Saturday, November 27, 2010

Malleus, Incus, and Stapes: Thank heaven for little bones

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

Malleus, Incus, and Stapes...
sounds like the name for a death metal band.

Our Triune God seems to have created a little hidden reminder that "faith comes through hearing" the Word.

God who is absolute and constant created human hearing to reflect this constancy. 

Think of how important it is for human bonding to know your mother's (and father's) voice and to cherish its beauty.  Now what if sounds changed as one grew from newborn to toddler, from toddler to kid, from kid to adolescent...  Get my point?  Ponder this while considering all of life's various relationships and you will see how significant it is.  Beauty wants to be recreated in the brain properly.  Is it live or is it Memorex?
It wouldn't matter if our sense of hearing kept changing, now would it?

God preserves us from this confusion by keeping  the hammer, anvil and stirrup constant shape and size so that sound waves which travel right around 333 meters/second pass through the outer ear's eardrum, into the middle ear to vibrate the three bones; for newly amplified waves to reach the inner ear cochlea and "pluck the strings" that then become electrical signals traveling down the auditory nerve for our brain to faithfully appreciate vocal and musical beauty. 

I am indebted to the Moody Institute and a wonderful old film entitled Dust or Destiny for this auditory appreciation lesson. Its a great film that my kids love.

Let's face the music...we are hardwired for sound and that sound seems awfully triune.

Thank heaven for little bones.

PS Don't do a GOOGLE Image Search on proves my point about death metal.  Gulp...

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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