Transubstitute II

In relation to “Transubstitute“, concerning views in relation to transubstantiation, Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows:

I don’t know why the bread and wine wouldn’t be symbolically (or even really) the body and blood of Christ. If you believe… As Gabriel Marcel might say, it is a mystery. If God is unfathomable, unknowable and all powerful, what are his limits and how would we know?

It is part of the scientific attitude of our society that everything must be known and reduced to banality. But then at least we know, and can’t be fooled, but then later new evidence surfaces to indicate maybe we were wrong all along.

But then, at least finally, we do know for sure, until the next new evidence proves that we maybe were still wrong after all. And science is about discovering new evidence. There is no end to it and the doubt that it produces.

Transubstantiation is a mystery. You don’t know and will never be sure – or maybe you will be sure, but will you be right? You don’t know for sure.

If you have faith, then you know and will not be consumed with doubt.

In addition, it is man – some men – who condemn others for life, with no hope of forgiveness and reconciliation.

God is not like that.

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Project City

…or rather, some towns, it seems. Various members of the law firm find that there are concentrations of criminal and family matters in certain smaller communities, where major industry is long gone. Younger people seem to spend longer periods living with parents and living on some form of social assistance. No aspirations to work. Lots of time on their hands. Lots of legal troubles as a consequence. Lots of time to fight in family files, and not much else to do except go to court in relation to family or criminal matters. With the legal fees all publicly paid for.

Point came up in discussion as to why these people have evidenced little desire to try to find work elsewhere. Comparing the history of the Maritimes, where people would regularly leave communities to obtain work elsewhere in Canada. Except, perhaps, if they were living in fishing villages, and expected employment insurance to cover the months when they weren’t fishing.

If there are no jobs in the town, why does one stay there, year after year, on social assistance, as opposed to having some desire to become economically self-sufficient and financially contribute to family from afar?

It appears that, in some communities, there are values of self-reliance, while in others, there are shared values of sitting around, as long as the social assistance is still coming in.

One person suggested that this provides support for the notion of a guaranteed annual income. Others might say that it is an argument for social assistance being conditional on making efforts towards self-sufficiency, including moving to locations with better prospects.

Then there is the problem of “out-migration” and not coming back.

Take me down…

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If you gotta believe in something

…why not believe in me?

Pointer Sisters, 1976. From the movie Car Wash. Written and produced by Norman Whitfield. Included in motion picture sountrack, plus a “Best of” 1976 collection.

Referencing Richard Pryor playing religious poser in the movie:

Song heard earlier today, playing out from a bar.

Take the chain off your brain

Believe beyond

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Took it with me

Cover of Beauty in Exile, by Alexandre Vassiliev (2000):

Book about the influence of Russian expatriate royalty on European fashion. Plus earlier influences. Beautiful book, found remaindered at the library.

Gave it to friends who knew more, and appreciated more.

Scribbled a name. Derujinsky:

Hong Kong Harbour, 1958.

Full title: Beauty in Exile: The Artists, Models, and Nobility who Fled the Russian Revolution and Influenced the World of Fashion.

Where to

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As a child at church, this notion of transubstantiation. Host in the Catholic service was the actual body of Christ. Direct receipt of the spirit, premised on “I am not worthy to receive You”, as part of the service.

Thought that the Catholic church did away with transubstantiation. Wrong, Find this out when reading “Transubstantiation for beginners“. Still the spirit transcendent, through the Host.

Still not worthy
Maybe not as empty

Where Host refers to the victim

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Blessed de Guerre II

In relation to “Blessed de Guerre”, Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows:

When I was a kid in school, we were still remembering WW1 as “the war to end all wars”, notwithstanding that WW2 and Korea had already occurred by that point. Since then, there have been Vietnam, Gulf War 1, Gulf War 2, Afghanistan, Syria, ISIS, plus so many wars in Africa, and not to mention the wars on drugs, terrorism and poverty. Somehow, we always forget the part about “the war to end all wars”. We only remember the wars themselves, the heroism, the sacrifice.

Somehow, there is always important justification at the time just before and during any war. The enemy are always demons bent on our destruction, or that of our friends. There was Hitler and the Nazi murderers for example – no debate there. There was the danger that “a ruthless North Vietnamese dictator” would depose “the ruthless South Vietnamese dictator” on our side and then Cambodia, and Laos would switch from whatever they were (who knew?) to Communism. Before the second Gulf War we were shown satellite photos of Iraqi nuclear missiles kept mobile piggyback on big trucks. After the war was won, no one could find these trucks and missiles. Not finding them, you couldn’t definitely prove they had never existed.

Our soldiers have sacrificed their lives all across the world in these wars. Many of them were horribly wounded in ways that destroyed their lifelong well-being. Thank God for them and their bravery.

What have we learned about war from all the fighting and remembering? Somehow, the one thing we have never learned is to “end all wars.” There must be something violent in the human soul that demands its wars, if necessary to get its way. There must be something in the human soul that feels miserable and guilty remembering the horrors we perpetrated, all of us as humans on both sides, on the road to victory or to defeat.

I just wish we could learn as a society from all the wars we make out we remember.

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Blessed de Guerre

How religion, plus politics, play such roles in Remembrance Day services.

How the politicians send those off to war, to sacrifice in furtherance of wisdom or

Where the religious leaders line up to somehow be some missive of allegedly Divine comfort to the victors and their legacy.

The number of religious leaders seeming to get larger every year, including representatives whose religious history is not

Appreciate those who wait for the speeches to end

For the crowds to fade

Look into the eyes from the

Won’t stop the bleeding
Or ease the hate

Wearing an unearned uniform as a costume
Don’t shake my hand

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