St John the Baptist
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The feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist is one of the oldest feasts in the liturgy of the Church. Unlike other saints whose feast days are usually celebrated on the anniversary of their deaths — considered the day they entered into final glory — St. John’s feast day is the day of […]
Learn How to Be Brought Low
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You don’t need to be anyone special to know what it means to be brought low. You don’t need to be Job to know that God gives and takes away (Job 1:21). You just need to know the heartsickness of hope deferred (Proverbs 13:12), or the bitterness of solitary pain (Proverbs 14:10), or the ache of God’s seeming silence (Psalm 13:1). In other words, anyone with a pulse knows what it means to be brought low. But can we stand up, square our shoulders, and say with the apostle Paul, “I know h
God Loves Good Hip-Hop
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Music is arguably the most influential art form on earth. This influence is not only attested to by music psychology, but also by the Bible in its attention to at least two realities. First, all art forms are powerful, but those which involve words exercise extra influence. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits” (Proverbs 18:21). God used words to create the world, and our use of words is a way we mirror him as image bearers (Hebrews
A Leadership Quandary: To Change or Not to Change
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I love continual improvement. I am one of those who actually enjoys change. If things stay the same too long I get bored and begin looking for a new challenge. I even stir things for fun sometimes – just to keep life interesting around me. (This is not always a positive characteristic. Ask my wife.) […]
Constructivism in Metaethics
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[Revised entry by Carla Bagnoli on June 23, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Metaethical constructivism is the view that insofar as there are normative truths, they are not fixed by normative facts that are independent of what rational agents would agree to under some specified conditions of choice. The appeal of this view lies in the promise to explain how normative truths are objective and independent of our actual judgments, while also binding and authoritative for us....
Lost In The Streets Of The Rich
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Walking through the Upper East Side shook me deeply. How could some people live so well as I struggle so much?
Bernie Sanders And The Mirage of Religious Freedom
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Is the view that only Christians can go to Heaven an expression of islamophobia? Or is it just a basic tenet of (many denominations of) Christianity? Or is it both? Last week, Bernie Sanders opposed President Trump’s nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought. His opposition was predicated on […]
Courage Vanquish Every Shadow, Greet Midsummer With a Kiss
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Join me today, for I wish you a blessed Litha! May our magick rise up, shine, and, as our ancestors taught, bring healing, joy, and transformation. Continue Reading
How to Fight Feelings of Futility
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A few times each year, it happens. I go into a funk. I’ve learned from experience it only lasts a few days but it’s ugly when it happens. What it looks like is this: I don’t want to work because nothing really matters anyway. We all die in the end. Of course, my normal brain would never get tripped by such a silly thought. Of course the work we do matters. And all that we say and do matter, too. If one thing matters, everything matters I suppose.
Typical New US Priest: 34-year-old Who Prays Rosary, Takes Part in Eucharistic Adoration; and More!
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By Tito Edwards | Typical New U.S. Priest: 34-year-old Who Prays Rosary, Takes Part in Eucharistic Adoration
Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra Chariots in Numbers - Height - Length - Wood
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The three chariots (Raths) used for the annual Puri Jagannath Ratha Yatra are newly... [Visit original source www.hindu-blog.com to read the entire content and more such articles.]
Kimchis's Careless Kohanim and the Flashy Princess
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Guest postMy impression from what I've read and conversations I've had with friends who went to Bais Yaakov is that there are two frequently cited prooftexts for the importance of tznius. Particularly, for the primary importance tznius is given in frumwomen's religious life.The first is the story of Kimchis. As the story is told to talmidos, Kimchis was zoche to have all seven of her sons serve as Kohen Gadol. The rabbonim asked her what she had done to merit this honor, and she replied that the
Whatever Happened To Nicodemus And Joseph Of Arimathea?
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Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea apparently believed in Jesus, so what happened to the Jewish religious leaders after they placed their trust in Christ? Nicodemus We are introduced to Nicodemus in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Column:  Sweat, Tears or the Sea
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Welcome to the other side of the solstice: light is waning but abundant, still at its strongest and letting us stare deep and long into the world and into ourselves. This solstice is the triumph of life to its fullest, heralding the certainty of harvest in a moment of lavish light. In my family’s traditions, […]
Tahia of Lord Jagannath – The Crown of Jagannath during Puri Jagannath yatra
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When the murti (idol) of Hindu God Jagannath is taken from the temple to the Ratha for... [Visit original source www.hindu-blog.com to read the entire content and more such articles.]
Six lynched in Jharkhand: Photo that should haunt us, Indians, inhabitants of the land of 'non-violence'
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Will this photograph haunt us, Indians, for long?A man--Mohammad Naeem, begging for his life, yet, the mob killed him in cold blood.The man was not alone.
Abstract objects: two ways of introducing them, in the core and the periphery of language
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One of the most striking features of natural language is that it comes with a wealth of terms for abstract objects, or so it seems, and to a great extent they can be formed quite systematically and productively. First, we can form nominalizations from expressions that normally serve as predicates, for example adjectives, and the nominalizations can be used, it seems to refer to abstract objects. The post Abstract objects: two ways of introducing them, in the core and the periphery of language a
Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [06.24.17]
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Happy, happy, happy weekend!  Some real, down in the bones JOY to celebrate today! Links & stories this week 100% guaranteed to make you smile a mile wide & believe...
Celebrating Canada’s 150 Years Whisky Style
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July 1 is Canada Day, and this year it’s even more of a holiday than usual. Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary this Saturday, and Hiram Walker Distillery master blender Dr. Don Livermore marked the occasion with a trip from coast to coast – and all the way from near the U.S. border to the Arctic Circle along the way. He led tastings of the new J.P. Wiser’s One Fifty Commemorative Series whisky at each stop, ending in St. John’s, Newfoundland. That’s where we ca
Inspiring Faith Amid Trial
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By Nick Manetto | Faith Under Fire Dramatic Stories of Christian Courage By Matthew Archbold Servant, 2016 176 pages, $15.99 To order: https://shop.franciscanmedia.org or
LifeChurch Reno Wilderness Playscape
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Worlds of Wow had so much fun partnering with the LifeChurch team on this project. From the printed carpet, faux trees, giant stump, to the realistic play cabin, the kids are able to let their imagination run wild in this outdoor themed play area."My 5 year old has been there a few times and she LOOOOVES it and totally gives it her stamp of approval."
Call for Outstanding Philosophy Teachers
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Open call for Philosophers in the Classroom: Essays on TeachingWe write to solicit names of outstanding teachers who might be interested in contributing to a volume of
Rhett Smith 91: Creating Space for Silence During Lent
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We live in a culture that continually inundates us with noise. That noise comes in all kinds of forms. Advertising, entertainment, technology, etc. Sometimes we are passive observers of it as we have little control over what billboards are placed in front of us as we drive down the road. Other times we are active consumers, spending inordinate amount of times on our phones playing games and engaging on social […]
Mindful eating: ‘Suddenly, you have power over food’
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Cultivate self-compassion with How To Stop Beating Yourself Up (MP3) by Bodhipaksa!Jacqueline Howard, CNN: Mindful eating is rooted in the idea of mindfulness, an ancient practice that promotes being aware of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and environment instead of living your life on autopilot. When applied to diet, mindful eating involves focusing on chewing your food, taking your time, being in tune with when your body signals that you are hungry or full, and being aware of how y
Straight Lines: Why Order Matters in a Crazy World
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I don’t always like rules of society, at work, or in my faith. But they are there to keep structure and to keep our silly human ways from wandering.
Has Hatred Gotten the Better of Us?
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Like many of you, I am very frustrated by the results of the election. If you consider yourself to be a generally peaceful, accepting person, you may find yourself now not knowing who to trust. While this is very understandable, we need to rise about it. The same people who… Continue reading
All Cycles Come to an End
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It’s been a smidge over five years since I first posted at Unreasonable Faith. It starked as a lark. I’m not sure how it stretched on for half a decade. In those five years I completed a masters degree and generally scrounged for work in the public history field. I’ve worked as a contractor for [Read More...]
6 Major Keys To Effective Leadership
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Leadership is an art and it’s an art that anyone can learn for the most part. Just because someone learns an art doesn’t mean they will be good or effective. Just think about all of the painters, musicians, communicators, or artists of any sort; although they have learned an art very few get through the […]
Rhett Smith 93: Understanding and Taking Care of You: Work, Relationships, and Self-Care
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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak to a group of employees for Marriott Hotels here in the local Dallas area. It was a great opportunity to help others understand how to have healthy relationships in and out of the work place by beginning to take care of themselves. So in this podcast episode I share what I shared with them: helping them understand how they are […]
Rhett Smith 90: Creating Space During Lent to Reflect on Pain and Suffering
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This week’s episode is somewhat of a continuation of Episode 89 where I reflected on the role of Lent in helping us process pain and suffering, and as a time to work through trauma. That is, Lent is a period of remembering that is important for us if we are to work through our suffering.
I Ching #35 – Advancing
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This post is #35 of 64 hexagrams in a series of posts about the I Ching, an ancient Taoist text that has many ties to the Tao Te Ching. For those of you new to this series, you may want to start by reading my post called “What is a… Continue reading
Ramadan in the Land of Ramen
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I felt rather ambivalent about my first trip to Japan last summer. I was certainly ecstatic about the opportunity to visit the country for a research trip; it had been a lifelong dream to visit the land of ramen, sushi and Honda Civics. However, my trip was supposed to fall during Ramadan and I wasn’t […]
THOUGHTLESSNESS: Destroy your darkest thoughts and become one with all things through deep meditation
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Being and thinking are two separate entities In deep meditation, we find the true nature of our consciousness. Words are redundant in this quest, since Being and Thinking are two separate entities. Therefore, it’s not “I think that I am,” it’s rather, “I am that I am.” Being includes all that is, while thinking excludes […] Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged living [http://www.themindfulword.org]
How to Pray With and For Your Teens
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By Sherry Antonetti | It’s a difficult thing
June 2017 Monthly Horoscopes by Chrisalis
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Happy Birthday Gemini! Here are highlights for the month ahead. Lunations: Moon Phases for the entire month: New Moon: This month’s New Moon occurs June 24 at 2° Cancer 47″ Full Moon: This month’s Full Moon occurs June 9 at 18° Sagittarius 53″ Retrogrades: Jupiter turns direct on June 9, Neptune turns retrograde on June 7, Saturn and Pluto are retrograde for the entire month of June. Ingresses: Mars enters Cancer June 4, Mercury enters Gemini and Venus enters Taurus on J
The Unlikely Place Where The Holy Spirit Moved
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The coming of the Holy Spirit begins to quickly reshape the world for Jesus’ followers. Before Acts 2, their reality centers on Jesus, resurrected and physically present with them. What Roman guard or Jewish leader dares approach Jesus’ band of disciples with the evidence of resurrection sitting in their midst? They seem to steer clear of any […] The post The Unlikely Place Where The Holy Spirit Moved appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
Corruption: are you an expert? [quiz]
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Headlines regularly focus on political scandals and corruption. From public officials embezzling government monies, selling public offices, and trading bribes for favors to private companies generate public indignation and calls for reform—corruption, it seems, is inevitable. But what really is corruption, and who is responsible for its continuation? The post Corruption: are you an expert? [quiz] appeared first on OUPblog.
10 Great Leadership Lessons From The Life and Career Of Tim Duncan
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Well the NBA Finals wrapped up with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavilers winning it all. It also kicked off one of the craziest NBA free agent frenzies since LeBron James took his talents to South Beach. The top prize in the NBA free agent season went to the already loaded Golden State Warriors, who […]
The Weekly Rune
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For the week of 28 May 2017 Legacy, and faith in self. Othala is the half-month stave through 14 June. Ansuz reversed is the intuitive stave, and Kenaz indicates Nature's message to us. Read right to left is Othala, Ansuz reversed, then Kenaz. The half-month rune is set by the runic calendar, and governs for a tad over two weeks. The intuitive stave (meaning, I draw it blind) indicates the life force most available to us, which brings the focus of the half-month rune into sharper focus for the
Secession
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[Revised entry by Allen Buchanan on June 22, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Until fairly recently secession has been a neglected topic among philosophers. Two factors may explain why philosophers have now begun to turn their attention to secession. First, in the past two decades there has been a great increase not only in the number of attempted secessions, but also in successful secessions, and philosophers may simply be reacting to this new reality, attempting to make normative s