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Final 120 Days

All natural ingredients

A National Park, or nature in general, can be “Church”.

All natural ingredients.

  • Fresh air
  • Mountains
  • Lakes
  • Wildlife
  • Minimal human-made structures

The Church pews are rocks, logs, or the ground.

The sermon is whatever thoughts you have that aren’t easily available in “civilization”.

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Final 120 Days

Suffering happens to everyone and can be minimized

Kuwait Towers and Disney characters
Knowing we’d be at some iconic locations, i took the TEDx Talk props to lunch and the podcast location.

At Church yesterday, i can’t recall the Gospel’s main message with clarity.

It revolved around the truth that human suffering is part of our experience and the pathway (my word) to peace, contentment, and an absence of suffering (Heaven).

As we age, we can harness forgiveness, compassion, surrender, and service to others as positive, blessed energy, and activities, to channel and frame our suffering temporary.

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Stuff We Do

Read so they want to watch

Walt Disney World Main Street at Halloween
Kinda scary to think you should be able to convey the passion of iconic Biblical figures.

Most people are conditioned to follow along in the missal while the Lector reads.

Why?

Shouldn’t the focus be on Saint Paul or Jeremiah?

Shouldn’t the reader be speaking in a way the requires no textbook?

Why not just ask everyone to (silently) read the scripture to themselves?

Try to imagine the time, place, audience, and context in which the original person said those things.

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Rejoice

Nature is a Church for everyone

Granite Park Chalet 2019 availability calendar
Overnight, from sold out to lots of availability. The less-green boxes are available.
Granite Park Chalet 2019 availability calendar
Fingers crossed for one of the August days.

Nature is a Church for everyone.

All those decades when i wasn’t sitting under a Church roof, well, i actually was, but didn’t recognize the sky as the roof.

Nature is a perfect testimony that there is something greater than our mortal understanding can fathom. The mystery of Faith summarizes our inability to understand what we cannot see.

To which i say, go outside, look (and see) and focus on the vastness of Earth’s horizon, or the complex elegance of any insect’s body.

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Unanswered Questions?

Was the Priest really surprised?

The Baptism of the Lord
This is a big deal in Christianity’s early history. Two days ago, January 13, 2019.

Was the Priest really surprised?

While delivering his Sermon a few days ago, he reached a point where he asked the entire congregation, “Are you on fire?

Crickets.

He asked a second time.

A few crickets woke up, but an overwhelming lack of outward expression.

Leaning over, i asked my Family, “Would you have been embarrassed if i had shouted?”

“Yes.”

In a generally conservative, subdued Catholic Mass, it’s challenging to expect an audience to go from zero to 60 in the blink of an eye.

So Father John’s surprise surprised me.

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