Proverb of the week:

 

“Life is not a continuum of pleasant choices, but of inevitable problems that call for strength, determination, and hard work.”

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“God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”                        Genesis 3:4

 

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Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

“My choice is all I have” By: Ronald L. Riedell

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Story one

My choice is all I have

I was born into the world of time.  Time never remains the same, time changes continually. Where I am from, and why I am here, are questions that cannot be answered by me with certainty.

My parents lived in a geographic area that as a youth I was confined. There was no hope of escape, not even the knowledge that I could escape, or even leave that area.

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It was the circumstances of my surroundings, by no choice of my own that taught me what I was willing to learn by choice.  Again, as I grew older people came into my life through circumstance through no choice of my own.

Influences of proximity persuaded me to believe that certain things were true;  such as, family values, religion, patriotism, ect… The influences of proximity were also instrumental in convincing me to think about my own self image and self-esteem.

I discovered that emotional choices made by me with passion where usually latter regretted by me.

My choices seem to be regulated by the path I am on, and I chose that path. The wider the path, the more confusing it becomes and the choices are endless. The narrower the path, the more direct my choices become.

The closer to the present or the here and now I become, the less choice I have but the simpler my life becomes and the happier and freer I become. I heard a story the other day…

A man entered a monastery to find enlightenment.  He asked the senior monk to teach him how to become enlightened.  The old monk asked him if he had eaten his rice.  The man replied yes.  Then you had better wash your bowl.  At that moment, the man was enlightened.

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It is not that simple for me, but I have found that the more simplified my life is, the happier I become. The more choices I make free of emotion and imagination the less I regret having made them.

I discovered true happiness is being satisfied with who I am, and being able to share unconditional love with those I have chose to keep in my life.

Unconditional love refers to my state of mind in which I have the goal of increasing the well-being of another, despite any evidence of benefit for myself.

Unconditional love is knowing all about you and keeping you in my life.

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The Apostle teaches us the same thing when he tells us to ‘pray without ceasing’ (1 Thess. 5:17), and to

‘pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands without anger and without quarrelling’ (1 Tim. 2:8). We are thus left with

the choice either of never praying, and so of disobeying the Apostle’s commandment, or of trying earnestly to fulfill

his commandment by praying without anger or rancor.

St John Cassian

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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

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Proverb of the week:

 

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

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Exodus 32:34, God says to Moses: “my angel shall go before thee.”

         

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Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

“Pipe in the road” (Video) By: Ronald L. Riedell

“Quote of the week

 

Story one

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Pipe in the Road


 

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Quote of the week:

 

Gluttony tries to destroy self-control; unchastity, moderation; avarice, voluntary poverty; anger, gentleness; and the

other forms of vice, their corresponding virtues. But when the vice of pride has become master of our wretched soul,

it acts like some harsh tyrant who has gained control of a great city, and destroys it completely, razing it to its

foundations.

The angel who fell from heaven because of his pride bears witness to this. He had been created by God

and adorned with every virtue and all wisdom, but he did not want to ascribe this to the grace of the Lord. He

ascribed it to his own nature and as a result regarded himself as equal to God.

The prophet rebukes this claim when he says: ‘You have said in your heart: “I will sit on a high mountain; I will place my throne upon the clouds and I will be like the Most high. High.” Yet you are a man, and not God’ (cf. Isa. 14:13-14). And again, another prophet says, ‘Why do you boast of your wickedness, 0 mighty man?’ and he continues in this same vein (Ps. 52:1).

Since we are aware of this we should feel fear and guard our hearts with extreme care from the deadly spirit of pride. When we have attained some degree of holiness we should always repeat to ourselves the words of the Apostle: “Yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me’ (1 Cor. 15:10), as well as what was said by the Lord:’Without Me you can do nothing’ (John 15:5). We should also bear in mind what the prophet said: ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it’ (Ps. 127:1), and finally: ‘It does not depend on-man’s will or effort, but on God’s mercy’ (Rom. 9:16).

St John Cassian

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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

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Proverb of the week:

“When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.”

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“Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
Matthew 7:1

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Proverb of the week:
Story of the week:
“Pathways to Justice” By: Ronald L. Riedell
“Quote of the week

Story one

“Pathways to Justice”

My journey this week was to Los Angeles to attend a “Pathways to Justice” conference. It was encouraging for me to find a group of Attorneys and Judges who genuinely care about the less fortunate. It should not be a surprise that the poor are an underrepresented class of people in California Courts. There were fascinating statistics mentioned by the Key Note speaker; such as: there is one lawyer for every five hundred people in California. However, statistics also show that there are six lawyers for every 10,000 people or about one lawyer for every two thousand people. The analogy given by the speaker was like filling Dodger Stadium with people and having six attorneys to represent them all.

My passion is for the victims of Domestic Violence and survivors of both sexes who have suffered abuse both verbal and physical, mostly women, who by one way or another, feel helpless to do anything about their situation and the abuse. Their children are subjected to abuse and suffer abused too, thru no fault of their own.

Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, and Friends
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Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, and Friends

These are not just any women, they are our mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends.

Domestic Violence is not a distant statistic we can rationalize away. These people are innocent victims of crime that is being swept under the rug. Domestic Violence is a dirty little secret that victims of it hide, because of their fear or the unwarranted guilt they place on themselves.

When someone has the courage to come forward after surviving a traumatic life changing experience our community has a ethical duty to help them.

The life they save by coming forward may be your own or someone you love.

Domestic Violence

— In the United States, a woman is beaten every 15 seconds by a spouse, boyfriend or other assailant known to her.

–Many women in domestic violence situations are assaulted an average of 7-10 times before seeking assistance.

NATIONAL STATISTICS
• 1.5 million Women in the United States are assaulted by their intimate partners every year.
• One in three women experiences sexual violence in her lifetime.
• One in twelve women will be stalked in her lifetime.
• Nearly 30% of female homicide victims are killed by their husbands, former husbands, or boyfriends.
• Women of all races are equally vulnerable to attacks by intimate partners.
• Domestic violence causes more injury to adult women than cancer, heart attack, or stroke.
• 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner every year.
• 25% of women and 7% of men experience rape or physical assault within their lifetime.
• 33% of female murder victims were killed by an intimate partner.
• 84% of spouse abuse victims are female.
• Over 1 million women and over 350,000 men are stalked annually.
• 34% of women become victims of sexual coercion in their lifetime.
• People 18 to 24 years old account for 11% of the population but account for 42% of domestic violence.
• 50% of battered women, who are employed, are harassed at work by their abusive partners.
• Children exposed to violence suffer symptoms of post traumatic stress syndrome.
• 60% of injuries by family violence are reported to the police.

86% of the women who obtain a restraining order against a violent partner report that the abuse either stopped or was greatly reduced.

This information is collated from reports by the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence, the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women, Surgeon General Reports, the U.S.D.A., and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Revised 01/06/09.

These Web Pages are provided for informational purposes and are not intended as legal advice, nor should it be construed or relied upon as such.

The Los Angeles County Bar Association maintains a “Domestic Violence Project” in the Court House staffed by attorneys and paralegals who volunteer their time to help.

Here is a link below if you would like to help support the LACBA DVP.
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With the economy worsening the abuse is becoming more noticeable and moving into the middle class and wealthy neighborhoods. Domestic violence has always been in middle class and wealthy neighborhoods but it is now reported more often.

There are many speculations as to the cause. However, the solution to domestic violence is clear at least to me. By overcoming, the primordial desires of pride, lust, fear, and humbling myself to the reality that the only person I can control is me. I can then release myself from the frustration, blaming others and the stress and proceed to free myself from the torment of my own actions by my own admission that others are not the reason for my reactions to situations. If we could all do that, the problems would go away.

Unfortunately, the world is a dangerous place to live.

Another statistic that did not surprise me was that even with all the lawyers in California. Pro Per or the self-represented in family law cases, as Divorce, Probate, and Custody are almost 95 percent in California Courts.

These are Family Law cases most of the poor get themselves tangled into and can’t afford an attorney to help them navigate the legal system. The state of California recognizes the problem of equal access to justice and is attempting to find a solution, which was at least encouraging to me, because there are those who are willing to help both financially and physically and do make a difference in the lives of the widows and orphans who need my help most.

“You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
John 12:8

When I pray and ask God, “If not me who? If not now when?” I understand the eternal here and now and realize there is no one but me. The Pathway to Justice is a journey, not a destination.

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Quote of the week:

If one becomes angry with one’s neighbor on account of riches, fame or pleasure, one does not yet realize that
God orders all things with justice.

St Maximos the Confessor
Four Hundred Texts on Love
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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

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Proverb of the week:

 

Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday… and now you know why.”

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Proverb of the week:

Question from last week.

Story of the week:

“Who am I” By: Ronald L. Riedell

“Quote of the week

 

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 I am not a priest and I do not hold any religious title.  Here is my humble answer to your question:

Question: Can you help me understand part of your recent post?

I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.  Now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.

In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 5:10), the Apostle Paul was admonishing Christians for their self-righteousness.

“I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people;  I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world.  But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler– not even to eat with such a one.”

It is my opinion that so many people within the church judge and separate themselves from people outside the church because someone does not meet their expectations.

 I do it myself. 

How will anyone outside the church hear or see the gospel by my example?  If I condemn and send them away because of my preconceived judgments about them, I have become the judge and not the messenger.

Words are never enough and the messenger is usually killed, why should I be any different?

However, if someone professing to know the truth, acts in ways that make void their profession, they are the ones I should admonish and avoid.

 As Paul says,” not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler– not even to eat with such a one. “

Unfortunately, many people might hold the whole church responsible for my actions and life style.  They will see me as a hypocrite, and as a result hold the whole church accountable.

 

 

Story one

 

 

“Who am I”

 

I am trying to find myself.  Sometimes that’s not easy…”

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“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you”

Jeremiah 1:5

 

 

Who am I…  When I am in the way of waking up, and finding out whom I really am…  I come to realize I do not know who I am.

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When I look through my eyes into the visible world of life, what I see is the creation from my point of view.

 

In order for me to create anything I must first destroy something, and then reshape it intoInternet_map_1024 something out of my imagination.  I am concluding, in my own mind, that I am not the Creator.

 

I look at a tree for example and what I see is a beautiful object that I could not possibly replicate or produce.  There are so many things that the mature trees provide.  The tree grows to the right height and produces oxygen for me to breathe, fruit for me to eat, wood to burn,and wood to build with.  The tree helps keep me alive with fruit in the right seasons.

 

eveLooking at the tree among so many other wonders in the visible, it is hard for me to imagine there is not something greater than myself that did create the tree.

 

I can also use the tree as a metaphor, with root systems, times and seasons for growth and lifespan.

 

 

When I close my eyes I wander around within myself, It is not hard for me to believe because of my choice and my free will, that I have the capacity to do anything I want. However, when I open my eyes to reality I am forced back to the here and now and realize my limitations.

 

Every day I test myself and experiment with new things; sometimes fail at my attempts.  I realize that I must seek the creator of me and the tree for confidence and reassurance as I suffer the consequences of my attempts.

 

So do I know myself?  Not really, only I know attributes about myself.  I know what makes me happy or sad.  I know what foods to eat.  I know that I am going to die someday.

 

Is it important to know yourself?  Or is it important for me to live everyday in the here and now and keep myself from hardships?

 

There are more things in the world that I don’t know than I do know, or ever will know. There are more places in the world than I can ever visit or have visited.  There are more people in the world than I will ever meet or know.

 

In a weird sense, I do know who I am. I am not you, and I am not the creator.  I am a creation of the creator along with the rest of the world. I also know that it is impossible for me to know about everything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Afflict your flesh with hunger and vigils and apply yourself tirelessly to psalmody and prayer; then theGirl Praying Half tones

sanctifying gift of self-restraint will descend upon you and bring you love.

He who has been granted divine knowledge and has through love acquired its illumination will never be swept hither and thither by the demon of self-esteem.

But he who has not yet been granted such knowledge will readily succumb to this demon. However, if in all that he does he keeps his gaze fixed on God, doing everything for His sake, he will with God’s help soon escape.

He who has not yet attained divine knowledge energized by love is proud of his spiritual progress. But he who has been granted such knowledge repeats with deep conviction the words uttered by the patriarch Abraham

when he was granted the manifestation of God: ‘I am dust and ashes’ (Gen. 18:27).

St Maximos the Confessor

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“Make sure our curtains are closed when we undress.”

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Within your walls live men who commit adultery with their neighbors’ wives, who defile their daughters-in-law, or who rape their own sisters

 Ezekiel 22:11

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Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

“Holy Bathsheba Batman, that girl is beautiful” Ronald L. Riedell

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“Holy Bathsheba Batman, that girl is beautiful”

1 Corinthians 5:9–11
I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.  Now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.

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I found this on FaceBook today.  A friend of mine posted this picture.  … It is sad for me to think that someone believes this.  Because someone told them that judgment, and fear of torment was the price for non-compliance to ecclesiastical rules.  Someone projecting this message not only makes void the word of God, but also it discredits the church militant as a whole.

Sometimes well-meaning people share ideas that do more harm than good.  I include myself in that group of well meaner’s.

Now that I got that out.  “Holy Bathsheba Batman, that girl is beautiful”

 

God is the creator of sex. Part of his purpose in creating sex was for our pleasure.  However, for our protection God also set limits for the enjoyment of sex. When we go outside those boundaries, we enter into sexual sin.

As I go into public forums like social media and see all sorts of debauchery and shameful activity going on I am thankful for social media, I realize how far from G-d I am when I lust after people who display themselves half-naked, in a bar with drinks in their hands.  (Brother Ron is not a saint; I fall into temptation like all men.)  What is shameful for me is that I know better.

I am no better than David who lusted after Bathsheba the wife of his neighbor Uriah.  Bathsheba had innocently presented herself in a way that drove a man to adultery.  David’s wealth and power corrupted Bathsheba’s morals to a point where she was led into adultery.

Just like the illusions projected in social media, for example edited photos of women unrealistically portrayed as flawless doing things like free diving in freezing water, if unrestrained can corrupt my moral standards and I might give way to primordial urges.

I am writing this because in my opinion sexual sin is the most powerful and prevalent in our society today.  Even as an old man I still have thoughts that separate me from the divine.  Although I do not act on them, I am still haunted by them.

When I ask myself why,  I have come to realize that sex is for the preservation of the human species.  But for some unknown reasons to me G-d wants humans around.  What obscure reason could that be?  In paradise we tilled the garden.  In the visible I am still tilling the garden.

Is it because I grow food for the gods? Or am I food for the gods?

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Quote of the week:

 

The finding of life is the finding of eternal life, it is the glimpses of Heaven and Paradise even while on Earth. It is where the Heavenly Realm and the Earthly Realm merge, to come together in the spiritual supernatural world that I cannot see, irrespective of whether I feel any spiritual consolation or strength.

True faith comes in when I do not feel G-d, yet still believe G-d anyway. I do not to gauge how I am doing with my life by spiritual consolation, for all emotions are of man. I simply love and serve God and remain  in G-d’s presence whether I realize it or not.

During my times of trial or tribulation, I say: “Have mercy on me. “

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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.

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Proverb of the week:

 

“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt…”

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(If you think this picture is gross) Just imagine the irreplaceable damage the tongue can do to those who can hear the destructive words that came from it. It is impossible to un-ring a bell, the damage done goes all the way to your own soul.

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Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

“Tongue Gone Wild” Ronald L. Riedell

“Quote of the week

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“Tongue Gone Wild”

One word spoken in anger, without thought can create a crack in a relationship that will take a lifetime to repair, or possibly divide your relationship forever.

I will not scandalize the third party I spoke to in anger, or the person I vented to. My words were mean and selfish. I am the one who suffers the most from my poor judgment and temporary lack of concern for the people I love. The things I say in anger haunt me days later, although I have been forgiven.

The tongue gone wild is a beast, if let loose it will destroy all within hearing distance and now with recording devices the potential is even more far-reaching.

“Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.

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Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.

Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing.  Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?  Can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

I cannot unring a bell. Once the words come out, they are out. Saying I am sorry does not heal the damage done. The only way I have found to dispell my regret is to forgive myself first and ask for forgiveness from the ones I harmed by my unbridled verbal assult against the choices they make that go against my own beliefs.

This week is about controlling your tongue before regret and forgiveness is necessary.

Defamation of character is the least harm, because although the actual effects can be damaging . The harm I am referring to is to myself,  it is more like gossip but that is another story for another blog.

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Quote of the week:

 

Sometimes during a meal the impulse of self-esteem springs up inside you, urging you to speak at the wrong moment.

Then angelic thoughts protest within you and tell you to destroy this impulse to speak. If you do not resist the impulse by keeping silent as you should, but allow it to come out into the open because you are puffed up by delusion, then you will have to pay the penalty.

As a punishment you will perhaps be tempted to commit some grave sin; alternatively, you may experience severe bodily pain, or be involved in violent conflict with your brethren, or else suffer torment in the age to come. We shall have to give account for every idle and conceited word spoken by our ill-disciplined tongue.

Let us guard our tongue, then, with watchfulness.

The Psalm says of those who are tempted by thoughts of pleasure, anger, love of praise and the like, that the

sun burns them by day and the moon by night (cf. Ps. 121:6). Pray, then, to be sheltered by the cool and refreshing

cloud of God’s grace, so that you may escape the scorching heat of the enemy.

Never form a close friendship with someone who enjoys noisy and drunken feasts, or who likes telling dirty

stories, even though he may have been a monk for many years. Do not let his filth defile you; do not fall under the

influence of people who are unclean and uncircumcised in heart.

Evagrios the Solitary

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

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

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Proverb of the week:

 

“For the angel of the Lord guards and rescues all who reverence Him.”

Psalm 34:7

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Story of the week:

Guest Author

“”Angel in the Road” by Benjamin Riedell

 

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 “Quote of the week

Story one

 

“Angel in the Road” By Benjamin Riedell

Driving to Kentucky with Brother Ron or my dad as I know him allowed us to have many discussions and adventures together. I want to share something I thought about:

Does God alter events in our lives good or bad?  And if so how does the almighty reach his powerful hand into our world from a place only he could tell you.

Whether God does or not I believe is dependent on the perspective of the one being affected the most, ones self.

Faith is what draws Christians to Christ and lets’ face it our lives revolve around ourselves, so to have faith in someone or something is a big deal, especially if we never experience any miraculous deed of which the Bible tells us so.

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That being said, in my own humble opinion if you’re a Christian and you believe Christ has looked upon your life and made some coincidence happen, then indeed it is so. An example of Gods hand in my life came in the form of an angel.

This angel did not have the wings or beauty of the ones I have heard about growing up, but instead was just an ordinary man.

If the circumstances that I will describe shortly did not occur, I might have passed him without a second thought or maybe even a negative one.

My angel came to me in the form of a state trooper,   he selflessly pulled a metal pipe out of the road with superhuman strength and impeccable timing with oncoming cars and trucks just seconds away…

Now for the story.

After driving for over 15 hours with little rest on a trip due to a major life changing event for me with my dad, I seen Gods hand in my life. It was in the form of police car lights. Red and blue flashed behind me and closed the distance quickly. I was not speeding and no faults that would warrant a pull over, but none the less I slowed down and the officer thankfully sped pass me.

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Moments later I seen the patrol car pulled to the side of the road with the door open and the officer in the middle of the road and what happened next is why he was my angel sent from God himself to affect my life.

In the road, crossing both lanes of of the two lane highway, was a steel pipe about 8” in diameter and I seen my angel lift the pipe and toss it with a strained effort to the side of the road. By the time I got to where he was it was cleared from my path and I waved to him my thanks. Had this angel not did what he did, putting his own life in danger, no telling what would have become of me or my dad would we have hit it, or seen it in time to stop only to be rear ended by the semi following behind? Or would it have ended all ok?

That will never be known because I believe an angel sent from God spared me that from happening. It also made me think of the saying, “Do unto each other as you would have be done to you.”

So I hope that I have been someones angel and if I haven’t yet, I really hope I will someday claim that unknowing touch from God in someone else’s life.

 

Written by Benjamin Riedell

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Quote of the week:

 

St Paul speaks of Satan himself being ‘transformed into an angel of light’. Rather, it is when we do not think about such things at all, and perhaps do not even believe that they occur, that they do in fact happen, if received for the common good. We can gauge our attitude by asking ourselves whether we have any desire to experience such a thing, even in a dream, or would attach great importance to it if it were to happen, or would behave as if we did not know anything about the state in which we found ourselves. For the true angel has power from God to reassure even the intellect that repudiates it and to make it receptive. The demons cannot do this; but when they see an intellect disposed to receive them, only then with God’s consent they appear to it. If the intellect is not thus disposed, however, the demons depart, chased away by the guardian angel given us at holy baptism, since the intellect has not surrendered its free will to the enemy.

 

Evagrios the Solitary

Extracts from the Texts on Watchfulness

2015-02-27 17.59.08Brother Ron (1953–Present) is a self-taught, American surfer, artiest, author, teacher, and philosopher.

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

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Proverb of the week:

 

“All the wonders of the world are within us, yet we remain determined to seek them without.”

“Don’t be so intent upon your own journey that you forget to stop and help others along the way.”

 

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“”6000 Miles” by Ronald L. Riedell

“Quote of the week

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“6000 Miles”

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Me in St. Louis

“Brother Ron or as I like to say dad has been there for me through all times in my life, the good and bad.

He drove 3000 miles in a van that stalled out several times and kept me company not because he had to but because he loves me. Thanks dad I love you too —“.

Written by my son

Every adventure starts with the first step.  My adventure was going to start on an airplane going to Kentucky to be part of my granddaughter’s first communion, about a four-hour trip by plane.

For my non-Catholic friends, a first communion is an important tradition for Catholic families and individuals.

According to Catholic tradition, Jesus Christ instituted communion during his Last Supper or Seder.  Giving his disciples bread and wine during the Passover meal, Jesus commanded his followers to “do this in memory of me” while referring to the bread as “my body” and the wine as “my blood.”

For Catholics, Holy Communion is the third of seven sacraments received; it occurs only after one’s baptism and first confession, the first two sacraments.

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Brother Ron wanted to be there with her, to support her in her personal spiritual journey.

My decision to fly changed when I found out my son was going to drive out there.  I thought it would be a great opportunity to bond with my son and an opportunity for him to get to know me as a friend.

Therefore, we took off in his older model van, remember, what was going to be a four-hour trip, turned into a seven-day adventure.

Sleeping in the van, eating at fast food restaurants, and truck stops was only part of the adventure.

I came to realize that the United States is a vast open land.  My usual mode of travel was by aircraft from one metropolitan area to another which does not give the openness of the land justice because of the short time it takes to fly over the land.

In a motor vehicle, however, you go for hours at 80 MPH without seeing people or civilization.

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It only took three days to get to Kentucky, but there were several mini adventures along the way.  G-d willing next week my son will tell you one.

For the past week, I felt like a true traveler, and enjoyed the time with my son and his children.

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People along the way were friendly and helpful.  Totally, I traveled well over 6000 miles in a van, a train, and walking.  The train ride home alone was an adventure in itself.  The train was filled with folks who dressed in clothes as though they came out of a time warp, or separate reality, but that is another story.

A few people who worked on the train were rude and unfriendly, and the stations they stopped at looked like something out of an old western movie; ghost towns with most of the concessions either closed or overpriced…

Would I make this trip again?  Heck yeah…  I trusted G-d to get me through, I learned more about who I am, but most importantly, my son got an opportunity to see me as a man and a friend, not as a father.

Jesus walked on earth as a friend.  He and his father, who is G-d are one, and he became a man. That is the good news of the Gospel.

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Quote of the week:

 

A traveler setting out on a long, difficult and arduous journey and foreseeing that he may lose his way when he comes back, will put up signs and guideposts along his path in order to make his return simpler.  The watchful man, foreseeing this same thing, will use sacred texts to guide him.  For the traveler it is a source of joy to return to where he started.

 

 

Evagrios the Solitary

Extracts from the Texts on Watchfulness

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

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

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Proverb of the week:

 As a face is reflected in water, so a person is reflected by their heart’s desire.

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Story of the week:

“”Road Tripping” Written by Ronald L. Riedell

“Quote of the week

Story one

 

“Road Tripping”

I am a small fish in an enormous pond.  The United States is 3300 miles across and the world is 24,000 miles around.  In my remotest imagination, I cannot comprehend how big that really is.

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My ability to read useless books with thousands of pages of information distorts my worldview.  Reliance on an accumulation data that is limited to what I have read in the vast networks stored information and books.  I know more through books than I can ever hope to experience in this lifetime or one hundred more lifetimes if that were possible.

My reality seems to be based on my perception of what others have written.  My experience is limited by my own economic and logistical considerations, that I inherited from my birth.  The two seem to contradict one another due to the enormity of the stored data and my ability to experience it.  I have neither the time nor the recourses available to me.

I place my faith in events that took place thousands of years ago about a people, I am unrelated to.  I could never hope to prove or disprove things that happened thousands of years ago without reliance on hearsay or circumstantial evidence.

However, I do believe through faith that my creator walked among us and still does today. That he gave me the power to become his son through that belief.

I am encapsulated in a body that will wear out after 80 years from birth. In my limited worldview with my minimal experience who I am is not who I was…  I change every day inn looks, intelligence, health, and spiritual growth.

Tomorrow will never come and yesterday is only a brief moment in time lost forever; all I have is here and now.

I wonder sometimes if the encapsulation in this body is a prison cell with no escape other than during sleep or preoccupation with experience.  I must feed my body and nurture it or it will fail on me.

I enjoy life to the point I like it here more than going to heaven if that were possible.  Heaven seems so distance to me as I am learning to survive in my present world.  Too bad, we could not take a road trip there.

Next week I am going on a road trip to Kentucky, through Arizona and Texas.  I want to write and take pictures because it is going to be an adventure.

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Quote of the week:

 

For the mystery of salvation belongs to those who choose it, not to those who are compelled by force.

 

Evagrios the Solitary

Extracts from the Texts on Watchfulness

2015-02-27 17.59.08

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

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

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Proverb of the week:

 The path of duty lies in what is near at hand, but men seek for it in what is remote.

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“”Two balls on the beach Written by Ronald L. Riedell

“Quote of the week

Story one

 

“Two balls on the beach”

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 (If an ocean break is near a large population center with many surfers, territorialism often arises.  Regular surfers often guard it jealously, hence the expression “locals only.”  The expression “locals only” is common among beach towns, especially those that are seasonally encroached upon by vacationers.)

As I was walking down to the water I saw a woman who looked like she just got off the public bus down the street, a non-local. She was picking up what looked like seashells from a distance.  My first thought OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwas why people could not just leave nature alone.

When I got closer, I found she was picking up trash on the beach.  She had a plastic bag in her hand picking up plastic near the seashore.

When she walked by I asked her what she was doing.  She said,” I am picking up plastic trash because it is not biodegradable and it takes away from the beauty of the ocean.  The plastic doesn’t dissolve and eventually there would be so much plastic here no one would like to come here and it won’t go away, so I pick up a little plastic and throw it away every time I come here.  I know it isn’t much but it helps a little.”

How dare I judge anyone besides myself?  How can I know anyones intent besides my own?  I am the wayward criminal who needs an advocate for salvation.

I myself am guilty of picking up shells to paint on.

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No one knows a thief better than another thief. No one knows someone with a nasty mind more than one with a nasty mind.

I was able to correct myself and my thoughts before I condemned an innocent person. Although I didn’t ask the lady for forgiveness, I was deeply ashamed of my perception and assessment of the situation.

G-d willing this was an angel in disguise who was strategically place in my path to teach me a lesson on judgments and humble me for my own lack of service to my fellow humans.

Moreover, if I myself pick up a little bit and everybody picks up a little bit, eventually the problem of unsightly beaches might go away.

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Quote of the week:

 

Do not become a disciple of one who praises himself, in case you learn pride instead of humility.

 

Evagrios the Solitary

Extracts from the Texts on Watchfulness

2015-02-27 17.59.08

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

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

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