We ran an article recently about a boy named Josiah Cullen in Minnesota who’s autistic and yet, one day, on an iPad, began tapping out what seemed to be messages from a superior source, certainly beyond the intellect of a seven-year-old, seemingly — due to their good nature — from figures in Heaven, including the Lord.
We’ll place that firmly in the palm of your discernment, but to note some little gems from a book about him (by his strongly Christian mother, Tahni).
One article, it seems, was not quite enough to convey the breadth of the wisdom on that iPad (not always the place you expect to find it).
Jesus indicated to him, the boy typed out, that spirituality is currently a bit of an “issue” here on earth — issue as in a problem.
Absolutely. But not always in the manner we think. In what ways, then?
“Turning to use dear troubles only as a pity party is an issue,” Josiah conveyed in the decidedly unusual syntax of the messages.
“Call it joy when you are faced with trials.
“It is proving that faith works.
“It is trials that position faith to work.
“It is problematic to hint at bondage and never try to break the bondage.”
Takes a bit of pondering. “I am taken up in the spirit to Heaven,” explained Josiah. “I am not awake, but it is not a dream because it is happening to me for real, like I am in my mind and in my spirit at the same time. It seems like every night, I think. Angels come to take me.”
“Laughter is a problem,” a message goes on. “Is it is hard to laugh, truly laugh? Just plow a driveway and tons of people are grumpy all day long. Get over it. Lucky you are to have a house. People, it’s time to laugh!” Especially at ourselves… “It is funny that My people don’t stop and stare in someone’s eyes, and laugh, noting a nice shirt or scarf. It is luscious to name a nice quality in someone. Do it often, My people.”
Would it not be ironic if, expecting a harsh judge, we hear Jesus ask instead, upon our passing, why we didn’t laugh more?
No matter the darkness, laughter is a beacon, a light, as well as the best medicine (to borrow a cliché).
This message we also can relate to:
“Jot it down!” conveyed the boy. “Stories of spine-tingling miracles need to be told much more.” That message we can certainly relate to. Oh, that they were only more a part — modern miracles — of “catechesis” and homilies.
For what touches the heart is more important than what fills the brain.
“Get hockey sticks out of your spines and hug each other!” said Josiah, quoting a presumably heavenly source. “It isn’t hard, people. Dunces know how to hug better than My people. Con artists hug better than My people.”
We are His people — aren’t we? Interesting it was when Josiah told Tahni (via iPad) that “God says no man can live and not see the brightness of God’s majesty at least once before they die… They see His Glory, mom, at least once in their lives.”
“Treat one another with ‘lean-in’ love,” is another peculiar turn of phrase.
Granted: a peculiar means of communication. But the meaning somehow translates. It comes through. It sounds like a child, yes.
But isn’t that what we are supposed to be like to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? (Matthew 18:3)?
[resources: Josiah’s Fire]