The Annunciation; the Feast of Free Will

If you are a Christian of any denomination, the ancestors of your faith followed the belief that a virgin girl of twelve to thirteen years of age, was asked by an angel if she would allow herself to become the mother of the son of God.  A pretty hefty ask of anyone; much less from someone who would be considered a child today but two thousand years ago she would have been viewed as a woman, since she reached what was considered then the age of reason; twelve years of age.

Today Christians worldwide celebrate that special day because her miraculous offspring, by historical accounts, ended up changing the path of mankind forever.  From a solely human perspective, this single decision laid the first stone for man’s relationship to family tree of God.  Without Mary’s consent, Jesus would have not been born and countless prophecies would never have been fulfilled.  That single, yes answer was unquestionably the single most impactful answer ever given by any one person in all of history.  

Think about the ramifications of your person decisions. 

When you make big decisions, do you spend time procrastinating? 

If you make a mistake; you say no when you should have said yes.  Do the negative outcomes haunt you? 

Mary was just a poor girl who lived a righteous life.  She was faithful and tried to live a life reflective of her Jewish beliefs but that can be said us many people, then or today.  What sets her apart from others was the depth of her faith and the belief that by doing God’s will everything would be fine.  

From God’s perspective, He shows us that we are not forced to do anything.  Mary could have said no to the angel.  At the time, she was engaged to be married; she was planning her life, minding her own business.  You could say that God shared His will with her and she accepted His path over her own. 

Do we have enough faith to do that? 

God nudges us many times in our life, showing us the direction that He wants us to go, but we don’t always accept His nudge.  We have our own plans. 

What miracles could we be apart of, if we followed Mary’s example?  

We all have free will, and God respects it completely…He understands; created us to use it.

The rest of this article is compliments of the website, http://www.churchyear.net/.  If you enjoy history, check this out.  

The Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary dates back to at least the 6th century, and is mentioned between AD 530 and 533 in a sermon by Abraham of Ephesus.  It was adopted worldwide through the Trullan Synod (AD 692) that speaks of the Annunciation feast as universally celebrated in the Catholic Church.  

The oldest observance of the day is on March 25, although in Spain the feast was at times celebrated on December 19 to avoid any chance of the date falling during the Lenten season. March 25 is obviously 9 months before Christmas, the birth of Jesus. Scholars are not completely sure whether the date of the Annunciation influenced the date of Christmas, or vice-versa. Before the Church adopted fixed days of celebration, early Christians speculated on the dates of major events in Jesus’ life. Second-century Latin Christians in Rome and North Africa tried to find the day in which Jesus died. By the time of Tertullian (d. AD 225) they had concluded that he died on Friday, March 25, AD 29 (incidentally, this is an impossibility, since March 25 in the year AD 29 was not a Friday). How does the day of Jesus’ death relate to the day of his conception? It comes from the Jewish concept of the “integral age” of the great Jewish prophets. This is the notion that the prophets of Israel died on the same dates as their birth or conception. Therefore, if Jesus died on March 25, he was also conceived that day. The pseudo-(John)Chrysostomic work de solstitia et aequinoctia conceptionis et nativitatis nostri Iesu Christi et Iohannis Baptistae accepts the same calculation. St. Augustine mentions it as well. Other ancient Christians believed Jesus was conceived on March 25th for another reason: they believed (based on Jewish calculations of the period) that the creation of the world occurred that day. Thus, it was fitting that the one who makes us new creations was conceived on the day the world was created.

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

Where Two or More are Gathered in My Name

Deciding on the best solution is not always easy and sometimes even comes through conflict. With the Corona virus bringing chaos to many aspects of our personal, professional and spiritual lives, we must rely on the wisdom of uniquely qualified Solutionaries to solve the problems that this confusion breeds. Parents must make decision for their families, business owners and company leaders are charged with set rules for our professional life and each of these must rely on the medical Solutionaries for trustworthy information needed to make the wise decisions.   Every one of these decision makers must recognize, that in order to make truly wise choices, they must turn to their God for the spiritual aspects of the problem that man-kind cannot control.  While this pandemic touches the lives of everyone, conflicts within our own families will be an additional problem that must be addressed.

Two thousand years ago, a man named Jesus, taught us about conflict resolution guidelines. These guidelines give us the road-map of the best route to take when we need to correct our brothers and sisters who are on the wrong side of a problem.  He used the Power of the Wisdom of Three to teach us this simple process.  As you will soon read, the problems we deal with haven’t changed in over two thousand years and neither has the solution process but be aware, two of the three methods only work if the person believes that you care about them, they can trust you and you know the true solution.

Jesus said to his disciples:
15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.
16 If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell the Church. If he refuses to listen even to the Church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Matthew 18:15-20

In His discourse to His follower, He said, “When you see that your brother has done something wrong, first approach the person alone.”  This one-on-one technique is very effective for many reasons.  The key being we never like being told we are wrong and when confronted in a public setting, emotions and embarrassment can last for years.  Also the person may have not been aware of the mistake in the first place.  

Jesus goes on to say, “When you are unable to resolve the problem alone, seek the help of another friend or two.”  We have all heard and likely said that two minds are better than one. Whenever we work on a problem, by bringing in a Solutionary or two with more education and or experience and a strong moral character; the problem will be easier to solve.  The person who was wrong in their thought process will be more likely to agree once they are convinced by the facts agreed upon by people respected and trusted.  Jesus, also being the Son of God, understood our problems must be resolved using all three personas which includes our spiritual nature.  He tells us that “When two or three are gathered together in His Name, He will be in their midst” to give additional support.  He knows that we to have faith that our problems are His problems too.  When we ask Him to help us, He says He will.

When both of these methods fail, a last ditched effort should be used.  Jesus, puts forth the reality that there is only one God and one Church and we are all part of that same church.  Once revealed to our Church family the problem is now a societal problem; much like where we are our efforts against the problems resulting from our handling of the pandemic.  If the combination of love, prayers and trusted advice from the entire societal family doesn’t do the trick, then our conscience can be clear that we did all we could to make a difference toward the true solution.  The problem and the consequences are solely his’ or her’s to solve and deal with from that point on.   

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”

Nesting; Together Life

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It can be said, that our families form us in many ways.  As children we depend on our parents or guardians to provide safety, shelter and comfort.  These first teachers are charged with the responsibility of preparing us for when we are no longer dependent upon someone else.  This home environment and the lessons learned there will develop our personal, professional and spiritual personas; the basis of who we are and who we become in society.  This is how important the nest we create is to all of man-kind.     

Many animals depend on and instinctively build nests.  The human animal does as well.  We might not like to think of ourselves as animals but the truth remains.  Human nesting is commonly called our home.  Some of us nest for years in the same place while some practice a nomadic lifestyle.  Those viewed as nomads, still create a nest wherever they stop, even if it is only for the night.  When we study these nesting animals, we find only three reasons they share in this practice; safety, shelter and comfort.

What I find most interesting about nesting is that it is biological, ecological and sociological.  Our home is where we raise our children which is a biological process.  It is ecological as it relates to the environments we create and the relationships between the living things in our lives.  Unlike other animals, our home is also the center of our social circle making the act of nesting sociological in nature.   

Biology, ecology and sociology all encompass human health and the environment’s effect on how we live.  Health takes into consideration our mental, physical and spiritual well being. A number of characteristics of a healthy environment is controlled by the family.  During the Coronavirus pandemic it became clear that our home, country and the entire world became a very small yet connected place.  We are all in this together!

Unless you studied ecology, I am not sure how many of you know about the Law of Symbiosis.  It is a very interesting law that happens all around us every day of our life.  The word symbiosis actually means “together life”.  The law refers to the three types of relationships organisms share that live in close approximation to one another; often one cannot live without the other.  In extreme cases, one organism actually lives inside the other organism.  This law is the basis of ecology; the study of living organisms and their environment and as you can tell, it is uniquely Powered by the Wisdom of Three.  The relationships are:

  • Parasitism: the parasite benefits and the host are harmed.
  • Commensalism: one species benefit, the other is neither hurt nor helped.
  • Mutualism: when both species benefit.

During the time of being sequestered at home due to the pandemic; in a family environment we see all three of these “isms” as an evolution from one to another. From a leadership perspective, let’s examine each separately as they pertain to a parent’s relationship to the children; especially during times of reflection.

Parasitism is often viewed as a negative way to live life because of the harm the parasite brings to the host organism.  Many times in life the host organism knows the parasite is harming them but graciously allows the relationship to continue.  I can site hundreds of cases where a parent selflessly gave their all for the children.  When the children are young this is totally understandable and a very natural occurrence. It is only when the child becomes older and knowingly “feeds” off the parent’s generosity does this affiliation become a negative situation.  

As the child matures into adolescence the relationship should become one of Commensalism.  The child should benefit from the parental support and developmental guidance while the parent is made whole through the results of these efforts.  From their perspective, the father and mother are enriched to be able to be a part of the fulfillment of their child’s needs and the rewards are great on many levels while the detriment can and should be minimal.

Once the child has matured into an adult, the relationship should have reached a healthy state of Mutualism.  The child and the parents both benefit from each other’s existence without harm to either.  It is here that the parents can observe the start of a new cycle of relationships and the continuation of their legacy.  The child takes the lessons learned in their childhood family life, apply them in their own adult life while also passing them along to the next generation.  The one time “parasite” now becomes a host to their own children; allowing the cycle of life to continue and thrive.

Science continues to prove the Power of the Wisdom of Three.  Through this Wisdom of Three, we find the blueprint that we need to solve our family problems, even during trying times.  The term symbiosis, together life, is the explanation of the steps that a Solutionary should take in order to teach others the problem-solving truths of family life. 

For everyone who selflessly leads another along their life’s journey, shout out the motto; Together Life.                 

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”

Three States of Formative Change

Decide to make the jump!

We all go through changes in our lives.  Some of these changes are subtle, so subtle that we don’t even notice them our self.  The funny thing is that when we do notice the change sometimes, we find we had no control over it. We changed but not because of anything of our own doing.  This type of change is usually not lasting or sustainable.     

Whether controlled or uncontrolled, people do change and when they intentionally change for the betterment of others as well as themselves it is usually permanent.  This is the type of change that can elevate us into the three various states of formative change.  Thanks to the Power of the Wisdom of Three we can easily remember, understand and teach these to the people who mean the most to us.  As a leader of people, you can only foster change in others; you can never change them yourself. 

The first state we go through is Transformation.  By definition, we slowly change in composition or structure; slowly changing our outward appearance.  This sort of change can be considered natural, occurring as part of normal growth or it can be controlled with our help.  With the latter, we might spend numerous hours in a gym to get in better shape, read countless books to become smarter or increase our attention to the three areas of stewardship in order to improve your spiritual nature.  Any of these are noticeable and beneficial.

Once we have been transformed, we can “choose” to proceed to a state of Transfiguration.  The big differentiator between someone being transformed verses being transfigured is that you literally change right before the eyes of the people you deal with.  When we are transfigured, everyone can and does take notice.  You stand out from the crowd in a very positive way but usually for short periods of time.  To be transfigured means that those who know us best might not recognize our changed thoughts, words or action as they pertain to our routine self but they can readily attest to the changes they see.  These transfigured people are just average people who, out of nowhere, say what needs to be said or do remarkable deeds when they need to happen.  This stage of change requires a selfless loving heart so as to push away the normal fear that accompanies all change.      

The third state usually has the most radical and lasting change because it deals with totality of our physical, mental and spiritual self; it is Transubstantiation.  This is when our body, mind and soul are observed as a united being while at the same time our thoughts, words and deeds belong to the spiritual essence of our Creator.  We can all accept that we are human but that is not good enough; we are called to transcend into being the best human we can be.  To make this change requires the aid and grace of our Creator; we cannot do this alone.  Transubstantiation can only occur when our body, mind and soul are unified at the highest level possible.  People will perceive us a normal person doing holy actions created through loving thoughts, words and deeds.  When a person is one with the Creator, they are transubstantiated with Him.

“He lives in them and they in Him.”          

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary” If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.