Looking for the Almighty

Before sacrifice
A love inaccessible
Blind to the holy
Holy eye searches man
More afraid of our nature
Nothing in the box
Peer inside using
Applications outside time
What is this but prayer?
Verification
Prelude to the Almighty
Sample miracles
Complete communion
With the empty tomb

The above is a Haiku Sonnet, well almost a haiku sonnet. These aren’t really haiku in the purest sense. They fall into the category of senyrus more accurately. However for the purpose of the Haiku sonnet there was no strict interpretation in some of the examples. So I’m sticking with my designation of sonnet and haiku. (stamps foot for emphasis) This form is a series of 4 haiku with an ending couplet of 5 or 7 syllables per line.

Next Wednesday is the beginning of Lent and Ash Wednesday. For Roman Catholics it is a 7 week long examination of conscience, a time of prayer and fasting and almsgiving. Tomorrow is Mardi Gras where we feast and consume all the things that we will deny ourselves for the duration of Lent. When I was working I’d take all the candy especially the chocolate, and have a little afternoon party. As a chocaholic this was certainly right up there at the top of the list of penances. Because my stress levels have dropped to barely discernable levels, my chocolate consumption (and hoarding) has also dropped. This year I will continue my practice of Doing Things instead of Not Doing Things. The standard is to give up something – candy, listening to the radio, smoking/drinking, caffeine, cursing… the list goes on. However when you lead a squeaky clean life and your only vices are an occasional chocolate and blogging it doesn’t really make sense to give up those things. In solidarity with the Christians in Ukraine, I am going to go all in on fasting and prayer. Instead I’m not giving up but adding things. My list of adding things includes: Not giving the evil eye to people who don’t wear masks, (that is going to be tough but I’m going to give it my best shot), shopping and eating local, tipping double, doing a Bible study (on the book of Psalms), doing a Lenten devotions series, add praying in the morning in addition to the evening Rosary with intentions for safety, peace, and strength for all those in Ukraine. My parish Priest gave a very rousing homily on why we needed to get “battle ready” as the Church Militant which includes “basic training” of prayer, fasting, and more prayer, especially the Prayer of St. Michael the Archangel:

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all evil spirits who prowl the earth seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

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47 thoughts on “Looking for the Almighty

    1. Thanks Carrie! I suppose if a few inmates get sick the Gov. won’t be too concerned – they can’t vote so… I am keeping my masks handy no matter. Nearly 3 years without a cold means those masks work!

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  1. What a wonderful haiku sonnet! Cheers to your plan for Lent – and I too wish more would concentrate on what to add rather than take away. It’s Happy Ludi Gras today and Happy Fat Tuesday tomorrow, but, I wonder why I’ve never heard anyone say, “Happy Lent” on Wednesday Hmmmm … maybe I’m a bit ornery today.

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    1. Hehe! My sister posted photos and a video of the early Mardi Gras on Pensacola Beach (held on Sunday). The weather looked wonderful! Happy Lent – no but I’m hoping for a good Lent where I have spiritual growth. So pleased you enjoyed the Haiku Sonnet!!

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  2. That’s a formidable task you have set for yourself.
    I gave up the evil eye for the unvaccinated and maskless because I didn’t have the energy to sustain it–now I just send a little vibe of hope that they will not give Covid to someone else and cause another needless death. (K)

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    1. It has been such long time that I can understand your stance. Meanwhile I give the non-mask wearing people a wide berth. As the number of people foregoing masks increases, it is getting more difficult to avoid them! I’m planning airplane travel and have my N95 ready to go. As for the other things I’m going to do for Lent, it is a matter of just doing it. Who knows what prayer can accomplish?

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  3. Being, Protestant of course we don’t pray to Saints or Angels, but I like the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, and I prayed it as I read it. At my age, I’m not sure I should fast, but I can pray more.

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    1. The current rule excludes anyone under 14 and over 59… but I’m pretty sure those were determined when 59 was considered ancient and with one foot in the grave! The St. Michael prayer is one we say after every church service.

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  4. Sadly, as we age, it grows more difficult to sin, especially if lust is considered a sin LOL. I’m finding it’s easier to love my enemy as life teaches me that we are all a result of nature and nurture, struggling to be the best we can, well, some of us anyway. That said, the Peacenick in me looks on warmongers with an evil eye. I’m a child of the seventies who never grew up.

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    1. I’m of that same era and have at times been chided for not being in favor of military actions or wars. I do think there must be a better way than killing. I have to agree that sinning is harder as I get older… my sins have become more of omission than commission!

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  5. oh Muri, you have blown me right out of Rosenmontag into – say Pentecost. I don’t share your faithfulness to religion, but recognise faith when I see it. Thanks so much for sharing, πŸ€—πŸ€—

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  6. Maskless people don’t notice our “evil eye.”

    Psalm 104 is my favorite. It has a large role in 3 of my novels — Savior, The Brothers Path, The Price

    “Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God…

    2 Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

    3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

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      1. I think there was a guy who said to forgive because they didn’t know what they were doing. I really think that’s true in this case, that said, I have cut friends out of my life for refusing to get vaccinated and then expecting me to accommodate them.

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        1. I guess I’m lucky that my friends are of a like mind and are all vaccinated and boosted… I have 2 family members who are not. They’ve supposedly had COVID twice… still maintaining that they have natural immunity.

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          1. It’s a big mess even if we are all on the road to just experiencing a new variation of the common cold. I sometimes find it difficult to be peaceful with the things I’ve learned about people in the last several years. I used to believe that humanity is basically good. Now I think humanity is a clusterfuck. πŸ™‚

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  7. this all sounds a bit alien to me but I’m with you in any support of Ukraine … I’m sending up prayers for them and for our rain to please stop … we’ve all had enough!

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  8. Some of the same Lenten bells are ringing for me too – Ukraine, prayer, fasting, St. Michael. And one other new thing – Heart of God. This one is like a light set apart from the others.

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    1. It has been my habit for the last few years…I think it helps be be more aware and requires more action than just avoiding things I actually have to do things!

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  9. Good list of add ons…except for the mask one. I don’t wear a mask. I learned a long time ago (as a person with several autoimmune diseases) that they really aren’t helpful in protecting myself. I protect others by not sneezing, coughing, spitting, blowing, etc in their faces. Fortunately, I didn’t get many dirty looks when this stuff started and most around here don’t wear masks now…unless they have to for work.

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    1. With all the older people I interact with, especially Sparky’s parents, I want to protect them as much as possible… And of course working with biohazards at work, everyone wears a mask!

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