Pro-life walk sending mixed messages or strong messages


At our Cathedral in Reno Nevada for this Advent Season, we have had a table set up for the annual Walk for Life in San Francisco on January 21 of 2012. The individual selling the tickets for this event carries her supplies in a “Republican National Committee” bag. Look at what this political part stands for.

Matthew 23:34-35

In US history, we have the Monongah Mine disaster of December 6, 1907, a disaster commemorated just two weeks ago. There was the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of March 25, 1911. We commemorated the centennial this year. There was the Titanic sinking which we will commemorate the centennial next year, 15 April. There was the Hamlet chicken fire of September 3, 1991, where 25 died and 54 were injured, trapped behind locked fire doors, as at the Triangle Shirtwaist fire. One political party did not learn the lessons of a century ago.

There was the Deepwater Horizon Disaster of 20 April, last year, like the Titanic, resulted in 11 workers dead and 16 others injured. The republicans apologized, not to the families of the people killed, or those affected by the spill, but to BP, for the hassle of the new regulations. There is also the Katrina Disaster where 2,000 people died due to cuts to infrastructure spending pushed by this Republican Party. The Republican Party still campaigns for cuts to infrastructure spending.

Some 42 people died in 5 coal mine related accidents during the republican Bush Administration. Only eight died during the Clinton Administration in one accident.

This Republican Party promotes a culture of death. Some 45,000 people die every year due to a lack of adequate health care. Some 5,000 workers die every year in industrial accidents caused by a lack of adequate regulations with 1,238,490 injuries each year. The republican solution is to cut regulations that would prevent even more deaths. Some 50.2 million people lived the living death of living in food-insecure households, including 17.2 million children. The republican solution is to cut funding to feed cloth and house these people. Better to “decrease the surplus population.” Better to put these people in orphanages and do away with the child labor laws, as Newt Gingrich, a republican, says.

At our Cathedral in Reno Nevada, we read about the great commissions, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, and Deuteronomy 30:19. Jesus quotes the first, Deuteronomy 6:4-9 in Mark 12:30. The great commission is to love God with all hearts, animate being, and measure. How do we love God? What do we give someone who already has everything? We respect what is his. We especially respect his image, in each other with all of our measure. We love God with our vote, with our community, and with our government.

Deuteronomy 30:19 tells us Torah is very near to us, in our hearts, and it is to promote life from conception to the grave, life lived in the image and likeness of God. The Pro-life Walk promoted at our Cathedral in Reno Nevada should promote that. Regrettably, the person selling tickets to this event chooses to send a mixed message, promoting a culture of death with her luggage and a culture of life with the Pro-life Walk. Let us promote life as made in the image of God.

How we live our lives reflects what we think of God and Jesus in the Eucharist

The republican counter argument to all of this is that it is all right to do all of these things, so long as the other political party does even worse. Our church teaches differently. In Section 14 of Part II of Humanae Vitae it states, “It is never lawful, even for the gravest reasons, to do evil that good may come of it.” Humanae Vitae then quotes Romans 3:8. Those who argue that it is OK to do all the things related above because the other party is worse are like the children who argue, “But the kids down the street do it.” The typical parent’s counter argument is, but you are not the kid down the street. Are you a lemming who would jump off the bridge if the neighbor kid did? We have 126 Catholic colleges and universities graduating 70,000 students each year. We also have 26 Catholic law schools, and not a single graduate willing to promote the will of God?

In our Catholic tradition, we have the concept of mortal sin. Our Catechism of the Catholic Church section 1857 states, “For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met: “Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent.” All the deaths above are clearly a grave matter. They are all, also, if anything, over reported in the news. If we vote for the candidates voting for these things, it is with deliberate consent. Unless there is another quote in the Catechism adding a fourth category, we must assume voting for this kind of thing and the people who support it is a mortal sin.

We need to ask those who identify as Catholic republicans, how many people must suffer, how many people must die before they have enough? Ezekiel 18:32 states, “כִּי לֹא אֶחְפֹּץ בְּמוֹת הַמֵּת, נְאֻם אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה. I do not desire any death says the Master the Personal Name.” For God the number is zero. What is the number for the republicans? What is their definition of basic right and wrong?

At our Cathedral in Reno Nevada, we read about the great commissions, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, and Deuteronomy 30:19. Jesus quotes the first, Deuteronomy 6:4-9 in Mark 12:30. The great commission is to love God with all hearts, animate being, and measure. How do we love God? What do we give someone who already has everything? We respect what is his. We especially respect his image, in each other with all of our measure. We love God with our vote, with our community, and with our government.

Deuteronomy 30:19 tells us Torah is very near to us, in our hearts, and it is to promote life from conception to the grave, life lived in the image and likeness of God. The Pro-life Walk promoted at our Cathedral in Reno Nevada should promote that. Regrettably, the person selling tickets to this event chooses to send a mixed message, promoting a culture of death with her luggage and a culture of life with the Pro-life Walk. Let us promote life as made in the image of God.

Letters from Antioch, Salvador’s dream for Echumenism and brotherhood


Curtis barged into Salvador’s discussion about redwoods and shouted, “Salvador, we saw some clown out there, and he was actually preaching and healing in your name. Boy we really got on his case.”

He did this fully expecting an atta boy. That is not what he received.

What Salvador instead told him was, “Have you also not seen the Wizard of Oz? The Wizard was an ancestor of Curtis and me, William Jennings Bryan. Remember Scare Crow? All he wanted was a brain. The Wizard did not give him a brain. What the Wizard gave Scare Crow was a piece of paper and a talk about how the world puts too much importance on paper. It is not to be this way with you.”

The Wizard of Oz, William Jennings Bryan, and Scare Crow, real brains versus a college degree.

Salvador informed us, “He preaches the message of healing and transformation, and he heals in my name? Great! The time is coming when we will learn what Martin Luther King was saying, “We are all God’s children, therefore we long for the day that we will not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the strength of our character.”

Salvador added, “Therefore what denomination we call ourselves, is just not that important. We need to be Catholic, yes. We need to acknowledge the primacy of Peter. Yes. If others acknowledge the greater primacy of Pop, that is greater. If you stop the man, he might turn against us. If you encourage the man, you might make him a follower. If others perceive him as one of our followers, he will have a harder time turning against us later. Go back and apologize for what you did.”

When the days for his being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to that city near the city of Oz, Folsom City, which is Sacramento California. He sent messengers ahead of him. On the way, they entered a town populated mainly by Omaha Indians to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him. They said it was because his destination was Sacramento and they were afraid of what politicking they might do there.

When the students Abe Prentice, and Curtis saw this they asked, Professor, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Salvador turned got in their case about it.

Salvador commented, “This world has suffered just about enough violence, don’t you think? Fire and brimstone has not worked in the past to correct people. Why should it work now? We need to keep on focus. Worrying about what the other guy is doing is taking us off our focus. The people of the world will judge us based upon where we have been. Do you want them to look back and see fire and brimstone? Would you not rather have them see joy and peace?

Pop calls us to bring life to this world. That is not life of bare subsistence and suffering. It is life in its fullest. It is looking for common ground with those who hate us, but without compromising our principles of loving Pop first, our neighbor second and Pop’s world third. They journeyed to another village. As they were proceeding in their travels, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

Foxes have their dens
and not all foxes have four legs and chase rabbits

Salvador answered him, “Even the foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Ben Adam has nowhere to rest his head. You need to look at what you are getting into before you say such things. This is not the road to the middle class life style. This is the road to Sacramento California and the very possibility of death by hanging. To another he said, “Follow me.” The other person replied, “Professor, let me go first and bury my pop.”

He answered, “The train leaves now. Let the dead spiritually dead bury their physically dead. You are to go and proclaim the rule of the Mighty Savior. Let those who are dead to Pop but alive in this world worry about the details of burying the dead and the other trivialities of life. Pop calls you to greater tasks. Another said, “I will follow you, Professor, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”

Travelling on US 50 to Sacramento CA from Incline Village NV

Salvador told him, “No one who sits in his combine and looks back is fit for the rule of The Mighty Savior. The train is moving. The process of creating the new rule of the Mighty Savior has started. If you do not get on now, you will never be able to get on. The train is on its way to Sacramento where things are really going to start happening. The world cannot stop and wait while you give the old world its last goodbyes. Join hands now and let’s start walking.

Our New Testament Class with Reverend Bob Dangel Favorite sacraments, the Physical Presence and heaven


Reverend Bob Dangel, our deacon, led our class on the New Testament at 6 P.M. on Wednesday September 28 at our Cathedral in Reno Nevada. Among the topics discussed were the healing of the paralytic, favorite sacraments, the Physical Presence in the Sacraments, and catechesis of our young children.

Entering the class, those attending saw copies of the Bible in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greet, Latin, and Latin. This reminded the class that our tradition goes back all the way to Jesus, and to Moses.

Reverend Bob presented the view that his favorite sacrament was confession, as this purifies us and brings us back into the community. The next view presented was that the Mass with the sacrament of the Eucharist is a favorite. It related to confession. The bonding brings us to community. The passage from the Bible was Deuteronomy 5:1-6. The selection emphasized was “It is not to your fathers that I cut this Social Contract, but with you, each of you, standing here, this day.” The passage continues after a few verses, Remember, “I am God your Mighty Judge who rescued you from land of oppression, the house of menial labor.”

One favorite sacrament is confession when we return to God.

We remember our oppression and our rescue. We relive our rescue experience through the Passion of Jesus Christ we relive it for the first time, each time, we celebrate the Mass. Through the transfiguration, Matthew 17:1-8, we find the first reading in the presence on the mountain of Moses, the second reading relives the presence of Elijah, and Jesus is present through the Gospel. We feel the presence of the descending cloud, the booming thunder of the mountain as it belches gases, and watch as the mountain swallows our friends. Through the experience of this event, our participation with Jesus as he undergoes the Passion, we die with Christ, and we rise with Christ.

Another favorite sacrament is the Eucharist in the Mass.

The class discussed near-death experiences as they relate to this experience. We die with Christ, just as people who under near-death experiences undergo a very traumatic experience. We also discussed how people who undergo near-death experiences undergo a complete change of personality. They no longer fear death. Been there, done that. It was nice there. We are eager to undergo that experience again. In order to get there, we must become like the loving presence that was there. When people who undergo this experience return to earth, they are eager to share that sense of peace with others. They become loving, caring, people.

This brought us to a discussion of heaven. The group discussed many views of the place. One of the more interesting was the view that the Hebrew word for heaven literally means, “The of Waters.” Waters flow, as was discussed, as do days. Day and Water in Hebrew are the same word, as was mentioned. We can find heaven here on earth. The view presented by several people in the room was the need constantly to strive to create heaven on earth, and find it in our brothers and sisters.

Deacon Bob asked the group if this means there is no heaven other than the heaven here on earth. The point made was that in the Mass we say, “Christ has died; Christ has risen; Christ will come again.” There is also that wonderful place where people who undergo near-death experiences go.

Deacon Bob discussed heaven as being a place where God fills us with compassion and we live in the tranquil communion of heaven. Another example given was that of a movie theater. God fills each of us with compassion and God shows us movies of our lives. If we lived lives of compassion, it is a great movie. If we lived miserly lives, it is a horror movie and we are in hell.

Deacon Bob asked, “What of those like the thief in the Gospel of St. Luke?” The reply was that God edits the film if we repent, even at the last instant. God removes all the bad aspects of our lives and we see a great film. One question asked was, “How can God expect us to behave ourselves in heaven, care for each other in heaven, get along with each other and make heaven a tranquil place, if we do not do those things down here?” The point made was that we must get in practice down here, because if we do not, God may not want us up there. If we practice, we will have earth down here and at the second coming.

Letters from Antioch: Meeting Cato the Paralytic and more debates with Whit


In Tahoe Pines, there was a young boy in his very early teens by the name of Cato Tonics. He looked like he had led a very hard life. The boy wore a long shirt to hide the cigarette burns on his skin, as well as the many stripes planted by leather. He was always friendly and had many friends at school that waited for him outside the barbed wire fence.

His father, as always, gave him orders. Cato Tonikus tried to perform tasks, such as taking out the trash, in a way that might get them done faster. When his father found this out, he complained bitterly, “I didn’t ask you to think about how to do this job, I just told you to do it. You are scatter-brained.”

Sunset at Lake Tahoe

After the son departed from the sky and the moon took its place Salvador told those who were around him, “Morality for the folks in all too many churches in America was pushing the values of the middle class life style, which they call family values. That is getting up in the morning, going to school and work, coming home and doing the middle class projects.”

Salvador bitterly complained, “None of these projects included the contemplation of his Pop. It also did not include their relationship, with the Mighty Judge. It did not encompass where their lives fit into the grander world picture.”

Salvador continued with his venting, “Therefore, when these people talk about morality, there is no talk about a grander morality. There is no talk about a morality reaching out to those in need. There is only self-centered morality that talks about the suffering of the husband, wife, or children, who our society burdens with their roles in the nuclear family.”

Salvador discussed, “Nation,’ and ‘Nativity’ have the same root, There is no talk of the extended family, which reaches out and becomes a nation. They do not talk about a morality that includes the nation and the world. When these people do talk religion, there is much talk of righteousness, sanctification, the sacred, and being holy, but these people do not have a clue what these words mean.”

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. The Paralytic meets Saul, St. Paul

In St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Incline Village, there was a man, Whit Gottconfer, who was very angry about what he just heard. He was studying under the great Bishop Kerry-Air and was having a hard time with his studies. There was so much to learn about that fancy concept, exegesis. He recounted the concepts he needed to know for his next exam.

Whit Gottconfer saw Mac Peace and Dobbs Bell and related to them, “I spent a lot of time learning this stuff and I resent what your teacher is saying.”

Mac Peace pointed out, “This stuff? You say it well. It is so much stuff. The idea for learning, ‘all this stuff’ is to be able to make the very real characters and the very real events of Torah and Gospel come alive. After you are done with, with ‘all this stuff’ it is very dead and lifeless. The original writers of Torah and Gospel did not even know about a good chunk of ‘all this stuff’ such as chiasmus and form criticism. You need to find out what they knew and not just teach it.”

Dobb Bell also related, “The problem with you grammarians is that what you write presents the Gospel as literarily correct, but spiritually lifeless.”

Salvador commented, “Mitakaye ayasin, all are my relatives, come on boys, let’s go.”

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.

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

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.

Letters from Antioch Curtis and the Pharisees of his day


Curtis E. John saw some well-dressed men whom he recognized as religious people and politicians. They came to watch the foolishness of what was going on below them as they sat on the ridge tops.

Before we meet Jesus we need to come here

Curtis informed them with a sneer on his lips, “Look at that litter of rattle snakes crawling upon their bellies down the road. You are the reason they call us little snakes. Who told you judgment time comes upon your, bellies.”

Curtis grumbled, “You well dressed proper people call yourselves cute puppies that everybody could not help but love, the chosen people, separated from the common masses of mongrel dogs. If you are cute puppies, what does that make your mother?”

Curtis quipped, “You say that you are charitable people, the most charitable people on earth. You are wise in your own eyes, but your thoughts crawl in the gutter of self-interest and greed all of your lives.”

Curtis added:

“Well did Isaiah speak of you in Isaiah 56:11: ‘The dogs have the soul of goats; they do not know when they have enough; these are shepherds that cannot understand; they all turn to their own way, each one to his gain, one and all.’ You rich people do not know when you have had enough. You claim to be shepherds, but you each travel your own way in search of your greed. You leave the people as scrub cattle, trying to survive their own way.

Goats eat this stuff until they can eat no more. Goats will eat anything. Sheep are fussy eaters and leave plenty over for the next lamb.
Goats eat the berries, the plant, the thorns and all, as a treat. Goats eat anything. Sheep are fussy eaters leaving plenty for the next lamb

Curtis asked, “Have you not read in Proverbs, ‘Rich men think themselves wise, but poor men, who take the time to build up their mental skill, find them out?’[1] Pop loves the mongrels. They know that they are humble common folk. It is not so with you.”

He marched to the corner of Folsom Lake and pointed to the stones under the water, “Do not even begin to say, ‘We are the party of Abraham Lincoln. We have, Abraham Lincoln, E. Pluribus Unum, as our spiritual father.’ I tell you, The Mighty Savior can rise up from the stones of this lake, a colony of children like Abraham Lincoln.”

Curtis chastised them, “You think you are mighty counselors,19 standing like the great trees19 of Lebanon over the shrub brush below. Look at that tree at the bank of the river. The Mighty Savior has already wrapped the chain around the trunk of the tree[2] and hooked it to the big cat. The Mighty Savior will pull up and throw into the fire every tree that does not make beautiful fruit.”


[1] Proverbs 28:18

[2] The threat is compounded when we realize that in Hebrew, Tree and counselor are the same word. “The Mighty Savior will pull and throw every tree,” can also be interpreted as “Pull up and throw every counselor.”