Friday, March 16, 2012

Court Approved Atheist Holy Day

I'm stepping out of my comfort box on this one....because it is funny.

         In  Florida , an atheist created a case against Easter and Passover Holy   days.  He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against   Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days.  The argument was   that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.
         The  case was brought before a judge.  After listening to the   passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring,   "Case dismissed!"
         The lawyer immediately stood and objecting to the ruling saying,  
"Your   honor, How can you possibly dismiss this case?  The Christians have   Christmas, Easter and others.
    The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other   atheists have no such holidays..."  
         The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, "But you do. Your client,   counselor, is woefully ignorant."  
         The lawyer said," Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or   holiday for  atheists."  
         The judge said, "The calendar says April 1st is April Fool’s Day. Psalm 14:1   states, 'The fool says in his heart, there is no God.'  Thus, it is the   opinion of this court, that, if your client says there is no God, then he is a   fool. Therefore,
April   1st is his day.
Court is   adjourned..."
You gotta love a Judge that knows his scripture!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My New Ride

and I'm not kidding.  Sorry, I should clarify after getting Jamie's comment.  No alarm here....we bought this car today!  As is....and I'm not kidding!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Interior Castle ~ First Dwelling Chpt 2

The Interior Castle ~ First Dwelling Place Chapter Two

"Treats of how ugly a soul is when in mortal sin and how God wanted to let a certain person know something about this"

O Lord, open my lips.  And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Q1.  What effect should the thought of mortal sin have on us?

~ We should understand that to live in mortal sin "is to please the devil, who is darkness itself" and that in doing so "nothing helps such a soul; and as a result all the good works it might do while in mortal sin are fruitless for the attainment of glory".

She goes on further in this section speaking of one of my favorite Psalms.  Psalm One.  Not too long ago I joined a Bible Study on the Psalms via the Jeff Cavins Great Adventure on the Psalms.  I remember we stayed on this verse for weeks.

Happy are those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked,
Nor go the way of sinners, nor sit in the company with scoffers.
Rather, the law of the Lord is their joy;
God's law they study day and night.
They are like a tree planted near streams of water,
that yields its fruit in season;
It's leaves never wither, whatever they do prospers.

But not the wicked!
They are like chaff driven by the wind.
Therefor the wicked will not survive judgement,
nor will sinners in the assembly of the just.
The Lord watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.
 Q2. How must we think about the things of the soul?

~ "...we should set our eyes on Christ, our Good, and on His saints.  There we shall learn true humility"

Q3.  How can we come to know ourselves completely?

~ Prayer, humility and we must strive to know God. 

Q4.  What does Teresa want to do in this book?

~  I think she wants each of us to look to our self, to love one another, to honor and glorify God.  To turn away from sin, dark, and unnecessary things.  {something to really think about.  She is right the more unnecessary I do the less pleasing I can really be as I am more acting on my will not His will.  Ouch!}

This final quote, among the many I underlined, is sticking with me partilcurly hard today.  

"...since the tree is planted where the devil is, what fruit can it bear?"

The Interior Castle ~ The First Dwelling Place Chpt 1

The Beauty and Dignity of Our Souls

This was the post I typed up under the pages category, had computer troubles and lost everything.  That's when I decided to bore anybody that read this silly blog by posting instead of putting it in a never ending page.  So, every Sunday, bear with me or skip over my ramblings and the second time I did this chapter and the lack of pictures.  Yikes!

Q1.  Why does Teresa use the symbol of a castle?

~  A castle was viewd as a large, fortified residence for a king or lord of the territory in which he lived.  {So fitting}

Q2.  Where do we tend to place all our attention?

~  Of the castle, we tend to look at the exterior, the grandness of it.  But it's really the interior castle that is of our concern.  This is what makes this castle beautiful.  All that comes from within.  {There is an older woman at school that helps with Henry's class, I think she is the most beautiful woman I've ever met.  She has many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, when I see her in church, I just marvel at how beautiful her soul is.} 

Q3.  What good does it do to talk about God's favors, especially if we don't receive them ourselves?

~ "I know whoever does not believe in these favors will have no experience of them, for God doesn't like us to put a limit on his works." and "I hold as certain that anyone who might be harmed by knowing that God can grant this favor in this exile would be very much lacking in humility and love of neighbor."  {my emphasis added}

General thoughts {things I underlined}

"Insofar as I can understand, the door of entry to this castle is prayer and reflection"

"They are now so used to dealing always with insects and vermin that are in the wall surrounding the castle that they have become almost like them."  Thinking about the current events of our country, I really sink into these words.  Also with the scripture verse I and my thoughts for the next chapter.

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