1. Another internet access outage coupled with glorying in Holy Week and now the Octave of Easter has kept me away. Here is my Easter gift to one and all, Bortniansky’s Cherubic Hymn Number Seven. It is in Slavonic (the language of the Eastern Church), but this YouTube has the English translation subtitles. Be careful. You may just put this on perpetual repeat loop and lie on the sofa in a beauty-induced, tear-streaked coma for the next several hours.
Come, let us cast off all earthly care and forget every vain employ. For the King of All comes in triumph by unseen hosts of angels to us that bid Him welcome. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
2. My Psalm 68 citation is correct. Protestant Bibles *and some modern Catholic Bibles that are trying to be protestant) mis-number the Psalms. The Church, both in the West and the East, uses the Septuagint-Vulgate numbering. It is Psalm 68.
3. Regarding the Spectral Doughnut, a clever reader suggested that I point out that the conceptual image would be better if I pointed out that in life the Spectral Doughnut is not sitting flat, as a doughnut on a table, but rather is standing vertically on end. Thus when we move toward Truth, we are traversing UP, ascending to the top of the doughnut, and when we move away from God, either by the “right” surface or the “left” surface, we are moving DOWN, converging at the lowest point, which is hell. Excellent.
4. I have peacefully decided to let my office/home property go, and my eviction date is set in a little over a month. I could have contested the whole thing as the chain of custody of the mortgage is textbook fraud, but I want to move on and be rid of all property, and guys, I gotta tell you, since making the final decision I feel FANTASTIC. The fruit of the Third Joyful Mystery (the birth of Our Lord) is poverty, and it is indeed a joyful, joyful fruit.
I cannot bring myself to solicit funds, but I have had an idea. I obviously need to get rid of a lot of stuff. Most of my remaining property I will donate and/or give away, but I could put some small, random, easily shippable items on Ebay. I’m thinking small kitchen wares and stuff like that. Ebay is an auction, and thus I would have no control over the sale prices. The “market” would determine that. I’m still agonizing over this, but if you think that an “estate sale” is either a good or terrible idea, I would be interested to hear.