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Life Everlasting / Easter Sunday ( 04.20.2014 )



Gospel jn 20:1-9


On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala

came to the tomb early in the morning,

while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb.

So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple

whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb,

and we don’t know where they put him.”

So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.

They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and

arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there,

but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb

and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head,

not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.

Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first,

and he saw and believed.


For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.

Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday04.18.14)
4 years ago


Responsorial Psalm ps 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25
R/ (Lk 23:46) Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.
In you, O LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me. Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
R/ Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.
For all my foes I am an object of reproach,
a laughingstock to my neighbors,
and a dread to my friends;
they who see me abroad flee from me.
I am forgotten like the unremembered dead;
I am like a dish that is broken.
R/ Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.
But my trust is in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.
In your hands is my destiny;
rescue me from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors.”
R/ Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.
Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your kindness.
Take courage and be stouthearted,
all you who hope in the LORD.
R/ Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.
the symbolic trinity - pictured here as light beings
6 years ago


time travel

or souls reaching out to touch other souls

our mystery unfolds


the daily grind becomes more than the usual

when we let our imaginations play a role

As Einstein said: 
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."

Saints and Sinners - Travelling the Globe
6 years ago


Soon we recognize Memorial Day and those who came before us.








And it was their dream

of freedom and a new land

that built a new nation.







While that dream may be just a long ago vision to some,

there are still many who believe in the ideals of the saintly

and the hopes of the sinners. 





We are intended to aspire in this lifetime.  And when we do

we can inspire others.  Our Flag is this symbol of humanity's

courage and best efforts - while flawed - still waving in the

winds across time.

Zee's pure inspiration* Thank You, Zee!
6 years ago



somewhere over the rainbow - we will fly

for love takes us where only God can travel

and we live there in the by and by

6 years ago

"To the pure, all things are pure." (Titus 1:15,16).

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A Saint is not recognized by those who think only their way is correct.

Making mistakes or holding opposite beliefs does not discourage the seeker.

Creator continues to patiently form his masterpieces regardless of the devil's impatience.

Let us admire, not thump a Bible, at those annointed by the Christ.

Often, it is only the Christ who recognizes the anointed.

The self righteous rage against these saints.

As did the Pharisees!

in the light of all things beautiful we are found in His Care
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Christ has not only spoken to us by his life
but has also spoken for us by his death.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.
- Khalil Gibran

forever within the human heart beats LOVE, our Savior
6 years ago
Meditation - He is Risen!
"I rose up and am still with Thee." After His labors and His humiliations, Christ finds rest with His Father. "I am still with Thee." This is perfect beatitude. Through His cross He entered into the possession of eternal glory. Christ has gained the crown of victory; through Christ men also win their crowns of victory. Humanity was under a curse and subject to the wrath of God. Now that they have risen with Christ, their guilt has been destroyed. "I rose up and am still with Thee." The liturgy places these words in the mouth of the Church that she may pray them with Christ.
"The earth trembled and was still when God arose in judgment." The resurrection of Christ is the judgment and condemnation of those who have turned away from God. This judgment was prefigured by the angel who passed through the land of Egypt destroying the first-born of the Egyptians. The Israelites marked the doors of their houses with the blood of the paschal lamb. We are the new Israel, and "Christ our Pasch is sacrificed." We mark ourselves with His blood, which we enjoy in the Holy Eucharist. We have been pardoned, we are saved, we shall live.
"He is risen." The resurrection of Christ is a pledge of our own resurrection. It is the foundation upon which our faith rests. It is the guarantee of our redemption and God's assurance that our sins are forgiven and that we are called to eternal life. "This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us be glad and rejoice therein. Give praise to the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever. Alleluia." "Christ our Pasch is sacrificed. . . . The Lamb redeems the sheep. Christ, the innocent One, hath reconciled sinners to the Father." — Excerpted from The Light of the World by Benedict Baur, O.S.B.
my oh my, what a blessing!
6 years ago

St Kitty with Easter Chick - as seen on Care2 :)
6 years ago
opening hearts - opens minds
6 years ago

2010-04-04: The True Message of Easter, Man’s Final Goal

… [L]ove that is unlimited, constant and infallible, is without conditions and pure, and in its fire all that is unclean and evil will burn.  For such a love is the love of The Creation and of its Laws …  As yet man does not understand the wisdom of this teaching, because it is adulterated everywhere on Earth. … However, in two thousand years it will be brought forth and taught anew, unfalsified, when man has become reasonable and knowledge­able.  A new age and generation will come forth which foretells great changes.  In the stars can be read that the people of the new era will be great revolutionaries in truth and from the stars shall come the truth thereof. — Immanuel

[this is just to help our minds to embrace God's message to us, that we are loved beyond our imagination, and Easter is a time to remember His Providence]

for the WellSprings of our souls,...
6 years ago

  If Easter says anything to us today, it says this: You can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there. You can nail it to a cross, wrap it in winding sheets and shut it up in a tomb, but it will rise!
Clarence W. Hall

Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless.
Charles M. Crowe

All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!
Lucy Van Pelt
In Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.


And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.
St. Augustine

and our spirits rise!
6 years ago

The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.
Henry Knox Sherrill

Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection. Let him say not merely, "Christ is risen," but "I shall rise."
Phillips Brooks

Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness.
Floyd W. Tomkins

On Easter Day the veil between time and eternity thins to gossamer.
Douglas Horton

The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.
Robert Flatt

This is the promise that He hath promised us, even eternal life. 
    Bible, 1 John

6 years ago

Thank you for the up lifting of my spirit that has the flu Dot. I sure needed the smile of this wonderful thread. Huge Bear Hugs....! Bless you Dot for all that you do and the hearts you touch along the way.

6 years ago

You are a very cultured and intelligent lady as well. I want to let know that I appreciate very much your posts and admire you even more, Dear Dot Alexander.

what do the love birds have to say?
6 years ago

video spotlight

Parrots Have Conversation (Funny Video)

Parrots Have Conversation (Funny Video)


on Care2

reading further on our expanding miracle,....
6 years ago

About the author (2007)

Hans Kung is president of the Global Ethic Foundation (Germany/Switzerland) after retiring in 1996 as professor of ecumenical theology and director of the Institute for Ecumenical Research at the University of Tubingen. He is the author of more than fifty books, including The Catholic Church and On Being a Christian.

our concepts of material affluence (from the heavens)
6 years ago


Text by Doreen Virtue - Heavenly Money Matters

Economic conditions are affected more by human beliefs and expectations than by oil prices or political concerns. This is true for you personally, as well as for everyone globally. Your personal finances are greatly influenced by your expectations and emotions, so it’s doubly important to keep your thoughts and feelings at as high a level as possible.

Angel expert Doreen Virtue shares seven guidelines that will help you focus on the positive outcomes of the economic crisis and reduce stress.











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the world is not flat - our minds expand, too!
6 years ago



Let's Not Preach to the Scientists, Catholic Theologian Küng Says God is not a category for science, but there's room for faith in divine creation, says liberal theologian Hans Küng.

Read more:



 Paris - In the debate over evolution and intelligent design,conservative voices have dominated among those who defend the idea that God played a role in the development of species. Now one of Catholicism’s leading liberals, theologian Hans Küng, has come out with a book that accepts evolution as scientists generally describe it but still maintains a role for God. He sees God's activity not in designing complex forms of life, as ID supporters argue, but in in founding the laws of nature by which life evolved and in facilitating the 13.7-billion-year adventure of creation. Küng has little patience either for scientists who do not see beyond the limits of their discipline or for believers who try to tell the experts how things must have been.

The Swiss-born priest, now 77, was stripped of his license to teach Catholic theology in 1979 because he challenged the doctrine of papal infallibility. A prolific author, he was out of favor for decades in Rome. But when Joseph Ratzinger, Küng's former colleague from the Tübingen University theology faculty in Germany, was elected Pope Benedict XVI last April, the mood changed. Even though the pope is unmistakably conservative, he invited his rebellious old colleague to a friendly dinner. Among the topics they discussed was Küng’s new book on evolution,

Der Anfang aller Dinge


("The Beginning of All Things").

Read more:
a remarkable man of our time: Hans Kung*
6 years ago
Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration
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Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration[1] is an interfaith declaration, drafted initially by Dr. Hans Küng, in cooperation with the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions staff and Trustees and experts. Drawing on many of the world's religious and spiritual traditions, the declaration identifies four essential affirmations as shared principles essential to a global ethic.

  1. Commitment to a culture of non-violence and respect for life
  2. Commitment to a culture of solidarity and a just economic order
  3. Commitment to a culture of tolerance and a life of truthfulness
  4. Commitment to a culture of equal rights and partnership between men and women

This Declaration was signed at the Parliament of the World's Religions gathering in 1993 by more than 200 leaders from 40+ different faith traditions and spiritual communities. Since 1993 it has been signed by thousands more leaders and individuals around the world. As such, it established a common ground for people of faith to agree and to cooperate for the good of all.



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Hans Küng (2009)

Hans Küng (born March 19, 1928, in Sursee, Canton of Lucerne) is a Swiss Catholic priest, theologian, and prolific author. Since 1995 he has been President of the Foundation for a Global Ethic (Stiftung Weltethos). Küng is "a Catholic priest in good standing",

in our times,....
6 years ago




for the abstract thinkers,...

not a Saint but had great ideas!
6 years ago

C.G. Jung quotes (showing 1-50 of 148)

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
read more:
¯ C.G. Jung

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and in Jimmy's corner of the world news,...
6 years ago
President Jimmy Carter Authors New Bible Book, Answers Hard Biblical Questions

Posted: 03/19/2012 7:08 am Updated: 03/19/2012 7:09 am

Jimmy Carter Book

Jimmy Carter served as the 39th president of the United States, founded the Carter Center and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. President Carter is also a Sunday School teacher and has followed that avocation since his earliest years. In this interview, HuffPost's Senior Religion Editor Paul Brandeis Raushenbush spoke to President Carter by phone about the hardest questions presented in the Bible: from gays, science, the role of women, slavery passages and more. The former president offered answers to each of them with the insights and spiritual wisdom he has included in his latest book: "NIV Lessons from Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter."


6 years ago

Blessings to you Dot and a wonderful thread. Hugs Hugs......!

6 years ago

Thank you so much, for your two posts and for your comment too, Dear Dot Alexander!



and the shamrocks grow all around us*
6 years ago

with appreciation from Antonio, - your comment is adorable!

The Saints - today,.. :)
6 years ago

St. Patrick

uses shamrock in an illustrative parable

The Shamrock

Legend (dating to 1726, according to the OED) also credits St. Patrick with teaching the Irish about the doctrine of the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock, a three-leafed plant, using it to illustrate the Christian teaching of 'three divine persons in the one God.'[66] For this reason, shamrocks have definitely become a central symbol for St Patrick’s Day.

Nevertheless, the shamrock was also seen as sacred in the pre-Christian days in Ireland. Due to its green color and overall shape, many viewed it as representing rebirth and eternal life. Three was a sacred number in the pagan religion and there were a number of "Triple Goddesses" in ancient Ireland, including Brigid, Ériu, and the Morrigan

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