Good Sunday Morning Dear Friend. The iconic American Poet Maya Angelou passed away this past week at the age of 86…the exact age of my mother. As I was reading one of her many tributes, this particular quote jumped out at me, “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.” I thought to myself, my God, how we have drifted away from such wonderful and saintly wisdom…and what a price we are paying for having been so foolish!
Many of us who have been raised in the Christian faith were taught to pray the following prayer before bedtime;
Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake
I pray the Lord, my soul to take.
The power of this prayer is that it puts the soul in relationship with God in the last moments of consciousness before sleep. There is a confluence of various religions around the significance of this. Some believe the soul enters into our being in the last stages of our formation through the “soft spot” in the upper front portion of our heads at birth. This correlates with the location of “Keter”, the sephirot of divinity atop the Kabbalist Tree of Life (which is mapped to the human body). Buddhists believe that the quality of the next life is determined by the relationship of our mind to this “higher self” at the moment of death.
A couple of years ago I was riding an elevator at work with several other people. I had Deepak Chopra’s book, How to Know God under my arm. One of the riders, a Hindu woman, approached me after we got off the elevator to strike up a conversation. We ended up having lunch together a few days later to discuss our respective beliefs. We discovered that the Hindu and Christian communities are both lamenting the same cultural consequences of having accepted less God in our lives.
My regular readers know we were once consecrated in our faith and protected to the extent of our willingness to keep it…as Washington himself warned “The propitious smile of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself hath ordained.” They also know Cui Bono from our having lost our Trust in God focus as a nation. They understand the nature of what has stepped in to fill the void. But none of this is possible without our permission!
The thieves are making movies about the thieves in “The Monument Men”, and we line up like cattle grazing on popcorn to see it. The princes of the very pop culture most responsible for stealing our faith; write, direct, produce and star in the movie where they play the heroes rescuing “Art” from the evil Nazis who were out to destroy it…Priceless!
If there were a smidgen of moral honesty and integrity in Hollywood, they would produce the blockbuster movie “The Mass Men”, a true story about the real men who have taken our Lord and hidden the Eucharist!
But my point is that it has never been up to them. They can only fill seats if we buy the tickets. And we will continue to buy the tickets until our heart is no longer in it. For now, we seem mesmerized by all the big and shiny special effects they are continually bombarding us with…through the latest Apple product. Wait…wasn’t the Apple the source of the original sin as well? Interesting…
We are each of us mesmerized until our moment comes…when eternity takes it out of our hands. We are planning a June 29 concert fund-raiser for a couple who lost everything in a house fire several weeks ago. The quote at the top of the page was the desperate plea of a young woman in the very last moment of her life.
How ready were they? How ready are any of us? What is our relationship with God at this very moment in time? Maya Angelou was so incredibly right. We so desperately need to look up and listen to ourselves…while we are able.