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“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones. And when you have finished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones. And when you have finished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” ~ Victor Hugo

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#MoralStory: The Horsemen

It was a bitter, cold evening in northern Virginia many, many years ago. The old man’s beard was glazed by winter’s frost while he waited for a ride across the river. The wait seemed endless. His body became numb and stiff from the frigid north wind. He heard the faint, steady rhythm of approaching hooves
galloping along the frozen path.

Anxiously, he watched as several horsemen rounded the bend. He let the first one pass by without an effort to get his attention. Then another passed by… and another. Finally, the last rider neared the spot where the old man sat like a snow statue. As this one drew near, the old man caught the rider’s eye and said, “Sir, would you mind giving an old man a ride to the other side? There doesn’t appear to be a passageway by foot.”

Reining his horse, the rider replied, “Sure thing. Hop aboard.” Seeing the old man was unable to lift his half-frozen body from the ground, the horseman dismounted and helped the old man onto the horse. The horseman took the old man not just across the river, but to his destination, which was just a few miles away. Read more…

Days Of Elijah

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These are the days of Elijah
Declaring the word of the Lord, yeah
And these are the days of Your servant, Moses
Righteousness being restored

These are the days of great trials
Of famine and darkness and sword
Still we are the voice in the desert crying
Prepare ye the way of the Lord!

Say, behold He comes, riding on the clouds
Shining like the sun, at the trumpet’s call
Lift your voice, (it’s) the year of Jubilee
Out of Zion’s hill, salvation comes

And these are the days of Ezekiel
The dry bones becoming as flesh
And these are the days of Your servant, David
Rebuilding the temple of praise

And these are the days of the harvest
The fields are all white in the world
And we are the laborers that are in Your vineyard
Declaring the Word of the Lord

Say, behold He comes, riding on the clouds
Shining like the sun at the trumpet’s call
Lift your voice, (it’s) the year of Jubilee
Out of Zion’s hill, salvation comes

Behold He comes, riding on the clouds
Shining like the sun at the trumpet’s call
Lift your voice, (it’s) the year of Jubilee
Out of Zion’s hill, salvation comes

There’s no God like Jehovah!
There’s no God like Jehovah!
There’s no God like Jehovah!
There’s no God like Jehovah!

Behold He comes, riding on the clouds
Shining like the sun, at the trumpet’s call
Lift your voice, (it’s) the year of Jubilee
Out of Zion’s hill, salvation comes

Behold He comes, riding on the clouds
Shining like the sun, at the trumpet’s call
Lift your voice, (it’s) the year of Jubilee
Out of Zion’s hill, salvation comes

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#ShortNews: A true Christian can see God present in a needy man

“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

“Nowadays the poor are often called,” says the Head of the Church, “socially unprotected people, and modern society, economy, politics regard them as a problem. Politicians often try to use or buy those people, so they could build their political success on their grief. Very often success of a society is measured, first of all, by the fact to which degree both the law and authorities defend the needs of poor people. But we, Christians, in a needy man must see not a problem but the Living God present among us – our Savior Jesus Christ Who Himself said about Himself: I am a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense,” asks to ponder the Head of the Church.

“We, Christians,” emphasized the hierarch, “regard it as a duty to serve the poor, not because of some ideological, economic or other human motives. Our ministry to the neighbor, in particular, to the needy is a necessary part of the Divine Liturgy – our ministry to God. A true Christian can see God present in a needy person. A wise Christian can see that a stretched arm of a beggar is God’s hand of mercy, which is stretched towards us.”

Read More:

http://news.ugcc.ua/en/news/the_head_of_the_ugcc_a_true_christian_can_see_god_present_in_a_needy_man_80931.html

#ShortNews: Study: prayer ‘may be an effective, safe way’ to cope with anger

There are moments in life when some believers are just so angry that the only person they feel safe talking to is God. And that may be a healthy response, new research suggests. A study exploring how prayer is used to cope with hostility found that talking to God appeared particularly effective when dealing with intense, lasting anger involving family members.

When a sense of anger seems overpowering, “prayer may be an effective, safe, and easily accessible way for adults to manage these negative emotions,” researchers from Northern Illinois University and Boston University reported in the Review of Religious Research.

Researchers in the Northern Illinois and Bosnia studies encouraged physicians and pastoral and secular counselors to be sensitive to religious and spiritual issues such as the role of prayer that may need to be addressed to promote healing.

And while scriptural authors may not have anticipated the often ill-considered, hateful and divisive nature of much of the commentary on social media today, research on the value of talking to God first during times of rage may also give new relevance to the advice in the well-known biblical proverb:

“He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.”

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http://blogs.thearda.com/trend/featured/prayer-and-anger-having-a-divine-shoulder-to-cry-on-may-reduce-aggression/

#ShortNews: Joint Catholic-Muslim conference issues statement affirming religious freedom

The Catholic-Muslim Forum, established in 2008 by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (P.C.I.D.) and the Signatories of the “Open Letter” (A Common Word) to Pope Benedict XVI and other Christian Leaders, held its Fourth Seminar in Berkeley (CA, USA), from 6th to 8th November 2017 on the theme, “Integral Human Development: Growing in Dignity. Catholic and Muslim perspectives.”

The Seminar, hosted by Zaytuna College, was held under the patronage of HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan, Coordinator of the Muslim side of the Forum, and that of His Eminence Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the P.C.I.D.

The theme was studied under three sub-themes, treated respectively from the Catholic and the Muslims viewpoints: 1) “What does it mean to be human?”; 2) “Integral human development”; and 3) “Obstacles and opportunities to integral human development.”

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http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2017/11/10/171110c.html

Have A Busy Schedule?

We live in a very fast-paced world and it seems like we can never keep up with all the demands of this speed. We try harder and work faster and stay busy longer, yet it seems like the people who demand a piece of our time are more numerous than we can handle.

How does this make you feel? Frustrated? Worried? Angry? Tired? These feelings are warning signs that we need to schedule more time for ourselves, alone with God. But we feel guilty if we slow down for our own sake!

In the Gospel reading (Luke 5:12-16), Jesus shows us that we should not feel guilty. It’s good spiritual medicine to go away from the busy world and, for a little while, forget the hectic demands of normal life. It’s the principle of the Sabbath, the biblical day of rest that God himself took. Did the Creator need to restore lost energy after making the universe? Of course not. It’s an example set for our benefit. Read more…