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Vic Biorseth, OWM; Saturday,
November 08, 2014
What is this "personal relationship" with Jesus the Protestants are always talking about? Many Catholics talk about it too, and some go on and on about what a difference it made in their lives. For many years this puzzled me; I had faith, I believed, and I thought I understood and embraced the full Gospel of Jesus Christ.
For me, for many years, all I knew about this personal relationship with Jesus business was all wrapped up in Eucharist. He was truly present in Eucharist, and when we received Him, we became what we ate: the Body Of Christ. Knowledge of that was enough for me, and I embraced it. He was truly present in that little Tabernacle. But I still wondered about all this personal stuff others were going on and on about. So at that stage, my own personal relationship with Jesus was more of a simple matter-of-fact thing than any more involved relationship.
The popular Life In The Spirit "Catholic Renewal" movement got our attention, with joy-filled speakers enthusiastically extolling the deepened faith they found through a personal relationship with Divinity. We wanted some of that joy, and we wanted that personal relationship experience. So Marcie and I jumped in with both feet.
We were two days into it before we found out that it was all about seeking, praying for and receiving the "gift of tongues". That discovery was off-putting and attractive, at the same time, if that makes any sense. We didn't expect that; however, if that were to happen, we both agreed, it would be a wonderful thing.
Well, it didn't "take" for us. We were deeply disappointed that we never prayed in tongues. You can read more about that experience in the Glossalalia section of the Catholic Prayer page. We were encouraged to try again, as many others had, in repeat seminars. But seeking validation of what this was about in Scripture showed that nobody in Scripture who prayed in tongues asked for the gift, prayed for the gift or even sought the gift. It was thrust upon them by the Holy Ghost. No exceptions. So we never went back.
During my over-the-road truck driving years, I was necessarily missing Mass, and I really missed it. Eucharist was my sweet addiction; I needed it. Living and sleeping on a truck for weeks on end keeps you away from Mass. You simply can't get a big truck into local Catholic Church streets and/or parking lots and get back out safely, and as a driver I was responsible for my load, and could not leave it anywhere.
There were "Trucker's Chapels" in various truck stops around the country, and I would take my Bible and attend their services for what I could get out of them, but I never felt that I was giving God His due. It was all Protestant; it was all "Religion Light".
There was no Sacrament, there was no discernible Liturgy and there was no Eucharist. There was just singing, and a few words from someone, and a general participatory discussion on Scripture, more singing, and that was it. It left me empty. I missed the Eucharist, and I missed my wife and home, and all this "missing" (plus declining loads in a declining economy) eventually cut my truck driving career short.
"Faith comes through hearing" was a turning point for me. I don't know why it never dawned on me earlier, because I "knew" that - I had read Romans multiple times. But one day I read it again, and a new light shined on it for me.
What is heard - not what is read. So, how does one "hear" what one is reading? You have to "hear" with something other than your ears. You have to listen with your heart as your read, if that makes any sense. What I started doing was trying to put myself in the place and time of the Scripture I was reading, and take what was being said personally - as if it were addressed to me, personally. The Lord was talking to me - just me - through His Word.
So then, with this new insight in mind, seeking to "hear" His words in my heart, I re-read all my favorite Scriptures. Chief among them, of course, was the Eucharistic discourse in John 6, beginning at verse 30. We talked about this Scripture earlier in the Eucharist page. Now, I read it in this new light, making myself present among those He was addressing, with Jesus looking me straight in the eye, and talking to me, personally.
And He began saying impossible things - but, He was Jesus. Therefore, they were not impossible. Not understandable by mortal man, perhaps, but not impossible.
He began describing Himself as food and drink, and saying that we should eat His flesh and drink His blood. ??? He said, if I ate His flesh and drank His blood, I would never die, and He would raise me up on the last day. Many questioned this, but He said it again in stronger language. He said His flesh was real food and His blood was real drink, and whoever ate His flesh and drank His blood would gain everlasting life.
Others shook their heads and began walking away, but He didn't back down; He doubled down on it. He even tied it to salvation, saying unless I ate His flesh and drank His blood, I did not have life.
Some 13 times, he repeated it in different ways, describing Himself as food come down from heaven, food and drink, and He never took His eyes off of mine. After so many had left Him, He issued the stinging challenge, will you leave me too?
Peter answered for me, saying not that he understood, but that he knew Who Jesus was, by saying, Lord, to whom shall we go? Only You have the Words of everlasting life.
And so, with that reading, in that new light, began my own Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ. It renewed and strengthened my sweet addiction to Eucharist. I now read Paul's words, and all the other authors of Scripture, "hearing" and realizing that they speak to me what Jesus spoke to them. And I "hear" Jesus' own quoted words more personally, as an actual Teacher, Lord and Dear Friend.
Like everyone else, I still struggle for proper discernment of His will in times of trial. But it is somewhat easier now to "hear" His will for me, and to try my best to deliver.
Paying it forward to a personal relationship with the ongoing American Revolution seemed a natural thing to do. I put myself in the time and place of the Founding, and "heard" the authors of the Declaration of Independence, speaking to me, personally. And then I "heard" the Framers of the Constitution speaking directly to me, personally, as I read anew the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
They were written for you, too, whoever you are. Those words were intended for you, personally. Hard to believe? It is true. If you are black; if you are American Indian; whatever your race or lineage, those words - like the Word of God - were written for you, personally. For all men; no exceptions. It's a take it or leave it thing.
It took a horrible Civil War, and further struggles exemplified by Martin Luther King, to move ever imperfect America closer to fulfillment of the Revolution, but move she did. Slavery was the social institution Moses encountered, and he dealt with it. Slavery was the social institution Jesus encountered, and He dealt with it. Slavery was the social institution America's Founders and Framers encountered, and they dealt with it. No other nation in human history dealt with it as well.
My prayer is that American blacks of slave ancestry, especially, will read the Declaration and the Constitution with the realization that those words were written for them, personally, just as they were for me. If indeed they were written for you, then you should take them personally.
What made me think of these things was the Rush Limbaugh books:
We ordered these books, written for children, read them, and sent them off to our young nephews in Michigan. They are written with a style that draws in the young thinker on a personal level, teaching true history in an engaging way. The stories take the young reader along, to personally witness first hand important events in American history. They are very well done, but the best thing about them is that they might make people realize the reason - the purpose - the Inspired plan, behind this grand idea of the great American Revolution.
The unique American sense of justice, of right-and-wrong, of morality, came straight out of what Franklin called Our American Religion. It may be described as a "general" Christianity, the common fundamentals of which were held in common by the Catholic Church and all existing denominations of Protestantism. Even those Founders and Framers who dabbled in the fad of Deism, popular in that day, were raised up in Christian households in accordance with Christian moral norms. Everybody held the same general Christian sense of right and wrong, vice and virtue, decent and indecent, sacred and profane, honor and dishonor.
But the ongoing American Revolution is today most successfully attacked by the ongoing Marxian Revolution, which denies God, and denies all that the Founders and the Framers established. Any follower of the Marxocrat Party who still calls himself Christian would do well to remember this: It was not Jesus, but Judas Iscariot, who promoted the "Redistribution" of the costly ointment used up by Mary to wash the feet of the Lord in John 12.
The greatest threat to the Christian sense of right versus wrong today may come less from Obamunism, and less from the Marxocrat Party, than from our secularized, atheistic justice system, from top to bottom. From the highest court to the lowest; from attorneys general to private law firms, in civil cases and criminal cases, the sense you get is the same: If any of these lawyers, judges or justices believe in God, they've got a damned funny way of showing it. And yes, that is the appropriate wording.
In case after case, they oppose the morality of our national formation, and the morality of the people. They consistently promote sin and abomination; they consistently oppose religious expression; they even consistently suppress religion, if it is Christian. But here is the objective fact that they will all eventually and unavoidably face:
That is an objective reality that cannot be scientifically disproved. It cannot be logically explained away. It cannot be legislated, regulated or adjudicated away. No matter how they rationalize it, it will remain an objective truth; and it will remain an objective truth no matter what they do about it.
As an absolute, unavoidable objective reality, it would behoove them all to deal with it properly in this life, rather than after it.
There are many, many more today who are deserving of impeachment from office than the President, Senators, Congressmen and Justices.
Seek the Truth; find the Way; live the Life.
May you please God, and thereby, may you live forever.
Afterthoughts, Wednesday, March 25, 2015:
A personal relationship with Jesus Christ involves an awakening or a stirring of the "Objective" Christianity one possesses by mere dint of having been Baptized. The Sacrament of Baptism is said to be an "Objective" Sacrament, because it has its effect even in the absence of the consent of the one being Baptized. An Objective Truth or Reality is something independent of man, because it is not born of man. Subjective Truth, on the other hand, comes forth from within man.
The Sanctifying Grace of the Sacrament of Baptism blesses even babies, even the unconscious, even the demented; consent or understanding is not required. All sins are forgiven, including Original Sin, through the Sacrament of Baptism. Note that, in Acts 10, Cornelius and his whole house were Baptized; adults, children, servants and their children; everyone. They didn't have to understand; what they had to do was serve the will of the master of the house, who had decided to serve the will of the Lord Jesus.
So, you can see, anyone can be a Christian. A personal relationship with Jesus quickens that Christianity created through Baptism, and brings it alive in action. A relationship is a two-way communication; thus it is both objective and subjective in nature. Until this relationship is recognized or awakened, the Christian is just "going through the motions" of being Christian. Doing what is expected, and nothing more.
For me, it is awakened by recognizing Eucharist for Who He is. That He is truly present, in a special way, in that little Tabernacle on the Altar, waiting for us, and aware of us. I can feel His presence. And when we receive Him, we become what we eat: The Body Of Christ. It doesn't get any more personal than that.
When I was a boy, a wise nun told me that, when you receive the Host, you become a Tabernacle - a "container" of God - and that God is in you, in a special way, until the last molecule of the Host is dissolved. You are thus united with Jesus, and therefore holy. Therefore, you take on the objective, difficult as it may be, to maintain that holiness as long as you can. And worthiness comes before holiness; you cannot come to Eucharist unworthily.
These thoughts came to me while writing the Seven Sacraments page.
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Elitism Vs Palinism: Why the Left and the Elites Loath and Fear Sarah Palin. It isn’t just Marxism Vs Palinism; it’s also established intellectual elitism vs Palinism. The elite need someone to look down upon.
How is it that opposing amnesty for millions of illegal aliens is "arrogant"? If my pro-Catholic, pro-American, anti-alternative-ethos position is "arrogant," then, exactly what is the position of those who claim superiority or even equality with it?
Here we see Bush family class captured in a simple private citizen’s photo. George W. (and Mrs.) Bush quietly demonstrate Bush family class without hoopla or fanfare.
Marxists love crisis, and they love an oil spill crisis most of all. Marxists even create and drive crisis. Their favorite crisis of all must be the Oil Spill Crisis, which is even better than a Banking Crisis.
American Military Assault Weapons originally intended in the 2nd Amendment. To miss the point of the 2nd Amendment is to miss the point of the whole Constitution.
For God and Country – More Thoughts on America, and on National Existence. For God and Country: Comparisons of martyrdom and heroism, Sovereign Nationhood Vs. Internationalism, distinct people-hood Vs. the Global Village, and Godliness Vs. godlessness.
The Godless Left leads the young and naive to their utopian Hell. For an honest comparison of the effects on youth, we need to look to the history of the Godless Left versus the Religious Right.
The Rabbi Meir Kahane Open Letter to the World is a must read. No decent world history course is complete without the Rabbi Meir Kahane Open Letter to the World.
Aleksandr I.Solzhenitsyn warns the American Worker and American organized labor. Solzhenitsyn speaks to us as a worker from the “Worker’s Paradise” of Communism; words of warning for all who understand the meaning of the word Liberty.
World Revolution returns with a vengeance: the rebirth of Marxism. Marxist world revolution returns, and faces far less opposition than in 1848 or the period between the Great Wars.
Our argument against public despair, hopelessness and pessimism re the future. Despair is a mortal sin, the opposite of the virtue of hope; it is a sin unto the death of the soul, a repudiation and rejection of God’s grace.
On Threats to America's National Existence. A look at the nature of our national existence, what makes us America, physical threats to that, and the possibility of just going out of existence.
On the ethics of language: English dictionary Vs. Political-Correctness taboos. Language evolves, yet morals are (or should be) fixed. This poses questions re the ethics of language.
Thinking Catholic direction: threats to America, Church, Ethos, even History. The Thinking Catholic Direction is multi-faceted, facing threats to American National Existence, Catholic Liturgy, our common Guiding Ethos - emphasis changes to meet the threat of the moment.
Catholics learn and practice Glossalalia, in the Life In The Spirit seminars. Life in the Spirit seminars, fueling the Catholic Charismatic renewal, bring tongue-speaking "Glossalalia" and being "Slain in the Spirit", into Catholicism.
The website is going on hold for at least the next five weeks. Business calls, and I must respond. Will be traveling, and not taking the laptop this time.
Current Website Status. Still too busy for individual responses to questions, comments & criticisms.
Our 2006 Ohio Voter Guide. The choices are quite clear, and the 2006 Ohio Voter Guide was easy to produce
On carrying my Lord, Jesus Christ, in my pocket. As a Eucharistic Minister, I am on occasion carrying the Lord Jesus in my pocket. It's a wondrous thing.
A 2006 Christmas and Hanukkah wish. May the Holy Days we celebrate remind us all of who we are, and how we are different from other peoples.
Current Democratic Party platform reveals anti-Semitic streak among Liberals. In their voting, their speechifying, and in the slant of their controlled mainstream media reporting, the current Democratic Party Platform is made clear to all observers.
The "Left", and The DaVinci Code, The Passion, and Cartoons of Mohammed. You can tell a lot about a movement by its public words. The Passion? "Unreservedly Bad." The DaVinci Code? "Unreservedly Good." Anything to do with Islam? "No Comment."
Who's driving the Health Care bus? Health insurance companies grading doctors? Health insurance companies grading doctors: a legitimized conflict of interest. A preparatory step toward the nationalization of the health insurance industry?
On the forced use of medical boiler plate language rather than simple notes. The "little dictators" from insurance companies and government bureaucracies force MDs to use stilted, verbose, medical boiler plate language in their own documentation.
Home For Christmas 2008. Website Getting Active Again.
Hydrogen power could be, and should be, the wave of our automotive future.Any move toward hydrogen power is a move toward a cleaner and more efficient fuel, and away from our dangerous dependency on oil.
Thoughts in remembrance of 09/11/2001, five years later. The changing shape of the war, the changing shape of the enemy.
The Jewish Shabbat. Description of Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath) from my Holy Land item supplier.
Kerry lies again, and then lies about his lies, in concert with the SLIMC.There he goes again! Kerry lies again and again about American servicemen and veterans; he just can't help himself.
Kerry's Lies: The Old, Vietnam-Era Anti-War Chickens are Comming Home to Roost. POW Lawsuit Could Force Kerry To Come Clean - by George "Bud" Day, Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation.
What's going on with Mel Gibson? Is he really an anti-Semite?I am surprised that Mel Gibson is an alcolholic. But I am never surprised at any words that come out of the mouth of any drunk.
Still Worrying Over NuVo Consequences. The Holidays have gone by, several days have passed, and the SANE NuVo Initiative still stands pat.
The Dem's October Surprise involves another flip-flop of their public "standard" The clearly pro-sodomy Party that openly seeks the "Gay" vote goes Victorian for another pre-election October Surprise ploy.
Some Problems with NuVo: the so-called Null-Vote Initiative. A "philosophical" movement aimed at keeping religious conservatives from voting? Seriously? Let me state my problems with NuVo.
Come, let us sit and reason together. Jews and Christians of various stripe and spot can say to each other, 'Come, let us sit and reason together.' But we can't do that with the Moslems.
Regarding SANE works dropping NuVo: Nul Vote Initiative dies with a whimper. If you can't really present a good argument, sit down. On SANE Works dropping the NuVo Initiative: a program that works hard to SOUND pro-American while ACTING to oppose American National Existence.
Even experts grossly underestimate the Marxist zeal of the American Left. The sharp Left turn happened in the Hoover-FDR era, and the Marxism of the American Left has been deepening ever since.
Thinking American, in a nutshell: When one has lots to say, but time is limited. The older I get, the busier I get. Answering multiple questions as a thinking American, but in a hurry.
"We are an Easter People, and Hallelujah is our Song." (John Paul the Great). Our absolutely unique and singular Easter story, and the incredible force with which it struck human history.
Witnessing, grieving and weeping for our dieing culture. What might it take to call a whole people back from the brink of cultural death?
If we have an inherent right to something, then, who must supply it? Rights and Responsibilities exist in paired sets; a right does not exist in the absence of a related responsibility. If indeed we have a right to our job, then, someone must provide it. Who?
So how come we have all these homeless people if our system is so great? The strong "Utopian Idealist" firmly believes that absolute worldly perfection is actually possible. Therefore, there should never be any such thing as a hungry or homeless person.
Taking a look at Illegal Immigration and Tax Problem solutions. In our view, the minimum wage and income tax have outlived their usefulness, and only contribute to the illegal alien problem.
First journal / blog entries when the thinking catolic blog first opened up. Notes to readers about what I was doing.
On-going WebSite work and planned WebPages as of 09/07/2006 Adding items to book store.
Vic's busted finger status - life goes on. Another busted finger status report, since the original one rolled off of the 50-entry BLOG update records.
Website Status as of 02/05/2009. No more Bookstore; no more Contact Me; no more complexity.
Website Status 03-09-2009. Just a note to bring you up to date on website status 03-09-2009.
Website Status 04/06/2009. Busy driving daily now; most website work will be weekend and as available.
The Plastic Bags and Eco Doom theory: will plastic bags end life as we know it? Plastic Bag and Eco Doom predictions tell us that plastic grocery and garbage bags will still be buried in the land fills and dumps a thousand years from now. Well … so what?
Farewell Smokey Biorseth; Rest In Peace. Hello Coal Biorseth; Welcome Home. As we were laying our beloved Smokey Biorseth to rest in his grave beside the lilies, a carbon-copy of Smokey, in younger form, emerged from the lilies.
Honky Biorseth really runs this house. If you want to know what's in any cabinet in the house, just ask Honky Biorseth.
Kill the illegal alien marketplace, and illegal aliens will leave on their own. Why should we "imagine" life with no Mexico? Shouldn't the Mexicans be trying to imagine life without the USA?
More Marxist infiltration of higher education. Public school and the media are not the only places dominated by Marxist thought; even Catholic institutions are infected.
Of Families and Fortunes, and Inheritance Vs. Redistribution. Families and Fortunes are despised by Marxists, because Marxism demonizes the family, demonizes fortunes, and even demonizes profit.
Website Status Update 11/09/10 Just a Website status update; where we are and where we’re going.
Regarding the 2010 Tax Deal Pledge Breaker: Pledge? What Pledge? How can Republican deal makers even face us? We need to hang a Tea Party target on all professional politicians for 2012.
Pray for peace in Jerusalem, and for deliverance of Israel from harm. To pray for peace in Jerusalem is to pray for deliverance from Obama.
A tale of Promised Financial Melt-Down Debt Ceiling Nonsense and Happy Marxists. Everyone, on both sides, believes the Debt Ceiling Nonsense. Why?
God and Nature: on the Nature of Things, established by the Creator of Things. God and Nature: on man’s Perversion of the Nature of Things, even with the best of intentions.
Our Ohio voter Guide for the 2012 Election. The 2l012 Ohio Voter Guide – The Choices Have Never Been Clearer, or more critical.
Evangelization enters the animal kingdom with the first bear prayer. It is fitting that the first bear prayer would be a prayer of thanksgiving.
Is the Internet down in Lithuania? Sudden loss of Lithuanian traffic suggests the internet is down in Lithuania.
The rise of the Femi Nazi Green Beret, and the decline of military victory. The first Femi Nazi Green Beret will be awarded out of fairness, not excellence.
Food Insurance: Is this stuff really any good? All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance.
We just had to try to do Robert Irvine's Plastic Wrapped Baby Back Ribs. Put plastic wrapped baby back ribs in the oven? What? Are you nuts?
Thoughts on the first Eucharist, established by the Last Supper. The first Eucharist was recognized by the Apostles for what it was on that holiest Holy Thursday.
Get behind these Tea Party Candidates. The Constitution is not going to be restored to legal preeminence unless we replace leadership incumbents of BOTH PARTIES.
Ecce homo; Behold the man. Ecce Homo. Behold the Innocent Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world.
When your system slows down or hangs, it's time for a Total System Reboot. America, the World, and even the Catholic Church may need a Total System Reboot.
"We belong to the Church militant; and She is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass Her destruction. Not only in the far-off centuries of the early Church, but down through the ages and in this our day, the enemies of God and Christian civilization make bold to attack the Creator’s supreme dominion and sacrosanct human rights.”--Pope Pius XII
"It is not lawful to take the things of others to give to the poor. It is a sin worthy of punishment, not an act deserving a reward, to give away what belongs to others."--St. Francis of Assisi
Truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.—Winston Churchill
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.—Ayn Rand
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