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House Afire (part one)

March 16, 2014

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Every time I open the news, I read of more time and money spent on the “st Patty Day” festivities. The most contentious is, of course, the parades in the large cities, but what concerns me in the college and university sector right now is the gathering of large, unruly crowds fueled by alcohol, and the idea that this behavior is warranted. This is costing a lot of time and money for law enforcement, and for the universities, which makes me wonder who ends up paying. Are these young people so misguided in their academic pursuits that room, board and education is not enough? What more do they desire? The growing number of orphans in Syria, the wounded and devastated in war torn sectors, along with the derailed trains, fires, explosions, vehicle crashes, rapes, shootings, just to list a few …  throughout the US alone is astronomical … so, where is this privileged fanaticism coming from? When Patrick was established as patron saint of Ireland, what was his intent? I googled and found the following which I will address fairly.

From an online article.

Patron of Ireland?

Patrick is known as Ireland’s “Patron Saint.” In his book, Mr. Ledwich explained how the “patronage” came about: “Let us next inquire how St. Patrick came to be dubbed the Patron Saint of Ireland. The ninth century, famous for reviving and incorporating Pagan practices with the Christian ritual, observing that Rome had her… Mars, Athens her Minerva, Carthage her Juno, and every country and city a proper and peculiar deity, whose guardian care was its greatest protection and security, conceived it a very becoming employment for Christian Saints to assume the patronage of a Christian People, and to interest them the more in this new occupation, they brought their bones or reliques, wherever laid, and deposited them in the principal church of the metropolis. The superstition and illiteracy of the age were favourable to every clerical imposition” (The Antiquities of Ireland).

The author later stated, “It is an undoubted fact, that St. Patrick is not mentioned by any author or in any work of veracity in the 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th centuries. In 858, we find his name and miracles in a fragment of Nennius: this fragment is composed of the wildest incoherences and exactly in the style of the incredible fictions of that age. It seems to have been compiled from an Irish Legend, as in some places it refers to it” (ibid.).

Not one of Patrick’s generally accepted writings claim any connection with the Roman church of his time. William Dool Killen’s The Ecclesiastical History of Ireland records, “He [Patrick] never mentions either Rome or the Pope, or hints that he was in any way connected with the ecclesiastical capital of Italy. He recognises no other authority but that of the Word of God…”

The title “Patron Saint” refers to “a saint or angel designated (by individuals, groups, or the Church) as the heavenly protector of individuals, institutions, or specialized activities,” according to the New Catholic Encyclopedia. This implies Patrick is somewhere in heaven looking over, and protecting, Ireland.

Such an idea also conflicts with the Bible, a book, Mr. Killen explained, Patrick embraced as his only authority.

God’s Word reveals that a person should rely on Him for protection—not any person—dead or alive.

Ecclesiastes states, “…the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten” (9:5).

This means only one thing: the real Patrick has been dead for a long time, and knows “not anything.”

No matter how many millions today believe otherwise, the concept of a dead “Patron Saint” is contrary to what the Bible teaches.

Source: http://realtruth.org/articles/120306-001.html (note: SPIR is not affiliated with the organization behind this article.)

I do not have time to dip into all of the folklore surrounding a man named Patrick, or those who have written about him, or have used him in excess, as he has undeniably been used, but like the man I saw holding a sign begging for money… “Why lie? I need money for butts, beer and booze”,  I feel inclined to tell the truth. I have no doubt this panhandler’s timing was ostentatiously planned, and I said to the person I was with, “I would like to see parents holding a sign that reads: Why lie? I have a home and a job, but I need money to help pay for our child’s college tuition, otherwise, they might end up with a sign that reads: jobless, as I don’t support fast food or gambling.” I wholly support seasonal feasting. When the crops are in, celebrate. When the harvest is done, be thankful. When a break is needed during a foul winter, demonstrate community conscience by sharing whatever it is you do, that is lawful, and appropriate, but save the drunken belligerence for the canvas, and then think about how and where you might share it with others. Angry prayer is not uncommon, but do you think Lord is really listening to the congregants on the lawns at the universities when they are gulping to celebrate a “dead” saint? One friend, a pronounced Catholic, said it was probably political politicking. I almost wish it were a statement of this kind, possibly having to do with what happens after they graduate, and find themselves hungry, rather than what I feel certain it is–rebelliousness, which doesn’t always have to cause rioting, and irresponsibility, which is shameful, especially when it affects the property, health and well being of others. Read the previous essay about the abused young woman and her children. I would like to see law enforcement free to track down the irresponsible men in that story, and not having to fight college students who want an excuse to break away from institutional life to let loose. If they are inclined toward this, please let it be with unified purpose. Does the situation in Crimea teach them nothing? Or have these revelers not been instilled with proper teaching?

Okay, so not all the partying has to do with Patrick. It’s become a tradition in many sectors to drink alcohol and get rowdy on or around March 17th, but my point for this article has more to do with the living rather than the dead, and as for Patrick, he can go on reveling in the fantasies of whatever serves him best. The real question we need to be addressing is “what is of the living?”

 

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Matthew 7.16

This passage of Holy Scripture is powerful, if used correctly, and quite irrepressibly if paired with the following …

1Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 2Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 4If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 5I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? 6But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.

7Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? 8Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

 1 Corinthians 6. 1-11

You will know them by their fruits … Interesting foray. For those of us who do believe in the saints alive, having been drawn closer to God, like a bee to the nectar of the Flower … now born of the One true Living God, having passed the flesh life and into the Spirit … are at Work. The saints shall judge the world, and they do, but it is a struggle to bring forth that which is of Truth. The cards seemed stacked against this. The Apostles chosen in the day of Jesus Christ are continuous in the Spirit, but there has been much dust collecting on the Worth of these, and the saints have not been permitted true voice, where the angels fail to reap what is sown. But how does this all play out? Realistically, who-what are we experiencing in this?

First, mankind, humankind and even angelkind dwelling in the world do not know the differences of each, nor do these know how and why one is chosen for God Purpose. He is infant in his understanding on his own ID, and the Identity of God. I hear catholics say, “There is more than one truth.” No, there is only ONE. Man is not human until he is “humanized”, and human does not become saint until he “becomes of” his Purpose, and within this call is the uniting necessary for the Work. Every saint having come into the Spirit is known ( Matthew 7.21-23), and each brings just change to “the Church”, and I refer not specifically to the Roman Catholic Church in my use of “the Church” despite how the world views and uses this. There is only one Truth, but there are many ways that we are used in the call–many ways we are used, and many are called, but few are chosen. This … all of this, has to do with CHOICE. God does NOT push you into that sea! The signs are everywhere, and everywhere pertaining to Holy Scripture, and talents are given, and many are buried, or misused.

Pure Faith is the key unlocking many doors, and God’s mansion has many rooms, but faith alone does not humanize or sanitize  (cleanse) for Spiritualizing Knowledge. Angel James says .. What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?  … Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works is dead. The Works spoken of here have to do with God Purpose. For instance, being the bleached “prostitute” for father so-in-so in parish such-in-such for thirty years only to discover the priest is a child molester is a talent blinded. She fields this man’s playground. Horrible, horrible thought, but it has happened and happens all over the world. And this happens not just with molesters, but your average good guy priest. Who are these women really married to? And who are the priests born of? This is not just, my friends; this is irresponsible. For the women to play the “mole” or the “gopher” for the priests, or for a hierarchy of an institution, any institution, to find out intent, or agenda, or back story on another, is not God Work, for its Worth is not recognized by God. Let these men do their OWN homework. In this, they may become known, and these may, surprisingly, discover they have justly entertained an angel.

Francis (Assisi)  never became a Roman Catholic priest. This is pivotal. And I have shared in SPIR that he is no Fairy of the Fields. He was Warrior. He was drawn (created, reborn, transformed, rendered) to just change in the Church. He had to break away to do this. Ignatius (Loyola) was Athlete. He moved mountains to create the wellspring of the Jesuit community, having left the military. Did either of these instruments know all there was to know of God? Of course not. These lived in a time, a day, where select change was necessary, but primarily within the courtship of what was available at that time, and it was/is a courtship, and not a true Marriage. We have progressed, and unfortunately, grown fat on the drink of titles and shares. It’s time to move into solid food. Who brings this to the table? The Prophet. The Prophet prepares the soil for the Farmer, and the Farmer moves slowly and methodically in step with the Mystics and Seers, in the company of the Prophets (for these remain) … to brings forth what is necessary in the NEW Season. And allow me to add that these are of the Spirit Arts … along with the Spiritual painters and sculptors and writers and musicians … Now, of Francis and Ignatius, would anyone today know the difference between saint and angelkind having been born in the flesh for God Work?

The upcoming canonization of John Paul II is a bit puzzling, in light of all that has been revealed during his rule as Pope. Catholics tell me he is best known for fighting communism. Oh, was he a politician? I am not seeing Warrior in his work, primarily because I do not see just change for the greater whole of the Church Community. Where and how did he oversee his position, and use his talent? I sense that he was brought in to institute just change but failed in God’s behalf. He showed partiality, and left many to be demonized by those within his protection. He promoted growth through potentially illicit means, based on the reports that have come forth. This is not my institution, as I do not align with most of its tenets, primarily because it has behaved through the centuries as ruler and judge, when this is not its place. God permits choice, and I believe that if the Spirit is active within the voice of those called, the fruit will be equally alive, and permissible, but within Knowledge of Understanding. Very simply, {it} allows for Spiritual Growth in all sectors, rather than denying it through force, or manmade laws and decrees. Holy Scripture is to be of use, not of abuse, and certainly not of denial.

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Know ye not that we shall judge angels? Now, this is a perplexing statement. Whose angels? God’s angels? Yes, and some, but where and how do these permeate the flesh, and boldly go where no man has gone? This will be addressed in Part Two: House Afire.

Peace and Love.

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