From the Pope’s speech Meeting with the Clergy, Consecrated People and Members of the Diocesan Pastoral Councils – Pastoral Visit to Assisi.
It is not enough just to read the Sacred Scriptures, we need to listen to Jesus who speaks in them: it is Jesus himself who speaks in the Scriptures, it is Jesus who speaks in them. We need to be receiving antennas that are tuned into the Word of God, in order to become broadcasting antennas! One receives and transmits. It is the Spirit of God who makes the Scriptures come alive, who makes us understand them deeply and in accord with their authentic and full meaning!
As a past electronics technician I like the antenna imagery. In this case it would be a duplex antenna being able to receive and transmit. Plus it makes sense regarding the “transmission” of faith. Then efficiency of this Gospel antenna is measure by the ratio of what is faithfully transmitted to what is received from the Church. There can be loss of efficiency due to heat since not proclaiming the truth in a charitable way generates more heat than light. With the Gospel antenna you can expect polarization as Jesus amply warned in Matthew 10. If you are not living a life of faith and then try to transmit it to others, expect transmission line losses. Expect resistance and other impedance losses.
All I can think of is the scene from Raider of the Lost Ark:
“Jones, do you realize what the Ark is? It’s a transmitter. It’s a radio for speaking to God.”
Now if only he had been named Bello_c_.
(((Now if only he had been named Bello_c_.)))
John, he probably would have said something like:
“The church is a perpetually defeated thing that always survives her conquerors.”
(((Expect resistance and other impedance losses.)))
So, so true again Jeff!
This reminds me of the early 1970’s when the church faithfully transmitted and I received a spiritual wave from our Church that I should go out and give blood. Mine YA, I took it literally and looking back now, I wonder if the army camp that I was working on as a printer was not using me as a spiritual facto. Back then because I could literally see men in a circle dressed in white when I looked into my eyes and the ‘ONE’ in the middle was even holding a cross 🙂
Not funny anymore sinner vic 🙁
Anyway don’t tell any bodies bacteria cells but back then I thought that I was special and after giving a pint of blood, I jumped off when I was finished and walked UP to the front with a big smile on my face toward an old woman and while she looked me in the eyes, I was feeling weak but I just kept walking with the same old smile and short story long, I fell down backward like a big oak tree and when I woke UP I thought that I would tease these humans, I mean these brothers and sisters and tell them that I saw a man with a cross in my eyes.
Remember Jeff! This stuff is TOP SECRET so please don’t go for a leek, “I” mean don’t leak “IT” out cause “IT” just might be the death of “ME”, “ME” and “ME”. Anyway being a big short printer and living in a Mayors house plus don’t forget, I had just gotten married so the following week, “I” thought that “I” would go and give another pint of blood but this time, I was not going to play the fool so, I quietly stayed down and let them take my blood but go figure woman, my wife tells them that I was starting to change color. It was almost as if she knew that I was about to faint and to tell YA the truth I was glad that they pulled the plug on me. Long story short, the following visit that my wife made, they took her blood but they wouldn’t allow me to give and even took away my card so I could never give again.
Again Jeff! You must keep this under your hat. Remember that MOMS, “I” mean MUMS the world, “I” mean word now even if YA have to pretend that you’re ‘Orson Welles’ http://www.patheos.com/blogs/summathissummathat/2013/10/orsons-shylock/ The Great Magician.
Where was I, OH YA! I was about to fool these people cause no way were they going to keep me, myself and i from paying our spiritual taxes and besides I had to faithfully transmit what I had received from the Church doctors.
OK! As all of U>S (usual sinners) “I” mean us gods were about to say, we con, “I” mean convinced Victor that he should go back but this time leave his wife behind. You got “IT”! Just a little “White” lie that it was his first time and long story short, during the process, Victor quietly prayed and told GOD (Good Old Dad) that he was not saying a word and don’t tell Victor but we gods literally saw stars but the good news is, they got their pint of blood and Victor was just like a pussy cat and laid down after for about a moment, “I” mean a half hour or so of earthly time.
Jeff! NO SNOW DEN, “I” mean remember no snow job cause Victor’s about to wake UP and the last thing we 96% gods want is for this little retardo Victor to complained to those four per sent age imaginary father, mother, son and holy spirit cause after what we’ve heard from his wife’s two sisters, any thing is possible in this twenty first century. OK! Long story short, we gods got Victor’s card back after he had given a total of three pints so says his new card. We we’re told by the alien gods to leave him alone cause the Senior doctors are in charge now. The last thing we want is for Victor to cry to these imaginary Catholic Gods, “I” mean this GOD and HIS Angels that the alien gods are planning on clowning, “I” mean cloning YA pup pets, ‘I” mean YA animals, no, no, “I” mean human beings and…..
END YA SAY sinner vic? DON’T BE LIKE THAT NOW!
Go Figure brothers and sisters in Christ now? 🙂
God Bless Peace
One could calculate the SNR of various documents…
I really have no idea what these commenters are talking about but I liked your comment, Mr. Pundit, on the joy and sorrow of being Catholic, of seeing and overwhelming number of even church-going Catholics sort of drift in and out of Catholic consciousness but mostly out. I used to “punch in” every Sunday until I realized that I had to either be all in or all out.
Alas for those who do not account for atmospheric losses!