First and Last—Origin and Destination
We should all reflect upon why the first followers of Christ called themselves "the Way."
Since the Way comes first, followed by the Truth and the Life, it is only logical that it might serve as a start point in discussing our Christian journey of faith, back to the Father of Lights.
Well if the Way was an antecedent name for the Christian community and the Christian community was antecedent name for the Catholic Church than in this line of procession we see both an opportunity and a challenge.
First the opportunity...to learn something previously unknown (as opposed to new)
GOOGLE SEARCH to discover the dimensions of this Battle for the Great White Way.
What you get is the post modern expression of America's anti-culture. Notice the emotionally based, feel good psychological flavor of the top sites. It may move you to shed a tear over Fido's passing, but it is far removed from reality.
Ponder well the words of the source document of the whole endeavor, the anonymous Rainbow Bridge:
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
This one pet, one master (no kids) community is unnaturally sterile—colorful maybe, but lifeless fantasy for a world that has forgotten eschatological reality.
As Catholics we must profess with absolute certainty
the revealed truth that Jesus Christ is the Way.
Jesus Christ, the mediator serves as the Rainbow Bridge.
His Holy Eucharist, the viaticum, is food for the journey.
http://www.atoptics.co.uk/ is a good starting point.
When you see the familiar terminology...glories, halos, coronas, etc....you might be tempted to say that there is a conspiracy of naming things after the Christian terminology that we associate with God, angels and saints. Hmmm?
Now you can begin to see the power of the term and how evil seeks to destroy its connection to the good and holy.
So I guess I don't need to talk about the Rainbow Coalition in Politics---The Gay Rainbow Flag---Apple Computer's Rainbow Logo---Dragon Tales with cute and cuddly rainbow colored cartoon characters.
Where you encounter the words Light, Life and Love you see the power and where there is power there will be a battle...you can take that to the bank.
The Garden of Eden was not a "fairy tale" land but it might be described as a rainbow paradise. And it was the first successful guerrilla operation of the evil one and his minions.
So now the Challenge...be brave like the doughboys emerging from the Ypres trenches in World War I and spread the word that Jesus Christ is the one and only Rainbow Bridge and his Mother Mary is the one who helps us in the crossing, for she stood at the foot of the True Cross on the High Ground, the Crucifixion Cross, which is an integral part of the human journey home.
Hopefully, a year from now when you GOOGLE Jesus Christ "Rainbow Bridge" you will see the flood of Life-giving TRUTH that reflects the glory of the "bow in the heavens" the perpetual covenant that God has with mankind.
Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary I am,
Mike Rizzio, SOLT
Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!
O Beata Trinitas; Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel and Saint Raphael