Friday, February 22, 2013

Opus Numero Uno

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.* 
Friday, FEBRUARY 22, 2013
The Bread of Life:
E=mc2 and the Rainbow Bridge
by Michael Rizzio
December 2004
(Revised, February 22, 2013)

I. Background
God said, "Let there be light." Genesis 1:3 
     E=mc2 the key formula relating energy to mass and light was the capstone of Albert Einstein’s annus mirabilis—a footnote to his Special Theory of Relativity. Published in 1905, the conversions made possible by this expression of scientific truth have revolutionized the way in which man views the created universe.1 More importantly, they have deeply affected man’s relationship to both God and neighbor.  So easily memorized, powerful and quickly over-looked, this equation is considered The Holy Grail for many of those whose ambition it is to control man’s destiny here on earth. It is a razor sharp two-edged sword that cuts both ways. Miracles of modern nuclear medicine show us how the equation's energy can be harnessed and directed to bring healing. The atomic bombs that fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 bear witness to its dark side, mass destruction.2 Humanity would do well to pause and ponder the following verse from the Old Testament:

I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing.
Choose therefore life, that both thou and thy seed may live.
Deuteronomy 30:19

     Although modern man still intuitively knows God, the Father of Lights one wonders if he is willing and/or able to take the time to appreciate the interconnectedness, the unity that is God’s essence and His bond to all of good creation. This unity is critical, for it is precisely in a lack of effort to understand this relationship, a lukewarmness, that man fails to recognize his God-given responsibility as steward of the created world. This failure hearkens back to our fallen human nature and it leads to a gradual recoloring of both faith and created matter using halftone shades, shadows of gray—relativity evolving into relativism. Man is blinded by the alluring lights of science, technology and the subconscious light bulb that fuels his imagination. Today more than ever, he needs to be open to the rays of True Light emanating from the Sun of Man, for only in this Light is there Truth and the promise of eternal life.3
     The modern world is also infused with mass media, a pop culture that bombards us with information that tends to distort, distract and confuse, if not outright lie to us. Signs and choices are everywhere and each competes for our time, attention and allegiance. The shear volume of messages is staggering and the long term effect on human relations is profound. They serve to render us incapable of the faith-based mass action that is so necessary if we are to witness the truth that is Christ’s Gospel message of love, even unto death, to a desperately needy world. We are living in an Age that compartmentalizes, controls, and blindly leads us to accept the faux gospel, the erroneous evolution-based scientific/humanist belief that in diversity and choice we celebrate human freedom, and that this is the greatest good, "the greatest love of all."4 Sacred Scripture bursts forth with universal images of longing and mortification, of light, life, death and rebirth, and most of all love of a mother and father for their only Child. Shouldn’t we make time to review just how far we have drifted, Isn’t it about time for an absolute reality check?
     Take a moment and consider...It is possible we might have missed something the first time around? Is it possible that truths concerning key aspects of objective reality might have eluded us, or been purposely kept from us? There is an old military maxim that the first casualty of war is truth—and if you haven’t noticed, we are at war, and it is global.5
     I know how often I must do a double take to more fully process what I first perceived only dimly with my senses. Our culture needs to do the same, by taking a long hard look at the absolutes that determine the basis for our individual and collective experience on earth. The rods and cones of our retina process information concerning light, darkness and millions of different colors.6 These God given receptors were made to work in tandem in much the same way as faith and science. We must be careful not to lose our night vision, because when it fails us and we are in the dark, we lose our depth perception, and without depth perception we might quite literally walk straight off a cliff without knowing it. I’m speaking from experience here.
     We have been called to perceive and receive the True Light and to seek it on the high ground of a life lived through, with and in Christ. Our shepherd, the Vicar of Christ has pleaded with us to "cast out into the deep" and to "be not afraid."7 We Christians are loosely arrayed against what appears to be an armada; the forces of counterfeit light have launched a full-scale frontal assault. If we do not have a lively faith in the sacramental Christ, we are inviting piecemeal destruction. Our ship seems to be busting apart as it is battered from all sides. Faith tells us that this appearance is merely an illusion; however, we must seize the moment to fix our sights on the Beacon of Truth that shines out to guide us in the dark of night. The Church is navigating treacherous waters, but it has the assurance of returning safely to port with Our Lord and His Eucharistic Light permanently on deck. How many souls will be lost if we fail to prepare the crew and passengers for spiritual hand-to-hand combat? I think we all know the answer. And we must never forget that each and every human soul is precious to our Father in Heaven. Our Lady of Guadalupe was visibly at the helm at Lepanto in 1571, I sense her glowing motherly presence on the bow of the flagship today.8
     In what appears to be the twilight for humanity, can we Catholic Christians who have been gifted with the full deposit of faith discuss the possibility that a bridge has existed since the beginning of time? This bridge has been both really present, and yet hidden from our sight. The Old Testament’s Ark of the Covenant demonstrated this mysterious, awesome power, but it disappeared at the time of the Babylonian Captivity. Jesus Christ, the fulfillment of this sacred promise—the New and Everlasting Covenant—will abide with us always for His Real Presence is guaranteed by His Word, which is Truth.
     So, what is missing, and why is an enlightened humanity sinking into the pit of deprivation? We have Jesus and His Mother! We have the victory! Something has to be missing. In this day and age what is there that has the potential to reunite the domains of faith and science for the true enlightenment of all mankind, and for our very salvation? The Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus have always been mystically bridged; so too have the Jewish and Christian faiths. The bridge is the key and the bridge is the Eucharist, for Christ’s Eucharist is the spiritual energy for the conversion of the world.9

Do we have the courage
 to acknowledge
the Fullness of this Truth?
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II. Concept
It’s all about relationships: absolute and relative
     The E=mc2 hypothesis came to light in April 2004 while I was busy researching a book project, Reflecting Pool. It was my first ever sustained New Year’s resolution (all previous attempts didn’t last to February). In what was then my 45th year, I  somehow received grace to persevere in the fight. Trust me, this West Point graduate, retired Army Infantry officer never accepted a tougher mission. I found help along the way from many sources not the least being my loving wife, Jen and my two young boys, John Michael and Joseph, as well as my sister Debbie. My brothers and sisters, the priests, religious and laity of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity have also provided support by surrounding me in prayer and by offering sage advice. Finally, complete strangers have gifted me with angel aid through the many providential moments that added color to the play-by-play of everyday life. I thank God for all these blessings, and especially for the gift of daily Holy Communion and the loving mantle of His Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
     E=mc2—the mysterious attraction of these five characters still has me baffled. When I first saw the connection to the Holy Eucharist I would have been well served  to rush straight to Jesus reposed in our chapel to ask the question, "Why me?" Today I still don’t have an answer, although I keep praying. I fully expected to find it discussed and/or rejected somewhere in print or on the web. I surveyed over 200 books and at least as many articles in my search for the truth. Many notable people ventured so very close. On occasion it has even been partially revealed, much like the alleged sightings of Noah’s Ark on Mt. Ararat in Turkey. But like the first Ark, the idea seemed to disappear in a moment’s time—apparently an impenetrable mystery ordained for all time to remain that way.
     Strangely, as I continued research on the book Reflecting Pool it dawned on me that I may have come across the key to this riddle: We Catholics have not had the wherewithal to claim it as our own.
     Unlike Christopher Columbus, we seem to waiver in the face of our detractors. We quickly step back and then quietly slip away. We have learned to "turn the other cheek" with a false humility. We are then cursed with the experience of "feeling guilty over everything." Many Jewish people have the profound gift of chutzpah—we Catholics evidently don’t. I believe this reality keeps us from first perceiving and then grasping the fullness of truth that in a certain sense is under our very noses.

We thank you Lord Jesus
for having
gifted us
with the Fullness of Truth.

     We need to send this little prayer heavenward each and every day, and mean it! Our failure to acknowledge this gift has led many to drift away from the Church for significant portions of their lives. For those of us fortunate enough to be offered a second chance, we return home and grow to appreciate spiritual depth. We know from experience that if we don’t go deep in prayer and service to the Gift of Truth, we might again fall prey to the lies of the evil one, and be slaves to sin and death. So, here’s to taking the plunge:

E=mc2 truly describes
the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

     This bridge is clearly visible in relation to the Lord’s Last Supper and absolute sacrifice of Calvary and the Eternal Mass, the Lamb’s Supper in Heaven.

In pondering this, it really should come as no surprise...
"God from God, Light from Light, True God, from True God"
The Nicene Creed is both pure simplicity
and daunting complexity.

"It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun
than to do so without the Holy Mass. " – St. Padre Pio
So simple and so true...
but did St. Pio mean it literally?
I believe he did.

Energy = mass x celeritas x celeritas
Both spiritually and temporally!

EMMANUEL = MASS (At the birth of the Christ Child)
(Virgin birth as revealed in the True Light
that glowed from the manger and the guiding Light
of the Star of Bethlehem (House of Bread) )
(Is. 7:14, 8:8, Mt. 1:23, 2:2,7,9-10)

EUCHARIST (Energeia)  = MASS x Consecration of the Bread
x Consecration of the Wine (Corpus et Sanguis Christi)
(Mt. 26:16-46)

ETERNITY = MASS (In the radiance of the Son of Man/Lamb
who is the lamp in the Heavenly Jerusalem)
(Rev. 1:13-16, 14:14, 21:23)
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III. Breaking It Down
A mysterious puzzle with each piece
reflecting God's Radiant Truth
     Many holy people provide support for this primary connection; they come from all faiths and walks of life. Among modern Catholics the list includes: Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Fr. John Hardon, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, Fr. Thomas Dubay, John Haffert, Dietrich von Hildebrand and Dr. Scott Hahn. Our Holy Fathers (who serve as Ponifex Maximus, supreme bridge builder) are fond of speaking of Christ as spiritual energy and this alone should spur discussion on the matter. As a Catholic whose spirituality is Marian-Trinitarian, I found that the deeper I journeyed into the energy realm, the more I grew in profound love for the Eucharist.
     In research I found that the overtly Trinitarian properties of solar energy (nuclear core, radiation zone, and convection zone) and the clear symbolic language describing the transmission of electro-magnetic energy (cloud-to-ground lightning) serve to deepen one’s appreciation of both Sacred Scripture and the Eucharistic Sacrifice in Holy Mass. These analogies  are striking for they are life giving, life sustaining and life renewing. And there is much more, so much depth to support this. The July 2004 issue of National Geographic is dedicated to the mystery of the Sun, its radiance and its power. This magazine renders a great service by describing in words, photos and diagrams God’s creative genius, His handiwork. The unsuspecting reader is escorted up the onramp of a true rainbow bridge that leads to the Catholic Church. Viewing a computer animation of lightning has a similar effect, for the blueprint of the Creator is powerful, attractive, and very catholic.
     Fifteen of the twenty Mysteries the Rosary relate directly to Light energy, and the Sorrowful mysteries shed a different light by showing the darkness that is the negation of unity, truth, goodness and beauty. The film, The Passion of the Christ is a fine example of this, for it provides an opportunity to visually discern the Light through and in the darkness of sin. Meditating on light during the praying of the Rosary opens one’s eyes to God’s awesome power and the mystery that is manifest both spiritually and temporally in His loving, sacrificial relationship with mankind. Christ’s Proclamation of the Kingdom through sublime parables and signs and wonders in nature is another fruitful tree for contemplation. It really is an inexhaustible supply. So too are the apparitions of Our Lady, all of which manifest Light energy, her reflected glory—the privilege of radiating heavenly grace to her children and to creation.
     If one opens the door to consider truth from the viewpoint of the Eastern lung of the Catholic Church we see that the Eastern Orthodox define the Divine Action of the Divine Liturgy (what we term Eucharist of the Mass) as energeia. If Eucharist and energeia are interchangeable, we have a more precise rendering of the spiritual truth of E=mc2    Energeia = mass x speed of light x speed of light.  Continuing on this vein for a moment let us consider another Truth, another Light from the East.  Google: Easter and Holy Fire and you'll see for yourself.  YouTube the same for the numerous videos that seem to confirm this yearly miracle. Holy Fire from nothing...we gotta believe, or do we?

= Equals
     Too obvious, or is the math that simple? Equality is truly an absolute.  Things are either the same (based on the perfect balance achieved in valid comparisons) or not.  With regard to the physical manifestation of E=mc2, the equal sign (=) is a theoretical (although not always practical) two-way street. It serves as a fulcrum. It is the site of potential transition and/or transformation. It is the exact location of conversion. Think of a see-saw and you get the basic idea.  Similarly, chemistry's sign of a reversible reaction (↔) relates the reagents to the products (resultants). 
     If we now ponder the spiritual implications of the equal sign (=), we step up onto the ontological plane where existence, being, presence, substance and form and have their origin.

     At first the obvious Mass↔mass connection is startling, even blinding. But, we must not rest on the surface. We have to understand the deeper reality of the missa to mass linguistic procession and how, when and why it occurred. In this capacity, I soon discovered that in Einstein’s native German language, Messe and masse weren’t even homophones. This caused me to take a big breath and hold it. It was during this short time out in September of 2004, that I was moved to focus on context, both cultural and historical, i.e., true relativity in Christ. This new compass direction was a bearing due East.
     Latin was the chosen language for the evangelization of the New World. Three ship captains all hailing from what was Latin Italy—Christopher Columbus, Giovanni da Verrazano and John Cabot—piloted the great nations in this race for European control of the "virgin" land. Is not English the most likely language to re-evangelize the Old? Why not? If God desired the Gospel to be communicated to the world at the commencement of this Third Millennium would He choose, Arabic, Russian, or even Chinese?
     I have come to believe that we Catholic Christians who communicate with the near universal use of the English language in today’s global culture and who celebrate Mass as part of the American cultural experience have been passed a golden baton. It is a tremendous responsibility, but we have help. E=mc2 might be engraved in the gold casing as a symbolic representation of the lost Ark of the Covenant, but it is Our Lady of Guadalupe who holds this scepter. The Queen of Heaven and Earth, the Ark of the New Covenant derives her power from her Son for she is clothed with the Light of her Sun.
     As much as any previous gift from God to the U.S.A., I believe this baton represents the fullness of truth as it relates to America’s concept of Manifest Destiny. The Latin Missa was converted to Mass in a very Catholic old England, circa 1500, just prior to the Protestant Reformation. This late Old English Cristes mæsse, soon became known as Christmas. But England was already well on the way to losing her birthright as Our Lady’s Dowry at that time. It may be that the baton was spiritually transferred to America via Columbus’s flagship, the Santa Maria, which incidentally never returned to Europe for it was shipwrecked off the coast of Cuba on Christmas Day of 1492. It may have been passed at the Thanksgiving Mass that was celebrated at St. Augustine, Florida in 1565. A case might even be made for the celebrated Mayflower; after all, this vessel was a wine carrying cargo ship that serviced Europe prior to the Pilgrim’s historic voyage and time-honored Thanksgiving to God in 1620.
     It is curious how we American Catholics appreciate Mass both as a gathering (ref. The Gather Hymnal) and a sending out, "The Mass is ended, go now in peace to love and serve the Lord." This duality in Mass reflects the dual nature of the High Priest: the Priest and Victim, the Good Shepherd and the Just Judge, the Alpha and the Omega, the God-Man, the ultimate Sign of Contradiction. A continuous gathering and sending out, breathing in and out, this concept more closely resembles the absolute mass in the Heavenly Jerusalem, as related by Dr. Scott Hahn in The Lamb’s Supper, than it does our liturgical life on earth where many churches begin to empty before the Dismissal, and doors are soon locked, denying access to those who might otherwise seek rest in the presence of the merciful throne of Our Lord. In Perpetual Adoration there is a movement to raise our sights to the ideal that is in and of Heaven. We Americans are truly blessed—but with this freedom comes great responsibility.
     Is it any wonder that in the past century the world’s mass media has linked the word mass (with a little m) to all sorts of atrocities from mass murder and mass hysteria to plutonium’s critical mass and weapons of mass destruction? The hand of evil is at work in all this. Henry Ford’s celebrated mass production lines may have started the trend. We Catholics are called to form Mass distribution lines to celebrate and worthily receive the precious Body and Blood of Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist—and to give our lives if necessary—to end it.
     A similar case might be made with the word consumer. Jesus invites all believers to eat His Body and drink His Blood, i.e., to consume Him. But, the world’s message is that people are consumers—citizens of God’s created world are constantly referred to as consumers of the world’s goods. Going deeper, Sacred Scripture teaches that man was called to offer acceptable sacrifices to God for His consumption. And yet, the powers of this world want to challenge man to be like unto a god and consume. And if this weren’t enough, there is now a popular composite term, mass consumption that is used to describe man’s insatiable appetite for the perishable things of the world.
     And while we are talking about human appetites, have you ever done an etymological search for the word mass?  Please visit the following site:  Mass etymology   Were you surprised to find mass' origin intimately linked in Hebrew (maṣ·ṣō·wṯ), Greek and Latin to a lump of unleavened dough?
      There is one more key to this discussion of mass and it involves both the word and concept of rest. For the Equivalence of Energy and Mass, E=mc2 to be simply true in Einstein's universe based on GR/SR  (relativity), we must use a form of mass that removes the relativistic effects of movement. To put it simply, the physical mass must be at perfect rest. Physicists have officially termed it MassR (Rest mass). Now, how are the gathered faithful to be present at Holy Mass...are we not to be at rest? Is not Sunday ordained by God to be the Christian's "Day of Rest?"

     Einstein’s conversion constant, C is the speed of light. Celeritas is Latin for rapid, and at 3 x 108 meters/second, it surely is. Did you ever notice how 2.997 is extremely close to the integer 3?  Do you think it is a mere coincidence? Is there any other fundamental constant in all of science that has such a small deviation from the certainty of a whole number? Think about it. And what might 3 signify relative to the Triune God?  Oh and have you ever pondered the origin of the metric system and a Catholic priest’s desire for universalism in science? Paris, France eventually gifted the meter to humanity in the early 1790s. It also gave us the eight month Reign of Terror in 1793-4. Ah, that City of Light!  Genesis of the meter
     Celeritas is Einstein’s one absolute in the created universe; even time changes relative to this incredible speed. Light may curve due to the physics of gravitational forces, but its speed is constant. Theoretically, to approach this speed is to change both space and time. Zero time is the limit as one accelerates very close to the vacuum-based C—this hints at the theological concepts that describe the timelessness of both the Dawn of Creation and Eternity. Science uses light’s absolute speed to relate the vast distances that exist between celestial bodies in the universe. Light-years, time-space expressions of distance seem closely related to A.D. Anno Domini. God divided history B.C.–A.D. when in the fullness of time Christ took on human flesh and was made man. The Year of the Coming of the Light of Christ was established as the center point (center of mass?) of created time and it remains so today, regardless of the scientifically dubious BCE –> CE redesignation. Light relates yesterday, to today, to forever. Madison Avenue loves the expression "Diamonds are forever," but we Catholics who the Truth should counter with "Light is forever, for He is absolute!" In another curious development, even the meter bows to the absolute speed of light. In 1983 the scientific community redefined this base unit of measurement relative to celeritas [1 meter = C x 1/(3 x 108 ) seconds] the Second (Higher) Power
Question: What must happen two times each and every Mass, a sacred act that involves the mysterious movement of Spiritual Light, Life and Love from heaven to earth?
Answer: The Consecration of the Body and Consecration of the Blood of Christ. Corpus Christi, the mystery of transubstantiation where Jesus is made truly present in His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. We know that this miracle is energy of the highest order, for it is the Son of God made present by the action, the power of the Holy Spirit, pure and simple, fully God and fully man.And light is in its very nature ...

both particle (corpuscle) a photon of energy—Host (Bread of Life)
(Einstein’s Nobel Prize was for this revelation in 1905, awarded in 1921)

and wave (frequency)—Cup (Precious Blood)

     This discussion takes on added significance when the Eucharist is raised and exposed in all its radiant glory. There are very good reasons why a monstrance manifests the physical properties of the Earth’s radiant sun. It is not edging toward neo-paganism to acknowledge the glory that is found both in the Son-Light and the sunlight. They were never meant to be separated. Sacred Scripture is abundantly clear on this matter. The lives of the saints encourage a living witness of this unity, for it flows from the fact that everything was created through, in, and for Jesus Christ.
     In the Old Testament, supernatural light engulfed and overshadowed the Ark of the Covenant—the Pillar of Fire and Pillar of Cloud. Were not both of these glorious lights marking God's presence for the masses? Next time you see the lighting of the candles on each side of the altar, remember what these two natural lights point to.
     When the blessings of Our Lord’s Body and Blood (Mass creative power) are contrasted to the effects of modern weaponry (mass destructive power) the fundamental option: choose life or choose death, comes into brilliant light. The Eucharistic Christ is a "Trinity Project" for where one Person of the Godhead is present, all three are present. Abundant life flows from this Divine well-spring. The Atomic Bomb Trinity Project, the three nuclear weapons that America developed and exploded in 1945 reveal the exact opposite. While the Eucharist is the source and summit of the faith, the bomb is the result and crater of a lack of faith. Both demonstrate the enormity of man’s responsibility to serve God and not mammon. The E=mc2 bridge offers mankind a truth that helps one understand the mysterious/scientific basis for the power and the spiritual/moral basis for the decision to use it wisely.
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IV. Lifting Him Up
Christ's consummate desire is to do the Father’s will both on earth and in heaven
   Is it wrong for the Eucharist to be related to a mere scientific formula? This question has weighed heavy on me since day one. Now, after months of trying to prove the hypothesis wrong, I pose the question, Shouldn’t it bother us more if it wasn’t related? Who created the world anyway? Life may involve feelings, but it is about Truth.
     If... Therese was called to evangelize a people whose language was mathematics...might she begin by standing at a chalkboard and scratching out the analogous expression that relates a truth about the simplicity of the Triune God?
1 = 1 x 1 x 1

     If... Francis was called to evangelize a people whose beliefs included ancestor worship and an impersonal tri-part godhead that was present in the wonders of nature...might he begin with a story concerning the homage we pay to saints, our elder brothers in Christ, and then discuss the gifts that flow from our Triune God, and one special gift, a Son, who is in loving communion with the Father and Spirit of created wonder?

     If... Albert was called to evangelize a world where science is god the father, and technology is god the son, and imagination is god the spirit...might he give E=mc2 a try?
     Since 2004 I have been trying to prove the concept wrong, taking the role of devil’s advocate as best I could, but my efforts have come to little. During this time I remembered a key passage from G.K Chesterton’s, Orthodoxy. In it the Apostle of Common Sense concluded that the truth and centrality of Catholicism was validated by various barbed attacks from different sides that tend to cancel each other, for they can’t all be true. I found a similar dynamic at work during my research. When one impassioned atheist supported his worldview of God’s nonexistence with E=mc2, I remembered that "two negatives equal a positive" and saw the truth hidden in the middle of his argument.
     I now believe the E=mc2 law of physics is a covenantal rainbow bridge, a suspension bridge. It mysteriously spans and unites both faith and science and it does so through, with and in Christ. It is both timeless and in time, for it reveals the eschatological tension of the God-Man. It sets out to "make straight the way of the Lord" by defining relativity in an absolute and ordered, Christ-centered metaphysical sense. I doubt will ever be adequately explained.
     To approach this Bridge Over Troubled Water, that is the key. When the Word emptied Himself and took on human flesh, He subjected Himself to the world and to its laws. He laid Himself down, only to raise Himself up in glory. Why would He not do so here, for the sake of all mankind?
     The field of inquiry is unfathomable, for it reflects God’s omnipotence and universality. Each of us experiences Providence in much the same way as I have. The common base? Absolute truth that is a person, Our Lord Jesus Christ. We are all called to the pursuit of Truth, a concept that exhibits great attraction. By relating objective truth to the life and mission of Christ, we have a true basis for acknowledging God’s gifts of light and life, to go about accomplishing His holy will. WWJD was a baby step in this direction. E=mc2  is a giant leap for it re-orients a person’s life and compels him to prayerfully seek Christ in all of creation, to find the unity, truth, goodness, and beauty that may be hidden from the wise and learned, but revealed to the little ones. The Holy Spirit is our guide to the more abundant life found in the Truth of the Gift of Our Lord’s Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.
     All throughout his life of 67 years Albert Einstein maintained a spirited dialogue with 'the Old One.' He seemed to be pleading with God (albeit Spinoza’s impersonal God) to reveal mysterious secrets of creation. The child who wondered what it would be like to ride a beam of light back to its source received three gifts during that annus mirabilis of 1905. The first gift revealed to the world the mysterious dual-nature of light (analogous to the hypostatic union of a dual-natured Jesus Christ?); the second explained how atoms are really present and cause the continuous energy exchange in the random motion of molecules; the third thrust upon humanity the tremendous power and mystery of E=mc2 and also a forbidden fruit, the notion of relativity (special) apart from God.
     I believe that the Trinity planted three seeds during that very turbulent year, for Western civilization had been furrowed for communism and militarism, and evil reared its head to oppose communion of the Church militant. Noxious weeds were sprouting everywhere and threatening the very life of humanity. One hundred and five years ago Pope St. Pius X called for the renewal of the Eucharistic Life as a spiritual remedy to stem the tide of atheism and modernism that was ravaging the Church in Europe and America. It worked because the Life of Jesus (Christ with us) provided power and hope for a disillusioned world.
     In 2005, the Year of the Eucharist: Light and Life, the Holy Spirit inspired Pope John Paul II to set the stage for a dialogue between faith, science and culture. Dispatches from the Vatican during that Advent season echoed a constant strain—clear references to the scourge of secular relativism, the need for a bridge and the hope of a living encounter with Christ. Today those three good seeds appear ready to germinate, through, with and in, the Light of Christ. When Mother Church rightfully claims them as her own, Light will again shine in the darkness that is the "culture of death" and His Truth will be "marching on."
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V. Conclusion
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth" (Jn. 16:13)
     The 2005 World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany was a golden opportunity for the Church to witness to the secular world. In a mass crossing over the Bridge so near, the faith, hope and love demonstrated by the next generation of Catholics was very fruitful. I find it providential that the Virgin of Guadalupe’s Mexico was chosen as the venue for the 48th Eucharistic Congress that marked the beginning of that grace-filled year and that Einstein’s native Germany was the venue where activities will reach their climax. My family was among the many American pilgrims who worshiped Our Lord and Savior in the shadows of the two towers high atop Guadalajara’s Cathedral the night of the Eucharistic procession on October 13, 2004. We mourned the passing of the Blessed Pope John Paul II the following April. We also watched closely and would have loved to have been present as the golden sun illumined the majestic twin spires that overlook the Rhine River in August 2005. Imagine witnessing Pope Benedict XVI ventured up the Rhine River to St. Albert the Great's city Cologne, on a very symbolic ship named Rheine Energie.
     Scientology is one of many New Age "religions" that count among their ranks numerous fallen away Catholics. It is time for the Church to lead all of her lost sheep back into the fold, and to gather other sheep as well. To do so we must witness unity that reflects the truth of Christ’s love, light and abiding presence; we must outshine science and participate in the truth of what Christ said, "When I am lifted up, I will draw all men unto myself." Jn 12:32
     I am brought back to recall a family trip to Cleveland to attend the wedding of a dear family friend. The marriage ceremony was performed at St. John the Baptist Cathedral, the seat of the Parma Diocese of the Catholic Church’s Byzantine Rite. All during this timeless, very symbolic service, we were reminded to perceive the gift, to "Be attentive!" The icons screens, a cloud of witnesses surrounded us and filled us with wonderment and awe for we were transported to another plane where love, joy and peace reigned supreme. With eyes fully open to His Light and both lungs breathing the fresh air of His Spirit, the Catholic Church has every reason to sing aloud St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of Creation and a little coda:

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Brother Sun watches over us
His rainbow bridge beckons all,
To see His Light to be His Life
The promise of God’s loving call.

Virgin Immaculate
Perfect lover of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament,
we ask you to obtain for us the graces we need
to become true adorers of our Eucharistic God.
Grant us, we beg of you, to know Him better,
to love Him more, and to center our lives
around the Eucharist, that is, to make our whole
life a constant prayer of adoration, thanksgiving,
reparation, and petition to Our Lord
in the Blessed Sacrament.

Ecclesia Eucharistia

Endnotes and more hyperlinks:
(will be added in near future)

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, February 14, 2013

The Time is Right!

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

Background photo: © EPA

Maybe Holy Mother Church can see Our Lady's greatest title,
Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity in a new light.
She was crowned by the Triune God:
Queen of the Angels
Queen of Heaven
Queen of all creation 
The time is right for full exposure to
the rays of grace emanating
from her Immaculate Heart.

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

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Giotto's Rainbow and the New Evangelization

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

Giotto's Last Judgement (c. 1306)
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Futurists undervalue the importance of the past and tradition. In their zeal to promote so-called human evolution with the goal of an "enlightened" trans-human state, they see change as the only constant in the created realm. Well they miss three supremely important constants, absolutes that will never be detroned, regardless of humankind's prideful quest for universal transformation.

1) Light's most important quality, its near instantaneous speed is still the universal constant that confounds futurist's lofty dreams of utopian space travel and extraterrestrial existence. (3 x 108 meters/second)

2) The immortal life of the human soul is a constant that futurists may like to attribute to a Godless New Age version of reincarnation, but they cannot refute its certainty.

3) The univeral attractive principle of relationship, God's love may only be considered an impersonal force in a world that is animated by a spiritual cosmic consciousness, yet they have still not killed the compelling essense of love in all its forms.

The New Evangelization requires an immersion in the past, 2000 years into the past. It requires a living encounter with Our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST who is the same yesterday, today and forever (cf. Heb 13:8).  We are called to make Jesus present in the lives of people who are being trained by the mass media to hypervalue the operant principles of an impersonal future as it sets out to falsify the truth of humanity's checkered past.

In a world that seems to be ruled by the three principles: 
a) The flow to global
b) The power of the individual and individual choice
c) Accelerated digital electronic connectiveness
we have the daunting task of trying to slow down a runaway train that is accelerating toward a cultural train wreck.

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 The life and legacy of Giotto di Bondone is worth pondering. The center of the creative/developed world in 1300 AD was the Catholic city-state of Florence.  Well Giotto was the Leonardo DiVinci of his time.  He was a harbinger for the Renaissance.
…having gone one morning to Giotto’s shop while the artist was at work, [the courtier] explained the pope’s intentions and how he wanted to evaluate Giotto’s work, finally asking him for a small sketch to send to His Holiness. Giotto, who was a most courteous man, took a sheet of paper and a brush dipped in red, pressed his arm to his side to make a compass of it, and with a turn of his hand made a circle so even in its shape and outline that it was a marvel to behold. After he had completed the circle, he said with an impudent grin to the courtier: ‘Here’s your drawing.’ The courtier, thinking he was being ridiculed, replied: ‘Am I to have no other drawing than this one?’ ‘It’s more than sufficient,’ answered Giotto. ‘Send it along with the others and you will see whether or not it will be understood.’ (From The Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari, translated by Julia Conway Bondanella and Peter Bondanella. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.)
Maybe our New Evangelization kit bag should include a sample from Giotto's impressive opus.  An artist that knows how to draw near perfect circles for the Pope left us the above image—encompassing the TRUE LIGHT OF CHRIST, just like the rainbow. 

Oh and by the way, the true rainbow is constant, always comprised of  the colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and that order.

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