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The Thrill of Holy Thanksgiving

Hot teacup in the fall sunshine!

Afternoon tea in the fall sunshine on the porch produces steam (iPhone photo)

This morning, I was wakened by a dream because it was so exciting that my soul was jumping up and down. The basic elements were, I was with creative, musical friends, we were rehearsing a performance, and the Holy Spirit fell on us. It was the kind of excitement I haven’t felt since the film theme, I am a man of constant sorrows. (YouTube.com)

My dream was unusual as I was caught up in the Spirit. It was exciting, good clean fun. It woke me at 3 AM. I used the (water closet) and laid in bed for two hours trying to understand my dream. Like, It’s hard to explain, unless you can relate to the movie that came out of the story written in 1913, and published in 1928. A popular folk song that the south proudly claims some spiritual, bible-belt glory for.(Wikipedia.org)

The day is different because we went to wife’s doctor, and I thought about that even before getting up. It took an hour to see his assistant and get a good enough blood count to come back again in six months. Even that was worth celebrating.

We had lunch at a popular bakery-cafeteria and marveled over the pretty holiday decor throughout the room. I had time to check my email and Facebook wall. The new iPhone is a vast improvement over the last one (even 6 times better). (This is written with it) . . .

SORROW FOR PASTOR IN ZIMBABUE

A simple request for prayer from whom I pray for daily, said they are safe and that their nation is suffering revolts and a military coup. I did not hesitate to share some words of encouragement that he always acknowledges thankfully.

Today is also meeting for church new member initiation called (RCIA). I remembered to call my assistant sponsor, and he said he’s up to it. I am so very pleased with all the positive change that Catholicism has made. My own challenges are to deal with clearing up all past sin which incidently, the Protestant church has no apostolic solution for. I’m looking forward to experiencing that! [My sponsors {both} called unable to give me a ride.]

ANOTHER MOVIE BLESSED ME INSTEAD

It was like a bad dream that I was unable to make RCIA class last night. My heart spoke that I was to get ready and have bookbag and jacket ready to leave. As I waited, I emailed the class coordinator to excuse me from missing class; and standing there in the front room, porch light on, hoping to have a ride show up miraculously . . . turned on the TV . . .

DEJAVU!

This is my personal blogpost that I am privileged to take time to record my unusual life-events, even to share their meaning for all others who may or may not know me personally. But what I hear to share, I need to share. (As long as I get chores done, the wife is free to do her hobby while I do mine.)

THE WORD DEJA VU MEANS “AGAIN VIEW” IN FRENCH

The movie that was playing that I found to watch, was an old favorite! You know, the kind that stops everything, and makes you watch religiously — even without popcorn and candy — For such a movie I will fast anyway! Have you seen this?

I was very disappointed not to go to class, but to get to see the entire film was a gift from God. Instantly my disappointment vanished as I checked how long it played, and realized my prayer time would not conflict — I had already prayed the rosary in the afternoon. (And Mother assured me that it counted). Grace!

The plot has a twist that I can never quite figure out. But the story works! Even if the heroic protagonist dies in the end and comes back to life miraculously; I find myself willing to accept what I was taught in writing fiction–even the partial resolution of the conflict is OK. And even the song, Be happy, everything’s goin-ah be all right, helps viewers return to reality. (Godinallthings.com)

THE MYSTERY OF LIFE EVENTS

Obviously, the writers of this movie really stretched the viewer’s imaginations. The details of the circumstances were put together in such a way as to be believable, and that’s all that matters. It was sad to see how the destruction of some 500 souls was shown, but that added to the gravity to the real event, and made the movie great—can we even imagine all the planning and work it took to put such a terror-attack scene together? Wow! (And, double-wow!)

CATECHISM OF MYSTERY IN REALITY

235 “This paragraph expounds briefly (I) how the mystery of the Blessed Trinity was revealed, (II) how the Church has articulated the doctrine of the faith regarding this mystery, and (III) how, by the divine missions of the Son and the Holy Spirit, God the Father fulfills the “plan of his loving goodness” of creation, redemption and sanctification.”

236 “The Fathers of the Church distinguish between theology (theologia) and economy (oikonomia). “Theology” refers to the mystery of God’s inmost life within the Blessed Trinity and “economy” to all the works by which God reveals himself and communicates his life. Through the oikonomia the theologia is revealed to us; but conversely, the theologia illuminates the whole oikonomia. God’s works reveal who he is in himself; the mystery of his inmost being enlightens our understanding of all his works. So it is, analogously, among human persons. A person discloses himself in his actions, and the better we know a person, the better we understand his actions.” (Vatican.va)

The teaching published as the Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us mystery is written into all the miraculous events of the Gospel. However, this does not make church tradition any less real or untrue. This is why such context is made by faith.

The point I believe, is to effectively tell the true claims of Jesus Christ within his contextual history. The timing, events, and persons involved really help. He was described to confirm such claims. And we are faced with accepting or rejecting them by faith alone. He said, Believe Me. So we believe. [Present tense of an action verb in English; but in Greek it becomes the passed or perfect tense, that means continuous action.] (Wikipedia.org)

The reason I value the Catechism of the Catholic Church is that it is so highly documented over all the years. Only the Vatican library can excel the documentation of the Bible itself. Oh, the Bible record is documented, but original sources are non existent in some places. [In other words, we have to trust a scribe copyist version as close enough to original.]

CONCLUSION

This post may have begun with a lot of exciting hype, but it has led us into a reality of mysterious circumstances. I was disappointed that I was kept from going to RCIA class, but now having just heard from our class coordinator, we can enter Thanksgiving week forgiven and forgiving. (I was not disappointed to see the movie!)

I am truly thankful for all parties who are supporting me to become Catholic Christian. The challenge is to learn the truth. My dad used to say, You cannot know another man’s poverty until you let him walk in your shoes. [Or, “You feel sorry having no shoes until you meet a man with no feet.”] Well, this applies to my situation: My poverty is depending on the church to get me in the family — knowing I can depend on volunteer, faithful sponsors who are well and have dependable, safe transportation. [I asked, and I received].

May the grace of God fill your heart with love this holiday season!

Charles Bundschu III

@wordlifejournal

[Note: Permission to share quotes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church was granted 1-3-2017 by D. Giuseppe Costa as director seqreteria of LIBRERIA EDITRICE VATICANA]

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WHAT DOES A PROTEST ACCOMPLISH?

ACLU Rhode Island, ‘Know Your Rights’ pamphlet (riaclu.org)

HOW CAN ONE RACE SAY THEIR LIVES MATTER TO ALL OTHERS AS MUCH AS THEIRS?

BY THE NEWS MEDIA . . .

We are robbed of our dignified livelihood by protests-gone-bad or terrorism, and the media demands steal time and coverage that supersedes routine daily life. Part of the problem is individuals can use the media to sacrifice their own lives for their cause which is not godly, and no one can stop it.  Not the government, not the president, and not God.

There is something dreadfully wrong when the movement stops the news media world and nothing can be done. I got a Facebook post that explains how our freedom is allowing vulnerability to violent people who are willing to let the enemy take over their soul by destroying others indiscriminately. This is a spiritually wicked phenomenon.

Our world was perfectly created by our Father God, but he gave a single rule to follow and that enabled the wicked god-of-this-world to lie and bring about willing disobedience. Hense, civil disobedience was created. And all rule-of-laws is a poor foundation to base our country upon. Our inalienable rights are vested with God—not our US Constitution.

WHAT IS GOD’S PROTEST SAYING?

6-8 God continued: “Preach all this in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem. Say, ‘Listen to the terms of this covenant and carry them out! I warned your ancestors when I delivered them from Egypt and I’ve kept up the warnings. I haven’t quit warning them for a moment. I warned them from morning to night: “Obey me or else!” But they didn’t obey. They paid no attention to me. They did whatever they wanted to do, whenever they wanted to do it, until finally I stepped in and ordered the punishments set out in the covenant, which, despite all my warnings, they had ignored.’”

9-10 Then God said, “There’s a conspiracy among the people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem. They’ve plotted to reenact the sins of their ancestors—the ones who disobeyed me and decided to go after other gods and worship them. Israel and Judah are in this together, mindlessly breaking the covenant I made with their ancestors.”

11-13 “Well, your God has something to say about this: Watch out! I’m about to visit doom on you, and no one will get out of it. You’re going to cry for help but I won’t listen. Then all the people in Judah and Jerusalem will start praying to the gods you’ve been sacrificing to all these years, but it won’t do a bit of good. You’ve got as many gods as you have villages, Judah! And you’ve got enough altars for sacrifices to that impotent sex god Baal to put one on every street corner in Jerusalem!” (Jeremiah 11:6-13 MSG)

HOW OUR COUNTRY CAN STILL HAVE HOPE . . .

This week I learned something I have never heard before. When I was five years old, on August 6th, 1945, a date that will live in infamy, an atomic bomb, called ‘Little boy’, was dropped on the large city of Hiroshima, Japan. Everybody knows that, but what I learned today was that eight priests survived despite being close to ground zero. God’s provision saved them miraculously.

(The story is linked here.)

How could I have lived over 70 years and not ever heard about this supernatural fact? It is well documented. And God has educated me by working his plan into my life so that now I can accept such an unusual reality. But now I have to explain to you that I have learned a principle of prayer that all of the eight priests were practicing in their mission. You can too.

Let me digress here. Months ago, I was attacked with ingesting some tree spores, by sneezing , bending over, while tying my shoelaces. My sinuses were immediately infected. I had been fasting two meals a day for a month. My blood thinned without supplementation by vitamin-mineral fortification, and my nose began to bleed . . .

One of the TV Catholic brothers had said he was fasting two meals by having bread and water. I thought I can do that with the high protein bread we buy at the local organic market with large gallon bottles of pure water. It was easy enough, and I lost ten pounds. But I had let lapse the vitamin suppliments we were accustomed to taking, and anemia resulted.

MY AFFLICTION LED ME TO SEEK HELP AND IN TIME LEARNED TO PRAY BETTER . . .

It was seven weeks or more that led me through the treatment process of doctoring my sinusitus. I had begun to think this healing needed more devotion to God. First my morning prayer had to be updated. That story is linked here–my wife had encouraged me with gift crosses from our favorite Hobby Lobby. And I learned how to pray the rosary crossing myself.

The practical point of prayer is to intercede for others, so I began to lengthen my prayer list to include over a thousand names–including family, cousins, pastors, churches, evangelical events, and journalists and government officials who needed prayer. That meant prayer two times a day. Then I learned about novena prayers, and did that mid-day.

All this, made my wife more demanding because she kept me busy doing yard work, wearing mask, and I learned this routine is what monks do, they only pray and work. Now she is happy living with a monk. But one monk doesn’t make a monestery . . .

MEANWHILE BACK TO OUR COUNTRY BEING ATTACKED BY VIOLENT PROTESTS . . .

The answer to our country, if you haven’t figured this already, is the church. Oh, I know that’s hard to accept. But not just any church. We are talking the Holy Catholic Church. Oh, alright, I am not a Catholic, and I am not planning to become one any time soon. (Too many obstacles) But our only conclusion is this, all things are possible with God.

Our nation needs a miracle to survive the coming catestrophic events caused by deranged individuals. Only Christianity has the corporate church; the spiritual body of Christ is able to provide the steps we need to take to withstand an atomic bombing. The explanation is in the power of prayer, one prayer, the Rosary. It is scripturally powerful. Takes 30 minutes.

So you think our enemies are not smart enough to attack with atomic bombs? Well, think again. The salvation of our country is in our faith in our Deliverer. Be forewarned and look up some of my research concerning how bloody smart Satan actually is. But God, our Father, provides for his own people as we are doing what pleases him. (WordPress.com)

AMEN!

[Editor note: This post is written in sincere remorse for the plight of honest protestors, who are openly willing to sacrifice their time and privacy to benefit the cause they believe in. The author is expressing here objective thoughts without malice or forethought to gain any self aggrandizement in light of the sorrowful loss of dedicated public servants. CB3]

May the Lord bless and keep you,

Charles

@wordlifejournal