Today: Thunderous shock (repentance) – from the I Ching

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The thunderous shock, causing fear and trembling, should be met with a reverence of spirit and an introspection into your own heart.  You must question whether your heart is in alignment with the cosmos with a profound inner seriousness from which all terrors glance off harmlessly, or is subject to a profound reckoning for holding childish views of hatred, division, and separation.

The text reads:
The superior man is always filled with reverence at the manifestation of God; he sets his life in order and searches his heart, lest it harbour any secret opposition to the will of God. Thus reverence is the foundation of true culture.

SHOCK brings success.
Shock comes – oh, oh!
Laughing words – ha, ha!
The shock terrifies for a hundred miles,
And he does not let fall the sacrificial spoon and chalice.1

  1. The Catholic liturgy of holy communion reminds its participants of the second coming of Christ.  
    The priest and the people together recall the mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ, which is made present in all its saving power, while they look forward to the second coming of Christ, for which this mystery prepares them.
    The spoon and chalice are lifted up and placed on the left side of the Thronos (Altar).
    The priest lifts them over head in his right hand quickly, signifying the second coming of the Lord on the last day, which will be like a flash of lightning. “For just as lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be”
    (Matthew 24:27).

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