CONCENTRATED ORANGE JUICE

Try to drink this cup of the Mystery of Faith! It is like concentrated orange juice–very tasty but strong. I had to address this in one of my Lectio Divina meditations (Philippians 2:5). I warn you, this is way out there (out there is okay as long as it is tethered to Christ). Hold on to your parachute!

THE SIXTY SECOND CATHOLIC

There may be something out there called dark matter and dark energy. Science is still trying to prove this. This is energy in the physical universe that has matter, energy, time and all of us. It is the platform in which we discover that we know that we know. It is the only place we know of where humans exist. It is the only place we know of where we can choose good or bad for us and be free to do so. It is where we find purpose. The mental universe allows us to pass to the next level of existence, the spiritual universe but only with an invitation by God (baptism).

All reality has polarity (north and south, good and evil, male and female) If there is actually dark matter, it is logical that there may be something out there called white matter. It exists, but only in the spiritual universe as the pole with the physical universe. The mental universe is the synthesis between the two, mediating the transfer from one universe to another (think of wormhole). White matter has it own set of measurements that is the opposite of the physical universe. This is called the sign of contradiction and a way for humans to begin to understand the Mystery of Faith. White matter can only be approached, not captured or understood, by evolving collective reasoning of all human time. To access white matter, the Supreme Being (God) invites us to share in the fullness of what it means to be human. White matter is pure energy, pure, love, pure service (know, love, and serve God). This pure energy is God’s playground, not ours. We only know how to play there by the example of Christ (Philippians 2:5) to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow Him. Earth is where we learn to love others as Christ loves us. Heaven is a component of the Mystery of Faith that exists only in the now, not the past or future. To make that jump, we need the help of God with Christ as our navigator (the way, the truth, and the life). We can catch a glimps of white matter in the Baptism and Transfiguration of Christ. The Ascension of Christ is the human body taken through a wormhole from our physical, mental and spiritual universes to the pure energy or white energy of what is.

The problem for humans is our human senses, our emotions, our reasoning, even our Faith, is tainted by Original Sin. Christ came to show us how to act in such a way that we can survive whatever containment field God has created for those who love him (St. Paul). No one can look on the face of God. It is only with, through, and in Christ, that we can approach God, based on how much we are one with Christ. The Church is simply the multi-generational vehicle that spans generations to keep us focused on Christ as Lord of all and the way, the truth, and the life.

Our purpose in life is not to make money, gain fame, notoriety, power over others, but rather to be Christ for those in need. St. Benedict, in Chapter 4 says for us to: “Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way. The love of Christ must come before all else.” We become what we place at our center. Behavior proceeds from what lies at the center of your being. Lay Cistercian spirituality is all about placing your heart next to the heart of Christ, and, in silence and solitude, listening. You become what you love. You share being with Being. You decrease and God increases. You fulfill your destiny prepared for you from the first Big Bang.

Praise to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and forever. The God who is, who was, who is to come at the end of the ages. Amen and Amen.

THE SIXTY SECOND CATHOLIC

Prayer is lifting up the heart and mind to God.

Prayer is listening to what God says and who God is.

The heart is the destination of prayer.

The mind opens the door of the heart. We must all have in us the mind of Christ Jesus–the key.

Each person must turn the key for him or herself.

The Church provides the opportunity to approach the door.

Christ will not turn the key for you. You must ask for help to turn the key.

The heart of Christ helps you turn the key with love, God’s love.

Christ tells us what is on the other side of the door (death). It is God the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

THE SIXTY SECOND CATHOLIC

As someone who has professed faith in Christ Jesus:

Do you mean what you say?

Do you mean what you pray?

When was the last time you were present before the Blessed Sacrament in Eucharistic Adoration?

Is your spiritual attention span over ten seconds?

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