Saturday, September 15, 2018

The inspiration for Most Holy Trinity Chapel?

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

West Point's 
Most Holy Trinity Chapel
is said to be inspired by a ancient church in England.

Waltham Abbey Church


 
I kinda see the original resemblance

Now this church Essex County, England
(I was born in Essex County, NJ)
has a rose window (facing us)
that features Jesus Christ
sitting upon a rainbow.

I like this treatment with the Seven Days of Creation


This makes about 225 images of Our Lord and Savior
atop or surrounded by a glorious rainbow
out there in cyberspace.

I'm sure there are more to follow.

Yup....just found this wonderful early one:

Thessaloniki, Latomou Monastery
Hosios David Church
(5th-6th Century AD)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/28433765@N07/15338085684

And another:

Unknown 11th Century Illuminator
Christ in Majesty 

And since we are Trinitarian, a third newbe:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2820/33407319631_828df60656_b.jpg



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

St. Catherine knew the World's Greatest Secret, she lived it.

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


Seven years is a long fast!

Blessed Raymond of Capua 
(her confessor) writes:

“For the seven year period prior to her death, Saint Catherine of Siena took no food into her body other than the Eucharist. Her fasting did not affect her energy, however. She maintained a very active life during those seven years. As a matter of fact, most of her great accomplishments occurred during that period. Not only did her fasting not cause her to lose energy, but became a source of extraordinary strength, she becoming stronger in the afternoon, after having received our Lord in His Eucharist."

or is it?

Makes one wonder about St. Paul's final years when he so identified with Christ that he could say that he no longer lived save for Christ living in him (Galatians 2:19)


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

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Case for the Rainbow at the Second Coming?

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

The Triumph of Christianity
(augmented with the traditional seven-color rainbow)

Type Fulfillment of the Old Testament Covenant...YES
"I place my bow in the clouds as a sign of the covenant" 
Gen 9:13

God's glorious brilliance...YES
"Above the vault over their heads was what looked like a throne
of lapis lazuli, and high above on the throne was a figure like that
 of a man.  I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up
he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down
he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him.  Like the
appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day,
so was the radiance around him. 
This was the appearance
of the likeness of the glory of the Lord
." 
 Ez 1:26-28


Words of Jesus Christ...YES
"They shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds
of heaven with power and great glory."  
Mt 14:30



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

Monday, September 10, 2018

No More Words...

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




Terri Nunn, lead singer of Berlin
sang this powerful hit in the 80's
when I was stationed in Germany:


"You're telling me you love me 
while you're walkin away."

We all need to love the Church
 like the Lamb does
and
protect the sheep!

Seven colors,
seven seals, 
seven end-time prophecies
(Revelation 8:1-6)


DON'T WALK AWAY
Dig in and hang on.


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

Friday, September 07, 2018

Practical Providence

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

If I wasn't aware of the modus operandi
that I ascribe to the workings of my 
guardian angel (George)
inspired by the Holy Spirit, 
yesterday might have
convinced me anew.

The three features:
      • Perfect timing
      • Unique/odd/curious circumstances
      • Hanging question mark

Cases-in-point:

Early morning listening to and recording of Fr. Bill Casey's half hour long talk on virtue.

The near occasion of a impromptu comment
at work that had to be heard by another employee in a veiled way.

The talk with my friend John at work and the timely arrival of another customer who was on my mind and whom I was about to talk about.

Each of these three moments
 share the modus operandi 
and I thanked God
 after each one.

I could tell the whole story
on each
one
 as I did for my family.

Sometimes
WOW
is the only word
that fits.


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

Thursday, September 06, 2018

A Simpler Approach? BRUTE FACTS (Properly understood)

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

No advertisements on this blog
(I dislike the concept of ADSENSE) 

No Facebook or Twitter too
(We dislike the over exposure)



B R U T E   F A C T S
seem to be the simple point where
humanity encounters God or not.


God is just behind the veil.

Atheists maintain that this term
 stands alone and is self-aware.

My first encounter with
the philosophical work 
of Edward Feser
was an eyeopener

CLICK HERE


The take away?

...unity of knowledge
and the critical need for
GENERALIST
leaders and teachers

We need Mr. Whoppee
not Mr. Know-it-All





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

Friday, August 31, 2018

Standard of the Camp of the Sons of _______

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



Exodus 17:15  Moses built an altar and named it
The LORD is My Banner.


Psalm 20:5   We will sing for joy over your victory, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners.

Psalm 60:4  You have given a banner to those who fear You, That it may be displayed because of the truth.

Psalm 74:4  Your adversaries have roared in the midst of Your meeting place; They have set up their own standards for signs.

Psalm 74:9  We do not see our signs; There is no longer any prophet, Nor is there any among us who knows how long.

Isaiah 5:26  He will also lift up a standard to the distant nation, And will whistle for it from the ends of the earth; And behold, it will come with speed swiftly.

Isaiah 11:12 And He will lift up a standard for the nations And assemble the banished ones of Israel, And will gather the dispersed of Judah From the four corners of the earth.

Isaiah 13:2  Upon the dark mountain lift ye up a banner, exalt the voice, lift up the hand, and let the rulers go into the gates.

Isaiah 18:3 All you inhabitants of the world and dwellers on earth, As soon as a standard is raised on the mountains, you will see it, And as soon as the trumpet is blown, you will hear it.

Isaiah 30:17  One thousand will flee at the threat of one man; You will flee at the threat of five, Until you are left as a flag on a mountain top And as a signal on a hill.

Isaiah 33:23  Thy tacklings are loosed, and they shall be of no strength: thy mast shall be in such condition, that thou shalt not be able to spread the flag. Then shall the spoils of much prey be divided: the lame shall take the spoil.

Isaiah 49:22  Thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I will lift up My hand to the nations And set up My standard to the peoples; And they will bring your sons in their bosom, And your daughters will be carried on their shoulders.

Isaiah 62:10  Go through, go through the gates, Clear the way for the people; Build up, build up the highway, Remove the stones, lift up a standard over the peoples.

Ezekiel 27:7  Your sail was of fine embroidered linen from Egypt So that it became your distinguishing mark; Your awning was blue and purple from the coastlands of Elishah.

Jeremiah 4:6  Lift up a standard toward Zion! Seek refuge, do not stand still, For I am bringing evil from the north, And great destruction.



NEED I WRITE MORE?


OK, maybe this morning's
screenshot
will convince you...


From a FoxNews article
on their webpage


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

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A Voice Crying Out...

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


I guess it is to be expected that
others will not see...

Yet there is always hope,
amid the scant
consolation.

Is the spiritual dryness
the flame that keeps
you going?

Sure does, for I am
convinced that
the message is
HIS.

St. John the Baptist
Pray for us.

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

Friday, August 24, 2018

A Gulliver Moment? All's not well, at least not yet.

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



Is the laity of the Roman Catholic Church
the sleeping giant with a great mission
to execute
in this Third Millennium?

They think we are flat-lined and dead on arrival
at this Circus Maximus, our "field hospital."

They do not see the light that illumines our mind, 
the life that courses through our veins, 
nor the true love that enflames our heart.

Should I have challenged
 GOOGLE to run an animated gif
celebrating the 50th Anniversary
of Humanae Vitae?

As God's Kicker Guy
 I might could should have.


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

Saturday, August 18, 2018

HORROR VACUI

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

Aristotle once wrote:

horror vacui

YES
NATURE
ABHORS
A VACUUM


Nature's God 
who is
our God too

abhors a vacuum
inasmuch as it was meant
to be filled to the brim
and overflowing with
the Fullness of Truth.

Might this be why

the so-called Rainbow Flag
is flown so proudly
all over the world?

… to fill the vacuum?


The fourth verse of the Star Spangled Banner
seems to apply at this moment:


O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


WE ARE AT WAR
AGAINST THE CULTURE OF DEATH

THERE IS DESOLATION

THE SUN BURST
IS OUR LONE STAR
AND GUIDING LIGHT





“In God is our trust”
LET US FLY IT FOR ALL TO SEE 
WE MUST BE BRAVE!


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

Friday, August 17, 2018

Seeing is Believing?

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

Or is it really the other way around...

BELIEVING
IS
SEEING!



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

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Humanae Vitae at 50

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

Oh what might have been
If we Catholics were truly
obedient to the teaching 
of the Holy Father.

This whole crazy world
might have seen the witness
it needed to see
to finally turn the corner
to really living out
Christianity.

It's never too late,
or is it?

LIVE
HUMANAE VITAE
RADICALLY

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

Saturday, July 28, 2018

A Surprise from a Future Saint?

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

Listening to Raymond Arroyo very early this morning on EWTN radio I heard an interview that piqued my curiosity.

I have to admit I never gave a passing interest to the live of Mattie Stepanek and I must have heard about his young witness to hope and life.

It is sad that it took me so long to probe a little deeper.

So I went to Amazon to read a bit of his poetry and when I got to the first book there
I hit the SURPRISE ME button and that's what he did...

MATTIE SURPRISED ME!


Remember me 
to Jesus and Mary 
Mattie,
I could use your prayers
of intercession
on behalf of my
work relative to
restoring the 
rainbow.


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

Monday, July 23, 2018

St. Teresa of Calcutta - St. John Henry Newman ... Lead Kindly Light

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

Saint Teresa and her sisters prayed each day after Holy Communion. The prayer, addressed to Jesus, was originally written by Saint John Henry Newman (1801-1890).  An adapted version reads:

Dear Jesus 

Help me to spread your fragrance wherever I go. Flood my soul with your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that my life may only be a radiance of yours. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel your presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus! Stay with me and then I will begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others. The light, O Jesus, will be all from you; none of it will be mine. It will be you, shining on others through me. Let me thus praise you in the way which you love best, by shining on those around me. Let me preach you without preaching, not by words but by example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do, the evident fullness of the love my heart bears for you. Amen. 

(Adaptation from Mediations and Devotions)


Her Spirituality?

In Her Own Words 
 “Who is Jesus to me?  Jesus is the Word made Flesh.  Jesus is the Bread of Life.  Jesus is the Victim offered for our sins on the cross.  Jesus is the sacrifice offered at holy Mass for the sins of the world and for mine.  Jesus is the Word—to be spoken.  Jesus is the Truth—to be told.  Jesus is the Way—to be walked.  Jesus is the Light—to be lit.  Jesus is the Life—to be lived.  Jesus is the Love—to be loved...”


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

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Wonder of Providence...

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

If a certain song is heard at a specific moment
does it convey a spiritual message to you?

It just might

The fact that someone asks this question indicates a Perceptive spirit.

When that someone receives with Thanksgiving a message this way, 
God knows that this person is a Receptive spirit.

And when that same someone shares the gift freely with others 
and solely for the glory of God
He knows that person is a Reflective spirit.

Grace perceptive, Grace receptive, Grace reflective

 The Blessed Mother is the
Queen of Divine Providence
  

https://www.flickr.com/photos/stephenbwhatley/5999231532/in/photostreamul

Image by Stephen B. Whatley


Full of Grace
Perceptive
Receptive
Reflective

A WONDERFUL POSTSCRIPT



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

Friday, July 20, 2018

Images that capture the Truth

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

http://www.cristominhacerteza.com/2012/11/imagens-religiosas_10.html

Such light and energy flowing out from
the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity
of Our Lord and Savior...
Holy Eucharist
I AM



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

Thursday, July 19, 2018

My Burden, Light

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

Could it be
that I received
too much light on
April 16, 1998?

It sure feels like a burden
Funny how the story goes...


You're in the darkness
And the waters are warm,
You're livin' life easy
And you're doing no harm,
At least that's what you think...
You're really on the brink.
(Your angel gives a wink.)

Your eyes are closed 
To the dangers around,
You're climbing up the ladder
And think you're heaven bound,
Is this a holy place?
Have I been caught off base?
(Hail Mary, full of grace...)

You dive off the cliff
And you never turn back,
Cause you enter the deep
Just like a stone through a crack,
In the earthen shell
They say you're bound for hell.
(You hear the tolling bell.)

The deeper you sink yeah
The hotter it gets,
The Truth it compels ya
To a life without nets,
To make a sudden save
And keep you from the grave.
(You find you're in the nave.) 

At 450 ft, it fits from home to the Monuments


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