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    This is the second CHRISTMAS CD, CHRISTMAS WITH MIKE. The ten Christmas songs that are on this cd are the sound of Christmas and the season.
    Christmas is a magic time when the world falls in love once more. It’s Christmas Time with the joy of the season people warm up for a short time from the cold world. It is once more time to Praise God. Praise GOD for the sound of the voice. Praise him with the sound of the drum. Praise him with the sound of the guitar. Praise him with the sound of the saxophone. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet. Praise God for all things that make music. Praise Him it is a Birthday. I hope that you enjoy this work as much as I enjoyed putting it together. May the seasons of Christmas and the New Year bring you happy times. Thanks for stopping in and looking at the new CD. I also want to thank the staff at Cd BABY and HOST baby for all they do. They make the dream come true. Please click here review and to purchase

    Feliz Navidad MERRY CHRISTMAS 

    Sax Man Mike Clark


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    Bible Verses 2023 Box Calendar


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    Publisher ‏ : ‎ Willow Creek Press Calendars (August 30, 2022)
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    What’s the Fate of Those With Wicked Karma?

    Have you convinced yourself that you utterly refuse to be treated the same way a human animal is and you will not be bound by the sluggish progress of natural evolution. If you don’t you are gambling that destiny will guide your life and you will never become a master of yourself in life or at death. This is the fate of those who refuse to take command of their life. Lives which are governed solely by the laws of cosmic causation or the karmic laws are the hidden players in the game of life. You lose your independence and you can not say yes or no when herded to the right path or evil ways.

    Let us be reminded about karma the “absolute discipliner.” A typical man most often follows a careless existence not comprehending its purpose. He cannot understand that his whole existence is a gladiatorial boot camp for people who are lacking mental, physical and spiritual development. Most people are totally unprepared for what is coming to them in life. The misbehaving man can get away with breaking human laws and its penalties. But the justice of karma is inescapable.

    The law of karma governs the whole universe and it is impossible to avoid or escape it by crude force. The warnings to those who indulge in wickedness or sinful behavior are fated as trained animals, intoxicated and unable to perform. After drugging themselves with degrading existence they soon realize that all of their good qualities are slowly ebbing away to bestial behavior and complete inertia when one is drugged by oversleep, mental aimlessness and idleness. Wicked people who seek low company in their earthly existence are therefore reborn into a sinful family. Habitually sick people are reincarnated in families prone to illness as the miserly rich ones are reborn into poor homes. When you strap a heavy bag of gold on the back of a mule it does not profit from it; this treasure is of no value to the mule it just suffers under its heavy weight. Like the dumb animal a rich miser will suffer from the weight of burdensome responsibilities with no benefit from its wealth. Get rid of the desire for more and more wealth and strive to find the ways to true happiness.

    Good souls who are of calm disposition normally have a calming deep sleep when sleeping the sleep of death. Before reincarnating these good souls experience a wonderful revitalizing peace with dream visions of wondrously uplifting experiences. The average soul who is neither evil or virtuous during his unconscious peaceful sleep has only occasional experiences of astral wakefulness while the virtuous enjoy the heavenly astral planets because of their good karma when awakening in the astral world after their death sleep. The astral lands surpass human description with gardens of flowers made with vibrations of light. The glowing blossoms are never fading in a realm of hued rainbows, cascading fountains of prismatic lights; skies and seas have opalescent bright waves.

    The astral heaven is a luminous land of joy, freedom and incredible beauty in an atmosphere of well-being and love. You will find upon arriving in the pure clean beautiful astral world no weeds, insects or barren lands with snakes or offensive reptiles, but rainbow rivers and opal lakes. Our astral forms are never subjected to heat or cold but with an eternal spring and even temperatures. You will see yourself as your exact counterpart of how you looked in your youth in your last incarnation. Your spiritual quality is your astral beauty as little importance is placed on facial good looks. You will see the astral beings drink nectar from flowing astral brooks and fountains of light. In the astral soils there are wonderful raylike luminous vegetables. You will rejoice with your relatives and friends from past lives who are easily recognizable and you will realize the immortality of love and friendship from the tragic parting of earthly life. The lifespan in the astral world far exceeds that of the life on earth. The average span of life for the advanced astral inhabitant is up to one thousand years according to our measurements on earth.

    Different sects and cultures envision heaven correspondingly to their social and racial habits of belief: streets of gold, endless pleasures with virgins, a happy hunting ground, angels making music on celestial harps, truly a heaven of many mansions.

    Wicked souls however have many strange and unpleasant experiences after death in the afterlife. Excitable and restless people often experience terrible nightmares while sleeping, likewise when people of troubled wicked disposition leave their body will experience accordingly to the law of karma terrible astral nightmares during their death sleep due to the mirror image of their gathered evil. People of evil actions will experience periodic dreadful nightmares in the nether regions of the astral world. It is impossible to find salvation or be saved praising the name of the Lord or uttering crescendos of hallelujahs.

    When you misuse the power of free choice you forfeit your chance of incarnating in a divinely endowed human body and instead this misuse of power will cause you to rebirth in a demonic womb or in some hellish state of existence either on earth or in a place of violence and suffering in other regions of dark astral worlds or in another universe, characterized by nightmares and fearsome beings. This terrible karmic fate of these demonic mentalities is to continue to be trapped birth after birth in darkest delusion unless they awaken themselves by right action and determination. If not they may further descend to the lowest depths even incarnating in an animal body for a time or in some astral bestial form as for the insane person who has lost all reason.

    There are some universes where those who have immersed themselves in nothing but evil will reincarnate in animal bodies or in human beings of bestial or base natures in vile conditions that are primarily dominated by manifestations of evil as likened to prehistoric earth in the age of bestial creatures as dinosaurs and beasts so ferocious of air, land and water; with interspecies wars keeping their inhabitants screeching with devouring and cannibalistic murders with depraved beings who dwell as demons and goblins. After so many nightmarish incarnations of deaths and miseries all of these vicious brutes, wild beasts, evil goblins and the grossest human forms, should learn their lessons and make every effort to depart from these celestial histrionics. Thus, according to the heavenly ordinance of karmic law the “lowest among men” in their next incarnation attract a birth that is inauspicious in surroundings commensurate with dissolute behavior.

    There are those who seek a higher state of consciousness and the meaning of life and those who don’t. The principle of reincarnation brings us back again and again until one finally makes the grade. There is a tremendous fear for some of this endless cycle of reincarnation. The more you begin to understand the whole show of this creation the more you will be willing to break out of this endless cycle of rebirths. There are much higher levels of consciousness where we can live. At its very best, this is nothing but a penitentiary colony for spiritually retarded people; however, the moment you begin to develop your God given intelligence, it becomes a school of wisdom for immortals; then you begin to laugh at the antiques of the world because you begin to understand what is actually happening.

    Our karmic pattern will determine how high or low are status is at birth. The deep truths of the karmic laws should not be viewed upon metaphysically as an abstraction but as a way of life. This is why it is so important not to associate with lowlifes. The snake is impervious to its own venom but the poison is harmful to someone who is bitten; our only rational course of action is to exterminate the snakes or not go near them without an antidote. The intelligent man remedies the situation by remaining in good company and by removing himself from the company of evil people. You and I are our own saviors.

    Karma chases after us no matter how fast we run away from it. The law of success is scientific in nature. We are responsible for ourselves and no one can answer for our own actions. You need to learn all of these laws on your own, so you have to be your own teacher. It is imperative to learn about the laws of karma, habits and the subconscious mind, will power, and the importance of meditation.

    By using our freedom to choose to do good or evil we become the creator of our fate or destiny. We have the power to accept or refuse to act for either good or evil. Before we act we have freedom. The effect of all actions will follow us. That is the cosmic laws of justice. Both virtue and vice require activity. You may be a very moral man but gradually through the influence of the company you keep you can trigger some of your latent personalities in your sub-conscious mind which were not so strong and consequently you may fall again. Neuroscientists uncovered that when we are with a group of people they begin to alter our psycho neuro-bio-chemistry in the neurons of our brain. They have now zeroed in on what is actually happening. This is why we must be more cautious with whom we meet.

    There is a story in the news about a woman who was in a mental asylum for forty two years and she had done nothing. Her own family put her in that asylum to get her money. This woman suffered for forty two years. You see people who go to jail for thirty years who have apparently done nothing wrong, but you can erase from your dictionary the word innocent. The cosmic IRS will find you in any disguise you are wearing. If the mafia has a contract on you and you take refuge in the monastic order they can’t touch you, but they will wait. The mafia in New York waited seven years for this man to come out and that is when they got him.

    When you die and leave the body, those traces of bad habits remain inside your astral brain and comes back to you incarnation after incarnation. Renoir, the great exuberant French painter said, “I loved women even before I could walk.” Now that is a seemingly shocking statement isn’t it? But no, it is a scientific statement because at the age of three years old your bad habits begin to gradually probe and guide your life automatically. There are pictures of a boy at sixteen months old smoking a cigar and another of an English boy, about two years old, smoking a pipe with great delight.

    We have three brains, physical, astral and mental (Ideas) and these bad habits are very well implanted in your subconscious mind and they are known as samskaras which are the dormant traces of our past karma. When you die you will realize that this body was not yours and your mind was not yours either but something grafted upon you. There is mathematical exactitude in all the genetic code people are reborn with. You may be reborn in a family where a specific chromosome is reactivated to excessive drinking, sex, smoking and so on. When you are more pure you are born to a specifically designed family just for you. Therefore never complain about your father or mother being responsible for you, never. Once you understand this principle, you will realize that you are totally responsible for where you are now; when the whole world understands this reality, what a better world it would be.

    This present link of life is but one link in the chain of countless incarnations. Your subconscious mind is like a computer. Inside is a micro chip of every incarnation you have ever lived and of the specific personalities you have had. For instance, if you see a person who is in peace most of the time, try to walk on his toes and you will see a different person from one second to another. What you have done may have triggered certain behavior that has made this person completely different from the one you know. That is why so many people can not understand the behavior of saints. We have multiple personalities in our subconscious mind that can be triggered any time with one word. When you are married be careful how you treat each other because you can trigger the worst in each other.

    For countless incarnations we have been soldiers. The last twenty four hundred years have been a trail of blood where there have been total misunderstandings about everything and endless wars. We all have those habit tendencies of violence and that is why we enjoy movies like the “Terminator”. Much of our karma is un-manifested. When you see an iceberg in the sea, you just see a small portion of it above the surface because most of it is hidden beneath. Only a small portion of man’s karmic tendencies come to the surface in our current life conditions. We come into this world with a colossal amount of karma we have created. In this life we are working out only a small amount of it.

    When you want to become spiritual all hell breaks loose and it becomes harder to get out of this self created mess you are in. You will find that when you want to become evil the whole world will assist you, but when you want to become spiritual, you will find yourself swimming against the current of the world.

    We will all be confronted by the Judgment when we leave the body. The computation of all our actions, thoughts and feelings will prepare us for our next incarnation, there is no lawyer there to defend you. A person who was drowning saw the big screen with all the various facets of his life and was able to understand everything he saw at the same time. For some reason, unknown to him, he was revived and brought back to life and remembered all of this. It is said that if you have made a spiritual effort in this life God will be with you just to show you that this life was just a play, and you were just playing a role. But if you have not made a spiritual effort it will seen real for you and there could be more pain and suffering for some until you wake up to understand the big picture of creation.

    All those dormant seeds of karma in your subconscious and superconscious mind can find expression when appropriate magnetism reenergizes it. For example, if you give a party you are taking a big chance when you serve alcohol. Among those people you serve might be a person who has a seed of a ticking bomb of deep alcoholism and you could be the hand that reenergizes the bad seed of tendencies for self destruction; and guess what, you will be accounted for it when you leave the body. How could you be responsible for something you did not know, right? Wrong. If there is no excuse in human law, can you imagine with God’s laws?

    We are all supposed to be spiritually educated by our fathers and mothers to know the law. Unfortunately most parents do not know spiritual laws; therefore, you must become

    your own lawyer, your own psychologist and your own psychiatrist to understand these laws and know that one moment of violence can be triggered by alcohol and it may kill somebody. Drunk and reckless drivers are killing themselves and other people by the thousands. The law of karma is operating here. Learning spiritual laws will help you avoid violent behavior and excesses. Those who refuse to educate themselves never try anything out of the mainstream of thought and insist on doing nothing will one day pay through the nose.

    In the science of yoga you very quickly realize you are not dealing with ethics, moral codes, or constitutional rights; but you are dealing with cosmic laws or magnetic forces few people are aware of therefore you become more intelligent and you do not fight anymore with anyone; you begin to study your own behavior.

    The cosmic laws of justice are the “unseen controllers” that are recording everything we do twenty four hours a day. There is no place we can hide to escape our actions; and I tell you, if I was a lawyer or doctor I would really sweat it out, but as a teacher it could be even worse if they do not tell the truth.

    The prophets of old used the threat of dire punishment to whip dark minds about God’s laws. Fear was the only way dark minds could be moved with. They used threatening words to threaten to make the people change. Because if you told them they were immortals they would have said I have so many incarnations, why bother to be good, let me enjoy being evil for a while.

    Some people I have known through the years have remained the same without changing. They are like fossils who always remain the same. Do you know the difference between a plant and a fossil? The plant keeps on growing and the fossil remains as it was over a million years ago. It’s better to be a living seed that when planted in the ground pushes up to draw air and sunlight, and then it grows out branches and turns into a strong tree and blossoms with flowers. This is what a man should be; a developing plant, not a piece of petrified wood. You have the power to throw blossoming branches of success and power all around yourself.

    It does not matter whether you believe in karma or not. The law of karma operates with or without your permission. Some people are not convinced about reincarnation. There is no convincing; you either believe it or you don’t. You know yourself through the power of intuition and you can not convince anyone to believe in anything. It would be very unfair if God gave you the brain of a halfwit or a moron and gave another person the intellect of an Einstein. He is not partial.

    Your undesirable karma cannot be destroyed without contact with God through meditation. The scientists explain it very clearly what is actually happening in your brain when you meditate properly. A complete transformation takes place. For verification and more information see chapters 26 and 43 in the book “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda, a spiritual classic, which gives a complete description of the astral universe and explains the actual meditation technique of burning off karma, which is freely given by the Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles California in lesson form, mailed to your home.

    This is not information collected from the National Enquirer. These words come to you from a line of Spiritual Masters who spoke from a state of cosmic consciousness from which you can learn divine strategies and gradually, while on earth, you can build that great power of discrimination and observation through which you can discover how to acquire that divinity which we all have.

    Source by Gary Zalben

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    Moses and the Exodus (Yesterday’s Classics) (2) (Bible for School and Home)


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    Publisher ‏ : ‎ Yesterday’s Classics (February 7, 2017)
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    The Therapeutic Roots of ‘Sitting Down NLP’

    The Roots of Marin NLP

    Part the First

    Marin-style NLP has always been something that is difficult to characterize, especially when it comes to explaining how it is different. It has much in common with conventional NLP, yet it is tremendously not-like-that at the same time. So, from time to time I would like to share a little with you about where our forms of this wonderful work come from.

    Their foundation is solidly in the amazing work of John Grinder and Richard Bandler in the 1970s. After all, even one of our Holographic NLP-level presuppositions is: “No matter how cosmic it gets, it’s still all V’s, A’s and K’s.” We never get too far away from this awareness, and when we do we return to it pretty quickly.

    Although it is based in the NLP of the 1970s (what Robert Dilts calls “1st generation NLP), Marin NLP is not about techniques and procedures for techniques. Marin NLP is greatly filtered through my (Carl’s) experience of Dr. Jonathan Rice. Jonathan was my main teacher. He was the only one of Richard and John’s early students to be a credentialed therapist and Ph.D. psychologist. Jonathan added 1970s NLP into the work he was already doing with his clients in his practice in Carmel, just down the road from Santa Cruz. He studied with and stayed around John and Richard not because of their great charm, but because he watched them get results with people that were beyond what he knew how to do. However, Jonathan did not throw away his training and experience as a psychologist.

    “Jonathan-style NLP” is heavy on attention to hypnotic language, elegant use of the outcome frame, and close calibration of physiology-especially!!-physiology. Jonathan was determined to teach himself to use Richard and John’s remarkable discoveries about accessing cues to observe and understand the structure of his own clients’ experience. Jonathan never stopped refining and extending this part of the NLP model. For example, the “what stops you” question is something we owe in great part to Jonathan’s persistence and creativity. In the earliest day’s, “what stops you?” was asked for information about content (as in, “Just ask the question and write down what they say”), not for the representational physiology of unconscious safety patterning. “What are the V’s and A’s that are making the K’s?” is Jonathan’s question also. (He didn’t remember saying it, but he thought it was a great one when I brought it up, years later.)

    “Jonathan-style NLP” is also something that is usually done seated, not standing, and it expects the practitioner to improvise and constantly adapt, so that no two sessions are identical, and the techniques, if they can be called that, are generally hidden in the flow of life-revising rapport. Moreover, the practitioner seeks to serve the client, not to impress him or her with the practitioner’s amazing personal power. This should all be instantly and hugely recognizable to our NLP Marin students.

    I spent years switched with Jonathan. Anyone who knows Jon can sense this in me, any time I am teaching or working with clients. I am greatly indebted to him.

    Part Two

    The Essential Reframe

    “From Intended Positive Outcomes to IPO’s”

    In the spring of 1979, when I first encountered the very new field of knowledge called NLP, I was immensely relieved to find within it a wonderful “presupposition” about human experience:

    “All behavior has an intended positive outcome,”

    (which was/is also stated as)

    “Behind every behavior is an intended positive outcome.”

    From here in 2008, almost thirty years later, I don’t remember if this statement about intended positives was formalized yet, as a presupposition, or even if “The Presuppositions of NLP” existed in codified form. I heard that the idea seemed to come from John and Richard’s exploration of the work of Virginia Satir, and I remember thinking, “Virginia Satir, whoever you are…way to go!”

    All by itself, this one line about intended positives was enough to make it worth my while to learn a lot more about NLP. It directly condensed an entire worldview into seven or eight words. Even better, the idea gave all of us human beings credit for knowing what we are doing-even though our lives are so often so weirdly sad and compellingly hopeless. The presupposition resonated persistently with a thought that had appeared in my mind, elastic and sticky, some years before: “Being human is not a fallen condition!”

    For years, I had been becoming increasingly cranky with a variety of “growth” methods and “spiritual” movements in which the main order of business was “purification” of some sort. It was as if the short-format version of these schools was, “Welcome to physical reality. Big mistake! Now, here’s how to recover and become worthy of something better.” There was something so intrinsically and intensely disrespectful about this that I really couldn’t help but think, “That has got to be nuts.”

    During this time, I was also still voraciously consuming the work of Jane Roberts and her co-conspirator, the channeled entity, Seth. Jane’s writing was about “the eternal validity of the soul,” but what came through equally strongly was the intense “validity” of physical experience. Years before, Seth/Jane had flattened me with the line, “Within your physical atoms, the origins of all consciousness still sing.” Jane often wrote about the amazing creativity that goes into the achievement of being “securely couched” in physical reality. Since that’s pretty much where I happened to be noticing myself securely couched at the time, I thought that was great.

    So, we might begin to imagine my dismay as I discovered that much of the NLP world, which I would come to regard as the place where “they” do conventional NLP, didn’t take the frame of intended positives all that seriously. It was more like, “Behind every behavior there is an intended positive outcome, except for…(except for when the person’s life is too awful…except for when they had really cruel parents…except for when they were misdiagnosed in the second grade…except for when, surely, they have nothing to do with what’s gone so wrong…except for, essentially, they are-surely-the victim, not the source, of their experience”) Out of this kind of nonsense have come “change patterns” that are beyond ugly, “techniques” with names like “Belief Crusher” and “Parts Annihilator,” and so on, and on, in the ceaseless, in-bred plague of “techniques” that is what NLP is for most of the world.

    I have purposefully made a completely hardball interpretation of Intended Positive Outcomes the foundation of our Marin-style NLP. I have even extended the presupposition just a little: “All behavior, and all experiences, have intended positive outcomes-no exceptions, ever.” For me, this presupposition is the essential reframe that NLP offers the world. It is an important and powerful assertion. It is far more important than telling people about cybernetic this-and-that, for example. It is the idea that sets us apart.

    Because it preserves our proper dignity as conscious beings, by requiring respect for the legacy of our personal ecology, the hardball IPO frame (somewhere I began to abbreviate Intended Positive Outcomes into the acronym IPO’s) hugely eases the experience and processes of change. It allows us all to begin from where we are, without having to pour energy into fighting where we’ve already been.

    By adhering to the universal validity of IPO’s, we have been able grow the unique expression that is NLP, Marin-style. Our forms of NLP, so fundamentally rooted in the amazing work of Bandler, Grinder, Robert Dilts, Jonathan Rice, and many wonderful others, yet so completely different in tone, are able to further the soul’s fulfillment without dishonoring the life’s intentions. And that is just the beginning of the story.

    Source by Carl Buchheit

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    Great Characters of the Bible: 52 Lessons on How God Used Ordinary People to Accomplish Extraordinary Tasks


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    Publisher ‏ : ‎ Whitaker House (May 5, 2014)
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    Never Quit, Persistence Is The Way

    Persistence attracts opportunity, with those three words, I begin this article. Sure, when you are exasperated, early quitting always sounds good, especially when it all gets “bloody” or hard. When you are tired, some of the greatest successes come after the next wind. I will not say “second wind”, because it sometimes takes multiple streams of persistence to succeed, and not any streams of persistence, and just one try without trying again to genuinely fail.

    The greatest quitter in the world is never known, because all quitters quit before they succeed or “make it”. Rest assured, though, the greatest successes in the world are the ultimate seeming “failures in the beginning”. From Gautama Buddha who spent seventy years “going crazy” trying to figure it all out from suffering in the world itself to the “biggest why things in the world” under the Bodhi Tree, to Jesus Christ who “ended” his ministry with assassination by Crucifixion, only to come back in an even better form ultimately, and have one of the greatest mass ministries on Earth bigger than anything else going on Earth. So, what is the greatest persistence in the world? It is one of us if we do not genuinely quit too early.

    The only thing that separated Alexander Graham Bell and the rest of the inventors of the telephone, was this, persistence and a simple turn of a screw connecting a wire, also an understanding of vibration and consistency that matched nothing else going. Alexander Graham Bell understood vibration and consistency (knowing it would take a constant and not intermittent current to transmit speech over electrical wires), although it seemed simple, that turn of the screw was the difference between intermittent inconsistency and consistently and productively working, and what stemmed form all of this to full fruition?: Oh, just cell phones, every communication medium on the planet including radio and wireless gadgets like that we use every day. Even though Lewis Latimer really invented, drew and patented the light bulb, and not Edison technically, I genuinely give credit where credit is due and warranted, whatever the realistic consequences. This is what separates Christianity from the other religions in a sense when Jesus Christ said the simply logical statement: “Render unto Caesar what is the property of Caesar, and render unto God genuinely what is the property of God.” in the New Testament Biblical Books of Matthew and Mark.

    My point and synopsis is as follows, then I will end this article: To live in reality whatever the consequences is success. To follow through with a genuine path is success in every way. That is the synopsis. Success is guts, persistence and genuinely good work and little else. That is the point, take what you need from that, and make it work for you. Thank you for reading.

    Source by Joshua Clayton

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    “To an Authentic and Renewed Conversion”: Vatican II and the Year of Faith (Part 1)


    On October 11, 2011, in an Apostolic Letter entitled Porta Fidei (The Door of Faith), Pope Benedict XVI declared a Year of Faith from October 2012 through November 2013 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. This Holy Year, according to Benedict, “is a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the one Savior of the world.”

    “A Profound Crisis of Faith”

    Why did Benedict XVI declare this Year of Faith? In his message to young people gathered for World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain, in August 2011, he observed: “Today we are seeing a certain ‘eclipse of God’ taking place, a kind of amnesia which, albeit not an outright rejection of Christianity, is nonetheless a denial of the treasure of our faith, a denial that could lead to the loss of our deepest identity.”

    Benedict was aware that, under the increasing influence of a radical secularist ideology. Europe and the West today are gradually losing touch with their Christian identity and heritage, allowing God to fade into the background and become more and more irrelevant to social and political life. This insidious “amnesia” not only threatens to eventually cut modern Western civilization completely off from its Christian roots with disastrous consequences for the entire civilized world but has also begun to subtly infect the minds and hearts of individual Christian believers, weakening their faith and leading them away from Christ.

    What better way to respond to this “‘eclipse of God'” and combat this “amnesia,” this “denial of the treasure of our faith,” than to summon the whole Church “to an authentic and renewed conversion” to her Lord Jesus Christ, “the pioneer and perfecter of our faith” (Heb. 12:2) and “the one Savior of the world”? In other words, the Year of Faith is meant to revitalize and reform the Church so it can more effectively carry out its mission of proclaiming Christ to the whole world.

    The Holy Spirit inspired our previous Vicar of Christ to proclaim this Year of Faith to respond to the needs of the Church and the world at this particular moment in human history. Benedict observed in Porta Fidei that whereas in the past the vital importance of faith in shaping human society and culture was taken for granted, today this is no longer the case. Radical secularism increasingly confronts religious believers with the strange idea that faith is an exclusively private and individual matter that must not be allowed to shape or influence public life in any way. This notion contradicts the intrinsic nature of authentic Christian faith, which must be publicly professed and shared with others. “A Christian may never think of belief as a private act,” maintained the Holy Father, echoing similar words of Pope John Paul II. “Faith is choosing to stand with the Lord to live with him… Faith, precisely because it is a free act, also demands social responsibility for what one believes.” In light of “a profound crisis of faith” that has gripped contemporary human society and culture, Benedict pointed out “the need to rediscover the journey of faith to shed ever clearer light on the joy and renewed enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ.”

    The Journey of Faith-An Encounter with Christ

    For Christian believers, faith is an encounter and a relationship with a Person who loves us-Christ, the Son of God, who became man, suffered, died, and rose from the dead to take away our sins. This encounter and loving relationship give meaning and direction to our lives. The “journey of faith” begins with Baptism, which gives us a share in God’s Trinitarian life and incorporates us into Christ’s Mystical Body, the Church; it continues with the aid of the other sacraments, and it “ends with the passage through death to eternal life” (Porta Fidei). Christ’s Resurrection from the dead-a an accurate historical and physical event-is the basis of our Christian faith: “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain” (1 Cor. 15:17).

    Unfortunately, due to poor catechesis, some Catholics today view faith as the grudging acceptance of a set of boring, archaic dogmas imposed by an authoritarian hierarchy that unnecessarily burdens and constricts their lives. This minimalist, distorted version of faith is utterly powerless in the lives of its adherents and completely unattractive to potential believers. These persons have never experienced faith as the exciting journey and positive liberating force that it is meant to be. Nothing is boring about an authentic personal encounter with Christ. Such an encounter is a transformative, life-changing experience that fills a person with joy and motivates him or her to witness Christ to others.


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    Christian Coloring Book For Girls: 21 Stories of Women of the Bible To Inspire and Teach Daughters How to Be Brave, Confident, and Faithful


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    21 Custom Illustrations and Stories of Women In the Bible To Inspire and Teach Your Daughter How to Be Brave, Confident, and Faithful!

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    Worshipful Wisdom: Deborah’s Story – Adapted from Judges 4-5

    Deborah is a great example of a woman who leads! She was the first female judge to help Israel. You see, the Bible shows us over and over how sin gets us humans in trouble. We often think we can do things on our own, or that our plans are better than God’s plans. Because the people of Israel kept making mistakes, God sent judges to help them sort out mistakes and disagreements they could not solve on their own. The judges also acted as military leaders, and helped make decisions about laws. Deborah was a well-respected leader and judge among the people!

    Deborah’s story shows us that we can do anything we put our minds to. God knows our passions and our dreams. They are His passions and dreams too! He will often make a way for us to follow our dreams and serve those around us. His plan for our lives is always the best! Whatever our dreams are, may we have the wisdom to know God is always in control, no matter what happens.

    Publisher ‏ : ‎ Brown Skin Stories (December 31, 2021)
    Language ‏ : ‎ English
    Paperback ‏ : ‎ 55 pages
    ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1737737337
    ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1737737339
    Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 5.9 ounces
    Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 0.14 x 11 inches

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    A Savannah Site for Emily


    She isn’t in the Bonaventure or anywhere nearby the grave of Jim Williams. She wouldn’t have tolerated such positioning. Emily took a stand against the man years ago and wrote it down word for word with a working title of Cannabis and Snowdrops, mainly because her son Danny loved both. Her story is not a sequel to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, though it tells of the aftermath; nor is it a prequel, though it tells of what happened in the years leading up to that fatal midnight. Rather, it is a kind of circling-and-spiraling, which I think of as Around Midnight. And, her story will likely never see the light of day.

    In my most recent visit to her grave, the memories of having her as my student for over three years poured out. One thing a creative writing teacher must never do is speak of his or her students’ stories in public unless, of course, those writers have made their works public. For me, that discretion ranks among the rules of priests, therapists, and lawyers. And I would hesitate to speak now except for Emily’s prodding. She is as determined as she sleeps in Greenwich Cemetery as she was wide-eyed in my class.

    “It’s fiction,” she had taunted from the back of the room that the first day she was in my class and whenever I held up Berent’s book or mentioned the title. The thin sassy voice came with a rich Savannah accent, from a pugnacious figure then totally unknown to me, one which I was not about to take on in front of my class of urbane aspiring writers.

    “Fiction!” came again as loud as a whisper allows. After several more taunts from her, it occurred to me that no matter who she is she might have something to add to my lecture on creative nonfiction or on the works that seem to be settling as the benchmarks of the sometimes wooly genre. Little did I know that over time she would modify my teaching on the topic of creative nonfiction, transform my perspective on issues of notoriety and loss, and teach me much about voice-driven writing styles.

    Her writing was well underway when she entered my classes. Not a reaction to Berendt’s book, hers is the story of growing up as a “have not” in a world of powerful “haves” in the thick moss and mist of Savannah. Hers is the battle of growing up in the shadow of a father old enough to be her grandfather and who gave her off in marriage at a young age, of raising four children virtually alone, of dogged resistance to growing up ignorant just because you are poor, and of having a son shot to death in the home of a millionaire on Bull Street. Emily’s story, written or unwritten, currently sits in the shadow of Midnight, just as she often had sat in the dim corridors of the Savannah courthouse because she was not permitted in the courtroom while the trials went on. Nevertheless, to those who know it, her story stands out in factuality and mesmerizing style.

    Emily had written much of her story while she was in Savannah, long before she appeared in my class in 2002. The narrative had poured out of her in a compelling voice that few writers find the freedom to release. She wrote about and told us about her unfortunate experiences with people associated with writing and filmmaking. Some such episodes were in her manuscript. I suggested she be careful to not put herself in the position of describing situations that she might not be able to back up in the event someone decided to sue. My statement felt flimsy as it came out of my mouth, directed at a woman who’d lived through infamous trials of conviction and reversal of the conviction of Jim Williams. Williams had money, she pointed out to me, but she barely had “a pot to pee in.” Who could sue her, and what would they get? But, she did take most of those questionable episodes out of her writing.

    At first, Emily’s story was bogged down with the inclusion of the transcripts of the four trials, and that weightiness took away from her incredible narrative of the struggle between the haves and have-nots. Finally, at the urging of other writers in our class, she took out the heavy versions of the trials. Then her perspective on the death of her son came through with more force. She said, “Williams was a fifty-year-old self-made millionaire with long-standing involvement in the community, both socially and as an active member of the restoration goals of Savannah. Nevertheless, I knew this man was the person who killed my son. Danny didn’t have the wealth or power needed to be a part of Savannah’s society. He had nothing.”

    Emily’s manner of expression is not simple; it is frank yet complex in its straightforwardness. It is a voice for which all writers strive: a voice driven by passion. Effective narrative voice must come from the heart, from a direct desire to impart something not only true but consequential. Emily’s story naturally had to involve the murder of her son, summaries of the trials, the eventual death of Williams, and the hype that overtook Savannah due to Berendt’s book and Eastwood’s movie. Yet, Emily’s story is far more than that. That truth came to me early on as I began reading her drafts and found myself drawn into the grip of her early poverty. The voice made me feel anger and bitterness toward society and any family that doesn’t stand up for its children. But then that same voice forced me to realize that I cannot hold on to such feelings if I plan to leave this life unfettered. Her voice allowed me to be transported to become the woman who once packed a gun to even the score but then replaced it with the pen and written word.

    During the time Emily was in my class I gained a deep sense of what it might be like to raise a child and then lose him in such a bizarre manner. The loss of a child is not a statistic or a newspaper headline; it’s a life-shaking trauma that demands support from any direction.

    Emily had support from her other three children, employers, and some friends, but not from the legal system or society in general. The media focused on Williams and his dilemma. That fact has become ingrained in the mountain of the lore of this country, as it was infamously publicized in print and fictionalized on the big screen. There was hardly any mention of an Emily Bannister in Berendt’s book, and in the movie, there was no haunting camera shot of the dead boy’s mother sitting in the dim corridors of that courthouse. Only from the grip of Emily’s voice could a reader experience the depth of such loss and the emptiness that engulfed it. Yet, her story is far more than that tragedy; it includes the beauty and humor of life amid adversity.

    When Emily depicted Danny he became real and not the invented Billy the hustler on Bull Street as depicted in the movie. She wrote about his first steps and how he was noticeably pigeon-toed. Danny was of medium height and weight, and was muscular, with ash blond hair that wanted to curl when it became too long or damp, thick eyebrows, and long dark eyelashes that emphasized big blue eyes. His lips tilted upward at the right corner when he smiled. Yes, I could see the resemblance to Judd Law, who plays the role in the movie. Emily told about how as a small child, Danny was attracted to all forms of beauty and cared little for anything competitive, choosing instead crayons, puzzles, and toys that produced music. He spent countless hours picking flowers in their spacious yard that must’ve appeared boundless to a small boy. He particularly liked the yellow jonquil and tiny white snowdrops, calling them bellflowers because of their shapes. She thought that Danny’s love for cultural beauty is probably one thing that drew him to Williams.

    Emily’s story marches through the cold reality of the murder and its aftermath, to entanglements with the legal systems and the burial, and then it backs up to weave in the narrative of her family and the old father who questioned her birthright and existence, her mother Snooky, the moves from house to house, Emily’s teenage marriage and babies, and the determination to gain an education despite poverty. It is in that texture that the reader is so thoroughly taken into another time and place and a life of which most people never catch more than a glimpse. The narrative takes on the level of a case study in Southern poverty, and then it rises to the escapades of an independent single mother and the challenges of raising children alone. Inevitably the story journeys back to the trials and the eventual acquittal and the death of Williams. After the final chapter, Emily added a “Finale.” It is entitled “Illegitimi noncarborundum. (Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down!)”

    Why is it that some writers can capture authenticity through mundane details and how did Emily acquire that skill, or is it a talent that just comes naturally to some? My thought is that such talent is the gift rising out of a special sensitivity to how life is pieced together. Though she certainly spent ample time studying and learning the craft of writing, she, without a doubt, had something else going in her mind, something that allowed her to see and feel events and to capture them in scenes, always in the strong irony-filled narrative voice. She wrote of her father’s catastrophe in WWI and his subsequent misadventures in civilian life as if she were a historian piecing together the facts of times past.

    Emily’s mundane details reveal the cobwebs in which she had grown up. She wrote that her father spent the rest of his life in and out of hospitals because of war injuries. Later, she learned that he had been married numerous times. She said, “I don’t think he even knew how many times until a Superior Court judge presented him with an itemized list, along with a summons to court sometime in the early seventies.” A list of no less than three women was read to her father as to the whereabouts of these women, and her father replied that he’d “misplaced” them. He didn’t know where any of them were or whether they were still living. He said he’d never gotten a divorce from any of them. When he decided to leave them he just left. With her father in his seventies, and the length of time involved, the judge had little alternative but to perform a “mass divorce,” releasing him from the bonds of matrimony and rendering him a single man. Emily’s mother quickly realized that after thirty-odd years of marriage, this also included her!

    Emily continued to study creative writing in my classes for several years. During that time she made friends with other writers and she moved her story forward. My students respected her for her writing skills and her story. Her honesty and humility were always peppered with a sharp-tongued edge of wit about society and the haves and have-nots. She made us laugh at life.

    My feelings toward Emily included affection and a bit of fear of ever crossing her. I was respectful to her as a student, but I was aware that she might have inadvertently placed me in the haves box. On the other hand, she treated me with high regard as I mentored her through revisions of the manuscript. I coached her in the steps for getting her story published, but she bulked when I told her she had to write a synopsis as part of the proposal package so that an agent could see the story in short form. She hissed out the “ssss” in the synopsis, saying it brought up her deepest fear: that she could not write that story again. I knew that she meant she could not live the experience again. I understood that.

    At the time I knew her she was living comfortably. She cherished the memory of her past experiences, but, she wanted to move further from the darkness, on into the light. I knew that and understood that in the deepest part of my heart. She was ill. She knew that at some point she would be free of life. She confided in me that she had “a diagnosis,” but she did not put a time frame to it. It was something that I could not fully comprehend, but it had the feeling of something arcane.

    Through Emily’s story, I knew I was experiencing one of the finest examples of litmus test creative nonfiction. The manuscript was finally in somewhat publishable form, but regardless of all my honed teaching skills, I could not force her steps to publish. It was only up to her and now to her family. She often told me that all she wanted was for W.W. Norton to publish it and to give her two complimentary copies. I explained that she would need to jump through the hoops of the publishing world and that W.W. Norton might not provide any hoops. One of my students, a radio personality, told Emily that she would need to sharpen her skills as an interviewee for television and radio as part of the marketing plan for a book. Emily became incredibly livid at the idea that anything would be demanded of her. She felt that she had lived the story and wasn’t that enough? I knew she wasn’t being practical, but I also knew she was ill. Toward the end, she would disappear from class occasionally and then reappear. One day as I was leaving my classroom, I found her in the hallway standing quietly and shyly alone, as thin as a rail. She told me she’d been hospitalized about the illness and that she was now ready to come back to class, and she did for a short while.

    The compelling power of Emily’s story was a result of how that writer had come to be. I could not toy with that. Emily was going to run her course and I could do nothing more than be her teacher, and mentor, and try to be a friend as she would allow. She was going to disappear again and I just had to wait until she would reappear. Finally, she did.

    Emily came back to me with force. She’d slipped away to Savannah and died in November 2005; nevertheless, once I was able to visit the grave I could feel her spirit again. And, there is the manuscript: its words continue to come back to me with vigor. Though it may never see print, Emily’s story is not over. It still has time to penetrate those of us who knew her and anyone with whom we share her story. And, she lies peacefully yet still determined, in a grave beside her son, in a site that suits her well.


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