Warriors, there are times that the paths in life are filled with obstacles, it is how we deal with those obstacles that will influence the final outcome of our journey in this life. So, as this photograph I took several years ago illustrates, we must all keep our focus on the prize. That being the gift of our Lord and Saviors suffering for each and everyone that seeks the kingdom of God above all else in their life. Until we meet again, may God bless you and stay with you as you venture the righteous path of eternal bliss with the whole family of God… With great humility and Christian love for all mankind, God bless and may He keep you on course to His pearly gates of heaven… Bp. Andrew.
An unrelated note of personal history yet to know something can help us to know everything :
This picture is taken in what is known as the Wheat field on the Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. I have meditated here many times over the last 30 + years of my life, because it was in this field on July 2nd 1863 that a great cousin of mine (Timothy Manley of the 63rd Irish Brigade) was mortally wounded in the battle that took place. When I would come to this portion of the battlefield I always seemed to be at peace within my heart and soul. Most likely because of this connection between Timothy and I, to this piece of hollowed ground. I would contemplate what took place here as well as, what was taking place in my own personal life and the world around me.
The Holy Trinity, the saints (as I call them) and lost souls of this horrific killing field have aided me to realize many things over the years. It is a special place to come, that allows one to reflect and sort out what is important in one’s life. It also aided me into seeing what was important in my life and what might occur if I chose one path over another.
On this piece of hollowed ground over 6,000 men and boys were either wounded or dead in less than 2 1/2 hours of close quarter fighting. It even went hand to hand in the Rose Woods and on the Stoney Hill. The total area of this one battle took place in about a 25 acre piece of land. A killing field and a part of American history that would be just as major a place as any other battle that would set this country onto the path which it is on now.
Men have said that these men that fought and died here did not die here in vain, but that they gave there last full measure of life, fighting for what they believed in. A United Union. A union of states that still stands today and is mighty only because of their sacrifice as well as those that continue to sacrifice today for our freedom. Not only in this country but for others around the world.
The world. It is a much smaller place now than it was back in 1863 that fateful day. It never ceases to amaze me when I see what is happening to our world let alone our country. I do not feel that those men, like my cousin died so that we could lose our freedom of faith, but it seems to me that is exactly what we are doing, just for the sake of an argument. Of what is fair and what is not.
Freedom is a gift that has come at a very, very high price no money can buy it and no one can give it except for God. Yet mankind continues to raise the stakes of the cost of that freedom. A country and a world and it’s total population in lives, and in deaths of principles which stand for equality. Principles that are not necessarily the best path for a God-fearing nation or world. The things that effect all mankind need to be talked about in the open, although there is a time and place for closed-door meetings as well. As well as the outcome of those meetings are brought forth to the public and that outcome will benefit all humanity. Not just a few, or a few that feel they have all the right answers or even those that feel they have no rights at all and that the world is against them personally. It is not personal. It is only personal if one makes it personal.
We don’t, have the answers but our faith in Christ does. Yet many don’t care about their faith here, in the realm of Christianity which makes up the back bone of our freedoms here in the United States. Others faiths around the world set aside public time for prayer by the masses of their own belief. Yet Christianity and those that call them selves Christian are hypocrites to their own faith. Folks here in the U.S.A., that claim Christianity as their belief are blind to the concept of not wanting to offend, yet we are doing just the opposite, we are just rolling over and hoping things will get better. Well it won’t and those that don’t get involved are doomed to be servants to those that impose their personal will on the masses. Others in far off lands are willing to die for their belief no matter what it is. While we here in the U.S.A., are to busy complaining about self-centered ideals to give a damn about what else is important in life or even what God thinks.
This is where humanity across the board is making the biggest mistake of all. That being that this world is only ours for a short while and that it really belongs to the one that created it. God ! God is where we as Americans and Christian Americans at that, need to focus, for if we don’t, I am afraid that men like my cousin and maybe someone you know personally today, will have died in vain after all.
We need not wait to fight back, although we do need to fight back for the right reason. And that reason is obvious. That is if you are not ignorant to the belief of a supreme being that has control over all life. And that can send even the least of the that which offends, to hell or to heaven. The choice is yours to make. “W.W.J.D” ?
I know which path I chose and that is a righteous path that leads to the glory of God in the highest. Not through demands, not through disrespect, not through fear of terrorism and not because man says so. But through the love and peace that is Jesus Christ lest we forget, that Christ does not come to bring peace to the world, but rather the sword.
My sword is my voice, my writings and my ability to see past the smoke and mirrors, the saber rattling of empty words and above the noise of a disgruntled world. Jesus is the way ! And heaven is where we need to be looking. Not just the few, but the masses that claim Jesus Christ and Christianity are the truth and the light and the way to heaven and eternal peace. By the tens of hundreds of thousands we need to act as one truly united. Those that truly want what God wants. Not what man wants. Our priorities are all screwed up and we as a Christian Nation had best become united sooner than later because of it. For later, will be too late.
Sincerely yours in the servitude of our Lord, Jesus Christ, now and forever,
Bishop Andrew Robert Moses Manley DD., O.S.P., O.S.M., O.S.F.
Patriarch of the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry and the Universal Life Church of the Celtic Cross.