaks easily. It requires a lifetime of dedication, hard work and self sacrifice. A good marriage is a rare, beautiful and eternal incarnation of love in which both persons are treasured.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: When evil shares the “luminous shell” with good, it can more easily seduce man into sin, since it does not have to entice him into an explicit prohibition – only into using a neutral aspect of reality for egotistic purposes.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: In sacramental marriage we experience the divine graces that give us a ladder to heaven. Marriage expresses the love God has for us. He is the bridegroom. We are the bride. Marriage is therefore a sacred, God given joy and the sexual act seals it and makes it complete. The sexual act is therefore, sacramental.

Marty Cassady: “There was an angelic presence from the start of the service Sunday morning. The sounds that were released were piercing into the heavens in such an incredible way that heaven had to respond!!   But at the point Chuck was getting ready to step up to do the message, a huge force hit the Tabernacle. I saw the heavens open and an enormous host of angels sweep from the highest heaven down through the second heaven and hit the Tabernacle.  I could not count but I believe there were hundreds or thousands, and the force was such that everyone felt it.  It was a host that I have never seen before and they had such authority and glory on them they had no need of weapons.  I saw no weapons!!  As they came through the second heaven it was as if the second heaven had been hit with a bomb and they swept through that place with no force of opposition.  No force in the second heaven could take them on. The second heaven was left smoking and the atmosphere of heaven was tangible in the Tabernacle!!” 

Matthew 21:27 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And He said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

Wanda Alger: I HEAR THE CRIES OF THE ANCIENTS, the saints of old who are a part of the cloud of witnesses to this day. I am awakened in the night by their cries and my spirit weeps. Throughout the night my spirit is overcome with weeping and a deep grief within for the lost ones. I know it is not my own grief, yet I sense the invitation to embrace this call to join with the ancients of old who are watching and interceding for the promise of The Father to be fulfilled.

Vicki Kemper: I Will Pray When You Cannot

(From “Anchored in Christ,” Aug 2010): The covenant is His promise to us that He loves us, and it’s our promise to Him that we love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

We love and hurt for our children.

Wanda Alger: Heaven is weeping FOR LOVE. It is the Father’s love that calls His sons and daughters to forsake the ways of Babylon and set themselves apart, for HE KNOWS the POWER OF HOLINESS to utterly defeat the enemy and inherit our promise.

Dave Armstrong: Is Pope Francis Wrong? Thoughts on the “Filial Correction” [7]

Anna Blake: Ask for one step. Reward him, pause, and ask for another. Go slow and don’t interrupt the conversation. Mounted or on the ground, do you and your horse have this skill? Walk, halt, walk? You won’t need your hands for this. He should listen to your seat if you’re riding and your feet if you’re on the ground. This is fundamental; you should be asking for halts and walk-offs in your warm-up.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: So, for example, to be a successful Catholic dissident you should totally and completely affirm that remarriage after divorce is impossible. However, you can also affirm that a pastoral approach should be taken and that in certain circumstances and according to particular motivations and intentions of the persons involved a remarriage after divorce might be the best option…for the sake of the children. (Always weave in something about ‘for the sake of the children’ if you can)

Betty: But given our discussion, what would the point of dialogue be? If the point is for both of us to understand the revealed truth better, that would be okay, but I sense that is not your purpose. So what is your purpose?

George: To convince you that I’m right and you’re wrong.

Betty: That’s what I thought all along.

Alane Haynes: Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he [is] like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit [as] a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. [Mal 3:1-3 KJV]

Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi: Purifying the Holy of Holies?

Pastor John Tolle: By addressing the issue he had the hope that was in him.

TIB Promotion: The Holy of Holies

Fr Dwight Longenecker: But when I stopped to examine the devotion I came to understand that this was simply a working out of a couple of verses in the New Testament. The first was Simeon’s prophecy to Mary that “a sword will pierce your own heart also” (Lk. 2:35) the second is those mysterious words of St Paul, “Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.” (Col. 1:24)

Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz): The very notion of pardon and atonement contains a conception of reality that transcends the bounds of common rationality.

Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi: The teshuva we do throughout the year is suspended until Yom Kippur, when the light from the level of Holy of Holies cleanses the blemishes in the soul. Since each of the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur corresponds to another aspect of the soul, if one devotes oneself thoroughly to teshuva in these days, the purification one experiences on Yom Kippur is complete and all judgments are sweetened.

 

Caesar

Rick Joyner: Last week we covered how the basis of this Gospel is the King Himself. We are not just proclaiming the coming of a new system, but we are proclaiming the coming of the Lord Jesus Himself. This is crucial to keep in mind. If the coming kingdom gets reduced to a system, or just principles, then we fall far short of the message. We can have the best form of government, but we can still have bad government if good people are not in it. The Lord builds on people, not just systems or principles. The method He demonstrated from the time He walked the earth is to not just seek to change people’s behavior, but to change hearts so that people do the right thing for the right reason. As the historian Will Durant observed, “Caesar sought to change men by changing institutions, but Jesus changed institutions by changing men.”

Ashley Cortes: The Just are Released: The Emancipation Proclamation

Brat (in “Basset Eyes” 23 Sept 17): King Jesus, please take these words beyond lip-service. Release my “son” from Your throne (Rev 12:5) to uproot Caesar from his. Amen.

Chuck D. Pierce: When she shared it, I immediately thought of Exodus 1:8 which says, “Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.”

Eagles: New Kid in Town [https://youtu.be/d-sTlJZLsWk]

Pastor John Tolle: Many think I am just lying in the backyard eating grapes. I take a lot of time talking with people, but I can’t talk about it. And that’s okay.

Anna Blake: Lead with peaceful persistence: Not aggressive. Not conceding. Not emotional.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: In the second session we looked at the importance of having a positive media presence. I outlined how important it is to cultivate positive relationships with media personnel, the importance of building up a strong and positive media presence and how vital it is to present yourself not as a dissident or a rebel, but as a “brave pioneer” or a “reformer.” Most people will perceive the Catholic Church as a crusty, corrupt, hidebound institution locked in a medieval world of the Spanish Inquisition, slavery and witch hunts. Reformers and brave pioneers always go down well because most of the people already assume that the Catholic Church is in vital need of reform.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: He removed his tallit in a flash, and ran as fast as he could in the direction of the mansion, with his white skullcap on his head and his white kittel billowing in the wind. He knocked on the heavy door, opened it without waiting for a response, and found himself confronting the squire. For a few long, long moments they stood in silence face to face, the tzaddik and the apostate. The latter’s first thought was to summon one of his henchmen to seize the uninvited intruder and hurl him into the dungeon in the backyard. But the luminous countenance and the penetrating eyes of the tzaddik softened his heart.

Pastor John Tolle: Our purpose is to say our body has a lot of power in your life. We are the steward/policemen of our body.

Edie Bayer: He is using you as a natural tool impacting the spiritual – an arrow from His quiver with which He has targeted a specific area in the spiritual realm.  I believe demonic strongholds have always been on His radar, but now they are dead-center of His target range…and God always gets what He wants!  Remember, He laughs at His enemies.

Brat: Such as The Proper Care and Feeding of Trolls?

Fr Dwight Longenecker: I once read an interview with Hugh Hefner in which his sophisticated facade dropped for a moment and he revealed that he was a lonely child with a distant, un affectionate mother. If I remember the interview correctly he had a stuffed bunny to keep him company. So go figure. Analyze that one.

Pastor John Tolle (24 Sept 17): I had a terrible dream last night! I was awake with fitful wrestlings until I got up! It had a demonic source and a terminal conclusion. But I had a choice to make. I prayed to get a grip on that nasty dream.

Elijah List: Dreams are Crucial, but so are the Watchmen

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: At the climax of the Ne’ilah service, when the congregation was about to utter together the words “Shema Yisrael,” the paritz leaned forward until his head was deep inside the Holy Ark, embraced the Torah scrolls that stood there, and in a mighty voice that petrified those present, cried out: “Hear, O Israel, the L‑rd our G‑d, the L‑rd is One!” He then stood up straight, and began to declare with all his might: “The L‑rd is G‑d!” With each repetition his voice grew louder. Finally, as he cried it out for the seventh time, his soul flew from his body.

Rebekah Faubion: “I had this crazy dream: all night I was dreaming about churches. In the dream there had been a new tax levied against church land and buildings, so churches were shutting down because they couldn’t afford to stay open. Being on the web became vital.” 

Chuck D. Pierce: Let’s start praying that the Church gets protected to stop any government intervention like in the days of Constantine.

James Goll: In the final analysis, developing discernment is not so much about knowing the future as it is about bringing the kingdom of God to bear on the time and place in which you live. The gospel of John begins with the words, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us … full of grace and truth” (John 1:14), referring to the coming of Jesus Christ to earth. In a very real way, you and I bring God’s Word to dwell in the midst of the world as we remain sensitive to the flow of His Spirit. Through our relationship with God, we receive revelation. And as we bring that revelation to the world around us, we incarnate His Word in our very ordinary lives—just as Amos did.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: A few seconds later, his soul departed to its eternal reward. It is said—and some even saw in a dream—that he indeed merited to study Torah in the heavenly academy with his beloved teacher.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: So it is with these two. St Jerome–the cave dweller and patron of all bookish types who retreat to their cave and don’t like to be disturbed: St Jerome–the patron saint of curmudgeons and scholars. St Jerome was a noted controversialist and unwilling to compromise with the spirit of the age.

Anna Blake: Taking one step at a time toward an obstacle, pausing, and rewarding each try, will get the job done in a fraction of the time that jerking and kicking your horse in circles takes. The result will be fewer ulcers and greater partnership.

 

Coffee

Edie Bayer: So, here is the bottom line in this New Year and new season:  You WILL be out of your comfort zone.  You WILL be used of the Lord.  You WILL be meeting head to head with powers of darkness, and taking them out!  You WILL be turning the world upside down (see Acts 17:6)!

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ (in “Chess Move” 21 Sept 17): I hope you will stay with me in these little lessons in effective communications. In the days ahead we will discuss how to cultivate a popular image as a priest and what to do when conflict arises. [8]

Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2017/09/introducing-fr-harvey-latte-sj.html#qRC2rKjbHxX8zjP1.99; an ingenious, brilliant, and clever move by Fr Dwight Longenecker, worthy of the best chessmaster. Namasté.

Quinn G. Caldwell: Footnote

James Goll: ‘Do Not Despise Small Beginnings’—Receiving Revelation From God

Brat: Thanks for the cup of latte, Fr Harvey.

Journal (in “Evidence” 14 Sept 17): Sitting in coffee shops–turned–Thomas Aquinas College for the sake of the mission to discuss relevant church and political issues of our day as a reasonable means “to be fair, sensible, just and having a sound mind” feels the same as what I just went through this week. I had just confessed to both Jo and Alice that when I told God about my panic over doing a fast from the computer, because then I couldn’t see where the collective conversation was going (or so I rationalized), then God asked if I was putting the words of the Seven Thunders above Him? I still break out in tears at the thought of having put anything above God! I felt SOOOOO bad! I didn’t realize I had made my assignment my god. I was mortified!! I asked God to forgive me! Thankfully God forgave me and had mercy!

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The rabbi put a hand on his shoulder and did his best to calm him. “Dear friend,” he began gently, “don’t panic and don’t be agitated. G‑d desires the change of heart of the wicked, not their death. Your return and repentance have been accepted on high. Now you have to live a new life of purity and righteousness.”

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: Remember your most effective tool in this campaign is to appeal to the heart. This means appeal to the emotions. People don’t want to be troubled by facts. They want their heart strings tugged. Portray the trolls as nice people–sometimes flawed–(and let him without sin cast the first stone!) but deserving of equal rights and dignity.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: The “shadow”, or lack of light, is the active side of evil, the obstruction of holy light, and “death” is the result or expression of this evil, i.e. being cut off from holiness, the source of life. Thus it is written, “The feet [of a forbidden woman] descend unto death.” (Proverbs 5:5)

Brat (28 Sept 17): This grind and pressure is unbearable. I feel like the goat that was thrown into the sea. Jesus, You took this for us. Please establish Your Kingdom on earth. Take Satan out of it. It’s not about us. It’s about You.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: This is why ‘Satan’ rejoices. He sees that he has now been fortified [by this additional measure of energy from the “luminous shell”], and he accepts it with full consciousness. But he is a fool and makes a [fatal] mistake, for on the contrary, “he will be heaping coals on his own head” (Proverbs 25:22), meaning that evil was initially intermixed with good in the “luminous shell” and he had a strong foothold. Supernal holiness was forced to grant beneficence to the good with which this evil shared [the “luminous shell”]. This is the mystical significance of Israel’s exiles amongst the idolaters.

Brat (29 Sept 17): Thank you, boys.

Anna Blake: In dressage, we are constantly returning to the fundamentals and refining them. They are the foundation of good riding and when trained with patience and reward, horses count on the connection and comfort found in these simple conversations. Isn’t this the place to learn the finesse to ask more complicated questions? Isn’t that the confidence you want to take forward to bigger challenges?

 

Thirsty

Joey LeTourneau: How do we extend grace without compromising its transformational nature? How do we stay anchored to truth while making sure our love is unconditional? Only a daily, moment-by-moment surrendered relationship to the Spirit of Truth Himself can teach or show us how. There are no black and white directions or design; there is just a path to a well of water marked by our thirsty Savior’s footprints.

Anna Blake: It always seems like we ask for too much or too little. We’re too loud and our horse is reactive. We are too confusing and our horse is shut down. It can feel frustrating when you are trying to do right, but sorry, what you think doesn’t matter. It’s just you talking to yourself.

Pastor John Tolle: Trying to talk and work through things is the dynamic that I can see in his mind and will as he is wrestling with what this says.

Anna Blake: Talk to your horse instead. Use your body to give clear cues. Practice them in calm situations. Celebrate fundamental connection but more than that, commit yourself to being a leader who never gives up that profound connection with her horse in favor of a silly external distraction. Like a letter on an arena rail or a horse trailer.

Joey LeTourneau: Only the Spirit can teach us how to apply the truth like a healing, redemptive sword in the most gentle and still powerful of ways. That’s what reaches down into us when we drink living water. That’s what the world is thirsty for and waiting for us to learn how to serve them.

Rick Joyner: It is also at this time that the reward of the faithful begins. For those who stand boldly for the Lord and the Gospel in these times, it will be one of the greatest honors for all eternity. This will be the time of the ultimate battle between light and darkness, good and evil, and therefore the time when it will take the greatest courage and faith to stand. This is when some of the greatest saints of all time will be proven. This is why the Lord said that “the last shall be first,” and He has saved His best wine for last. Do not waste this greatest of privileges.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter: Do not let the Ten Days of Repentance pass without taking advantage of this closeness to G‑d.

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak (YY) Jacobson: A Tale of Two Bank Managers: The Essence of Yom Kippur

Matthew 21:31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: From that moment on, the Jew was a completely different person. He spent all of his time in the study hall, totally attached to R. Moshe de Leon, drinking thirstily as much of his master’s teachings as he could. He prayed and repented, and studied day and night, eating very little and hardly speaking to anyone.

Daniel 8: 14 He said to me, “It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated.”

Brat: If Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement and it falls on Friday, 29 September 2017, and we count backwards 2,300 days, then on what day did this rebellion start?

Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz): This revelation, which transcends and cuts through the boundaries of the world, is the essence of this day, and its power is defined in the words of the Sages as “the very day itself atones”. (Yoma 87a)

Vicki Kemper: Like Night and Day

Pastor John Tolle: We are in a heap of trouble in America! What are you going to do about it?

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: Your reply is, “It is up to us to go down beneath the bridge with the trolls and meet them where they are. Why should we wish to impose our values and lifestyle on them? Instead we accept them just as they are and affirm them, for they too are God’s creatures.”

Rabbi YY Jacobson: I wish to bless you and your loved ones with your most awesome year yet; a year filled with ​blessings of life, vigor, health, love, peace and joy, and to continue to serve as a Divine Ambassador for light, hope and promise.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: A deep sigh broke forth from the depths of the broken man’s heart. No man there could stand unmoved, and they all wept with him. Throughout all the prayers of the evening, and from dawn of the next day right until nightfall, the paritz stood in prayer, humbled and contrite. And as his sobs shook his whole body as he recited the confession, the other nine shuddered with him.

Rahmiel-Hayyim Drizin: When mankind repents from their iniquities, the Divine judgments are subdued and sweetened.

Daniel 9:21 while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice.

George: So why dialogue?

Rick Joyner: There is a general consensus that these twenty-four elders are a council of the greatest souls to have walked with God on the earth. Others believe they are the spiritual “sons of Zadok” who are given the highest duty in heaven—to minister to the Lord Himself. Regardless, they are no doubt of the highest rank in heaven. Even so, when the Lamb comes into their presence, or they even hear the message of His kingdom, they fall on their faces before Him. This King, who will become so personal with us that He lives in us and is always with us, is the most exalted One there will ever be in heaven and earth. The wise bow the knee to Him now.

 

 

Tears

Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz): The commentary on the verse “I, alone, am He who wipes away your transgression for My sake” (Isaiah 43:25) places the words “I, alone” on a higher level than the “I” with which the Ten Commandments begin. (Exodus 20:2)

Brat: Holy God, I believe what You have been telling me. I feel Your tears. Bless You, Holy Spirit! May my prayers bring You comfort. May we all hear Your Messiah’s shofar in this season. Forgive us all and restore Your living Word in our hearts.

Doug Addison: God has captured your prayers and tears in a scroll or book of remembrance and these books are now being reconciled in Heaven. God has not forgotten your requests nor the things that He has promised you.

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak (YY) Jacobson: If I’m Never Enough, I Give Up

Daniel 9: 23 As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision:

Anna Blake: It began with a word so small and unspoken

that it waited in a bitter slick at the back

of your tongue, held in check, afraid to trespass

the air. The rest of the words trickled down the

back of your throat, left dangling with other threads

 

of hard yearning and cold disappointment, caught

suspended between fear and lust for a scream. Soon

even whisper is too much. So little air can pass

that a sigh turns to a gasp, a strangle self-inflicted

but denied until it bloats the body, stifling light

 

and intention. So bound by muzzles of our own making,

blue tints to our lips and the water in our eyes floods

over the parched skin covering dehydrated bones. We are

not dead, just feigning life. Suffering will never nourish.

your blood. A feast of tears and angst is a hollow meal.

Let your ragged gasp bray out, hack and spit those

stale words to the earth to be cleaned. Suffering is

not a sacrament to be lifted up for worship. Avert your

eyes instead to the blunt beauty of clouds galloping

shadows over the mesa, warming crevices with new growth.

 

Tail Wag: Did you hear that? “Suffering is not a sacrament to be lifted up for worship”!

[1] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/steelmagnificat/2017/09/call-catholic-pope/#DVhuu3UdFTgvFL2F.99

[2] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2017/09/doesnt-pope-answer-critics.html#bkr4ZvEy5uz4LBY8.99

[3] [2] The Sayings of the Desert Fathers. trans. Benedicta Ward (Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1984), 81.

[4] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/goodletters/2017/09/questions-one-waits/#VFlzTTBTuDVF61OJ.99

[5] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/09/24/62-catholic-scholars-and-clergy-accuse-pope-francis-of-propagating-heresy/#OhdXueROQvrerVaZ.99

[6] Excerpts from Bishop Gerald Wilkerson’s homily delivered at Brother Angelus Echeverry’s ordination to the priesthood; Valyermo Chronicle #253 Summer 2017, St Andrew’s Abbey, p 12-13

[7] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davearmstrong/2017/09/pope-wrong-position-formal-correction.html#8AUuiTMMFc6oOK1D.99

[8] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2017/09/introducing-fr-harvey-latte-sj.html#qRC2rKjbHxX8zjP1.99; an ingenious, brilliant, and clever move by Fr Dwight Longenecker, worthy of the best chessmaster. Namasté.

Evidence 14 Sept 17

17 Sep

Working Dates: Sunday, September 10, 2017 through Holy Cross Day, Thursday, September 14, 2017 and into Sunday, September 17, 2017

[22 pages]

Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 8:54 am             Journal: Parked at my first solitude spot. All evening yesterday God kept saying, “This’ll pass” and “It’ll be okay.” I took great comfort from that. Then when I was parked at the end of the day I had the thought: “What did the Funny Bunnies do (or not do) that would cause God to have to encourage me because they couldn’t follow through?” Then God said again with conviction, “It’ll be okay!” Several times in the night I woke up and God kept repeating the same thing every time. He was reassuring me doggedly, relentlessly.

There was more glaring SILENCE in my inbox this morning. Thankfully, the stress did pass. God was right in that it IS going to be okay. And I was also right that the Funny Bunnies did nothing. No word from Fr Dwight. But God keeps reassuring me that it’ll be okay. (The waves of self-doubt are merciless at times!)

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: The great journey Mary set out upon with the Yes of the Annunciation, followed by years of silence, years of reflection, years of growth in the ordinariness of daily family life, until the moment when Jesus leaves his home to begin his mission. And there the silence only deepens, her concerns only heighten, her search for understanding always trying to hold itself open to faith and belief in the message Gabriel brought to her.

Brat: I feel like the proverbial fly bumping up against the glass and there is no way out no matter what I try, abstain from, say, refrain from, do, create, withhold, write, or pray.

Anita Alexander: Now you find yourself transitioning from one place to the next. From one level to the next, from one season to the next, and it can be the most testing time for your faith because in transition your vision can be attacked. You aren’t where you were, but you aren’t where you want to be. The tension in this place and stage of giving birth is intense and there is such a temptation to let go to ease the tension. There is a temptation to yield to thoughts such as, “It’s not working. God isn’t with me. I have missed it! Did God really say this…?” Let’s forget the enemy for a moment. Also our own heart can be our greatest enemy with loud thoughts such as, “I can’t do this, and I don’t think I want to do it!”

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: And was it not precisely to bring his radiant glory into our darkest night that Jesus chose her to bear him into our midst?

Brat: After work yesterday I went to St Julie Billiart’s behind the Newbury Park Library. I’ve never gone there before. Their energy had been too crispy, harsh, rigid, and religious. They had been unbending and unyielding. On the surface they did all the right things, just as St Patrick’s did, but the spirit on the inside…well, you know the story of the Woes to the Pharisees (Matthew 23). I don’t need to repeat them.

Rick Joyner: Spiritual authority is founded on love. Jesus felt compassion for the sheep without a shepherd and He became their Shepherd. Jesus felt compassion for those living in darkness and He became their teacher. Principles can be helpful, but only if they lead us to relationship. The messages reduced to just principles become cold, hard, and bureaucratic institutions that may have a form of godliness but have lost the true power of transformation.

Abbot Damien Toilolo: The reason Peter and Paul were such effective witnesses for Christ is because they knew Jesus, the Person. They loved, appreciated and trusted Jesus, the Person.[1]

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: We are grateful that Jesus shares the dazzling, sun-like glory of his resurrection with us in all the many ways he does so, including the moon-like glory of Mary![2]

Abbot Damien Toilolo: They realized that God, as Bishop Robert Barron writes, is a God, “who comes after us with a reckless abandon, breaking open his own heart in love in order to include us in the rhythm of his own life. God died in order that we might be his friends.” (The Strangest Way). This is who we are to God. This is the Jesus whom Saints Peter and Paul died for; .a personal God, who wants our friendship, who wants only to draw us deeper and closer to Himself.

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: To believe wholeheartedly, even blindly, to continually confirm her belief, each time though with perhaps more and growing pain and difficulty.

Brat (journal 10 Sept 17): Yesterday I was too late to get in through the main doors for the mass [at St Julie’s], but I was able to sit in the chapel connected to the main building. I was also too late for the homily, but I stayed through the Eucharist (but didn’t partake to respect their traditions.) The priest said a prayer of reconciliation that rang in my soul. I stayed and prayed for an hour in the chapel after most left. A beautiful rugged, buff man with dark sunglasses stayed and prayed, too. I felt like we were special ops rangers for God, cuz we stayed when the chapel is really only open Monday through Friday 9 am – 9 pm. The church was all locked up by now and we were there at the cross.

Matthew 23: 13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. [14] 

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: Perseverance in belief even to the cross— this is her greatness. And it is here she enters fully into our own lives as a model for reflection, perseverance, trust, and handing all things over to God and his plan.

Brat (journal 10 Sept 17): I finally left the chapel when a homeless guy’s dog kept barking in the parking lot. It, too, was relentless, but on the side of hell. The bark echoed off the buildings and penetrated inside the chapel. He couldn’t shut up his dog. (Or when he yelled at his dog to shut up, he made as much noise as his dog and the dog ignored him.) I couldn’t concentrate, so I left. As I walked out I looked at the praying man. He had a serene smile on his face. His eyes were closed (from what I could tell through the dark glasses) and his hands were open on his lap in supplication and praise. It was a most beautiful sight.

I didn’t realize until I was getting dressed this morning that the words I’d said in “Can We Get This Sealed?” were prophetic about standing with my nose pressed against the bakery window. The chapel is connected to the main sanctuary and folks can see and hear what’s going on by a large window.

I wonder if this is kinda what Julian of Norwich went through.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: It was Mary who gave Jesus, the eternal word of God, his humanity — he had his very manhood from her.

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: Mary followed Jesus in reflective and bare faith. Even for Mary her relationship with her son was never less than the complex relationship of a mother to a child.

Brat: I am watching and listening, Lord. Lead us all in Your path for reconciliation for us.

Steve Porter: “She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said.” (Luke 10:39)

Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm             Journal: Parked by the field. In “Can We Get This Sealed?” I had posted a prayer. I asked God to open the doors that He wanted open and to close the doors that are supposed to be closed in order for His Kingdom to enter in.

Twice Pastor John Tolle said in his sermon this morning, “I’ll open the door a little…”

Anita Alexander: The head of her heart’s desire was crowning, and she collapsed and was distressed before the Lord. Her prayer was, “This pain, this sorrow, is too much to bare, I can’t go on.” Eli, the high priest, found her in this place and thought she was drunk. So is the same in childbirth, some women in labor may look or act drunk. When their body is engaging in this miraculous delivery, they can say and do things they wouldn’t normally say or do, and Hannah I believe was in that place. She wasn’t pretending, even in the presence of the high priest. No, her journey had gone beyond her inhibitions and self-preservation. She was giving birth. We know the story’s outcome – that day she received the ability to conceive as in that same year she brought forth Samuel, who’s name means “heard by God”.

Marybeth Chuey Bishop: I had been distracted. There was a lot on my mind. The latest addition and last straw was my presumption of someone else’s incompetence. I was certain, absolutely positive, that they weren’t doing their job, and my kids were the ones suffering the consequences for it. I was going to see their sorry dawdling carcass with my own eyes, prove it, demand that the situation be rectified. I don’t mind so much when someone slights me; I’m kind of a jerk, so it’s not a surprise. But when you mess with my kids–

And I walked, full stride, into a glass wall.[3]

Pastor John Tolle: “Today is Grandparent’s Day. Aging can whallup you. God’s not done with anybody. We can’t live the same way we used to. Some of us have hit the wall. For you and me to have a vibrant life we need wisdom. Learn from the mistakes I’ve made, so that you don’t repeat them. To learn and gain wisdom to live outside of our mistakes takes humility and repentance. I’m wrong and I want to know how You, Lord, want to direct.”

Brat: It occurred to me yesterday that if I had had a child, say, when I was twenty and that kid had a kid when she was twenty, then I would be a grandma to her sixteen-year-old! Oy! Sobering thought! I feel tired, achy, and arthritic just thinking about it!

Wayland Henderson: The Year to See and Destroy the Wall that Divides Us

Genesis 50:15 Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?”

Marybeth Chuey Bishop: “From your heart?” I read these words lying on my hotel bed, an ice pack on my tush.

Crap. From your heart. How can I do that? I can make a decision not to act catty or seek revenge. I can, to another’s face, pretend to be kind. Maybe take some deep breaths, yoga or something, so I don’t walk into walls. But….I still feel anger in my heart. How can I possibly control what’s in there? The heart wants what the heart wants, and all that?

I ask google to find Bible verses that mention heart, hoping for a clue. I should have known better.

MT 6:21—For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

You suck, google.

I don’t want my treasure in other people. I’m an INTROVERT, for Pete’s sake. My treasure is my own family and books and maybe some chocolate or wine and, oh yeah, of course Jesus. He probably should have been first. I blame the blooming headache behind the blackening bridge of my nose for my forgetfulness.

Genesis 50:16 So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died,

50:17 ‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him.

Pastor John Tolle: “To be a public leader, even in this room, is beyond anyone’s ability. We don’t expose one another. That’s why we need each other.”

Anita Alexander: Know that in your transition, you are being “heard by God”. As Hannah wept before the Lord at Shiloh, the Lord heard her and sent Eli to prophesy into her barren womb. I believe we are in a Hannah season. I feel this word is a timeline word for you Hannahs out there. This word is time-lining your journey to let you know you are now at Shiloh, where, in your transitional prayers of desperation and distress, the Lord “has heard you” and you are moving into breakthrough and harvest.

Brat: Thank you. Pastor John already did prophesy into my barren womb.

Pastor John Tolle: All my and your mistakes are by your self-will. How you respond to victimization or the problems foisted upon you is…

Genesis 50:20 Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as He is doing today.

Rabbi M.M. Shneersohn: We strive for goodness in this world, where the Divine light is veiled…

and you will return to G‑d your L-rd…

Marybeth Chuey Bishop: How do I forgive someone from my heart, when my heart still stings and I find it hard to respect them?

Pastor John Tolle: God is looking to give us understanding.

Israel 365: Passing the Torch ✡ “It Is You Who Shall Go With This People Into The Land”

Be strong and resolute, for it is you who shall go
with this people into the land that Hashem swore
to their fathers to give them, and it is you
who shall apportion it to them. ~ Deuteronomy 31:7 (The Israel Bible™)

Abbot Damien Toilolo: If we are more worried about our image and reputation than how we treat the people in our lives, then we need to examine our relationship with the Lord.

Lillian Daniel: Next time you hear a familiar Bible story, ask questions of the writer like these:  Why this name, the dreamer?  Why this setting, a pit? Why this activity, stripping him of his robe? Why tell us that his father gave him, and only him, that robe?

Israel 365: The above verse is taken from this week’s Torah portion. In Synagogues all around the world during the Shabbat services, a specific portion from the Torah is read aloud. This week, a double portion called Nitzavim-Vayelech will be read. These portions tell of Moses passing the torch onto Joshua. He tells the people that Joshua will lead them into the land of Israel and offers Joshua words of encouragement. God does the same. Also in the portion, God tells Moses to record a song that the Children of Israel will learn, so they never forget that any suffering they experience is the result of their own actions. Moses addresses Joshua in front of all the people, telling him to be strong and courageous, for God will be with him as He leads the nation. God will not forsake him or the people, and He will give them the land to inherit.

Revelation 15:3 and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.

Marybeth Chuey Bishop: Oh, Peter. I love Peter. He asked the question that prompted this parable in the first place. He was rash, and didn’t always think things through. He is, in fact, the Satan stand-in in the notorious “Get behind, me, Satan.” He didn’t have Paul’s pedigree, but he had a fisherman’s cred: he was there, early, ready to work. Smelly maybe, and a little loud. Perhaps not full of grace, but fillable. He caught up eventually, though sometimes a few steps behind the younger and more nimble. I imagine if there had been glass walls in ancient Palestine, Peter might have introduced himself to a few of them nose-first. I have to wonder at what point Peter took the Lord’s words, turned them over, and realized that it was just crazy. It didn’t make sense. I wonder if it was before or after God took it one step crazier, and instead of forgiving the debt, paid it himself and didn’t even make us cut up the charge card.

Wayland Henderson: God is about to open our eyes to not just “see” what divides us in the Body, but also receive the grace to die to the mindsets that keep us apart. Messiah is our peace, which means He brings the ability for us to be healed and mended within ourselves so we can be unified with Him and each other.

Genesis 50:19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God?

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The final irony, of course, is that this state of affairs enshrines the Pope as far more of a monarchical figure than ever before. Furthermore, the authority of such a pope will be increasingly subjective, unpredictable, ambiguous and oppressive. Not having consensus (because everybody believes something whatever he wants) such a pope will resort to arbitrary decrees and despotic pronouncements.

Marybeth Chuey Bishop: And this is when the thing that has been flicking the back of my brain finally comes to the front. The witty and erudite Mary Pezzulo wrote a piece in November of last year that discussed some pretty ugly reactions she overheard to an endearing commercial that featured a friendship between a priest and a rabbi. The whole thing is worth your time, but the part that stayed with me is this:

The enemy of the Christian is never a human being.

Wayland Henderson: If the coming outpouring of God’s Spirit is to pour out upon all flesh and cause the multi-colored, multi-ethnic diversity of His Body to move together, then division is an important tactic of satan to discern in this hour.

Brat: In “Can We Get This Sealed?” I had said:

“I keep asking for a mystic community with whom I can engage, one where I can have sanctuary to write. And Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter says I would be stronger if there was none. He believes I would be stronger if I didn’t have one, because if I were to live in an established religious environment then this mystery would be taken for granted.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: “To the contrary!” the Rebbe responded. “By being part of the creation of a Jewish environment where there is none, they will become stronger Jews. In fact they will be stronger than if they were to live within an established religious environment which could be taken for granted.”[4]

Brat: I don’t know if that is true nowadays. It was Truth a few years ago, but I cannot stand in agreement with that today. Of course, since I am standing at the bakery window with my nose pressed to the glass, I am not the best candidate to state an opinion. I come with a bias. They have sanctuary in there. I am standing out here.”

Rabbi M.M. Shneersohn: What is the reason for this difference?

Pastor John Tolle: Your and my opinions won’t work, but the Word of God will always work.

Marybeth Chuey Bishop: So back to the original question—how do I forgive someone from my heart, when my heart still stings and I find it hard to respect them?

I still don’t really know, but I know it’s my job to keep trying. Instead of feeding that devil-child of anger and resentment, hugging it tight, singing it songs, replaying a grotesque patty-cake of other people’s sins, I need to at least acknowledge that my enemy is not actually the human who has done me wrong. It never, ever is.

Yosef Marcus (This idea bears particular relevance on Rosh Hashanah. The Midrash relates: When the celestial angels gather before Hakadosh Boruch Hu to say, When is Rosh Hashanah?…Hakadosh Baruch Hu says to them, Why do you ask me? Let you and I go to the earthly court [and ask them]. Devarim Rabba 2:14.)

Pastor John Tolle: What evidence do you see that people desperately need biblical wisdom?

Monk: Where else would you get wisdom but from heaven?

Brat: First of all, I have seen scores of people pouring into little chapels to pray. They pour out their hearts. They don’t just sit for ten minutes in obligatory penance, but pray with Jesus for an hour, just as Jesus asked His disciples to do. The people themselves are showing that this mystery is no longer taken for granted (or assuming this is something that only the priest does for us.)

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Then there is the general direction this move is taking the church–to a kind of big tent Catholicism which is increasingly similar to Anglicanism. In this version of the faith there is room for everybody and no one must be excluded at all for whatever reason. Every opinion will be tolerated just as long as you stay within the tent everything will be alright. Local bishops will do what they think best. Local priests will do what they think best. Every Catholic will do what they think best.

Rabbi M.M. Shneersohn: Briefly, it may be explained as follows. This world is created through the attribute of kindness, as in the verse: “the world is built of kindness” (Psalms 89:3) whereas the spiritual world is created through gevura, severity.

Abbot Damien Toilolo: For Saints Peter and Paul, Jesus was not a distant God, but a real, living, breathing, loving Person. It’s this personal experience/relationship with Jesus that had the greatest impact in their lives and on the world.

Brat (4 Sept 17 to Fr Toribio Gutierrez): I’m listening. The keys of the kingdom of heaven are supposed to get to PETER. (Mt 16:19) Isn’t that why the apostolic succession is still honored in the Catholic Church?

Wayland Henderson: Binding and loosing are legal terms used to unlock and lock, forbid or to allow, or to make legal or illegal. The Blood of Yeshua satisfied the enmity between us and God, as well as each other, and made the wall that divides us illegal in the government of the Kingdom! It is in union with His death that we find the grace to break division and enmity between us and walk in unity as His one new man.

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Brat (10 Sept 17): I was at the mass at St Julie’s yesterday observing with my nose pressed against the window when the priest prayed for reconciliation.

Matthew 16: 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven [!]; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Brat: See? Heaven. The keys of the kingdom of heaven. All the Seven Churches keep saying, “I’m right! I’m right!” and jumping up and down like little kids, then stealing the crowns of others and tackling them for a touchdown all in the name of JESUS! Can’t we learn from the wisdom of the rabbis?

Yosef Marcus: [With respect to this quotation: ] The Talmud (Bava Metzia 59b) recounts the following story: Rabbi Eliezer, who had failed to convince the other sages of his view on a particular law, began causing miraculous events, but the sages were not impressed.

Pastor John Tolle: I have a reputation for being balanced. What ends up happening is that in teaching the Word of God it doesn’t get disseminated. Add to that the historical context and you get snake-handlers and holy rollers. It gives some less-informed or fearful a hesitancy to seek the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

Brat: This is very much like the seers in Pharaoh’s camp who could also turn their sticks into snakes. (Ex 7:11)

Yosef Marcus: He caused the walls of the study hall to bend, whereupon Rabbi Yehoshua berated the walls and said: “What business is it of yours that Torah scholars are vying in halachic matters?” The walls did not fall in out of respect for Rabbi Yehoshua nor did they revert to their original position out of respect for Rabbi Eliezer.

Exodus 7:he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on “Egypt” and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites.

Brat: I thought divisions were like military companies, special ops forces and the like.

Helen Calder: ‘But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: …to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits…But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.’ (1 Cor 12:7-11, NKJV)

Yosef Marcus: Finally a heavenly voice rang out and said that the halacha followed Rabbi Eliezer, whereupon Rabbi Yehoshua stood up and said: “The Torah is not in heaven. We do not pay attention to a heavenly voice, for You have already written in Your Torah ‘according to the majority shall the matter be decided.'”

Revelation 11:8 Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified.

Brat: Ya’know, there really ARE Two Witnesses: the Church and the Jews.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: For Catholics the person at the top will be the Pope and one will be able to do or say or believe most anything as long as he remains loyal to the top man.

Yosef Marcus: Rabbi Nassan once met Elijah the prophet and asked him what the Holy One was doing as Rabbi Yehoshua spoke. He answered: He was laughing and saying, “My children have been victorious over me, my children have been victorious over me.” …the soul of man stems from the essence of G‑d which is beyond even kodesh [sacred]

Pastor John Tolle: “They may have incredible interest in God, but they want God to side with them.”

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Our awareness of our unity and equivalence must not be allowed to blur the distinctions between us. We must be sensitive to the needs of our fellow man. Furthermore, although we might be spiritually or materially superior to someone else in some way, we must not therefore think that our task is to elevate this person to our level and only then help him. We must first descend to his level and help him in a way that he can appreciate.

Pastor John Tolle: We can learn by observing.

Steve Porter: “Where have you put him?” He asked them. They told Him, “Lord, come and see.” Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much He loved him!” (John 11:34-36)

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: This is why the Torah lists the various divisions of the Jewish people, even though the term “all of you” itself implies all types and categories of Jews. Even as we experience ourselves as part of one collective body, we must still be aware of our differences, what others lack, and how we can help them.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: I do not intend to criticize Pope Francis in particular, but to point out a general trend within current Catholic practice in which we tiptoe around the genuine divisions in our church in order to maintain unity. Unity of form without unity of doctrine however, is the hallmark of the Church of England, and as uncomfortable as it may be, distinctions need to be made, definitions decided and doctrine determined and defended.

Abbot Damien Toilolo: We can read all the books and commentaries about Jesus. We can study all the ancient Greek and Latin manuscripts, but if Jesus is not a real, live Person to us, then we are only kidding our self. Then we’ve deceived our self and have fallen in love with a lifestyle and not a Person. It’s easy for Christian people to do that, including us monks—to fall in love with a lifestyle.

Loretta F. Ross: Our ancestors here in this country and abroad occupied themselves with the hard labor of making a living, raising children, educating themselves, and creating beauty. They argued and hurt each other. They struggled and often like my grandmother, regardless of the suffering they experienced, didn’t want to cause any more trouble than what they had already endured.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: The women, not tainted by the sin of the Golden Calf, are thus on a superior spiritual level than the men.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Does this sometimes cause division? I’m afraid it does and I am reminded of Jesus saying, ““Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.” (Matthew 10:34)

Abbot Damien Toilolo: We love monastic life, we love lectio, we love silence, we love prayer, we love liturgy, we love doing good things. But do we love Jesus? We say, of course we do. That’s why we do all these things in the first place.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: But when he rose from the dead and won his victory over death, he shared his glory and his brightness with her — as he wants to do also with us.

Anita Alexander: The Lord showed me as we are in transition, that the enemy is “showing up”, knocking on God’s people’s door, and desiring access to a foothold. The Lord is saying, “Test the spirits. For you will know them by their fruit.” You will know the voice or the person by which the spirit is operating by their fruit (1 John 4 and Matthew 7). Is the fruit confusion, fear, anxiety, depression, despair? Is it intimidation, control, contention, strife or division? If so, DON’T ANSWER THE DOOR! The enemy is seeking to kill, steal and destroy you in this threshold season of NEW BEGINNINGS, BREAKTHROUGH and HARVEST.

Rick Joyner: In this same way, the ultimate declaration of the Gospel of the kingdom will come from the King through His people. Therefore, our goal is to not just hear the words of the Lord, but to hear the Word Himself. This is personal, and it is about relationship. Again, it is not just learning “kingdom principles” as so many have tried to present the Gospel of the kingdom. Rather, it is seeing the King and learning to see with His eyes, hear with His ears, and understand with His heart. This will always reduce down to loving Him and loving one another, to relationship with Him and with each other.

Abbot Damien Toilolo: DEAR FRIENDS, WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM? WHO IS Christ to you? How we answer this question will determine how we live our lives. It will determine the values we hold, and how we treat others.

Exodus 7:1 Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet.

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: The Zohar describes our forefather Aaron as the right arm of the Jewish nation.

Rabbi M.M. Shneersohn: A man should not say, ‘When I come to that world, I will then beg mercy of the King and return before Him’ for ‘there is neither deed nor design, neither knowledge nor wisdom in She’ol‘1.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10) Rather, one should strive in this world…for once one leaves this world to be judged by the strong judgment of Purgatory — there is neither method nor wisdom to escape from judgment…” (Zohar)

Fr Dwight Longenecker: One of the roles of the pope is to define and defend doctrine. The answer to the pope’s question, “Who Am I to Judge?” Therefore might be, “You are the Pope. That’s what popes do.” I realize of course, that the context of Pope Francis’ famous quip was about a homosexual person who was “sincerely seeking God” and in that context the quote is harmless. I use it, however, to make the larger point that if a pope does not define and defend both the doctrine and moral teaching of the church then he is not doing one of the things popes do. The same applies, by extension to all bishops and priests.

Rick Joyner: We briefly covered before how the first mention of something in Scripture was usually a profound revelation of its purpose, and let us again consider the first mention of God’s house in Scripture. This occurred when Jacob had a dream of the messengers of God ascending and descending on a ladder that reached into heaven. That is a basic revelation of what God’s house, the church, is called to be—the place of access to heaven. The messengers of God that we are all called to be ascend into the heavenly realm and then descend, bringing back evidence of heaven’s reality and its authority over the earth.

Journal (in “Please Ease the Squeeze!” 12 Sept 17): Parked in front of Jo’s house. …Bob was gone to his meeting and Jo left for hers at 6:10 pm. I lay on the couch and prayed in the relative quiet with the TV off. Any and all swirling energies I rounded up and threw to God’s throne. Then I remembered Rabbi Shneersohn who said, “For in the world to come, the Divine radiance is revealed in a manner that can be apprehended by creatures.” I thought about the four living creatures. I reached into my chest and pulled out a long thread and extended my arm upward as far as it would go. An angel took my thread from my chest and pulled it up farther and into God’s throne.

I felt lighter. I saw bubbles around me. Not a lot, but several. My writings were in one bubble that was labeled “son.” It floated upward. The SILENCE has kept my “son” at God’s throne all these years. Instead of the four living creatures standing around unilaterally as I normally picture them, now they shifted into staircase positions like a spiral.

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: And it is here that Mary transcends her own loving motherhood, moving beyond a maternal understanding, to a belief in her son, to acceptance of the Mystery that is Jesus: to be the one who truly believes in God’s mysterious actions in her life.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: What I find curious is that latitudinarianism seems to have become the new orthodoxy not only within the Anglican Church, but now also within the Catholic Church. The sign of this is the current distrust and dislike of doctrine amongst many Catholics. Doctrine is thought to be divisive so we must downplay doctrine or, at best give it lip service. Interestingly, this distrust of doctrine extends to a distrust of moral teaching also.

Brat: Secondly in the presentation of the mystery, as Rabbi Leiter said, we are to bring our “first fruits” to the Temple.

Vince Amlin: Prayer
Loving Parent, may I under-promise and you over-deliver on the fruits of the Spirit in me today.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Rather, one who begins something positive should complete it. Especially with an adult, we have to make sure they stay on the path. This is what it means when we read that we must bring the “first fruits” all the way to the holy Temple. We should take responsibility for them and complete their education so they can sustain their Jewish life independently.

Brat: The Christian life is the same way. This brings me to the third piece of evidence. Ten years ago (Fall 2007) Fr Philip Edwards, OSB, wrote a book review in the Valyermo Chronicle on Rabbi Neusner’s book A Rabbi Talks With Jesus. Fr Philip felt this rabbi took no heed of the supranatural affirmative word of miracle, made no room for comparative conversation, and said this Torah scholar took offense with the ‘you have heard it said but I say unto you’ sort of talk. Compassionately speaking, I can relate to the rabbi. I have experienced this same thing among many Christians. Her right to be right was taken for granted.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Without a trellis a vine would simply grow across the ground and never bear much fruit. A trellis is a dead thing, but it supports the vine and allows it to reach the sun and grow and bear fruit. The trellis needs to be maintained. When it rots the wood must be cut out and replaced. The trellis might be expanded and developed to support the growing vine, but the trellis itself is not alive and does not bear fruit.

The doctrine of the church is like the trellis. The most important thing is the health of the vine and the harvest of much good fruit. [5]

Rick Joyner: A friend of mine, Robin McMillan, had a great insight about this when he said, “Most of the messages that have claimed to be the Gospel of the kingdom have really been about how to control people and get them to behave the way we think they should. Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the kingdom by demonstrating it and its power over all of the conditions on the earth.”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: There will be some workers in the vineyard who focus on trellis maintenance, they should not be neglected for without them the vine dies.

Brat: But God has been working on the heart of the priesthood for the last ten years. The people bring their soul and intention into the words they speak and pray now. The priests mean the words they offer at the altar now, where ten years ago it was just rote memorization and stifling back yawns. Priests started doing their own lectio divina with their prayer books and the Holy Spirit began speaking to them through their own words and offerings.

Pastor John Tolle: I’m often asked to meet with people and they tell me what they think. I take it. That doesn’t mean I don’t think about it.

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: She lived her life fully in grace and acceptance, and in pondering her son’s life in her heart, she sets the pattern for our way to her Son.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: Pictures of Mary often show her standing on the moon, and I like that image because it says something about Mary’s connection with Jesus.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: During a farbrengen (Chassidic gathering) attended by college professors and university students, the Rebbe remarked, “The Hebrew word for “life” is “chayim” which literally means “lives” in the plural.. This comes to teach us an important truth. We are not truly alive until we think and care about others.”

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: Only at Pentecost did she begin to fully understand all those things she had so long stored in her heart. She had been asked to accept all things, which she did; to rejoice in God’s will, which she did.

Pastor John Tolle: In a recent article that was penned, the author said the Body of Christ is severely malnourished. We’ve given baby food. ‘Thy word have I hidden in my heart’. I am desperate for wisdom!

Bishop Gerald Wilkerson: But there is one more hunger that I want to note. This is a powerful hunger, one that is highly dangerous, one that each of us is exposed to and reminded of every time we come to the altar. You and I are exposed to the hunger of God. And that terrifies us. God is, in the imageries of many stories, the Hound of Heaven, the Stalker, the Shepherd, the Seeker, who for some reason which escapes us, is madly in love with us and is hungry for our companionship. You are not choosing a career here today. You are rather responding to the mysterious call of God to oneness with Him. You are responding to God’s hunger for you. Let him love you![6]

Brat: Then I ask you, dear bishop, for sanctuary where I can continue praying and writing. This is not my career but my vocation. How will the world gain wisdom from our mistakes if the open arms don’t come from you first?

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: She was asked never to lose heart, nor to fall behind, to inwardly accompany her son on his journey, wherever it led, to no matter what dark place; all this she did and this is her simple and ordinary greatness.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The unity we share is not only based in the papacy as an institution. It is based in the doctrine and moral teaching we all share. We should therefore also remember St Paul’s instructions, “So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” (2 Thessalonians 2:15) In his instructions to the Bishop Titus, St Paul outlines the qualifications for bishops: “He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.” (Titus 1:9)

Brat: As I wrote you in “Can We Get This Sealed?”: Trust is a spiritual issue and is not the same as forgiveness. Trust and forgiveness are in different camps. Forgiveness is for one’s own health and well-being. Trust is imparted to those who have earned it. Pastor [x] may “read me” (technically speaking) but he doesn’t hear me on the deep compassionate bone level. He gets the Arc Speak words like all the rest of the Funny Bunnies, but I have yet to see that translated into priestly action. Maybe he can’t, because he’s called to be a pastor and not an ordained priest. (Yeah, yeah, I know God has called us all to be kings and priests…) I’m just sayn that there is a distinction between a pastor and a priest. Both make sacrifices, but I think the priest goes through a different process. It’s hard to describe. The Catholics seem to understand this. Maybe the priests are supposed to take on Juan Diego’s role in the Guadalupe story this time instead of the peasant going to the bishop who asks Juan for a sign.

Monk: The company of prophets said that an astronomical alignment called “The Revelation 12 Sign” (referring to Rev 12:1-5) will be occurring on 23 September 2017. I found a sane article on the subject.[7]

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The process was like going on a dig at Cadbury Hill Fort and finding a few traces of King Arthur.

Brat: Somehow I KNEW the Funny Bunnies would make it into your orbit! Cadbury Bunnies to the rescue!

Fr. Dwight Longenecker (from “Rooster” 4 Aug 17): There are some strong arguments now, however, to allow lay people to preach. Firstly, more lay people than ever before are theologically trained. Lots of lay folks have Master’s degrees in theology and above. Should they not be allowed to preach? Furthermore, the quality of preaching by the Catholic clergy is (errmmm) not always of the highest caliber…When you add to this the number of foreign priests we now have who get up to preach and what they say might be wonderful, but no one can understand them, wouldn’t it make sense for qualified lay people to be authorized to preach?

Brat: Hello Kitty! Are you going to pull Excalibur out of the stone?

Wayland Henderson: At the introduction of each letter to the seven churches in the book of Revelations, Yeshua is described in a different fashion which includes how He is manifesting to that Church. He comes to the Church at Pergamum as “He who has the sharp sword with two edges” (Revelation 2:12). If the Pergamum Church did not overcome the stumbling block of the doctrine Balaam (compromise and worship of idols) and the Nicolaitans (suppression of laity coming into maturity), then He would fight them with the sword of His mouth! Apostolic hubs are increasing out of God’s desire to see His Body mature and remove compromise.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: We know, of course, that Mary is his mother, and we have all those classical Madonna and child paintings in our minds. But it was at a very different moment that Mary became our mother.

Abbot Damien Toilolo: Do we imitate Jesus’ compassion and forgiveness and understanding? Or do we just quote what He said in the scriptures?

Marybeth Chuey Bishop: Does this make my heart feel suddenly happy and light? Nope. Are all the feelings of resentment and anger going to dissipate? It’s highly unlikely. Should I keep putting my children in the same situations, to be hurt again? Hell no. Forgiveness and masochism are not the same.

Rick Joyner: This is not to reduce the kingdom to emotions, as many consider love to be just an emotion—it is much more. There are many types of love in Scripture, but we can be assured that God’s love is full of both grace and truth. God’s love is not based on our religious performance, but on His love for His Son who purchased us with His life. This is why and how our approach to God is through the blood of Jesus. This is like how the priests would never enter the presence of the Lord, represented by the Ark of the Covenant, except with the blood.

Abbot Damien Toilolo: Mature love, on the other hand, seeks to give. It gives of itself, meaning self-sacrifice— just like Jesus, “who although He existed in the form of God, did not deem equality with God something to be grasped, but rather emptied himself.”

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: We generally assume that “the beloved disciple” was the writer of the Gospel, John, but each of us is also one of his beloved disciples.

Brat (in “Flower Bouquet” 13 Sept 17): I thought to myself: How is it possible that all these priests, pastors, rabbis, and prophets can be talking about the King and His Kingdom and yet we still aren’t coming together? Then I realized that we have the Who right, but we don’t have the Where right.

Loretta F. Ross: How does the knowledge of your beginning and end free you up for radical, selfgiving service here now? Where do you come from, where are you going? Jesus’ conviction of the immediately accessible power of the Father in his own hands set him free to endure extreme hardship and suffering in service to a greater good, even to a death, which gives of all things, life!

Brat: My head knows that biblically the Where always leads back to Jerusalem. I wonder what God is up to? Is God trying to bring the Vatican and Jerusalem together? I saw a picture once of Pope Francis and the Chief Rabbi praying together at the Wailing Wall and that picture has come to my mind many times lately. Just wondering. I donno. I lay it before You, God, in sacred grace space. May You have room to move, breathe, and do what You need and want to do. Keep talking, O Wise One. I’m listening. May others be open to listening, too.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: But she is still our mother, and she is praying that we also navigate that difficult journey of life, that we let Jesus triumph over our enemies and our self-destructive tendencies, that we let him free us from all that holds us captive so that we too can stand in his light and shine with his glory.

Abbot Damien Toilolo: When our love for Christ is mature, we are willing to empty our self for His sake. We are prepared to suffer for His sake like saints Peter and Paul and other great saints, who gave their blood for Jesus—not for a principle or an idea—but for a Person.

Brat: The fourth piece of evidence ties in with wisdom and sanctuary. I know Rabbi Leiter said the mystery would be taken for granted if I lived in a mystic community, but this last week I tried sharing with a priest. He asked me not to write again. He said he didn’t understand a word I said. I don’t know if that was because English wasn’t his first language or if it was because he didn’t understand the multiple layers of symbolism and scriptures that I use to express my understanding of what God is saying. Maybe he doesn’t understand the love language of the Book of Revelation.

Pastor John Tolle: My weakness is that I don’t know how to express everything.

Rabbi M.M. Shneersohn: In this world, on the other hand, Divinity cannot be apprehended. For its light is a higher light; it is not adapted in a manner that would allow the creatures of this world to apprehend it. This light is called sovev kol almin, a light that “surrounds” the world because it cannot be absorbed by it. In the language of Kabbala: ‘ohr makif‘, the surrounding light, one that transcends any rules or boundaries.

Brat (10 Sept 17): Today Pastor John talked about wisdom being available to the wise person, the foolish person, and the simple (or ignorant) person. What if this priest just didn’t know, because he’s one cog in the institutional machine? (Thank God he had the wisdom to write me back!) What if there are other priests and monks in the institution who are awake and could understand my soul-speak and they simply don’t know I’m here? What if they could benefit from my writings? If that is the case, then there is no ‘religious environment’ taking this mystery (myself) for granted, because they don’t know, because no priest who knows me has passed me along. If I lived among the brotherhood then we could engage and learn each others’ love languages. There are still hermitages and artists’ cottages at monasteries and on church properties. Since I speak the love language of the Book of Revelation and ate the scroll, I am extremely hard-pressed to find people out here who understand my language. That’s why it was painful to run into churches who I thought would understand, but they had only the world’s understanding. In this case there was no knowledge that there was even a mystery present. They didn’t know enough to even formulate questions. And I couldn’t say anything without making it sound like I was puffing myself up. This is the very reason (and scenario) for why we need priests to pass along the called to their superiors. It’s not about exposing each other. It’s about drawing into the fold. That’s where the greater wisdom is.

Wayland Henderson: Prophetically, He is bringing us from dreams, visions and parables, to being fully awake and speaking to God face-to-face! When one passes through the wall of chiydah, it forms the word “echad” which is to be one or in union with God. The Lord, our God, is one (Deuteronomy 6:4). The language barrier that has resulted from God’s people being asleep is about to be removed as they become awakened and come into face-to-face encounters in the Holy of Holies.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: But then maybe I am being too alarmist over what is, of course, just a little adjustment of canon law.[8]

Pastor John Tolle: My dilemma as a pastor is that very few people are willing to contend. Our first default is to the “I” and when that happens we leave the Great Commission to last.

Brat: However…there are times…

Pastor John Tolle: “Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.” [Mt 6:33]

Matt Laney: Winning, or “victory” as the Bible puts it, is God’s domain. True victory, which is divine love conquering evil and death, is not God’s goal, it is God’s nature. Therefore, the purpose of this life is not success but surrender. The ego loathes surrender because it looks like losing. However, according to our faith, the only real loss is to be without God. The only victory is communion with God.

Pastor John Tolle: I can’t get us unstuck from our inward ways

Bob Thompson: The psalmist knew tears and thirst and enemies and taunting, but on that day he chose to write a song of trust that we still read thousands of years later.  On that day – a bad day, a frustrating day, a day of disappointment and discouragement – the psalmist declared defiantly, “I will yet praise God,” even before anything changed.  I will do that too.

Rosemary Tolle: Pray we get unstuck from an inward focus to an outward focus.

Brat (10 Sept 17): Pastor John Tolle recalled the story today where God told Aaron to throw down his staff before Pharaoh and it became a serpent. Pharaoh’s seers were able to do the same thing.

Israel 365: Woops! Technical glitch yesterday – and we don’t want you to miss a day of inspiration

Rabbi M.M. Shneersohn: [The Talmud relates the following incident: R’ Yosef son of R’ Yehoshua son of Levi once took ill and fell into a coma. When he returned, his father asked him, “What did you see?” He replied, “I saw a backward world. The lofty ones are below and the lowly ones are above.” His father said to him, “My son, you have seen a clear world.” That is, what appears in this world to be lofty is often revealed to be lowly in the world of clarity.]

Pastor John Tolle: The fruit is that we are not breaking through. But Jesus Christ came to build His Church!

Loretta F. Ross: When I turn to the media, I see many of us telling each other how to act, how to speak, and sometimes shaming, or blaming each other. I can imagine little soap boxes scattered across the globe with people standing on them teaching, ranting, and preaching. I include myself in this group.

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: From the moment of the Annunciation to the moment of her death Mary’s destiny was shaped by her son: from the initial grief and misunderstanding that seems to step in between herself and Joseph; in the difficult journey to Bethlehem; the birth and danger of cold and poverty; the flight in fear from Herod and its attendant exile, the loss of a child in a crowded city, and parental confusion worry, relief and concern on finding him, and above all the ordinary, daily life at Nazareth.

Loretta F. Ross: I am struck by the way the Gospel of John describes Jesus. In contrast to [Franciscan scientist theologian, Ilia] Delio’s claim of our ignorance of our source and connection to something that precedes us, sustains us, and gives us identity and purpose in this world, John tells us that Jesus knows where he belongs.

Jesus knew the Father had given everything into his hands and that he had come from God and was returning to God.   John 13: 3

These words introduce the account of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet and telling them that stooping low as a servant is how they are to treat each other. This willingness to humble oneself to the most lowly and intimate tasks, even to hold and wash away somebody else’s grime and stink, is what Jesus expects of his followers.

Such bold, radical humility is made possible by Jesus’ awareness of who he was in relation to God, his root and source, and where he was going – returning to his Father.[9]

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: Mary is not frequently mentioned in the gospels that tell of Christ’s public life, but we certainly gather from the few incidents recorded, that her presence is always near—whether at that festive beginning of his ministry as bringer of the New Wine at Cana when her role as intercessor already begins, or when she searches for him as he preaches, as he incurs both cries of wonder and cries of disdain as he goes from town to town, or until at last she stands at the foot of his cross, and is named the mother of us all.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: The Church has always understood this passage as Jesus entrusting Mary to all Christians and all of us to her.

Loretta F. Ross: And we are figuring this out by trial and error. We attack, hurt, and blame each other. Some buy influence and favor. Some impose their view by force, others make art, music, or poetry. It is a rowdy free for all, a frightening and amazing time in the development of humankind.

Rick Joyner: This week, we will elaborate more on the proclamation of the Gospel of the kingdom referred to in Revelation 11:15-17 as the “seventh trumpet,” or message, to go forth.

Bishop Gerald Wilkerson (in “Can We Get This Sealed?” 8 Sept 17): “We are not members of a personal cult but members of the Body of Christ. What we must discover once again (and over and over again throughout our lives) is passion – a profound and overwhelming desire to touch people’s lives with the person of Jesus Christ. Our burning passion and thirst must be for this mission. The very essence of leadership is that you have a vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet. Sometimes we too easily settle for the common, the ordinary, those things that are only superficially related to the mission of Jesus Christ. We have to know who we are and what we are about, and never lose sight of Jesus who is the center and moving force of our existence.”

Brat (in “Can We Get This Sealed?” 8 Sept 17): I am fully aware that my pen can be a sharp scalpel and leave pastors dancing at their pulpits while grabbing their jewels. That is not my desire nor is it what I seek. Instead of grabbing the knife to slay Isaac on the altar, I reached out to Fr Dwight Longenecker. Priests are not just confessors, but they have unique and needed roles. They are not just pastors applying methods. I leaned into Fr Dwight’s calling (at the bidding of the Holy Spirit.) And I looked at this reasonably:

Methods are methods.

Hmmm … coffee shop discussions. (All good.)

Writing. (Also good if one has the patience for it.)

Discussions and writing are both valid forms of expression and engagement.

Vince Amlin: This fig tree wears fig tree jewelry – a fig tree necklace…on the outside of the shirt. It has a fig tree bumper sticker on its car. It’s a fig tree swallowing the word “Darwin.” It listens to fig tree music exclusively. Because other music has so many non-fig-tree themes. It’s that kind of fig tree. And the only thing it’s missing, is any figs. At. All.

Brat: The spiritual issue that was caught up to God and to His throne is that I do not trust [x] pastor. Trust is a spiritual issue.

Helen Calder: THE SPIRITUAL GIFT OF DISCERNMENT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT-GIVEN ABILITY TO PERCEIVE WHETHER AN ATMOSPHERE, WORD OR ACTION IS SOURCED IN GOD, A PERSON OR SOMETHING DEMONIC.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Is Pope Francis Selling the Family Silver?

Vince Amlin: Now there’s nothing wrong with fig tree jewelry, and some of the music is…not terrible. But Jesus’ stories suggest, if we’re going to advertise our figgy-ness, we better bring the fruit.

Brat: Okay, fine. Quite figgy! So, we just keep talking about listening…

Rick Joyner: As we also covered, Jesus is Jacob’s ladder, as He declared in His discourse with Nathaniel. Growing in kingdom authority is not just learning the principles and methods of the kingdom—it is growing up in all things into Christ, the King. We only have true spiritual authority to the degree that we abide in the King. As we abide in Him, we learn His ways—not just what He is doing, but why.

Brat: Since the four living creatures, the elders, and the Two Witnesses read what I write then why can I not get sanctuary to pray and write in safety? I’ve been asking, seeking, and praying in my car for ten years now.

Lillian Daniel: God is the great artistic creator, whose handiwork is everywhere. But it’s in the details that you really see the author’s care.  Someone really wanted these stories to come alive. Let them.

Brat: These conversations that the Holy Spirit pulls together are acts of love. It requires extensive listening to track where the Holy Spirit is moving.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: When Jesus was dying on the cross, one of his last acts was to entrust Mary to his beloved disciple, and him to her. “Behold your mother.” “Behold your son.” He was bequeathing one of his most precious gifts to his beloved disciple.

Brat: It is not beyond reason to believe that God is bequeathing another one of His most precious gifts to another beloved disciple, but how would Francis know if nobody tells him? Jesus had said, “Repair My house.”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Nevertheless, Pope Francis is clearly putting forward what he thinks is a better version of the papacy. Downgrading the papal dignity and shifting power and decision making to the local bishops’ conferences could be a good thing, but it could also be disastrous. One of the great strengths of the Catholic religion is its unity and universality, and the concentration of a certain amount of power in the Vatican is one of the things that helps hold it all together. In a world that is increasingly divisive and fragmented this is actually a virtue not a deficit. If the decentralization continues we may well find a church that is even more fragmented and divided than it already is.

[Brat: Excuse me, but sanctuary is a basic need. You have sanctuary. Why can’t I?]

Dr Taylor Marshall: The Popes of the 20th century explicitly teach that whether we modify Socialism in the shape of “Moderate Socialism,” or “Christian Socialism,” or “Theistic Socialism,” it still doesn’t fit into Catholic teaching. Socialism is not Christian and never will be Christian.

Brat: So, you’re saying that offering me the charity of sanctuary is a form of socialism and therefore you cannot do it? There’s no recognition that God has sent a gift?

Pastor John Tolle: Let the Spirit bear witness!

Brat: Yes! Clearly I can’t, so the Holy Spirit must!

Rabbi M.M. Shneersohn: For in the world to come, the Divine radiance is revealed in a manner that can be apprehended by creatures. The soul is thus able to take pleasure in an awareness of the Divine. However, the soul is only privy to a filtered and veiled level of light, since a direct and unadorned light would not be palatable to a finite creature such as the soul. Thus the world to come is seen as a world of gevura–restriction and filtering. The degree of revelation in the world to come is called mimalei kol almin, a light that fills the worlds, and in the language of Kabbala: ‘ ohrpnimi‘, a light that enters and adapts to its recipient.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: Some Christians feel that we Catholic and Orthodox Christians give too much importance to Mary, but this image of sun and moon helps us see it in perspective.

Loretta F. Ross: We struggle to communicate with each other. We are fractured and split off from a common core of shared meaning and purpose. We are all talking at once. We are waking up, coming to terms with formerly unexamined assumptions, learning, welcoming, and also resisting the light of consciousness. Who has the power to claim the authority and right to identify reality and define what is true? We are jostling for position to name what is normative and to declare where we came from and where we are going.

Doug Addison: Let me encourage you though: Jesus spoke of this very season we are in. People have been expecting the Second Coming of Christ, but that cannot happen without the Billion Soul Harvest happening first. Let me show you in the Bible.

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.” (Matthew 24:6-8 NIV)

Brat: Is there not one Nicodemus in the crowd? Is there not one “awake” Pharisee?

Doug Addison: On Christmas Day 2016, I heard God say to me that something new was being conceived in the spirit. It is now September, 9 months later, and the baby that represents this new move of God is going to be birthed. September is also the time of the Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement, and God is releasing something new in this season. It is not the Second Coming of Christ in the way we might think.

Yes, Jesus is coming again, but first it is in a revival.

Brat: Are you saying I can’t have sanctuary in this world and have to stay parking and praying in my car indefinitely until a billion people wake up and Jesus comes back AND THEN I can finally have sanctuary because the religious are currently stuck in their boxes and have put me in one too? Because the people in my world do not understand my love language? No wonder the Lamb needs seven horns and eyes!

Revelation 5:6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

Dr. Taylor Marshall: Popes have taught clearly that “Christian” and “Socialist” are mutually exclusive

Got questions.org: What are the seven pillars of wisdom in Proverbs 9:1?

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: A few personal thoughts about her: It is pretty much a given that in reflecting on Mary every statement we make about her is really a statement about Jesus.

Anita Alexander: I believe many in the Body of Christ right now are in a place of birthing desires, promises, harvests and mandates. The birthing stage we are in right now is that of transition. For those of you who know anything about natural childbirth, know that transition is the stage where the baby’s head is crowning, the end is near, but it can also be the stage where the mother delivering feels she can no longer go on. She is breathless and tired from the hours of exertion and pushing.

Brat: Thank you for the encouragement. We’ll have to see what Jesus says to direct the four living creatures, elders, and the Two Witnesses, because they are controlling this story’s progression.

Pastor John Tolle: We as pastors, how are we mobilizing? The fruit reveals something different than what we experience. Where is the Body taking the arguments? The Holy Spirit wants to energize the limited. The Disciples were called into their culture. I am looking for the Body to rise. To mobilize in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Exodus 14:19 The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Catholic Socialism. Whatzat?

Dr. Taylor Marshall: Can you be a Christian and a Socialist? The Popes Say No

Got questions.org: Answer: Proverbs 9:1 states, “Wisdom has built her house; / she has set up its seven pillars.” This is obviously a symbolic description, since wisdom is personified. What are these “seven pillars” that wisdom has erected?

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: [After the revelation of the Torah,] He came down to dwell among them [in the Tabernacle – in Hebrew, “ Mishkan“, from whence we get the word “ Shechinah“], as is referred to in the verse: “And they will make Me a Tabernacle [‘Mishkan‘] and I will dwell [in Hebrew, ‘shachanti‘] among them“. (Ex. 25:8) [And in order to prepare them for this] the Holy One Blessed be He wished to rectify them [spiritually] so they would be like the angels in the spiritual world [by arranging the camp according to four main flags]. He caused the Clouds of Glory to hover over them and the Shechina to proceed before them; this is the meaning of the verse: “And G‑d went before them by day in a pillar of cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire.”(Ex. 13:21)

Journal (8 Sept 17): Is this not the same issue with the “kings” of today? The Seven Thunders have modeled this for us. Some day we will owe them a debt of gratitude for going where angels fear to tread.

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: But I would also add that everything we say about Mary is also a statement about how we are to relate to Jesus. In a sense, her life becomes the model, or template, of how we both accept and struggle with the experience of Jesus on own journey to a life in God: our reflection on Our Lady highlights the way we need to encounter Jesus in our own lives and pondering the role of Jesus in our hearts, understanding how God unfolds before us in time and space and spirit.

Brat (8 Sept 17): Now … I see Mary’s face as she looks benevolently at her children. No wonder her face is tilted downward.

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: Jesus’ life is enfolded by the silent nearness and pondering of his mother.

Rosary: …Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our “death”.

To Thyatira (Rev 2): 23 I will strike her children “dead”. Then all the churches will know that I am He who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.

Steve Porter: “And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.” (Luke 7:37-38)

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: Christianity without the sight of Mary would be like the earth without its moon!

Bonnie Jones: “Get ready for your light to shine,” says the Lord. “Get ready for the embers to burn. For out of the ashes of a dying fire new life begins. There’s a new day on the horizon where the light of man will burn brightly. There will be no doubt in the mind of mankind that it is Me flowing forth from My children. There is power and life, resurrection life, beyond man’s understanding. There is great delight toward My children who walk in remembrance of Me.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: There is no question that Jesus is our “sun of justice” — he is our savior, our teacher, our healer, our rescuer — the super-hero that leaps into the middle of the mess we’ve made of our lives and our world with his machete of truth to hack the fetters, his belt of weapons to defeat everything that’s trying to destroy us, his tools to set things straight and his kit of healing medicines to salve our wounds. He is our sun, and the sun is more than a million times larger than our little earth and its little moon put together.

Daneen Bottler: This new move of God, this glory fire awakening that God is doing in the earth, is something we have never known before. The Lord is bringing us into new understanding and encounters with His nature. Our minds and mindsets need to be renewed by the Spirit. The culture of the day has begun to influence the way many see, think and feel, and the Lord is recalibrating us to see, think and feel as He does, and to bring us back to our first love. He wants to remind us of who we are, who He is, and the mission of seeing the earth filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord and being completely reconciled to His heart.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: And even though sun and moon seem an equal pair from our perspective, we know that that is because the moon is so much closer to us.

Got questions.org: Many explanations exist regarding the seven pillars of wisdom in this passage. One idea is that, since the number seven often expresses completeness in Scripture, the passage communicates that the application of wisdom results in a complete, orderly, well-furnished house, one that lacks nothing.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: And we also know that all the light from the moon is reflected sun-light, so that when the angle of the sun varies, we see more or less of the moon.

In a similar way we can say that Mary’s glory is the reflection of Christ’s glory.

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: [And He did more good for them in that] three holy siblings walked amongst them. Who were they? They were Moses, Aaron and Miriam. In their merit G‑d gave Israel presents from the spiritual realms [the Manna, the Clouds of Glory, and the well of Miriam, which nourished and prepared them physically as well as spiritually, enabling them to absorb the Torah]. The clouds of glory did not depart as long as Aaron was alive. This is as has been explained that Aaron was the right arm [representing chesed] of Israel. It is also hinted at by the verse: “And the Canaanite king Arad, who lived in the Negev, heard that Israel had come through Atarim, and he fought Israel. (Num. 21:1)

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: Sometimes in our dark and lonely nights, it is only that reflected light that brings us comfort and calms our fears, but that moonlight ultimately comes from the sun.

Got questions.org: Some commentators see the seven pillars as describing a traditional banquet pavilion. Understood this way, Wisdom’s call in Proverbs 9:5 is perfectly fitting: “Come, eat my food / and drink the wine I have mixed.”

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: As we know, a “mixed multitude” of gentiles left Egypt together with the Jews. Moses converted these converts to Judaism on his own, without consulting G‑d on this. Oral tradition tells us that this multitude was in fact not ready for this spiritual leap, and caused much trouble during the forty-year trek in the desert. Specifically, we see here that they did not make the change from worldly/self-oriented consciousness to divine consciousness.

Abbot Damien Toilolo: Immature love wants to get things, just like children. They want things for themselves, to have things their own way. They want to have ‘dibs’ or first choice at everything: from desserts, to clothes, to cars, to places at banquets, to status. Immature love doesn’t like to share. It is exclusive and selfish. It seeks only to stroke and feed the ego.

Loretta F. Ross: The idolatrous worship of our individuality has severed us from the strength and power of our origins and our awareness of our connection with all that is. When I am focused on myself exclusively, I become the sun around which I orbit. I forfeit the power and freedom of my intimate union with all that is and all that is becoming.

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: As many scriptural writers have commented, it sometimes seems that the strongest part of the relationship between Mary and Jesus lies in her meditative silence: a silence in search of understanding, a silence of acceptance; silence of the heart in attempting to understand her child: the bearing of a burden of seeing a child grow and develop only in order to outgrow the everyday relationship one has built up, to allow the child to go on his own way.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: O monk, O prisoner, O lonely lover — as you look out from your cell in the middle of a moonlit night, as you feel the faint warmth of the lunar light that calms you like a mother’s lullaby, thank God for earth, moon, sun and stars — and for the vast silent sea of love which is their home and ours.

Got questions.org: In considering these interpretive options, it is most likely that “her house” and “seven pillars” both refer to a home that is in proper order, with the use of “seven” emphasizing its completeness and all-sufficiency. The following verses continue to describe other aspects of wisdom personified as a woman. She prepares a meal and invites people to attend to gain wisdom: “Leave your simple ways and you will live; / walk in the way of insight” (Proverbs 9:6). Wisdom has much to offer, and she invites everyone to come share her satisfying feast.

Matt Laney: So the next time you find yourself dining at Christ’s table, don’t complain about the tasteless bread or too small cup of juice, wishing you could have it your way. Instead, humbly and joyfully take your seat. Savor the smells, sights, tastes and words of God’s victory. Celebrate that love wins.

Abbot Damien Toilolo: The Eucharist we are about to receive is a sign of that singular love of God, that desire of Jesus to be one with us, living in us and transforming us to be more and more like Himself.

 

[1] Valyermo Chronicle #253 Summer 2017, St Andrew’s Abbey

[2] Valyermo Chronicle #253 Summer 2017, St Andrew’s Abbey

[3] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/sickpilgrim/2017/09/dark-devotional-thats-wrong-baby/#OBl12fKcblJsVZRZ.99

[4] (All the stories are from Seeds of Wisdom v.2 by Mendel Kalmanson)

[5] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2017/09/the-latitude-attitude.html#MA02GmuE04p0P2EZ.99

[6] Excerpts from Bishop Gerald Wilkerson’s homily delivered at Brother Angelus Echeverry’s ordination to the priesthood; Valyermo Chronicle #253 Summer 2017, St Andrew’s Abbey, p 12-13

[7] http://www.unsealed.org/2017/01/the-revelation-12-sign-compendium.html

[8] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2017/09/pope-francis-selling-family-silver.html#WG432MTIvvXEytoL.99

[9] Loretta F. Ross: Origins and Destination, the Summer, 2017 issue of Holy Ground of The Sanctuary Foundation for Prayer