Feb. 25, 2009 at 9:20pm
In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti
Greetings and welcome to the special Ash Wednesday edition of "Sunday Scriber." As many of the readers of this forum know, this is an arena where matters are most often looked at eternally rather than temporally. Such philosophical speculation, in view of the sheer diversity of human communities, may be secular or Christian. It is my background as a baptized initiate of the Catholic Church and therefore my existence in relation to God, which serves as the reference point in this arena. I am of the conviction that there is a continuity of conciousness and eternal life after the grave. My conviction includes the distinctively individual matter of accepting the writings of the New Testament as Truth. Among other things, I'm seeking to transcend my inclination toward skepticism by coming to an understanding of the distinctions between knowledge and opinion, and between appearance and reality.
Today is Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of the Catholic liturgical Season of Lent--forty days of penance before Easter, which serves to remind us that our material bodies are temporal. But according to scripture, Christ conquered sin and death forever for us by His work on the Cross, and therefore we should live with a mind toward eternity.
Given the magnitude of God's grace, we should seek to know Him. But how shall we find God, in order to begin to live in a way that pleases Him? How shall we begin to live for His honor and glory? In order to find God, we may look to three key areas. He has revealed His attributes and character by Biblical revelation, and by natural revelation, and by the definitive revelation, His incarnate Son, Jesus Christ.
The official Catholic service for Ash Wednesday in Tacoma, circa 1963, includes a reading from the Gospel of Matthew which I will transcribe today from my personal St. Joseph Daily Missal which I received that year after my first communion.***Matt. 6, 16-21. At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, "When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, who disfigure their faces in order to appear to men as fasting. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. But you, when you do fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not be seen fasting by men, but by your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where rust and moth consume, and where theives break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither rust nor moth consumes, nor theives break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be."
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|2013 Lenten Season:|
Ash Wednesday, February 13 through Holy Saturday, March 30.
This is my real-time novel, "Idealism in Tacoma," which will attempt to sort out the virtual new order I discovered in local blogs and in local 'hoods. I welcome you to join me as I press on in search of answers to the ongoing question: "Is it new?"
NEW! for 2011:
"QUANTUM FOAM," the second real-time novel by Mofo from the Hood, is happening now!
"For whatever mysterious reason, I must act beyond the role of spectator. Something beyond a portable history must be explored.
Therefore in order for me to define the concepts and categories of realities beyond the realm of my real-time novel "Idealism in Tacoma," a wholly other discourse must take form.
Ladies and whatever, let us go forth into the unknown dimension of imagination. I hereby offer you my all new materialist inspired "out of nothing" real-time novel: 'QUANTUM FOAM'."
Also For Your Enjoyment:
"The Mofo News Network" aka MNN is one of the world's most trusted sources of news and entertainment--MFTH, Founder*
"Sunday Scriber" series. 36 episodes from May 2008 to July 2011. Perpetual status. A practical look at why survival and freedom depends on knowing what is good, acceptable, and perfect.
*MFTH was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington USA. As a lifelong resident, uninspired by money, power, or fame, he eventually resorted to reading internet blogs, sometimes at the public library. In May, 2008, during the Great Recession, he started "Mofo from the Hood's Blog" on FeedTacoma.com, because it was free. If this blog ever helps him to attain money, power, and fame, he will probably stay in Tacoma.