Saturday, February 23, 2008

New-Ark and the Covenant versus the New Jersey Devils

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

On this last day of our trip to my homestate of New Jersey, I discovered that NEWARK was in indeed named New-Ark on ye Passiack. It was the hope of realizing religious liberty that spurred colonists to leave the New Haven settlement in search of suitable land for a New-Ark. Baptism was the central issue...and freedom of religion from a now hostile Church of England was at stake. The once beautiful Passaic River was to be a New Eden....or was it?

It is interesting for one to consider what this New-Ark on the virgin soil of the New World might have symbolized and become had England remained faithful to her Catholic heritage, as Our Lady's Dowry. Imagine for a moment four Catholic nations (France, England, Spain and Portugal)—evangelizing in peace—the continent with New Ark as one key center of spiritual/community life. Strangely, the founding year of New-Ark ,1666, seemed to point to a more complicated and tragic twist of fate. Newark was to be a battleground...riots in the Civil War and again in 1967 as this eight year old witnessed in real time when my dad brought film back from the race riots during the Summer of Love....hmmm?

That marriage covenant, once broken by King Henry VIII is still honored by God and hope springs eternal that the divided Body of Christ, will "be one as Christ and the Father are one."

Isn't it ironic that the New Jersey Devils will soon be on the ice in a brand new state-of-the art facility in downtown New-Ark... Doesn't anyone else out there see that we are playing with fire? Sacred Heart Cathedral will always occupy the HIGH GROUND of NEW-ARK. But this final battle is calling on New Jersey to rediscover her legacy and choose to worship and adore the Triune God...and not the horned bearers of the red Trident pitchfork. THINK ABOUT IT!

Pope Pius XII in Munificentissimus Deus, speaking of the Fathers, wrote:

... some have employed the words of the Psalmist: "Arise, O Lord, and go into Thy resting place, Thou and the ark of Thy might" and have looked upon the Ark of the Covenant, built of incorruptible wood and places in the Lord's temple, as a type of the most pure body of the Virgin Mary, preserved and exempted from all corruption of the tomb and raised up to such glory in heaven.

Just as the New Covenant surpasses the Old, so the new Ark of the Covenant (Our Lady) is superior to the old. The old Ark contained the word of God inscribed on stone tablets, but the new Ark contained the Incarnate Word of God. The old Ark held the Law that could not justify, but the new Ark held Jesus Christ Who Himself is the eternal New Covenant with God; He Who justifies and saves. Moses placed the manna from the desert before the Tablets in the old Ark of the Covenant, but the new Ark was the repository of the true Manna, the Bread come down from heaven, Jesus Christ the Son of God. The old Ark was made of inanimate materials, but the new Ark is the greatest human person whoever has or ever will live - she whose soul has been adorned by God with a superabundance of the choicest graces.


I had to return to this blog now after breakfast, because I received one final thought and now one more confirmation. New Jersey, The Garden State—the land between the rivers which is roughly the same size as Israel—might have been intended by God to be a Sanctuary, a New Eden to honor the New Eve, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

We sure do have a lot of work left in the vineyard...fortunately we have help from the Communion of Saints.

As a signal grace about the key role
in New Providence,  
my AOL mail
offered this present,
just now...

Under the New-Ark blog is an add that reads: 

The tomato has been designated
the state vegetable of New Jersey.

New Jersey... a New Springtime is coming.

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

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