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Posting Nov. 8th, 2007 @ 04:24 pm
Wow, I really haven't posted here in a long time. However, that does not mean that my search does not continue. It does so, when I have the time.

One of my closest and dearest friend gave me a book for my birthday called "The Woman with the Alabaster Jar." I'm sure that you can get the hint as to what it's about. I'm not even half way though it and it has me thinking. As with all good books, it makes you pause to think about what you have just read.

I try to read it between other daily actives. It gets hard sometimes, but I find the time.
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Just because... Jul. 26th, 2007 @ 11:38 am
I had to return my books...I was way over due and didn't even start two of them. I've learned the hard way that I usually can't take out more than a book or two, or else I won't be able to read them.

I also realized that, although I started this journal because of my quest for Mary, I also seek truth else where. In my own life, I seek truth everywhere. Since starting my Enivormental Issues class, I've been seeking truth about the world we live in. Am I doing enough to help it or hinder it? Should I write to my Sentor about this? If so, what should I write?

I'm doing my paper on Global Warming and it's effects on hurricanes and other strong storms. Or I should say the effects of Global Warming on hurricanes and other strong storms. I've watched The Inconvenient Truth and saw some of the data that Mr. Gore showes. It makes you wonder that even if we did do something about it, would it be too late to stop it? Would it help at all? What can I do with my enviroment to help others? And just who is telling the truth about what's going on?

So, not only am I seeking truth in the past, but also the present and maybe the future. What kind of world am I leaving for my daughter? She's only four now, but what about her childern?
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So far... Jun. 14th, 2007 @ 01:18 pm
Well, I've started reading Mary Magdalene by Bruse Chilton and have gotten to Chapter four and already have moments of "Wow, really?"

So, here we go. This author seems to agree that Mary Magdalene was possessed by demons, or rather "unclean spirits", and sought out Jesus to heal her. Walking all the way from Magdala to Capernaum, which is about ten miles. Ten miles though rocky roads and rough terrian, just her and her demons. Now, there's a women who knows what she wants and goes for it. Yay, Mary.

What surprised me is the part in the begging that descripes something which never entered my mind. "Mary ...became popular as the patron saint of flagellants by the 14th century, and devotion to her and to the practice of self-inflicted pain was widespread." Huh? He goes on to write; "In one story of her life, she clawed at her skin until she bled, scored her breasts with stones, and tore out her hair, all as acts of penance for her self-indulgence."

Ok, WTF??!! I don't remember this from any part of the Bible at all! It sounds like the Opus Dei in a way. (For those who have either seen the movie or read the book, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, know what I am talking about.) I don't remember that at all, nope.

Already I'm learning things I didn't know before. And I'm only on Chapter four. This is going to be intersting.
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Other notes from Holy Blood, Holy Grail Jun. 1st, 2007 @ 12:53 pm
Well, I'm reading though the chapter about the Knights Templar. Now, I'm not sure how many people know this, but my husband was a memeber of the De Molay Society when he was younger. Now, the De Molay society was named after the last Knights Templar's Grand Master, Jacques de Molay. In my family, my grandfather (father's side) is a Mason, my father was a Mason. On my Mother's side, my grandmother and mother are/were members of the Order of the Eastern Star, a female verson of the Masons. Both my sister and I were Rainbow Girls (girls verson of the De Molay). My Grandma and Mom went high in the order, as well as my Sister. Maybe more information lays in my past, without me knowing about it.

I will have to contact my Sister about this. Funny that I should marry a high member of the De Molay's. As a Rainbow Girl, were we "groomed" to marry boys from the De Molay? There wasn't a chapter close to use, so we didn't have any dances or things along those lines with them. It still gives me shivers, though.
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More books May. 30th, 2007 @ 01:53 pm
Well, not only do I have Holy Blood, Holy Grail to read, but I also picked up three other books from the Library.

The Mary Magdalene Tradition by: Holly E. Hearon
The Everything Mary Magdalene Book By: Meera Lester
and
Mary Magdalen:A Biography By: Bruce Chilton

So, I have a lot of reading ahead of me. :-)
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» Holy Blood
Well, I went to the library and got out Holy Blood, Holy Grail and have began to read it. I haven't read that much of it (only about 40 pages or so), but it's giving some background on the village of Rennes-Le-Chateau and Berenger Sauniere. Yes, you read right, Sauniere. Who, if you have read 'The Da Vinci Code', was the curator of the Louvre in Paris.

So, this Berenger Sauniere was a priest who rebuild the small village and minatered to it's people. Now, there's questions on how this happened because he wasn't paid that much. So, this starts off the book.

I shall see what happens next.

Anyone else read this book?
» Gospel of Mark
Well, I went over the Gospel of Mark. I noticed something odd first thing. It starts with, not the birth of Jesus, but the Proclamation of John the Baptist and the Baptism. So, this Gospel is all about Jesus' work.

Now, remember when they went to Simon's (Peter) and healed a woman? Well, in Mark, it says "Now Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever..." (Mark 1:30). So, this means that it was Peter's mother-in-law and that Peter was married. So, disciples could be married. I think most of the older ones were. I am told that it was the law back then. So, if it was the law....why wasn't Jesus married? He did follow laws too.

In Mark 2, there's a question as to why His disciples don't fast. His reply was "Jesus said to them, "The wedding guests cannot fast while the bridgroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridgroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come when the bridgroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day." (Mark 2:19-20). Now, maybe he's talking about the whole Jesus is the bridgroom and the Chruch is the Bride, but I'm not sure about that. I could just be over anilazing the whole thing.

In Mark 9, something about children caught my attation. "Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 'Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.'" (Mark 9:36-37). They were fighting as to who was the best and greatest among them. Ummm...I know he's surrounded by people, but I also know that the disciples usually didn't let children get so close that Jesus could just pick one up and plunk them in the middle of them. So, this child must have been very close to him to one) being so close to the inner group, and 2) use to being picked up by Jesus. Most kids don't like being picked up and moved away from their family by someone they don't know. Hmmm....

Now, on to Mark 14. The Anointing at Bethany. It reads almost the same as Matthew's account. Right up to the "What she has done will be told in remembrance of her"(Mark 14:9). Once again, who are they talking about? If we are suppost to remember why, why don't we know her name? Oh, and I should add that this little thing was stuck in there "And they scolded her" (Mark 14:5)

Now, Mark 15, the death of Jesus. "There were also women looking on from a distance; amon them were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem." (Mark 15:40-41). The Burial of Jesus; "Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body was laid" (Mark 15:47). So, not only was she there when he died, but she was one of the three that saw where he was buried. It was her, Mary (I'm guessing his mother) and Joseph of Arimathea. And seeing how there were many women, maybe, just maybe some of them were...*gasp* disciples!!

More on Mark later.....

» Anyone noticed...
Has anyone noticed that most of the paintings that have Mary in them, she not only has long hair, but is mostly simi naked or naked? I went looking for picuters of her for icons, but they always seem to show too much. I have some (like the painting they show in the movie "The Little Mermaid", how intersting), but none that I really like of her. And most of the jar with her or a skull. Reading "The Expected One" made me wonder why (it gives the answer in the book).

The quest continues...
» Matthew says...
Matthew says…nothing about Mary. Well, ok, very little about Mary, but only at the end of Jesus' life. He talks about how Mary Magdalene and Mary his mother ("the mother of James and Joseph") being there when he died. And when He was buried, he said she was there ("Mary Magdalen and the other Mary were there"). I find out odd that he said the "other" Mary. Was he talking about Mary, His mother? If so, why call her the "other" Mary? Mmmm..I'm going to have to think about that.

At the resurrection, it says that Mary Magdalene and (once again) the "other" Mary went to see the tomb. They were the ones that the angles spoke to and that Jesus made Himself known. Why would it say the "other" Mary? Why call Mary Magdalene by her full name and before Mary, Jesus' mother? There has to be a reason why. Could this be a clue? Is it because Mary Magdalene is the next of kin, being his wife?

Mmmmm...I'll have to read on to the next Gospel.

I should also point out that I'm reading my old Catholic Youth Bible. I should go and get a "Adult" study bible if I want to do this right. We all know they hide things from the young.


*ADDED*

Well, I re-read Matthew and found a few other things. Matthew 8:14 says "When Jesus entered Peter's house, he saw his mother-in-law laying in bed with a fever." For the longest time, I thought he was talking about Peter's mother-in-law, but the way this is worded, it now looks like it's Jesus's mother-in-law.

Matthew 15:39 says "...He got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan." I just found the spelling of that region intersting. Magadan - Magdalene.

Matthew 19 teaches about Divorce, where Jesus says, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh" (Mat 19:5) and "Let anyone accept this who can." (Mat 9:12). He is of course saying that eunuch can't marry (or aren't expected to) because...well, you know. I don't believe that Jesus was an eunuch, do you?

Let's not forget the anointing in Bethany (Matthew 26:6-13). The woman's name isn't told, but I believe this to be Mary herself. Question, he says "what she has done will be told in remembrance of her", yet how are we supost to remember her if her name isn't there to remember?

I've read Mark again and am re-reading it. It says more about his woman followers, but once again, not until the end. All those women but none of the Disciples. How...odd?
» Mary
I just finished the book "The Expected One" by Kathleen McGowan. I found it very interesting and a fast read. It's about Mary Magdalene and her relationship to Jesus. This being that she was His wife and had children with them. This was written after "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown. I have since added a number of "Mary" books to my Amazon wish list. I guess you could say I've become a tad obsessed with Mary and the idea that she was Jesus' wife.

I had always felt that there was something lacking in my Christian faith, and I really didn't understand why it was a male dominated faith. When I would read parts of the new testaments, I felt something was missing, being left out. I always thought that there was something between Mary and Jesus, something more than what the Bible was telling me. I tried to read between the lines, tried to understand what the real relationship between them was. I gave up because I didn't have that many resources and when I asked people about it, they would just brush my questions away. Of course, I was just a teen then, what did I know?

After reading the Da Vinci Code, I felt happy. I wasn't alone in thinking there was something about Mary. So now, I'm going to go back into my Bible and re-read the parts of the New Testament that I feel were part of Mary and Jesus' life. I want to learn more about her.
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