Proverbs:Gematria and King Solomon

Solomon: Wise King and Writer of Proverbs

The Book of Proverbs is one of the wisdom books of the Old Testament. According to legend, the Biblical books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs were written by King Solomon (ca. 1011-931 BC). King Solomon was also the builder of the first Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.

The Book of Proverbs was written in Hebrew and consists of 31 chapters and approximately 800 aphorisms. Since no dates are given, it is not known which proverbs were written first, but it is usually assumed that the earlier chapters were written first.

The letters of “Solomon” make a total of 375

There is a biblical method of replacing Hebrew words with numbers; it is called “gematria.” Mother T. makes notes on some of the Hebrew numerals in King Solomon’s Book of Proverbs.

Mother T. left a note which says the following: “The letters of the Hebrew alphabet (all of which are consonants) have numerical values assigned to them based on their order. The numerical values of the letters of “Solomon” make a total of 375. There are exactly 375 proverbs in the Book of Proverbs, after the first ten chapters.”

In other words, since every letter of the Hebrew alphabet has a numerical value, the letters that spell a Hebrew word can be added together to make the numerical value of that word.

The name “Solomon” in Hebrew is “ שְׁלֹמֹה ” (pronounced “Shalomo”). The numerical value of that name is 375.

So, we can see that Mother T.’s note was pointing out a coincidence between the number of proverbs and the numerical value of the name “Solomon.”

Torah and King Solomon 

Mr. J. has a hypothesis about the gematria of King Solomon’s name the Book of Proverbs.

The word for “Proverbs” in Hebrew is “ מִשְלֵי ” (pronounced “mishle”). The numerical value of that word is 380.

The Torah, that is, the Law of Moses, consists of five books. So, the number five symbolizes the Torah. Now, when the number that symbolizes the Torah (five) is added to the number that represents Solomon (375), the result is 380, the number that represents the Book of Proverbs. In other words: Solomon (375), through studying the Torah (5), was inspired to write the Proverbs (380).

Moreover, after chapter ten, there are said to be exactly 375 proverbs in the Book of Proverbs. So, the Book of Proverbs is equal to ten (symbolizing the ten commandments, which are the essence of the Torah) plus Solomon (375). And Solomon without the ten commandments would be 375 minus ten, which equals 365, the number of days in the year. In other words, without an understanding of the divinely revealed, eternal, and unchanging commandments of the Torah, even the wisest of men (Solomon) would be reduced to merely natural wisdom, a knowledge only of the transitory and changeable things of this world (symbolized by the number of days in the year). Thus far Mr. J.

It is Jewish rabbis who usually interpret words and numbers in this way, but there are some examples of this kind of analysis in the Christian Fathers as well—for example, in the biblical commentaries of St. John Chrysostom. Out of curiosity, I wrote my own name in Hebrew letters, and used Biblical gematria to find out what it meant (with the help of a website listing Hebrew words by their number values). I was surprised at how many of the significations described me accurately. I don’t know whether Rabbis really use gematria in exactly this way, but it was very interesting.

An Act of Divine Providence

According to the Jews, everything is God’s handiwork and there are no coincidences. Mother T. left no explanation of her comment that “After chapter 10, there are exactly 375 proverbs in the book of Proverbs.” However, she did leave the following sentence:

“Coincidence in the eyes of man is inevitability in the eyes of God.” -Mother T

I take my hat off to the wisdom of the ancient Jews, who combined the numbers of the Hebrew language like a puzzle. On the other hand, I also think that the mysterious coincidences of various biblical texts would have been impossible without the hand of God.

Glory to God!

Funeral of Benedict XVI: Vatican Covered in Fog

Mysterious fog

According to the Yakima Herald-Republic, on January 5, 2023, before and during the funeral of Benedict XVI, an unusual fog covered St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. See also this video from the Guardian:

Time-lapse shows thousands of people gathering to attend funeral of Pope Benedict XVI
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International Children’s Advocate lawyer Elizabeth Yore, in an interview with LifeSite News, said,

“On his funeral day, a very rare fog descended from the skies onto St. Peter’s Square. In fact, I’m told that the Italians are still talking about it. This is a sign for all of us to pay attention. Pope Benedict talked, in his [book about the] Jesus infancy narratives, about the holy cloud, the fog, the Shekinah (1)… It’s the sign of the presence of God, the cloud hovering over the tent of meeting.”

  1. shekhina: SHEKINAH; Hebrew for “dwelling place.” For more information, see: Jewish Encyclopedia

God’s wrath: lightning. God’s presence: cloud.

Whether one takes this event as a random natural phenomenon or a divine revelation is up to each person. However, it can be said that it seems too appropriate to be just a coincidence. For another example of the same kind of thing: on February 11, 2013, the day Benedict XVI resigned, lightning famously struck the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica twice.

In the Bible, lightning is often a symbol of the wrath of God. It reminded me also of John 12:29, where the unbelievers who heard the voice of God said, “It is thunder.”

“The crowd standing by heard it and said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” – John 12:29.

If I had been there and had heard the voice of God, probably I too would not have believed what had happened, and would have said that it was thunder.

“Jesus answered, ‘This voice has come for your sake, not for mine.’ Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the ruler of this world be cast out.” – John 12:30, 31.

Verse 31 states that upon those who are enemies of God, the wrath of God will fall. For the enemies of God, like the ruler of this world, the thunder is a terrible sign. The lightning that struck the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica came only an hour after Benedict XVI had resigned. Perhaps it was a warning from God, designed to strike fear into the hearts of those in the Vatican who connive at corruption.

The “cloud” of God’s presence mentioned in Exodus 40:34 can also be understood as “fog.” It is impossible to know how the people of that time felt about the cloud, since the Bible does not say, but it seems likely that they sensed God’s presence in the cloud above the tabernacle.

Warnings from God

The Bible says that the day and hour of the Last Judgment cannot be known even by Jesus, the Son of God. However, if lightning and fog are an indication that God’s judgment is approaching, we are in serious trouble if we do not immediately repent and make our thoughts and deeds righteous.

If the fog is indeed a sign of God’s presence, then one should not dismiss it as merely a natural phenomenon. I agree with Elizabeth Yore that we should pay attention to the phenomenon. I wonder what became of those (mentioned in John 12:29) who did not believe and said, “It is thunder?” I think it is important for us to be more attentive to God’s message.

You are the light of the world: Lux Mundi

The word “light” often appears in the Bible, and in the Gospel of Matthew, our Lord tells his disciples that they (we) are the “light of the world.” Mother T. added a small note on the “light” part, namely:

“14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. 15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” 

— Matthew 5: 14-16.

Verse 14. Mother T. points out that it is in the indicative mood; it does not say, “Be the light of the world.” It says that we, the disciples, already ARE the light of the world. “You are the light of the world” means that Christians become light through baptism.

Verse 15. According to Haydock, the light of the world, the city on the mountain, and the lamp, refer to the Catholic Church, which cannot be hidden, because it is built on Christ, the mountain.

Verse 16. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Mother T.’s note on verse 16 emphasizes the point that we already are the light, we have the light; our job is simply to let it shine.

Indeed, it is impossible to hide if one is light. Christians are the light of the world. I realized that I had often forgotten this fact. “When we successfully complete our God-given role as ‘light,’ the place to which our souls return is to the God of Light, far above. It is not easy.”Thanks to Mother T.’s note for reminding me.

Glory to God!

Image: Ancient Middle Eastern Oil Lamp Made in Clay on Wood Table Stock Photo – Image of empty, desert: 43794038 (

The Funeral of Benedict XVI: The Guard that Protected Benedict XVI

“Gambetti, Cardinal archpriest of the Basilica, immediately after processing back to the sacristy, re-emerged and ordered all of the lights turned off and the Basilica emptied and closed until the next morning. He literally wanted Pope Benedict’s body to lie exposed on the bier, alone, in the dark, unattended, during the overnight hours for the three days of Pope Benedict lying in state in the Basilica.” (From Barnhardt)

The Swiss Guards refused to leave, even when told that they were now off duty, and would have to report for duty again in the morning. They volunteered to stay with the body of Benedict XVI all night.

They are soldiers. It is a well-known fact that soldiers are trained to carry out orders from their superiors. But the desecration of Benedict XVI’s body was an order too terrible for them to follow.

Their actions remind us of St. Paul’s wish for the congregation regarding those united to the Lord, the clergy.

“We beseech you, brethren, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:12)


The Funeral of Benedict XVI: No bells, no flags at half-staff

Even before the news of Benedict XVI’s death became known, Santa Marta (Vatican administrative headquarters) had declared that it would be business as usual, as if nothing had happened. No bells were rung and no flags were flown at half-staff in Vatican City. (For this and other details, see Rorate Caeli:

It is an act that shows no respect for the former Pope.

Benedict XVI’s funeral was held on January 5. In regard to that, an order was issued that all official delegations, except those of Italy and Germany, were not to attend the funeral.

However, delegations from many countries attended anyway, saying,

“We will attend the funeral in a personal capacity, not as officials.”

To the best of my knowledge, such an order has never been issued before. A funeral, and the death of a man who was also the Pope, is supposed to attract a large number of people. It is strange to think that there was some fear of the Coronavirus. Is there some other satisfactory justification?

Benedict XVI’s funeral itself was also very plain and simple.

According to the Vatican, it was his wish. I guess only God knows if they are telling the truth.

I was also surprised at the shortness of the Mass.

The priest is free to choose from four different patterns for the modern Mass; the longest of the four is the most formal, closer to the traditional style of the medieval Mass. For the funeral Mass of Benedict XVI, the second longest of the four was chosen. I was expecting that, unquestionably, since he was a former Pope, Benedict XVI would be honored with the most formal Mass. I was disappointed; it was the second-longest one. (The shortest Mass is often used for the weekly Sunday Mass, so that was indeed not possible.)

Why was I so concerned about the length of the Mass?

Because the Mass is a prayer and offering to God. The Mass is also the center and most important part of the religious life of Catholics. Such an important Mass was short. What that short Mass conveys is the nuance that we should end the prayer for Benedict XVI as soon as possible, and end it with as little ceremony as possible.

The Funeral of Benedict XVI: Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven

In watching the video of Benedict XVI’s funeral, I noticed the terrible treatment of the former Pope.

Traslación del cuerpo de Benedicto XVI a la Basílica de San Pedro 2-1-2023
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First, there is the way in which his body was moved to St. Peter’s Basilica. His body was placed in a gray business van. The van was followed by a funeral procession of only a few people.

It is a common custom in Italy for the funeral procession to follow the van carrying the body of the deceased. The Vatican refused to allow such a funeral procession. Many bishops wanted to be part of the funeral procession, but were denied and could not attend.

Some people said, “This is not done even to any man from the smallest village in Italy.”

(For this and other details, see Rorate Caeli )

The church where he arrived had nothing but a lonely funeral procession, and from the video alone, it looked like the funeral procession of a man who lived a lonely life. The fact is different. Although not shown in the video, there were many people outside St. Peter’s Basilica waiting for his body to arrive.

This was the treatment of Benedict XVI, a priest, a bishop, and a Pope. Such acts of impiety against the dead should not be tolerated. However, the fact that these actions were taken proves that Benedict XVI was definitely fighting against the wolves.

As it is written, “Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11, 12.)

Death of Benedict XVI: “Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.”

“Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.”

(From Benedict XVI’s first speech as Pope)(1)

On December 31, 9:34 a.m. Rome time, Benedict XVI died at the age of 95. He was born on Holy Saturday, April 16, 1927, and baptized with new holy water prepared for Easter. (2)

To each one of us, God offers special blessings. It seems that Benedict XVI had already been selected by God’s special blessing to become Pope on the day of his birth and in the holy water that followed.

That he was a God-fearing pope was evident in his many words and deeds as he remained faithful to the Catholic Faith. I think that his greatest legacy consists of three things, namely:

1. He exposed and punished those responsible for sexual abuse committed in the Church.

2. In spite of the impression in most people’s minds that the traditional Latin Mass had been prohibited after the Second Vatican Council, he clarified that there had been no such prohibition, and that priests were free to celebrate the Latin Mass.

3. He brought about the return of traditional Anglican groups to full communion with the See of Peter.

He then ordered an investigation into the dark side of the Vatican: corruption in the Vatican Bank. Soon after, all of the ATMs in Vatican City suddenly shut down. Then he stepped down as Pope. The day after he stepped down, the ATMs began functioning again.

Even after his resignation, Benedict XVI continued to always wear the white vestments which only the Pope is allowed to wear. Also, he did not leave the Vatican, as is customary when a pope steps down. Also, he referred to himself by the unprecedented title of “Pope Emeritus.” What exactly happened to him during his retirement from the papacy is not known, as Benedict XVI remained silent.

I respect Benedict XVI for his courage and faith, because it seems that he chose not to leave the place where God had placed him, but to carry the burden of being a shepherd protecting his sheep, not running from the wolves.

  1. Source: (retrieved January 2, 2023).
  2. . Source: Salt of the Earth (CD). Lighthouse Media, 2011. 
  3. . For basic information, see this link:

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New Year with the Traditional Latin Mass; “Happy New Year” in Latin and Japanese.

Japanese: Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu!

Since we never say “Happy New Year” during Mass, I was curious about how to say it in Latin, so I asked Jerome, a language geek, how it is said in Latin. He gave me a very geeky answer, but it was pretty long, so I will only introduce two simple phrases.

Latin: Felix annus novus!/ Felices Kalendae Ianuariae

Well…thanks to a little knowledge of Spanish, which came from Latin roots, I can understand these phrases pretty easily.

Until last September, I attended Latin Mass every Sunday. However, beginning on September 8 last year, because of orders by Pope Francis, the traditional Latin Mass has no longer been available in many places. My parish church was one of those places. So, at the beginning of this year, I attended a Latin Mass at a church a little farther from home.

In the remote church where I attended the Latin Mass, I met a very dedicated lady who had once been in my parish church, but left when Latin Mass was banned there. It is truly sad that people like her are no longer in our parish. I can’t help but think that if we still had the freedom that Benedict XVI gave us, we would not be in such a state of quasi-schism. Now that we need permission to have a Latin Mass — a permission which is usually withheld — it seems that the “schism” within the Church continues to quietly progress.

May 2023 be a year full of blessings!