I Should Have Known-False Hope in Another

You speak about a spark of madness as if it were a bit of oxygen to the brain!
Do you know what it’s really like to have to be on a painful mission for many years to serve others and go it completely alone? Another person’s heart should never be taken for granted and especially not be used as a doormat. Perhaps in trying to act so well one cannot know when they are acting or actually living. Do you seek truth and light or smoke and mirrors? Do you seek true inner peace or clutter? There are too many fake and phony players and not enough genuine “Brave Hearts” in the world these days, which is why this media circus is full of narcissism. Thanks for the pretending to care while exploiting something real to use in making something fake, only a feeding! A gorging for one’s own ego, which will never lead to knowing pure humility! But it will lead to an empty heart and lost soul!
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.”

Doing what is right rather than what you want! It might be too painful but it is the only way you will grow. Letting go of self to let God!

Following madness only leads to unbridled self! So true!
Following madness only leads to more madness and eventual destruction!
Adolf Hitler had a spark of madness when he started out, which he was able to fan into a raging hellish inferno!

Lawrence Morra

The wayward child and lost soul.

“Someone Asked Me About Angels”

I’ll take the offer only because I’ve grown in my faith over the years and my ability to discern has increased to a point where I see the battle between good and evil is far more palpable in our lives today and just knowing the difference between right and wrong, can become murky! We now live in an age where information and the manipulation of minds, hearts and souls with it, is being used in an ever growing battle to defeat mankind with sin, hatred, chaos, destruction and a growing sense of hopelessness. We are all being put to the test big time, and the opportunity for evil to creep into anyone’s life is running rampant throughout the world because of the bombardment of our lives with TMI, (too much information), much of which is toxic or useless nonsense, and information does not always equate with knowledge and especially wisdom. If what I say isn’t true then we could expect that artificial intelligence with its speed of computation and large data bases from which to draw from would hold the answers for humanity with vastly more wisdom than the entire human race could acquire of its own volition. Man is subject to God’s “Supreme Power” possessing all wisdom and infinite intelligence that no other being or entity could ever come close to obtaining, and that ultimate truth means we need to seek out God, now more than ever through prayer and supplication, always remaining humble and willing to seek out God’s will for us, and carry it out to the best of our ability.
With that said, I have seen an actual angel, and it was very much as you said, very sudden and the message in this case was a splash of cold water in my face in a manner of speaking, because without that sudden but brief encounter I would not be here now to type this! I was in Chicago many years ago on foot having just left the well-lit comfort of the bus terminal to head toward a subway that was off in the darkness several blocks away in the evening skyline on an elevated track. As I walked closer through the dimly lit area approaching the track I became aware that the area I was in seemed devoid of people and later I found out the reason why. It turned out I was in an area of the city that during the night, after peak hours foot traffic became almost nonexistent, because it was a dangerous area with muggings, stabbings or shootings frequently, and the tunnel I was approaching which I would have to walk through to get to the elevated track still off some distance away, was a place a person even if not alone should not be walking during the late hours. I had absolutely no clue what I was doing or what the area had in store for a wet behind the ears fool like me at the time. As I got closer to the entrance of the tunnel a figure of a stout broad shouldered man stepped out nearly in my way and said with a very deep voice of authority, “Where do you think you’re going? It reminded me of my dear dad’s voice and directives he had given to me over the years; I sort of jumped in my gut and blurted out, “What, oh I’m just going to the subway.” At which point this figure in the darkness said, “Why, you don’t think you have enough money for your trip!” What this figure said was spot on and just what I had actually been thinking back at the bus station, and how I wanted to economize by saving some money for this part of my trip, so that I could use my reserve cash catching a bus from the outskirts of the city and then hitch a ride when I got to Wisconsin. I then answered his question saying, “I have enough money.” To which this figure replied, “Go back to the bus station and take that bus and your trip will work out!” I said to him, “You know that probably is the best thing to do,” and told him, “Thanks for the tip.” I was getting a very strange feeling about the whole matter and seeing this figure, so much so that I just wanted to get back to the bus terminal, and I again said, “Thank you very much,” and this mysterious figure told me, “That’s OK.” I walked barely a couple of steps away from this figure of a strong man who was only several feet away from me the whole time; and as I made my b-line to the bus terminal I looked back to see the figure, and he was gone as fast as he had appeared! No way could he have walked in any direction fast enough in those couple of seconds that lapsed to getting completely out of my sight! Later when back in the safety of the bus terminal I inquired about that tunnel and other such places in Chicago and was told by knowledgeable natives of the area that some guys have been killed in such situations. I know that God must have sent an angel my way because there was too much that I was still needed for on this earth, and I know that adds up because if I had departed all those years back many things that I helped with or prevented wouldn’t have come to pass! But, that’s another story entirely and maybe for some other time if I get around to sharing other purposeful events in my life, that I have the notion to share.
Blessings to All!
Lawrence Morra

Another Rant in the Day

Dear Lady, I think you are projecting the very thing you despise so much by your classifying an entire group of voters as extremists. Also, it wasn’t just Christians that elected the current President and his administration. Some are non-church goers, and others are of various religious backgrounds. Do you honestly think the country would be in some euphoric state right now if Hillary was elected with all of the DNC’s shenanigans and her “Pay to Play” fundraising, along with Obama’s rigging of the judicial system? Or better yet if Obama could have been elected to a third term that we would be on our way to happy days again across America?

Let’s face facts, and one is that if we just focus on all of the notable characters that are in the upper tier of federal politics we can easily extrapolate that they all have dirty laundry and some pretty ugly skeletons in their closets! There is more partisan politics in action throughout the country than any other time that I’ve lived through! I really don’t mind you venting pent up emotion, as we all have some of that these days with the way the world is going, but to harshly judge a whole group of society namely Christians, I have to take offense to that! I won’t go into some specifics here but I find that assessment very derogatory and extremely unfair under the circumstances and on a personal level too.

And of course, I know like you that anyone who would blow people up is an agent of evil and not fit to live on this planet within any society! If it were up to me and I had the capability to root out such individuals I would do it in a heartbeat and dispatch them with a quick trial and sentence of death, so that they would be going to the place they belong for eternity! You see I detect in your tone that because certain individuals have committed such heinous acts of violence in the name of God, that you think all religion is poppycock and not suitable for society! If you even have a slight belief like that, then I have to hope you will see the light and error of your thinking about such matters. The extremist whether he or she be Muslim, Christian, Hindu or any religion saying that they do such ugly things for God are monumental liars as well as full bore criminals! They can be insane or on drugs but that doesn’t matter one iota, because they are agents of evil. My religion has always focused on the value and importance of all life on this planet, and that I should as a faithful servant of God try my best to love all other humans, even my enemies, because I can’t judge their souls, that is up to God and only God! Is this planet a mess, damn straight it is, and are some people very screwed up, well, all one has to do is look around to answer that one! Although it’s getting harder to do than ever at times in this crisis modality we now live in, we are supposed to love our fellow man. Real genuine love for one another is sadly lacking, again more than any other time that I’ve experienced.

I will say this, I’m absolutely positive that there is a God Almighty, and this world and all the people in it are not some joke or project gone amuck. It might not add up to some people and at times even the faithful can waver in their steady faith or belief, but I have witnessed tiny and large miracles along with having had some profound experiences that opened my eyes wide and more importantly opened my heart to God. I think this life is such an amazing gift and blessing, and I want to try my best to make it to the end of the rainbow when I cease to breathe life through my nostrils, so that I will find myself where God wanted me to end up all along, in everlasting, eternal existence as a cherished member of His family.

Lawrence Morra

“In Remembrance of Mother Argentina; A Mother’s Heart”

March 15, 2018
“For you Mother” Mom, over the years we had some discussions about many things, but many of those conversations would at times touch on the matter of faith!

Your son Franklin, my brother told me often especially in his latter days on this earth that, and I quote, “Larry, Mom is a beautiful woman and a great Mother, I love her with all my heart, we’re so lucky to have Mom as our Mother!” And of course I knew Frankie was right, even if I were irritated over one thing or another, I felt the same feelings in my heart and knew we were “blessed” in many ways to have you and Dad as our parents while in the life on earth. Now you have moved to your final home forever with God our heavenly Father, the Holy Spirit and Jesus whom you were so devoted to in your thoughts, prayers and actions.

I know we are blessed additionally by all the rosaries you did over the years and I want to thank you again for doing that for us. The power of prayer is unstoppable and undeniable, as I’m certain many things that could have gone haywire or been much worse than they were in my life and all of your other children’s lives over the many years; were often kept back from the brink, never going so far off course that we wouldn’t have a way to reconcile the problem, or difficulty, because your prayers made the difference!

You and Dad taught us many important lessons about life giving us more insight as we grew in our own wisdom. And, there were times when we felt that no one was there to comfort and assist us even as adults at times, other than you and Dad. How does that line go, “I couldn’t have done it without you,” well that would have to be it in a nutshell as far as I’m concerned. There were so many junctures in my life where either you or Dad helped me to stay on track and if I fell, I was sure I could get back up and get through what I needed to because of your encouragement and all those “prayers!”

I know that you are going to still be helping us with Dad and others from where you are now through the Glory of God; by means of the Holy Spirit,” because now that you have joined our heavenly Father you are part of that amazing, spiritual Almighty power over all things that God created. So, as I mentioned how I couldn’t have done it without you, I still believe that holds true, and I know in my heart and soul that you and Dad will still be helping us in ways that God the Father will want. “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven,” right Mom?

I am very happy that you are there now Mother, and I will try even harder now to do God’s will as best I can, so that I too can be there where you are, when my time comes to leave this earthly life. I’ll be thinking of you often and any bit of sadness I feel in my missing you, will turn quickly to happiness in my heart and a rejoicing in my soul, knowing that you are now home where you belong, as you are happy beyond my comprehension!

Your Loving Son,
Lorenzo (Lawrence) Morra III

Defamation of Character’s Irretrievable Consequences

The news media is playing up with fervor our Presidents statement,” lives are being destroyed by mere allegations!” Immediately the media and most pundits started to attack it seems without thinking or perhaps in some cases they know that to draw more attention to themselves or the news outlet it will be best to find fault with what the President says, taking a very biased stance. But, I believe he was speaking to the need for there to be additional focus on the fact that many innocent individuals’ lives have and are being shattered by false accusation or extreme exaggeration of facts by some women toward some men. That there needs to be more balance if these kinds of situations are put into a public forum as they have been. I think he was being careful not to join or add fuel to the frenzy of such one-sided movements like #METOO lately, in the manner by which he handled the subject with the press. Especially today with the internet, a person’s reputation that took a lifetime to develop and build by living a respectable decent life can be destroyed by one such terrible allegation, leaving that person severely damaged on many levels. Granted there are many true cases of violence or predator behavior toward women. But sheer logic tells us that every single claim or accusation can’t be true and at best is most likely exaggerated.

Therein lies the enormous problem which is once a person’s reputation has been attacked in such a way by a falsehood the severe damage is done; so it behooves all of us to never want to see anyone accused of anything falsely especially physical abuse or sexual crimes. Those types of charges carry a stigma that is always going to be associated with the accused regardless of the accused being exonerated. As an illustration, with the advent of the internet it’s become so easy for individuals to meet virtual strangers and slip into some sense of complacency and let ones guard down allowing a generous and kind heart to trust these virtual strangers; only to later find that they are being accused not only by the stranger but even a publisher that may print very false or unproven defamatory information that the accuser initiated, a “weaponized” accusation if you will. This magnifies and exponentially replicates the initial falsehood to unimaginable proportions as compared to these situations before the internet was around. So then, even if the accused is proven innocent, by virtue of what goes out into cyberspace the person that was accused now becomes a victim of a perpetual punishment! Perhaps akin to early Colonial times here in America of which author Arthur Miller illustrated in “The Crucible” or another great work by renowned author Nathaniel Hawthorne,” The Scarlet Letter!” In those stories which had their basis on the fact that in those earlier times a person accused was either severely physically punished, banished or executed, a life destroyed! Yet many of those early accused were absolutely innocent, but a frenzied approach to accusation based on lies and falsehood led to their demise!

I should hope by now, we have a society that works diligently to prevent any fraction of such injustice wherever it can be prevented! A person once accused but even found innocent today, still carries a great degree of negative public sentiment, if even only by virtue of being, “that person that was once accused of doing a horrible thing!” Who would in their right mind want that kind of millstone tied around his or her neck? To then, being punished and further damaged for something that never happened. But yet there is no due process or eventual justice in this type of attack upon one’s personal integrity or standing in the community of which this person belongs.

I believe the President responded with prudence to indicate that there is a need to prevent false allegations or accusations from being made too easily in the first place. And he along with most of us can see how judgmental the public can be when viewing these matters through a “media circus!” True crimes should be properly vetted and presented in a court of law to establish fact from fiction and to make certain that only the guilty are punished. I think that the President shows insight and character to not join in the hoopla of the media, or lynch mob mentality and would rather see that these matters are vetted and dealt with properly, in a quiet judicial process so as not to enflame or add to the inherit difficulties these matters carry with them.

I really think this is a good time for the best people to come together and figure out how to keep this sort of thing from happening; perhaps by changing statutes of limitation or improving vetting methods to sift out truth from fallacy! I hope there is some way to serve justice better, in this highly technological era in history, or we may now only be seeing the tip of a giant iceberg which is about to collide with our society!

Lawrence Morra