Thursday, July 19, 2018

My Burden, Light

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

Could it be
that I received
too much light on
April 16, 1998?

It sure feels like a burden
Funny how the story goes...


You're in the darkness
And the waters are warm,
You're livin' life easy
And you're doing no harm,
At least that's what you think...
You're really on the brink.
(Your angel gives a wink.)

Your eyes are closed 
To the dangers around,
You're climbing up the ladder
And think you're heaven bound,
Is this a holy place?
Have I been caught off base?
(Hail Mary, full of grace...)

You dive off the cliff
And you never turn back,
Cause you enter the deep
Just like a stone through a crack,
In the earthen shell
They say you're bound for hell.
(You hear the tolling bell.)

The deeper you sink yeah
The hotter it gets,
The Truth it compels ya
To a life without nets,
To make a sudden save
And keep you from the grave.
(You find you're in the nave.) 

At 450 ft, it fits from home to the Monuments


Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Shroud...the Ultimate Laser Light Rock Show

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*


State-of-the-art scientific research into how the image of the Shroud of Turin was formed on the uppermost fibril of the linen thread is so telling.  It screams out to us that LIGHT is the mystery and it is found at the ultimate Source of all being.

God from God
Light from Light
True God from True God

READ THE FULL 
EXPLANATION
Dr. Paolo Di Lazzaro
on the Resurrection
Micro-Moment
CLICK HERE


How and why ultraviolet radiation generates a Shroud-like coloration of linen? 

A laser system is a device that emits collimated bursts of radiation, a form of energy that propagates at distance from the source...

...the energy of the ultraviolet radiation impinging on an object is absorbed in the most superficial molecular layers, and then this energy changes the molecular structure only at the surface of the object. 

Ultraviolet pulses break the molecular bonds without heating the irradiated sample. Then, ultraviolet radiation and far ultraviolet radiation are a good candidate to obtain three characteristics of the coloration of the shroud image, namely the superficiality, the low-temperature of the process and the capability to colour areas by a contactless process. 

؞ Non-penetrating
؞ Non-scorching
؞ Non-contact


Since 2005, our laboratory has carried out a large number of irradiations of ultraviolet radiation on linen fabrics woven in the years between 1930 and 1950 that were never used, never washed with detergent, in order to avoid the presence of chemicals which may alter the optical properties of the tissue. “Irradiation” means sending laser pulses on the linen, which alter the chemical bonds of the linen cellulose itself, which in turn changes its surface properties and appearance. After many irradiations and with great difficulty we found the combination of laser parameters (pulse duration, intensity, energy density and number of shots) that allows a Shroud-like linen coloration . We got a hue of colour, a coloration limited to the crown of threads, coloured next to not coloured fibres, the reduced fluorescence, the negativity of the image, and other properties that are similar to those measured on the Shroud of Turin images by STuRP.


Now read my still unfinished paper

and see how well it matches:

CLICK:  THE BREAD OF LIFE


Yup...the Ultimate Laser Light Rock Show



(Now I have to compose a song/lyric
with this in mind and heart)


For contrast...
 the world's anti-version

GOOGLE Search
Laser Light Rock 

CLICK: 3D Anti-Mass

With the intro:
"Their witness to the most amazing moments in Rock and Roll history in a way that no one has ever before..."



The take-away...

The Shroud witnesses
a most brief, most deft, 
most preservative way.

God's
modus
operandi

Like the small still voice
of the Spirit


Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

A Ceiling to Ponder...R-G-B to the Max

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*



St. Edmundsbury Cathedral
The Cross is the
principle of Unity
(Beauty, Truth and Goodness too)



Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Best of George....Harrison

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

As I continue to re-view my life in an attempt to put it all in an ordered written form, I see details that were largely hidden in their time and place.  Being a die-hard fan of the Fab Four for so long, it was easy for me to forget my first deep drink from the well of the Beatles' musical legacy.  It coincided with my first driving experience in the autumn of 1976.  We lived on Harrison Avenue and my brother's hand-me-down '68 Mercury Cyclone was my 'golden girl.'  Often a golden beer was in hand.
  
My Merc had an 8-track player and I purchased The Best of George Harrison from a record store in the Livingston Mall.  George Harrison...the so-called quiet Beatle.  Was he the deepest thinker?  Well, I listened as I drove and soon pared down this ad hoc collection of old and new to a short loop of three new songs: Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth), What is Life, and You. These were the tunes that I wore out. 


What message did I receive from these three?  Was it the Eastern mysticism?  Was it the odd man out?  Was it the hidden genius of George and his deep wordplay with the key words light, life and love?  How about these two lines for a start:



Give me hope, to help me cope with this heavy load.
Dying to touch and reach you with heart and soul.

And yet there was also the planting of a seed.
The name GEORGE
would play out in a profound way
in God's plan for my life.


Fast forward twenty years to I believe February 1996 and a tense moment of truth in Maryland when I received a guiding light 'it's not yet time to leave.'  I can recall the exact spot and circumstances of this event.  I can place myself there.  As I have related all these many years since, I also received a word, a mysterious word, GEORGE, as if the guidance was signed by an author and the author was named GEORGE.  I marked it then and what a beauty mark it was and still is. 

When the time finally did come and I made a cold turkey move from Maryland to Florida in December '97, I continued to listen to and obey 'the little voice.'  Rock music was still there (as a fading background track) but from then on, 'the little voice' was audible to my soul. His words kept me moving forward and pondering.  I followed his guidance all the way to my destiny in the Ark of the Covenant.

Thank you Abba Father, 
and thank you George!

What a great blessing it has been to know that George is the name of my guardian angel, a loving gift from God the Father.  After my earthbound journey is through, George will guide me home.

I pray for the eternal soul of George Harrison and for the reversion of the other baptized Catholic, Paul McCartney.

Now I find myself sometimes playing both Pisces Fish (some troubling lines) and Follow Me (Paul was spot on).  The truth demands considering the both/and of one being both very lost and yet found and hopefully bound for glory.





PS. Like George Harrison I was born under the celestial Sign of the Fish.  Just saying...
The last words I wrote prior to my reversion?  Renowned for deep sea fishing. 

On June 13th 1999 another critical point in my life came in the Emergency Room of a hospital in Panama City. After an agonizing two to three hour wait, at exactly 3:33 in the afternoon I was shoved back down in my waiting room chair.  'You got it wrong, the alarm at this time is not for you to leave, but to stay until you complete EVERYTHING.'  With steady resolve and refusing to take no for an answer we stayed until we had photographic sonograph plates in hand.  It was around 7pm.  My son John Michael was born 11 days later, 1 lb 10 oz after only 26 weeks in Jen's womb.  And the location of this hospital...Harrison Avenue.

And if that wasn't enough, I'm compelled to relate the experience of the Beatlemania concert at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway in December 1979.  In the dawn's early light, Sunday morning, the command "Follow Me" was first planted in a mystical vision at the altar rail of St. Patrick's Cathedral.  A gray ghost of an image was beckoning me with his hand moving forward, high over his shoulder.  I wrote a letter to my uncle, a priest when I got back to West Point that evening.


Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Hebrews 4:12...the ultimate both/and text

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

This is one verse that we
Catholics should commit to memory.


We might write it down to serve us
 at times when we are challenged by
our Protestant brothers and sisters.



Hebrews 4:12


For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Word of God...
BOTH living AND active
Two-edged sword piercing...
BOTH soul AND spirit
BOTH joints AND marrow
Able to judge...
BOTH thoughts AND intentions

The Word of God,
the Bible is 

BOTH/AND
at His heart.

Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Friday, July 06, 2018

A Newer Version of the Covenant Flag

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*


It's quick on purpose...
WHY?

Watch it for ten seconds
and you will understand







Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

If something is true scientifically, it is true theologically...

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

Father Larry Richards
just made this comment.

I wish I had the opportunity to sit down
and speak with
this evangelizing priest.

I'm going to send him a link to the post:

AN AFTERNOON
WITH EINSTEIN

Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Sunday, July 01, 2018

The Glory of the Olive the Door to the Holy of Holies

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

My journey of faith and the life of Pope Benedict XVI...
great mystery in relationship to the olive tree.

+       +       +

I was in Munich Germany in the summer of 1979
when Cardinal Ratzinger served as Archbishop.
I remember entering the Marienplatz and
 hearing the wonderful baroque music
of the pipe organ in Our Lady's Church
the Frauenkirche.

I wonder how far away the future pope was?

+       +       +

April 16, 1998 is my re-birth (reversion) day
occurring at a location named The Ark of the Covenant

April 16, 1927 is the birthday of Pope Benedict

+       +       +


An olive green complexion stares back
at me in the mirror every morning...

St. Malachy's alleged prophesy relates the name
Glory of the Olive
to the Papacy of Joseph Ratzinger




+       +       +

My love for many things German
Pope Benedict quintessentially German

+       +       +

The Holy Father's trip to America in 2008
provides this wonderful exhortation
from the cathedral of professional baseball
and 'holy' ground, Yankee Stadium:
The Gospel teaches us that true freedom, the freedom of the children of God, is found only in the self-surrender that is part of the mystery of love.  Only by losing ourselves do we truly find ourselves.  True freedom blossoms when we turn away from the burden of sin, which clouds our perceptions and weakens our resolve, and find the source of our ultimate happiness in him who is infinite love, infinite freedom, infinite life.  Real freedom, then, is God’s gracious gift, the fruit of conversion to His truth, the truth that makes us free.  And this freedom in truth brings in its wake a new and liberating way of seeing reality.  We become the light of the world, the salt of the earth, entrusted with the apostolate of making our own lives, and the world in which we live, conform ever more fully to God’s saving plan.  Only in this way can we build something that will truly endure.  Only in this way can our lives find ultimate meaning and bear lasting fruit.33



Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Speed of Light (and Information)

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

GOD SPEED
No other reality
has the potential
to unite all of humanity

The speed of light is the fastest speed
that all energy, matter and information
in the universe can travel.

Light behaves/travels 
as both particle and wave

E=mc2

Is it any wonder that this foundational equation
and an understanding of nuclear fusion points
one to the mystery of primordial and eternal light.

Genesis 1:3
"Let there be light"

Revelation 21:23
"The Lamb is the Lamp"

And the Emerald Green light
 is there in heaven too!

3 x 108 meters/second the universal constant
in the universal measurement system
is no mere accident.

Rather it is the deepest
information of light's
essential being



Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Friday, June 29, 2018

Benedict's Binding Both/Ands

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

Take a moment and consider these lines from 
JESUS of Nazareth
PART 2
(2011)

In relating the Resurrection
confessions and narratives
in the New Testament
Pope Benedict XVI
 explains the following:


...the confessional tradition crystallizes the essentials
...we find a combination of two formulae...
...chain of reception and transmission...
...this link...is the source of both the unity of faith and its universally binding nature. 

In its nucleus the faith, even down to its literal formulation, is one—it binds all Christians.

(pp.248-250)


Sounds to me as if Pope Benedict is seeking to make a critical point.  This is attempted through the language of physics and the primacy of both/and Catholic thought.

It reminds me of the point he made while traveling up the Rhine River to the Twin Towers of Cologne Cathedral for World Youth Day in 2005. 

This Year of the Eucharist (2005) was also the International Year of Physics celebrating the centenary of Albert Einstein's annus mirabilis and
E=mc2


Rheinenergie
was emblazoned on its hull. 



Where have you gone
Joseph Ratzinger...
our Church needs you
to come back to the throne
...you alone.


Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!


* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Third Door?

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

On those occasions when I step out 
into the unknown and unplanned
and let the Spirit do with me as He wills
I experience a heightened sense of
grace perceptiveness.

The freedom that accompanies me
is difficult to describe in words.

You give up and give in.
You breathe out and take in
You see, but with different lenses
and through different eyes.

You are open to another dimension
of possibilities. 

The Door of [true] Perception?

All this is sourced and grounded in charity and truth
for the glory of God and the service of man.

When Pope Francis sneaks out of the Vatican
he knows what I am talking about.
He leaves by way of the
THIRD DOOR.

I listened to the Glenn Beck radio program
after Mass on Tuesday
and he was interviewing
Alex Banayan, the young author of a new book,

The Third Door

This best seller is based on the interviews
of highly successful people

whose modus operandi was to push
through with their ideas and plans

by seeking, finding and going through
the door
that others fail to notice. 
(The narrow door of opportunity?)


Fascinating how this seems to dovetail
with life in the Spirit.


And another gift from the internet
brings to light

The Third Door

A book by a faithful Catholic woman
Ellen Tarry
describing the opportunity of this nation to
forge a future that is both/and Black and White
and set on a Rock

...when her own brown daughter was subjected to racial discrimination she wrote "The Third Door" in 1955 to tell America about the plight of her people. With prose that is both moving and powerful, Tarry relates her life against the background of a changing American society. She still awaits the third door, designated neither "white" nor "colored," through which all American will someday walk. (Wiki)

Much to ponder here...

My initial take is that we need
to work on a third and definitive

The Third Door
The lost door to Life in the Spirit 
in this Third Millennium

The Father has a mansion ready for us
Jesus knocks, we open
Holy Spirit, open the door of my heart 


Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Matter its Mass and Essential Energy

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

Sometimes you have to address a matter
 from a different angle to catch a glimpse
of the Light of Truth.

Case-in-Point:  The current New Age gnostic heresy has a conception of matter as being essentially bad or evil, something with limited to no value.  Proponents of this belief system seek to emancipate themselves from the mortality of our human bodies through secret knowledge leading to ascendant spiritual life, what they call enlightenment.

Jesus revealed the Truth about the ultimate value of matter in His sacred flesh and blood—the greatest love of all. His passion, death on the cross and glorious resurrection opened the way for us to experience heavenly bliss. Recall that in His dying words Jesus commended His Spirit to His Father.


SPIRIT GIFTED BACK TO GOD THE FATHER

The matter of Holy Mass is the ordinary bread and wine that Jesus Christ offers to the Father.  It is very good and proper for us to do this in commemoration of Him. These first fruits of the field become one through the penultimate blessing, the gift of life and love of the only begotten Son. The Eucharist, The Fifth Mystery of Light is the revelation of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in heaven as it is here on earth and also a representation of Christ's one time sacrifice on Calvary for the redemption of mankind.  This Eternal Mass is through, with and in the Mystical Body of Christ.

Cardinal Arinze provides the following:

Cosmic Dimension of the Holy Eucharist

One dimension of the Holy Eucharist that should not escape our attention is that Jesus associates with Himself not only all humanity but also all creation, and offers all to His Eternal Father in the
unity of the Holy Spirit.
Now look again 
at E=mc2

Discern the oneness of Father and Son

Discern the energeia (divine action)

Discern the rest mass
(humanity of Jesus laid to rest)
required for this simple expression

Discern the form and matter of Mass
required to transform the bread and wine
(particle of bread/wave of wine)

Discern the mystery

Discern a universal number
 that hints at the Holy Spirit's constant action
(3 x 108 meters/second)

God created all 
through His Son
and in the Spirit

God created all
through this 
one simple
equation

He recreated all
through Christ's resurrection

Ponder the Mystery
of the light-based image
on the Shroud of Turin


Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Guadalupe Peak or ...

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

The tallest peak in Texas
is beckoning.


The trip will not be easy—
the three hour(+) hike
to the summit will be a test
for this father and son,
but it has to be done.

The target:
The long weekend of July 27-30.



Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Monday, June 25, 2018

Wisdom from deep within the Rock....

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

A Trinity 
of Rockbound Monks

Call them real cave men...




Battled the remnant heresies
of Arianism and
Apollinarianism

St. Basil
St. Gregory
St. Gregory


Three quotes each will make the point:

St. Basil:
"Every divine action begins from the Father, proceeds through the Son, and is completed in the Holy Spirit." 

"We need not only read Sacred Scripture, but learn it as well and grow up in it. Realize that nothing is written in Scripture unnecessarily. Not to read Sacred Scripture is a great evil."

"The sun penetrates crystal and makes it more dazzling. In the same way, the sanctifying Spirit indwells in souls and makes them more radiant. They become like so many powerhouses beaming grace and love around them." 

St. Gregory of Nyssa:

"Concepts create idols; only wonder comprehends anything. People kill one another over idols. Wonder makes us fall to our knees."

"As no darkness can be seen by anyone surrounded by light, so no trivialities can capture the attention of anyone who has his eyes on Christ."

"Just as at sea those who are carried away from the direction of the harbor bring themselves back on course by a clear sign, on seeing a tall beacon light or some mountain peak coming into view, so Scripture may guide those adrift on the sea of the life back into the harbor of the divine will."

St. Gregory Nazianzus:
"I cannot think on the one without quickly being encircled by the splendor of the three; nor can I discern the three without being straightway carried back to the one."

"These three things God requires of all the Baptized: right faith in the heart, truth on the tongue, temperance in the body."

"Our noblest theologian is not one who has discovered the whole - our earthly shackles do not permit us the whole - but one whose mental image is by comparison fuller, who has gathered in his mind a richer picture, outline, or whatever we call it, of the truth."




HE IS OUR ROCK
HE IS OUR ISLAND

Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael