Wednesday, September 6, 2023


Dear All of Us, 

  OH BOY!!  




           Oliver Martin Minnich

             Ollie The Younger

              My Grand Son

              now two plus

             and what a plus.

The other day Ollie 

was sent home 

from school 

with a bit of a cold.

His Mom and Dad 

had super important, 

heavy duty schedules 

at work.

They really just couldn't 

spot each other.

So, could Ollie come over 

to Grandma's

and Grandpa's?

Turned out to be 

three wondrous days. 

Of course, we did let 

Ollie's parents 

take him home at night!!

The days were calm, 

filled with one on one

attention and activities: 

Ollie helping make the batter 

for blueberry pancakes, 

and helping himself 

to a lot of blueberries 

that never made it 

to the batter. 

He loved 

pressing play dough

into lots of shapes.

He knows the names 

of all the shapes 

by the way, and yes 

I know I'm bragging.

There were animated 

Sing Along enactments of 

"The Wheels on the Bus" 


   "Itsy Bitsy Spider". 

With the star shapes he sang 

"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."

There were reams of

colored marker artwork, 

Museum of Modern Art ready.

Storybook time, 

bubbles and balls 

out in the park and so

much delightfully more 

filled the days.

Ollie even woke up 

from his nap

singing in the crib.

I mean this was 


The following 

Monday morning 

Ollie's Mom explained 

that after breakfast 

Mommy and Daddy 

were going to work

and Ollie was going

to Bambini (his school).

Ollie chimed in with 

an alternate scenario.


Mommy and Daddy work, 

Ollie Grandma and Grandpa!"

A two-year-old knows 

what's going on 

and can say so.

All this is long way round 

 - and I sure as heck 

   enjoyed sharing it -


     The Bible is


The Bible writers knew 

what was going on 

and how to say so.

Like Ollie, that was 

in terms of how far 

they had progressed, 

how far they 

had matured, 

in understanding 

and its expression.

Read about 

Adam and Eve 

and read Paul.

What a progression 

in both understanding 

and expression.

The Sacred Scriptures 

are surely sacred 

and just as surely 

scripted in the 

sensing and saying 

of their writers.

Limited bespeaks 

the Unlimited 

in a limited way.

We need 

to understand that 

when we read them.

Grandma and I 

understand Ollie 

as a two-year-old, 

not as a Harvard 

doctoral candidate.

He'll' be heard then 

as he is then.

Right now he's 

a wonderful 


He thinks and 

speaks as such.

It works the same 

with bible writers.

We misunderstand them 

if we don't read them

in terms of their time, 

circumstance and the 

maturity of their

understanding and

the expression of it.

The sacred scriptures 

       say God 

in people parlance.

The parlance of 

primitive writers 

is primitive.

The parlance of 

later writers 

reflects growth 

and progress in


consciousness and 



the human 

is the medium 

for The Divine.

Human goodness 

and evil,


and limit, 

find themselves scripted.

There's excellence 

and there's error.

What's recounted are 

the frequent

three steps forward 

and two backward 

of the Chosen People 

and often of the teller

in the telling.

For instance: over time

exile, slavery, 

liberating exodus,

fidelity, infidelity, 

maturing, mauling 

and murder, 

freedom and failing,

hope, renewal.

The values, insights, 

imagery, and articulation,

are right from 

central casting 

of the writer's 

time and place.

The ancients were at times  


      as they grew  


      The scriptures 

      reflect and recount 

      both and all.

A literal translation, 

to say nothing of

a literal understanding,

of scripture can

at times mean 

misrepresentation and



John 10:14  

The Message

"I am the good Shepherd. 

  I know my own sheep 

  and my own sheep 

  know me. 

  In the same way, 

  the Fahrer knows me 

  and I know the Father. 

  I put the sheep 

  before myself, 

  sacrificing myself 

  if necessary."

In contemporary English 

         "to know"


to rationally understand.

It's cerebral, a head thing 

and the knowing is limited 

and not necessarily either 

participative or causative.

As such, it is a

lame and limp translation 

of the original Hebrew.

In Hebrew 

         "To know" 

is bodied and passionate

        love making  

        hot, sweet sex, 

        being swept away 

        into each other.

        Deepest intimacy.

We note Mary: 

 "How can this be 

  as I do not

  know man?"

   Luke 1:34

With Jesus and us

    "to know"

    each other

  is to make love, 

  melt into a oneness

  just as Jesus and 

  the Father do.


And to top it off, 

in the original Hebrew 

it is not 


as in English, 

the one who 

spermed us 

and supports us.

The closest 

we can come 

to the marvel 

of the word 

in Hebrew is


the guy who's 

always there for us, 

who would do 

anything for us 

no matter 

what it cost him,

the one who 

cozy's us up 

on his lap and 

rocks us to safe, 

serene sleep.  

Now those wordings

are pulsating, 

joyous and unitive, 

about as far from 

"to know "and "father" 

as the hot sun is from 

the cold, dark night


Sacred Scripture 

is written only in

the present tense 

of the writer's then, 

there and how -

consciousness and


When it comes 

to scripture

it's either 

keep it to 

a perfunctive, 

surface sense, 

and that at the risk 

of being unmoved 

and unmoving, 

or go deep 

and never stop 

marinating in the

message and meaning.

Sacred Scripture has 

a pantry full of marinates.

The latter means 

prayerful wonder, 

a Study Bible 

and commentaries 

pluming the levels, 

tones, texture, tinting, 

context and senses 

of scripture. 


     offered below

Originally the scriptures 

were read and 

considered communally,

as the people "gathered" 

(L."ecclesia" - "church").

Back then there were 

no printed copy's,

for solo reading, 

just an expensive,

single copy which often 

circulated through a

number of communities.

Best to get back 

to communal hearing 

and sharing. 

It gives The Spirit 

a lot more space 

to sweep us deep.

Hopefully little Ollie 

will grow in

experience, understanding, 

expression and sharing 

as he matures 

over the years.

Hopefully we will as well 

as we grow into living 

    The Word of Life, 

as we mature and grow 

       ever more 

spiritually and scripturally 









 Richard Rohr, 2008,

 Franciscan Media, 

Cincinnati OH



Hands down, 


I know for the 

general public. 

Readable, insightful, 

takes you where 

you need to go 

clearly and simply.




Richard Rohr, 2018, 

The Center for Action

 and Contemplation, 

  Albuquerque, NM,



Short, clear and concise.

Quite helpful.



1957, Abington Press, 

Nashville, TN, 12 Volumes, 

Genesis to Revelation.

My "Go To" resource. 

Good scholarship.

Lots there! 

Individual volumes 

or the whole set 

are available from 

Used Book Stores 

and generally 

at a reasonable price.








1995, Abington Press, 

   Nashville, TN, 



A different format 

and tenor than 

the predecessor above 

- quite good, pricey.




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   spirituality for the street

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A Happy Hearty Shout Out


the expanding and extensive

gathering in here of so many

     Sisters and Brothers



     You are welcome  

      We are blessed

    "Behold, how good 

     and how pleasant

     it is for brethren 

     to dwell together 

     in unity."

        Psalm 133;1

        IT SURE IS!!!



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  Love to all.

  God Bless,

  John Frank


Ollie The Elder