Often times, we can't see the trees through the forest!

     So often we think we see something and rush into it only to realize it isn't as easy as we thought. The obvious becomes oblivious and we see things where they aren't and don't see things where they are; call it mysterious mirages, if you will. Evidently such a mirage was the puzzle we presented last week on the Bible Quiz in finding forty five books hidden within the short story presented in bringing back our humor section A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN which was in hiatus during the solemn season of Lent. Whether the story we ran was humorous or not, some of the responses were humorous from listing books such as Hefaspu as one of the books of the Bible or Achuen. Those books are simply not in any Bible we know of. They may be in a protestant version, but not an approved Catholic one. There were a few that were close such as Aclesiastes and Duetotheeronomy. Those were purposely put in as red herrings to throw off the smarties. Had those been books of the Bible they would read Ecclesiastes and Deuteronomy. Some were obvious but there were others that even we were surprised most did not get. As it were there were 46 listed but we asked only that you find 45. Surprisingly most did not find that many; only seven found 45 but they weren't correct because of the aforementioned misnomers above. The closest was a Stephanie Krieger who came in with 44 correct ones. For that she will be rewarded with a one-year ANNUAL PASSPORT for either extending her own subscription or gifting it to another of her choice as well as receiving the trilogy of books on the Meditative Lessons of the Rosary. There were three runner-ups. Below are the Answers to the 45 books of the Bible hidden within the following story that ran last week. We've highlighted the books by capitalizing them and underlining the correct ones.      There you have the answers. Looking at it this week compared to last many could probably kick themselves for missing so many obvious ones but they're only obvious when revealed. That's how God works so often. He lays out what He wants us to do, but we don't see it until the Holy Spirit reveals it to us in God's time. When we see it it is so obvious and we wonder how we lived before our enlightenment. We wonder why we ever considered God's Will puzzling because it is so simple. Though we may have complicated the above story and thrown in some curves, God doesn't work that way. He doesn't complicate things, we do. We read into so much things that simply are not there. God lays it out clearly and yet we insist on wearing blinders that prevent us from seeing the finish line clearly or the signs along the way. To offset our stubbornness and humanity, the Almighty has sent the Blessed Mother to make it even clearer, even though His Holy Church has all the answers, we don't always see the obvious. Therefore Our Lady continues to help us focus our lenses so we can zero in on the goal and know how to attain it. That is why she has been visiting God's little ones - His children - for over two centuries at regular intervals that have intensified as we near the third millennium. We talk about this in today's installment of our mega series THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS on Garabandal and The effects of Garabandal in the nineties. Despite the obvious, we still bury our heads in the sand, unwilling to realize that what God is conveying is simple. There's no reason to overcomplicate life, it's complicated enough. But so often, man being the finite animal he is, can't see the trees through the forest!

Michael Cain, editor

Daily CATHOLIC          April 22, 1998