The palm tree that is the center piece of our back yard living room is fascinating. I take pictures from all angles and never tire of the visual treat that it is to me. I chose the dried up brown parts today.
A couple of nights ago I went to a talk. The quote from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians was discussed, the one that goes like this:
"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face." This was the scriptural lesson on April 14, 1912 at the Church of Ascension in New York.
Here's the opening paragraph of the talk delivered by the guest speaker to the audience in 1912 building on the theme of the scriptural lesson:
"The light of truth has heretofore been seen dimly through variegated glasses, but now the splendors of Divinity shall be visible through the translucent mirrors of pure hearts and spirits. The light of truth is the divine teaching, heavenly instruction, merciful principles and spiritual civilization. Since my arrival in this country I find that material civilization has progressed greatly, that commerce has attained the utmost degree of expansion; arts, agriculture and all details of material civilization have reached the highest stage of perfection, but spiritual civilization has been left behind. Material civilization is like unto the lamp, while spiritual civilization is the light in that lamp. If the material and spiritual civilization become united, then we will have the light and the lamp together, and the outcome will be perfect. For material civilization is like unto a beautiful body, and spiritual civilization is like unto the spirit of life. If that wondrous spirit of life enters this beautiful body, the body will become a channel for the distribution and development of the perfections of humanity." (Promulgation of Universal Peace)
The speaker, a chemist, noted that a silversmith knows when silver is all pure when he heats it to the point that a black surface layer forms on the top and fumes away, and then he can see his own reflection in the molten silver, first see through a glass darkly but then face to face. Think about this.
Here is naughty Ollie who was hiding from this morning's reading
followed closely by his naughty big brother Augustus who followed suit immediately!
No churchy talks for cat boys on a Friday.
Still they came out to make kisses and send you their best wishes! Happy Friday everyone!