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1  Main Forums Set / None of the Above / Re: Religious Humor on: August 18, 2011, 10:29:20 PM
quote: Alan

OK, here's another one a guy from the UK posted on CAF ...

A secular Jew said to the Rabi, if you can recite the entire Torah standing on one leg, I shall return to the synagogue.

The Rabi lifted one foot of the ground and said, hear O Israel the Lord your God is One, thou shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbour as you love yourself, all the rest is commentary. And he put his foot down again.

It's true, Alan. All the rest is commentary.


2  Main Forums Set / None of the Above / Re: Religious Humor on: August 18, 2011, 10:19:57 PM
quote: ncjohn
It's actually kind of funny you should post the Vatican Rag. I hadn't thought about that song in years before I posted it over in Reen's thread about songs from the 60's and now it pops up again.   Cheesy

Stop me if I've told this one before......


Someone defended the right of the creator of a joke to laugh first.

Why not? They're the first one to 'hear' it.  Roll Eyes


3  Main Forums Set / Spirituality, Mysticism, and Mystical Theology (the science of love) / Re: Richard's daily meditations - start June 25, 2011 on: July 01, 2011, 12:14:54 PM
quote: ncjohn
Of course we could substitute in just about any of those we consider "pariah" in our lives here, including those who endure the stigma of mental illness after already having to endure the illness itself.

Jesus was considered by many to be an arch-pariah.

"You have heard it said, but I say..." 

He puts himself on the level of Godhead?

He blasphemes. He is a heretic.

Yet before we go much further, we might consider how others claimed that they knew and worshipped the One true Deity
- and how many, over the centuries, right through our own day have made similar claims?

How long has it been that it was said:

They will  know that we are Christians by our love out-flowing.

From the remants of Jericho, right through our own day, how many have murdered the 'non-believer' - and continue to do so?

Where your heart is there is your treasure, said Yeshua.

4  Main Forums Set / None of the Above / Re: Further Thinking Aloud on: May 04, 2011, 09:20:40 PM
quote: Lana
OMG my mouth hurts! Had three teeth worked on this afternoon.

Three teeth in one afternoon? Is the hurt still present?

5  Main Forums Set / None of the Above / Re: A laugh a day helps on: May 01, 2011, 08:50:35 AM

quote: Lana
OK, this is not funny...absolutely no one here, or any posts from anyone!

I'm sad (LOL) cause i can not mingle and spew verbal strings on the may pole that sits here all alone!

OK, i guess i'll go do my farm on FB....

Here's a post from the reens. Gorgeous days down here. Full flood of soft sunshine.

6  Main Forums Set / None of the Above / Re: Newsbox: letting go of planned life on: April 12, 2011, 08:19:52 PM
'Have a nice day' works.  Smiley


7  Main Forums Set / None of the Above / Re: Newsbox: letting go of planned life on: April 11, 2011, 10:43:13 PM
"Gaakkk" from me, too.

8  Main Forums Set / Spirituality, Mysticism, and Mystical Theology (the science of love) / Re: Richard's daily meditations - start Mar 19, 2011 on: March 21, 2011, 08:23:43 PM
quote Alan
A particle expert can claim an electron is a particle, a wave expert says it's a wave.

And the electron says nothing. Or no-thing [tipping it's glowing little electron hat toward the wave expert.]

I almost jumped for joy when I came upon Heisenberg's Principle of Uncertainty.
Some phenomena [the shy ones  Roll Eyes] cannot be measured as one might wish -
for the act of measuring changes the phenomenon being measured.

I say: All Hail, Heisenberg! You've made uncertainty a thing one can be certain of.
And, apparently, you are still a big noise in quantum physics.

Studied Physics, yet didn't understand a thing.  
9  Main Forums Set / None of the Above / Re: Further Thinking Aloud on: March 14, 2011, 07:19:35 PM

I'm watching the catastrophe in Japan. Hurricane Katrina was a disaster. This is catastrophic.
God bless the men and women of the United States military, who are doing those practical
things that bring relief to the suffering. I pray for those in office in Japan, that they will
be given wisdom.

God, please hear the cries of Your people who are experiencing unimaginable suffering.
Comfort their hearts and minds, and give Your grace to those who now labor to relieve
this suffering and terrible loss.


10  Main Forums Set / None of the Above / Re: "The Dash" on: March 07, 2011, 09:48:13 PM
"It is what it is" sounds like the present tense version of que sera sera.

I think that there are instances in life where que sera sera surely applies.
Then the form: If X, then Y, comes into play.
If deleterious personal behavior remains on a a given trajectory, then que sera sera.

In our day the word 'intervention' gets a hefty workout.
As in: Is there any intervention that might be made that might turn the individual from a deleterious trajectory?

How about: "If it is what it is continues, then que sera sera."
As night follow day, que sera sera.

This is, of course, a human viewpoint based upon millenia of human experience.
Or, to put it another way, in more than a few instances a literal miracle would be required to constitute a fruitful intervention.

I often wonder if God told us to pray to Him so that we could have someone to turn to,
when no human intervention has been fruitful. And does God ask us to pray for another so that in eternity
that soul will know that he/she was thought of and loved enough to be lifted up in prayer to the great Interventionist.  


11  Main Forums Set / None of the Above / Re: "The Dash" on: March 07, 2011, 01:00:17 AM
quote: ncjohn
Though there are still things I stress over, my mantra has become overwhelmingly "it is what it is" and I am much less prone to getting all worked up because someone's human nature has produced something theoretically unexpected.

Good grief! "It is what it is" seems to be catching on. Lou said that yesterday, and I thought of this expression more than once
this past week.

I'm still trying to remember the probable root of this expression. I think it comes from Eastern thought,
but I can't yet recall the context.

My hat is off to those young people in their 30's. This, and many other expressions, often come from this cohort.

It is what it is
-acknowledges a reality in the now
-removes both an overly pessimistic assessment & the temptation to low-ball a reality
--makes a measured response - to a given reality - more likely

It is what it is.


12  Main Forums Set / None of the Above / Re: "The Dash" on: March 04, 2011, 10:06:52 PM
quote: Alan
Through these hardships, we have been tested and as far as I can tell, together we are becoming more peaceful, more content with life even though it often sucks, and more able to conjure up and express our thoughts on things we never have thought about before, or have and had no way of dealing with it. 

"...and more able to conjure up and express our thoughts on things we never have thought about before, or have and had no way of dealing with it."

How true, Alan. Once I gave up the 'false self' - who thought that others had the truth about God,
what a stunning experience that is and continues to be.
Sometimes, when I write about Jesus, I get all confused - half the time I capitalize "He," and the other half of the time
I don't, and then I feel guilty. As if I need to apologize for the conclusions which I've reached.

All that I can know about God, in the end, is that He exists and that He created us.
In the face of all of the tragic things that happen in life, all the bitter losses, I choose to trust Him as He knows Himself to be.

As to Jesus, I have often encountered the: Heads I win, tails you lose school of theology.
Enough, I say. I'll be 65 years old next month, and my heart is content knowing that God
will come for me while I'm sitting on the curb. How could I explain what I mean to others?
"Stay there. Don't move. I'm coming to take you home with Me." My heart is less fearful
and more trusting.

Why do I feel that God is the great psychologist? Because He formed human nature, including the mind, the emotions,
the capacity to imagine - all human faculties. That He arranged for us to meet online was a mercy on His part,
as He worked through His sons, Alan and Matt.

Bless you, Alan, for your courage and your hospitality.


13  Main Forums Set / Reflections on Daily Readings / Re: March 4, 2011 Friday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time on: March 04, 2011, 08:36:31 PM
Another of those passages I have never understood.

Why would Jesus curse a tree for not having fruit at a time when it wasn't supposed to have fruit?
Would he curse an ice cream store for not selling computers?

At a loss in the mountains

That pericope has always annoyed me. I read a convoluted 'explanation' a few years ago, that was quite wanting.

If the men who were with Him were puzzled [and they were far more likely to know the habits of the fig tree than we] -
so what was this? A fit of picque?  

The next day as they were leaving Bethany He was hungry.

According to one cleric [Alfred Edersheim, 19th century] the figs appeared before the leaves "in Palestine."
Oddly enough, I'm prepared to accept this 'fact.' But even if it were so - wouldn't someone in modern times
have noted this fact much earlier on?

We are now supposed to accept as gospel [pardon the pun] that by the time the leaves showed the figs had already been harvested?
Then why curse the tree? Or am I now supposed to believe that Deity didn't recognize the time of year?

There are times when Yeshua appears to be a neurotic young man, and this is one of those times.

I expatiated on this very topic on the big forum, and my views were not well received.
I asked which Deity one wished to serve?
The God of the burning bush - which was all aflame, giving off light, with the bush unharmed.

Or an accepted deity who destroyed the fig tree?

Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses.
Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make.
Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!
Deuteronomy 30:19

One would choose life...both for oneself and for all who live.

If one considers what was projected onto the Abrahamic deity, 3500 years ago,
the jolts the double-messaging...are truly astonishing.

I'm done with theologians and explicators - There is a time in life for same, and a time to simply let them go.

For me, better to pray to God as He knows Himself to be.


14  Main Forums Set / Reflections on Daily Readings / Re: February 25, 2011 Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time on: February 25, 2011, 09:13:49 PM
A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter;
he who finds one finds a treasure.
A faithful friend is beyond price,
no sum can balance his worth.

Boy, have I ever learned that!

I think that Sirach guy would like it here.  Smiley

Well, if he shows up, I hope that you're not wearing that paper bag over your head.  Cheesy

A Friend near the snowy waters of the Hudson 

15  Main Forums Set / Reflections on Daily Readings / Re: February 22, 2011 Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, apostle on: February 22, 2011, 08:33:54 PM


16  Main Forums Set / None of the Above / Re: Weather Update on: February 18, 2011, 04:05:37 PM
It's beautiful here, too, James. In the 50's. I'm watching the snow pack recede,
and thinking lovely thoughts of the month of March, when the croci pop up thru the soil
and the robins return. This will only last a day or two, then it's back to the high 20's,
low 30's. I would advise any robin to stay where he/she is. February is still with us.

Glad that someone is going to accomplish a grocery run for you.


17  Main Forums Set / None of the Above / Re: Weather Update on: February 12, 2011, 09:57:17 PM

Glad that you are back online, James.  Smiley That was some go 'round with heavy-duty winter in your area.
One knows when a given winter is a doozy, when one finds oneself saying: "We only got 10 inches."  Lips Sealed

18  Main Forums Set / Reflections on Daily Readings / Re: February 8, 2011 Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time on: February 10, 2011, 05:38:46 PM
And odder still:

Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I didn't come to destroy them, but to fulfill them.
Matthew 5:17

I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
-Matthew 5:18

And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power.”
Mark 9:1

And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
Mark 13:26

I find that:
-either I can pretend that there is no contradiction
-or people wrote this and the event never happened

The above are examples of  'double messaging.'

I'm hoping that Jesus never said and did most of that which is ascribed to Him by those who followed Him.



19  Main Forums Set / None of the Above / Re: Word(s) for the day - Vol 3 - from "The Whatchamacallit" on: February 02, 2011, 05:56:39 PM

"I didn't realize, officer, that there was a kerfue in place."
"Don't kerfuffle, lady, just take the ticket."

[I am beholden to Lana for telling us what a 'kerfuffle' meant.]


20  Main Forums Set / None of the Above / Re: Weather Update on: February 01, 2011, 07:37:21 PM
James, how's the snowfall?  

We have about 5 or 6 inches from this first of a two part storm.
The 2nd snow will bring 8 to 16 inches.
Went out first thing this morning to run an errand
while these tiny flakes fell like rain.

21  Main Forums Set / None of the Above / Re: Further Thinking Aloud on: February 01, 2011, 07:26:57 PM

Thank you, Lana.  Smiley
We're working on creating an angel with a 1 1/2 inch aluminum Christmas bell
comprising most of the figure. They made ornaments like this in Japan in the 1950s.


22  Main Forums Set / None of the Above / Re: Further Thinking Aloud on: January 31, 2011, 11:04:06 PM

We are radiant with God's glory, each of us,
with each of us unique.

God gave us a hint of this in fingerprints and snowflakes.
No two alike in all the world.

To God, none of us is replacable...ever. We are sacred to Him.
For each of us is an expression of Him Who is infinite in Being.
Soley our'self' - unique in all of time - each of us distinct,
we who have our very being in Him and through Him.

All things came to be through Him, and without Him nothing came to be.
-John 1


God has set up a virtual kindergarten in His creation, to bring us delight.
For those who would protest such an image, I offer the words of Jesus.

Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter
the kingdom of heaven.
-Matthew 18

[And doesn't metanoia = change of heart?]

In His earthly virtual kindergarten are pots of paint, large sheets of paper, some clay to mold with,
or musical intruments, or the mind itself - in it's imaginings and in it's conceptual flights -

E= mc squared, the double-helix, the works of Rachmaninoff...
...all kinds of materials - including applied intellect - that one can employ
to create something unique in all the world.

Did God give us each different fingerprints as a token of the uniqueness that is ours in His sight?
Did He make each snowflake different, so we could point to that as His metaphor for each of us?
So we could say to the doubtful: "You don't think that the God Who made each snowflake different
would smudge the uniqueness of His human creatures, do you?"

Horray for snowflakes!

Each that flutters to the ground is a messenger from God announcing our uniquity.


23  Main Forums Set / None of the Above / Re: Weather Update on: January 31, 2011, 08:04:44 PM

Can't talk. We're getting ready for the next 'snow event.'  


Will someone please tell me when it's over?

Urban Dweller

24  Main Forums Set / None of the Above / Re: A laugh a day helps on: January 29, 2011, 11:27:54 PM
Beulah --- Converting to Catholicism does not magically grant your dog a soul

Our Lady --- Free dog souls with conversion.


Cats, too.

I don't know what Christian theologians hold, with regard to the eternal destiny of well loved pets,
but I do know that heaven wouldn't be heaven without them. [our pets...not the theologians.]  Roll Eyes
Or other animals, too.

One is reminded of:

The wolf will live with the lamb,
   the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
   and a little child will lead them.
-Isaiah 11

And this time - if the snake shows up - he better keep his mouth shut,
because all of those gathered will jump him in a minute if he so much as hisses anything.

And the wolf and the lamb and the leopard and the goat and the calf and the lion and the yearling together will say:

"Fool me once, snake - your fault. Fool me twice - my fault."

The best thing that could happen would be that the snake promises to be better,
and learns how to be content eating grass.


25  Main Forums Set / None of the Above / Re: A laugh a day helps on: January 28, 2011, 09:10:18 PM
ROFL... CGU: Rolling On The Floor Laughing... And Can't Get Up

That one is too close for comfort!

As were:

FWIW: Forgot Where I Was

FYI: Found Your Insulin  Roll Eyes

and a general pupose:  WTH...
"What the hell....?" [Fill in the blank.]  Tongue

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