Advent Day 3 – The wolf and the lamb – the owl and the lion

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

Dear Friends,

Isaiah dreams of a bright future for us. He shows us a wonderful vision: the animals lead the way to peace  . . .

Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb . . . .

The calf and the young lion shall browse together,

with a little child to guide them.

The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,

together their young shall rest:

the lion shall eat hay like an ox

The baby shall play in the cobra’s den – Isaiah 11:5-10.

Let’s muse about the animal’s leading the way to peace, especially during this anxious time as we await the inauguration of the new president and the changes that will bring about, celebrating the holidays during the pandemic, and awaiting the vaccine for Covid and how that will affect us as even more people come down with the virus and die from it. Yes, today’s first reading from Isaiah is  Good News for us today!

(I have a Christmas short story about an owl from the banks of the Shenandoah River and a young lion from the Serengeti in Africa leading the way to peace.

It’s a fun story.  Why not download it and save it for close to Christmas? (Be sure to use the < back arrow at the top left-hand corner of your browser so that you can come back to this page.)

My puppy Shivvy (of happy memory) demonstrated his curiosity about his fellow creatures of all sorts.

I have stories of him with turtles and little doves with broken wings and bunny rabbits and ducklings on our walks around our condo.

Think about this . . .

What can I do today to bring more harmony into the habitat in which I live – at home, at work, at church, in my neighborhood, in our world?

Behold a broken world, we pray,

Where want and war increase,

And grant us, Lord, in this our day,

The ancient dream of peace.

Bring, Lord, your better world to birth, 

Your kingdom, love’s domain,

Where peace with God and peace on earth,

And peace eternal reign. 

         ~ Timothy Dudley Smith / 1985

If you’re new to this Advent blog,  I recommend reading my Understanding the Seven Advent Themes to get a sense of why we want to spend four weeks preparing for our Christmas celebration and how it can help you deepen your spirituality whether you are a Catholic or even a Christian. Click here

I will be posting each day of Advent, (God willin’ n’ the creek don’t rise.

You can make yourself  mini-retreat for five minutes a day and have the best and most meaningful Christmas ever!
It’ll relieve your stress.  Calm your nerves.  Put a bounce in your step and a smile on your face.  And it’s free! 
So, what are you waiting for?  

And now, for your listening pleasure here’s an excerpt from the great sixties movie musical “Godspell to get you in an Advent mood. Click here. Be sure to enter full screen and turn up your speakers.

And here are today’s Mass readings: Click here.

With love,

Bob Traupman

contemplative writer

 

 

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Advent Day 3 – The wolf and the lamb – the owl and the lion

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

Dear Friends,

Isaiah dreams of a bright future for us. He shows us a wonderful vision: the animals lead the way to peace!

Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb . .

The calf and the young lion shall browse together,

with a little child to guide them.

The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,

together their young shall rest:

the lion shall eat hay like an ox

The baby shall play in the cobra’s den – Isiah 11:5-10.

Let’s muse about peace and harmony today as we did yesterday.

Let’s muse about the animal’s leading the way to peace.

(I have a Christmas short story about an owl from the banks of the Shenandoah

and a young lion from the Serengeti in Africa leading the way to peace.

It’s a fun story.  Why not download it and save it for close to Christmas?

My puppy Shivvy (of happy memory) was curious about his fellow creatures of all sorts.

I have stories of him with turtles and little doves with broken wings and bunny rabbits and ducklings on our walks around our condo.

Think about this . . .

What can I do today to bring more harmony into the habitat in which I live

– at home, at work, at church, in my neighborhood, in our world?

Behold a broken world, we pray,

Where want and war increase,

And grant us, Lord, in this our day,

The ancient dream of peace.

Bring, Lord, your better world to birth, 

Your kingdom, love’s domain,

Where peace with God and peace on earth,

And peace eternal reign. 

         ~ Timothy Dudley Smith / 1985

If you’re new to this Advent blog,  I recommend reading my Understanding the Seven Advent Themes to get a sense of why we want to spend four weeks preparing for our Christmas celebration and how it can help you deepen your spirituality whether you are a Catholic or even a Christian. Click here

I will be posting each day of Advent, (God willin’ n’ the creek don’t rise.

You can make yourself  mini-retreat for five minutes a day and have the best and most meaningful Christmas ever!
It’ll relieve your stress.  Calm your nerves.  Put a bounce in your step and a smile on your face.  And it’s free! 
So, what are you waiting for?  

And now, for your listening pleasure from Handel’s Messiah here’s “And thou that tellest.” Click here. Be sure to enter full screen and turn up your speakers.

And here are today’s Mass readings: Click here.

With love,

Bob Traupman

contemplative writer

 

 

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Advent Day 3 – The wolf and the lamb – the owl and the lion

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

Dear Friends,

Isaiah dreams of a bright future for us; he also chastises us for our idolatry and unfaithfulness to God and our best selves (We will look at this later>)

But today he shows us a wonderful vision: the animals lead the way to peace!

Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb . .

The calf and the young lion shall browse together,

with a little child to guide them.

The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,

together their young shall rest:

the lion shall eat hay like an ox

The baby shall play in the cobra’s den – Isiah 11:5-10.

Let’s muse about peace and harmony today.

Let’s muse about the animal’s leading the way to peace.

(I have a Christmas short story about an owl from the banks of the Shenandoah

and a young lion from the Serengeti in Africa leading the way to peace.

It’s a fun story.  Why not download it and save it for close to Christmas?

My puppy Shivvy (of happy memory) demonstrated his fellow creatures of all sorts.

I have stories of him with turtles and little doves with broken wings and bunny rabbits and ducklings on our walks around our condo.

Think about this . . .

What can I do today to bring more harmony into the habitat in which I live

– at home, at work, at church, in my neighborhood, in our world?

Behold a broken world, we pray,

Where want and war increase,

And grant us, Lord, in this our day,

The ancient dream of peace.    — unattributed.

And for your listening pleasure from Handel’s Messiah here are two versions of “And the Glory of the Lord

~ one from Robert Shaw’s Atlanta Symphony ~ Click here.  Be sure to turn up your speakers and enter full screen.

With love,

Bob Traupman

contemplative writer



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ADVENT DAY 13 – SOAR LIKE AN EAGLE!

 

Friday of the second week of Advent

Isaiah is so amazing.    He offers hope. He sees imminent possibilities for the human race.  At times, he also warns and sometimes chastises.

I’ve always loved this scripture that appeared in the Mass readings yesterday:

God gives strength to the fainting,

for the weak he makes vigor abound.

Though young men faint and grow weary,

and youth stagger and fall,

They that hope in the Lord

will renew their strength,

they will soar as with eagle’s wings;

They will run and not grow weary,

walk and not grow faint.

– Isaiah 40:30-31.

Betsy’s really cool. She’s eighty-something and has had a marvelous 65 year love affair with John. I last saw them on the couch, both dressed in denim gaga-eyed like teenagers.  Now John is slipping away into another world within himself.  And yet, she finds that her God and the angels are lifting her up on eagle’s wings. And she tells me — to her delight –she feels renewed by her faith and the Magnificat prayer book I got her as a gift.    Renew her vigor, Lord.

I want to pray for to Aaron, Lord, a good guy in his thirties who’s lost somewhere on drugs.   He has “staggered and fallen” again, and again. He has lost his vigor, has lost his way.  Be with him, too, Lord.

And then, praying about this Isaian text, I want to mention the guys on the corner of Broward and I-95, Lord.  I don’t care what they do with the buck I give them. I just look them in the eye, give them a thumbs up and ask their name.  When the light changes, I lift them up in prayer.   Their sign often says “Homeless Vet.” Young men whose souls are  buried deep within. Homelessness is tough, Lord.  I know.  I had a brief bout of it.    Be with them, too, Lord.   Let them run again, Lord, into the wind.  Let us honor the poor, Lord.  They have much to teach the rest of us.

Then there’s Sean, Lord.  He’s worried right now because his marriage is in trouble. Be with that family, Lord, and all the homes in our land that are not sweetness and light before Christmas.

I, myself, praise you, Lord, because you have restored my vigor in marvelous ways.  You’re renewing my strength.  And I’d love to soar as if with eagle’s wings, if you would grant me that grace.  Soar to the heights of the mountains and dive to the depths of the ocean of Your love, Lord.  Yes, at age 69, I’m ready to serve You, Lord as long as you grant me the grace, the vigor and the strength.

Whatever You will, Lord. Whatever you will.

Now, before you go, here is the wonderful Robert Shaw Corale singing “And the Glory of the Lord” for  Handel’s Messiah.  Be sure to turn up your speakers and enter full screen.  Click here.

With love,

Bob Traupman

contemplative writer

 

Advent Day 13 ~ Where are you going?

Advent Day 13 — Where are you going?

THURSDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

THE OTHER DAY, I PROMISED YOU A LINK TO “THE STORY OF ADVENT”  THAT GIVES ITS HISTORY AND THE 7 THEMES OF THIS BLOG.    I APOLOGIZE; I GOOFED.  HERE IT IS NOW.   (FOR THOSE WHO AREN’T TECH SAVVY, AT THE TOP LEFT CORNER OF YOUR COMPUTER IS A LITTLE ARROW POINTING LEFT.  CLICK ON IT, AND IT WILL RETURN YOU TO THIS PAGE AFTER YOU READ “THE STORY OF ADVENT.”   CLICK HERE. 

“PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD! MAKE STRAIGHT IN THE WASTELAND A HIGHWAY FOR OUR GOD!”  ISAIAH 40:3

THIS IMAGE WAS TAKEN ON I-95 BETWEEN ST. AUGUSTINE AND JACKSONVILLE ONE MISTY DECEMBER SUNDAY MORNING ABOUT 2 AM.  I WAS LIVING IN ST. AUGUSTINE AT THE TIME.  (MY BISHOP, WHOM I WAS SURPRISED WAS CHECKING OUT MY BLOG, QUIPPED:  “WHAT WERE YOU DOING OUT AT 2 AM?  I WAS BEMUSED BY HIS COMMENT AND ALSO THAT I HAD CAPTURED A BUSY BISHOP AS A READER — IF JUST FOR A MOMENT.)

ON MY WAY HOME FROM “FATHER BOB’S NIGHT OUT,” I WAS SO TAKEN BY THE MAGIC OF THE VISTA BEFORE ME I HAD TO PULL OFF AND CAPTURE IT ON MY CANONPOWER SHOT.

FOR ME, EVEN THE INTERSTATE CAN BE A PLACE FOR REFLECTION. . .

I WAS THINKING OF JOHN THE BAPTIST’S MESSAGE THAT ALSO APPEARED IN YESTERDAY’S GOSPEL:

“PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD; MAKE STRAIGHT HIS PATHS.”

AND THIS WAS WHAT I WROTE THREE YEARS AGO, INSPIRED BY THAT MOMENT ON THE SIDE OF A HIGHWAY AT 2 AM ON A MAGICAL / MYSTICAL SUNDAY MORNING.

WHERE ARE WE GOING, LORD?

EVERY DAY WE’RE ON A JOURNEY THAT WILL NOT BE COMPLETE UNTIL WE MEET YOU.

IN OUR DAILY COMMUTES, STUCK IN TRAFFIC, ARE WE MAKING PROGRESS IN OUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY, LORD?

ARE WE MAKING A STRAIGHT HIGHWAY IN THE SPIRITUAL WASTELAND I SOMETIMES THINK AMERICA IS TODAY, LORD.

JOHN’S MESSAGE WAS ONE OF REPENTANCE.

WHEN HE SAID, “MAKE STRAIGHT HIS PATHS,” HE MEANT  TO CLEAR A WAY FOR THE COMING OF GOD INTO OUR HEART AND SOUL.

GET RID OF THE ROADBLOCKS THAT STOP US FROM MAKING PROGRESS.  OUR ADDICTIONS.  OUR RESENTMENTS. OUR SELFISHNESS.

IF WE DON’T MAKE AN EFFORT TO DO THAT, OUR CHRISTMAS WILL BE HOLLOW / EMPTY, LORD.

IN ALL OF OUR PRE-CHRISTMAS BUSTLE AND HUSTLE ARE WE PREPARING A STRAIGHT PATH FOR YOU TO COME
INTO OUR HEARTS, OUR HOMES, OUR WORKPLACE, OUR LAND, OUR WORLD THIS CHRISTMAS?

WHAT ARE WE DOING, LORD?  REALLY DOING WITH OUR LIVES?

WHERE IS OUR LIFE’S JOURNEY TAKING US?

WHAT IS LIFE REALLY  ALL ABOUT?

I-95 AT 2 AM CAN HELP US PONDER THAT QUESTION.

I REALIZED THAT WAS A SPECIAL MOMENT FOR ME; A MOMENT I SEIZED.

OR RATHER SEIZED ME.

CARPE DIEM.

THANK YOU, LORD.

ON MONDAY MORNING THERE WOULD BE A RETURN TO FRENZIED /  FURIED  / HURRIED / UNAWARE / UNREFLECTED LIVES OF  MANY GOING TO AND FRO AND NOT KNOW REALLY WHERE THEY’RE GOING.

TIME FOR A CHANGE, DEAR FRIEND?  TIME FOR A CHANGE?

HERE’S ANOTHER VIDEO FROM GODSPELL:  P. S. BE AWARE THERE ARE SOME AMONG US WHO FIND HOLIDAYS A TIME OF DREAD AND LONELINESS.    PEOPLE WHO’VE LOST A LOVED ONE.  FAMILIES THAT ARE BROKEN. CHILDREN WHO CAN’T BE WITH BOTHPARENTS FOR CHRISTMAS.  FAMILES WITH PARENTS IN THE MILITARY.  KEEP THEM IN YOUR PRAYER.  AND IF YOU KNOW ONE OF THEM, GIVE THEM A CALL OR INVITE THEM FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER.  BEFORE YOU GO, HERE’S A SONG FROM GODSPELL, “WERE ARE YOU GOING? / BY MY SIDE.  CLICK HERE.

WITH LOVE,

BOB TRAUPMAN

CONTEMPLATIVE WRITER

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ADVENT DAY 11 ~ THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE ~ GOD PREFERS THE POOR

 

WEDNESDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT TODAY

WE HONOR OUR SISTERS  AND BROTHERS IN MEXICO.

 

AS THEY CELEBRATE THE APPEARANCE OF THE MOTHER OF JESUS TO A POOR PEASANT NATIVE MEXICAN, TODAY, MAY WE UNITE OURSELVES IN SOLIDARITY WITH ALL THE PEOPLES OF NORTH AND SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA WHO REJOICE IN THIS FEAST DAY; INDEED MAY WE UNITE OURSELVES IN SOLIDARITY WITH  ALL THE WORLD’S POOR.

HALF WAY DOWN IS AN INTERPRETATION OF THE SYMBOLISM OF THE IMAGE THAT OF THE WOMAN THAT APPEARED ON JUAN DIEGO’S CLOAK.  It IS TRULY AMAZING.  BE SURE TO CHECK IT OUT.  IT CONVERTED A WHOLE CULTURE.

HERE’S THE CHARMING STORY~ IT’S WELL WORTH THE READ:

AN ELDERLY INDIAN MAN NAMED CHUAUHTLATOCZIN (“JUAN DIEGO” IN SPANISH) HAD A VISION OF MARY, THE MOTHER OF JESUS, AT TEPEYAC, A SQUALID INDIAN VILLAGE OUTSIDE OF MEXICO CITY, 470 YEARS AGO. MARY DIRECTED JUAN DIEGO TO TELL THE BISHOP TO BUILD THE CHURCH IN TEPEYAC.

THE SPANISH BISHOP, HOWEVER, DISMISSED THE INDIAN’S TALE AS MERE SUPERSTITION. HE ASKED THAT HE BRING SOME SORT OF PROOF, IF HE WANTED TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. THREE DAYS LATER, THE VIRGIN MARY APPEARED AGAIN AND TOLD JUAN DIEGO TO PICK THE EXQUISITELY BEAUTIFUL ROSES THAT HAD MIRACULOUSLY BLOOMED AMIDST DECEMBER SNOWS, AND TAKE THEM AS A SIGN TO THE BISHOP.

WHEN THE INDIAN OPENED HIS PONCHO TO PRESENT THE ROSES TO THE BISHOP, THE FLOWERS POURED OUT FROM HIS PONCHO TO REVEAL AN IMAGE OF THE VIRGIN MARY PAINTED ON THE INSIDE OF THE PONCHO. THAT IMAGE HANGS TODAY IN THE BASILICA OF GUADALUPE IN MEXICO CITY AND IS VENERATED BY THOUSANDS OF PILGRIMS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

SIGNIFICANTLY, MARY APPEARED NOT AS A WHITE-SKINNED, BLUE-EYED, BLOND-HAIRED EUROPEAN MADONNA BUT AS A DARK-SKINNED, BROWN-EYED, BLACK-HAIRED “TONANTZIN,” THE REVERED INDIAN MOTHER, AND SHE SPOKE TO JUAN DIEGO NOT IN CULTURED CASTILLIAN BUT IN HIS OWN NAHUATAL LANGUAGE. SHE SPOKE IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE POWERLESS, DISENFRANCHISED, AND DESPISED INDIANS.

SHE WAS THEN AND IS TODAY, “LA MORENITA” – THE BROWN ONE. HER MESSAGE TO THE BISHOP WAS THAT GOD’S CHURCH SHOULD BE BUILT OUT ON THE FRINGES OF SOCIETY, AMIDST THE POOR AND THE DOWNTRODDEN.

THE VISION CHALLENGED THE POWERFUL CONQUERORS, THE SPANIARDS OF MEXICO CITY, TO CHANGE THEIR WAY OF THINKING AND ACTING. IT CHALLENGED THEM TO MOVE OUT FROM THEIR POSITION OF POWER AND INFLUENCE TO THE PERIPHERY; TO LEAVE THEIR MAGNIFICENT CATHEDRAL AND BUILD GOD’S HOUSE IN TEPEYAC – AMONG THE POOR AND THE DESPISED, AWAY FROM THE CENTER OF POWER AND CULTURE AND EDUCATION AND THE ARTS.

GUADALUPE IS A “VISION” STORY AND, LIKE ALL SUCH STORIES, TELLS US SOMETHING ABOUT GOD AND SOMETHING ABOUT OURSELVES. MORE PRECISELY, IT TELLS US HOW GOD WANTS TO BE AMONG US. ST. JUAN DIEGO’S VISION OF WHERE GOD WANTS TO BE OR WHOM WE SHOULD LISTEN TO SHOULD COME AS NO SURPRISE TO US. THROUGHOUT HISTORY, GOD HAS CONSISTENTLY CHOSEN TO BE WITH POOR PEOPLE. IN THAT RESPECT, THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY’S MESSAGE TO ST. JUAN DIEGO AT GUADALUPE IS A RESTATEMENT OF JESUS’ MISSION: THAT GOD IS IN THOSE WHO ARE HUNGRY, THIRSTY, IMPRISONED, NAKED, SICK, STRANGER, AND SUFFERING. THE CHALLENGE FOR US IS TO HEED THE MESSAGE OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST’S GOSPEL, AND REACH OUT TO THOSE WHO BELONG TO THE MARGINS OF OUR SOCIETY.
– SOURCE: THE MANILA BULLETIN ONLINE.

 

GOD OF POWER AND MERCY,

YOU BLESSED THE AMERICAS AT TEPEYAC

WITH THE PRESENCE OF THE VIRGIN MARY AT GUADALUPE.

MAY HER PRAYERS HELP ALL MEN AND WOMEN

TO ACCEPT EACH OTHER AS BROTHERS AND SISTERS

THROUGH YOUR JUSTICE PRESENT IN OUR HEARTS

MAY YOUR PEACE REIGN IN OUR WORLD.

WE ASK THIS THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD.  AMEN.

. . . OFFICIAL PRAYER FROM THE MASS OF THE FEAST

 

THE IMAGE OF OUR LADY IS ACTUALLY AN AZTEC PICTOGRAPH.

IT WAS READ AND UNDERSTOOD QUICKLY BY THE AZTEC INDIANS.

LOOK AT IT CAREFULLY WITH THE HELP OF THE EXPLANATION PROVIDED BELOW.

         
1.    THE LADY STOOD IN FRONT OF THE SUN
SHE WAS GREATER THAN THE DREADED HUITZILOPOCHTLI, THEIR
SUN-GOD OF WAR.
2.    HER FOOT RESTED ON THE CRESCENT
MOON
SHE HAD CLEARLY CRUSHED QUETZALCOATL,
THE FEATHERED SERPENT MOON-GOD.
3.   THE STARS STREWN ACROSS THE MANTLE
SHE WAS GREATER THAN THE STARS OF HEAVEN WHICH THEY WORSHIPED.
SHE WAS A VIRGIN AND THE QUEEN OF THE HEAVENS FOR VIRGO RESTS OVER HER WOMB AND THE NORTHERN CROWN UPON HER HEAD.
SHE APPEARED ON DECEMBER 12, 1531 AND THE STARS THAT SHE WORE ARE THE CONSTELLATIONS OF THE STARS THAT APPEARED IN THE SKY THAT DAY!
4.   THE BLUE‑GREEN HUE OF HER MANTLE
SHE WAS A QUEEN BECAUSE SHE WEARS THE COLOR OF ROYALTY.
5.   THE BLACK CROSS ON THE BROOCH AT HER NECK
HER GOD WAS THAT OF THE SPANISH MISSIONARIES, JESUS CHRIST HER SON WHO DIED
ON THE CROSS FOR ALL MANKIND.
6.   THE BLACK BELT
SHE WAS WITH CHILD BECAUSE SHE WORE THE AZTEC MATERNITY BELT.
7.   THE FOUR PETAL FLOWER OVER THE WOMB
SHE WAS THE MOTHER OF GOD BECAUSE THE FLOWER WAS A SPECIAL SYMBOL OF
LIFE, MOVEMENT AND DEITY-THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE.
8. HER HANDS ARE JOINED IN PRAYER
SHE WAS NOT GOD BUT CLEARLY THERE WAS ONE GREATER THAN HER AND SHE
POINTED HER FINGER TO THE CROSS ON HER BROOCH.
9. THE DESIGN ON HER ROSE COLORED GARMENT
SHE IS THE QUEEN OF THE EARTH BECAUSE SHE IS WEARING A CONTOUR MAP OF
MEXICO TELLING THE INDIANS EXACTLY WHERE THE APPARITION TOOK PLACE.

THE IMAGE OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE AND SCIENCE

1.   THE IMAGE TO THIS DATE, CANNOT BE EXPLAINED BY SCIENCE.

2.  THE IMAGE SHOWS NO SIGN OF DETERIORATION AFTER 450 YEARS!
THE TILMA OR CLOAK OF SAINT JUAN DIEGO ON WHICH THE IMAGE OF OUR LADY HAS
BEEN IMPRINTED, IS A COARSE FABRIC MADE FROM THE THREADS OF THE MAGUEY
CACTUS. THIS FIBER DISINTEGRATES WITHIN 20-60 YEARS!

3. THERE IS NO UNDER SKETCH, NO SIZING AND NO PROTECTIVE OVER-VARNISH ON THE
IMAGE.

4.  MICROSCOPIC EXAMINATION REVEALED THAT THERE WERE NO BRUSH STROKES.

5.  THE IMAGE SEEMS TO INCREASE IN SIZE AND CHANGE COLORS DUE TO AN UNKNOWN
PROPERTY OF THE SURFACE AND SUBSTANCE OF WHICH IT IS MADE.

6.  ACCORDING TO KODAK OF MEXICO, THE IMAGE IS SMOOTH AND FEELS LIKE A
MODERN DAY PHOTOGRAPH.  (PRODUCED 300 YEARS BEFORE THE INVENTION OF
PHOTOGRAPHY.)

7. THE IMAGE HAS CONSISTENTLY DEFIED EXACT REPRODUCTION, WHETHER BY BRUSH OR
CAMERA.

8.  SEVERAL IMAGES CAN BE SEEN REFLECTED IN THE EYES OF THE VIRGIN. IT IS
BELIEVED TO BE THE IMAGES OF JUAN DIEGO, BISHOP JUAN DE ZUMMARAGA, JUAN
GONZALES, THE INTERPRETER AND OTHERS.

9.  THE DISTORTION AND PLACE OF THE IMAGES ARE IDENTICAL TO WHAT IS PRODUCED IN
THE NORMAL EYE WHICH IS IMPOSSIBLE TO OBTAIN ON A FLAT SURFACE.

10. THE STARS ON OUR LADY’S MANTLE COINCIDE WITH THE CONSTELLATIONS IN THE SKY ON
DECEMBER 12, 1531. ALL WHO HAVE SCIENTIFICALLY EXAMINED THE IMAGE OF OUR
LADY OVER THE CENTURIES CONFESS THAT ITS PROPERTIES ARE ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE
AND SO INEXPLICABLE IN HUMAN TERMS THAT THE IMAGE CAN ONLY BE SUPERNATURAL!

NOW, BEFORE YOU GO, I’VE FOUND A CHARMING VIDEO OF A QUAINT MEXICAN VILLAGE CHURCH CELEBRATION OF THE  FEAST.  THE SONG I GOOGLED WAS “MANANITAS  QUADALUPE,” WHICH MEANS.”BREAK OF DAY“.  YOU’LL FIND THEM, STILL AT NIGHT, WATCHING AND WAITING. BE PATIENT. THE VIDEOGRAPHER WILL EVENTUALLY TAKE YOU INSIDE THE CHURCH TO WITNESS SOMETHING AMAZING TO US GRINGOS. ENJOY.

 BE SURE TO TURN UP YOUR SPEAKERS AND ENTER FOR SCREEN. CLICK HERE.

WITH LOVE,

BOB TRAUPMAN

CONTEMPLATIVE WRITER

Advent Day 10 ~ The Lesson of the Shadows


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MONDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

I HAVE LEARNED TO BE INTRIGUED BY THE SHADOWS OF MY LIFE, LORD.
THE STRONGER THE LIGHT, THE DEEPER THE SHADOW.
I HAVE COME TO REALIZE THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SHADOWS.

I MUST ACCEPT THE SHADOWS OF MY LIFE AS WELL AS THE LIGHT; THEY WILL JUST ALWAYS BE THERE.

AND SO I NOW  PAUSE FOR A MOMENT WHEN A SHADOW GREETS ME;
AND TAKE IN ITS BEAUTY.

TEACH ME TO  STOP AND BE CONFRONTED, TO BE CHANGED,  BY THEM.

THIS DAY, LORD, HELP ME TO REALIZE WHAT THE SHADOWS OF MY LIFE CAN TEACH ME ABOUT YOU AND YOUR GREAT LOVE FOR ME.

BY THE WAY, IF YOU HAVEN’T CHECKED OUT THE PAGE THAT TELLS THE STORY ALL ABOUT ADVENT AND THE 7 THEMES OF THIS SERIES HERE’S THE LINK:  THE STORY OF ADVENT

WITH LOVE,

BOB TRAUPMAN

CONTEMPLATIVE WRITER

EDITORS NOTE:  THIS WAS MY VERY FIRST BLOG POST ON DECEMBER 5, 2007.

 

Advent Day 3 – The wolf and the lamb – the owl and the lion

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

Dear Friends,

Isaiah dreams of a bright future for us; he also chastises us for our idolatry and unfaithfulness to God and our best selves (We will look at this later>)

But today he shows us a wonderful vision: the animals lead the way to peace!

Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb . .

The calf and the young lion shall browse together,

with a little child to guide them.

The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,

together their young shall rest:

the lion shall eat hay like an ox

The baby shall play in the cobra’s den – Isiah 11:5-10.

Let’s muse about peace and harmony today.

Let’s muse about the animal’s leading the way to peace.

(I have a Christmas short story about an owl from the banks of the Shenandoah

and a young lion from the Serengheti in Africa leading the way to peace.

It’s a fun story.  Why not download it and save it for close to Christmas?

My puppy Shivvy (of happy memory) demonstrated his fellow creatures of all sorts.

I have stories of him with turtles and little doves with broken wings and bunny rabbits and ducklings on our walks around our condo.

Think about it.

What can I do today to bring more harmony into the habitat in which I live

– at home, at work, at church, in my neighborhood, in our world?

Behold a broken world, we pray,

Where want and war increase,

And grant us, Lord, in this our day,

The ancient dream of peace.    — unattributed.

And for your listening pleasure from Handel’s Messiah here are two versions of “And the Glory of the Lord

~ one from Robert Shaw’s Atlanta Symphony   Be sure to turn up your speakers and enter full screen.

With love,

Bob Traupman

contemplative writer



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