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Today's Scripture: The Lord said to his disciples, "All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

The gospel of Matthew, chapter  11:27-30,
from today's Orthodox lectionary readings.
See the Bible study notes below.

Additional reading for today: Romans 11:13-24 «

Today's diary - life in Ireland

I've been working on the Nanty Glo Home Page video collection most of my working hours in the past day, so decided to use as today's "life-in photo" one that passed through my notice in the process that records my first long visit to County Donegal, nearly two years ago. Marda and Ward Stothers, who I was working with at the time in Belfast, had rented a cottage with a view of the sea on Donegal's Fanad Peninsula, so we all went there for a week away to recharge. The video above actually appeared in one of my blogs at that time, on July 9, 2013. This version, however, is streamed from YouTube, which has the advantage that it should run on any platform. Ramelton, the beaufiful little town in the early portion of this short video is just up the road (Ramelton Road, actually) from where I am writing this.

Yesterday became another beautiful day after mid-afternoon. This morning was misty when I walked to the cafe and it now is a totally light grey day. It's a bit warmer than a week ago, however. «

Headlines - an Orthodox Christian news aggregator
Links to news, features, research and opinion pieces. See caveats, below.

Were Confederate flag demonstrations setting stage for attacks on stars and stripes?

Boehner targets conservative Congressman for retaliation over his Obamatrade vote

Man successfully sues anesthesiologist who defamed him while 'under' for surgery

Whether Muslims can reject violence in politics is said to be 'entirely up to them'

Lamb genetically modified with jellyfish protein was accidentally sold as meat in Paris

Conservative Christians have a certain pessimism that beautiful art has stopped

Thomas Sowell: Hillary is the choice of many just for being a well-known woman

Is graffiti with a Christian purpose a valid testimony or more accurately, a sacrilege?

BBC Science: human ancestors and neanderthals interbred in Europe eons ago

Liberals accused of manipulating economic data to support minimum wage campaign

Christian worldview - the magic of faith
(This department alternates with Writing stuff)

The quote in today's meme doesn't quite "sound" like Alice to me, so I'm dubious about its authenticity, but am not above using it anyway for the point it enables me to discuss. It certainly seems ambiguous, suggesting that modern people are too credulous about magic on one hand but not as believing in it as they should be for it to work, and magic is unreal but we should still keep believing. In some sense it echoes the Gospel's record of the miracle-seeker who professed: "I believe; Lord help my unbelief," and St. Paul's admission that the things he wanted to do he found himself not doing and those he wanted to avoid kept coming out.

I believe that the architects of modernist or liberal "Christianity" are saying much the same thing about orthodox doctrine. We're too enlightened to believe in miracles and an eternal God who created everything out of nothing, they seem to be saying, but for the sake of the cohesion such "faith" seems to give social mechanisms, let's not jettison it as long as we all know—nudge-nudge—no one actually believes this stuff. Then they reinterpret all the contents of the Creed in naturalistic substitutes. There are still some powerful world leaders who profess this kind of Christianity, even though it has been imploding upon itself for at least the past two generations. "I believe in magic so you'll vote for me," they appear to be saying.

If there is no God, to paraphrase C.S. Lewis, we probably aren't intelligent enough to know it. But if we did know it, we should get rid of it as delusion and let the party begin. But I can't stop believing. «

Today's video




Today's quotes


No matter what bitterness has befallen you, no matter what unpleasantness has happened to you, say, "I shall endure this for Jesus Christ!" and it will be easier for you. For the name of Jesus Christ is powerful. Through it, all unpleasantness is calmed, and demons disappear. Your disappointments will also be calmed and your pusillanimity will be quieted.

St. Anthony of Optina «

Everything except God has some natural superior; everything except unformed matter has some natural inferior.

— C. S. Lewis «

Bible study notes: Jesus makes it clear in the few verses from today's Gospel selection that no one knows the Father except those who come by way of Him; He is the only one (the only "religious teacher") who has real access to God the Father of all, and any who want to know the Father has to first become acquainted with the Son. Does this have implications too for the emphasis in the church of the Apostles that Jesus can be approached through saints who are less holy than He is, but are more holy than most of us, especially His mother?

A word with God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, have mercy on us. Teach us your commandments and help us choose your way at each intersection we approach this day. «

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Every-day important things; A word from God; a word with God; taking stock of our place now; catching up on world and social concerns ("headlines"); an inward reflection (worldview); something to get you out; something to laugh about; some thoughts to sharpen your thinking.

Caveats on "headlines"; links to articles on current issues—news, features, research and opinion that may signify how the cultural winds are blowing. Note that most 'news reports' are not 'objective' and if some are 'neutral' it's because the writers and editors are disinterested (could care less about the topic). Neither are 'news reports,' in general, highly accurate or unbiased; try to discern the bias of any report's source; always read aware and at your own risk. «

Unless specified otherwise, none of the message memes used in this blog are the creation or property of the author, but are reposted here from the social networks. «

Quotations usually have not been vetted (and thus may be falsely attributed). «

Videos used here are embedded from video websites (most frequently YouTube), and occasionally these are removed from the sites from which they were embedded, or permissions on those sites change, causing them to "disappear" from these pages. This is also likely to happen to links to articles outside this site. This is beyond the control or remedy of this blog. «

Comments: Please leave comments on my Facebook or Google+ page. «

§ I have now uploaded over 3,000 photos and videos, mostly from my recent 19-month visit to Northern Ireland, but also including several hundred photos and videos from my summer in Pennsylvania (2012), some photos of the family, and some new ones from Malta on my Flickr site. Most of these are now organized by sets. Click here for the Flicker site.

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