May 31, 2014

whatamagicalplace:

Why is tumblr not talking about this????? Producer Guillermo del Toro?? Cool animation style??? Directed by a Mexican with Mexican characters??? WHERE’S THE LOVE!?!

First I’ve heard of it. Looks groundbreaking.

April 27, 2014
afp-photo:

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, JINDO : A man offers prayers before the sea for victims of the ‘Sewol’ ferry at Jindo harbour on April 25, 2014. The confirmed death toll from South Korea’s ferry disaster crossed 100 on April 22, as dive teams, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, accelerated the grim task of recovering hundreds more bodies from the submerged vessel. AFP PHOTO / ED JONES

I spent some time in South Korea, and received my Basic Rappelling and Mountaineering Training (Army) in Jeju, where this fairy was bound, so this story has carried a bit more personal weight for me. I know what these young people looked forward to, and cannot imagine the vacuum that this incident created, all at once.

afp-photo:

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, JINDO : A man offers prayers before the sea for victims of the ‘Sewol’ ferry at Jindo harbour on April 25, 2014. The confirmed death toll from South Korea’s ferry disaster crossed 100 on April 22, as dive teams, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, accelerated the grim task of recovering hundreds more bodies from the submerged vessel. AFP PHOTO / ED JONES

I spent some time in South Korea, and received my Basic Rappelling and Mountaineering Training (Army) in Jeju, where this fairy was bound, so this story has carried a bit more personal weight for me. I know what these young people looked forward to, and cannot imagine the vacuum that this incident created, all at once.

April 27, 2014

(Source: tldrwikipedia)

April 23, 2014
afp-photo:

UKRAINE, Slavyansk : An Orthodox priest walks past a barricade outside the security service (SBU) regional building seized by the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 23, 2014. Pro-Kremlin rebels in Ukraine braced today for a renewed military offensive by Kiev as US troops headed to region in a show of force after Washington again warned Moscow over the escalating crisis. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV

It’s easy to question, from a secular perspective, why anyone becomes a priest — whether Roman or Orthodox. This picture reminds me, and I hope helps even secular oriented readers — that being a priest os not just a job. It is more than an occupation: even on their day off, priests are still priests. His calling is the same whoever is in that tank, and whatever happens because of it — and amid all this conflict, he stands tall.

afp-photo:

UKRAINE, Slavyansk : An Orthodox priest walks past a barricade outside the security service (SBU) regional building seized by the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 23, 2014. Pro-Kremlin rebels in Ukraine braced today for a renewed military offensive by Kiev as US troops headed to region in a show of force after Washington again warned Moscow over the escalating crisis. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV

It’s easy to question, from a secular perspective, why anyone becomes a priest — whether Roman or Orthodox. This picture reminds me, and I hope helps even secular oriented readers — that being a priest os not just a job. It is more than an occupation: even on their day off, priests are still priests. His calling is the same whoever is in that tank, and whatever happens because of it — and amid all this conflict, he stands tall.

April 23, 2014

fer1972:

Photomanipulations by Robert Jahns

Sometimes an awesome alternative vision is all we really need to begin changing the world for the better.

(via stella-retro-happy)

April 21, 2014
This One Does Not Flee Before Swords
Young Karol Wojtyla, the soon-to-be Saint John Paul the Great, was an accomplished poet and playwright before he was known for anything outside his own flock. He had a favorite poet, Juliusz Słowacki, who wrote in the first half of the 19th Century. Among the work of Juliusz Słowacki was a poem longing for a Slavic Pope: 

The Dominican Nuns of Summit New Jersey offer a translation of it, which they entitle “John Paul the Great”, though it was written about a century before he was even a priest. http://nunsopsummit.org/2005/04/1281/

Amid discord the Lord God strikes
An immense bell,
Behold, for a Slavic pope
He opens a throne.
This one does not flee before swords
Like that Italian.
He is daring, like God, he goes to the sword:
The world to him is powder!

His face is radiant with the Word,
A lamp for the servant,
Because of him the advancing race goes
Into the light, where God is.
At his prayers and commands
Not only men—
If he commands, the sun stops,
For power—this is a wonder!

Now he draws near—the new dispenser
Of vigor to the globe:
The blood of our veins goes back into our veins
Under his word;
In our hearts the movement begins of floods
Of divine light,
What thought thinks through him, this is created,
For power—this is Spirit.

And power is needed, that we may raise
This lordly world:
Thus here comes a Slavic pope,
A brother of the people;–
Behold, he already pours the world’s balm
On our breasts
And the angel-choir sweeps flowers
Toward his throne.

He distributes love, as lords today
Distributes arms.
He displays sacramental power,
The world held in his palm;
To him a dove wings words in hymns,
Bears a report,
Sweet news, that now the Spirit shines
And has His honor;
Above him the beautiful sky is opened
From either side,
For his is grounded in the world and thus are renewed
Both world and throne.

Across nations he acts as brother,
The voice sent forth,
That spirits come to their final end
Through mounds of sacrifices;
Sacramental power avails him for the care
Of the nations,
Power which will be seen through the Spirit
Before the coffin here.

In Spirit thus you soon perceive
A phantom, then a face:
From the world’s wound he casts out all corruption,
Vermin, reptiles.
He brings health, enkindles love
And saves the world;
He sweeps out the interior of the Churches,
Clears out the entrance,
He shows forth God in the world of creativity,
Bright as day.

Juliusz Slowacki
(1809 - 1849)
Translation: Copyright by The Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey, 1980

This One Does Not Flee Before Swords
Young Karol Wojtyla, the soon-to-be Saint John Paul the Great, was an accomplished poet and playwright before he was known for anything outside his own flock. He had a favorite poet, Juliusz Słowacki, who wrote in the first half of the 19th Century. Among the work of Juliusz Słowacki was a poem longing for a Slavic Pope:

The Dominican Nuns of Summit New Jersey offer a translation of it, which they entitle “John Paul the Great”, though it was written about a century before he was even a priest. http://nunsopsummit.org/2005/04/1281/

Amid discord the Lord God strikes
An immense bell,
Behold, for a Slavic pope
He opens a throne.
This one does not flee before swords
Like that Italian.
He is daring, like God, he goes to the sword:
The world to him is powder!

His face is radiant with the Word,
A lamp for the servant,
Because of him the advancing race goes
Into the light, where God is.
At his prayers and commands
Not only men—
If he commands, the sun stops,
For power—this is a wonder!

Now he draws near—the new dispenser
Of vigor to the globe:
The blood of our veins goes back into our veins
Under his word;
In our hearts the movement begins of floods
Of divine light,
What thought thinks through him, this is created,
For power—this is Spirit.

And power is needed, that we may raise
This lordly world:
Thus here comes a Slavic pope,
A brother of the people;–
Behold, he already pours the world’s balm
On our breasts
And the angel-choir sweeps flowers
Toward his throne.

He distributes love, as lords today
Distributes arms.
He displays sacramental power,
The world held in his palm;
To him a dove wings words in hymns,
Bears a report,
Sweet news, that now the Spirit shines
And has His honor;
Above him the beautiful sky is opened
From either side,
For his is grounded in the world and thus are renewed
Both world and throne.

Across nations he acts as brother,
The voice sent forth,
That spirits come to their final end
Through mounds of sacrifices;
Sacramental power avails him for the care
Of the nations,
Power which will be seen through the Spirit
Before the coffin here.

In Spirit thus you soon perceive
A phantom, then a face:
From the world’s wound he casts out all corruption,
Vermin, reptiles.
He brings health, enkindles love
And saves the world;
He sweeps out the interior of the Churches,
Clears out the entrance,
He shows forth God in the world of creativity,
Bright as day.

Juliusz Slowacki
(1809 - 1849)
Translation: Copyright by The Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey, 1980

April 20, 2014
With a week until the day that the Pope called called “John Paul the Great” as soon as he died gets recognition as a saint, some of the thoughts and images explaining his appeal seem in order. I was never Catholic during his life, but he was the pope for most of my life as a non-Catholic. I always found his appeal remarkable. More important, I appreciated his achievements as human being apart from his just being the head of the Catholic church. He was a truly remarkable man by any measure, and is a powerful saint.

With a week until the day that the Pope called called “John Paul the Great” as soon as he died gets recognition as a saint, some of the thoughts and images explaining his appeal seem in order. I was never Catholic during his life, but he was the pope for most of my life as a non-Catholic. I always found his appeal remarkable. More important, I appreciated his achievements as human being apart from his just being the head of the Catholic church. He was a truly remarkable man by any measure, and is a powerful saint.

(Source: thecatholicunderground)

April 19, 2014

(Source: tldrwikipedia)

April 16, 2014
"He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their maker." (Prov. 17:5). When it comes to Takers and Makers, for people of faith only one Maker matters, no Ayn Rand needed.

"He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their maker." (Prov. 17:5). When it comes to Takers and Makers, for people of faith only one Maker matters, no Ayn Rand needed.

April 16, 2014
"The only proof we believe in miracles is taking action when only a miracle can make a difference."

Peter John Stone
My own motto, though sometimes my commitment to it really gets tested.

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