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THE HEBREW LETTERS OF THE ALPHABET: The Channels, the Categories, and the Meanings Part I

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Introduction
I often refer to the mystical meanings of the Hebrew alphabet in the words of the Old Testament in order to explain a theological point in the scriptures. I have also been known to discuss the numerology associated with each letter and word to show the depth of every passage, and its mystical intent. This is a critical part of understanding the scriptures, primarily because it helps us to connect and understand the language used by God to create the universe and the Law. By understanding the language God speaks, we can begin to understand His mind.
The scripture begins with God brooding over the chaos that must be contained for olam, or what we would call the universe. It is no wonder that the very first letter of the Old Testament book of Genesis is the Beis. The letter beis means container. It also tells us that there is a fence around what we see in the material world, that it has dimension, mass, and a beginning and an end. One end is open on the beis, as though we …

THE REVELATION: A Short Story

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The lie lay between us like a long, tapered sword, and when I turned this way or that, the metal would make a slight cut across my middle. I knew eventually I would die from a thousand tiny cuts before I could make it right between us, before I found the right words to say to him. I am that sort of coward. Even though I would have preferred the lie become invisible, like my courage, or that it would die from lack of attention in that feckless dark spot in my mind, I knew it wouldn't. The darn thing had taken on a life of its own. That foolish lie would never leave me alone. I had repeated it too many times. He hadn't left the room where I last saw him. He was in the same position, his head cast down, his long dark hair brushed behind his ears, except for one strand that grazed his cheek. He looked a little bruised in the light from the window, the blue curtain always played its thready tricks whenever the sun washed through it. I wanted him to lift his eyes, to look at me with…

MARY, THE ROSE OF SHARON: Why is Mary, the Mother of God important?

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Introduction
In all the years of my life, I never hesitated or even balked at accepting Mary as my Blessed Mother, or the importance of her gentle presence in my life, long before I became a Catholic. She was always there for me, with her delicate touch, her enigmatic images, and the poignant thought of her shared sufferings with her Son so aptly illustrated by artists throughout the centuries. She is, however, a stumbling block for some Protestants, and even some Catholics. In light of this, I am reminded of two heresies that threatened the early Church; Arianism and Gnosticism. Both heresies had dubious notions of the Man Jesus, the God Jesus, and who Mary is as Christ's mother. Although the Council of Nicaea clarified the concept of who Jesus is and His mother, there is something worse than these heresies still banging around the universe, and finding comfort and succor in too many places where it shouldn't.
There was a post in a Christian blog community describing God as…