Letters from Antioch of Blizzards, volcanos and hurricanes

Salvador called to mind the blizzard of the last winter, “Remember the blizzard of last winter, and remember the power of the cold as it sent the shock of a thousand needles through us, just like the lightning of Sinai.”

Salvador informed us, “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. We heard on the news of some who were out in that cold; they died.”

He also related, “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.”

Blizzards at Lake Tahoe, nice and soft, nothing to touch as at falls, and it fills to a depth of 22 feet and more. nobody who has not seen it will belive it, to those who have, there can be no doubt as to its power

Salvador also pointed out, “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 rushes in. To those not remembering a Tsunami, no proof is sufficient. To those who do remember one, no proof is required.”

Salvador also informed us, “Soon after Columbus discovered America, explorers told of places where, to the north, all the trees laid, pointed east. To the south, all the trees laid pointed west. No proof was sufficient to explain this.”

Salvador also related, “To those remembering a hurricane, no proof is required. Those planning to wait out hurricanes do not one; no proof is sufficient as to their power. It is the same for our California blizzards. Try to fight the wind. There is nothing to hit. Deny its existence; join the people who died last year.”

Never seen one? They are impossible. If you have no proof is required.

Salvador continued, “To a person who does not remember falling snow, the idea is silly, it falling to 20 plus feet, is sillier. Deny a blizzard, feel its wrath. It is the same with the Mighty Judge. 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.”

Salvador told us, “We look for the power of God, not up there in sky 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 force behind them.”

Salvador related the Liturgy of the Hours with leadership, “I want you, as leaders of the central fires, to look at two of these songs in particular. The first is Psalm 82. It tells us that Pop stands in the congregation of God, in the middle of the leaders of the people. It also informs us that he gives judgment.”

He informed us, “Learn from this that we are to pray as a community. It commands us, as leaders, to give justice to the weak, those without a father and those raising children without a spouse.”

Salvador clarified the command, “You are to show the innocence of the homeless and the needy to the people. You are to deliver the lowly and the oppressed. You are the judges, better than anyone else? You are all sons of the Most High, just like your subjects.”

I am a man, Ish, fire in my belly, Adam, from the ground, and made in the image of God.

Salvador described the Hebrew terms for fire and manhood, “The Hebrew “Ish” stands not only for fire, but also for manhood and for life. Torah is a fire that tests you, makes each of you, male, and female, human, in the eyes of God. The Washoe call this fire source the Great Mystery.”

Salvador brought us back to a discussion of the Ten Words, “Look again at the Prologue, ‘I am God your Almighty who brought you out of the land of oppression, and out of the hand of menial labor.”

He compared the fundamentalist understanding of Torah with our understanding, “Our rule is not like the rule of the fundamentalists who would hide in their homes in order to not see anybody and suffer no temptation to error. NO! To truly remember is to remember what it was like to be there, to relive the event with its entire trauma in present time.” Their word is a negative command, ‘you will not.”

Salvador compared the rules of life and death, “Our word is not a command, but life giving vitamins for everyday consumption. Their command is static. Ours is active. It calls us to remember, because if we remember, we will act. We will not just act in any way; we will act on behalf of the poor, and downtrodden, because we were there. We felt it firsthand.”

Salvador next commented, “The Mighty Judge makes us charitable[1] by the blood of the Master, but first we must listen to his words, and participate in his suffering, and that is what we do at mass.”

Salvador taught us how this compares with Eucharist, “When we eat the bread and drink the blood, we do more than remember some event of four thousand years ago. The Jews at the time of the Master were two thousand years distant from the Great Exodus. We are two thousand years removed from our Exodus, from ourselves, our errors, real and imagined, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Salvador taught us to imagine a better world, “Imagine a world where no one is hurt or killed, where nothing is stolen, where words bring healing and not hurt. If every thought is to help and heal our neighbors, we can build this place. It all starts from remembering your own hurt, your own healing, and bringing it to others. True faith is dynamic and reaches out to others.”

The thunder peeled. This startled Salvador’s followers.

They heard a voice in the thunder, “This is my beloved son, listen of him.” What could this mean?

Lee Stone asked, “Salvador, let us build three Chuppah, one for you, and one for each of the two great Franciscan saints, Brother Francis, and Father Anthony.”

Salvador laughed, “My pietistic young man, you need to grow in your faith. Your love of Pop cannot be puppy love. It must grow and mature. To Pop, the Lateran in Rome is a teepee, and the Pyramids in Egypt are its entry arches. He neither needs nor wants more teepees, at least for himself.”

Salvador asked Lee Stone to listen to the words in the thunder, “They do not say to ‘Listen to me.’ They say to ‘listen of me.’ There is a difference. Likewise, I call you to the same thing. You are not to say, ‘Listen to me.’ Because of what you do, people should say, ‘Listen and learn about this Salvador.’ Pick up that rope and beam and get out there to transform this world in the image of Pop.”


[1] The Hebrew word for justice is Tzaddic. The Hebrew word for charity is Tzaddic. The reason the two words are the same comes from the Jewish understanding of the Ten Commandments as listed in this book.


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