HAPPY GREGORIAN NEW YEAR!

With the changing of the calendar there are disagreements about if it is really a new decade.

What a silly disagreement.

Humans feel they control time. They can catagozie and contain it. However, as diverse as Humanity is, there are as many ways to contain time as there are civilazations.

I Celebrate three New Year’s. My actually new year is aligned with my pagan beliefs with the start of the year on Samhein, Halloween.

Then I recognize the Gregorian New Year, which most of the world, particularly the Western World, follow. Then, finally, I celebrate Chinese New Year. This is out of appreciation for Asian culture.

I once owned a Tibetan Buddhist Calendar. It being based on the moon as opposed to the sun. It was definitely different.

My friend in South Korea has two ages. One which is “western,” one which is based on her culture.

Not only are there calendar and time controls within different cultures, there are different views of time in various religions.

Growing up in the United Methodist Church we followed the Christian calendar (hint we are still in the Christmas Season until Epiphany). There are specific traditions and practices associated with certain times of the year in every religious practice.

And don’t even get me started on the different political calendars across the globe.

Sometimes this societal agree on the meaning of time is to our detriment. More and more people are having sleep problems and health issues because they are no longer in tune with their own physical, internal clock, their circadian rhythm.

It is worth remembering for all of the different views and beliefs on time, it is all fabricated by our brains. It is simply a way for our brains to catagozie and barely begin to understand our place in the Universe.

This Gregorian Year of 2020 I suggest we all take a step back and allow the Universe to speak to us, to reset our clocks to its time, instead of the chaos of societal time.

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The left overs

We are on the leftovers
Of Christmas celebration;
The liquidation is on;
Though, many have nothing
To liquidate;
Others are looking ahead
Already to the new year;
A lot of hope and excitement
In the air;
Come on O New year;
No one knows
What you carry in that belly
Of yours;
So big it is;
And to the brim,it’s full.
Hope good things it has.
I look forward to it.
2020, a year of years;
A year with a difference;
So, enjoy your left overs.

The bells toll

I like the show today;
In short, I like the day;
I like what’s going on;
I like the atmosphere;
I like the life in the air;
I like the up and down movement of people;
I like the excitement;
The buying and selling;
I like the screaming
In the market and streets;
I like the articles I see Being sold,
Everybody on their toes,
Rushing as at no other time;
It’s Christmas;
When bells toll;
And melodious tunes
Fill the air;
It’s Happy Birthday special.

Who is this man?

Who is this man?
Wonderful man,
Whose name
Is pronounced
Loud and clear,
Billions of times daily,
In all continents
Of the world.

Who is this man?
Wonderful man,
Born in a little city,
Whose birth day
Is remembered
Months ahead,
And after intensive preparations,
Is celebrated by all
The world.

Who is this man?
Amazing man;
Whose name alone
Puts money into
Billions of pockets;
Who enriches
Those who love him
And those who hate him.

Who is this man
A man among men;
Source of energy,
Protection,
Hope
And happiness
For many.

Who is this man?
So simple and great;
Who loves friends
And foes alike;
Feeds friends and foes
Alike;
Welcomes all,
Friends and foes,
Without discrimination.

Who is this amazing man?
Who stands for Justice?
Who is an example?
Who is so simple?
Who experienced untold
Suffering
Yet, never complained?
And offered himself as sacrifice
For the world.

Do you know this Jesus?
Do you know this Christmas?
Do you know this son of Mary?
What do you know about him?
Is he your friend?
Does he put food on your table?
Doesn’t he put money
Into your pocket?
Isn’t life better for you
Because of him?

Independence day!

Independence day!
4th of July;
What a great day, indeed!
World History was made;
Not American history alone,
The history of the world;
The American Declaration
Of Independence;
A new nation was born;
Freedom was gained;
A birth yet untold;
A new beginning
The entire world recreated;
What a precious commodity
Freedom is;
It opens new doors,
To new possibilities unimagined.
May every human being
Be blessed,
To have the freedom so desired;
To realize their potential
To the full;
And the full potential
Of the land!

Thank you a million

What a happy father I am!
And that is because of you;
How can I thank the Lord enough?
You made me a father O Father;
And not any kind of father;
You made me a happy father;
You gave me the loveliest children
In the whole wide world;
I am a proud father;
And so when you tell me
“Happy Father’s day”,
With all my heart, I accept.
And I say “Thank you a million!”

Chrism Mass 1019: the faith of the people is strong

Some people are strong in their faith. It is a good thing when the faith of the people is strong. Chrism Mass is usually an occasion in my Archdiocese to measure the strength of the people’s faith.

Judge for yourself through these pictures.

The Ministers are processing; the people are singing, dancing and offering their gifts to God through the Church: