THE TARNISHED SILVER RULE
– The things we don’t know to do for each other can happen to us before the policy is made against it, which I don’t get.
This morning, I answered a new neighbor friending on Facebook, and wanted it to sound friendly, but I said more than I think I should have. I made a judgment about our neighborhood. I said that it operated according to the silver rule. I had just learned of such a rule this week by doing research on the Golden Rule. Here it is:
[Click link and scroll down to the ‘Conclusion’ (because it’s too long — source: library.depaul.edu.)]
“One should not treat other people in the manner in which one would not want to be treated by them.“– Confucius 500 BC
SOME OF WHAT GOD IS DOING IN OUR LIVES
Last week, during a wind storm, a large rotting branch broke off and fell down upon this wrought-iron table, and one of the four chairs. When it became apparent as to what happened, I was so thankful that no one was sitting at it, and that I had lowered the umbrella. Otherwise the new umbrella would have been damaged too . . . thankful to God no one was hurt.
The branch was 15 feet long and 6 inches in diameter, and fell from fifty feet above our simulated patio. The huge Spanish Oak provides a perfect covering, of which I have been able to prune any obviously threatening branches — but not this one. The damage showed impact in three places, two upon one side of the table and one on center of a chair back.
We have lost tempered glass tables by storm and temperature shatterings. I was of the mindset that these things happen, but was more hopeful this time. I was easily able to state verbally that, ‘Anything bent physically, can be bent back easily’. I made the needed repairs, and we moved on, but I have to give credit to where credit is due. God gave me the insight.
In my daily prayer (linked below), a phrase that comes to mind is for God to show me what he is doing in my life.
First, he is growing me in my knowledge of prayer. There is so much to learn in the first place, and to be open to all theological traditions of the Church — meditations and contemplations are given to include verbal, mental, and emotional activity, some focus must be found in the second place.
And second, he is getting me to pray — let me explain what I’m learning of the Holy Rosary.
THE ROSARY CAN GROW ON ME
It was mid April when I decided to learn the Rosary. When watching Mother Angelica pray on TV, I easily learned the Our Father, Hail Mary and the Glory Be. I actually purchased materials and a crucifix to fashion a knotted version according to online instructions. I copied the mysteries and the days they applied since only four are given:
Joyful, Monday and Saturday; Sorrowful, Tuesday and Friday; Glorious, Wednesday’s and Sunday’s; and Luminous, Thursday. Each has five Gospel events, all adding up to twenty prayed daily. My only hurtle was mental. How can I learn all the scriptures by heart? Then I found the Laudate website that provided all the words. And I got started nightly.
First impressions were that the words were from Scripture, followed the logical sequence, and listed benefits that are not commonly known. I was hooked. But I had one difficulty about saying the word ‘death’ over and over (at the end of Hail Mary). It made me so uncomfortable that I experienced a mild heart attack.
TO REMOVE DEATH FROM ROSARY PRAYERS IS NEEDED
I saw a segment of Mother Angelica saying our death is a ‘transition’. I got that. Such an improvement made me consider making the old English become new American English. That really helped. Then I saw a segment by Fr. Andrew Apostoli who taught about three forms of prayer: From the lips, from the mind, and from the heart. This helped me understand what I was experiencing. My lips wanted to rest with my mind, but lacked training.
When I prayed was part of the next problem. I was always tired when I came to pray prior to nap and bedtime. Letting my mind take over for my lips, enabled my mind to lapse consciousness. Times were when I caught myself losing my place mentally. Then I learned that meditation often slips into contemplation. Wow, really? I could grow to like this God!
This is yet to be confirmed officially, but I understand how a higher state of consciousness is the objective of prayer. It’s one way to know our prayers are heard in the spirit. Aside from actually hearing God speak, he grants spiritual insight and intuition that imagination captures as our knowing the answer we seek. No words, just deep, soul revelation.
MY FACEBOOK FRIENDING-CONNECTION REVELATION
While washing dishes last night, I heard a new title for this post . . . POLICY RULES. But we must tie together the Silver Rule to a prayer perspective . . . like nobody is forced to make a friend-connection, or pray the Rosary — or pray at all, but the benefits of such friending or faithful devotion with it can certainly help us exchange a silver rule for a golden one.
For example, my new neighbor-friend, is a really valued, although brief, personal acquaintance, yet I know he is a business manager with practical software skills. . . . What if, when I friend-connected with my new neighbor, he accessed my password, somehow, because I recently had to change it again. (Password changing I finally get.)
So, as I accepted him, and he enabled some of my old friends to come up as new friend-requests back to me as an accident? Well, not exactly.
[What he gets, I don’t get, thinking there is nothing to get . . . but there actually is]
Have we lost you? Are’t folks who are skilled in programming prone, by habit, to do stuff they are trained to do almost automatically?
No! No-no-no, He is a Catholic man, and I cannot for the life of me, tell where that idea came from. What I don’t yet get, because there may be nothing for me TO get, is how someone, anyone (least of all, my new neighbor), would be able to access my Facebook friend list for the purpose of generating new friend requests back to me, or to anyone listed?
[Is this something to get?]
IT IS POSSIBLE TO GET KNOWLEDGE TO HACK A FACEBOOK FRIEND
From one simple search-engine query, I found a way that someone can tell to do this. . . .
[I was left in the backseat of our car while wife shopped, when researching this with all the windows down, and it started to rain softly. I stopped reading to text my wife that it was raining. She had the keys, but not her phone — I could hear her phone, so I should run to get the keys, and when I did, she showed up.]
(Note: I would be dishonoring my obligation as a Facebook user to devulge such information that I did not see, but have learned it is there to see, because it is against policy. So what else can I share that helps explain this problem at a deeper level? Today’s Bible reading, Psalms 82 Message, about how the rulers, demons, dark gods exist to do such evil things.)
“1 God calls the judges into his courtroom,
he puts all the judges in the dock.
2″Enough! You’ve corrupted justice long enough,
you’ve let the wicked get away with murder.
3You’re here to defend the defenseless,
to make sure that underdogs get a fair break;
4Your job is to stand up for the powerless,
and prosecute all those who exploit them.”
5 Ignorant judges! Head-in-the-sand judges!
They haven’t a clue to what’s going on.
And now everything’s falling apart,
the world’s coming unglued.
6-7 “I commissioned you judges, each one of you,
deputies of the High God,
But you’ve betrayed your commission
and now you’re stripped of your rank, busted.”
8 O God, give them their just deserts!
You’ve got the whole world in your hands.” (from biblegateway.com)
CONCLUDING WITH A NEW POLICY
I have just logged out of Facebook and tried logging in with a password I have and it was rejected. So I am adopting a new password policy. Every week, on Thursday, my calendar will show to log out of Facebook (incidently, my favorite website besides WordPress) and request a new password if necessary, and pray thanking God to keep demon-god’s (rulers) away.
Hope you were blessed reading this, and if anything here offends someone, please do tweet me your concern. Thanks.