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  1. Well--I guess progress is being made here if the only thing of problem is` wert thou`--whew lucky it wasn`t my own composition I `m still moved by the passage and have great regard for the author, thought I am, as you well know not of the Baha`i faith. Thoughts, ideas matter not how they are written, where they come from --neither language, grammar nor spelling matter but how they are received by the heart. Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises, Sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not. Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments Will hum about mine ears, and sometime voices That, if I then had waked after long sleep, Will make me sleep again; and then, in dreaming, The clouds methought would open, and show riches Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked, I cried to dream again. The Tempest 3.2.148-156 Fare thee well my lord on life`s great journey. Might thou be ever safe and blessed whilst thou walk though these lands filled with such strange noises, but forget thou to dream not. S
  2. Whoever shows up is the one for you-- always is. I have had a few loves in my life--for me it mattered not what they were , how old or how they looked --and believe me they choose us! blessings and peace--may you find a wonderful new family member! S
  3. Maybe for you it is that, taking it without the mumbo-jumbo--, for an other it is religion-- both right. However, don` t confuse religion with God-- ! I hold all religions in reverence for the reason that the basis of all of them is love of God--or whoever we believe that entity or non entity to be, --names are irrelevant. "Wert thou to attain to but a dewdrop of the crystal waters of divine knowledge, thou wouldst readily realise that true life is not the life of the flesh but the life of the spirit. For the life of the flesh is common to both men and animals, whereas the life of the spirit is possessed only by the pure in heart who have quaffed from the ocean of faith and partaken of the fruit of certitude. This life knoweth no death, and this existence is crowned by immortality." Bahá’u’lláh --you see Hyper the seed of faith is in each human soul, but the soil that germinates it is different in each one of us--for many it is religion for others it is something else. Unless we have faith we are simply empty vessels. You have as well, you may just call it something else, And--yes, all is the reflection of the divine within us and without. blessings and peace, S
  4. Thank you Newt--for this most beautiful vision of the unfathomable, unknowable , unimaginable, omnipotent Universal Creator !--a most profound and holy statement. blessings and peace, S
  5. Well my two have a ritual. In mid-summer it is 5.30 am--as the days get longer the time gets moved along, these days it is 7 am. Felix--sits on the bed at my feet, sitting up staring at me , Alice comes onto the top of the bed by my head and coos like a dove incessantly while gently stroking my head with her paw until I get up. I always wonder how she is able to sound like a turtle dove Then they each sit at their bowls waiting--both situated in different parts of the kitchen. It is a small kitchen. . I don`t need a clock in the morning--I always know the time. blessings, S
  6. Beloved Rev. Rainbow-- There are no words sufficient to ease the sorrow of the heart of such tragedy . My prayers go up for you and your family in this most painful of times. Do not stand at my grave and weep Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die. Mary Elizabeth Frye blessings of the Lord be on you and your family, S
  7. I am sure your cardiologist is right--but still just to keep the bases covered, a prayer or two for you can only help, even if they are Catholic . So it shall be. wishing you well--blessings and peace, S
  8. Yes--sooooo true but I seem to think that they are very aware. My mom swears these days that someone`s spirit from her the past is present in Sylvester--she strongly feels it is her father. Who am I not to believe her, especially when you see them together and how that kitty behaves. blessings and peace, S
  9. "Ye shall know them by their fruits" Exactly! It is now time to take Hermano`s advice---- `When other people attack my faith, I simply answer with silence. I will only have a crisis if I let them disturb my serenity.` peace to you Dan, S
  10. ====In short-- IN BRIEF 261 The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and of Christian life. God alone can make it known to us by revealing himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 262 The Incarnation of God's Son reveals that God is the eternal Father and that the Son is consubstantial with the Father, which means that, in the Father and with the Father the Son is one and the same God. 263 The mission of the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father in the name of the Son (Jn 14:26) and by the Son "from the Father" (Jn 15:26), reveals that, with them, the Spirit is one and the same God. "With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified" (Nicene Creed). 264 "The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father as the first principle and, by the eternal gift of this to the Son, from the communion of both the Father and the Son" (St. Augustine, De Trin. 15, 26, 47: PL 42, 1095). 265 By the grace of Baptism "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit", we are called to share in the life of the Blessed Trinity, here on earth in the obscurity of faith, and after death in eternal light (cf. Paul VI, CPG § 9). <a name="266">266 "Now this is the Catholic faith: We worship one God in the Trinity and the Trinity in unity, without either confusing the persons or dividing the substance; for the person of the Father is one, the Son's is another, the Holy Spirit's another; but the Godhead of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is one, their glory equal, their majesty coeternal" (Athanasian Creed: DS 75; ND 16). 267 Inseparable in what they are, the divine persons are also inseparable in what they do. But within the single divine operation each shows forth what is proper to him in the Trinity, especially in the divine missions of the Son's Incarnation and the gift of the Holy Spirit. blessings and peace, S
  11. Just to throw in some confusion--this is the Catholic official version according to the catechism; may interest some. Sorry for being so long--there is a lot more on the site-- All our catholic secrets http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p1s2c1p2.htm
  12. I was introduced to Nostradamus many years ago--it made perfect sense in the beginning--probably because it seemed a long distance into the future, but then I realized one could interpret it in many ways. And as Atwater Witki pointed out, the predictions can be plugged in like an equation into any age. That part that you quoted is referred to the coming of the Anti-Christ--generally, however as you pointed out--time is difficult to predict. By now we should be living in the Golden Age if the predictions were true. For me--though being a Christian--Revelations seem to be in the same vein when it comes to prognostications. But maybe on the morning following December 21/2012 when I wake up on a planet in a distant galaxy I may just say`Hollyyyyyyyyy--some were right on the mark` though I still will bet on the idea--that I shall be celebrating the 31st December/2012 with my family, like usual. I think man forever hopes to know future events of ones life. We so long to know the mind of God--which I doubt we shall never know. blessings and peace, S
  13. Thanks Rev`rd Rattlesnake-- That is what I also said regarding the second article--we should simply accept each other and know the different faiths. That is why I said maybe I should be a Hindu or Buddhist--well they have problems as well, but not as much as we seem to have. I think maybe Sarkozy, the French president had a point --when he said that religions are the cause of most wars. I find it very disheartening that religion--all of them profess love as their basis, yet they have the most lack of love towards their fellow man. Maybe the Gnostics are right--we are creations of a lesser God. blessings and peace, S
  14. just to add--this is the problem with any fundamental religion, be it Christian, Mormon or any other. We bash each other to death--as in the article below being the Mormon version. How can we come to terms with each other holding these beliefs? Can there ever be peace?--I doubt it. http://www.spotlightministries.org.uk/morm&churches.htm blessings, S
  15. Hi Rev`d Rattlesnake-- Don`t get me wrong I have no problem with any religion at all. I simply wanted to know the beliefs of Mormonism. I also hold some differences myself when it comes to my religion. I believe all religions, belief systems when practiced from the heart are correct.To me it makes no difference what it is called--no one knows the truth really. But I believe it is good to know what people believe--the truth , not stories and myths which are incorrect. In the site below there is an interesting comparison between doctrines--I did not post this to as to demonstrate which is the correct one, simply for the sake of knowing the differences. ``All religions are equal before God``, said the Blessed Mother in one of Her apparitions . I believe that. Maybe this is the reason why Medjugorje has a hard time in being accepted by the Vatican http://carm.org/comparison-between-christian-doctrine-and-mormon-doctrine blessings and peace, S
  16. This is an interesting site--there are a few interesting articles there--insights for a number of shamans. http://www.maya12-21-2012.com/2012shamans.html blessings and peace, S
  17. It is about time for a change!You are absolutely . One can feel something is afoot . I suppose we don`t have long to wait--It is rather an exciting prospect either way we shall be amazed or disappointed. blessings and peace, S
  18. Among the major differences with traditional Christianity, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the Mormon Church is officially called, do not believe in the concept of the unified Trinity; the Book of Mormon is considered sacred text, alongside the Bible and two other texts; and Mormons believe that God has a physical body and that human beings can eventually become like God. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/m/mormons_church_of_jesus_christ_of_latterday_saints/index.html?offset=0&s=newest In Mormonism: The trinity is three separate Gods: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. "That these three are separate individuals, physically distinct from each other, is demonstrated by the accepted records of divine dealings with man," (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 35). Richard D Land the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, who calls Mormonism a fourth Abrahamic religion, along with Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Being set apart from Christianity. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/opinion/im-a-mormon-not-a-christian.html?ref=mormonschurchofjesuschristoflatterdaysaints
  19. I simply used cult as I have read a few articles where it was referred to as a cult. I just think it is an off-shoot of Christianity --however I know very little about it , that is why I posed the question. This is the reason why I think it is a good idea to know about different religions if we want to live in peace with each other. peace and blessings, S
  20. Is Mormonism a Christian religion or is it a cult? ``Mormonism is not a Christian religion. It is not even a Christian heresy. It is a religion that has no real connection with Jesus Christ, except at a semantic level. It has been allowed to pass itself off as another manifestation of American Protestantism – some Catholics have been remarkably lax on this front – but it is nothing of the sort, denying as it does the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith – the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, and the exclusivity of revelation in Christ. Oddly enough, Mormonism is further from Christianity than Islam itself. There are indeed interesting parallels between the two. `` http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2012/04/11/mormonism-is-not-a-christian-religion/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormonism_and_Islam peace, S
  21. This is for you Grateful --and thoughts of Nori, Also for all who have lost a treasured `fur` family member and at times one`s best friend. A BRIDGE CALLED LOVE It takes us back to brighter years, to happier sunlit days and to precious moments that will be with us always. And these fond recollections are treasured in the heart to bring us always close to those from whom we had to part. There is a bridge of memories from Earth to Heaven above… It keeps our dear ones near us It’s the bridge that we call love. ~Author Unknown blessings and love, S
  22. Thank you for saying what I could never have! As for N estingwave--Thanks!! peace and blessings, S
  23. This highly fascinates me --I never knew that Greenspan was such a disciple of Ayn Rand. I find it very interesting . "Alan is my disciple," she declared. "He's my man in Washington." said Ayn Rand. Somewhere, the Matriarch of Objectivism must be spinning in her grave. Almost since his retirement as Fed chairman in 2006, Greenspan has faced intense criticism that his actions helped cause the worst financial crisis since the 1930s. And his own longstanding ties to Rand have stirred new controversy over what role her ideas might have played in the crisis, showing ironically how important a thinker she remains, nearly three decades after her death. http://articles.marketwatch.com/2010-06-19/news/30778323_1_greenspan-ayn-rand-nathaniel-branden peace, S
  24. Very few animals kill for sport--man does . Generally animals do not hunt more than they eat. So infact animals are pacifists in a way.I equate pacifism with unnecessary violence before exploring other alternatives to resolving the issue. This does not mean that one should not defend oneself especially when it comes to survival. One can be a survivalist and a pacifist. As for the mind of God--no one knows--I agree with you--not even Einstein, Hawking, Dawkins, Davies nor I. Einstein said: `God is the garden and the gardener`. Perhaps that is the closest then we shall come to it. Hawking puts it rather succinctly: `If we do discover a theory of everything...it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason--for then we would truly know the mind of God`. Will it happen? We all have our personal beliefs--all of us are correct. Maybe Bohr was correct in that God does play dice, but then maybe Einstein was right in that God just dosn`t. peace and blessings, S
  25. I find this interesting--who said objectivism is dead it is alive and well it seems. Back in 2005, an up-and-coming lawmaker named Paul Ryan credited the polemical novelist and libertarian Ayn Rand as a central inspiration for his entry into public life. Ryan toiled in those days in relative obscurity, a well-respected but low-profile member of the House of Representatives. By the spring of 2012, the boyish congressman had become a Republican star, widely named as a possible vice presidential pick. He also had become considerably less comfortable being linked to the controversial Rand, an atheist with a tartly Darwinian world view. As Ryan and the Republicans look to define the new vice presidential choice’s brand, part of the commentary will be about just how Randian (read: unsympathetic to the weak) the candidate really is. Ayn Rand wrote the bestselling “Atlas Shrugged.” She also encouraged the world’s “makers” to pursue “rational self interest” as “the highest moral purpose of [one's] life,” while giving little care to the nefarious “takers.” Journalists who have recently written about Ryan suggested that his infatuation with the Russian émigré author, who died in 1982 at age 77, has hardly waned. The favorite son of Wisconsin has recently been insisting that his embrace of Rand amounted to a youthful infatuation. In an April interview with the National Review, Ryan said that the reports linking him to Rand were essentially “an urban legend.” “I reject her philosophy,” Ryan told Robert Costa of the National Review. “It’s an atheist philosophy. It reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview.” He added that he had merely “enjoyed a couple of her novels,” which also included another bestseller, “The Fountainhead.” But Ryan made no bones about his philosophical influences just a few years ago. He told the Weekly Standard in 2003 that he gave his staffers copies of “Atlas Shrugged” as Christmas presents. Speaking to a group of Rand acolytes in 2005, Ryan said, “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand. And the fight we are in here, make no mistake about it, is a fight of individualism versus collectivism.” Even three years ago, Tim Mak of Politico noted, Ryan channeled Rand. “What’s unique about what’s happening today in government, in the world, in America, is that it’s as if we’re living in an Ayn Rand novel right now,” Ryan said. “I think Ayn Rand did the best job of anybody to build a moral case of capitalism, and that morality of capitalism is under assault.” http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-vp-paul-ryan-ayn-rand-20120811,0,1175099.story blessings and peace, S