Newsletter 10/14/2014

Posted: 2014/10/16 in Uncategorized

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1.  Man’s inhumanity to man – Written by Ronald L. Riedell

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Man’s Inhumanity to Man

Brother Ron witnessed something on the Metro this week that was unconscionable.


I was headed to USC to see the newly renovated Caruso Catholic Center on campus.


When I got on the train at 7th street, I sat across from a little old man probably about seventy-five to eighty years old.  He was clean but had long dreaded gray  hair. He was making odd sounds and looking down at the floor.  Half of his teeth were gone and he was wearing a black wool hat that looked like he had for some time.  I looked him in the eyes several times as he gave me a blank stare and looked down again.

I felt compassion for this man because he was there but not there. I  do not believe he was on drugs, but perhaps experienced such a miserable life that he had given up. Or, he might have had some type of mental impediment.

At the first stop, an obese woman on a motorized chair got on the train and barked an order directed at the old man to get up, pointed to the area where he was setting and motioned for him to get up.

The old man got up and moved to an area where people park their bicycles and got in the fetal position and started moving back and forth like he was afraid.

It was all I could do to keep quiet.  I got up from my seat and offered it to the old man but he just shook his head no.  Then I pointed down to the seat were I was sitting and waved my hand indicating that it was ok to sit there.

He got up and sat down next to me.

In case you do not know, people don’t like sitting by Brother Ron either.  I approached another seat next to a woman who was not going to move her purse until I asked her.  She saw the whole incident as well and was not going to let me sit next to her.

After the old guy sat down he was staring into space and making noises again.  The obese woman in the motorized chair was talking on her two cell phones and the  woman I was sitting next to started reading again.  It was as if nothing ever even happened.

I was so dismayed by what had happened to the old guy that I had to fight back tears.  If I had not seen it with my own eyes, I would not have believed it.  How one human could treat another human being, with no concern or compassion for anyone other than for themselves, is beyond my understanding.

I know this only scratches the surface of the world we live in, but most people at least attempt to be respectful of others while traveling to avoid trouble.

I could have done more but I am no better than anyone else. My agenda was more important to me.  So, I got off the train at my stop and most likely will never see any of those people again… except in my memories.


Proverb of the week:

Those who don’t hear the music think the dancers mad.

Quote of the week:

True Wealth, True Poverty

Let us learn not to call the rich lucky nor the poor unfortunate.  Rather, if we are to tell the truth, the rich man is not the one who has collected many possessions but the one who needs few possessions; and the poor man is not the one who has no possessions but the one who has many desires.  We ought to consider this the definition of poverty and wealth.  So if you see someone greedy for many things, you should consider him the poorest of all, even if he has acquired everyone’s money.  If, on the other hand, you see someone with few needs, you should count him the richest of all, even if he has acquired nothing.

St. John Chrysostom

Homilies on the Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man

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Posted: 2014/10/09 in Uncategorized

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1.  Blood Moon – Written by Ronald L. Riedell

2.  Seeing is believing, Brown-Written by Ronald L. Riedell

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Quote of the week

Story one

Blood Moon

Brother Ron got up at 0430 this morning hoping to catch a glimpse of natural phenomena called the blood moon.


A blood moon or lunar eclipse is when the moon passes directly behind the earth into its shadow.  This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle, where, a lunar eclipse can only occur the night of a full moon.


To my disappointment, I was only able to see the ending stage of the eclipse at that time due to a miss communication. I relied on the information I received from the internet. What I did not take into account, was the difference in the time zones.

It was my fault, because I should have done better research for such an irregular and important event.
It is hard not to believe there is something out there greater than myself when mysteries such as blood moons happen right before my eyes.

Scientists and philosophers try to explain these so called, “Natural Phenomena’s” and are able to predict them with great accuracy. I can’t help but wonder what came first the chicken or the egg? In other words, were the bible stories created around the natural phenomena or does the natural phenomena help me remember the stories?

People try to instill fear in others by suggesting that some ancient prophecy has, or is being fulfilled by some natural reoccurring phenomena called a Blood Moon.
However ridiculous or untrue the suggestion may be, I still do not want to discount the fact that it might be true.

Does the Blood Moon have a meaning or hidden agenda in prophecy? Brother Ron does not know and will not speculate or react to naturally occurring events.

Is the Blood Moon a so-called, “Act of God”? Brother Ron believes it was.

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For example, if the blood moon caused a high tide that resulted in a disaster where people were injured or human suffering was involved, the Blood Moon might have been referred to an “Act of God” for insurance purposes. However, as far as I know thank G-d no one was injured by it, so it was called a natural repeating phenomenon, that a few lunatics (No pun intended) have attached a doomsday prophecy to which may or may not be true.

Story two

Seeing is Believing

Brown pigments

Brown pigments are from minerals of the earth, but very few modern pigments with these names actually contain natural earths; most of their ingredients today are synthetic. Mars brown is typical of these new colors, made with synthetic iron oxide pigments.

The new colors have a superior coloring power and opacity.

Walnuts have been used to make a brown dye since antiquity. The Roman writer Ovid, in the first century BC described how the Gauls used the juice of the hull or husk inside the shell of the walnut to make a brown dye for wool, or a reddish dye for their hair.

The Chestnut tree has also been used since ancient times as a source brown dye. The bark of the tree, the leaves and the husk of the nuts have all been used to make dye. The leaves were used to make a beige or yellowish brown dye, and in the Ottoman Empire the yellow-brown from chestnut leaves was combined with indigo blue to make shades of green.

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Brown is the color of wood or soil. It is a combination of the colors red, black and yellow. Brown is seen widely in nature, in wood, soil, and human hair color, eye color and skin pigmentation. In the United States, it is the color most often associated with plainness, humility, the rustic, and poverty. It is also, according to public opinion surveys, the least favorite color.


Brown has many shades and tones – each producing a different effect. Brown can be a stabilizing color. The red in brown gives it practical energy while the yellow and blue add mental focus energies. Too much brown can make a dull effect. Brown gives a feeling of solidity, and allows one to stay in the background, unnoticed.

Some shades of brown create a warm, comfortable feeling of wholesomeness, naturalness and dependability.

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As I am trying to show, when an artist puts paint down on a canvas, there is more than meets the eye. Much thought goes into the color selection and application of those colors.

Proverb of the week:

Day and night cannot dwell together.

Quote of the week:

Fast before the Lord according to your strength, for to do this will purge you of your iniquities and sins; it exalts the soul, sanctifies the mind, drives away the demons, and prepares you for God’s presence.

St Isaiah the Solitary
On Guarding the Intellect

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Newsletter 10/03/2014

Posted: 2014/10/03 in Uncategorized

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1.  Cosmic Journey – Ronald L. Riedell

2.  Seeing is believing, the color blue-Written by Ronald L. Riedell

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Story one

Cosmic Journey

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This is a cosmic journey into the mystery of reality, where empirical evidence, is substantiated by my imagination. The truth is distorted by misguided facts, from my own point of view, manipulated into a confinement of perceived reality unique to my own perspective …

I came to the life of time with no preconceived ideas, I lived in a world of illusion for 62 years incased in my own point of view and negligently tied to convince others that my point of view was correct based on misguided facts I received from others.

Hold onto your seatbelts boys and girls, “ Brother Ron has gone crazy”. and I think you’ll like it.

Story two

Seeing is Believing

Seeing is Believing

Blue pigments were made from minerals, especially lapis lazuli and azurite. These minerals were crushed, ground into powder, and then mixed with a quick-drying binding agent, such as egg yolk (tempera painting) for painting icons.

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Blue, Surveys in the U.S. and Europe show that blue is the color most commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, confidence, distance, infinity, the imagination, cold, and sometimes with sadness.


In the U.S. and European public opinion polls to me is overwhelmingly the most popular color, chosen by an equal amount of both men and women as their favorite color.

In Turkey and Central Asia blue, was considered the color of mourning. Dark blue was widely used in the decoration of churches in the Byzantine Empire. In Byzantine art the Virgin Mary usually wore dark blue or purple. Blue was used as a background color representing the sky.

In the culture of the Hopi people of the American southwest, blue symbolized the west, which was seen as the house of death. A dream about a person carrying a blue feather was considered a very bad omen.

Artists recognized the emotional power of blue, and made it the central element of paintings” believing that a certain blue penetrates your soul.”


As I paint my Icons I try to match the colors of the icon I am writing from, but I have the freedom to chose the colors that inspire me.

Proverb of the week:

The poor blame them, those people, they, because they themselves are so far removed from the truth, they neglect to see that it is them who is they….

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Newsletter 09/25/2014

Posted: 2014/09/25 in Uncategorized

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1.  Social Media in the www Wild,Wild,West I love your stories – Ronald L. Riedell

2.  Brother Ron’s Prayer Closet-Written by Ronald L. Riedell

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Quote of the week

Story one

Social Media in the www Wild,Wild,West I love your stories.

The original post:

Okay, what more can happen….swamp cooler don’t work needs a new filter. House is hot! Both bath tubs back up so now i need a plumber! Let’s just add some more on me here…go ahead! It’s only 106 degrees today! Which is worst no air conditioning, or plumbing problem? Hm…. Which would you take first?

The Replies:

I take a pass on all

Isnt the swamper new?

Treviño Ogod it probably hot in that house

Rent an air conditioned motel room for a week…..

the swamp cooler I would fix first…………106 is way to hot………….my son fixed his bathtub with 99 cent store drano and a bottle of bleach………it was backing up his kitchen sink too……… worked……..still amazed that it worked.

I’d go check into a hotel room with ac. Hang In There. It must be hot out there.

Thanks getting plumbing fix tonite. Can’t go to motel I have too many animals here.

Brother Ron wrote: Cool off outside with the hose that way you can kill two birds with one stone, You will be able to cool off and you don’t have to worry about the plumbing inside your house.

Brother Ron wrote: Don’t let the water police catch you, but if they do tell them you’re going to dry off by laying in the sun on the sidewalk. That way tell them, I can save electricity and water, by not washing a towel which will more that make up for the water I used to cool off.

Jackson I hope things are better !!!!

Time to go to the casino!

Gotta appreciate the internet is working today!

That’s right, have to be grateful anyways. I know things will get fixed eventually, just have to be patient.

swamp cooler!! Hang in there my friend!!Let me know when you get it fixed so I can come see you!!

Go get yourself a 24 and think about it. A 24 in Canada is a Case of Beer!

I did Gary Hatcher!

God Stuff, did it help!

Yep, and leftover for tonite!

The follow up post:

Oh thank God! My swamp cooler is fix now I have cool air now! ((Yea)) and the plumbing is fix too! Thank you Lord for hearing my prayers! And it didn’t cost me anything. My plumber friend fix it for “free”. I am so grateful!

The replies:

See !!!! good !

Just in time for the weather to start cooling down

Brother Ron wrote: Your friend didn’t fix it free, you were given $300. in labor that took many years of experience to understand. G-d works in mysterious ways. Both of you got a gift you needed help and were able to get your prayers answered. You friend was able to become the hands of G-d to answer them. The cooler was just a insignificant way to give you both a way to experience true life. Uncondional love amoung friends.

Well, thanks> Brother Ron for clairfying that for me  (Not understanding the $300 part though) If your referring the cost of the swamp cooler, it cost $867.00 total. It’s the “big baby” on top of my roof for the house.

Brother Ron wrote: Even more to be thankful for. Lol

Social Media is the way many people all over the world communicate. Yes, it is small talk, and yes, there is no reasonable expectation of privacy, but it allows users to have a sense of community or belonging.

Nothing on the internet is written in stone. Everything can disappear with the flash of an ultraviolet light.

However, we can encourage each other with parody (LOL), give misinformed advice to each other without worrying about being liable for some tort, action and we can let our inner selves go wild.

With that being said, I have myself gotten others angry with me by unintentionally going on and on with babblings. I become like a ship running without a rudder. I go on and on about things that I have firsthand knowledge about but others see as wrong.

Social media is a dangerous playground. There is no expectation of privacy, it is a public forum in cyberspace out in the www Wild, Wild, West of just on’s and off’s.

The word of G-d, the bible, the writings of saints, and all the spiritual writings have been authenticated historically throughout the years.

Electronic media is like a puff of smoke that is here and disappears. Electronic media exists only in the equipment that interprets it…. All can be lost in the twinkling of an eye or a power outage and nothing will be left. All our hopes and dreams, our friends, even our source of news can be stopped at the flick of a switch or a act of G-d.

Write a letter, have a coffee or a glass of water with a friend. Say hello to the people you meet everyday.

As much fun as social media is, and it is fun and addicting, we as humans need each other. The device in your hand is keeping you from the comfort of the touch of someone who loves you.

Hold on to your Bibles and spiritual books they may become rare or impossible to get.

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This is the 100th post on this blog. Where does the time go?

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O Angel of Christ, my holy Guardian and Protector of my soul and body, forgive me all my sins of today. Deliver me from all the wiles of the enemy, that I may not anger my God by any sin. Pray for me, sinful and unworthy servant, that thou mayest present me worthy of the kindness and mercy of the All-holy Trinity and the Mother of my Lord Jesus Christ, and of all the Saints. Amen.

Brother Ron’s Prayer Closet


ἀσθενεῖ τις ἐν ὑμῖν προσκαλεσάσθω τοὺς πρεσβυτέρους τῆς ἐκκλησίας καὶ προσευξάσθωσαν ἐπ᾽ αὐτὸν ἀλείψαντες αὐτὸν ἐλαίῳ ἐν τῷ ὀνόματι τοῦ κυρίου

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:


Here is my prayer a transliteration of the OUR FATER:

Our creator, maker of all things visible, pure is your name. Your choices come to exist, in our containment as it is in the visible. Give us down here daily our necessity of food. Let go of our wandering from the path. As we let go those who owe us. Bring us not toward experiments, but draw us toward yourself. Separate us from hardship and labor.

Prayer list:

MC – Kidney infection

SF- Operation

AE- School

BR- Wisdom

JR- Job

CG- Ministry

TN- Chair

BR- Call Up Brother Ron- The wisdom and guidance to make this newsletter better and more useful.

For a prayer request I will only post initials and a brief description of your request. Send your prayer request directly to me at remember this blog Callupbrotherron is a public forum and there is no expectation of privacy.

Proverb of the week:

An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.

Quote of the week:

I entreat you not to leave your heart unguarded, so long as you are in the body. Just as a farmer cannot feel

confident about the crop growing in his fields, because he does not know what will happen to it before it is

stored away in his granary, so a man should not leave his heart unguarded so long as he still has breath in his

nostrils. Up to his last breath he cannot know what passion will attack him; so long as he breathes, therefore, he

must not leave his heart unguarded, but should at every moment pray to God for His help and mercy.

St Isaiah the Solitary

On Guarding the Intellect

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Newsletter 09/16/2014

Posted: 2014/09/18 in Uncategorized

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1.  Generation Y the so called, ‘Lost Generation’ aka, Millennial Generation- Ronald L. Riedell

  1. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia- Ronald L. Riedell
  2.  Seeing is believing- applying gold leaf -Written by Ronald L. Riedell

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Story one

Generation Y the so called, ‘Lost Generation’ aka, Millennial Generation


Brother Ron’s niece’s daughter is going to Berkley and is studying science. She is a brilliant young woman with enthusiasm and hope.  Recently she had her computer stolen.

Here is what she wrote on FaceBook:

“Today my backpack with my laptop and wallet was stolen on campus!  I want to share my experience so that other people can be reminded to be more aware of their belongings.  Though this was at UCB, it could really be any urban setting, and it can happen so quickly and so unexpectedly. I was sitting in the grass, listening to music in front of VSLB around noon. I was leaning on my backpack and had …”

moved forward to read my book and papers more closely. That moment was all it took for someone to grab my backpack. I made myself vulnerable by not paying attention and being distracted. Among all the families and other students around, someone was watching people looking for targets like me. Normally I am so careful (this was the first day of bringing my computer to campus). I made a police report and put holds on all my accounts and all, but I’m not expecting to see my things again….

Most of us have had similar situations happen to us.  What is so encouraging about this unfortunate event is in what happen afterwards.

It has been a little over a week since my backpack was stolen, and I just want to say that things have unexpectedly turned around for the better.  This is long so TL; DR: I will be able to get a new laptop sometime next week.

For those that don’t know yet, my incredible first year class surprised me with a thick envelope of cash with my name haphazardly drawn in all caps on the front (not suspicious at all, did not look anything like drug money) and a note written in purple ink (hehe, Aaron) saying that they had come together to pitch in money donation to help me buy a new laptop :’). Shockingly they raised $526!  I’m still in so much awe, and above all I am greatly warmed knowing that our class will be there for each other.  I think this is the kindest thing that has happened to me and I wanted to share because it was so uplifting.

And, I recently learned that my renter’s insurance covers this type of loss even though it wasn’t stolen from my home. I thought it was a long shot to call and ask because they don’t cover bike theft in this way. I filed a claim and it was accepted! The amount they are sending is more than the current market value of my old laptop (though of course there is the $500 deductible to consider). I really recommend State Farm, whose representatives went beyond to help me out (they gave extra $$ to purchase a new CD drive, since newer laptops don’t include one; these are details I wouldn’t consider myself).

Lastly, one more thing that really surprised me: my old apartment complex sent a check that apparently was related to a move-out refund.

Among all this support, I will be able to buy an excellent computer sometime next week that will last me through graduate school. :’) And it will be fiercely guarded. Thanks to all who helped me out.

This almost brought a tear to Brother Ron’s eye.  Knowing that there are still good people in the world; and that the “lost generation” is not so lost after all.

OK, maybe one tear…


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Who is one of the most influential men on the planet?  Thanks but it was not me.  LOL

Story two

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Brother Ron had the opportunity to see arguably one of the most influential men on the planet;


Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. As the longest-serving justice currently on the Court, Justice Scalia is the Senior Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court in the most powerful country on earth.  President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1986.

Brother Ron overlooked the lecture on the Itinerary; sadly, I could not afford to listen to his talk anyway.  I have read his book, which was very informative.

I was able to get in after the lecture and take a few pictures.

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Justice Scalia is a regal man, standing a little taller than I had guessed. His presence demands respect. I took his picture while he was signing his book, which he gave to all who had attended.  Out of respect for Justice Scalia and the safety of his staff, I am not including those pictures.

I meet so many people and go places few ever go. It is hard for people that do not know me to believe the stories I tell.  When I tell people who I saw, they just smile until I show them the pictures.

I told one of Justice Scalia’s staff marshals that and he couldn’t help but crack a little smile.

G-d has blessed me and given me opportunities to be in places and see things that if you would have told me you saw, I myself would not believed.

The right person is going to read this and it will make a difference in their life, that is why I keep writing, believe it or not.

Seeing is Believing

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Story Three

Applying gold leaf


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Gold leaf is very expensive, I use an imitation gold leaf on my Icons.

The term gold leafing or gilding covers a number of decorative techniques for applying fine gold leaf or powder to solid surfaces such as wood, stone, or metal to give a thin coating of gold.

Goldbeating, the technique of producing metal leaf, has been known for more than 5,000 years.

Much is made of the symbolic meaning of the colors used in icons. Gold can signify royalty, even divinity. The use of gold leaf is a means of expressing the glory and the splendor of God. It represents the uncreated light of Heaven itself. This is why the halos are placed on the icon using gold leaf. Gold was traditionally used both for its value, and because it can be burnished to a highly reflective surface. This then reflects light as though it was coming from within the figure itself.

There are many good internet sources for Gold Leafing techniques. If Brother Ron can gold leaf so can you. It is easy and the results are worth the effort.

Proverb of the week:

The trouble with most problem-solving books for parents is that they start with the idea that the child has a problem. Then they try to tell us how to fix the child.

Quote of the week:

Be attentive to yourself, so that nothing destructive can separate you from the love of God. Guard your heart,

and do not grow listless and say: ‘How shall I guard it, since I am a sinner?’ For when a man abandons his sins

and returns to God, his repentance regenerates him and renews him entirely.

St Isaiah the Solitary

On Guarding the Intellect

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Newsletter 09/10/2014

Posted: 2014/09/10 in Uncategorized

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1. Adventure in Vegas – Ronald L. Riedell
2. Seeing is believing- Drawing a Cartoon -Written by Ronald L. Riedell

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Quote of the week

Story one

Adventure in Vegas


Every year G-d willing, I go to a convention in Las Vegas. This year it was at one of the newest hotels on the strip. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful hotels on the strip Brother Ron has been in.

For three days, I am immersed in legal training given by men and women who, in my opinion, are the world-class leaders of the legal profession. There were over three thousand attendees at this three-day event.
The attendees were down to earth good people who were there to share information and learn from each other.

The real adventure was my walks to and from the conference. It took me about a half hour to walk about a mile from the hotel I was staying at to the conference.


In the mornings there were people sleeping on the street. Litter was strewn everywhere, drunken women in short dresses carrying their high heel shoes hurrying to find their way home. No one smiled or said hello and a few had cups in their hand asking for change.


Workers were cleaning up with machines, putting out tables and chairs for the next evening.

One would never guess there was any kind of trouble in the world by the number of people walking down the strip at night.


At night, people were out in force, from all over the world and from every lifestyle. People were spending money on expensive gifts, drinking, and gambling as if there were no tomorrow.

To find G-d in Vegas Brother Ron would guess might be impossible for a visitor because of the facade, lights, and people. However, for the ones who live and work there, day in and day out, that is another story.

It is not hard to see the hurt and disillusionment in the people’s eyes. The saddest thing I saw was an off duty server still in her uniform playing a slot machine early in the morning.

It is a different adventure in the morning walking the strip. Early morning Vegas, however is the true Vegas. Where smelly, dirty streets are filled with people begging for money and hurrying to go somewhere.
The television ads and magazines keep this Vegas from us.

Only a few of us ever see this reality. What hurt me emotionally the most was my own reactions to the perceived misery in the streets. Here I was enjoying a conference in a hotel where one night’s stay starts at $325.00 a night, with the wealthiest and most well educated segment of the population on the planet earth.

How do I rationalize in my mind the extreme poverty, walking over people laying in the street, witnessing crime, for the sake of education. Yet, I am ashamed to say that I guilty of this.

I am a miserable sinner unworthy of salvation yet like the woman caught in adultery the lord said to her,” Go and sin no more.” I am not sure if I sinned but the sight of hurting people lying in the street convicted me.

I will sin again, not because I don’t care, but because I am weak. If not for the mercy of G-d, I would be lost.

Story 2

Seeing is Believing

When I think of a cartoon, I think about Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse. Icons are not painted, they are written and copied. With that said, I draw freehand the image that I want to write. In the past outlines that look similar to modern day, cartoons were drawn on sheets of paper and traced onto the boards. Primarily to get the same proportions on the board as the last one.


Proverb of the week:

A chattering bird builds no nest.

Quote of the week:

Fast before the Lord according to your strength, for to do this will purge you of your iniquities and sins; it exalts the soul, sanctifies the mind, drives away the demons, and prepares you for God’s presence. Having already eaten once, try not to eat a second time the same day, in case you become extravagant and disturb your mind. In this way you will have the means for helping others and for mortifying the passions of your body. But if there is a meeting of the brethren, and you have to eat a second and a third time, do not be disgruntled and surly. On the contrary, when you have eaten a second or a third time, thank God that you have fulfilled the law of love and that He himself is providing for you. Also, there are occasions when, because of a bodily sickness, you have to eat a second and a third time or more often. Do not be sad about this; when you are ill you should modify your ascetic labors for the time being, so that you may regain the strength to take them up once more.

Evagrios the Solitary
Outline Teaching on Asceticism and Stillness in the Solitary Life

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Newsletter 08/19/2014

Posted: 2014/08/19 in Uncategorized

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1. Everyone is all in – Ronald L. Riedell
2. Seeing is beleving- Painting an Icon… -Written By Ronald L. Riedell

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Quote of the week

Story 1

Everyone is all in

We are all players in the game, and none of us got here because we wanted to be here. Being alone is a hell, our imagination tells us there is no g-d, and no one loves us, which is a lie. Your creator loves you and is within reach any time of the day or night. All I have to do is open my eyes and see that the kingdom of heaven is at hand.


Last week one of Brother Ron’s beloved comedians left the world. The media has inundated me with all kinds of information about how he left the world; all I know is that he is gone.

I am not privileged to have the information on what really happened to him because I am not a family member or agent of his. However, I enjoyed his acting and the presentation of the material he was given to present and he will be missed by me.


I have been disappointed and at times discouraged but never to the point of taking my own life. There is a reason for everything and I have learned to accept things as they present themselves.

My perception is that many people in the world have been asleep for years, almost in a drunken stupor of drugs and alcohol. When finally awakened, people do not realize they have been sleeping. The world has changed and they do not know how or why.

I have been so busy with living, cooking dinner, buying groceries, going to work, going to school, raising kids, and a thousand other things that it is easy to get lost in living.

Being awake I control little more than my own actions. For me to believe I can change someone else is a fallacy and a fiction of my imagination. Besides, how would I change them? Into my own image?

I have learned that accepting me for who I am, and forgiving myself for all my perceived shortcomings is the truth and the beginning of being born again.

I am literally born again every day, with the hope of not changing the world, but the hope of changing myself, and the way I perceive the world.

Story 2

Seeing is Believing
Choosing the right size.

Many thoughts go into choosing the right icon. For example, where you will hang it? Who besides you will see it. What size makes sense to you? You should not forget the purpose of an icon; an icon is a teaching tool and window into the soul. Icons invite you to contemplate spiritual things. They renew your spirit with thoughts of those who have gone before you. The colors and the images themselves, depending on how the icons were written, excite the viewer’s soul to prayer.

Then after you have decided on the right icon for you, the next step is to choose the size.

Depending on your budget, it can be a small image to place on the dresser in your bedroom. A medium size 8×11 to place in a prayer room to help you meditate on spiritual things, or a large icon to hang in a public area to teach the scripturally unlearned about events that happened in the bible. Some Churches have icons that cover an entire wall to help the congregation keep focused on liturgy.


Presented here, the icon will be of an event in the bible where Jesus is in the garden after the Seder (The last Supper).

“Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, my soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Matthew 26:36-41
Christ in the garden2

No one wants to die, not even Christ. Anyone who knows about Seder knows that there are four cups of wine drank at Seder and a festive meal eaten. After the Seder our stomachs are full and some of us have a buzz on from the wine and a little beer drank with the festive meal. It is usually late at night when Seder is over.
As Disciples of Christ, most have good intentions and want to pray but because of the full belly, it is hard to stay awake to pray for even one hour.

This icon is one of Brother Ron’s favorites. It is simple with a powerful message.

Proverb of the week:
A man is not honest simply because he never had a chance to steal.

Quote of the week:
At the time of prayer, we should expel from our heart the provocation of each evil thought, rebutting it in a spirit of devotion so that we do not prove to be speaking to God with our lips, while pondering wicked thoughts in our heart.

St Isaiah the Solitary
On Guarding the Intellect