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Tesco Slammed for ‘White Skittles’ Homosexual Pride Promotion

LONDON (Christian Institute) — Tesco has come under fire for a joint promotion with confectionary brand Skittles to celebrate Pride in London—a homosexual rights festival. All-white packets of Skittles are being sold in stores across the UK alongside explanatory text which reads: “During Pride, only one rainbow matters. So we’ve given ours up to show…

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Can’t get it together? These five quotes from today’s saint will get you in gear

… if you begin and begin again, you are doing well.

Sometimes life seems to be falling down around us, if not in our personal lives, then in the world itself.

For the days when we just can’t seem to get it together, these five quotes from the saint celebrated today, St. Josemaria Escriva (1902-1975), can help:

  • Remember this and never forget it: even if it should seem at times that everything is collapsing, nothing is collapsing at all, because God doesn’t lose battles.
  • Rest in divine filiation. God is a Father — your Father! — full of warmth and infinite love. Call him Father frequently and tell him, when you are alone, that you love him, that you love him very much!, and that you feel proud and strong because you are his son.
  • My little friend, say to him: Jesus, knowing that I love you and that you love me, nothing else matters: all is well.
  • Persevere along your way no matter what happens; persevere, cheerfully and optimistically, because the Lord is bent on sweeping aside all obstacles. Hear me well: I am quite certain that if you struggle, you will be a saint!
  • For a son of God each day should be an opportunity for renewal, knowing for sure that with the help of grace he will reach the end of the road, which is Love. That is why if you begin and begin again, you are doing well. If you have a will to win, if you struggle, then, with God’s help, you will conquer! There will be no difficulty you cannot overcome!

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These quotes and more on the theme of encouragement can be found here.

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Can’t get it together? These five quotes from today’s saint will get you in gear

… if you begin and begin again, you are doing well.

Sometimes life seems to be falling down around us, if not in our personal lives, then in the world itself.

For the days when we just can’t seem to get it together, these five quotes from the saint celebrated today, St. Josemaria Escriva (1902-1975), can help:

  • Remember this and never forget it: even if it should seem at times that everything is collapsing, nothing is collapsing at all, because God doesn’t lose battles.
  • Rest in divine filiation. God is a Father — your Father! — full of warmth and infinite love. Call him Father frequently and tell him, when you are alone, that you love him, that you love him very much!, and that you feel proud and strong because you are his son.
  • My little friend, say to him: Jesus, knowing that I love you and that you love me, nothing else matters: all is well.
  • Persevere along your way no matter what happens; persevere, cheerfully and optimistically, because the Lord is bent on sweeping aside all obstacles. Hear me well: I am quite certain that if you struggle, you will be a saint!
  • For a son of God each day should be an opportunity for renewal, knowing for sure that with the help of grace he will reach the end of the road, which is Love. That is why if you begin and begin again, you are doing well. If you have a will to win, if you struggle, then, with God’s help, you will conquer! There will be no difficulty you cannot overcome!

~

These quotes and more on the theme of encouragement can be found here.

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The Iraqi offensive to free Mosul from ISIS is on its final stage

AFP PHOTO / Joint Operation Command / HO

(FILES) This aerial view taken on June 21, 2017 and provided by Iraq’s Joint Operation Command reportedly shows destruction inside Mosul’s Nuri mosque compound.
Jihadists blew up Mosul’s iconic leaning minaret and the adjacent Nuri mosque where their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a “caliphate” in his only public appearance in 2014, an Iraqi commander said. The Islamic State group swiftly issued a statement via its Amaq propaganda agency blaming a US strike for the destruction of the Nuri mosque and the historic leaning Hadba minaret in its vicinity.

Iraqi forces have successfully confined the so-called Islamic State militia into a square mile of territory within Mosul’s “Old City”.

ISIS seized Mosul back in 2014. The operation to retake the city from the so-called Islamic State militia began last October. After Iraqi forces recovered the eastern half of the city in January, they have been steadily re-gaining ground in all areas of the city, and now the offensive against ISIS is in its final stage.

As reported by BBC, although ISIS deployed suicide bombers in different areas north of the city, the situation is under control, according to Iraqi officials, who have now captured the district of Al-Faruq, in the northwest of the city.

This means ISIS’ forces are now confined to barely a square mile of territory within Mosul’s “Old City”.

To read BBC’s report, click here.

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The Iraqi offensive to free Mosul from ISIS is on its final stage

AFP PHOTO / Joint Operation Command / HO

(FILES) This aerial view taken on June 21, 2017 and provided by Iraq’s Joint Operation Command reportedly shows destruction inside Mosul’s Nuri mosque compound.
Jihadists blew up Mosul’s iconic leaning minaret and the adjacent Nuri mosque where their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a “caliphate” in his only public appearance in 2014, an Iraqi commander said. The Islamic State group swiftly issued a statement via its Amaq propaganda agency blaming a US strike for the destruction of the Nuri mosque and the historic leaning Hadba minaret in its vicinity.

Iraqi forces have successfully confined the so-called Islamic State militia into a square mile of territory within Mosul’s “Old City”.

ISIS seized Mosul back in 2014. The operation to retake the city from the so-called Islamic State militia began last October. After Iraqi forces recovered the eastern half of the city in January, they have been steadily re-gaining ground in all areas of the city, and now the offensive against ISIS is in its final stage.

As reported by BBC, although ISIS deployed suicide bombers in different areas north of the city, the situation is under control, according to Iraqi officials, who have now captured the district of Al-Faruq, in the northwest of the city.

This means ISIS’ forces are now confined to barely a square mile of territory within Mosul’s “Old City”.

To read BBC’s report, click here.

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Bobby Jindal: Just Repeal the Whole Thing

President Trump has finally achieved unity and consensus in our nation’s capital. Pundits, Republican and Democrat members of Congress, and the media all seem to agree that everything must stop so that we can endlessly speculate on Russia, special counsels, the FBI, the last election, and criminal charges. Nonsense. Voters elected President Trump and the Republican majorities in Congress to drain the swamp, i.e., to make big and fundamental changes in the direction of our country. Let Mueller, and the appropriate Congressional committees, talk to Comey, Flynn, and even Putin if they want, but in the meantime, do not let Democrats run out the clock. Our country faces too many dire challenges, thanks in large part to the Obama years, that must be addressed now. Congress is, despite its earned reputation, actually capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time. I have a radical idea – why don’t our political leaders do what they promised when they asked for our votes just a few months ago? They could start by actually repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Now that the House has finally passed its health care legislation, attention turns toward the Senate. House leadership claimed certain popular provisions could not be added, e.g., allowing the sale of insurance across state lines, and other unpopular provisions could not be removed, e.g., the special treatment for Members of Congress and their staff, to ensure rapid Senate approval of the House legislation. Despite these assurances and compromises, Republican Senators are now talking about writing their own legislation. While the House compromise that allows states the option to apply for a federal waiver to repeal many of Obamacare’s regulations disappointed conservatives wanting a full repeal, early indications from the Senate are their changes will be to make the legislation less and not more conservative. (Indeed, why not at least require states to apply to keep, rather than to replace, Obamacare’s regulations?)

Senate Republicans should adopt as their guideposts the conservative goals of reducing federal spending, dependence on subsidies, and government intrusion. President Obama’s unprecedented Medicaid expansion to cover millions of able bodied adults violates all three. It wasn’t that long ago when Republicans were in near unanimous agreement that reducing welfare rolls, through policies like time limits and work requirements, was a positive thing. A safety net should be provided for the neediest amongst us, but it should be temporary, targeted, and locally governed.

Senate Republicans should strengthen the House bill’s provisions by giving states even more flexibility to design and run their Medicaid programs. Multi-year federal grants for states should be tied to some measures of eligibility, but not simply to enrollment. Just as states currently benefit when they reduce their welfare rolls, they should not be rewarded for keeping people on Medicaid longer than necessary or punished for encouraging individuals to afford private coverage. States should also have the flexibility and financial incentives to design wrap-around coverage or premium assistance plans rather than one size fits all benefits packages that often crowd out private coverage. Current rules technically allow but actually discourage states from pursuing such policies. A beneficiary with employer provided or individual coverage might require targeted assistance, for example, affording prescription drugs or cost sharing, but should not have to choose between keeping their private coverage and getting help.

Just as the House bill gives states the option to manage their own individual insurance marketplaces, as they did before Obamacare, so should the Senate give states the ability to manage their own Medicaid programs. States should no longer have to come begging to Washington to design benefit packages, cost sharing provisions, or eligibility requirements that meet the unique needs of their constituents. Washington can and should require accountability through overall performance measures, to ensure states are focused on improving health outcomes and not just complying with complicated rules, and special protections for the most vulnerable populations, e.g., the elderly and disabled.

A second conservative change would be for the Senate to transform the House’s refundable tax credit into a tax deduction. This would have to be accompanied by funding for state designed programs to assist needy individuals who do not earn enough income to pay taxes and benefit from the deduction, but at least this subsidy would be explicitly identified as spending and could thus be managed, rather than hiding a new federal entitlement program in an increasingly complicated tax code. A deduction would incentivize consumers to buy health care more efficiently, as they would keep the savings, and insurers and providers to compete to reduce costs. Independent scoring of this provision previously has shown it to be one of the more effective ways to "bend the cost curve down."

Conservatives have waited many years to repeal and replace Obamacare. Perhaps it is too ambitious to hope the Senate improves the House legislation, rather than merely playing defense and trying to minimize the ways they will make it worse. However, President Obama himself campaigned on the promise to be transformational and not merely incremental – surely, we should aim no lower.

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Prophetic End-Times Sign Depicts Seed of Woman Crushing Serpent’s Head

On June 21, the summer solstice day, the sun moves into the constellation Gemini (the united).

Gemini is the tenth chapter of the Star Bible and is a picture of two men. One has the bright star Pollux (he who comes to suffer) at the head and the star Alhena (the wounded) at the foot, a clear representation of Christ as the wounded seed of woman, bruised in the heel. The other has the bright star Castor (the ruler) at the head and the star Mebsuta (treading underfoot) in the foot, a picture of Christ, the victorious seed of woman, treading Satan underfoot. Thus Gemini pictures not two men but one, Jesus, as He came to suffer and will come to rule. Two of the constellations associated with Gemini convey the same message, with Canis Minor (the victorious) and its bright star Procyon (redeemed) representing the suffering savior and Canis Major (the leader) and the brightest star in the heavens, Sirius (the prince) representing Christ the ruler.

Gemini pictures the first and second coming of Jesus, and plays a role in both events. Gemini moved into the summer season in the year Jesus was conceived, 6 B.C., and its star Pollux (he who comes to suffer) reached zenith over Jerusalem at the same time. The precession of the equinoxes will carry the star Castor (the ruler) to zenith over Jerusalem in 2121 A.D., the same year that Gemini exits the summer solstice and Taurus, the sign of Christ’s Second Coming, enters the summer season. In that sense Gemini covers the time from the coming of the first figure, the suffering Savior, to the second, the Ruler. And it is one of the signs in the sun, moon and stars of both the first and Second Coming of Christ.

Because the sun moves through the lower portions of Gemini, the two bright stars of Pollux (he who comes to suffer) and Castor (the ruler) are visible above the northwestern horizon after sunset. Also just after sunset, along with these pictures of the suffering and triumph of the seed of woman, you will see the planet Jupiter, which represents the suffering Savior to the south, and the planet Saturn, representing Christ the Ruler to the east.

Hidden in the glare of the sun in Gemini are Mars, representing the redeeming blood of Jesus, and Mercury, picturing the judgment of Satan. Later this year, during the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, these planets will come into view during the period of darkness at totality, reminding us of the choice of redemption in Christ or judgment. See our recently released book Teshuvah Eclipses for more information.

So tonight, take your binoculars and look for Pollux, Castor, Jupiter and Saturn as they showcase the triumph of Christ, the seed of woman. And tell someone there is still time to accept Christ and avoid the judgment to come. {eoa}

Ron Allen is a Christian businessman, CPA and author who serves in local, national and international ministries spreading a message of reconciliation to God, to men and between believers. He is founder of the International Star Bible Society, telling how the heavens declare the glory of God, and the Emancipation Network, which helps people escape from financial bondage, and co-founder with his wife, Pat, of Corporate Prayer Resources, dedicated to helping intercessors.

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PROVE ALL THINGS

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15. In the work in which my husband and I were called by the providence of God to act a part, even from its very beginning in 1843 and 1844, we have had the Lord to devise […]

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Ai Membri della Lega Italiana per la Lotta contro i Tumori (LILT) (26 giugno 2017)

DISCORSO DEL SANTO PADRE FRANCESCO
AI MEMBRI DELLA LEGA ITALIANA PER LA LOTTA CONTRO I TUMORI (LILT)

Sala Clementina
Lunedì, 26 giugno 2017

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Cari amici,

vi do il benvenuto e ringrazio il Presidente per le cortesi parole che mi ha rivolto a nome di tutti voi.

L’impegno della vostra Istituzione costituisce per la società una duplice ricchezza. Da una parte, con la molteplicità dei suoi servizi, contribuisce a formare nelle persone e nelle famiglie uno stile di prevenzione: cioè favorisce la mentalità che la prevenzione oncologica è anzitutto uno stile di vita. Al tempo stesso, insieme a tantissime e diverse realtà in Italia, alimentate il volontariato, cioè un’espressione emblematica di quella gratuità che dovrebbe incidere sempre più nel vissuto quotidiano.

La vostra opera rappresenta uno strumento molto utile di sensibilizzazione e di formazione. C’è tanto bisogno di diffondere una cultura della vita, fatta di atteggiamenti, di comportamenti. Una vera cultura popolare, seria, accessibile a tutti, e non basata su interessi commerciali. Più in particolare, le famiglie hanno bisogno di essere accompagnate in un cammino di prevenzione; un cammino che coinvolge le diverse generazioni in un “patto” solidale; un cammino che valorizza l’esperienza di chi ha vissuto, insieme ai propri familiari, il faticoso percorso della patologia oncologica.

Altrettanto preziosa è la collaborazione del volontariato della Lega Italiana per la Lotta contro i Tumori con le strutture sanitarie, pubbliche e private; nonché l’aiuto offerto alle famiglie nell’assicurare l’assistenza, soprattutto nella continuità spesso logorante e senza soste della quotidianità.

Questo ultimo aspetto costituisce una testimonianza che trova la comunità ecclesiale particolarmente in sintonia e in condivisione, perché essa è chiamata per vocazione e missione a vivere il servizio a chi soffre e a viverlo secondo il binomio tipicamente cristiano dell’umiltà e del silenzio. Infatti il bene si compie ed è efficace soprattutto quando è fatto senza la ricerca della ricompensa e dell’apparire, nelle concrete situazioni quotidiane della vita.

In tale vostro servizio si attua anche un continuo decentramento verso le periferie. “Periferia”, infatti, è ogni uomo e donna che vive una condizione di emarginazione; periferia è ogni persona costretta ai margini della società e delle relazioni, soprattutto quando la malattia ne infrange i ritmi consueti, come è il caso delle patologie oncologiche. È la periferia a chiamare in causa la responsabilità di ognuno di noi, perché ogni cristiano, al pari di ogni uomo animato dal desiderio di verità e di bene, costituisce uno strumento consapevole della grazia.

Il “prendersi cura”, testimoniato nella ferialità condivisa con tante persone ammalate, è una ricchezza inestimabile per la società: ricorda all’intera comunità civile ed ecclesiale di non aver paura della prossimità, non aver paura della tenerezza, non aver paura di “perdere tempo” con legami che offrano e accolgano sostegno e conforto reciproco, spazi di solidarietà autentici e non formali.

Da ultimo, mi permetto di sottolineare che, poiché la salute costituisce un bene primario e fondamentale di ogni persona, è auspicabile che la prevenzione oncologica possa essere estesa a tutti, grazie alla collaborazione tra i servizi pubblici e privati, le iniziative della società civile e quelle caritative. In questo modo, con il vostro specifico contributo, anche in questo settore possiamo cercare di far sì che le nostre società diventino sempre più inclusive.

Vi ringrazio per questo incontro. Affido il vostro impegno e quello dei volontari, insieme a tutte le persone ammalate che incontrate, alla materna protezione di Maria Santissima, Salus infirmorum, e di cuore vi benedico. Grazie!

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Ai Membri della Lega Italiana per la Lotta contro i Tumori (LILT) (26 giugno 2017)

DISCORSO DEL SANTO PADRE FRANCESCO
AI MEMBRI DELLA LEGA ITALIANA PER LA LOTTA CONTRO I TUMORI (LILT)

Sala Clementina
Lunedì, 26 giugno 2017

[Multimedia]


 

Cari amici,

vi do il benvenuto e ringrazio il Presidente per le cortesi parole che mi ha rivolto a nome di tutti voi.

L’impegno della vostra Istituzione costituisce per la società una duplice ricchezza. Da una parte, con la molteplicità dei suoi servizi, contribuisce a formare nelle persone e nelle famiglie uno stile di prevenzione: cioè favorisce la mentalità che la prevenzione oncologica è anzitutto uno stile di vita. Al tempo stesso, insieme a tantissime e diverse realtà in Italia, alimentate il volontariato, cioè un’espressione emblematica di quella gratuità che dovrebbe incidere sempre più nel vissuto quotidiano.

La vostra opera rappresenta uno strumento molto utile di sensibilizzazione e di formazione. C’è tanto bisogno di diffondere una cultura della vita, fatta di atteggiamenti, di comportamenti. Una vera cultura popolare, seria, accessibile a tutti, e non basata su interessi commerciali. Più in particolare, le famiglie hanno bisogno di essere accompagnate in un cammino di prevenzione; un cammino che coinvolge le diverse generazioni in un “patto” solidale; un cammino che valorizza l’esperienza di chi ha vissuto, insieme ai propri familiari, il faticoso percorso della patologia oncologica.

Altrettanto preziosa è la collaborazione del volontariato della Lega Italiana per la Lotta contro i Tumori con le strutture sanitarie, pubbliche e private; nonché l’aiuto offerto alle famiglie nell’assicurare l’assistenza, soprattutto nella continuità spesso logorante e senza soste della quotidianità.

Questo ultimo aspetto costituisce una testimonianza che trova la comunità ecclesiale particolarmente in sintonia e in condivisione, perché essa è chiamata per vocazione e missione a vivere il servizio a chi soffre e a viverlo secondo il binomio tipicamente cristiano dell’umiltà e del silenzio. Infatti il bene si compie ed è efficace soprattutto quando è fatto senza la ricerca della ricompensa e dell’apparire, nelle concrete situazioni quotidiane della vita.

In tale vostro servizio si attua anche un continuo decentramento verso le periferie. “Periferia”, infatti, è ogni uomo e donna che vive una condizione di emarginazione; periferia è ogni persona costretta ai margini della società e delle relazioni, soprattutto quando la malattia ne infrange i ritmi consueti, come è il caso delle patologie oncologiche. È la periferia a chiamare in causa la responsabilità di ognuno di noi, perché ogni cristiano, al pari di ogni uomo animato dal desiderio di verità e di bene, costituisce uno strumento consapevole della grazia.

Il “prendersi cura”, testimoniato nella ferialità condivisa con tante persone ammalate, è una ricchezza inestimabile per la società: ricorda all’intera comunità civile ed ecclesiale di non aver paura della prossimità, non aver paura della tenerezza, non aver paura di “perdere tempo” con legami che offrano e accolgano sostegno e conforto reciproco, spazi di solidarietà autentici e non formali.

Da ultimo, mi permetto di sottolineare che, poiché la salute costituisce un bene primario e fondamentale di ogni persona, è auspicabile che la prevenzione oncologica possa essere estesa a tutti, grazie alla collaborazione tra i servizi pubblici e privati, le iniziative della società civile e quelle caritative. In questo modo, con il vostro specifico contributo, anche in questo settore possiamo cercare di far sì che le nostre società diventino sempre più inclusive.

Vi ringrazio per questo incontro. Affido il vostro impegno e quello dei volontari, insieme a tutte le persone ammalate che incontrate, alla materna protezione di Maria Santissima, Salus infirmorum, e di cuore vi benedico. Grazie!

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Why British English refuses to take itself seriously

Silly terms like gobsmacked, codswallop, and balderdash reflect the British people’s sense of humor.

When British comedian James Corden began hosting his late-night television show in the United States, he reportedly had to watch his words – his producers told him that  American audiences would be baffled by expressions like “knackered” (tired and exhausted”) or “dodgy” (dishonest).

These Britishisms, along with words and expressions like gobsmacked, codswallop, balderdash, sticky wicket, and gazump, seem like nonsense to the speaker of “standard” English. What’s with all silly talk, one might ask?

In a wonderful article for BBC.com, Christine Ro explains why “British English is full of silly-sounding words.” It’s because it’s meant to be. Whimsically playful words and expressions reflect a national “ban on earnestness” or “an aversion to taking things to seriously,” Ro writes. And silly words are an outward expression of the British people’s cast-iron defense against earnestness: its sense of humor, “a sense of humor of a particular kind: given to irony and understatement.”

A playful inventiveness runs strong among British writers, and has for centuries. Shakespeare himself loved to make up words (he gave us bedazzled, gloomy, sanctimonious and gossip). Ro writes that after the Bard of Avon, “British writers from Charles Dickens (‘whiz-bang’) and Lewis Carroll (‘mimsy’) to JK Rowling (‘muggle’) have continued to enliven English vocabulary.”

But to call these words “silly” may sell the British short. Ro explains that there is a method to the barminess:

“Whimsical words like these are formed in a number of ways. These include blends of other words (eg ‘Oxbridge’, from Oxford and Cambridge); reduplicatives, which repeat sounds or parts of words (‘higgledy-piggledy’); back-formations, which often remove the suffix of their originating word (like ‘kempt’, from ‘unkempt’); and of course sheer nonsense (like Roald Dahl’s invention ‘gobblefunk’).”

Read the entire article here. It really is the bee’s knees. Bob’s your uncle.

 

 

 

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Why British English refuses to take itself seriously

Silly terms like gobsmacked, codswallop, and balderdash reflect the British people’s sense of humor.

When British comedian James Corden began hosting his late-night television show in the United States, he reportedly had to watch his words – his producers told him that  American audiences would be baffled by expressions like “knackered” (tired and exhausted”) or “dodgy” (dishonest).

These Britishisms, along with words and expressions like gobsmacked, codswallop, balderdash, sticky wicket, and gazump, seem like nonsense to the speaker of “standard” English. What’s with all silly talk, one might ask?

In a wonderful article for BBC.com, Christine Ro explains why “British English is full of silly-sounding words.” It’s because it’s meant to be. Whimsically playful words and expressions reflect a national “ban on earnestness” or “an aversion to taking things to seriously,” Ro writes. And silly words are an outward expression of the British people’s cast-iron defense against earnestness: its sense of humor, “a sense of humor of a particular kind: given to irony and understatement.”

A playful inventiveness runs strong among British writers, and has for centuries. Shakespeare himself loved to make up words (he gave us bedazzled, gloomy, sanctimonious and gossip). Ro writes that after the Bard of Avon, “British writers from Charles Dickens (‘whiz-bang’) and Lewis Carroll (‘mimsy’) to JK Rowling (‘muggle’) have continued to enliven English vocabulary.”

But to call these words “silly” may sell the British short. Ro explains that there is a method to the barminess:

“Whimsical words like these are formed in a number of ways. These include blends of other words (eg ‘Oxbridge’, from Oxford and Cambridge); reduplicatives, which repeat sounds or parts of words (‘higgledy-piggledy’); back-formations, which often remove the suffix of their originating word (like ‘kempt’, from ‘unkempt’); and of course sheer nonsense (like Roald Dahl’s invention ‘gobblefunk’).”

Read the entire article here. It really is the bee’s knees. Bob’s your uncle.

 

 

 

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Pope Francis: Taking care of the sick, a reminder of Christian grace

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday received the Italian League for the Fight against Tumors, stressing the importance of accompanying families and those on the margins on the path of prevention and cure.

Listen to this report:

Thanking those gathered for their commitment, Pope Francis told them that their  work was a very useful tool of awareness and training, adding that there was a real need to promote  a culture of life, based on attitudes and behaviors.

The League’s commitment to the fight against cancerous tumours is based mainly on three fronts: primary prevention in the form of lifestyle, promotion of a culture of early diagnosis and rehabilitation and social reintegration with attention to the family unit.

In particular the Pope noted, that families need to be accompanied on a path of prevention; A path he said, that involves the various generations.

But he also said, that  equally valuable was the collaboration of volunteers from the league who provide assistance to families, so that they can continue their everyday lives.

Another aspect the Holy Father touched on was the pastoral help of the ecclesial community who are called by vocation and mission, he observed to be at the service of  those who suffer.

During his discourse the Pope stressed the importance of helping those on the peripheries of society who have to deal with a disease like cancer, saying that every Christian filled with a desire to do good, “is a conscious instrument of grace.”

In conclusion, Pope Francis said that "Taking care", of the sick was an invaluable wealth for society and was a reminder to  the entire civil and ecclesial community of the importance of  offering support, comfort and tenderness.

 

 

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Pope Francis: Taking care of the sick, a reminder of Christian grace

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday received the Italian League for the Fight against Tumors, stressing the importance of accompanying families and those on the margins on the path of prevention and cure.

Listen to this report:

Thanking those gathered for their commitment, Pope Francis told them that their  work was a very useful tool of awareness and training, adding that there was a real need to promote  a culture of life, based on attitudes and behaviors.

The League’s commitment to the fight against cancerous tumours is based mainly on three fronts: primary prevention in the form of lifestyle, promotion of a culture of early diagnosis and rehabilitation and social reintegration with attention to the family unit.

In particular the Pope noted, that families need to be accompanied on a path of prevention; A path he said, that involves the various generations.

But he also said, that  equally valuable was the collaboration of volunteers from the league who provide assistance to families, so that they can continue their everyday lives.

Another aspect the Holy Father touched on was the pastoral help of the ecclesial community who are called by vocation and mission, he observed to be at the service of  those who suffer.

During his discourse the Pope stressed the importance of helping those on the peripheries of society who have to deal with a disease like cancer, saying that every Christian filled with a desire to do good, “is a conscious instrument of grace.”

In conclusion, Pope Francis said that "Taking care", of the sick was an invaluable wealth for society and was a reminder to  the entire civil and ecclesial community of the importance of  offering support, comfort and tenderness.

 

 

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Pope: “Going on a mission is not doing tourism” 

“Many appear to be smiling but actually are working against the Gospel.” God, however, “does not abandon his children during the storm”, the Pope said during the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square. “Going on a mission is not like doing tourism, the success of the mission is not guaranteed, failure is possible,” Francis told the faithful, drawing attent…

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Pope: “Going on a mission is not doing tourism” 

“Many appear to be smiling but actually are working against the Gospel.” God, however, “does not abandon his children during the storm”, the Pope said during the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square. “Going on a mission is not like doing tourism, the success of the mission is not guaranteed, failure is possible,” Francis told the faithful, drawing attent…

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President Trump Urges Action on Health Care

In his weekly video address on Friday, President Donald Trump told two of the many horror stories of Americans deeply impacted by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Michael and Tammy Kushman of Wisconsin were forced onto the Obamacare exchange in 2015, losing the plan they were promised they could keep, and losing the physician they were promised they could continue to use. Meanwhile their premiums soared by more than 120 percent, and today they spend one-fourth of their income on monthly health insurance premiums.

Also in Wisconsin, Robert and Sarah Stoll saw their premiums under Obamacare nearly double, forcing Sarah out of retirement to earn more money, but this new income made them ineligible for the tax credits they had been receiving. They were forced to repay thousands of dollars to the federal government.

The president blamed Democrats for making the mess, but urged them to join Republicans in Congress to fix it.

"As families across the nation continue to suffer under this law, I only hope that Democrats in Congress will have the political courage to help fix what we know to be a catastrophic situation—a total disaster—that they have created," he said. "To be part of the solution, instead of obstructing—always obstructing—change, blocking reform, and doubling-down on Obamacare’s failure.

"But no matter what, my Administration will never stop fighting for you—and for the healthcare system that you deserve. We’ll get it done. Even if we don’t have any help from the Democrats, we’ll get it done."

Watch the president’s entire address in the video clip above.

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Defense Minister Liberman: Abbas Is Pushing Hamas Into War With Israel

On Thursday, at the annual Herzliya Conference, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned that Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas intends, in the long run, to stop all payments of supplies to Gaza and thereby provoke an armed conflict between his rival faction Hamas and Israel.

The defense minister stressed that Israel has no interest in an escalation of war with her neighbors. "I have no intention of initiating any military activity; not in the summer and not in the fall, not in the South and not in the North. Our objective is to prevent war and the only way to do that is through credible deference," Liberman said.

Liberman said that Israel is caught in the middle of an internal Palestinian power struggle, which is causing a humanitarian crisis for Gaza’s 2 million residents who have to subsist on less than four hours of electricity a day.

The defense minister was pessimistic regarding the prospects of solving the crisis anytime soon.

Israel began cutting the 120 MGW electricity supply to Gaza by 40 percent, a step which leaves Gaza residents with two hours of electricity a day. The decision to do so was made after Abbas stated that he would pay only 40 percent of the bill to the Israel Electricity Company, which is currently the main power provider to the Gaza Strip.

By denying electricity to Gaza’s population, Abbas is seeking to undermine the rule of his Hamas arch rival and regain control of the Strip a decade after his Fatah party was ousted by Hamas in a bloody coup.

During recent months, Abbas also stopped providing medication to Gaza’s civilians and reduced payments to governmental employees in the Strip.

Liberman predicted that within a few months, Abbas will completely stop paying for electricity, medicines and civic salaries to Gaza. The defense minister said that Abbas’s decision was unilateral and was not coordinated with Israel, Egypt or Jordan.

Abbas is playing a double game, Liberman suggested. "He is saying that we are just trying to weaken Hamas," but in reality, his motive is to "drag Hamas into a conflict with Israel." {eoa}

This article originally appeared at worldisraelnews.com.

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These 12 Trinitarian Principles Release Purpose and Power

Many years ago, I came to the conclusion that understanding the triune Godhead of Father, Son and Holy Spirit was the key to release government, order and purpose on the earth. This has vast implications for how we function in every realm of life including politics, business, church, the arts and our leadership.

The following are 12 trinitarian principles that can unlock your purpose and power:

1. There is oneness, not mere unity.

As we examine the relationship between the members of the Godhead, we find that they are of one heart and one mind. They do not function with mere unity which is a temporary arrangement based on a cause or an event. Jesus said the world will not believe He was sent until His body is one as the Father and Son are One (John 17:20-23).

2. There is continual access and communication.

As we read the Gospels, especially John, we notice how the Son had direct access and was in constant communion with His Father. If any organization is going to succeed, clear lines and protocols for communication have to be set to avoid confusion and to maintain forward motion.

3. There is one purpose.

As the Father and Son had one purpose (John 18:37), God has called His people to be in one accord to release purpose and power (Acts 2:1-14; 1 Cor.1:10).

4. There is unity in diversity.

Each member of the Godhead has a distinct personality and function even though they are one God. Together, each member illustrates that true unity is not uniformity or sameness but a celebration of the unique contribution each individual makes to fulfill their common objectives.

5. There is mutual respect and honor.

As we read chapters 5, 10-17 in the Gospel of John, we can easily recognize how each member of the Godhead honored, loved and respected the others. There was no jealousy, competition or insecurity among them. Any entity that lacks these qualities of the Godhead within its core leadership will not go very far.

6. There is mutual edification and support.

In the Gospels, we see how the Father loved the Son and encouraged Him (Luke 3; John 11), how the Son gave way to the Spirit (John 14) and how the Spirit strengthened the Son so He could fulfill His mission (Luke 4:18). Consequently, for any organization to survive and thrive, its core members need to encourage and edify each other.

7. There are tangible outcomes and multiplication.

The oneness of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit resulted in the formation of the universe (Gen. 1:1-3; John 1:1-4). Their relationship bore much fruit and resulted in a continual expansion of the cosmos as well as the creation of innumerable angels and billions of human beings. When we walk in trinitarian oneness, we too will see tangible outcomes and multiply fruit.

8. There is creativity.

The relationship of the Godhead resulted in the diversity of the created order, replete with land, sea and sky animals, colors and beauty, which represents His glory in the terrestrial realm. The created order also displayed unfathomable beauty and the mind-bending realm of living beings in the celestial world. Any entity that utilizes the trinitarian model will release a torrent of creativity that will accentuate and advance its purpose.

9. There is unending love.

In the Gospels, we see how each member of the triune God loved the others (John 5:20; Rom. 15:20). Every organization or church will have to cultivate a culture of love in order to thrive in the midst of the turmoil and uncertainty that precedes the fulfillment of their purpose.

10. There is a structure and pattern.

Before the triune God filled the earth with life, they framed the world (Genesis 1:1-31); hence, they established order and structure before they were able to multiply life and bestow upon it a purpose (see Gen. 1:26-31). God told Moses to build the tabernacle according to the pattern He showed Him in heaven (Heb. 8:5). Those who follow the trinitarian model will always lay the foundation of structure and order before commencing with their activity and business.

11. There is a process towards purpose.

The trinitarian principle includes an intentional process that results in fulfilling their purpose. For example, before Jesus was born of the flesh to establish His kingdom on earth, He had to wait until the epochs of the patriarchs, Moses, David and the prophets were fulfilled. Any person or entity that attempts to bypass their assigned process will frustrate their purpose.

12. There is empowering and release.

Finally, each member of the Triune Godhead not only works together but has delegated their authority to ministry gifts who in turn empower and equip millions of sons (Eph. 4:11,12). This trinitarian principle teaches us that the distribution of labor is the key to creating a movement. {eoa}

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Thousands attend Beatification of Lithuania’s Catholic martyr Matulionis

(Vatican Radio) Thousands of people have gathered in Lithuania’s capital Vilnius to attend the official beautification ceremony of Archbishop Teofilius Matulionis, whom – as Stefan Bos reports – became a symbol of persecution endured by Christians when the country was still part of the Soviet Union.

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They gathered while Pope Francis called to pay respects to Matulionis and the Lithuanian people as the late church leader became the first Catholic martyr from Lithuania’s communist era to be declared blessed.

In front of the neo-classical Vilnius Cathedral in the capital, many sang and prayed as they remembered the suffering of a man who spent many years in prisons and labor camps because of his public dedication to Christ and the Church when Lithuania and effectively ruled by atheist leaders in Moscow.  

Teofilius Matulionis was eventually executed in 1962 after 16 years in detention. 

He was raised to archbishop by Pope John XXIII in 1962. But the archbishop was refused Soviet permission to attend the Second Vatican Council. Soon after, on August 20, 1962, he died from a lethal injection, which was apparently administered by a police nurse of the secret service KGB, following a brutal beating in his apartment.

SAINTHOOD CAUSE 

The sainthood cause launched in 1990 after Lithuania’s independence from Soviet rule. A papal decree on his martyrdom in December 2016 opened the door to his beautification which, seen by those involved in the procedure as a crucial step to sainthood.     

In a recent pastoral message, the Lithuanian bishops’ conference said Matulionis had “lived the Easter message” referring to his strong faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and salvation for everyone who believes in Him. 

The bishops noted that the late Matulionis had in their words consistently shown “peace, confidence, and goodness,” even to his persecutors.

Sunday’s beatification was also the highlight of the Ninth National Day of Lithuanian youths in Vilnius of which Matulionis has been declared the Patron Saint. Thousands of young believers gathered around this year’s theme taken from the Biblical Gospel of John: “truth will set you free”. 

The last Lithuanian to be beatified was Bishop Jerzy Matulewicz-Matulaitis, who lived from 1871 to 1927 and was the founder of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception order. He was declared blessed in Rome by then Pope John Paul II in 1987.

Lithuania’s Catholic Church seeks the beatification of Bishop Vincentas Borisevicius, who was shot and killed in 1946 for alleged links with underground fighters, and Archbishop Mecislovas Reinys. He died in a Russian prison in 1953.

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