Tag Archives: Religion and Spirituality

Quotation: Jerome K. Jerome about writers and readers and what the Providence has to do with it


You and I, dear reader, are each the center of the universe in our respective opinions. You, as I understand it, were brought into being by a considerate Providence in order that you might read and pay me for what I write; while I, in your opinion, am an article sent into the world to write something for you to read.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Discuss

 

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Just a thought: “Be as if you were Humanity’s only hope!”


Just a thought:  “Be as if you were Humanity’s only hope!”

 

Quotation: Jerome K. Jerome


How long the dawn seems coming when we cannot sleep!

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Discuss

 

Quotation: Gilbert Chesterton


The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936) Discuss

 

Saint-Saëns: Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 18 in F major – II. Andante



Saint-Saëns was a romantic French composer. The music of video is the second movement of the Opus 18, played for Florestan Trio and was written in 1863.

 

Quotation: Oscar Wilde about history, gossip and morality


Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss

 

Hymn to the Theotokos at Sinaia Monastery in Romania



Pilgrims singing in Sinaia monastery church in Romania

 

‘Stairway to heaven’: Two ways to climb it: Led Zeppelin and Rodrigo Y Gabriela (‘Present time: the past melts into the future!’)


‘Present time: the past melts in the future!’ 

Stairway to Heaven By Led Zeppelin

There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven
And when she gets there she knows if the stores are closed
With a word she can get what she came for

Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven

There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
And you know sometimes words have two meanings
In a tree by the brook there’s a songbird who sings
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven

Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven

There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west
And my spirit is crying for leaving
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those who stand looking

Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven

And it’s whispered that soon, if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forest will echo with laughter

And it makes me wonder

If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow
Don’t be alarmed now
It’s just a spring clean for the May Queen

Yes there are two paths you can go by
but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on

Your head is humming and it won’t go in case you don’t know
The piper’s calling you to join him
Dear lady can’t you hear the wind blow and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll
Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven

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A Story Called “A Blessing” – via HachetteBookGroup


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"A Blessing" from HachetteBookGroup

Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Today’s Birthday: Ansgar (801 CE)


Ansgar (801 CE)

The patron saint of Scandinavia, Ansgar was a missionary and the first archbishop of Hamburg. He was sent by Louis I to help King Harald Christianize Denmark and King Bjorn Christianize Sweden. He initiated a mission to all Scandinavians and Slavs and was appointed archbishop of Hamburg in 832. When Sweden and Denmark returned to paganism by 845, Ansgar thwarted the pagan rebellion. He was recognized as a saint soon after his death. Ansgar is often called the Apostle of what? More… Discuss

Giordano Bruno


Giordano Bruno

Bruno was a 16th-century Italian philosopher who theorized that the universe is infinite. He entered a Dominican convent as a teen but abandoned the order after being accused of heresy and began traveling Europe lecturing and teaching. His cosmological theories anticipated modern conceptions of the universe but led to his excommunication by the Roman Catholic, Calvinist, and Lutheran churches. Arrested by the Inquisition in 1593, he was burned at the stake after a trial lasting how many years? More… Discuss

Institutions subjugate man and kill his soul and beliefs, under the pretense of salvation or starvation as they see politically advantageous. Reason and faith have nothing to do with it. 

“E pur si muove!”

Supper Time: Johnny Cash (Many Years Ago Indays Of Childhood)



When I was just a boy in days of childhood,
I used to

When I was just a boy in days of childhood,
I used to play till evening shadows come.
Then winding down an old familiar pathway,
I heard my mother call at set of sun:

Come home, come home,
It’s supper time,
The shadows lengthen fast.
Come home, come home,
It’s supper time,
We’re going home at last.

One day beside her bedside I was kneeling,
And angel wings were winnowing the air.
She heard the call for supper time in heaven,
And I know she’s waiting for me there.

Come home, come home,
It’s supper time,
The shadows lengthen fast.
Come home, come home,
It’s supper time,
We’re going home at last.

(Spoken)
Some of the fondest memories of my childhood
Were woven around suppertime
When my mother used to call
From the back steps of the old home place
Come on home now son it’s suppertime.
Ahhhh, but I’d loved to hear that once more
But you know for me, time has woven the realization of
The truth that’s even more thrilling,
And that’s when the call comes from the portals of glory
To come home for it’s suppertime.
When all God‘s children shall gather around the table
of the Lord, Himself and the greatest suppertime of them all.

In visions now I see her standing yonder,
And her familiar voice I hear once more.
The banquet table’s ready up in heaven,
It’s supper time upon the golden shore.

Come home, come home,
It’s supper time,
The shadows lengthen fast.
Come home, come home,
It’s supper time,
We’re going home at last.

Lyrics and Music by Ira Stanphill  (c) 1950

Ira Forest Stanphill 1914 - 1993Ira Stanphill was a recognized as a musical prodigy by the age of 10.  By age 17, he was composing music, participating in revivals, crusades, and prayer meetings.  He graduated from junior college in Chillicothe, Missouri.  As a singing evangelist, he preached in over 40 countries.  He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1981.  His autobiography, This Side of Heaven was published in 1983.

play till evening shadows come.
Then winding down an old familiar pathway,
I heard my mother call at set of sun:

Come home, come home,
It’s supper time,
The shadows lengthen fast.
Come home, come home,
It’s supper time,
We’re going home at last.

One day beside her bedside I was kneeling,
And angel wings were winnowing the air.
She heard the call for supper time in heaven,
And I know she’s waiting for me there.

Come home, come home,
It’s supper time,
The shadows lengthen fast.
Come home, come home,
It’s supper time,
We’re going home at last.

(Spoken)
Some of the fondest memories of my childhood
Were woven around suppertime
When my mother used to call
From the back steps of the old home place
Come on home now son it’s suppertime.
Ahhhh, but I’d loved to hear that once more
But you know for me, time has woven the realization of
The truth that’s even more thrilling,
And that’s when the call comes from the portals of glory
To come home for it’s suppertime.
When all God’s children shall gather around the table
of the Lord, Himself and the greatest suppertime of them all.

In visions now I see her standing yonder,
And her familiar voice I hear once more.
The banquet table’s ready up in heaven,
It’s supper time upon the golden shore.

Come home, come home,
It’s supper time,
The shadows lengthen fast.
Come home, come home,
It’s supper time,
We’re going home at last.

Lyrics and Music by Ira Stanphill  (c) 1950

Ira Forest Stanphill 1914 - 1993Ira Stanphill was a recognized as a musical prodigy by the age of 10.  By age 17, he was composing music, participating in revivals, crusades, and prayer meetings.  He graduated from junior college in Chillicothe, Missouri.  As a singing evangelist, he preached in over 40 countries.  He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1981.  His autobiography, This Side of Heaven was published in 1983.
(Source: http://www.gbgm-umc.org/holcombumc/suppertime.htm)

Tuday’s Quotation: Virginia Woolf (1882-1941): How Well Can One Know Anybody?


It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done. (The quotation is from Woolf’s novel, Jacob’s Room)

 Read more about the novel at:(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob%27s_Room),

 

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) Discuss

This Day in History: French National Assembly Adopts Civil Constitution of the Clergy (1790)


French National Assembly Adopts Civil Constitution of the Clergy (1790)

The Civil Constitution of the Clergy was an act passed during the French Revolution that subordinated the Roman Catholic Church to the state. Under the act, citizens would elect clergymen and the state would pay their wages. When the National Assembly ordered the clergy to take an oath supporting the Civil Constitution, many refused. The resulting schism within the French church caused many Catholics to turn against the Revolution. What effect did the constitution have on monastic orders? More… Discuss

Matt Maher – Christ is Risen



Christ Is Risen!

Let no one caught in sin remain
Inside the lie of inward shame
We fix our eyes upon the cross
And run to Him who showed great love
And bled for us
Freely You’ve bled for us

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake
Come and rise up from the grave
Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with Him again
Come awake, come awake
Come and rise up from the grave

Beneath the weight of all our sin
You bowed to none but heaven’s will
No scheme of hell, no scoffer’s crown
No burden great can hold You down
In strength You reign
Forever let Your church proclaim

O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
The glory of God has defeated the night
Singing: O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
Our God is not dead
He’s alive, He’s alive!

Article Of The Day: The Problem Of Evil


The Problem of Evil

The “problem of evil” is the philosophical and theological dilemma of how to reconcile the existence of evil with the idea of an omnibenevolent, omnipotent, and omniscient deity. Some philosophers argue that the existence of such a God and of evil are logically incompatible. Others say that true free will cannot exist without the possibility of evil, that suffering is necessary for spiritual growth, or that evil is the consequence of a fallen world. What is the “problem of good”? More… Discuss

César Franck: Panis Angelicus with Soprano Danee Robinson


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Panis angelicus is the penultimate strophe of the hymn Sacris solemniis written by Saint Thomas Aquinas for the Feast of Corpus Christi as part of a complete liturgy of the Feast including prayers for the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.

The strophe of Sacris solemniis that begins with the words “Panis angelicus” (bread of angels) has often been set to music separately from the rest of the hymn. Most famously, in 1872 César Franck set this strophe for voice (tenor), harp, cello, and organ, and incorporated it into his Messe à trois voix Opus 12. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panis_Angelicus)

I hope you too will enjoy Danee Robinson’s interpretation  of the sublime  hymn  ” Panis Angelicus.”  
 
Find out more about Danee’s,  recordings, musical career and  coming
recitals at her website:  http://daneerobinson.com/

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Danee Robinson singing Gounod’s Ave Maria from the album Canto di gioia (2010)


 

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Ave Maria
 
  
Ave Maria
Gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Ave, Ave Dominus
Dominus tecum
Benedicta tu in mulieribus
Et Benedictus
Et benedictus fructus ventris
Ventris tuae, Jesus.

Ave Maria
Mater Dei
Ora pro nobis peccatoribus
Ora pro nobis
Ora, ora pro nobis peccatoribus
Nunc et in hora mortis
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Ave Maria 

Listening to Danee’s marvelous rendition of Ave Maria transported me in time and space back to my beloved Church, The Saint Joseph Cathedral in Bucharest, where I listened and prayed so many times and now imagining how splendid the sound of her voice would fill the air of that beautiful Cathedral.

Thank you Danee.

 

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Frida Kahlo, Listen to her paintings telling the story of her lifelong suffering


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Please click on the following link for a short video biography of Frida Kahlo:

http://www.5min.com/Video/Frida-Kahlo-Biography-119820894

A flawless autobiography of pain was portrayed by Frida Kahlo, in a pallet never used before, with the mind and feelings of a woman, pained throughout her life, pained beyond any  language  ability to describe, so fervently as her paintings did. The vision of her own body immobilized in a rigid cast and in continuous pain, is surreal but still shared by Frida, the “how does it feel” is described in vivid detail, in a way that seem to communicate: “This is my pain, I hope you never come close to have to suffer so much, I hope you take my painted world for it. Never the less: I’m still here to give the world a thought.” 

La Pietà:Michelangelo


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Piety, Reverence, is what the mortals owe to their earthy parents, and to their divine one. When I looked upon the statue, from a 10 feet away, I couldn’t feel the life in it, and the death. When I approached to just few steps, I felt just life, both earthy, as well as afterlife: It looks alive, no matter from what angle of distance you look at it, it invites you to kneel and pray “Salve Regina”, for what you are there to pray for and you know that you find yourself in the presence of the Great beyond…the Divine, The Saint Peter’s cathedral, in “Piazza San Pietro, opening from “Via De La Conciliazione”. A place of  unique significance in the World. 

In those times, there was no barrier between La Pietà and the visitor in the Church.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, MD- 1926-2004: On Death And Dying


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“The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.”
– Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

One of the greatest thoughts put on paper, and in into our hands, to understand: read it again and again until the understanding of this simple statement reaches your action center, and then work to meet its goal: allow yourself to leave self-denial  and gilt behind: Love yourself unconditionally and then start loving the world unconditionally. Put aside self-defeating predicaments, and live within the moment, and make amends starting now.

I hope that a visit to Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross foundation website will inspire you, as much as it inspired me, or more, as it is always the right time to find out more about our make, our nature, ourselves. especially the Near Death Experience phenomenon, is a domain of a reality experienced by many people, a life altering experience that help many people feel as if they were reborn, and of a more fulfilling life. Some consider that time as a second birth, The Moment of Enlightenment, of knowing more about the universe, and of their duty to humanity here on Earth

http://www.ekrfoundation.org/

AVE MARIA-ANGELA GHEORGHIU-


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Nearer, My God, To Thee, Nearer to Thee! with I Salonisti and Mahalia Jackson


I Salonisti: Nearer, My God, To Thee,  Nearer To Thee

Lyrics: Sarah F. Adams, 1805-1848
Music: Lowell Mason, 1792-1872
        
 

Nearer, my God, to Thee,

Nearer to thee.
E’en though it be a cross,
That raiseth me
Still all my song shall be,
Nearer, my God, to thee
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to thee.

Though like the wanderer,
The sun gone down
Darkness be over me,
My rest a stone,
Yet in my dreams I’d be,
Nearer, my God, to thee
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to thee.

There let the way appear,
Steps unto heaven
All that Thou sendest me,
In mercy given
Angels to beckon me,
Nearer, my God, to thee
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to thee.

Then with my waking thoughts
Bright with Thy praise
Out of my stony griefs
Bethel I’ll raise
So by my woes to be,
Nearer, my God, to thee
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to thee.

Or if on joyful wing,
Cleaving the sky
Sun, moon, and stars forgot,
Upward I fly
Still all my song shall be,
Nearer, my God, to thee
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to thee!

Mahalia Jackson