Tuesday, December 2, 2014


FINDING TRUTH WHEREVER IT MAY BE FOUND:  "We will not be defined by a trophy he often said, but it was easy to say that you would not be defined by something you didn't have."  from Michael Koryta's, "The Prophet"
QUOTE II:  "He saw the falsehood of that almost universal notion of today, the notion that rites and forms are something artificial, additional, and corrupt.  Ritual is really much older than thought; it is much simpler and much wilder than thought.  A feeling touching the nature of things does not only make men feel that there are certain proper things to say; it makes them feel that there are certain proper things to do.  The more agreeable of these consists of dancing, building temples, and shouting very loud; the less agreeable, of wearing green carnations and burning other philosophers alive."
You should go on a little get away for advent and Mary wants to help make that happen.  HERE is an interactive 3D experience of the temple.  If you take the self tour, she sent THIS floor plan to help you navigate around.  She also sent THIS picture of model to give you an idea of what it might have looked like.  Thanks.
She also sent this in:  Dear Fr. V., I thought AA readers may be interested in knowing that the Vatican Museums 3-D film will be in North Canton at Tinseltown next week on Wednesday, December 10, at 7:00 p.m. There will be only one screening of this special event.  For more details and more locations go HERE.
This a 5 and a half minute video on the spirituality of Advent:


MaryofSharon said...

Glad to see the tour of the temple included your post! I found it to be an inspiring experience to virtually walk through the temple, as the layout of the temple and the activity therein sheds light on the significance of what Jesus did for us in the on the Cross, and in a particular way, what the Mass does for us.

If anyone goes to the temple tour site, he or she should be sure to take the self-guided tour (following along on this map as a guide). The automated tour does not take visitors into the Holy of Holies, but if you take your own tour, you are able to get into this most sacred must-see part of the temple. Back in the time of Jesus, in Herod's temple, we Gentiles would have had to stay out in the Court of the Gentiles, Jewish women couldn't go past the Court of Women, Jewish men couldn't get past the Court of Israel, and even priests couldn't go beyond the court of priests. Only one high priest, once a year could make it into the Holy of Holies.

But now, because of Jesus's atoning sacrifice, we all have access to God in the Holy of Holies. The Mass is the greatest way, in this life, that we get access to God through the power of that sacrifice.

I heard about the virtual temple tour and what we can learn from it about our Catholic Faith from Fr. John Riccardo in a talk he gave on the the temple in the Old Testament. Fascinating talk!

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