Tuesday, April 24, 2007

All right!

Dear All Who Read My Blog,

Yes, the know world and/or universe has been waiting for my next blog post. But since I'm taking a sabbatical this won't be much of a post.
Well I guess if you guys insist I could write about being out East (that is where we are sabbaticaling).

When we (T,D, P and I) arrived in Philly our Aunt S was there to pick us up, a great ending to two fairly good flights. After a long drive through all the parts of town where our motel was NOT, we found it. The first thing we all noticed was the rather large group of men standing just down from the motel door. Turns out there was a shelter just there for them, a little strange (they didn't mention that on the website) but all in all ok. It was a blast to walk around Philidalpha, we had a lovely lunch at a tiny Panini shop right across the street from Benjamin Franklin's shop.


Then we dropped P off at the train station and headed for home. Since then we have been hanging around with the Aunt's, see the sights and eating the food. I'll write about that more later. We are off to DC tomorrow so I must go to bed and sleep. Forgive any spelling errors.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Part two of seven

"The Sun now rose upon the right:
Out of the sea came he,
Still hid in mist, and on the left
Went down into the sea.

"And the good south wind still blew behind,
But no sweet bird did follow,
Nor any day for food or play
Came to the mariners' hollo!

"And I had done a hellish thing,
And it would work 'em woe:
For all averred, I had killed the bird
That made the breeze to blow.
Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay,
That made the breeze to blow!

"Nor dim nor red, like God's own head,
The glorious Sun uprist:
Then all averred, I had killed the bird
That brought the fog and mist.
'Twas right, said they, such birds to slay,
That bring the fog and mist.

"The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew,
The furrow followed free;
We were the first that ever burst
Into that silent sea.

"Down dropt the breeze, the sails dropt down,
'Twas sad as sad could be;
And we did speak only to break
The silence of the sea!

"All in a hot and copper sky,
The bloody Sun, at noon,
Right up above the mast did stand,
No bigger than the Moon.

"Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.

"Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

"The very deep did rot: O Christ!
That ever this should be!
Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs
Upon the slimy sea.

"About, about, in reel and rout
The death-fires danced at night;
The water, like a witch's oils,
Burnt green and blue and white.

"And some in dreams assured were
Of the Spirit that plauged us so;
Nine fathom deep he had followed us
From the land of mist and snow.

"And every tongue, through utter drought,
Was withereed at the root;
We could not speak, no more than if
We had been choked with soot.

"Ah! well a-day! what evil looks
Had I from old and young!
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung."

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Part One of Seven.

It is an ancient Mariner,
And he stoppeth one of three.
"By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?

The Bridegroom's doors are opened wide,
and I am next of kin;
The guests are met, the feast is set:
May'st hear the merry din."

He holds him with his skinny hand,
"There was a ship", quoth he.
"Hold off! unhand me, gray-bearded loon!"
Eftsoons his hand dropt he.

He holds-him with his glittering eye-
The Wedding Guest stood still,
And listens like a three years' child:
The Mariner hath his will

The Wedding Guest sat on a stone:
He cannot choose but hear;
And thus spake on the ancient man,
The bright-eyed Mariner.

"The ship was cheered, the harbour cleared,
Merily did we drop
Below the kirk, below the hill,
Below the lighthouse top.

"The sun came up upon the left,
Ourt of the sea came he!
And he shone bright, and on the right
Went donw into the sea.

"Higher and higher every day,
Till over the mast at noon"
The Wedding Guest here beat his breast.
For he heard the loud basson.

The bride hath paced into the hall,
Red as a rose is she;
Nodding thier heads before her goes
The merry minstrelsy.

The Wedding Guest he beat his breast,
Yet he cannot choose but hear;
And thus spake on that ancient man,
The bright-eyed Mariner.

"And now the Sorm-Blast came, and he
Was tyrannous and strong:
He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
And chased us south along.

"With sloping masts and dipping prow,
As who pursued with yell and blow
Still treads the sadow of his foe,
And forward bends his head,
The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
And southward aye we fled.

"And now there came both mist and snow,
And it grew wondrous cold:
And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
As green as emerald.

"And through the drifts the snowy clifts
Did send a simal sheen:
Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken--
The ice was all between.

" The ice was here, the ice was there,
The ice was all around:
It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
Like noises in a swound!

"At length did cross and Albatross,
Thorought the for it came;
As if it had been a Christian soul,
We hailed it in God's name.

"It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
And round and round it flew.
The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
The helmsman steered us through!

"And a good south wind sprung up behind:
The Albatross did follow,
And every day, for food or play,
Came to the mariners' hollo!

"In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
It perched for vespers nine;
Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
Climmered the white Moon-shine."

"God save thee, ancient Mariner!
From the fiends, that plague thee thus!
Why look'st thou so?---"With my crossbow
I shot the Albatross."

Monday, April 9, 2007

Opposite world views

This morning I was reading the Bible with my famly and came across this verse, "Someone might argue, "If my falsehood enhances God's truthfulness so increases his glory, why am I still condemened as a sinner?" Why not say- as we are being slanderously reported as saying and as some claim that we say- "Let us do evil that good may result"? Romans 3:8"

It reminded me of what my History book (The Story of Liberty) had to say about the Jesuits, whose motto was " A good motive makes any action right". They also believed that "No action wicked in itself is really wicked unless the intention is evil. In taking oaths, the members of the society may make mental reservations to break them, if they can benefit the Church by so doing . If called upon to justify any of their actions, they may give a false motive instead of the real one. They may equivocate, may justify fraud and decite, without any scruples of conscience." The Pope promised to grant them absolution for whatever they may do that in itself would be wrong, but which he will make right, because it is for the good of the Church. So they cast down and dance upon the verse in Romans, claiming just such a thing, that if your sin brings glory and riches to the Church you are doing rightly and should continue to sin. Casting aside God's Word they listen to what their itching ears want to hear. It is not only the Catholic church that is guilty of this thinking, there are many people in Christendom who have given over to it as well.

Psalm 15 says
Lord who may dwell in your sanctuary?
Who may live on your holy hill?
He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart
and has no slander on his tongue,
who does his neighbor no wrong
and casts no slur on his fellowman,
who despises a vile man
but honors those who fear the Lord,
who keeps his oath
even when it hurts,
who lends his money without usury
and does not accept a bribe against the innocent
He who does these things will never be shaken.

We are called to speak the truth, to be blameless, having no slander on our tongue or cast a slur on our fellowmen. Keeping our oaths, lending money without usury and taking no bribe, this is what God commands us to do, it is a stark contrast to the Jesuit's code.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in thier distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

This post was thought of and written mainly by Tivoli.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Galater

Ich bin mit Christus gekreuzigt worden;
I have been crucified with Christ:
nicht mehr ich lebe, sondern Christus lebt in mir.
and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;
Soweit ich jetzt aber noch in dieser Welt lebe,
and the life which I now live in the flesh
lebe ich im Glauben an den Sohn Gottes,
I live by faith in the Son of God,
der mich gelibt und sich fur mich hingegeben hat.
who loved me and delivered Himself up for me.
Galater 2:20

Galatians 2:20

Monday, April 2, 2007

Horror


This evening seemed like a good time to put something on my Blog since I haven't done that in a while. It was going to be something light and funny, but after reading my friend Michelle's Blog I was so filled with sadness and horror that I couldn't. In fact, I think I will just go to bed and pray, but before I do that I will put on my blog what was on hers. It is about the rise of infanticide in Germany, how Mothers are beating and strangling their babies and dumping them in dustbins or in the wasteland. Just in this year alone it has been reported that at least 23 babies have died in this way.

Twenty three little ones who's lives were taken by the one person on earth who should protect and love them. Who by all rights and instincts should rather die herself than see her infant hurt. Tiny things that can't even hold their heads up, who can not speak, or strike out and defend themselves. What has brought about such thinking as this? Why is the Mother so hardened she can kill her young one? I guess it shouldn't surprise one, since Satan loves to twist and mutilate what God has created, but some how we've allowed him free rein this century. He has roamed far and wide gobbling up souls and Christians have stepped aside and given him passage. In this case it has to do with abortion, giving into that opens up the floodgates. As it is pointed out, with a hop, skip and a jump we are going from legal murder in the womb, to legal murder out of it. Once on this slippery slope it will only be a bit of time before all things are permitted...even encouraged. Stand up Christians look at what we have done, what we have let live in our land. Can we say with Micah "All the nations may walk in the name of their gods; we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever."



Read Albert Mohler's post on this subject at http://www.albertmohler.com/blog_read.php?id=908

"See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse" Malachi 4:5-6