Letters from Antioch The Thesis statement and the first three particulars


In the rules of rhetoric, there is something called, “The General, The Particular, and The General. A particularization in another verse may restrict a general principle or, a general principle may extend a particular rule.

Mt. Rose near Truckee California

Salvador came to Truckee California to give the general principle. Truckee is where he grew up. On one occasion near his birthday in late December, according to his custom he went into church on Sunday. There was snow on the ground and it was cold.

A Christmas tree stood in front of the church and Salvador brushed up against it as he stood up to read. The altar server handed him the Lectionary. Salvador turned it to the great prophet from of old, Isaiah. He turned a few pages and found the passage he was looking for.

Salvador recited, “The Whittling Spirit of the Almighty is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring delightful news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to The Mighty Savior.’[1] Isaiah 61: 1-2.”

Closing the Lectionary, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of all in church looked intently at him.

The Statue of Liberty, showing the broken chains of our release from slavery

Salvador informed them, “With the Blessed Virgin our mother of Exiles, we cry from her beacon-hand, ‘The Spirit of the Mighty Savior is upon me, because he anointed me to bring delightful news to the poor.’ Pop did not call anyone, to tell other people how to lead their lives, or how they should follow my morality or your morality. He sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recover sight to the blind, to lead exemplary lives and not of moralize, to allow the oppressed go free, and proclaim a year acceptable to Pop.”

Salvador quoted the words on the Statue of Liberty, “The Blessed Virgin glows worldwide welcome; it is her mild eyes that command, ‘Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she with silent lips. Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Salvador related to us, “I am the body of Christ. You will be the body of Christ. Today this passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”

People murmured in the pews, “This Salvador is amazing. Listen to the kind words that came from his mouth. Homilies will no longer going to be about a couple of right wing issues. They are going to be about creating a world where the presence of The Mighty Savior would want to dwell.”

Salvador added, “That includes the respect of people as created in the image of The Mighty Savior, the creation of a living wage, dignity in the work place and in the home. They will be about the whole teaching of the Mighty Savior.”

God cares about each and every one of us as a person created in his image.

The people asked, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?”

Salvador informed them, “Surely you will quote me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself,’ and say, ‘Do in your home town like we hear were done in Incline Village.”

Salvador gave us the first particular, “I am telling you, “The native place of no proclaimer of the divine truth has ever accepted that speaker of the word. Indeed, I tell you, there were many proper Victorian women at the turn of the last century, but The Mighty Savior did not send the prophet Samuel Gompers to help them. Instead, the Mighty Savior started the movement Samuel Gompers led, to help the outcast immigrants who had come from across the sea.”[2]

Salvador gave the second particular, “There were many ailing middle class proper people in America during the time of Martin Luther King Jr.; and many of them are now clean of their racist past, but only a few in the black community gave him the thanks he deserved. One of these was Hermoso, a great general in the Mexican army.”

Salvador gave us more of this particular, “He is the father of Hermosa[3], the mother in law of Ruth, who gave birth to Jesse, who gave birth to the beloved ruler, David,[4] John-of-God,[5] son of Al Vey the choicest. The proper, neo-Victorian white communities never recognized the proclaimers of the divine truth sent from Pop. The message is opposed to their special interests.”

This is the third particular, “When the people in church heard this, the message filled them all with fury. They yelled, ‘How dare this man tell us that the Mighty Savior did not come to give us a middle class life style? How dare this son of a working stiff tell us that the Mighty Savior came for the people from the other side of the railroad tracks?”

Salvador gave us more information about this particular, “They also grumbled, “We want a teacher who will teach morality. We want someone who will keep riff-raff in their place, and obedient to us.”

The parish rose up, drove Salvador out of the town, led him to a busy highway, and pushed him into traffic. Salvador did not fall, however. He looked each person in the eye and asked, “Do you accuse me? Are you the person to give that first push?”[6]

Because nobody accused Salvador in person, he passed through the middle of the crowd.


[1] Midrash Rabbah, Deuteronomy/Lamentation, Chapter 3,  p209-10, Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman, B.A., PH.d. The Soncino Press, New York

 

 

[2] I Kings 17:7-24

[3] Naaman is the masculine form of Naomi, the mother-in-law of Ruth.

[4] I Samuel 17:12 David is Hebrew for “Beloved,” and can be a title. Ephrata is the Semitic form of “Fruitful, Pharat, fruit. Bethlehem in the Semitic form is Beth Lechem, or house of bread.

[5] II Samuel 21:19 “Elhanan” is two words, John, or gracious, and “El” “God,” “Jaare,” is related to Jarius, to see. Jarius, is the rich man who asks Jesus to go to his daughter to heal her. Oregim is the superlative form of Oreg, to be choice.

[6] Deuteronomy 17:5-6

The Nicene Creed, I believe in God the Father Creator


We believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator. St. Paul tells us in I Corinthians 11:27-28 “A man should assay himself before he goes to Mass or religious services.” The Hebrew word is “Kavannah” meaning having a sense of intention. We join eternity, reliving the event, again, for the first time. We stand on that volcano with Moses, feeling its heat, the static electricity as it burrows into our bones. We hear the voice of horns as they blow from the mouth of the volcano, seeing the lightning emitting from the clouds.

God is compared to a farmer, sowing his seed

We see our liturgy in Matthew 17: 1-5 “Jesus took Peter, James, and John, leading them up a high mountain by themselves, transfiguring before them; his face shining like the sun, his clothes white as light. Moses and Elijah appear to them, conversing with him.”

Participating in the Mass, the first reading is our confrontation with God with Moses, at the mountain. The second reading is our confrontation with God through Elijah and the prophets. The Eucharist is our confrontation with God through his Passion and death through the anamnesis, The Passion as we relive it in present time. This does not come by being to Mass “On Time.”

One must be early and meditate on the Stations of the Cross or the Blessed Host, or the other sacramentals in the room. Then we can see the power of Almighty God in present time. People will say of us, “Blessed is he who has not seen and believed,” not knowing…

In the Nicene Creed we say we believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator. Greek and Latin have something in common that we do not much think about. The artist creates works of art. Greek and Latin words for creator both imply and artist. The artist loves his work, his art. St. Augustine discussed farms and farming in his Book, On the Trinity. He reminds us that we do not talk about farmers creating, bees, or even seeds. The Creator is greater.

In true art, each creation is unique, different, special

The farmer works hard to prepare the soil, and the rancher works hard to get his hay to his cattle. They do not cause the seed to grow or the honey to thrive, or the cattle to increase in weight. That working from within comes from God alone.

St. Augustine writes in his work, On the Trinity “We do nothing, through the members of the body in our words and actions, by which the behavior of men is either approved or blamed, which we do not anticipate by a word uttered within ourselves. No one willingly does anything, which he has not first said in his heart.” This is God. He is far more than some punch press operator, farmer, or rancher who goes out and does pretty much the same thing every day. Everything that comes from God springs from his heart. All creation, including ourselves and everyone around us as a work of art for us to look at, hear, smell, taste, and touch.

Jesus says in the Gospel of St Mark, “Nothing that comes from the outside makes a person common, but the things inside are what make common.” We need to see ourselves and those around us as special, because we are, made in the image and likeness of the Father, the Creator, who did not create anything on a punch press, but who created everything as a work of art.

Young Friends in Washington D.C. attending Mass


It was April 13 of the year 2014. Maria had recently talked Bill into attending Catholic Mass for the first time. They sauntered into Mass together.

As they strode to the building Bill commented, “Can we say ‘Gothic.”

Outside St Patricks Gothic Cathedral

Before Bill and Maria stood a huge gothic cathedral. They sauntered into the vestibule and Bill stared at a Shamrock embedded in solid marble into the floor.

Bill quipped, “You said this was St. Patrick’s Church.”

As they strolled further into the church Bill quipped, “Who is that dude?”

Maria answered, “They call him St. Brendan the Navigator.”

Bill chided, “So that is why they have him holding a boat.”

Maria shot back, “No silly. For us, he symbolizes the wandering Irish saints who swept across Europe preaching and building monasteries while Europe lived in the dark ages. More important, it represents the major means of emigration for the poverty stricken Irish during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and Hispanics today.”

Bill quipped, “I am not Hispanic.”

Maria glared, “Look at me. I am.”

Bill diverted attention away from the prior topic, “Who is that lady?”

Maria answered, “That is St. Brigid. We remember her for her extraordinary charity and her miraculous healings. She also taught us how to pray and give service to God. She is the one who taught us, the light on the altar symbolizes the Gospel giving light to the world. We must never allow it to go out.”

Bill looked to his left and quipped, “That is a strange place to put a bird bath.”

Maria laughed, as quietly as possible.

She commented, “That is no bird bath. We call it a baptistry. They put it at the entrance of the Church to teach us the lesson of the Wedding at Cana. You did learn that story in your protestant background?”

He grumbled, “Of course, Jesus’ first miracle.”

She informed him, “Remember the size of the water containers?”

Bill commented, “Not really. It really does not matter that much.”

She giggled, “Silly, they were the same size as people. The Jews used them for ritual purification, penance, before they went to the wedding.”

Bill chirped, “That is an interesting piece of trivia.”

Maria continued, “You don’t get it do you?”

He answered, “What is there to get?”

Baptismal Font in St. Patricks Washington D.C.

Maria informed him, “The guests washed in the water, and Jesus turned that washing/ penance, into wine. In Psalms somewhere it says, ‘You raise grass for the cattle and plants for our beasts of burden. You bring bread from the earth, and wine to gladden our hearts. You bring oil to make our faces gleam, food to build our strength.”

Bill quipped, “So, you are saying, that the first step into becoming Christian or at least Catholic Christian is penance. This starts with washing?”

Maria added, “This washing gladdens the heart, as with the penitential water/wine of Cana. This makes us ready to join the Mystical Body of Christ. We may not be going to a wedding, but we are going to a romantic dinner with the groom, Jesus Christ. This is the solid foundation, ‘Cana’ in Hebrew, the Mass.”

She added, “The reason the baptistery is here is to remind us of our baptism into this Mystical Body of Christ.”

She pointed to the stained glass window above the handicapped door to the left of the baptismal font, “That is St. John the Baptist baptizing Jesus in the River Jordan.”

Maria pointed to the stained glass window to the right, “That is Jesus as the Good Shepherd, as he tries to lead us in the way of life. I am republican because I am pro-life.”

He quipped, “That is nice.

They went to take their seats.

As they approached the three steps leading into the sanctuary Bill commented, “Look at that pretty mosaic in the front of the building.”

The Great Virginia Window

Maria commented, “Yes, The Great Virginia Window is very beautiful. Those who came before us put it in, in 1964. They dedicated it to President John F. Kennedy our first Irish-Catholic president of the United States.”

Bill quipped, “A democrat.”

Maria giggled, “Guess there is room for one good apple in every barrel.”

Maria quipped, “If you look very close, you will see a dove, the Dedicated Breath, the Great Helper at the center of this window. Tongues of fire (‘Ish’ in Hebrew) extend to the apostles in twelve radiating panels. If you look, you can make the twelve men (‘Ish’ in Hebrew,) the twelve apostles.”

Maria pointed out, “This is a Catholic Church. The top of the window depicts the Virgin Mary and the words ‘Ave Maria.’ You will also see members of Mary’s family, including St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph, St. Elizabeth St. Joachim and below him his wife St. Anne.”

Bill chuckled, “Interesting.”

Maria pointed to the upper windows on the left side of the church. “That is St. Agnes and St. Ursula. In that window are St. Francis of Assisi and St. Niles, contemporary 12th century saints. You also see St. Augustine and St. Ambrose who taught St. Augustine. There is St. Peter and St. Paul, and the archangels, Michael and Gabriel.”

Nicene Creed, God is Almighty, and God is within us


In Deuteronomy 30:1-14 we read, “This Mitzvah which I command you this day, it is not too hard for you, nor is it far off. It is not in sky, that you say: ‘Who shall go up for us to the sky, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?’ It is not beyond the sea, that you say: ‘Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?’ The word touches you; it is in your mouth, and in your heart, that you do it.

God is not at a distance, but he is within us, if we but look

Romans 10: 6-10 says, “The charity that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will go up into the sky?’ (that is, to bring Christ down) or ‘Who will go down into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” What does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith that we preach.

We look for the power of God, not up there in heaven or the glare of the morning sun, but down here, in the eyes of our neighbor, in the suffering, the joy of the person in front of us. If we think the hurricane winds and the blowing snow, or the fires of the great volcanoes are powerful, how much more the great force behind them.

John 20 is the story of doubting Thomas. We read that Thomas, the one called the twin was not with them when Jesus came to them after his resurrection. The other Talmudim told him, “We have seen Kyrie.” Jesus told them, “If I do not myself in the hands of him the blow of the nails and throw my fingers into the blow of the nails and throw my hands into his rib (The Greek word is Pleurisy) I will not believe…” Jesus told him, “You see me and believe?” Blessed are those who do not see me and believe.”

Doubting Thomas’ twin is each of us. We must also carry our hand over to Jesus, thrusting our hand into his rib. When do we see Jesus walking through doors and saying “Peace be to you?” St. Paul tells us in I Corinthians 11:27-28 “Whenever you eat the bread and drink the cup of Kyrie unworthily, you are liable to the body and the blood of Kyrie. A man should assay himself as he tests metal, then eat from the bread and drink from the cup.”

To do this we must feel the Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. This is not a matter of dogma or doctrine. Dogma and doctrine cannot feel anything. Either the presence of Jesus pulses through your veins or it does not. This feeling of the presence is the essence of true religion.

Letters from Antioch Salvador’s temptation by the Great Accuser and the Beginning of his healing service pt 2


The Great Accuser took Salvador to a satellite link and showed him all the nations on the planet in all of their greatness.

He argued, “I will give you all of this, if you will only put your face and your hands in the dirt and give me public service.”

Behold the Lamb

Salvador did not take this well, “To be a ruler is to categorize people. That is to accuse them of things and make them inferior, at least in your eyes. It is to categorize people not like yourselves as inferior and have a reason to destroy them and send the remnant away. This is true if they are Greek or Roman, Jew or Moslem, Catholic or Protestant, Native American or Crooked Knife, Anglo-Saxon or Painted Face.”

Of his purpose, Salvador related, “Pop calls me to build up humankind. This means finding Pop’s image, the blood of the Son, and the Breath of the Whittling Breath in all people. There is no room for categorizing here.”

Salvador referred to the book of Job, “I read the book of Job. Get away from me, you great informer. The writings clearly say, ‘Give your public service to The Mighty Savior, your Almighty only. You are to pledge allegiance only to him. Power is fleeting and true glory is being important to others. One is only important when he serves Pop and others.”

The Great Accuser led him to the Great City of Peace, which is Sacramento California, and made him stand on the top of the capital building.

He demanded, “If you are the Wakan Ciksa the Ben Adam, throw yourself down from this little height.”

The Great Accuser also referred to the Psalms, “We read from the Psalms[1] ‘The Mighty Savior is my moxie. Upon him, you can set your dwelling. Nothing unpleasant will happen to you. Misfortunes will not come upon your home either.”

The Great Accuser continued the quote, “He will command your messengers to guard you as you travel upon the highways and the byways of life. They will hold you by the armpits, always keeping you above the ground. This will prevent you from stumbling and tripping upon the pebbles and the stones you will find along the way.”

Salvador retorted, “You forget the beginning of that song. King David wrote that Psalm to all people, not just The Ben Adam. King David directed that Psalm at my messengers, my servants whom Pop gave me as well. You also forget that it says in the Second Giving of Torah, right after it gives the Hebrew Creed; we are not to tempt Pop, our Almighty Judge. First, you want me to eat the people, then you want me to make them serve me lest I dash my feet upon them.”

When the Great Accuser finished every temptation, he departed from him for a while. Salvador returned to Incline Village in the power of the Whittling Breath; news of him spread throughout Washoe County. He taught in their churches; all spoke well of him.

 


[1] Psalm 91:9-11

Nicene Creed, God is Almighty


“God is Almighty.” Those words seem abstract until we look at the giving of the Ten Commandments at Sinai. “Exodus tells us of the thunders and lightning of Mount Sinai when Moses went to the top of that mountain to receive Ten Commandments. If we read the story well we are startled by the lightning streaking across the sky before Moses and the people of Israel.

Electricity around a volcano

With lightning flying all around, the static energy in the air must have felt like a thousand needles jabbing at their flesh. They must have felt it as it poured through the pores. Their nervous systems are on edge as electricity passes through them.

They would have very much understood the words of St. John, “The wind blows where it wills and nobody knows from where it comes or to where it goes.”

Every thought must have been about the next lightning strike and how that strike could hit them. The next wind gust could push them into the nearest steep ravine and certain death.

We look back at the real experience of Sinai with the lightning and the thunder all around, and watching people as they are swallow alive, man, woman, and child, into the side of a mountain with fire spitting out of its top, smoke, as it descends toward them, and the charged particles of the air as it envelops them.

Remember the face of Moses as it transforms during the famous Forty Days: “Moses is there forty days and forty nights. As Moses descended from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the witness in his hand, he did not know that rays of light were of his face as he talked with him.” When we come face to face with God, it changes us and it changes the way we appear before other people.

God is Almighty. The Donner Summit, calls to mind the power of cold as it sends the shock of a thousand needles through us, just like the lightning of Sinai. To someone who has felt cold, the feeling is undeniable, no proof is necessary. To someone who has not felt cold, no proof is sufficient. One cannot fight cold. There is nothing to hit. The Donner Party found out that it kills.

We all remember Harry Truman, not just the show me president, but the man on Mt. St. Helens who would not believe what volcano’s can do until his volcano blew its top; then it was too late. People refuse to believe that when the tide goes out far more than usual, it is a bad sign, until it is too late and the Tsunami comes rushing in. To those who have not seen, no proof is sufficient. To those who have seen, no proof is required.

Hurricane Irene

Soon after Columbus discovered America, explorers told of places where, to the north, all the trees blown down, pointed east. To the south, all the trees had blown down pointed west. No proof was sufficient to explain this. To those who have seen a hurricane, no proof is required. Those planning to wait out hurricanes have not seen one; no proof is sufficient as to their power. It is the same for Donner Summit. Try to fight the wind. There is nothing to hit. Deny its existence; join the Donner Party.

Snow, so soft, so gentle, so powerful

To a person who has never seen falling snow, the idea is silly, it falling to 20 plus feet, is more silly. Deny a blizzard, feel its wrath. It is the same with God. There is the Father, the cold, or the lightning of Sinai. There is the wind, The Spirit, present, full of power. There is the one who descends from the Father to join us and live with us, the Son. He also is all powerful, yet soft and gentle as the new falling snow.

Letters from Antioch Salvador’s temptation by the Great Accuser and the Beginning of his healing service


Salvador read a newspaper article from the Incline Village newspaper. The top of the newspaper read, “September 15, Jewish Yom Kippur.”

The main story was, “Curtis E. John Jailed.”

Sacramento Corrections

Salvador told those around him, “So ironic that our message of Teshuvah would start on the feast of penance.”

After Curtis washed the people, Salvador was washed. Salvador prayed as the sky opened and the Whittling Breath descended upon him in bodily form, like Rock Dove. As you recall, a fish swallowed Rock Dove the proclaimer of the divine truth from of old.

Rock Dove returned and converted the Omaha to the way of truth. Salvador, jumped into the river, and dove to the bottom, looking; it seemed, for some school of fish. He did this, three times.

Salvador came up, and Charles Liston saw a school of rock doves flying by. They turned and landed on Salvador. There was not a cloud in the sky, but there was a roaring rolling thunder.

Folsom Lake

Someone said, “What a strange thunder. It rolls with a strong base, yet it has gentleness to it. It seems welcoming, if thunder can be said to be that.”

A voice came from the sky, seemed to say, “”You are my beloved Son; I am well pleased with you. Here is my servant whom I set as an example for you. He is my chosen one, my beloved Son with whom I am pleased. I set my breath upon him.”

When Salvador began his public service to The Mighty Savior, he was thirty years of age. I told you earlier that Salvador was the Ciksa Wakan, the Ben Adam because the Whittling Breathe came to Bee. The power of the Great High One overshadowed her. I now give you another reason for his being the Ciksa Wakan. He can trace his ancestry all the way to the way back to the beginning of time with Adam and Eve.  We are all sons of God.

The Whittling Breath filled Salvador as he returned from the Washoe River. He quipped, “I am guided by Whittling Breath to go into the wilderness for a hanblechia.”

The Whittling Breath took him from the coast of the Folsom Lakes and carried into the interior of the Great State of Nevada. He disappeared for forty days and forty nights. The Washoe tradition of the hanblechia or vision seeking is four days. Salvador, on the other hand, was a Catholic Washoe.

Being that the Catholic tradition follows the Catholic tradition and the Catholic tradition calls for forty days, Salvador followed the Catholic tradition. This calls for one day for each year that the twelve tribes traveled in the wilderness of the Negev desert.

For Salvador and the next forty days, there was the ground, a pit he sat in, and the open sky. There was the hanhepi wi, the night sun, the crying of the wind, the whisper of the trees, the baying of dogs, the screeching of the owls and chirping of the crickets.

The Great Accuser came, “Didn’t your cousin say that the Mighty Savior could bring, children of Abraham Lincoln for the Mighty Savior from the stones in Lynn colony?[1] If you are the Wakan Ciksa, tell these stony, craggy, and flint-like people you see in front of you to become soft and pliable, like bread. If it is not for the suffering of the common folk, there can be no advanced culture, with fine food, exquisite cuisine and nice clothing and housing like all good people take for granted. Tell them to get to work.”

Salvador insisted:

In Proverbs 12: 10 it says, ‘A charitable[2] man always thinks about the welfare of animals, but even the compassion[3] of those who think themselves first[4] is hard.’[5] I may well be a descendent of Eve, and you may well have tempted Eve the day of her birth, but you forget something. I may have been born in the morning but it was not this morning.

Have you read in the Second Giving of the Law, Chapter 8, “Listen faithfully to the entire Mitzvah that I set before you today. If you do, you will live and increase in the great prairie land that I am giving you, just as I gave it to your ancestors.”[6]

Listen to what it says, you Great Accuser, ‘Remember, it was the Mighty Savior, our Almighty who led us into the wilderness.

Just as he has led me forty days and nights, he led them forty long suffering years, but he was always there leading them. Yes, there was great suffering, but face it, the Hebrews that left the land of Oppression were not ready to occupy another land and displace native people.

The people that entered the Promised Land were battle hardened and ready. I have not come to serve the good people you talk about, but these stony, craggy and flint like people as you call them. Look what it says in Proverbs 14:31, “The employer who oppresses a poor man insults his maker for his maker made him in his image.” It says the same thing in 17:5.”

Salvador also related:

In Proverbs 21:13 it says, “The man, who is deaf to the poor in their anguish, will someday feel their anguish. Remember, you were once menial servants in the land of oppression.

Also, remember, The Mighty Savior gives refresher lessons.

Pop made me go hungry these last forty days. Now I face your temptations. Tomorrow I am with Pop, forever. Today, I eat the great food of the Eucharist. Tomorrow, I join in the great feast. He did this to teach the people that man does not live off bread alone, and we should not live off the poor, but on everything that Pop has to say.


[1] G’zerah Shavah (Equivalence of expressions,) http://www.yashanet.com/studies/revstudy/hillel.htm, Curtis E. John talked of turning stones into Children of Abraham Lincoln and now the Great Accuser asked Salvador to turn stones into bread. Similarly, John the Baptist told the Separate Ones that the Mighty Judge could turn stones into followers of Abraham, then The Great Accuser told Jesus to turn the stones into bread.

 

[2] The Hebrew word is Tzadic.

[3] The Hebrew word is Racham, which refers to the mother’s womb.

[4] The Hebrew word is Russia, from Rosh, head, those who think themselves first.

[5] The Hebrew word is Caesar, which means to shrink as dirt in a drought, and therefore to be hard.

 

Letters from Antioch, Curtis and his final encounter with Nevada’s governor


Shadows from the oaks, maples, and spruce danced on the ground as this presence arrived. Charles Liston sat on a rock not far from Curtis. The song on the radio was, “Loves Me like a Rock,” by Paul Simon. To Charles Liston this presence seemed ten feet tall, but he was small enough to walk under a branch five feet and a half high without bending. The birds sang and the rocks danced as he approached.

Home of George Schrub, Nevada Governor's mansion

In the Authoritative Version, Lee Stone related that the green leaves blazed in a fire that does not scorch. A large group of men was with this presence, our Salvador. The men with him were burley men, looking like construction workers. Salvador had rough hands that can only come from working with the earth. He looked like any other blue-collar person. Under his robe, he wore a plaid shirt belt and blue jeans. He also wore a hand engraved belt with a blue belt buckle.

 

Home of Curtis E. John

Georgette Schrub sat in her private office at the governor’s mansion. On her lap sat a laptop. On the screen was a report from the Dow Jones. On the right, it showed an “L” an “M” or a “C” to designate if the company was considered liberal, moderate, or conservative in its business dealings.

An article on the screen related, “Investments in Sweatshops in Indonesia are Expanding.”

Georgette told herself, “That’s good. That’s where my money is invested.”

Governor George Schrub sat nearby, and stopped praying his rosary, “The only moral rules we have to abide by are those concerning sexual activity and abortion. I am not female, am opposed to abortion, and I am happily married. See, I follow all the rules.”

The governor put his rosary down and started to read his morning paper. On the front page of the paper was an article, “Curtis E. John Blasts Governor Again.”

The radio announced to its audience:

Curtis E. John said in his homily today, “It is against church teaching, and the teaching of Jesus himself, for the governor to buy stocks in companies treating workers in the ways these companies do.”

It is your job to create value for the stockholders, and one of those stockholders is the governor.” Look at what the governor did to his own brother. Has he no shame.”

The governor ordered the chief of police, “Arrest that Curtis E. John under any charges you can think of. He is needlessly upsetting my wife. She did divorce her first husband, and my brother. She married me, the governor three days after the divorce became final.”

The governor turned to a good friend, a Senator from Reno Nevada and informed him, “I may not be a perfect Catholic. The priests frown when we walk up together for communion. At least they do not confront me. This Curtis E. John confronts me every chance he gets. It’s getting to my wife.”

Salvador read a newspaper article from the Incline Village newspaper. The top of the newspaper read, “September 15, Jewish Yom Kippur.”

The main story was, “Curtis E. John Jailed.”

Salvador told those around him, “So ironic that our message of Teshuvah would start on the feast of penance.”

 

Letters from Antioch, Curtis and the Sweet Message


The crowds asked Curtis, “What does it mean to be noble, charitable, and just?”

Teaching the Sweet Message at North Shore

Curtis replied:

In spite of what some say, no man really owns anything. In the Holy languages they cannot even properly say, “This is mine” or “This is his.” They literally say, “This is to me” or “This is to him.” To say this is to ask the question, “By whom and for what purpose?” The Mighty Savior owns everything.

If you cannot, or will not, fulfill the purpose, The Mighty Savior, like parent and like employer, will take what you have and give it to others. Is this not what your parents did when you outgrew clothing and toys. Do not parents and employers do this when their charges do not responsibly use property? They take them and give them to others.”

Do employers give you offices and computers to use? If you do not use them in the appropriate ways, that is reason for your boss to take these things, and your job. Therefore, it is with the Mighty Savior and his property. It greatly hurts The Almighty to see his property damaged by such things as global warming. The pollution big business claims as a right in the name of self-interest and greed also hurts him. His children are the most important thing for the Almighty.

That includes Native American, White, Indian, African-American, and Hispanic, uneducated and poor. When the powerful elite hurt these people in the name of corporate profits, it greatly hurts the Almighty.

The excuses that you use to justify this only make Pop angry. Pop calls us to community and caring. That is why we say, “mitakaye ayasin, all are my relatives” whenever we leave one another.

Everything is Beautiful” from Ray Stevens played in the background as Curtis E. John continued, “Whoever has more clothes than he needs or uses should share with the person who does not have enough. Whoever has food should do the same.”

I.R.S. agents and administrators came asked, “Curtis, please wash us.”

They asked, “Professor, what should justice mean for us?”

Curtis answered, “Do honest investigations, and make sure waiters, waitresses, and others who sit before you pay no more than they actually owe.”

Police officers also asked him, “What is justice for us?”

Curtis informed them, “Do not practice extortion, investigate thoroughly, do not accuse anyone falsely, and be satisfied with your wages.”

Judges from Sacramento came, “What is justice for us?”

Curtis answered, “Justice is creating a community where the Mighty Savior would want to live. Justice is creating a community of people trying to live together as brother and sister in the Whittling Breath and the great Pop in the sky.”

Of judges, Curtis commented, “The most a judge can do is to follow this simple formula, ‘When people come to court, you are to assume that both sides are guilty. When they leave, you are to assume that both sides are innocent.”

 

Interpreting this he told us, “When people come to court, one side, if not both are wrong as to what is really the case. Turn over every rock trying to find out what the truth is. When they leave court, the contestants should be so sure that your decision is the only fair one that you can reach, they leave reconciled.”[1]

The people were excited and asked each other, “Is this Curtis the Anointed One?”

Curtis E. John answered them, “As the proclaimer of the divine truth says, I will take away your hearts of precious stones and give you a heart of flesh, one that sees the humanity in others. The Anointed One will cause you to take off the old self and put on the new.”[2]

Curtis told us, “The one who is coming after me is far stronger than I. Like me, he only wears sandals. I am not worthy even to hold his shoes in my hands. He will wash you with the Whittling Breath and with the fire of humane adulthood.[3]

Curtis gave us the example of the butcher, “He comes like the butcher clerk at the supermarket. His butcher knife is in his hand to clean his table of raw meat. The beautiful meat[4] he will pack in soft packages. The fat, the gristle, the rotten meat that cannot be eaten, he will throw into the unending fire.”

Exhorting them in many other ways, he preached the sweet message20 to the people. It was near the time Father celebrated the Mass of Christ the King and the Jewish community celebrated Yom Kipper. The great line called dusk rose in the sky as Charles Liston and Curtis sat at Folsom Lake fishing, swimming, and discussing the word of God with the people.


[1] This comes from the Ethics of The Fathers 1: 8, a tractate in the Jewish Mishnah.

[3] In Hebrew, the word for fire and one of the words for a man is Ish.

[4] In Hebrew, the word for succulent meet and the word for Gospel is Bashar.

Nicene Creed, I believe in God the Father


“We cannot imagine a ‘Son of God’ without a “Father.” Jewish tradition, called the Presence of God the “Shekinah.”

Our home at our Cathedral

Sozomen a contemporary of the Nicene Counsel, informs us in his Ecclesiastical History. It is hard to imagine a Father without a home, a house, a place to care for his family. This brings us to a very important word, the Shekinah. The Hebrew word is a verb meaning, “to dwell.”

“Make to me a Dedicated Place, so that I may “Shekinah” among them,” says Exodus 25. Exodus 29: 43-46 says, “I will dwell (Shekinah) in the middle of the children of Israel, and be their Mighty Judge. They will know, I am the Personal Name who brought them out of the land of Oppression to dwell (Shekinah) among them. I am the Personal Name their Mighty Judge.

When there is a father, there generally is a mother. The one thing separating Catholics from Protestants is Our Blessed Virgin and what she represents. As we read Revelations 12 we start to get an understanding. “A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with Jericho under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.”

The Hebrew word for the sun is a word that means a “Minister, a Messenger” The idea comes from Genesis 1: 14 where God placed the great lights to work as signs to mark days and years. Shemesh/sun is also the word for the Jewish wedding garment. The Hebrew word for sky/ heaven literally translates, “the of water,” or the “of the flow of things.”

There is another word for heaven/the sky in Hebrew. שְׁחָקִים which is the third heaven. Jastrow tells us this is where the clouds are. St. Paul refers to the place in 2 Corinthians 12:2, when he mentions a man who went there. He had his head in the clouds.

The Hebrew word for the moon is “Jericho.” Revelations tells us that a woman appears in the great flow of things in a wedding garment (or with ministers). She stands with Jericho under her feet. On her head are twelve stars, (round globes). These represent the twelve apostles.

When we read St. John in the Original Hebrew, we find that the dragon, the Taana, is a sea monster. Taana is also the Hebrew word for the First Century teachers/rabbis. “She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod Her child was caught up to God and his throne”

The Taana became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God’s Mitzvah and martyr to Jesus.

Every morning at our Cathedral, our priests recite what this keeping of God’s Mitzvah means. We call this the Magnificat, and it represents what it means to be the bride of Christ, being a martyr for Jesus. We find this in Luke 1:46-55. We also recite Zechariah’s canticle Luke 2:68-79.

Rescued from the hand of enemies, without fear we might give public service to him through listening to the divine law and charity before him all our days.

God rescues us for a reason, to give public service to him, through listening to his Torah and being a Tzaddic, giving charity to all. This canticle, addressed to John the Baptist, and to all of us also relates, “You, child, will be called prophet of the Most High. You will go before Kyrie to prepare his ways. You will give his people knowledge of salvation/Joshua/Jesus through the forgiveness of their errors, because of the tender mercy of our God by which the daybreak from on high will visit us to shine on those who sit in darkness and death’s shadow, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

This is what we mean when we say we have God as Father, head of the house, and Our Blessed Virgin as mother. Preparing God’s way means bringing knowledge, not of morality, but of salvation, and being that daybreak, that light from on high to those who live in the darkness of poverty and despair, sitting in the shadow of death. In means bringing peace, not war by imposing our own way.

We bring peace to the economy, the house of God with God as Father and Our Blessed Virgin as mother. We become the family of God. We allow God, and not some market force to be our provider and God becomes our Shekinah, his presence with us.