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Ash Wednesday and Lent

This Wednesday, the season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday.  Ash Wednesday derives its name from the placing of ashes on our foreheads  saying, ” I Repent, and I believe in the Gospel” ,”I am dust, and to dust I shall return.  The ashes are prepared by burning palm leaves from the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebrations.

The  word Lent is a shortened form the word lencten, meaning “spring season”. The term Lent signifies the period 40 days before the Passover holiday. In modern Greek the term is Σαρακοστή (Sarakostí), derived from the earlier Τεσσαρακοστή (Tessarakostí), meaning “fortieth”. The corresponding word in Latin, quadragesima (“fortieth”), is the origin of the terms used in Latin.

  • Mosesspent 40 days on Mount Sinai with God (Exodus 24:18)
  • Elijah spent 40 days and nights walking to Mount Horeb (1 Kings 19:8)
  • God sent 40 days and nights of rain in the great flood of Noah (Genesis 7:4)
  • The Hebrew people wandered 40 years in the desert while traveling to the Promised Land (Numbers 14:33)
  • Jonah’s prophecy of judgment gave 40 days to the city of Nineveh in which to repent or be destroyed (Jonah 3:4).
  • Jesus retreated into the wilderness, where He fasted for 40 days, and was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1–2, Mark 1:12–13, Luke 4:1–2).

 

There are traditionally 40 days in Lent; these days are marked by fasting, both from foods and festivities, and by other acts of surrender. The three traditional other practices during Lent are prayer, justice, and showing kindness to others.

Although not in the Bible, Ash Wednesday and Lent is a time of Christian renewal, started in the Twelfth Century. A tradition that continues today, that was started over a thousand years ago before most had access to scripture or could read them.

Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras the day before Ash Wednesday has become more important than Passover. A time of drunken partying in the streets… No need to explain that.

 

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Brother Ron

I am a so called Baby-boomer generationally. Not by choice, but by the circumstances of my birth. Fit into a box of pre-established rules, norms and roles shown to me by people I learned to trust.

I believe it is important for me to understand that I am here not by choice, that we are all, everywhere, in every place of our existence here without any choice of our own.

I am assuming a role inherited to me by nature of my culture, geographic location, economic standing, and my sex (gender).

My role as a Baby-boomer is fictional. Established by the imagination of others who I had no personal contact with or choice in the meaning.

A generation is arguably 20- 50 years apart. A father, a son, a grandfather, and a great grandfather each have a predetermined designation as a group. All may exist at the same time.

With that said, a whole group of souls with no foundation have believed who they are; is what they have been told and established by others before they arrived here.

Technology changes as fast as the body and it is my belief that technology drives society, not the humans that create it. The ability to adapt to the technology available in the present is the dividing point of the generations.

A lot of Baby-boomers are still recovering from Viet-Nam that divided a Nation along with a sexual revolution that divided gender and surviving drug induced stupor that robbed them of life; while looking to sex for love.

Most Baby-boomers use technology on a limited basis for practical reasons and economy. I have not forgotten: it was baby-boomers who gave me the internet, Star Wars, personal computers and Viagra …

1,930 Days… To Live.

Posted: 2020/01/19 in Uncategorized

I stopped writing the Newsletter primarily due to my own laziness but more importantly to live my own life. My Brothers recent second death and his courage to accept death. Inspired me to continue to share. A little over five years from the time he was brought back to life until now. about 1,930 Days…

My brother worked hard all his life as a carpenter cabinet maker and floor installer. He lost his index finger on a saw. but his hands were strong and calloused from a lifetime of service to others. Not an educated man his ways were simple, he knew right from wrong understood fair.

The home we call earth will suffer as a result of the loss of a good man.

After his brush with death the first time I had an opportunity to get to know him and understand him a little better. I would like to take the liberty to share some real adventures and dispel any fear that you might have about death and dying.

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My brother was dead for 30 seconds thanks to all of the prayers he is getting out of the hospital today and is in better shape than he was when he went in. Thank you all for your prayers.

For the beginner who is alone.

Where do I start to find God?

when I close my eyes I am alone separated from god.

Then as I open my eyes to the visible I realized I had no part in what I see.

I close my eyes again and ask the creator of the visible to help me find the truth.

At that point I am a seeker of truth and God will find me.

I can know the truth and the truth will set me free.

Proverb of the week:

 

“He who knows himself, knows everyone.  He who can love himself, loves everyone.”

Saint Anthony (c. 251-c.356) Egypt

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Spiritual Considerations on the Life of Saint Antony the Great

This manuscript is an Arabic translation of a work on the life of Saint Antony, the early Egyptian ascetic, originally written in Latin. The work was translated by a Maronite priest named Alexander “for the benefit of those who seek perfection in the Christian religion.” It is made up of nine “considerations” or “contemplatio616x510

Saint Antony the Great (circa 251—356) was a prominent leader among the Desert Fathers of 3rd-century Egypt and is regarded as one of the founders of Christian monasticism.

 

Contents this week

Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

“  The truth about living in America with a lower middle class family Part four – As a School Age kid “

By Ronald L. Riedell

 “Quote of the week”

Change in Posting Day:

This is a note to let everyone know that the posting day for this blog will be on Sunday nights once a week.  God willing I hope to be consistent but with that said, I know myself and will do the best I can to post interesting and entertaining content consistently once a week so you can read it on Mondays…

 

Story one

 The truth about living in America with a lower middle class family Part four – As a School Age kid

Continuing my story from last week as a pre-school kid, this week as a school aged kid. So far I have been socially conditioned to feed myself, dress myself, go to the bathroom by myself, and most importantly to listen and obey adults.  Subjected to corporal punishment I learned early on through the sting of being physical contact it was easier to do what I was told then to suffer the consequences of non-compliance.

It wasn’t until I was older that I realized it was for the benefit of my mother that I used the toilet it was because it saved her set upthe work of changing dippers and washing them.  I might also mention at this point that I grew up in a house with two brothers and a father and for the most part men are poor aims when it comes to hitting the water in the toilet.  I learned that through the pain of corporal punishment the toilet seat was to remain up.

The sooner I was socialized the sooner I could attend the state mandated schools, thereby, relieving my mother of several hours a day of babysitting me.

I became enticed to work at a very early age.  My first job was washing the famibuffalo_215ly dishes for $.05 I would save up until I would have enough for a model.  ( Revell Plastic model for at that time $1.25 )

I could never buy the battleships I really wanted because the cost way more then I could ever save for.  Again, compromising for the less expensive models I had already learned at a younger age.

My grandpa put me to work mowing his lawn and painting a fence.  He always bought my art and framed it.  However, I hated mowing lawns and painting fences.

I like most kids was influenced by television we had and old black and white console television that never got good reception.

My favorite shows were Combat, and Mc Hales Navy.

I never saw any of these in color.

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captan kanrueecaptan kanruee1bev hillbillydavy crocketrobinsonssupermantwilightzonewizard of oz excreta… ect… ect…

My generation grew up with images sent into our homes by people we never knew.  Television would change my life and the course of history forever through the projected images of fiction.  Advertisers could sell products to unsuspecting audiences of innocent minds.  Product placements, subliminal messages, and political agendas could be brought right into my living room without permission other than my silence, which was interpreted as my acceptance of their agenda.  Of course as a minor, I had very little choice in what was being watched or aired over public airwaves.

I was being shaped into the mold of whomever I identified with.  Positive or Negative role models because I spent more time channeled into the nonexistent representations let us call actors than I did talking to real people.  I imagined myself to be an officer in the Navy.  Barbrella was my first love.

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There is so much you say at this stage I want to take a little more time to explore it.  Therefore, next week will be a continuation of the school age years.

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Quote of the week:

To know yourself means that you must guard yourself diligently from everything external to you; it means

respite from worldly concerns and cross-examination of the conscience.  Once you come to know yourself a kind of

super rational divine humility suddenly descends upon the soul, bringing contrition and tears of fervent compunction

to the heart. Acted upon in this way you regard yourself as earth and ashes (cf. Gen. 18:27), and as a worm and no

man (cf. Ps. 22:6). Indeed, because of this overwhelming gift of God, you think you are unworthy of even this

wormlike form of life.

Nikitas Stithatos

On the Inner Nature of Things and on the Purification of the Intellect:

One Hundred Texts

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 “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

Nephilim                                                                                                         Genesis 6:4

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:5

As it was in the days of Noah,  so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

 

Matthew 24:37

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Proverb of the week:

 

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have…”

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Contents this week

Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

“  The truth about living in America with a lower middle class family Part three – As a Pre School kid “

By Ronald L. Riedell

 “Quote of the week”

Change in Posting Day:

This is a note to let everyone know that the posting day for this blog will be on Sunday nights once a week.  God willing I hope to be consistent but with that said, I know myself and will do the best I can to post interesting and entertaining content consistently once a week so you can read it on Mondays…

 

Story one

 

The truth about living in America with a lower middle class family Part three – As a Pre School kid

 

The story continues with me as a preschool kid.  Hawthorne, California in the 1950’s was a hub for post World War ll veterans and their families.  My family lived in Hawthorne, California because the jobs were within aerospace and only less than thirty minutes away.  The cost of housing was affordable.  My cousin lived within walking distance, and my grandparents lived across the street.

I never knew I was poor because I had no idea what being poor was.  I learned to compromise and be satisfied with what I had, which was not much. All my clothes were what were then called “Hand me downs”. They came in boxes from people my parents knew.  I never knew other people had worn them, but they were new to me.  Sometimes there were even toys and stuffed animals in the box; it was like Christmas when a box of clothes would come to our house, gifts from people I did not know.

My cousin always had new toys, new clothes, and new shoes.  I was learning envy and desire because my toys were always old and worn out, while his were always new.foot stool

I will never forget my first pair of new shoes.  My whole family went to the shoe store. It smelled like leather in the store.  I wanted a pair of Converse high tops like my cousin.  The salesman, who was dressed in a suit

brought a stool with a slanted side and a foot-measuring device.  I was told to take off one shoe so he could measure my foot.

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I was so excited about getting a new pair of shoes, until I found out I was getting the low top shoes that were on sale.  Even worse, they were blue canvas.  The salesman told me they were just like the Converse, but I knew better.  What I remember most was the way the new shoes felt; they felt like I was walking on air.  The shoes seemed to spring me forward as I took a step.

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I soon forgot about the Converse high tops and was happy to have a new pair of shoes.  I learned a life lesson that day. It is called compromise, an agreement, or a settlement that is reached by making concessions.  I would have never gotten a new pair of new shoes had I insisted on the Converse high tops shoes which were three times as much. “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” Why was it that my cousin has nice things a room of his own and I ended up with used toys and hand me down clothes, even my first bicycle was used with two flat ties.

Compromise is a form of mitigation or negotiation, a skill that has provided a living for me and has served me well raising a family myself. I learned this lesson in spite of myself. God works in mysterious ways, and everything that happened is for a reason.

Guess what Brother Ron finally got a pair of Converse High Tops and they really are not much better then the old blue canvas low top off brands.p1030066

Next week is “The truth about living in America with a lower middle class family Part four – As a School Age kid” you will find out how heart surgery robbed me of an education.  How not so well intending teachers and the school system traumatized me and failed me.

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Quote of the week:

 

So possessions arouse feelings of jealousy against their owners, cut off their owners from men better than

themselves, divide families, and make friends hate one another. Possessions, moreover, have no place in the life to

come, and even in this present life have no great use. Why, then, do we abandon the service of God and devote

ourselves entirely to empty trivialities? For it is God who supplies us with all that we need. Human efforts inevitably

fail unless God helps us; while God in His providence bestows every blessing without man’s assistance. What

benefits were gained from their efforts by those to whom God said: ‘You sowed much and gathered little, and I blew

it away out of your hands’ (cf. Hag. 1:9)? And what did the righteous lack, though they gave no thought at all for

their needs? Were not the Israelites fed in the desert for forty years, without cultivating the land? They always had

enough to eat, for in a strange and miraculous way quails came in from the sea and manna fell from the sky (cf.

Exod. 16), and a dry rock, when struck, gushed water (cf. Exod. 17:6); and throughout the whole forty years their clothes and shoes never wore out (cf. Deut. 8:4). What land was tilled beside the brook Kerith where

Elijah hid? Did not the ravens bring him food (cf. 1 Kgs. 17:6)A nd when he came to Sarepta, did not the widow,

despite her desperate need, give him bread, snatching it from the mouth other own children (cf. 1 Kgs. 17:10-16)

All this shows that we should seek holiness, not clothing, food and drink.

St Neilos The Ascetic

Ascetic Discourse

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Brother Ron (1953–Present) is a self-taught, American surfer, artiest, author, teacher, and philosopher.

 

 

 “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

                                                                                                         Genesis 6:4

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:5

As it was in the days of Noah,  so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Noah

 

Matthew 24:37

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Proverb of the week:

 

“ A scientist is not one who gives the answers, a scientist is one who asks the right questions, and seeks the truth .”

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Contents this week

Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

“  The truth about living in America with a lower middle class family Part two – As a Toddler “

By Ronald L. Riedell

 “Quote of the week”

Change in Posting Day:

This is a note to let everyone know that the posting day for this blog will be on Sunday nights once a week.  God willing I hope to be consistent but with that said, I know myself and will do the best I can to post interesting and entertaining content consistently once a week so you can read it on Mondays…

 

Story one

 

The truth about living in America with a lower middle class family Part two – as a Toddler

As an adult trying to looking back from the perspective of a toddler is peculiar to remember. When I was small, everything seemed so big, and difficult to do, but when I revisit those same places as adults, they seem so small.  For example, I remember one of the houses I grew up in, a small two-bedroom house in Gardena California.  My two brothers and I slept in the same 10 x10 room while growing up, the room seemed so big and spacious.

While I was growing up I never knew that my mother had been married before; she was in her second marriage when she married my father; if I count the months it is almost to the day in a full term pregnancy that I was born.  Under ecclesiastical cannon law, that makes me a bastard. Under civil law, I have no inheritance rights to the family estate.  Oh, wait a minute there is no estate.

Growing up in Hawthorne California I was near my grandparents on my mother’s side.  The toys I played with were extension cords and sticks.  I do not remember going hungry, but I do remember not having the things others around me had, like toys and shoes.  When I did have shoes, they were either too big or too small for my feet.

Being the eldest of three brothers, I was usually on my own.  We had no television, so I was on my own to develop my imagination and troubleshooting skills,” out in the field” as the intellectuals might say.

As a toddler I remember being happy. Discovering things about myself and the world around me was exciting and not having a lot of material possessions never bothered me when I was young.

Next week is Part Three – As a Pre School kid, You will not want to miss this one it is when Brother Ron gets a new pair of shoes and learns compromise.

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Quote of the week:

 

When the soul is disturbed by anger, confused by drunkenness, or sunk in deep depression, the intellect

cannot hold fast to the remembrance of God no matter how hard we try to force it. Completely darkened by the

violence of the passions, it loses totally the form of perception which is proper to it. Thus our desire that our intellect

should keep the remembrance of God cannot make any impression, because the recollective faculty of our mind has

been hardened by the rawness of the passions. But, on the other hand, when the soul has attained freedom from these

passions, then, even though the intellect is momentarily deprived by forgetfulness of the object of its longing, it at once resumes its proper activity. The soul now has grace itself to share its meditation and to repeat with it the words

‘Lord Jesus’, just as a mother teaches her child to repeat with her the word father‘, instead of prattling in his usual way, until she has formed in him the habit of calling for his father even in his sleep. This is why the Apostle says:

‘Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities; for we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit

Himself makes intercession for us with cries that cannot be uttered’ (Rom. 8:26). Since we are but children as

regards perfection in the virtue of prayer, we have need of the Spirit’s aid so that all our thoughts may be

concentrated and gladdened by His inexpressible sweetness, and so that with all our being we may aspire to the remembrance and love of our God and Father. For, as St Paul says, it is in the Spirit that we pray when we are taught by Him to cry without ceasing to God the Father, ‘Abba, Father’ (Rom. 8:15).

St Diadochos of Photiki

On Spiritual Knowledge and Discrimination

One Hundred Texts

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Brother Ron (1953–Present) is a self-taught, American surfer, artiest, author, teacher, and philosopher.

 

 

 “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

                                                                                                         Genesis 6:4

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

NoahGenesis 6:5

As it was in the days of Noah,  so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

 

Matthew 24:37

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