Thursday, July 30, 2020


This is the third part of our 

      Summer Series.

We are exploring how to


          on living  

The Sermon On The Mount.


Dear All of Us,

Classics and craftsmanship.

They see it right and get it right.

Pure excellence:
   a  perfectly restored 
   1932 Ford 5 Window Coupe

   Andrew Wyeth's Renfield painting

   the Italian stonemasons at
   The Washington National Cathedral

   Suzanne McCarthy's signature dish:
    Pork tenderloin with Blackberry Sauce

    Lladro's Passionate Kiss Couple

   Thomas Merton's
   Seeds of Contemplation

   Bach's St. Matthew Passion
   Nolan Ryan's seven no hitters

In the case of the Peragallo Family,

they not only see it right, 

they hear it right, 

and make it right.

For over one hundred years, 

and now into the fourth generation,

they create and care for pipe organs.

We had one of their classics at 

Assumption Church.

Before high holydays and concerts,

the Peragallo's would come

 to "voice" the organ.

Each pipe was made to play

with the proper onset of sound 

(known as speech), 

sustained tone, and volume.

It was pure excellence -

the organ tuned to respond exactly

to the touch and genius of the organist.


That's what God crafts through the

          BE ATTITUDES. 

In eight classics they play true,

"voice" us, Tune to Reality,

to God and God's wonderous Creation


      "Blessed are the meek,

       for they will inherit the earth."

First off, to fully and freely consider it 

we need to "voice" the word meek.

The modern English "meek" 

altogether misses the the meaning.

The original Greek used 

in this scripture means 

   good will towards others and

  reverent obedience toward God -

"voiced" to Reality,

that right next to us

and on out to its Fullness 

that never finishes - God.

As "poor in spirit" is the opposite 

of proud in spirit, full of self,

so "meek" is the opposite 

in both nature and act

of being aggressive.

The meek are not weak.

The meek are strong enough 

to be gentle.

They are not harsh,

self-assertive, covetous,

do not trample in brute force.(1)

To be meek is to have reverence 

for God and all God's 

people and creation,

to enjoy a comfortableness, 

an at homeness,

a oneness with "Oneness".

The meek are in sync with the sacred.

As a child of the universe 

and beyond without limit, 

they "inherit" all that is.

They don't have to get it.

It is given.

It comes in the union.

The meek are relaxed and at peace,

right at home in Reality.

They are empty of isolating "Self Stuff".

The don't try to "power through"

to domination because 

they are solid and secure 

in the energy and strength  

of Godness.

They accept an inheritance

beyond measure or limit

rather than fighting and fouling 

to the cruel poverty of aggression.

That aggression can be physical.

More often it is social, financial, 

psychic, emotional, racial, religious - 

all manipulation and dominance. 

By contrast, the meek have 

a heaven of a God Time.

They delight in the harmony of Reality.

The meek are free to relish creation

rather than exhaust their being

failing to create one 

of their aggressive dominance.

They don't have to steal 

the other kids' toys

because they have toys 

without limit to share

and they live with 

The Toy maker.

     All the 


invite an approach

that roams free in

Reality as given 

rather than getting wasted 

trying to be a petty god 

founded on falseness,

damaging self and all 

in the futility 

of that frightful folly.


invite us 

to be centered

in the Center,

rather than chasing our tails 

around and around

in a deadening circle zero.

The Peragallo Family 

tune the organ 

to respond exactly 

to the touch and genius 

of the organist.

Through the 


God tunes us 

to respond exactly 

to the touch and genius

that is his.


"Happy" are we,

"Blessed" are we

so "voiced" to


In God's Dear Love,

    John Frank


(1) The first section of this paragraph 
     draws generously and gratefully  
     from The Interpreter's Bible, 
     Volume Seven, Abingdon Press, 
     Nashville, 1951, pgs.282 & 283.


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