Will You Follow Me?

The purest human heart that has ever existed

While I was writing my blog as a Lent Offering today I received a notice which turned out to actually be about a very nicely written article by a fellow Christian blogger about Lent Season, which helped to inspire me to focus my writing upon this subject with fervor and try my best to explain what my personal perception about Lent is, and making such an offering to our Father in heaven during this Lent Season.

Good advice here and words of wisdom.  This got me thinking about the difficulty of separating ourselves from sin especially those sinful little pleasures we grow so accustomed to throughout the years.  Such a huge challenge at times because why?  Well the basic truth is we are fallen and not in a pure state of grace or good enough as we are to be in the presence of absolute holiness which God is and we are not.  The good news is He created us in His image having an eternal spiritual nature within us to make us heirs, to become all we can be as members of His glorious eternal kingdom in Heaven. The gap between here and there is huge and impossible a chasm to cross on our own and another huge culprit in all of this is temptation which you helped me to think about right now during Lent!  My dad would always tell me as a teen and on into my mature years, that there is too much to be had out there and it doesn’t take much to get into trouble real fast if we don’t strengthen our faith continually.  And that is where you came in with this very nice blog which speaks to the directive or marching orders put before us, these orders or the edict is simple and clear; Will You Follow Me?  Good Lord knows I want to and have tried and failed often enough like all of us do, sometimes appearing to be so messed up that if we had tails we certainly would be chasing them!  But here is the good news, God made it so simple and guaranteed that we can be where He is in splendor and peace forever, if we as my mom always said, just keep trying our best because Jesus took all sin away and tossed it into hell where it belongs and He knows if we have sincerely tried our best or not.  The purest human heart that has ever existed, completely perfect and without any sin is pleading to us to follow and does all the pleading of each of our cases before our heavenly Father to forgive us for our transgressions or lack.  See that is the amazing thing God does through Jesus Christ He is searching out every heart to know it perfectly as to whether that heart belongs to Him or is running a scam or charade playing both ends against the middle, like having the best of both worlds if you will, to party it up for the short term appeasement this world can offer which the evil one uses continually against those of us who figure as far as heaven goes I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it, because Jesus is so loving and will cut me enough slack to get through the gate.  Many of the politicians we actually witness these days are a prime example of this folly and deception they play with grabbing all they can now while they cause nothing but ruin and misery around them.  It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:23 Any self-serving or becoming puffed up with one’s own interests and worldly power or pleasures is guilty of this transgression from God and will never reach His kingdom following that path to perdition and eternal damnation.  The polar opposite of this is what Jesus himself stated to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23)

I refer now to a faithful servant of Jesus who dedicated his life to serving God’s will on earth, Rev. Billy Graham.

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“What did Jesus mean when He said we have to carry a cross? I’ve heard people talk about a problem they have and say it’s a cross they have to bear, but is this what Jesus meant?”

A:

“No, this isn’t what He meant—although it’s not necessarily wrong to refer to some problem we are having as a “cross” we must bear. In Jesus’ day, a cross was a symbol of suffering, and we all have trials and afflictions that may be very hard for us to bear—even with God’s help.

But Jesus meant something far deeper than this when He told His disciples to carry their cross.  He said to them, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).  In Jesus’ day, a cross wasn’t just a symbol of pain and suffering; it was mainly a symbol of death.  What Jesus was telling them is that they needed to put to death their own plans and desires, and then turn their lives over to Him and do His will every day.

You see, Jesus doesn’t simply call us to believe that He existed, or even to believe that He can save us.  He calls on us to commit our whole lives to Him—to trust Him alone for our salvation, and then to follow Him as His disciples. He said, “Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27).

Is Christ the master of your life?  Have you put to death your own plans and committed yourself to His will for your life?  Don’t be satisfied with anything less, for there is no greater joy in life than following Christ every day”.  billygraham.org

Reading Rev. Graham’s words to others who desire to know and serve Christ reminded me of something my grandfather would say many years ago when I was a boy, “don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today!”  Which leads my thoughts back to what I believe this other blogger elicited in my thoughts about lent;  And that reminds me of what you’re saying here, how Lent Season should be looked upon; how we are not to waste this golden opportunity to get into alignment with the Lord!

“Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it.” Matthew 7:13

So yes it is a difficult road we travel but we can make it much more difficult than it need be and indeed impossible to overcome or we can make it a journey of “Fulfillment and Victory” over all that is against us, yes even death itself; to become champions at being His “humble servants” though Jesus Christ for God who is in heaven, our Father Who is waiting to embrace us in our everlasting New Life when we join Him there.

Jesus is still here leading us to the Father by His Holy Spirit, to our New and Everlasting Life if we will just follow Him our Good Shepherd. 

God Bless You and Keep You.

Lawrence Morra

Post Script continuation Part II

I needed to share here a potion of what I had to say to another fellow Christian blogger yesterday while having a conversation about a dog I rescued and this too also serves as evidence demonstrating how, Jesus is the Master Potter and He will shape our lives to suit what purpose our Father sees as best for each one of us as long as we turn our lives over to Jesus and are truly letting Him lead us by our right hand.

Thank you so much for having the interest in Penny and sending out all of the good thoughts you do!  Yes, she was a very confused panic stricken animal when I came along, that was about to have her life taken away by a too busy not always caring world, but God gave her a chance by allowing me and Penny to act as a message of “Salvation and Hope” when God brought us together, so in time that example would be observed or even duplicated through the hearts and minds of others that hear about her story!  God gave me a chance to serve as an instrument to that end appreciating life and every little blessing even more this example of Penny, because having her as a friend has actually changed me for the better too!  God’s power and infinite love is at work all around us and that is where our attention should be focused as much as we possibly can.

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https://lawrencemorra.com/2019/03/18/a-god-sent-ray-of-hope-and-light-on-thanksgiving-for-a-dog-and-a-man/

I do believe that we children of God are much like Penny in that when she had no direction or hope, feeling that way because of her confused and lost emotional state when I found her, through what I know was “God’s deliverance and Divine Intervention.”  To move from despair to hope and onto salvation!  This is an example of God’s daily handiwork in our lives to shape each of us to bring about His Great Plan which is unfolding every second, He does actually have; “the whole wide world in his hands!”

The other thing that immediately captured my attention in your comment was when you mentioned Brother Lawrence and his writing who I actually never heard of and this was very intriguing to me, so I actually got to thinking about him a bit looking him up here online as I was telling you about the seagull I rescued, and now I want to read about his beautiful, as I see it methodology of communing with God continually from a very basic simple focus and complete openness with due diligence, being able to know His presence first hand and in the way that God allows one to manifest a very close relationship with Him, in what I would call a state of attuned connection with the Holy Spirit moment to moment, sort of being on the same frequency, by being free and trusting through genuine belief that He will talk to you if you are willing to let yourself go and allow Him to lead, trusting Him by faith alone.  You and I do this because now I know we were meant to converse, and little special dots are being connected as we just do like this, whereby you told me about this fascinating Monk Lawrence that I’m so inspired to read about now, and will get this book of his,  “The Practice of the Presence of God.”

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“The Practice of the Presence of God is a book of collected teachings of Brother Lawrence (born Nicholas Herman), a 17th-century Carmelite friar, compiled by Father Joseph de Beaufort.  The compilation includes letters, as well as records of his conversations kept by Brother Lawrence’s interlocutors.  The basic theme of the book is the development of an awareness of the presence of God.”   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Practice_of_the_Presence_of_God

“Brother Lawrence retreated to a place in his heart where the love of God made every detail of his life of surpassing value.  ‘I (Brother Lawrence) began to live as if there were no one save God and me in the world.’  Together, God and Brother Lawrence cooked meals, ran errands, scrubbed pots, and endured the scorn of the world.

Christianity Today International

So, as always God is in control and we are continually being guided and molded to suit His purposes for each of us and if we pay attention and are willing to let Him lead the way it will become all the more apparent as we move forward. spirituallyhungry.com/christian-challenge/

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“I regard myself as the most wretched of all men, stinking and covered with sores, and as one who has committed all sorts of crimes against his King.  Overcome by remorse, I confess all my wickedness to Him, ask His pardon and abandon myself entirely to Him to do with as He will.  But this King, filled with goodness and mercy, far from chastising me, lovingly embraces me, makes me eat at His table, serves me with His own hands, gives me the keys of His treasures and treats me as His favorite.  He talks with me and is delighted with me in a thousand and one ways; He forgives me and relieves me of my principle bad habits without talking about them; I beg Him to make me according to His heart and always the more weak and despicable I see myself to be, the more beloved I am of God.”
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God

“That all things are possible to him who believes, that they are less difficult to him who hopes, they are more easy to him who loves, and still more easy to him who perseveres in the practice of these three virtues.”
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
“We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.”
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
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Post Post Script continuation part III

Just today I had spoken with a sister about some events in the news and my “Lent Offering” blog which she said inspired her not only because of how it was written but that as usual I had prayed to Jesus to help me with the body of the article, from my most genuine thoughts, feelings, and desire with my heart through Him, to know what words to say and even the right photos to add which seem to come along easily.  Then today an email notice had arrived at the same time my sister and I had talked, which was about one of the very topics we had been discussing since my writing the “Lent Offering” article and how this article that addressed the unfairness of President Trump’s impeachment had definite tie-in to what we discussed; but most remarkable was the fact that the photo I felt directed to add to my blog when I wrote it was of Rev. Billy Graham taken many years ago in the early days of his evangelizing which now along with the photo that accompanied the article I received about President Trump connected profoundly in my way of seeing these two photos and men; especially in spirit and intent of both men being called to a higher purpose in order to serve God for their fellow man!  I see dots being connected all of the time lately as God sees best, in order to reach and help each of us to see Him and the truth he is revealing over time about our personal journeys in serving Him; our unique part that each of us has in His plan, day by day and bit by bit or as I say “dot by dot!”  I’m adding the photo for your discernment and I appreciate how we are so richly blessed to be able to share this way in fellowship for Him, especially when we consider how often times we actually make it through the gauntlet of life here on earth each and every day!  3/2/2020

Trump Gesture like Billy Graham

 

 

 

 

“The Salvation Stone”

 “they will walk and not be faint.”

Early this morning I had a conversation with one of my sisters in which we talked about just following Gods will each day by praying to Jesus and asking His Holy Spirit to guide while we just do our best to serve and love Him.  After having the conversation I was by force of habit going to make some breakfast and usually I feed my dog hers first but she didn’t seem interested once I had put some food out for her which was unusual because she always eats immediately, but this time something felt more pressing than eating our breakfast!  So I looked at her and said, walk, you want us to go for our walk first then we can come back and eat, is that it!  Her ears perked up and she started mulling around in the room a bit so I said OK let me get my boots on and as I did she got all fired up and chomping at the bit in a sense.  So off we went for a brisk morning walk and I decided to be sure to let her take the lead letting out some extra leash.  She led us in the direction of the cove we often like to walk around and then hike on to some other sites in that area.  We were coming up on a fairly busy secondary road which wasn’t as busy as it can often be but all the more unusual was that immediately there was a good break in the light approaching traffic so we hurried across the road and as we began to proceed on our walk I suddenly noticed a nice new pickup truck just about to pass us and saw that it was a neighbor who doesn’t live in town anymore and moved out of state but occasionally visits family here.  We waved at each other and then my dog and I continued on in the usual direction.  When we got to the next cross street my dog seemed not as typically wanting to head straight on toward the cove and then like a flash I realized the neighbor does have a dog that was in the truck, and with the direction they were heading the most likely place they would be going to is the park and how it does have paths that go along the shoreline too, so I suddenly had a feeling I should be heading to the park which was further away yet a nice long walk especially because when we got there we could walk along the trails and bike paths to another shoreline spot that I actually love.  My dog was very eager and so we picked up the pace and continued on until we got to the gate into the park.  As we went through the gate and walked about another 150 feet I looked to my left at a park bench and immediately something caught my eyes attention.  It was a nearly triangular shaped stone almost the size of the palm of my hand.  It was beautiful looking as it had been painted and had some distinct appearance right away as I noticed Biblical Scripture written on it and as nobody was around, because I really gave a good look in all directions, I decided maybe this stone was meant for me to see and pick it up for keeps.  I put the stone into my jacket pocket and continued walking down the main driveway through the park waiting to pick up one of the trail entrances further along into the park.  Just at the point along the way where I was about to turn to enter onto a path I saw the neighbor just getting into the truck and driving away and we had that brief moment to actually say hi and have a nice day!  So my dog and I continued on to where there is also a fenced dog park area off of the path we were following that many people like to bring their dogs to let them run loose with the other dogs in the enclosure.  My dog barks too much at other dogs and actually had far worse issues at the time I rescued her when she was about a year old, bad enough that she’s not even supposed to be alive, because when I found her at the animal shelter late one afternoon by a mysterious set of circumstances and I believe even directives, when she was slated to be put down first thing the next morning and when I saw her I was taken aback how beautiful and full of energy or even personality she had.  Long story short here; through an act of God I know was divine intervention the very next morning I was taking her home in my Jeep to give her a life when all hope had been lost, and that was a first because the committee and Chief of Police that have to sign off on euthanizing the animals had never backtracked and cancelled an order and this dog was determined to be un-adoptable, having issues making her supposedly unsuitable!  Thank God I got to her in that nick of time because she’s been so amazing and full of love, giving me a true friendship.  I spoil the heck out of her and feed her the best food, basically that I actually eat; you name it as long as there’s no toxicity concern for dogs involved she eats it whether sockeye salmon, sea scallops or chicken dinner she eats like a queen, all of it along with a high grade kibble.  Anyway I digress, as we continued on past the dog enclosure I rounded a corner on the fenced area and saw down in front of us on the grass a stone just about the same shape as the painted one but this one was just a blank stone.

Stone both side by side.jpgNow the funny thing is this; I was planning on posting a short blog today because I had a feeling about the Holy Spirit telling me that there was something I was going to need to mention or write a blog about since yesterday; and today’s date being quite novel meant I really should get my butt in gear and find some time to put out a blog, no if’s and’s or but’s, so without trying something special happened here putting what to write the blog about right on my proverbial lap!  My dog and I did our trail blazing and a few hours passed, then finally when we arrived home I put out some fresh cold water for her; and as I would be cooking an early afternoon dinner and needed to do some chores first, I got cranking along.  Later as the dinner was just starting to cook I checked in online and saw that at the very top of my email inbox was one that arrived about a blog at exactly 2:02 PM, on this date of 02 22 2020!  Now that caught my eye just as much as the Special Stone had, so I opened it and it was about a song I hadn’t heard in ages by a very poetic and at times quite spiritual soulful recording artist with much passion of soul in his music.  This is the song and artist, “A Passing Ship” By Gordon Lightfoot (1986).  This song and the video imagery fit to a tee many of the things I was feeling and thinking about over the last couple of days, and in a way some passing ship had arrived, during the walk by the shore!  But, getting back to the Stones I had happened upon, when at home during careful examination of them I found on the back of the hand painted stone that it had a faintly painted inscription which said “Post On,” then “Salvation Stone” in the center!  Of course you saw the feature photo of this stone which has the Biblical Scripture painted on it, which I’m listing here for your convenience, followed by the link to the Music Video which I’m sure you will enjoy!

Isaiah 40:8

8“The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God endures forever.

9 You who bring good news to Zion,
go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem,[a]
 lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
    say to the towns of Judah,
    “Here is your God!”
10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
and his recompense accompanies him.
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.

28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.”

Feb 22 at 2:02 PM  Arrived!

A Passing Ship By Gordon Lightfoot (1986) Gordon Lightfoot

A Passing Ship – Gordon Lightfoot. Video by Bob Perkins

Gordon Lightfoot Lyrics

“A Passing Ship”

A passing ship
I have found the open ocean
Give me no lip
The waves roll by as I pass on
A snulit  sea
On the first day of April
How fresh the wind
Will you miss me when I’m gone
How many words
How many songs still unwritten
How many ships
Of the line have come and gone
In the good old days
May they never be forgotten
They had heavy wind
Or they had no wind at all

A passing ship
It is midnight on the ocean
Had a real long trip
I have been at sea all winter
When my ship came in
I was givin’ up the ghost
I think I should be
Leavin’ those passing ships alone

When the sea runs high
The sea runs wild and I’m unsteady
And I think of you
In the warmth of your home and family
When love is true
There is no truer occupation
And may this gale
Blow us to the ones we love

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Another day
Another ocean
Give me no lip
But stand aside as I pass on
A sunlit sea
On the last day of October
How fresh the wind
Will you miss me from now on
I guess I should be
Leavin’ passing ships alone.

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Later on after eating early dinner this entire spiritually inspiring course of events today brought me to remember an old tune I hadn’t heard in a while, “Straight Down the Line.” by Gerry Rafferty.

I did some praying and thanked God in the name of Jesus Christ for being with us and guiding us; thanking Him for every precious moment.  Then I went into my music archive and selected that old tune and my dog went to sleep having a nice nap, as I kicked back and took in the song remembering some special times!  I left it on loop for a good hour!

God Bless.

Lawrence Morra

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Photo of the Burra Homestead.  Dave And Deb

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“Heads or Tails You Pick”

“The truth shall set you free”

Why is it that so many people are willing to accept more lies on top of lies? Are they that deluded and brainwashed or more likely they just don’t give a damn anymore and would rather be part of the problem instead of being a part of the cure?  Are many waiting to watch the whole mess go up in a cloud of smoke and get it over with? To end their own miserable excuses for lives with everyone else’s in one big mass suicide, say like the inexplicable mass beaching’s of whales that have occurred in some parts of the world at a too frequent pace.  Do these people feel like the lost for which there is no lost and found department listed anywhere that they’re aware of so are filled with hopelessness or perhaps they have never witnessed a true deliverance?  Has this become so much a secular, “make it up as you go now world” with crazy people running for the highest elected office in the land for the most powerful nation on earth; the likes of a Joe Biden the greasiest, lying, epitome of a crooked career politician as you could find anywhere on the planet!

Biden sicky docu.jpg               Or others like the equally crazy Leftist Liz Warren who will say anything to get elected, that is anything but the truth, and as long as its left wing commie pinko socialist trash, or maybe the Marxist had his honeymoon in Communist Russia because he hated what American capitalism is since his college days, and still rather than stay there he wanted to be here to get elected into office so he could pull in over a million dollars in 2018 and in line with what he said is wrong with capitalists he gave away only 10,000 bucks; I guess he likes it both ways, to tell all of us to be good little wannabe commies while we vote for him year after year and let him rake in the doe!

Bernie nut job.jpgThen there’s the Mini Mik Bloomberg with the giant alter ego who despises most women and treated them like his own little minions in  the workplace telling them to  get rid of the baby when pregnant so they won’t miss work and he would have to pay maternity leave the cheap SOB; while he through being a total money grubbing capitalistic pig went on to grab all the billions he could; then he decides that isn’t good enough he wants to be King now, to match his huge ego so he’ll just buy the Presidency!  Looks like the money sure went to his crazy head!  You just can’t make this stuff up!  It’s so surreal and outlandish if it doesn’t make your head spin you’re either totally stoned and out to lunch or you’re working as one of his “campaign propaganda machine” staff!

Warren nut case lg.jpgThe old adage of money talks and bullshit walks applies these days and too many ultra-rich persons are trying to grab all of the marbles they can!  Look at the Clinton’s with their foundation and “pay to play” scam that Killery had going while SOS or the Obama’s raking up hundreds of millions in assets while Obozo was the President starting out with about a net worth of around 1 Mil, and breaking all kinds of laws to accomplish it.  I guess He cared so much about you and I along with this Great Nation of ours that he figured it was much better to SERVE himself first than think about doing anything of any substantive value for America; he decided he too better get his while he can.

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Is it any wonder now that we live in an extremely selfish culture that off the wall mumbo jumbo mantras are flourishing over traditional faith here in America that centered on Christian values and beliefs from its birth that this Nation under God was founded upon, to be replaced with Mysticism, New Age, Designer religions all of which are not of God but are about self over God, which is derived from the Devil to lead astray souls from Divine Providence and instead into Hell.  Many people have turned away from God and glorified self and getting something for nothing as a way of thinking, let alone a way of life!

Evil Soros.jpgI see how people like George Soros as well as many others of like-mind, say for example the Clinton’s or Obama’s leaning hard left politically which is the Democrat party for sure now, as being a problem coupled with pure corruption and evil as I see it, but not just worldly; in essence this is a spiritual battle as well as many of the guilty with so many sins are now deeply entrenched in their camp, so there is no turning back even though they head toward the literal precipice of hell!  Kind of “too little too late,” which now if they were to give some lip service that they will reform, which in many of their cases would be to take ownership of their crimes and spend the rest of their lives in prison!  They have in my view placed the nooses around their own necks and Holy Scriptures speak to these situations that were to come as many would gladly march into hell than to admit fault and culpability, even upon the Second Coming of Jesus!  We all know in our own lives when we did something wrong how later we felt guilty and ashamed; can we imagine a person doing that and each time going further and further out on the limb adding more sin and wrong until so burdened down with so much guilt and shame that it becomes humanly impossible to own up to such a disastrous wicked life, to come back off the insecure limb, so they instead wait for the coming catastrophe, preferring to stay out on that limb that is about to snap, than to come back into conformity and face the music.  This too is why the Holy Scriptures point out clearly there are those among us who are the “accursed and damned.”  This is why we should work incessantly to stay out of the snares of the Devil to avoid our being caught up in such a horrendous grip by evil.  The world is beautiful but there is always the dark and sinister underbelly of corruption that any of us can fall victim to if we are not vigilant.  I know what I say, because I have sinned and felt the allure of temptation and further sin that could take control of me, just like using a drug such as heroin that takes over a person’s will, and makes an addict out of many a good person.

Pelosi nut case sm.jpgYes that’s it succinctly and that is what evil is seeking to do, using the greatest of nations to poison the entire earthly spring or well as it were, in order to ruin all of humanity!  The “evil one” is on a rampage to destroy all.  Whereas in the past these great nations had given much good a foothold in many regions of the planet fostering actual goodness and compassion, but now that will all be stripped away if this “Far Left” evil agenda is allowed to exponentially increase, which it will if not suppressed; because we can’t utterly eliminate it all outright, this is not Paradise, but we must resist it and push it back into its dark corners of the world.  We who see this truth as peoples of any nations can work together toward this common goal; to preserve all that is good in humanity while we uphold peace!

Here is what I had to say to a fellow blogger during a discussion about how the failing of the church should not outweigh all the countless blessings it has brought to humanity.

I too see how one must look at the abundance of good which is the true measure of the value and integrity of the church, for indeed now thousands of years since its inception; and to radically denounce the beauty and heart of the Mother church is not only a foolish thing for some to do but is sinful because Jesus Christ our Lord Himself according to my faith based on the Holy Scriptures, instructed Apostle Peter to build His church, and that is what we all should be doing as faithful servants of God, is continuing that legacy and edict from God Himself as an ongoing building, not tearing down!  The human race is full of sin and shame, but do we make matters worse and attack all that is good about the human race because the evil one has his way with many people who commit horrendous evil upon innocence and all that is good daily?  That would be like saying everyone should have thrown in the towel when people like Hitler did the great evil he did, because this is such a bad world so why bother.  Unfortunately great suffering is a part of this life here and Jesus did instruct us to take up our own crosses, and doing it in our commitment of serving Him is a great thing each of us can offer up to our heavenly Father through the body and blood of Christ Jesus, who suffered and died so we might live.  It’s all worked out; and we are doing our best by hanging in there as we try doing the best we can to serve and honor Him our Lord and Savior!

For years I have thought how all people are fallible and sinners so why would priests be completely immune from sin or hurting innocent children if given the opportunity and they weren’t strong enough to overcome such demons within.  It’s both sad and sick to me how this sort of behavior is rampant not only in the Catholic Church which does get a lot of attention over this by MSM, another thing I think Satan promotes totally to knock the legs out from under one of the largest Christian established churches to harm Christianity overall with these crimes but they also do occur just about anywhere disturbed and even evil adults had or have supervisory controlling influence over young people, these things can happen; just like the athletic organizations or even the Boy Scouts of America!  I agree it’s very good that a cleansing and purging within the Catholic Church and elsewhere is occurring and I’m one for trying to repair or mend all this dysfunction to make for a much better worship experience for all concerned and by no means be radical and “toss the baby out with the bath water,” which I know some extended family and friends were talking like when this subject would come up over the last 15 to 20 years.  They would say to heck with the church and I won’t go anymore; which is just what Satan wants and is cheering on totally!  People forget that part of the equation that sin is inevitable in us humans but our worship and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ should never be compromised or discounted so easily.  I’m very sad when I think of all the pain and suffering that has transpired over many years but I’m still hopeful that the truly faithful and devout will help the Church and most if not all the injured heal, so we can show our Lord we are trying much harder to repair and build bridges rather than abandon.

Let’s remember that many in the world of humanity betrayed even Jesus Christ!  He told us in so many of the Scriptures that if they will do that to him should we expect they will do less to us who will follow Him?  Of course as we know, He the Master they betrayed; and me a lowly incompetent by comparison a mere fool and only a servant of the Master they will destroy if given the opportunity!  Why did it take me so long to be as wise as my dad and not be more careful with people when he had told me to mind my business and keep my nose clean or in other words be hip to the traps and tricks that people use all of the time to cause hardship for those that will let them?  Now at this point, I am a bit wiser, and see how way too much bad has taken a grip upon the world, and as I get older I figure its go for broke time for me; just to live is not enough, and so I will make my voice be heard or do some little piece of good wherever and whenever I can and not lie down to this evil sweeping the globe.  Of course those with others to be more concerned about must be much more restricted or guarded because family comes first, and that is the priority in most instances.  But, God will use all of His instruments when and how He chooses according to His plan; and thanks be to God for that!

I’m interested in sharing truth outside of occasional entertaining essay. “The truth shall set you free” as the Bible tells us and that has always been true and is needed now more than ever with such a frenzy and instability of thought circulating around the world.

We pray and do what we can to be positive and effective in the face of abhorrent evil that is spreading its tentacles wherever it can to cause great pain and suffering.  These are most trying of times because the whole human race is on the verge with these major instabilities of corrupt and even insane leadership here in the US and around the globe.  We have our swamp that our current Real President is attempting to remedy.

Appeasing or capitulations are not helping matters but giving license to all manner of lawlessness and transgression from God let alone human societies.  Sanity and goodness are being dismissed as so much trash while insanity and sin are their replacements in a world turning upside down and inside out!   These people that cause this mayhem are worshiping the beast!  This will not resolve without Divine Intervention and only God knows what that actually will have to be but we do have significant signposts in the Holy Scriptures to point out what will be signs of what is to come.  As I see it the proverbial writing is on the wall already.

Ayatollah evil devil.jpg               It’s a well-known fact that long before 2015 Iran had hidden secret nuclear weapons development facilities and with their evil leadership going back over the last 40 years declaring a proxy war on America and Israel boldly stating DEATH to AMERICA and ISRAEL and some fools think we should hold hands with them like that former criminal Liar in Chief president OBOZO the traitor did, capitulating to them and the Muslim Brotherhood leading to ISIS forming the largest Caliphate in modern times going back prior to the Crusades! The citizens of Iran hate their own leadership but the evil empire is ruled by monsters that follow Muhammad’s false prophecy of the only acceptable religion to God is Islam and all others are infidels who must be converted or killed!  This is all the result of a people and their original religion being hijacked by a heretic who slapped together a radical political ideology spawned from Hell itself, and calling it a religion of the Muslim peoples!  Those that follow that leadership or actual heresy are in deeper mire than having some screws loose in their heads.  OBOZO is a devil that wanted Iran to have a leg up on destroying Israel and starting WWIII, not our current Great President!  Trump is the only one with integrity and intestinal fortitude to come along and kick back the evil of the world so they can’t do that!  The Muslim radicals are hell-bent on ushering in the “Mahdi” which to them will be their great leader but who will actually be a world conqueror to enslave the human race and have the mother of all wars!

Ayatollah evil devil both docu.jpgAs far as the supposed Iran Nuclear Deal, there was NO DEAL there was an arrangement to appease Iran and give them time to accomplish their ends along with plenty of cash to do it with!  It’s the same for this recent cleric meeting on Islam hosted in Egypt, another in the series of charades and cockamamie falsehoods being perpetuated in the name of Islam. “Largely unknown to and unreported in the West, a large, two-day conference was recently hosted by Al Azhar University in Egypt and attendant by the leading clerics and politicians from 46 nations on January 27-28.  Titled, “Renewal in Islamic Thought,” Refutable in their certainty and stability; as for those texts that are not entirely credible, they are subject to ijtihad [reinterpretation, especially based on changing circumstances].”

“In plain language, the teachings of those Islamic texts that are deemed entirely reliable—chief among them, the Koran as well as certain hadith, including, according to mainstream Sunnism, all nine volumes of Sahih Bukhari—are not subject to any change; only those secondary Islamic texts, including many other volumes of hadith, the sira (biography of Muhammad), and other works of history, are open to debate.”

“The problem, of course, is that some—many—of the worst teachings plaguing the Islamic and non-Islamic worlds are derived directly from those texts deemed entirely reliable.  The Koran, for example, very clearly permits the sexual enslavement of non-Muslim women, the beating of one’s wife, and of course polygamy; the Koran calls on Muslims to have hate for and when convenient to war on non-Muslims—just because they are non-Muslims.”

“Beginning with Muhammad—whose later wars were hardly defensive but rather raids meant to empower and aggrandize himself and his followers over non-Muslims—and under the first “righteous” caliphs and virtually all subsequent sultans and rulers, jihad consisted of “inviting” neighboring non-Muslims to embrace Islam or at the very least submit themselves to its political authority (as second-class dhimmis); if non-Muslims refused, as they almost always did, if they insisted on maintaining their own religious identity and freedom from Islam, then jihad was proclaimed, the non-Muslims’ lands were invaded, and the aftermath looked like an ISIS setting, with pyramids of heads, burned churches and other temples of worship, and slave markets of women and children littering the landscape.  This went on for nearly 14 centuries.   One need only look at  a map of the Muslim world today and realize that the vast majority of it—all of the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey, Central Asia, as far east as Pakistan and further—was taken by violent conquest in the name of jihad.  Every Muslim child is taught this in elementary school; it is a source of great pride and validation.”   raymondibrahim.com

To those who talk about a broken deal the Iran Nuclear Deal, may possibly believe in the tooth fairy as well!  Nice to dream, but there was NO DEAL there was an arrangement to appease Iran and give them time to accomplish their ends along with plenty of cash to do it with!  If anyone believes OBOZO was making peace and stability in the Middle East he or she is either a stooge for the Left or an Iranian radical.

Many of the citizens of Iran hate their own leadership and some have awoken to the fact that they’ve been deceived and brainwashed all of their lives but the evil empire is ruled by monsters that follow Muhammad’s false prophecy of the only acceptable religion to God is Islam and all others are infidels who must be converted or killed!  This is all the result of a people and their original religion being hijacked by a heretic who slapped together a radical political ideology spawned from Hell itself, and calling it a religion of the Muslim people! You’re in deeper mire than having some screws loose in your head if you actually believe anything is negotiable with Iran for making peace in the region; they do nothing toward that end and only seek to topple the house of cards!  At the core of those in power there is the simple fact that there is not a compassionate peace seeking love of humanity within their distorted evil minds and souls.                                             Case in point was the recent precision drone take down of the top Iranian terrorist enemy combatant Qasem Soleimani who was an Iranian major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and, from 1998 until his death in 2020, commander of its Quds Force, a division primarily responsible for extraterritorial military and clandestine operations.

Soloimani bastard ready devil.jpg“His CV included helping Shia militias to kill hundreds of American troops during the US invasion of Iraq,  backing Assad as he slaughtered civilians by the thousands during the Syrian civil war, and most recently overseeing the slaughter of hundreds of anti-Iran protesters in Iraq.  While Soleimani rose in the ranks to be one of the most powerful figures in the Islamic Republic, he was not known to be a religious man.  He never received a religious education. Instead, he rose through the ranks of the military after the Islamic Revolution.  The Quds Force eventually started to train military outfits outside of Iran, like Hezbollah in Lebanon.”   dailymail.co.uk

What follows are some of the specific highlights of what was the reasoning and benefit as stated in highly reputable non MSM and direct statements from US Senators as to the truthful perspective of the takedown of this evil madman.

“Terrorist general with the blood of THOUSANDS on his hands: Qassem Soleimani masterminded the killing of hundreds of US troops in IED attacks, helped Assad slaughter his people in Syria, was an ally of Hezbollah and ‘more powerful than Iran’s president”

He with Qods force & its proxies are responsible for assassinations, terrorism, and unconventional warfare that Iran supports in countries like Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen.  Qods Force is also responsible for successful and attempted terrorist acts and assassinations in countries like Argentina, the United States, India, and Germany.           He ordered and directed billions of dollars to organizations that engaged in terrorism. He is/was an evil man.  forum.pictures/

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Sen. Ben Sasse said the Iranian general and terrorist killed by the United States early Friday “is dead because he was an evil bastard who murdered Americans.”             General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region,” the Defense Department said.

“Gen. Soleimani has killed hundreds and hundreds of Americans, and was actively plotting more. This commander-in-chief — any C-in-C. — has an obligation to defend America by killing this bastard,” Sasse tweeted.  marketwatch.com

“The president made the brave and right call, and Americans should be proud of our service members who got the job done,” said Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on the targeted killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

“Tehran is on edge — the mullahs have already slaughtered at least a thousand innocent Iranians — and before they lash out further they should know that the U.S. military can bring any and all of these (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) butchers to their knees.” journalstar.com

“Qassem Soleimani masterminded Iran’s reign of terror for decades, including the deaths of hundreds of Americans,” Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark

“Tonight, he got what he richly deserved, and all those American soldiers who died by his hand also got what they deserved: justice.”

lindsey-Graham with Trump docu.jpg“Wow — the price of killing and injuring Americans has just gone up drastically,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a series of tweets. “Major blow to Iranian regime that has American blood on its hands. Soleimani was one of the most ruthless and vicious members of the Ayatollah’s regime. He had American blood on his hands. I appreciate President Trump’s bold action against Iranian aggression. To the Iranian government: if you want more, you will get more.”

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry posted a statement to his website: “The Iranian-inspired attack on our embassy in Baghdad provoked a defensive military response and deliberately ripped open a festering wound. This conflict with Iran has been brewing for forty years since our Embassy in Tehran was overrun in 1979,” the 1st District congressman said.

Rep. Adrian Smith “The president’s decisive action sends a message that while our goal must be peace, the United States will not tolerate Iranian provocations or further attacks on Americans.”

Rep. Don Bacon, representing the 2nd District, said in a tweet: “General Soleimani commanded the Iranian Quds Force, killed 600+ US service members in Iraq & led a countless number of terrorist acts around the world. Iran is #1 exporter in terror & Soleimani was in charge. If true, his demise was many years in coming.”  journalstar.com

Sen. Deb Fischer, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said: “The president has authority and responsibility to protect American lives and interests when they are threatened. Over the past several months, Iran has sharply escalated its pattern of aggression against the United States, our allies and our partners. The United States does not seek a war with Iran; President (Donald) Trump repeatedly demonstrated restraint, and Iran’s leaders were given the opportunity to turn from the path of violence and escalation. They did not.”

Sen Deb Fisher sm print.jpgSen. Fischer is spot-on and I say that what makes this even worse if you can imagine it is that the Supreme Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei is a Twelver Shia Marja’ and the second and current supreme leader of Iran, in office since 1989.  He was previously the president of Iran from 1981 to 1989.  Khamenei is the longest serving head of state in the Middle East, as well as the second-longest serving Iranian leader of the last century.   This is nothing but a human powder keg that will explode at any time; completely out of control evil power.

Obama’s Deal with Iran Aligning America with Evil …

OBOZO BETRAYS sm print.jpgIn Iran and sadly even here in America there are those who reject all religion outright and have no belief in God.  When a person says that he or she isn’t religious in my view that person places his or her self in grave danger of saying that he or she is above divinity of any kind; in other words they know better than any Supreme Being or Creator.  We can call this atheism and total denial of supreme intelligence and power in all of existence which on its face is preposterous to think as a mere little earthling person that he or she knows enough to state the blatantly obvious that humans know so little in the vast sea of what there is to know, yet inexplicably can draw a conclusion that is absolutely impossible to do.  I’ve spoken to atheists and they continually say keep trying to prove to me that there is a God, and they continually reject all that is said to them to point out specifics that speak to the feasibility that God does exist and has given humanity built in evidence of such.  I say to them who reject God; then the onus is on you to prove to me that there isn’t one, if they insist that there isn’t.  Much more evidence exists that there absolutely is than any that proves the contrary.  Even Albert Einstein stated to another physicist during a group discussion of “The Big Bang” when that scientist stated that with enough “random events” in that preexistence or beginning of the whole universe it just happened, to which Einstein was reported to have said, ah yes my friend but, “God doesn’t roll dice.”  Also, Einstein was quoted as saying in reference to a Supreme Being in other conversations, not discounting God outright, but did recognize Him by calling or referring to God as, “The Old One.”  But, this is what I say in passing, only because there is a mountain of evidence and knowledgeable verified documentation, vis-a-vis theology and historical record that demonstrates clearly the greater truth that God exists and is not going to disappear because groups of humans are defiant and choose to reject God outright unless it’s put right in their face that God is as real as the air you and I breath.  And, as you and anyone will admit, after some careful thought that seeing is not always believing, and as well, not all that exists can be seen.

I told a young woman once out in California during a conversation about God who was brought up as a Christian but said she had never really sincerely searched her faith out and then eventually tossed it aside to just believe science and the secular man-made perspectives on what this life is all about.  I then asked her what if she is wrong, and the many others that see it the way she was at that time, if it were to turn out they are all completely wrong and when they die their actual very soul or essence of who they are is faced with meeting a Supreme Being who says to them you had no faith and now you gain nothing, but are sent into oblivion!  I went on to say wouldn’t it be much wiser and intelligent to say I would rather take out an insurance policy just like we do for countless other actions or man-made situations to protect our material assets and well-being, so as to have some assurance that when we die if we are faced with God we are welcomed as being wise and humble enough to admit we didn’t know it all and were willing to at least work on the prospect of God really existing, and having a plan?  In other words if we do that when we do meet the Creator we will hear, good then you have tried to work on this matter of accepting the whole truth, and know then you are welcome.  After all, we don’t have the foreknowledge and superiority to tell the State that we reject having auto liability insurance (owning responsibility for our actions) because we know of our own accord we will never have an accident, so therefore insurance is a waste of time and money to be concerned with!  If we do that there will be penalties, and one potentially being a loss of the privilege to operate a motor vehicle, especially if an accident does occur!  I say too, that people who reject outright the potentiality of God being real, is more like being worse off than putting oneself above such a Divine Creator and being like a Chinese Communist atheist with absolutely no interest in anything of the kind, and who only is seeking more control and power over anyone they can exert it over.  This is something worth addressing in my humble opinion.  I would like to state un-categorically that the flipside or flipped-out side of this is that, today way too many individuals are into Mysticism, New Age, Designer Religions, which are all not of God but are man-made simply contrived falsehoods with built in agendas not the least of which is to run people into the precipice away from God, making them much more dangerous than historical religion based on thousands of years of history and prophecy.

I’ll stick with the mountain of evidence and all of the greater minds than my own whom over the ages now have been able to decipher the many resources available; to have the most plausible reason for our being here in the first place, before rejecting anything that could be the most beneficial of reasons for me to carry on.  But, in conclusion I do believe in God, wholeheartedly.

This is an extremely vital matter of my mind and heart!  I hope it is for you as well!

Lawrence Morra

“Converging Conversations and Inspiration”

“Call upon Jesus to send the Comforter the Holy Spirit; then many interesting things happen”

What follows are thoughts and ideas as well as answers to prayers, that occurred over the last 24 hours, creating a mosaic of growing, connecting, fulfilling faith.

It just came to me in reading some scripture and looking over the writings of few fellow bloggers; that God was speaking loud and clear to me!  It’s getting more obvious to me as I’m sure you as we grow older that we all come up short changed or even broke if we depend on mere temporary earthly contentment’s or pleasures to fill us; virtually an impossible fool’s errand.  But, with a caveat I say we should always try to make the best of what we have and be eternally grateful just for that, indeed our next breath is a miraculous gift; and then seek Him the Divine and Everlasting to satisfy our every dream and need in His kingdom to come!  I’m sure I’ll see you there as long as I keep trying my best, that’s all He expects of any of us!  Amen.

My mind does like many of yours, I find it wandering and almost fishing or trying to grasp onto truths hidden in the wide array of worldly human distractions!  Look at the television and listen to the commercialization or commerce advertising and even propaganda being blasted out at you and me to fill our heads with more unneeded and unwanted trash!   I think somewhere way in the past long before I was born there was a time when it was easier and simpler to focus on the essential and yes even spiritual but now we all get cluttered in our minds and lives around us with so much hurry and get this done or get here or there and almost becoming non-human and more machine in that we are buzzing away getting nowhere fast at all.  Enlightenment doesn’t come this way, no, no it becomes suppressed and muted which is what you got me to thinking about and more people should awaken to this fact!

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Let’s hang in there and try better to still live like we mean it and are part of this jumbled up contrived world the best we can, but set time aside day to day and even moment to moment to recognize that God is everywhere and always has been.  But we need to pay attention to Him through His Holy Spirit being manifested in our lives regardless of how hard we may try to stick our heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich or bury our inner mind with a flurry of stuff to do, and growing numb minded in the process; we need to remain vigilant and of heart; not closing our minds but by connecting them through the heart to the Holy Spirit and let Him lead the way and keep our attention on what really matters in all we do, so that we really live in the moment and are enriched with more enlightenment and not extinguished or turned off in our  “desire to know Him better and do His will” in the moment to moment fulfillment of the daily process of living on earth.

“When the law no longer protects you from the corrupt, but protects the corrupt from you – you know your nation is doomed.” -Ayn Rand

I’ve experienced the kind of massive global corruption spawned from the “New World Order” which is the Devil’s plan; in my own backyard in a most personal way; when my own representatives moved against me to do severe damage with little or no recourse than to try filing law suits which I did alone.  The system is highly politically rigged and extremely biased, Illuminati, Free Mason’s, devils for whom hell awaits; so even the lawyers won’t touch it, unless of course I were able to heap large amounts of cash on the matter, but that would be no assurance that even the one I hire to help me achieve justice wouldn’t sell out to the highest bidder leaving me in the dust.  I’m sorry to say that if this happened to me in my locale where I was born and raised; I’m sure it’s running rampant or much worse in other locations around the globe.  Greed can be the only reason people would do harm like this to each other and their societies willingly or so wantonly with such impunity!  The Scriptures make it clear that money is the root of all evil.  I would say all of this is a clear sign that the human race has moved away from God much too far now.  Sodom and Gomorrah were full of corruption, heathen sin and transgression from God; and they were destroyed!  I dare say that we now living in this radically fast paced, decadent over the top world of celebrity and serving of self to the point of worshiping self, has brought us all clearly to the precipice of the abyss!   You who have ears and eyes had better hear and see before it’s too late!

What we have here now in this era is plenty of lip-service revolving around political correctness or global climate catastrophe which is deflection or diversion away from all that matters most to any of us, and this is part and parcel to the New World Order Agenda.  This ultimately is playing right into the hands of the coming antichrist and enslavement of the entire human race leading to Armageddon, I’m so sad to say!  People will not wake up and join together to save lives and this world as a human family of God’s in order to ultimately save souls from hell; eternal damnation!  Instead, they would rather have the spoils of victory or earthly treasures now and give up any eternal peace.   This is very evil and out of control, transgression.

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All any good heart that abides in Jesus should want over all things on earth is for all people, children of God, to awaken and do His will as we surely should if we love Him and each other!  Peace and brotherly love are of God and Holy!  Amen.

The purest heart that ever existed on this earth the “Blessed Heart of Jesus”  said to us and still does through His word and Holy Spirit far beyond what any man can put into words;  is that we should love Him above all things and each other, “seeking to galvanize others to be of like mind and heart!”  All Glory and Praise to God Almighty!  Amen.

Mark 12:30, Jesus tells us that our first responsibility is to Him, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” This same theme is reiterated many places in the Bible (Deuteronomy 6:5, 13:3, 30:6; Matthew 22:37; Luke 10:27).

“Putting the Lord first in our lives is the most important decision we could ever make.  A life built around anything else but God, is a life built on shifting sand and vapor.  Too many people today wonder why their lives are filled with so much turmoil and misery. However, these very same people refuse to submit to God and live for Him.  These people build their lives on fantasies and deception; then they wonder how it could all fall to pieces.  It is because their foundation was untrustworthy.  They put their faith in something other than God and that something let them down.  There is no surer foundation for life than a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ.  It is this relationship that must be first and foremost in the life of the Christian.”(RobertDriskell)whatchistianswanttoknow

I think we all get melancholy or feel a sense of drudgery in our sometimes overly mechanical, “going through the motions” and routines of just living a plain temporary physical life!  Like the old adage of, “getting from point A to point B!”  But, therein lays the crux of the matter or question my dear friends, what is truly our destination?  Is it to merely continue on living like a gerbil on the running wheel or as mice through a maze!  We can choose to seek out the Truth and Light or we can follow into the trap!  So we must first and foremost ask ourselves are we willingly being deceived and led astray by the many temptations and the glitter of the fool’s gold or snares of this world?

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Or are we looking deeper into the heart of our simple existence here on earth to see the profound reality that much, much more is going on than meets the eye!  The Holy Scriptures say “Seek” and you will find, (7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-12), and I’ve learned though time and some very painful experiences that at times in my life I got too sure of myself, basically allowing myself to get lost in my own delusions of contemporaneous material fulfillment’s, only to find myself on the other side of that process as being more empty and unfulfilled than when I began on my escapade or journey into “going it alone.”  I know now that until any of us actually awaken to the fact that the Almighty made all this possible to begin with and that we are simply here to fulfill His plan, we can go off in ninety-nine different directions and never find one that brings any lastly or substantive  meaning, purpose and enlightenment; like being on a “fool’s errand” if you will, and therefore in seeking we must seek the “Divine and Unseen” in order to elevate our own petty fractional lives of great need above the fray; and into the light of real understanding.

“The straight and narrow path for those who see the light and the forest for the trees!”

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I too recognize He was with me all along but I may have gotten too sure of myself while not staying truly sober or obedient to His word, and then I was damaged severely by the onslaughts of others; who were my enemies seeking to ruin me.  Then I look back and feel some regret that I didn’t prevent all of it myself, but didn’t He know I would fail and even be angry?  Of course He did, and even though it’s hard to swallow one’s own pride and know that the damage is done and it may be too late to fully recover, there was more value in things turning out as they did, finally putting me to the test to see what I would decide to do about it all; to truly grow and change as He knows I needed to preparing me for what’s to come at the end of my journey.  You know the old adage of “get up, brush yourself off and get moving again.”  This life is a proving ground, and we all go through trials and tribulations; to come out of it hopefully in the final analysis as not just test pilots anymore, but as astronauts ready to carry out the whole mission!

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What comes to mind in all of this is the Prodigal Son Parable in the book of Luke 15:11-32: 11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.”  Basically this younger son was so foolish and threw caution and reason to the wind wasting all that his father had given to him!  Of course in time he realized what a fool he had been and that his father’s servants wee better off, so thinking he should return to his father and admit his error perhaps his father would allow  him to at least be kept as a servant, which would obviously be better than being a vagabond or beggar!  On his journey back to his father, “still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’  And they began to celebrate.”  Obviously this is to illustrate that our Heavenly Father who knows and understands all things holds out for us if we have run amuck or been led astray to awaken from our doing wrong because learning from a mistake and growing in wisdom is achieved if genuinely felt in the heart which to God is a most pleasing thing for any of us to achieve. as we are all fallen and none are worthy or righteous, and to rise above sin or transgression and be sincerely sorry is an act of courage and shows character!  Remember how Jesus at Calvary told the condemned sinner and criminal on His right side as they were being crucified, “I say to you today, you will be in paradise with me!”  A despot heathen criminal who in his final opportunity saw the light and truth and showed genuine sorrow and faith to Jesus our Father and that was something Jesus would not deny being rewarded; just as the prodigal son’s father saw in his son true remorse or repentance, and how it was a blessing that he came back into the light and fold or the family!  But, in all of this the older brother who had followed his father’s ways and fallen into line all of his adult life was shaken by all this praise heaped upon the wayward younger brother!  He was asked to join the celebration that ensued.  “But he was angry and refused to go in.  His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes; you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’’  This is such great hope and encouragement for any of us to remember that the gate into heaven is narrow and the road to hell is wide; but, our heavenly Father who knows all things is full of mercy and love for us, so there is always hope even for the lowly criminal or worst sinner if he can see the error of his ways and repent turning his heart over to his Father in heaven!  Our Lord Jesus Christ knows us, and when we stand before Him there will be no fooling Him, but there will also be no denying of His own.  That is a promise He made to us!  We should pray we are so worthy when we see Him!

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But, clearly the takeaway in all that I say here is that we are all lost and yet all found, because our Father in heaven knows us all better than anyone can and is always calling out to us watching from afar.  C.S. Lewis went full circle being both a faithful son from the time he was a boy going to church with his beloved mother, whom when she died he couldn’t accept it and rebelled; so he became like a younger prodigal son and went astray while at the same time the older son within him who had known the Father all those years going to church never could, which led him to eventually serve our Father doing so much good for Christendom than he otherwise could have done if not for the hard lesson which restored his faith and motivated him!  This the dichotomy of human life how we are all in a state of perpetual conflict actually stemming from our broken hearts, like C.S. Lewis’s, between doing what is right and what is wrong.  Our conscience should be our guide but isn’t always taking the lead, and that is when we succumb to temptation and sin.  I see how when I was so sure of myself at times in my past perhaps too proud under my earthly father’s wing in a sense, I was that older brother and son, but then the younger prodigal son took over or rose to the occasion gladly to stray or sin when I went off on my own coming and going as I pleased, no longer under the watchful eye and guidance of my earthly father.  Our lives are like the test pilots always being tested until hopefully we are full-fledged astronauts going home on our final mission to God’s heavenly kingdom.  But, when we are at our lowest points on this earthly journey and falling away or going astray is when our Father in heaven reaches out to us the most to come back into the fold and be lost no more; and when we do return, just like the prodigal son, it’s such a beautiful thing that happens for any of us, showing understanding and true love for Him our Father who is in heaven; which isn’t by our being like a controlled robot but by choice out of deep genuine love for Him, a true child of God’s.

They say, we should pull ourselves up by our bootstraps when we are downtrodden, and those are words of wisdom!  Only don’t expect AOC to agree or even get what you’re talking about!   Some people only know illogical speak, or lack God in their hearts as I see it; in my mind!  They are truly the blind leading the blind.  Most important is that Jesus Christ promised that those who have faith in Him and abide in His living word that He will be with us to the end and forever!  He is definitely with us and this is a “short ride;” so I often wonder how I wasted so much time!  I really have to kick myself in the ass for that one; so much more I could have done better!  But, the good news is there is no better time than the present, today, right now; to make the biggest impact!  It’s a collective building power of faith, which can get over any mountain and make the impossible possible!  Amen to that.

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Convergent Beam of light Rays:
“when the rays of light coming from different directions meet a point, then such rays constitutes convergent rays.”
Examples:
1. Parallel beam of sunlight are made to incident on a solar cooker consisting of concave mirror so that the rays converge at focus point.
2. The rays received by camera are converging through a lens.
3. The rays entering in our eyes converge on the retina.

Lawrence Morra

 

 

 

 

The Sacred Heart of Jesus Calls Out to You

“Fear not,
I am the one who helps you.”

Jesus knows and judges us by our hearts.  Therefore; Valentine’s day should be a day for “all to reflect” upon what it is we are investing our hearts into, and that by doing this we are able to allow a positive affirmation or resolution on this special day, to make correction and improvement in what our hearts are drawn to or truly invested in.  “To be right with the Lord our hearts must be right.

We are all fallen and in this extremely imperfect state, so it is virtually impossible for one person to fulfill another enough to give him or her any lasting peace and tranquility.  Romantic love is a failed proposition from the outset, setting one up for disappointment and heartache.

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To you who say that Jesus is the answer to all of our needs regarding love.  Whether it’s in regard to family, friends or desired earthly romance, I agree and add that there can only be one ultimate truth in all matters of the heart.   You’re on target with this:  “Jesus Christ is where you will find what you are looking for, by true love and faith in Him.” That’s the only source of true love and peace, but yet we all go through the motions here in our contrived fabricated man-made world of pretending.  There is no panacea and definitely no utopian level of earthly love between two humans.  WE SETTLE!  We all do that, deciding that, it’s better to grab and hold onto someone and hack it out, taking the good, the bad, and the ugly for better or worse, because the alternative of being alone seeming so much worse, and is shuddered by most as an unbearable place to be for the rest of your life.  But, we tend to sellout for this quick fix, in this very short-life,  when the eternal plan should be our total focus  Even though, Jesus promised that He walks with us holding our right hand, and that believing in Him we are never alone, therefore, which is giving us the greatest sense of security obtainable in this brief conflicting life.  After all, we are here to decide which we will choose, to walk with Him to Everlasting Life and Salvation, or to turn away from Him to be mesmerized by this world full of trickery, sin, corruption, lies, hate, misery, pain, suffering and all manner of evils; thus in so doing; forfeiting our Redemption and true everlasting sanctity with God.

13 For I, the Lord your God,
hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, “Fear not,
I am the one who helps you.”
  Isaiah 41

Love is not sex and sex is not love.

Here is something I had to incorporate into this Valentine message from my responding to a preacher’s message.

While I was writing a Valentine message your article came to my attention which is directly related to all of my thoughts about these human earthly celebrations and the earthly false notion of love or its true expression.  What you said about sex wrongly being entwined and mistakenly interpreted as love in the hearts and minds of many; to which I say is a great falsehood that is being perpetuated by pagan commercialization of, a spiritual matter between God, His children and each other, as I see it being manifested in cultures, art, film and just about anywhere money can be made by exploiting people.

This is profoundly true, what you said.  But, I also say this is a symptom and indeed a large portion of the bigger problem we as humans are all facing each and every day we live on this earth, being subjected to the ways of the world which are crooked, fallen from grace and all holiness.  The commercialization and pagan secular promotion of what constitutes a truly loving heart is far from being anything like the love that Jesus spoke about and still does in the Holy Scriptures and through the Holy Spirit.  A Box of Roses and even close intimacies, sexual or otherwise don’t signify the presence of pure love, but are many times mostly vain attempts to convince someone of something intangible in human earthly terms as being real, when in fact it’s all become a game of pretend, fakery, delusion or smoke and mirrors if you will; while big business is making a fortune off the foolhardiness, vulnerabilities and weaknesses of people.  But, it is a symptom and indeed a large portion of the bigger problem we as humans are all facing each and every day we live on this earth, being subjected to “the ways of the world” which are crooked, fallen from grace and all holiness.  In essence a continual brainwashing by the man-made world, a world where opportunity runs rampant for the father of all lies to deceive, captivate and lead astray, to cause the lost sheep of the flock to fall into the clutches of, sin, despair and suffering!

Secularism and materialistic living abound and draw upon most if not all people at some point in their lives like the proverbial moth to the bright artificial light.  It’s  been said,  “all that glitters is not gold;” people being often times weak, vain and petty sink to the lowest common denominator of living in this world for only the here and now which would be to serve self and obtain pleasure, whether it be addiction to drugs and alcohol or sex, along with a host of other temptations to escape reality and turn away from God,  that the Devil uses to ensnare God’s children and draw them away from the “true light of the world,” the Creator, our Father in heaven, and instead to that fool’s gold that which glitters but has no Divine truth or lasting reward and instead brings those that follow it to doom, just like the moth into the heat of the bright light being lured continually closer to the flame that consumes it, eventually bringing it to ruin and death.  But, as children of God created in His image this death is not just of our physical bodies that wreaking with sin or imperfection; but more importantly it’s a spiritual death.

The Holy Scriptures tell us in Matthew 7:

7“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

6“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy.7 Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.

1“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others.The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

3“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”

9“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.”

12“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets”.

21“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.”

24“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

28 “When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law.”

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Jesus communicates with us in many ways — through prayer, through the Scriptures, and through images.

Jesus promises all who devote themselves to His Sacred Heart” that they will receive many graces, especially:

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I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.

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​“I will give peace in their families.

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​“I will console them in all their troubles.

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I will be their refuge in life and especially in death.

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I will abundantly bless all their undertakings.

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Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.

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Tepid souls shall become fervent.

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Fervent souls shall rise speedily to great perfection.

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I will bless those places wherein the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and venerated.

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I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.

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Persons who propagate this devotion shall have their names eternally written in my Heart.

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In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.

(Verse Concepts)

“I am the LORD, I have called You in righteousness, I will also hold You by the hand and watch over You, And I will appoint You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations,” Isaiah 42:6

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A most, “Blessed Sacred Heart of Jesus,” to all of you. Amen.

Lawrence Morra

Post Script: 02/15/2020

🙏 ❤ This is what all heart’s desire; to be filled with everlasting peace and love, yet all men are incapable of providing such to anyone, not even one’s self.  Therefore, seek the eternal through God the Creator; who is all absolute love and peace!

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” ― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 ❤ 🙏

It’s getting more obvious to me as I’m sure you as we grow older that we all come up short changed or even broke if we depend on mere temporary earthly contentment’s or pleasures to fill us; virtually an impossible fool’s errand.  But, with a caveat I say we should always try to make the best of what we have and be eternally grateful just for that, indeed our next breath is a miraculous gift; and then seek Him the Divine and Everlasting to satisfy our every dream and need in His kingdom to come!  I’m sure I’ll see you there as long as I keep trying my best, that’s all He expects of any of us!  Amen.

 

 

 

The Mask of Deception

“father of all lies the serpent and prince of darkness”

With the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of these “United States of America, the Republic for which It stands one Nation under God,” the most diabolical plan to ever occur on American soil had been forestalled, and with the completion of the second term of the first Illegitimate President of the United States of America and the failed rigged election attempt of Killery; the fraud president born in Kenya Africa making him exempt from holding the office of which he was fraudulently elected by the biggest cover-up and scam ever perpetrated upon the American People, the master plan of conquest collapsed!  In his first run for the office during his campaign blitz, OBOZO proclaimed that his administration would be totally accountable and transparent; which we know was of course a bald-faced lie because he and his administration went on to become the least accountable and transparent in America’s history.  How could he claim to be all in, to be totally accountable and transparent while holding the highest elected office in America, and yet have so much controversy surrounding his birthplace, and not resolve the issue completely or step down from office due to his own professing that he would be, totally accountable and transparent? Because the US Constitution does state anyone running for the office of president must be a natural-born citizen of the U.S. as required by Article Two of the Constitution?  He lied; that is how he continued on not abating in his fraud and withdrew totally from the obligation to prove once and for all that he was actually born on American soil!  TRUTH matters; so he lied once right from the get-go, a HUGE LIE, and kept lying his whole time in office; thus the LIAR IN CHIEF president, with Joe Biden and the entire Dem party as his accomplices and partners in crime!  Just because he got away with it doesn’t lessen the enormous damage he did to the integrity of our Nation’s highest elected office and the Rule of Law that this country was founded upon.

Obama Born In Kenya? His Grandmother Says Yes.

Obama’s grandmother said the baby—Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.—was born in Kenya and that shortly after he was born, Stanley Ann returned to Hawaii.

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The mask has been removed, he was the “Liar in Chief and all of the things that the Dem party has recently accused President Trump of in particular to the Ukraine; OBOZO was guilty of each of those accusations leveled against Trump and many more; actually entitling OBOZO to being tried and convicted of high treason and execution.   The Dem party and its members have turned into the lowest form of political minions and parasites that this country has ever seen or could have even imagined before this all came into being through OBOZO being made president.  The Dem party for a long time has had ulterior nefarious designs for America and it’s People in motion!  OBOZO and his wicked demonic plans accelerated this process in earnest for those eight darkest years in American’s history and politics.  They’ve virtually been incessant on conducting a soft behind the scene or secretive coup d’ etat’ overthrow of our entire government and the American Citizens as they feverishly worked for the New World Order agenda!  The Devil’s own Killery was aligned to be installed; not fairly elected into the office of POTUS, and from that point on the evil OBOZO leading from behind with all unholy powers on earth and beneath it were to seal the deal and the fate of America; striking a death blow to our beloved America and all Citizens who align with God, family, country, honor and all that is good; to be traded off for a new world system of secularism and enslavement led by the antichrist.  Keep praying and doing all the good you can to carry forward righteousness in His Holy name of Jesus, because the evil as we have seen since Trump was sworn into office,  vis-a-vis with the recent impeachment charade of lies, is not quitting and is only more determined to destroy us and Our Republic of the People now!

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I swear to you as I sit here sharing these words that God’s wrath is coming and all of those that were directly involved with OBOZO such as  Killery, Comey,  Schumer, Pelosi, Feinstein, Nadler, Schiff, Brennan, Clapper, Holder, Lynch, Kerry and so many others are directly complicit and will be held accountable, one way or the other God has definite plans for them that they will never escape, even though they have had the luxury of freewheeling or hobnobbing around  the globe, seeming to get away with highway robbery and murder; their days are numbered and the Winds of Truth and Justice are coming; for all of them!   Nothing but greed, power and ulterior motives are behind anything the Dem party is doing now, as they add more lies on top of lies only seeking to insulate themselves from justice for all of their many crimes, and they have become a counterfeit-hijacking political party of the American People, that should actually be completely abolished now; to be replaced by a new one!

Lord have mercy.   Amen.

Lawrence Morra

 

Informational and photo credit: israelnationalnews

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Blogs/Message.aspx/3074

The Dots are Being Connected; His Will be Done!

“We Never Walk Alone”

Here is what transpired as I began my day asking God to lead my way.  Each of the people and the immediate circumstances merged in a specific direction and each part connecting to the others by Divine Providence not just my own desires but by God’s!

Early this morning just when I awoke I turned on my cell phone and saw that the time was a set of numbers that match my sisters birthday and I had just thought how maybe I should not call her and throw her off on her starting the day as I can talk too much at times and yesterday I did frustrate her a bit; so maybe to leave well enough alone would be the best thing.  But even though I thought that, I felt unsettled in my  heart because the love in me was wanting to reach out to her and make sure she gets off to a good start in her day not worrying if we are in a tiff or perhaps I’m not pleased with something  she said yesterday.  Well, no sooner did I think this and turned on the cell phone to see an answer there staring me in my face saying call her!  We spoke of it and a few other things all coinciding with our circumstances and some world events we both are concerned about.  We had a great conversation and she was so happy it made me very relaxed and happy as well to move ahead in the day with certainty and JOY.  I then shortly after eating lunch saw an email notification about a Blog a priest had written at a Catholic site I visit which spoke to the very  heart of what my sister and I had talked about early in the morning which was that God is always there and will enlighten as well as give us Hope and Guidance sometimes in very subtle ways and maybe in a very harsh turn of events in our lives but all of it is leading us to Him and the ultimate PEACE and JOY we all desperately seek and need more than anything this temporary and incomplete world with its many quagmires or difficulties can provide!  Here is what I said in the priest’s blog which is titled, “God comes to us often in obscurity, through unexpected events and persons.”  God bless you and may He continue to bless you to do His will on earth as in heaven!  I was just talking with a sister of mine early this morning about this very subject of how we are given many such opportunities and I indeed have had this happening in my personal life profusely and knew without a doubt that God was giving me actual messages and help to see my way on the very path which I walk here on earth.  He doesn’t only beckon to us but guides us always if we will only take heed and watch as well as listen to all the opportunities He provides to us, so we not stumble but move forward in our life mission to serve Him and be ever so faithful to His will.  Those monumental humblest human Icons like “Thomas Aquinas” or “Joan of Arc,” were chosen but they too paid close attention as Joan even when so young to God’s subtle messages being provided and we know what great good it did in her case!

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I just wrote a Blog relating to this idea along with some others recently that are attuned to this overall subject of enlightenment and I’m including the most recent about “Hope” and also “My Imitation of Christ,” here for anyone that is interested to please take a look and perhaps our heavenly Father through Jesus Christ is reaching out through your Blog and our shared words to others who just need that message or those tidbits of information to shed light upon their paths!  I hope and pray this does some good for someone.  Amen.

Thank you dear father,

Brother in Christ Jesus,

Lawrence

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“We Never Walk Alone,” He our Creator through Jesus Christ told us He walks with us holding our right hand, and I know it for a fact from all that has happened to me over the last dozen years that I’m still here sharing my words and insights to others because He has given me all that I need and should be while on this earth to serve Him until such time that He God will take me away from this hard life to everlasting JOY and PEACE!   For now I must hang in there and be in the ready to do whatever it is He asks of me one day at a time, like you even stated yourself my Friend; but never quitting and only doing what we are capable of however little or big a thing it is we can do it by having Faith in Him who gave us the greatest thing a LIFE, which is growing to be even much better than this, A Miraculous Eternity!

“Those who wage war against you will come to nothing. 13 For I am the LORD your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you: “Do not fear, I will help you.”  Isaiah 41:13

Footprints in the Sand

Footprints in the Sand, a beautiful poem!

“One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings’.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

A few readers wrote about this poem on a web site:

“This little poem, though I had seen it several times throughout my upbringing, really hit home one day about 30 years ago.  It completely and utterly changed my life.”

“Greetings in Jesus name!
When first I saw this poster, some ten years ago, I thought “Wow!” How good and faithful is our Lord.  What He promised He will do, He really fulfills His promises.  He is not a man who should lie.
Even today I am still thinking about the single pair of footprints: Our father’s! When we are tired He picks us up and carries us.  Who else can do this? Nobody, but God.”

“Shalom Aleichem (Shalom Aleichem is a spoken greeting in Hebrew, meaning “peace be upon you.”), my dear friends, this is my greatest comfort in time of my low moment. Shalom Aleichem.”

“Been divorced for 3 years been married for 33 years and all in a sudden divorce comes don’t see your kids no more don’t see the grand kids really thought it was the end for me until I read this poem mean so much to me it carries me on to the next day making me realize how good God is he will be by your side every minute of the day thank you Jesus.”

“I love this reading “Footprints in the Sand”.  As a child dying of meningitis, He was carrying me.  I was given last rites at the age of 18 months and here I sit today, because He loved and was carrying me.  Even today, He continues to be with me daily.”

“Everyone on display is beautiful, I know my Lord walks with me every day to guide me, I just love the second one which is the pillow and would have that next to me on the bed every night to give me strength and comfort.  Thank you Lord for everything and never leaving me, praise to Jesus, the only real love of my life always.”

Psalm 37:23-24 (NIV)

23 “The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”

(Credit given readers’ content: onlythebible.)

Interwoven into the fabric of the beautiful God given tapestry of my day came along at just the right moment another notification from a writing friend who apparently God wanted to make sure we both saw each other’s written words and do some connecting of DOTS!

Then during the unfolding of my words through Divine Providence a clear immediate purpose for them came into view and this following letter was directed to a friend in need; who like all of us can use any “inspiration that God will send.”

Dear friend and brother.  This is a most beautiful masterpiece of precious love from the deepest heart expressed in a literary work of art.  A gift from you to others here on earth and of course those who loved you the most who are where we can’t be until we should be with them; but they would ask us to stay on course and grow in faith that all will be made right.  But, I also see that your words sound tired or weary and I feel that you are lacking the JOY of your being created in the first place my dear Friend.  Seek and you will find and we are all lost in this world as we have no ultimate control over anything.  We truly are in the hands of our Maker or Creator which is a truth that I know for sure and is always worth investigation by anyone who is unsure or even those that need no convincing, because we never know enough nor could we living in just a temporary imperfect state of being.  I have learned through my life that even though I’ve been kicked to the curb and then beat upon by many situations, and the ones that hurt me the most were those inflicted upon me by other humans, my own race or species of beings!  Yet, I still have joy in my heart because I know that the bigger picture is the key, putting things in perspective; and that there is God Almighty who will judge all things accordingly leading all of those that desire Him above all things; to an everlasting Salvation with Him and all that is good.

We must think about how grand this miraculous, mysterious so precious a gift, this life is, even with all of the pain and sorrow it is, the best thing that ever happened; an expression from a Divine Creator with “ABSOLUTE LOVE” that produced from that love a masterpiece of never-ending sharing love for intelligent gifted brothers and sisters who are and will be members of an eternal fulfilling kingdom!   We must be hopeful and vigilant to get there, not giving in to sin or failure as best we can; because no matter what happens “we can make it to the promised land,” He has promised us that, and if we will seek Him out of Love for Him as well one another while asking for guidance, He will never let us down; we will be fulfilled beyond imagination!

I’m telling you after all I’ve had to deal with I would suffer it all again if I must, because I’m positive what awaits at the conclusion and after the final analysis of it all, I will be so happy and complete forever, living eternally in a glorified state of being!  For now I must carry my cross.

Read my latest blog that I wrote today just before I read your latest blog here and see how God is working in our lives and we shouldn’t ignore or ever deny that fact.  I will be very happy if you read my words and then after any careful timely thinking you might ask me or say anything you please; and I will be willing to help I’m sure of it.  I went back to the blog I was writing before I saw your poem and decided this was all happening by  Divine Providence and so I dovetailed my ideas with the thoughts provoked by the priest and his article coinciding with my personal life circumstances this morning, and then by you and your masterpiece poem!  This was all ordained, and thanks be to God!  The past, present and future merged in my writing again as in a previous Blog Article but this time without me doing anything fancy!

God led me to write this Blog as it should be written so it shall be His will!

Brother in Christ Jesus,

Lawrence Morra

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“There is Always Hope”

“Extreme star cluster bursts into life” 

Even in the worst isolation or desolation there is always the spark of hope; for He that created all things knows all things and nothing escapes His attention; no, not even you who so forlorn and lost in a sea of vast loneliness with unceasing conflict finding no peace, will once again behold the Glory of He the Alpha and the Omega.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”  Revelation 1:8

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Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.Romans 15:13

Lawrence Morra

Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

“My Imitation of Christ”

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I was quite agitated and even angry with some people that called themselves Born Again who viciously attacked this dear Word Press Blogging friend about her article in which she described her practice of doing the Catholic Rosary, and one of them a man even saying she will be damned to hell, to which I say those individuals are “NO” Christians but a synagogue of Satan, and they will be damned for sure as I know through all my life experience and wisdom gained through it, that they are WRONG!  No so called Christian would do such an attack upon another Christian but they remind me of what the Radical Islamist’s do within their own religion and to others; could it be these attackers, that behave as wolves in sheep’s clothing online are not so Christian as they profess to be?

This article is dedicated to that friend for her devotion to Jesus Christ and indeed perfect plan, which He, God the Father brought to humanity through the Blessed Virgin Mary the Mother of God, Jesus Christ our Savior, through “The Immaculate Conception!”  Keep the faith, and do the Rosary dear Friend; the world needs so many more people like you to save our souls through Jesus Christ, by devotional faith, prayer and advocacy supplication in humility, using all of his instruments to increase devotion and obedience in order to strengthen our faith!.  I say this, that whatever praying you offer up to God the Father through Jesus Christ from your deepest heart He will NEVER reject, no not ever, for eternity!  Amen.

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The Imitation of Christ

The Imitation of Christ is a Christian devotional book by Thomas à Kempis, first composed in Latin ca. 1418–1427. It is a handbook for spiritual life arising from the Devotio Moderna movement, of which Kempis was a member.

The Imitation of Christ (De Imitatione Christi), first published in 1418 by the German-Dutch monk and scribe, Thomas Hemerken of Kempen, better known as Thomas à Kempis (1380 – 25 July 1471).

“If God were our one and only desire we would not be so easily upset when our opinions do not find outside acceptance.” ― Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

A quotation of what a Good Reads follower had said about this magnificent book!  “This book is going to forever be in either of two places in my home; my coffee table or my bedside. Reading this book this morning was like drinking deep of Christ’s love. Thomas a Kempis wrote this devotion in such a way to fan the flame in our soul with beautiful gentle words.”

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Yesterday a true believer and gentleman who had been just as dismayed by this attack upon the Blogger, wrote to me a very important comment that I’m quoting a piece of here in my response to his letter that was so poignant and an actual God Sent, that I know God is working this all out by His will through His faithful.  Amen.

I found your words to be quite strikingly profound and they immediately registered as important to ponder or meditate on which turned out to be accurate.  As the evening went on I grew much more tired and had to retire, but then sleeping only a few hours I woke with a clear sense of mission and decided I needed to see what you had written earlier again; then things started to happen and my thoughts crystallized and these specific words reminded me of something, here when you said, “the devil is defeated and on a short leash, and the only evil that can befall me is that which God has ordained to help conform me to the image of Christ and accomplish His purposes.  I thank God for His Word in which I read that Christ said things such as these would happen.”

I know now my friend that what you say here is pointing out a huge part or Truth of what is and has been going on with everything that happened over the last several years in my own life and even this tragic display by so called Christians on the attack!  These words of yours reminded me of a small pocket book version of “My Imitation of Christ,” which a man I knew from back when I had that government job I mentioned to you previously gave to me not very long before the nefarious inspired major injury calamity happened, and this man had studied in seminary to become a priest, which he ultimately found wasn’t going to be his own personal destination in serving the Lord.  If he had become an ordained priest I would never have met him, which is a fact.  An interesting footnote here is that on the first text page or Foreword at the bottom of the page it says, “Feast of Our Lady March 25 1954.”  But I hadn’t looked at this book in some years and you brought my attention to it by your words and I want to read a short passage from it that is located at the beginning.  This was clearly a message for me to share with my friend and any of you who will see and hear!  “But he who would fully and feelingly understand the words of Christ must study to make his whole life conformable to that of Christ.  What doth it avail thee to discourse profoundly of the Trinity if thou be void of humility, and consequently, displeasing to the Trinity?  In truth sublime words not make a man holy and just: but a virtuous life maketh him dear to God.” “Vanity of vanities and all is vanity.” Eccles 1. 2.  “Except to love God and serve Him alone.  This is the highest wisdom, by despising the world to tend to heavenly kingdoms.”

Often remember that proverb: “the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor is the ear filled with hearing.”  Eccles 1. 8.

“Study, therefore, to withdraw thy heart from the love of visible things and to turn thyself to things invisible.” My Imitation of Christ.

I skipped a few sentences but the focus of these words for me is that which you mentioned how our time is short here!   Think of that, we don’t live long really at all here.  And tragedy or an accident could befall anyone at any time and this is over in a flash.  When we are younger sure we tend to not think of such things because we feel brash and full of promise but even then it can be over in a heartbeat.  So, it really is so  vitally imperative that any person hopefully learn that these words I just typed here are ideas that focus on a key directive that has been given to us and again by what you said earlier and now these words clearly tell us, “that serving and loving God” is all that matters my friend.

Many dots are being connected all the time; God gives us all of the dots and we are supposed to connect them.  In so doing we demonstrate our faithful heart desire to follow Him, and that we put Him front and center, saying we are here Lord to Love and Serve You.

Here is when I realized I must share a couple of things with you that are very personal.  I know from reviewing my life from childhood to now, that I was always a good heart and wanting to give love to others, but wanting and needing it is also built in.  As I grew up I had my ups and downs with that; feeling at times really appreciated and loved and yet other times feeling alone, especially when my parents had marital difficulty; reacting as many children do in those situations with a sense of guilt and inferiority.  Life itself damages us and how we react to that is key in whether we move forward growing stronger in spite of the hardships or we decline and give into the easy way out of that pain and perhaps drink or do drugs as an attempt to escape pain and fear or guilt and sorrow, but continuing that way to slip deeper into the despair and the eventual ruin that awaits anyone who will be so lost or foolish.  We who are faithful know the only way that great wound or need can be completely filled, that great unstoppable need; is by God Himself.  This deep human need is why so many of us turn to sin or habitual activities to quell that emptiness and inner conflict, to quench the desire to be embraced and loved unceasingly, because that is what this life is all about, LOVE.  God created all of this and us in particular out of endless LOVE.  God  loved us so much that He gave His only begotten not made Son as the sacrificial “Lamb of God” to take away all sin and suffering out of His pure, eternal, absolute LOVE!  But we mere broken humans can’t bring it to absolute fruition while here on earth and so we either develop a good life the best we can while following Jesus counting on Him to bring us to the things that we need and protect us from those that will harm us along the way; to then deliver us unto everlasting PEACE!  Some people strike a pretty good balance while others are off the rails their entire lives, corrupted, broken and sinful even to the end; then there are those most blessed persons who walk with the saints and are doing God’s will as fully and selflessly as is humanly possible and even beyond by miracles!

I was talking with a relative many years ago who said we should listen to our parents and in his case he said especially his father;  to which I replied we do, then he snapped back at me, “no, no that isn’t what I mean, I mean everything!”  He went on to explain how he had not listened and was rebellious thinking he knew better than his father, saying how it’s not just about what you feel like listening to or accepting, and then not the rest,  it’s all.  I told him I get it now, that the one person you know would never screw you over or steer you wrong his father who had fought in War and been all around knowing so much about life and its meaning a very upright and as righteous a man as they ever come, straight as an arrow kind of man; you had better listen and do it so you don’t learn the hard way, and then it’s too late!  That relative had gone through a life of hell suffering I’m sure like none of us would wish on our worst enemies.  He was in poor health from it all and actually was going to pass away even though we all had no idea at that point it would be so soon, we assumed because he had pulled through so much for so many years, even riding the rails; it was a foregone conclusion he was a bull, and would not be stopped!  He was, and it came sudden; being truly a bull, but being stopped when God said no more, without much time to do much of any value other than to ask God to save His soul which is the most important thing we can ask of God for another and then go through family grief and mourning.   The flip side is he laid down his life for his friends, which Jesus told us is the best thing we can ever do to show true love for each other; sacrifice all for the blessings of others.  His devoted loving mother was the only one that was with him when he died and she had ceaselessly supported him and watched after him in so many ways as he deteriorated as a human, good faithful man and son; a Martyr for God, his life being an instrument of God!  Perhaps I will write a very long story telling all about him sometime if it is God’s will because it would be a tear jerking heart moving and faith inspiring journey to read about.  Just a few days before God took him and he passed, I had a brief conversation with him in which he said to me, “we are here to love and serve God.”

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

For now I’m sharing with you that which never was done until now, with anyone outside of the family tree which is a big family in a sense being both a large immediate kindred, while also a brother of humanity; the eulogy I wrote in a few minutes the morning I was getting ready to head out to his funeral and Catholic Mass beforehand!  After I read it the priest got back to the podium and said; “these words Lawrence read to us were inspired by God.”  He a most wonderful human being before he passed on told me, “with God all things are possible.” Amen.

IN MEMORY OF YOU Our “Brother in Christ”

Life can sometimes seem confusing, and we all lose our way or fall short in some way, shape or form throughout the course of our lifetime.  All of us make mistakes, but have a chance to regain our balance and learn from the experience a valuable lesson of life and then move on. While other unfortunate individuals never get a second chance to get back on the path of their life, continuing to slip into a life of despair.  This ultimately leads to an ever increasing hardship and burden that those individuals must carry for the rest of their lives on earth.  But I believe that there is the Great intelligence and Wisdom beyond this temporary life as mere mortals, that has a plan and knows the reasons why these things must go the way they do.  Perhaps like the tempering of steel, some people must stay in the heat of the flame suffering longer than others, while that person’s inner character and makeup is altered and shaped into a newer and stronger form of what the original once was.  And if a person’s soul suffers the sustained pain of a hard life while others seem to have more advantage and opportunity to be content and happy while here on earth, then consider that those who suffer the most may be earning wings to be a special guardian or pilot for the rest of us.  And in this vein, I do believe our dearly departed brother in Christ earned his wings.

Brother in Christ Jesus,

Lawrence

The Imitation of Christ

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas Kempis has for five centuries been the most popular spiritual book second only to the Sacred Scriptures of the Bible. The edition that I quote from here is by the “Confraternity of the Precious Blood.”  The book illustrates clearly the basic fundamental principles of the Christian Spiritual Life which brings our attention to the additional point from the whole Truth of how the Precious Blood of Jesus that was  spilled when he was being chastised in the dungeon for our sins so that we all may live; was wiped up by the loving motherly hands from the ground where it was spilled by the mother of Jesus, Mary, thus completing full circle her Blessed connection to the Son she bore immaculately to humanity by God’s absolute power and plan, as she is a special part of His plan “The Immaculate Conception,”  without which the “New and Everlasting Covenant” or “Salvation” could not have been brought into humanity and “her being hallowed” above all the saints in order to carry God into this human life; that made her the “Mother of the Church,” Jesus’s Church by Him becoming a perfect man through her most blessed womb, the only mother who carried in her womb God Almighty, as the man Jesus Christ the Savior and Redeemer, to save our souls from eternal damnation or separation from God and all that is good; how she is in that loop, connected with Him the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in this most special way forever and ever, Amen.

I quote from the book here; “follow Christ Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. As we study its contents we are convinced that without that Way there is no going, without that Truth there is no knowing, without that Life there is no real living.”

 

Brother in Christ Jesus,

Lawrence Morra

 

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“The Blog that Never Was, Yet”

“entirely up to me to fill this void with something”

No this isn’t what it appears to be.  Yes it is a world of “both shadow and substance; a place of things and ideas,” where the only limit of what is possible is that of your own imagination.  But, what happened today was so interesting that in order to Blog about it I would have to proceed into the future perhaps only a day from now so that I could just as inexplicably having to travel in time forward, I would then be taking a trip backward to now so that I could try my best to explain what this unknown Blog is about or whether it actually is a Blog;  because it might only be a figment of your imagination or more aptly my imagination that you happen to be a part of because I want you to be!  I could like a sketch artist take an eraser and just wipe away any trace of your having been here in the first place; then it would be “entirely up to me to fill this void with something” that is greater than you not being here, but yet less than if you will be arriving tomorrow and tomorrow never comes.  Imagine if you will that I’m not really writing this Blog now but will be in the future so that we in today, actually in the here and now, when the Blog will be just what we could have imagined it would be, if we knew it really existed tomorrow when I travel back to now to actually write the Blog.  For now let’s just wait and see what happens, perhaps in which case this may or may not be anything but a Blog that never was, but could have been.  Time will tell….

Lawrence Morra

The Now Became the Future in Order to Merge with the Past

Yes Indeed, “The Blog that Never Was, Yet Is!”   And Indeed “Time is Telling!”  

In the Cloud.jpg “Here I am;” I just passed through that wispy whimsical wishy-washy realm  of shadow and substance a transitional place where matter and time are one with energy, directly entering into uncharted territory and yes now that I stepped backward from the future perhaps only a day some may say, but nonetheless I’ve traveled through the Quadric Variances of time space continuum’s gossamer  fabric,  that thin veil between the past, present, and future which maintains the endless stream by which we all travel to our ultimate destination; that one final stop out there in the vast beyond  where all things must inevitably converge, in “The Twilight Zone.”

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We’ve all heard the adage “if I could only go back” and do what I should have, or “don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today.”  But, consider if you will that I may very well have done both simultaneously giving me the opportunity of “having my cake and eating it too!”

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I’m sure some of you may by now be feeling a bit perplexed and asking yourselves where is this going and why all of this “mumbo jumbo;” to which I say, of course I don’t want to leave you hanging in thin air or even worse beginning to feel any despair, so I’ll strip away any sense of formality or convention and tell you how I only wanted to complete an article of my choosing yesterday, extracted from a stream of thoughts and feelings I was having, but according to our standard of keeping time the day was shot and so too was I.  Not shot in the literal sense thank God, but nearly burnt toast!  So the prospect of my having any substantive work completed by the “stroke of midnight” was slim to none to say the least, and so out of sheer desperation and a clear cut desire to have completed a novel piece of literary extrapolation of my deepest thoughts and perhaps even revelation, I became quite inspired when the proverbial light bulb lit up in my head and suddenly practically out of nowhere the problem was solved; yes an answer to a prayer had arrived which would release me from this self-imposed dilemma of not having enough time to accomplish what I felt I must before the start of the next day!

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I decided that the very first thing that popped into my head would be the starting point of doing today what I could, even if it be only a fraction of what would be the final work I could at least have that beginning point which I could later come back to here as I am now to complete, a kind of juxtaposition and merging of my yesterday with today, but in the end result the entirety of what was yet to be, would all be; in that convenient place of yesterday.

Dates do mean something, and in my case here yesterday’s date meant everything which is another story.  Did I in a sense escape my past only to return to it promptly so as to finish things left unsaid allowing me to move on to more profitable enterprises, after all who wants to be haunted by their past if they don’t have to be!  Now “here am I,” smiling in the present! 😉

Now; Time  for some Serious Cake!!! 😜

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