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Or another way of looking at the third mysteries: How the divine seems through worldly eyes.

Just as the crown of heaven is turned to thorns and mockery on earth, so is the highest king born under the most humble of circumstances.

The perfectly just society of the kingdom is as twisted as that crown of thorns in this world full of suffering and abuses.

Lastly, the coming of the Holy Spirit first is cause for alarm, a violent wind. But just as that wind, the mysteries at last, transform us.

Taking each of the third mysteries we can see the divine being translated into the earthly:

Joyous: The birth of Christ - Where we see God take on a form that will function in this world.

Luminous: The Kingdom - This is the promise of a worldly society that will become divine in its characteristics.

Sorrowful: The Crown of Thorns - Here we see the form the heavenly crown takes in this world.

Glorious: Pentecost (or the Descent of the Holy Spirit) - Well, this is the most literal.

Today I'll be praying the Luminous Mysteries. I've always liked the progression:

First Mystery is about baptism, a sacrament which is about the one person.

Second Mystery is about marriage, a sacrament that unites 2 people who will then procreate to be many.

Third Mystery is about community (the Kingdom).

Fourth Mystery brings in the supernatural world and our relationship to it.

Fifth Mystery goes one step further, is about the communion with our God.

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For years, I'd been deep into the . Though it has been a very long time since I stopped using it, I still felt that there was value in it. Not because of any predictive abilities, but rather, because in discerning meaning, it provided a space to meditate.

I built this deck hoping it could provide that meditative space without the taboo. It works just like a rosary, but it can be reshuffled to pray in a random sequence.

So this is how it happens. It is Saturday night already and I am barely in the fourth Joyful mystery. The week went by without me creating a space for me to fulfill my prayer commitment. There is still tomorrow to run through to the last Glorious mystery. Here’s hoping!

Where I am:
Since I am divorced and remarried, I really don't get to take the Eucharist under regular circumstances, so I don't feel it is productive for me to go to mass. I haven't attended in a few months now. I really hate going if I can't take the Eucharist. I mean, that is the whole point of the mass.
Though I know it is just procrastination: I keep putting off starting the annulment since I know it is a bureaucratic process. I am certain my previous marriage is invalid.

I guess I will be searching the hashtags to see if there is anyone out there... Over on the birdie place I am also calling out to see if I can get anyone to join here. Either way, I will be posting about my spiritual life and recording any insights from my prayers.

Although new to Mastodon, I decided to launch an instance when I couldn’t easily find any dedicated to religion, prayer, or Catholic viewpoints. I hope to share what I’ve learnt, and explore further. I’d love to engage with thoughtful individuals with differing paradigms.

Please: Do not pre-judge me based on my strong religious beliefs. I feel silly saying it, but I am not what you think.


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