Thursday, January 06, 2011

Dead zones...



Birds falling in flocks from the sky, fish washing ashore, extreme weather...
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Yesterday at adoration one of the mystics stopped by to talk.  It was just the two of us in the church and he told me that our Lord said it was okay to talk because he was talking about God.  I sat and listened for 45 minutes until I finally convinced him I needed to pray for a special intention.  In the meantime, while I listened, I offered it up as a penance, albeit praying the Lord to shorten the time.  I decided to do this in imitation of Christ in the Eucharist - after all, He is there silently enduring much worse.  I wanted to exercise myself in patience and charity (after the cleaning lady episode a couple of weeks ago) thus my 'listening ministry' went so far as to draw tears; although the speaker was sure my tears were holy tears of edification over what he was telling me.  I offered the misunderstanding as my little sacrifice of praise.
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Disinterested friendship...
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Although I wasn't interested, my friend told me in great detail about his visions, crows, demons, and his gifts of bi-location and healing.  He shared some end-time secrets with me as well, it seems we're there.  I promised not to tell anyone who it was who told me these things... although I probably should tell you that the Ark of the Covenant will soon be unearthed in Nazareth and transported by angels, led by Moses, to Annunciation parish in Minneapolis.  Our modern parish church will soon become a great pilgrimage destination.  The man who told me all of this appeared to be completely normal and lucid - just a regular guy.  He spoke in a matter of fact manner and was very friendly and very humble about his gifts. 
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For the past several months, every Wednesday that I set aside for recollection and adoration is now filled with temptation, excuses to avoid going or staying the full time, distractions, interruptions, or just plain boredom.  I must admit, I prefer that to mystical experiences.

11 comments:

  1. sorry, i couldn't help but giggle when you mentioned you started crying. that's when i'd scream, "TINAAA - BRING ME THE AXE."

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  2. Ken Katrensky5:31 PM

    HI TERRY,

    "the Ark of the Covenant will soon be unearthed in Nazareth and transported by angels, led by Moses, to Annunciation parish in Minneapolis"? SURE THING, I MEAN, WHY NOT? I DON'T HAVE ANY CARISMATIC THAT I'M SURE OF AND DON'T RELLY. I MEAN, IF I MOVE MY LIPS MAYBE I'M SPEAKING IN TONGUES. ON TWO OCCASSIONS I POSSIBLY DECKED GUYS BEHIND MY BACK (I DIDN'T LOOK). ON ONE OCCASION I POSSIBLY CURED THIS GUY. I SAW SOME CRUTCHES AS I WAS LEAVING.

    IN ANY CASE, I'VE RECENTLY FINISHED A WESITE - https://sites.google.com/site/faithandcommonsense AND WAS LOOKING FOR SOME CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM & PRAYERS IN MY WEBSITE MINISTRY.

    THANKS,


    KEN

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  4. OMIGOSH! DB! You cannot imagine how hard it was not to do something or yell something so vile it would have scared the crap out of him!

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  5. BTW - I wasn't crying - tears flowed however - in sheer agony.

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  6. Terry, try going to Adoration with people behind, in the Shrines of Nations, presumably doing something to the pipe organs but apparently it involved vacuuming and talking in loud voices. I wanted to go back and remind them that just on the other side of the grille was Christ in the Eucharist, exposed for all to see. Instead, I cringed.

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  7. Nan--

    Sometimes folks need gentle reminders of how LOUD they really are..they may have no idea how voices or sounds carry, especially in buildings with really GOOD acoustics :)

    Approach them with charity and mindfulness....also being full aware that if it is during "business" hours, maintenance and upkeep of facilities DOES need to be done...

    In that case..bring an iPod and play spiritual music..I bring my ipod and pray along with a recording of the rosary...i also listen to Fr Z podcasts. I also listen to my ipod at work as I work in a very noisy office with many conversations and phone calls..helps keep me on task..

    Sara

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  8. Terry: Did he say who was going to heaven?

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  9. AAAaakk!!!!
    Terry, here is what you do if it happens again. You take your cell phone out of your pocket like it vibrated; you are getting a text. You say "Sorry, something has come up. Would you be so kind as to finish my hour for me?" Since he is so spiritual, he will. Then you leave and come back later.

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  10. Melody is on to something. If you live near a deaf community you could begin to "sign" with your hands and then people would assume that your deaf and walk away...

    This actually works btw.

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