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Quotation: Joseph Conrad on Almighty Hunger and powerless Hungry…


No fear can stand up to hunger, no patience can wear it out, disgust simply does not exist where hunger is; and as to superstition, beliefs, and what you may call principles, they are less than chaff in a breeze.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) Discuss

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DEADLY NEW CORONAVIRUS CAPABLE OF PASSING FROM PERSON TO PERSON


 

CoronavirusDeadly New Coronavirus Capable of Passing from Person to Person

The hospital roommate of a man infected with novel coronavirus (NCoV)—a SARS-related virus first identified last year and already linked to 18 deaths—has contracted the illness himself, intensifying concerns about the virus’s ability to spread from person to person. Thus far, the human-to-human transmission of this virus has been somewhat limited, but given the ease of global travel today, it has managed to spread from the Middle East, where it was first detected, to Germany, the UK, and France. The World Health Organization is therefore advising public health officials to remain vigilant in evaluating and tracking cases of severe acute respiratory infectionMore…Discuss

 

Today’s Birthday: RABINDRANATH TAGORE (1861) a Bengali poet, philosopher, artist and composer (a Renaissance Man)


Rabindranath Tagore (1861)

Tagore was a Bengali poet, philosopher, artist, writer, and composer whose works reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His writings, which often exhibit rhythmic lyricism, colloquial language, and philosophical contemplation, received worldwide acclaim. He became Asia’s first Nobel laureate when he received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Knighted by the British government in 1915, Tagore resigned the honor four years later in protest of what? More… Discuss

Brink Of Eternity by Rabindranath Tagore
In desperate hope I go and search for her 
in all the corners of my room; 
I find her not. 

My house is small 
and what once has gone from it can never be regained. 

But infinite is thy mansion, my lord, 
and seeking her I have to come to thy door. 

I stand under the golden canopy of thine evening sky 
and I lift my eager eyes to thy face. 

I have come to the brink of eternity from which nothing can vanish 
—no hope, no happiness, no vision of a face seen through tears. 

Oh, dip my emptied life into that ocean, 
plunge it into the deepest fullness. 
Let me for once feel that lost sweet touch 
in the allness of the universe.

Published on Feb 14, 2013
A poem that bridges the seeking of a beloved person to the finding of God and the immersion into eternity. I am awestruck by this poem. Poem read by Owi Nandi.

Today’s Birthday: SAINT CATHERINE LABOURÉ (1806)


Medal of Mary

Medal of Mary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Saint Catherine Labouré (1806)

Shortly after Labouré joined the Daughters of Charity, a religious order devoted to serving the poor, she reportedly began having visions of the Virgin Mary. In one, she was shown the design for what has come to be known as the Miraculous Medal, now worn by Christians the world over. Her role in the medal’s creation was concealed until after her death, so she lived out her life in relative obscurity. In 1947, she was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. What invocation appears on the medal? More…Discuss

For three times in 1830 Our Lady appeared to Catherine Labouré, 24 year old novice of Daughters of Charity in Paris. During second apparition Virgin Mary showed Catherine the medal she wanted to be struck. We know it as Miraculous Medal. Here is the short presentation of the life of Saint Catherine Labouré, Daughter of Charity whom Virgin Mary revealed such gracious gift. (the film is courtesy of Sr. Patricia Evanick DC).
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Krótka historia życia św. Katarzyny Labouré, Sostry Miłosierdzia św. Wincentego a Paulo, której w 1830 roku trzykrotnie objawiła się Najswiętsza Pani. W trakcie drugiego objawienia przekazała Katarzynie wizerunek medalu, który Matka Boża chciała aby został wybity. Medal ten znamy jako Cudowny Medalik. Prezentacja obecnie tylko w języku angielskim.

Romania – Brancoveanu Monastery


Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson on man,receiving gifts and resentment thereof


It is not the office of a man to receive gifts … We wish to be self-sustained. We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

Quotation: on Friendship even in desolation


The fallen angel becomes a malignant devil. Yet even that enemy of God and man had friends and associates in his desolation.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851) Discuss

Eusebius of Caesarea


Eusebius of Caesarea

Born circa 263 CE, Eusebius was a Greek historian of early Christianity. A bishop of Caesarea, Palestine, he may have been imprisoned during the Roman persecutions. His fame rests on hisEcclesiastical History, which preserves portions of works no longer extant. He was a staunch supporter of Constantine I‘s attempts to unify Christian doctrine, and his writings include Life of Constantine. Eusebius was excommunicated in 325 CE, after being accused of espousing what doctrine? More… Discuss

“Reality perceived is reality achieved” George-B


“Reality perceived is reality achieved” George-B

L’eglise Sacré-Cœur, Paris (From Wikipedia)


The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica (FrenchBasilique du Sacré-Cœur, pronounced [sakʁe kœʁ]), is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in ParisFrance. A popular landmark, the basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. Sacré-Cœur is a double monument, political and cultural, both a national penance for the supposed excesses of the Second Empire and socialist Paris Commune of 1871[1] crowning its most rebellious neighborhood, and an embodiment of conservative moral order, publicly dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was an increasingly popular vision of a loving and sympathetic Christ.[2]

The Sacré-Cœur Basilica was designed by Paul Abadie. Construction began in 1875 and was finished in 1914. It wasconsecrated after the end of World War I in 1919.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Paris
Basilique du Sacré-Cœur (French)
The Basilica of Sacré-Cœur, as seen from the base of the butte Montmartre.
Basic information
Location ParisFrance
Geographic coordinates 48°53′12.1″N2°20′34.8″ECoordinates48°53′12.1″N 2°20′34.8″E
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Year consecrated 1919
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Minor basilica
Website Basilica of the Sacré Cœur
Architectural description
Architect(s) Paul Abadie
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Romano-Byzantine
Groundbreaking 1875
Completed 1914
Specifications
Length 35 metres (115 ft)
Width 85 metres (279 ft)
Height (max) 83 metres (272 ft)
Materials Travertine stone

Quotation: Upton Sinclair On prisoners and prisons


There is one kind of prison where the man is behind bars, and everything that he desires is outside; and there is another kind where the things are behind the bars, and the man is outside.

Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) Discuss

Michelangelo: Rondanini Pieta


La Pieta:Michelangelo_rondanini

La Pieta:Michelangelo_rondanini

The Rondanini Pietà is a marble sculpture that Michelangelo worked on from the 1550s until the last days of his life, in 1564. It is housed in the Museum of Ancient Art of Sforza Castle in Milan. His final sculpture, the Rondanini Pietà revisited the theme of the Virgin Mary mourning over the body of the dead Christ, which he had first explored in his Pietà of 1499. Like his late series of drawings of the Crucifixion and the sculpture of the Deposition of Christ intended for his own tomb, it was produced at a time when Michelangelo’s sense of his own mortality (and with it his spirituality) was growing.

The Rondanini Pietà was begun before the Deposition, although in his dying days Michelangelo hacked at the marble block until only the dismembered right arm of Christ survived from the sculpture as originally conceived. The spectral, waif-like Virgin and Christ are a departure from the idealised figures that exemplified the sculptor’s earlier style, and have been said to bear more of a resemblance to the attenuated figures of Gothic sculpture than those of the Renaissance.

When viewing the sculpture from certain rear angles, it looks as if Jesus is holding Mary up with his back, instead of Mary cradling Jesus. It is said that Michelangelo carefully crafted it this way to represent how Jesus’s spirit might actually have been comforting Mary in her loss.

 

credo in unum deum – closing mass of the synod of bishops – 28.10.2012 (2)


Published on Nov 10, 2012

papst benedikt feiert abschlussmesse der bischofssynode im oktober 2012

santa messa per la conclusione del sinodo dei vescovi – presiede il santo padre benedetto XVI

 Homilia

Profession of Faith                                                      Credo

A:  We believe in one God,                A:  Credo in unum Deum,
      the Father, the Almighty,                 Patrem omnipotèntem, 
      maker of heaven and earth,                factòrem caeli et terrae,
      of all that is seen and unseen.           visibìlium òmnium 
                                                  et invisibìlium.

    We believe in one Lord,                   Et in unum Dòminum Jesum Christum,
      Jesus Christ,                             Fìlium Dei unigènitum,
      the only Son of God,                      et ex Patre natum 
      eternally begotten of the Father,           ante òmnia sàecula
      God from God, Light from Light,           Deum de Deo, lumen de lùmine,
      true God from true God,                   Deum verum de Deo vero,
      begotten, not made,                       gènitum, non factum,
        one in Being with the Father.             consubstantiàlem Patri:
    Through him all things were made.           per quem omnia facta sunt.
    For us men and our salvation,             Qui propter nos hòmines et propter
      he came down from heaven:               nostram salùtem descèndit de caelis.

    (All bow during these three lines)        (All bow during these three lines)
    by the power of the Holy Spirit,          Et incarnàtus est de Spìritu Sancto 
      he was born of the Virgin Mary,           ex Marìa Vìrgine, 
      and became man.                           et homo factus est.

    For our sake he was crucified             Crucifìxus etiam 
      under Pontius Pilate,                     pro nobis sub Pòntio Pilàto; 
      he suffered, died and was buried.         passus et sepùltus est, 
      On the third day he rose again            et resurrèxit tèrtia die, 
      in fulfillment of the Scriptures;           secundum Scriptùras, 
      he ascended into heaven                   et ascèndit in caelum, 
        and is seated at the right hand           sedet ad dèxteram 
        of the Father.                           Patris.
    He will come again in glory                Et ìterum ventùras est cum glòria, 
      to judge the living and the dead,           iudicàre vivos et mòrtuos, 
      and his kingdom will have no end.         cuius regni non erit finis.    We believe in the Holy Spirit,            Et in Spìritum Sanctum, 
        the Lord, the giver of life,              Dòminum et vivificàntem: 
      who proceeds from the Father              qui ex Patre Filiòque procèdit.  
        and the Son.                            Qui cum Patre et Fìlio 
      With the Father and the Son                 simul adoràtur 
        he is worshipped and glorified.           et conglorifcàtur: 
      He has spoken through                     qui locùtus est 
        the Prophets.                             per prophètas.
      We believe in one holy catholic           Et unam, sanctam, cathòlicam, 
        and apostolic Church.                     et apostòlicum Ecclèsiam.  
      We acknowledge one baptism                Confiteor unum baptìsma 
        for the forgiveness of sins.              in remissiònem peccatòrum.  
      We look for the resurrection              Et exspècto resurrectiònem 
        of the dead,                              mortuòrum, 
        and the life of the                     et vitam 
        world to come.  Amen.                     ventùri sàeculi.  Amen.

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North Korea has the deadliest level of Christian persecution in the world


Uploaded on Feb 7, 2012

The only worship that is allowed is that of the “dear leader” Kim Jong-Il and his father Kim Il-Sung. In North Korea, every other religious activity is labeled an act of insurrection against North Korean … (Rescue Christians.org)

 

Quotation: Friedrich Nietzsche On state and lies


The state lieth in all languages of good and evil; and whatever it saith it lieth; and whatever it hath it hath stolen.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) Discuss

LEONARD COHEN : Story of Isaac (“…A scheme is not a vision…”)


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Story of Isaac Leonard Cohen 

The door it opened slowly,
My father he came in,was nine years old.
And he stood so tall above me,
His blue eyes they were shining
And his voice was very cold.
He said, I’ve had a vision
And you know I’m strong and holy,
I must do what I’ve been told.
So he started up the mountain,
I was running, he was walking,
And his axe was made of gold.

Well, the trees they got much smaller,
The lake a lady’s mirror,
We stopped to drink some wine.
Then he threw the bottle over.
Broke a minute later
And he put his hand on mine.
Thought I saw an eagle
But it might have been a vulture,
I never could decide.
Then my father built an altar,
He looked once behind his shoulder,
He knew I would not hide.

You who build these altars now
To sacrifice these children,
You must not do it anymore.
A scheme is not a vision
And you never have been tempted
By a demon or a god.
You who stand above them now,
Your hatchets blunt and bloody,
You were not there before,
When I lay upon a mountain
And my father’s hand was trembling
With the beauty of the word.

And if you call me brother now,
Forgive me if I inquire,
Just according to whose plan? 
When it all comes down to dust
I will kill you if I must,
I will help you if I can.
When it all comes down to dust
I will help you if I must,
I will kill you if I can.
And mercy on our uniform,
Man of peace or man of war,
The peacock spreads his fan.

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“I Think, Therefore…I Am”: “He who trust no one, trust not oneself”


“He who trust no one, trust not oneself”

Quotation: Samuel Taylor Coleridge on Intolerance


I have seen gross intolerance shown in support of toleration.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) Discuss

 

Quotation: John F. Kennedy on – art-artistry-money-race-society….all in few words glued together by politics!


Art is the great democrat, calling forth creative genius from every sector of society, disregarding race or religion or wealth or color.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Discuss

Article Of The Day – May 15, 2011: Kojiki – Shinto


Kojiki

Shinto, Japan‘s indigenous religion, cannot be traced to its beginnings because until the 5th century—when Chinese writing was introduced into Japan—the myths and rituals were transmitted orally. Although Shinto has no founder and no official scripture, its mythology and ancient beliefs and customs are collected in the Kojiki—”Record of Ancient Matters.” Prepared under imperial order in the early 8th century, it is the oldest extant chronicle in Japan. What myths does it include? More… Discuss