Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sometime in the Morning, A simple thought may occur to you...

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

Much space and time has elapsed since my last post—over five long months. Giving space to a particle of thought and allowing time to just flow, like a clear stream through a open field has its benefits. 

I'm at peace and my mind is at rest.

I've found that since 2007 when I first came home to this blog and searched for updates on what is out there in cyberland relative to the Holy Eucharist and E=mc2 I am often surprised.

This morning was yet another fruitful return:

1. An etymological search on the origin of the word mass (physics) reveals that it is deeply related to both unleavened bread and curiously transubstantiaton in Holy Mass. Hmmmm...


Historico-Critical Analysis of the Concept of Mass:
From Antiquity to Newton  

Mashood K.K. 
Theological and Metaphysical Roots
In physics the word mass or its Latin equivalent massa came into common usage at the beginning of the 17th century. In his Lexicon technicum, John Harris states that "Masse, this word is used by the natural philosophers to express the Quantity of Matter in any body" (Jammer, 1964, p.7). In Latin masse means a lump of dough. Slowly the notion was generalized to signify a lump of anything. The Latin masse is derived from the Greek maza, where it means barley cake. In the ancient Greek literature maza denotes a kind of bread inferior in quality to the wheaten bread (artos).
If we delve a little deeper into the etymological roots, then things get somewhat murky. Divergent schools of thought emerge. One view is that the Greeks borrowed it from Hebrew, where it connotes unleavened bread. A dramatically opposite view is that the Cretan term found its way into Hebrew – courtesy the warlike Philistines.
2. Mass and gravity are still less known and still more mysterious...
"Sometime during the next few years a great discovery will be unveiled, with appropriate fanfare. The headlines will read "ORIGIN OF MASS DISCOVERED".

3. The search for the Higgs Boson, a.k.a. the God Particle is continuing...

     "The origin of mass is one of the most intriguing mysteries of nature."

4. There is a sense of humor pervading all of this speculation...

A Higgs-Boson walks into a church, the priest says, "We don't allow Higgs-Bosons in here." The Higgs-Boson says, "But without me how can you have mass?"

I take these developments in stride, still hoping that someone better suited than yours truly will pick up on the breadcrumbs that I am dropping in the darkened forest.

If only I could scream from the top of the Empire State Building, "Wisdom be attentive" and get the world to stop, listen and ponder the significance.

We are so close yet so very far. 

For any new readers of this blog, I'd like to direct you to the point paper of a project named Reflecting Pool.  I wrote this in December 2004. http://thebreadoflifeemc2.blogspot.com/

Sincerely yours in Jesus and 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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