Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Covenant Promise of Love

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




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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

Friday, November 23, 2012

Dante's Mysterious Circles, Paradiso, Canto XXXIII

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


Paradiso

Canto XXXIII

"Thou Virgin Mother, daughter of thy Son,
Humble and high beyond all other creature,
The limit fixed of the eternal counsel,
Thou art the one who such nobility
To human nature gave, that its Creator
Did not disdain to make himself its creature.
Within thy womb rekindled was the love,
By heat of which in the eternal peace
After such wise this flower has germinated.
Here unto us thou art a noonday torch
Of charity, and below there among mortals
Thou art the living fountain-head of hope.
Lady, thou art so great, and so prevailing,
That he who wishes grace, nor runs to thee,
His aspirations without wings would fly.
Not only thy benignity gives succour
To him who asketh it, but oftentimes
Forerunneth of its own accord the asking.
In thee compassion is, in thee is pity,
In thee magnificence; in thee unites
Whate'er of goodness is in any creature.
Now doth this man, who from the lowest depth
Of the universe as far as here has seen
One after one the spiritual lives,
Supplicate thee through grace for so much power
That with his eyes he may uplift himself
Higher towards the uttermost salvation.
And I, who never burned for my own seeing
More than I do for his, all of my prayers
Proffer to thee, and pray they come not short,
That thou wouldst scatter from him every cloud
Of his mortality so with thy prayers,
That the Chief Pleasure be to him displayed.
Still farther do I pray thee, Queen, who canst
Whate'er thou wilt, that sound thou mayst preserve
After so great a vision his affections.
Let thy protection conquer human movements;
See Beatrice and all the blessed ones
My prayers to second clasp their hands to thee!"
The eyes beloved and revered of God,
Fastened upon the speaker, showed to us
How grateful unto her are prayers devout;
Then unto the Eternal Light they turned,
On which it is not credible could be
By any creature bent an eye so clear.
And I, who to the end of all desires
Was now approaching, even as I ought
The ardour of desire within me ended.
Bernard was beckoning unto me, and smiling,
That I should upward look; but I already
Was of my own accord such as he wished;
Because my sight, becoming purified,
Was entering more and more into the ray
Of the High Light which of itself is true.
From that time forward what I saw was greater
Than our discourse, that to such vision yields,
And yields the memory unto such excess.
Even as he is who seeth in a dream,
And after dreaming the imprinted passion
Remains, and to his mind the rest returns not,
Even such am I, for almost utterly
Ceases my vision, and distilleth yet
Within my heart the sweetness born of it;
Even thus the snow is in the sun unsealed,
Even thus upon the wind in the light leaves
Were the soothsayings of the Sibyl lost.
O Light Supreme, that dost so far uplift thee
From the conceits of mortals, to my mind
Of what thou didst appear re-lend a little,
And make my tongue of so great puissance,
That but a single sparkle of thy glory
It may bequeath unto the future people;
For by returning to my memory somewhat,
And by a little sounding in these verses,
More of thy victory shall be conceived!
I think the keenness of the living ray
Which I endured would have bewildered me,
If but mine eyes had been averted from it;
And I remember that I was more bold
On this account to bear, so that I joined
My aspect with the Glory Infinite.
O grace abundant, by which I presumed
To fix my sight upon the Light Eternal,
So that the seeing I consumed therein!
I saw that in its depth far down is lying
Bound up with love together in one volume,
What through the universe in leaves is scattered;
Substance, and accident, and their operations,
All interfused together in such wise
That what I speak of is one simple light.
The universal fashion of this knot
Methinks I saw, since more abundantly
In saying this I feel that I rejoice.
One moment is more lethargy to me,
Than five and twenty centuries to the emprise
That startled Neptune with the shade of Argo!
My mind in this wise wholly in suspense,
Steadfast, immovable, attentive gazed,
And evermore with gazing grew enkindled.
In presence of that light one such becomes,
That to withdraw therefrom for other prospect
It is impossible he e'er consent;
Because the good, which object is of will,
Is gathered all in this, and out of it
That is defective which is perfect there.
Shorter henceforward will my language fall
Of what I yet remember, than an infant's
Who still his tongue doth moisten at the breast.
Not because more than one unmingled semblance
Was in the living light on which I looked,
For it is always what it was before;
But through the sight, that fortified itself
In me by looking, one appearance only
To me was ever changing as I changed.

Within the deep and luminous subsistence
Of the High Light appeared to me three circles,
Of threefold colour and of one dimension,
And by the second seemed the first reflected
As Iris is by Iris, and the third
Seemed fire that equally from both is breathed.


O how all speech is feeble and falls short
Of my conceit, and this to what I saw
Is such, 'tis not enough to call it little!
O Light Eterne, sole in thyself that dwellest,
Sole knowest thyself, and, known unto thyself
And knowing, lovest and smilest on thyself!
That circulation, which being thus conceived
Appeared in thee as a reflected light,
When somewhat contemplated by mine eyes,
Within itself, of its own very colour
Seemed to me painted with our effigy,
Wherefore my sight was all absorbed therein.
As the geometrician, who endeavours
To square the circle, and discovers not,
By taking thought, the principle he wants,
Even such was I at that new apparition;
I wished to see how the image to the circle
Conformed itself, and how it there finds place;
But my own wings were not enough for this,
Had it not been that then my mind there smote
A flash of lightning, wherein came its wish.
Here vigour failed the lofty fantasy:
But now was turning my desire and will,
Even as a wheel that equally is moved,
The Love which moves the sun and the other stars.

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

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Another Day.....Same Covenant

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


After convincing Microsoft Sam to recite three portions of Eucharistic Prayer IV that mentioned the word covenant, I realized that the waveform for the word covenant (in the shareware Audacity)  was very beautiful.  I reoriented this form to be top-down as opposed to left-right (90ยบ clockwise rotation) and made it the center zone for a new COVENANT FLAG.  The text is Lucinda Bright, 72 pt....very appropriate.  The colors are R-G-B. The Father is blue (where we are going, pure unapproachable light), The Son is red (where we have life) and Holy Spirit is green (the love between the Father and the Son).

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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

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Because of the LORD's covenant...

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

Because of the Lord’s covenant...
and the ancestral laws, the Saints of God
persevered in loving brotherhood,
for there was always one spirit
in them, and one faith.


I offer this new banner—a guidon for rallying
the Judeo-Christian body of believers
at what appears to be the end times.





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

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Prophecy, Then and Now

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


In 1884 it was written:
...in days like ours, when error is so pretentious and aggressive, every one needs to be as completely armed as possible with sound knowledge, not only the clergy, but the people also, that they may be able to withstand the noxious influences of popularized irreligion. In the great coming combat between truth and error, between faith and agnosticism, an important part of the fray must be borne by the laity, and woe to them if they are not well prepared!” 
–James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore
(former chaplan of Ft. McHenry)



One hundred and twenty-eight years later, on November 6, 2012 we Catholics on American soil failed the test. 

“woe to them if they
are not well prepared!”

Woe to the priests, religious
and laity for we have seen
this coming for a long time.


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

Monday, November 05, 2012

Ultimate Mass Movement (and a timeless moment)

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



It gave me pause to ponder, once again, what seems to be the situation at this late hour for humanity.

In the past I have been critical of many Jesuit "gifts" to the modern world and yet I realize that bestowing good gifts is still part of their Order's calling from Almighty God. When Jesuits are steadfast in their support for what Holy Mother Church officially teaches they speak with full authority and truth.

Father Jean-Marc Laporte S.J. reveals truth when he writes that "spiritual energy" has as its source Christ present in the Holy Eucharist.  He adds,"The energy of the Eucharist builds a community made up of strong individuals." However, he fails to see the full import of his own words when he adds: "The energy of the Eucharist is already at work in our world, even if we do not perceive it clearly."

Since God is by definition Creator of all that is created, He is the first cause of all temporal energy and all matter. Given this fact, is it any wonder that E=mc2 relates in a foundational way to the Holy Eucharist. 

If one makes the following valid physical (created)-to-spiritual (uncreated) substitutions:
1. energy -> Spiritual Energy -> Eucharist -> Emmanuel
    (God is with us)
2. mass(rest) -> Holy Mass -> Eternal Mass in heaven
    (The Marriage Supper of the Lamb)
3. speed of light -> Mystery of Light at the double consecration (c x c) ->
    God from God, Light from Light
    (The Lamb and the Lamp, the Light of the Heavenly Jerusalem)


...the formula holds true for both orders.
It is hard to deny this powerful correspondence, and if one considers the Eastern Church and how her Divine Liturgy (our Holy Mass) is the source of Divine Action, energeia (our Eucharist) it is even more compelling.
Both Fr. Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. and Albert Einstein were flirting with these truths in the last chapter of their enigmatic lives.
Now more than half a century later we are still unable to bring the full impact of this ultimate truth to LIGHT.
This is really sad, especially when CERN touts the apparent discovery of their so-called “god particle,” the Higgs Boson.

So I ask:
Have you ever pondered the consequences
of the ultimate Mass Movement
(and timeless moment)?

What if all baptised Catholics worthily received the glorious Holy Eucharist one time in a heartfelt effort to witness perfect communion of the Mystical Body of Christ here on earth? Would we be almost forcing God’s hand to bring about the Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ?  Think about what Jesus prayed for in John 17:22-23
And the glory which thou hast given me, I have given to them; that they may be one, as we also are one: I in them, and thou in me; that they may be made perfect in one: and the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast also loved me.
What power we have at our command!  And what a challenge it is to make this known to a world that pridefully refuses to hear the Gospel message of the Way, the Truth and the Life. 

Father Jean-Marc Laporte S.J. gets the last word, which he passes to the Saviour of the World..
The final word is that of Jesus. The peaceful energy of his love will absorb and transform the evil that surrounds us, and bring us into a place of fulfillment and communion with God and with one another.
 
Amen Father!


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