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Biblical Discussion…

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This was an exam question in Christian Origins. I thought I would put it out there for discussion, and on Sunday I will put up my answer to this question afterwards…

Like any of you are going to indulge me…

Explain, with details, why Biblical scholars prefer the evidence of Paul’s own letters to the accounts of the apostle given in the Christian book of Acts when trying to reconstruct the history of Paul’s life, struggles and journeys.


I dream of “Other Dimensions”

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My dreams are usually some of the best television money can buy, with sets and characters that are so believable that they are truly “Real.” This afternoons edition of dream reality came as a trip across the universe into a world, that has yet to be seen by anyone on earth. I can tell you that it was real to me.

I don’t know how I ended up here, but astral travel is something I can do freely and regularly, and I often do. I traveled across a divide I guess into a world that can only be described as “other worldly.”

The planet I ended up on, was in a 12 planet system. There were 12 planets circling this world with two suns in the sky. That would be a 14 planet/star system actually.  It was dark when I arrived. I took a flight over the continents which was the most incredible flight I have made so far. There were buildings all over the continental area and the waters were dark and brooding. There were many tall glass structures (i.e. sky scrapers) on the coasts and huge power generating plants located around the areas. I am sure that atmospheric generating plants were also present. Terra-formers.

I found my way into a city system filled with millions of people traveling from one place to another in tramway vehicles and in the city center was a “planetary passport control” where I had to declare myself and I was interviewed by some men at a special office, because I told them that I wanted to stay there. This afforded me a universal translator and a guide. The language there was a simple variation of the theme of “Latin.”

I ended up in a colony bloc with my guide finding a place to stay for the meantime. I was given a place to stay and introduced to some people who lived there – from there I traveled around the city complex underground. Not much was “outside” it seemed that everthing was contained in a closed system on the planets surface, although we had an incredible view of the planetary system and the suns that lit the system. We were in darkness at this time.

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I met some very interesting folk in the colony bloc that took me on a ride that was extremely interesting and gratifying. In the end I ended back in the “passport-control” office where the dream ended. This dream is still in my brain so I thought I would write it down. This is one location that I would not mind revisiting in the future.

The dream was so real, like I said, that it had to exist. There was no way I could have built this dream location on my own. It was too complex and the visuals that I saw were just amazing. I do believe in the parallel universe and “other dimension” theories. And since I can astral project, and have before, why not think that this place is real and reachable.


I dream of "Other Dimensions"

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My dreams are usually some of the best television money can buy, with sets and characters that are so believable that they are truly “Real.” This afternoons edition of dream reality came as a trip across the universe into a world, that has yet to be seen by anyone on earth. I can tell you that it was real to me.

I don’t know how I ended up here, but astral travel is something I can do freely and regularly, and I often do. I traveled across a divide I guess into a world that can only be described as “other worldly.”

The planet I ended up on, was in a 12 planet system. There were 12 planets circling this world with two suns in the sky. That would be a 14 planet/star system actually.  It was dark when I arrived. I took a flight over the continents which was the most incredible flight I have made so far. There were buildings all over the continental area and the waters were dark and brooding. There were many tall glass structures (i.e. sky scrapers) on the coasts and huge power generating plants located around the areas. I am sure that atmospheric generating plants were also present. Terra-formers.

I found my way into a city system filled with millions of people traveling from one place to another in tramway vehicles and in the city center was a “planetary passport control” where I had to declare myself and I was interviewed by some men at a special office, because I told them that I wanted to stay there. This afforded me a universal translator and a guide. The language there was a simple variation of the theme of “Latin.”

I ended up in a colony bloc with my guide finding a place to stay for the meantime. I was given a place to stay and introduced to some people who lived there – from there I traveled around the city complex underground. Not much was “outside” it seemed that everthing was contained in a closed system on the planets surface, although we had an incredible view of the planetary system and the suns that lit the system. We were in darkness at this time.

2006-11c.gif

I met some very interesting folk in the colony bloc that took me on a ride that was extremely interesting and gratifying. In the end I ended back in the “passport-control” office where the dream ended. This dream is still in my brain so I thought I would write it down. This is one location that I would not mind revisiting in the future.

The dream was so real, like I said, that it had to exist. There was no way I could have built this dream location on my own. It was too complex and the visuals that I saw were just amazing. I do believe in the parallel universe and “other dimension” theories. And since I can astral project, and have before, why not think that this place is real and reachable.


Brent Hayden of Mission, B.C., won gold in the men’s 100 freestyle on Thursday

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CBC Sports

Canada won its first gold medal at the world aquatic championships in Melbourne on Thursday.

Swimmer Brent Hayden of Mission, B.C., and defending champion Filippo Magnini of Italy finished tied for first in a close men’s 100-metre freestyle race that saw the top five finishers separated by a mere 10th of a second.

Swimmer Brent Hayden won Canada's first gold medal at the world aquatic championships in Melbourne Thursday.

Swimmer Brent Hayden won Canada’s first gold medal at the world aquatic championships in Melbourne Thursday.
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Hayden, 23, and Magnini finished the two-lap race in 48.43 seconds. After the race, the two climbed out of the pool and hugged each other.

The time was a Canadian record — Hayden held the previous mark of 48.59.

Eamon Sullivan of Australia won the bronze in 48.47.

“It’s a pretty special day,” said Canadian head coach Tom Johnson of Canada’s first swimming gold at the competition in 21 years. “It doesn’t happen that often.”

Canada now has four medals at the competition, having already earned three silver medals in diving.

“It feels absolutely amazing,” Hayden told a conference call with Canadian reporters.

“I really had no idea what was going to come out of this event, but deep down you always hope for a gold medal. To actually see that dream become a reality is absolutely incredible and I really can’t ask for any more right now. Because my life really right now seems perfect.”

Also on Thursday, Brian Johns of Richmond, B.C., was fifth in the 200-metre individual medley, as American Michael Phelps set another world record time.

Phelps won the race in one minute 54.98 seconds, topping his old record of 1:55.84 set at last summer’s Pan Pacific championships.

Johns’ time was 1:59.46, just off the Canadian record of 1:59.45 he established the day before.

Advancing to Finals

Mike Brown of Perth, Ont., was second in his 200-metre breaststroke semifinal in 2:11.61 to advance to the final.

In women’s action, Calgary’s Erica Morningstar was second in her 100-metre freestyle semifinal in 54.08 to qualify for the final.

Audrey Lacroix of Pont Rouge, Que., was fifth in the 200-metre butterfly final won by Australian Jessicah Schipper.

Lacroix finished in 2:07.73, beating the Canadian record of 2:08.12 she had set earlier in the week.

“You’re seeing the type of Canadian fighting spirit that we look for and that we’ve come to expect from Canadian swim teams resurfacing and becoming our trademark once again,” said Johnson.

The Canadian women’s water polo team defeated Spain 9-6 and will meet Italy for fifth place Saturday.


Brent Hayden of Mission, B.C., won gold in the men's 100 freestyle on Thursday

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CBC Sports

Canada won its first gold medal at the world aquatic championships in Melbourne on Thursday.

Swimmer Brent Hayden of Mission, B.C., and defending champion Filippo Magnini of Italy finished tied for first in a close men’s 100-metre freestyle race that saw the top five finishers separated by a mere 10th of a second.

Swimmer Brent Hayden won Canada's first gold medal at the world aquatic championships in Melbourne Thursday.

Swimmer Brent Hayden won Canada’s first gold medal at the world aquatic championships in Melbourne Thursday.
(TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

Hayden, 23, and Magnini finished the two-lap race in 48.43 seconds. After the race, the two climbed out of the pool and hugged each other.

The time was a Canadian record — Hayden held the previous mark of 48.59.

Eamon Sullivan of Australia won the bronze in 48.47.

“It’s a pretty special day,” said Canadian head coach Tom Johnson of Canada’s first swimming gold at the competition in 21 years. “It doesn’t happen that often.”

Canada now has four medals at the competition, having already earned three silver medals in diving.

“It feels absolutely amazing,” Hayden told a conference call with Canadian reporters.

“I really had no idea what was going to come out of this event, but deep down you always hope for a gold medal. To actually see that dream become a reality is absolutely incredible and I really can’t ask for any more right now. Because my life really right now seems perfect.”

Also on Thursday, Brian Johns of Richmond, B.C., was fifth in the 200-metre individual medley, as American Michael Phelps set another world record time.

Phelps won the race in one minute 54.98 seconds, topping his old record of 1:55.84 set at last summer’s Pan Pacific championships.

Johns’ time was 1:59.46, just off the Canadian record of 1:59.45 he established the day before.

Advancing to Finals

Mike Brown of Perth, Ont., was second in his 200-metre breaststroke semifinal in 2:11.61 to advance to the final.

In women’s action, Calgary’s Erica Morningstar was second in her 100-metre freestyle semifinal in 54.08 to qualify for the final.

Audrey Lacroix of Pont Rouge, Que., was fifth in the 200-metre butterfly final won by Australian Jessicah Schipper.

Lacroix finished in 2:07.73, beating the Canadian record of 2:08.12 she had set earlier in the week.

“You’re seeing the type of Canadian fighting spirit that we look for and that we’ve come to expect from Canadian swim teams resurfacing and becoming our trademark once again,” said Johnson.

The Canadian women’s water polo team defeated Spain 9-6 and will meet Italy for fifth place Saturday.


Friday E-Male… Lewis

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Nun ID’d as one cured by late pope

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By JOHN LEICESTER, Associated Press Writer

Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre has been identified as the long-mysterious nun whose claim that she was cured of Parkinson’s disease could prompt the Roman Catholic Church to beatify Pope John Paul II.  Described as a gentle, reserved woman who had hoped to keep her identity under wraps, the limelight could come as a shock. The nun is expected to speak at a news conference Friday about how she inexplicably recovered from Parkinson’s after she and her community of nuns prayed to John Paul.

“She doesn’t want to play the star,” said the Rev. Robert Aliger, who knows her. “She is a very simple, very ordinary person who is, I think, deeply moved by what happened to her.”

Le Figaro first identified her Wednesday, and Aliger confirmed the report. Her secret had been well kept: The priest of the church next to the Paris maternity hospital where the nun worked said he knew who she was but hadn’t realized that she was so special.

“I knew that cures existed but it is a surprise to see that it was so close to home,” said the Rev. Jean-Pierre Caveau.

Only one document about the nun’s experience has been made public: an article she wrote for “Totus Tuus,” the official magazine of John Paul’s beatification case.

She wrote of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in June 2001, having a strong spiritual affinity for John Paul because he too suffered from the disease and she suffered worsened symptoms in the weeks after the pope died on April 2, 2005.

The nuns of her community prayed for her, and exactly two months after John Paul’s death, she awoke in the middle of the night cured, she wrote. The nun is a member of the “Little Sisters of Catholic Maternities,” and was serving at the time at a maternity clinic near Aix-en-Provence, in southeastern France.

Aix’s archbishop, Monsignor Claude Feidt, opened an investigation. It lasted a year and finished last week. In a statement, the bishop said his diocese had kept it secret out of respect for the nun’s privacy and to avoid disturbing the investigation.

Medical records, blood test results, X-rays and doctors were consulted “so that the bishop can present a solid dossier in Rome,” said Aliger, a spokesman for the diocese. The Vatican  requires medical evidence when examining a purported miracle to determine there was no medical explanation for the reported cure. “It’s a voluminous dossier,” Aliger said. “There are five boxes — I saw them — of originals and a big box of X-rays.”

The nun “had tears in her eyes” at the closing session of the investigation, he added.

The nun also underwent psychiatric evaluation and had her handwriting analyzed, since a change in handwriting is a classic symptom of Parkinson’s disease, the Rome-based cleric spearheading her cause, Monsignor Slawomir Oder, said this week.

Normally, psychiatric evaluations are not typical for church investigations into purported miracles, but Oder said church officials wanted to be particularly sure in this case and that the results were “very reassuring.”

“All those that knew her before and after see clearly that she is cured,” Aliger said in a telephone interview.

They don’t use the word “miracle,” because that is for Rome to decide whether the cure counts as one, he said.

“We simply say, ‘She was sick. Now she is cured. And here is the proof we have that it was not a fake illness and that it is not a fake recovery, either,'” he said. “It’s incredible.”

The nun is expected to travel to Rome for ceremonies marking the second anniversary of the pontiff’s death and the closure of a church investigation into his life. Pope Benedict XVI waived the customary five-year waiting period for the procedure to begin, clearly in response to popular demand that began with chants of “Santo subito!” or “Sainthood now!” erupting during John Paul’s funeral.

The Vatican’s saint-making process requires that John Paul’s life and writings be studied for its virtues. The Vatican also requires that a miracle attributed to his intercession be confirmed, before he can be beatified — the last formal step before possible sainthood.

There is still no word on when any beatification or canonization might occur.

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Associated Press writer Jenny Barchfield in Paris and Nicole Winfield in Rome contributed to this report.


Nun ID'd as one cured by late pope

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By JOHN LEICESTER, Associated Press Writer

Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre has been identified as the long-mysterious nun whose claim that she was cured of Parkinson’s disease could prompt the Roman Catholic Church to beatify Pope John Paul II. 

Described as a gentle, reserved woman who had hoped to keep her identity under wraps, the limelight could come as a shock. The nun is expected to speak at a news conference Friday about how she inexplicably recovered from Parkinson’s after she and her community of nuns prayed to John Paul.

“She doesn’t want to play the star,” said the Rev. Robert Aliger, who knows her. “She is a very simple, very ordinary person who is, I think, deeply moved by what happened to her.”

Le Figaro first identified her Wednesday, and Aliger confirmed the report. Her secret had been well kept: The priest of the church next to the Paris maternity hospital where the nun worked said he knew who she was but hadn’t realized that she was so special.

“I knew that cures existed but it is a surprise to see that it was so close to home,” said the Rev. Jean-Pierre Caveau.

Only one document about the nun’s experience has been made public: an article she wrote for “Totus Tuus,” the official magazine of John Paul’s beatification case.

She wrote of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in June 2001, having a strong spiritual affinity for John Paul because he too suffered from the disease and she suffered worsened symptoms in the weeks after the pope died on April 2, 2005.

The nuns of her community prayed for her, and exactly two months after John Paul’s death, she awoke in the middle of the night cured, she wrote. The nun is a member of the “Little Sisters of Catholic Maternities,” and was serving at the time at a maternity clinic near Aix-en-Provence, in southeastern France.

Aix’s archbishop, Monsignor Claude Feidt, opened an investigation. It lasted a year and finished last week. In a statement, the bishop said his diocese had kept it secret out of respect for the nun’s privacy and to avoid disturbing the investigation.

Medical records, blood test results, X-rays and doctors were consulted “so that the bishop can present a solid dossier in Rome,” said Aliger, a spokesman for the diocese. The Vatican  requires medical evidence when examining a purported miracle to determine there was no medical explanation for the reported cure.

“It’s a voluminous dossier,” Aliger said. “There are five boxes — I saw them — of originals and a big box of X-rays.”

The nun “had tears in her eyes” at the closing session of the investigation, he added.

The nun also underwent psychiatric evaluation and had her handwriting analyzed, since a change in handwriting is a classic symptom of Parkinson’s disease, the Rome-based cleric spearheading her cause, Monsignor Slawomir Oder, said this week.

Normally, psychiatric evaluations are not typical for church investigations into purported miracles, but Oder said church officials wanted to be particularly sure in this case and that the results were “very reassuring.”

“All those that knew her before and after see clearly that she is cured,” Aliger said in a telephone interview.

They don’t use the word “miracle,” because that is for Rome to decide whether the cure counts as one, he said.

“We simply say, ‘She was sick. Now she is cured. And here is the proof we have that it was not a fake illness and that it is not a fake recovery, either,'” he said. “It’s incredible.”

The nun is expected to travel to Rome for ceremonies marking the second anniversary of the pontiff’s death and the closure of a church investigation into his life.

Pope Benedict XVI waived the customary five-year waiting period for the procedure to begin, clearly in response to popular demand that began with chants of “Santo subito!” or “Sainthood now!” erupting during John Paul’s funeral.

The Vatican’s saint-making process requires that John Paul’s life and writings be studied for its virtues. The Vatican also requires that a miracle attributed to his intercession be confirmed, before he can be beatified — the last formal step before possible sainthood.

There is still no word on when any beatification or canonization might occur.

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Associated Press writer Jenny Barchfield in Paris and Nicole Winfield in Rome contributed to this report.


It is Finished …

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The day has ended and I can safely say that I have confidently navigated through this weeks exams and presentations with flying colors. Last night successful completion of my Modern Christian Thought exam set me up for a good run today.

This morning, I went to class and prepared to present “The Gospel of Thomas” which was beautiful and well received by everyone in class and of course by my prof. After class I sat for my makeup exam in Christian Origins. That was a breeze. Three essay questions and 15 short answers, and I completed the exam in record time, my prof was sitting in the same room where I was writing and even he was impressed that I completed the exam in short order time. I thought it was easy. I am waiting to see if he will email me one of the essay questions so we can talk about it here.

The countdown for graduation has begun. I have one final Term Paper to write and I am finished with my Undergraduate Career. I went to financial Aide to finalize my file for graduation. The only thing that stands in my way today is to pay the last of my fees by the end of April.

I can relax for the weekend and get started on my reading of “Fear and Trembling” by Soren Kierkegaard. Thanks for the letters of support and your prayers. Holy week begins on Sunday. Passover will begin soon as well. Let us come together and celebrate our arrival at the end of our desert journey these last 40 days.

Let us reflect on what this Lenten season meant to us, how we have grown over these last 40 days, and what we have learned about ourselves.

Does anyone have loose cash lying around the house?


Confidence …

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It was a beautiful day today. The air was cool but the skies were blue. It looks like Spring might be coming after all to Montreal. The snow is all but melted, there are piles of snow in certain areas on their way out. I report this news about the Late Pontiff John Paul II with great enthusiasm. We prayed that he might ascend to Beatification and it seems that God has seen fit to grant him his miracle. I knew about the nun in France some time ago after the preliminary report was sent to the Vatican.

I respect John Paul II for his statesmanship and for his papacy. In studying the late Pontiff I have grown to love him as a man, as a survivor, as a testament of faith for the people of the world. I may be critical of the papacy and the hierarchy and the patriarchy that does not mean I have to respect everything about the church. I am glad that John Paul II’s Beatification will be moving forward now.

I spent the last few days studying my ass off for the exam in Modern Christian Thought tonight, and I am confident that I wrote a complete exam. I knew the material and I answered all 10 of the 15 questions asked of us. I got an (A-) on my Thesis proposal on Kierkegaard so that is out of the way. All in all I think I am sitting ‘solid’ grade wise.

Tomorrow I have a Power Point Presentation on the Gospel of Thomas and my second exam of the week, which I need to read over my notes tonight. I need to get through tomorrow cleanly and I will be ok. I got my “Paul and the Eucharist” paper back and I got solid marks and good comments on the paper. That paper is a (B) grade. I am not contesting any grades if they are passing. Graduation is in the pike it seems. I will make the GPA necessary to graduate. Woo Hoo !!!

So dinner is on the table …

talk to you later…


Nun in late pope’s beatification named

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PARIS – Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre is the French nun whose testimony of a mystery cure from Parkinson’s disease will likely be accepted as the miracle the Vatican needs to beatify Pope John Paul II, an official at the Paris maternity hospital where she works said Wednesday.

The identity of the nun has been one of the Catholic Church’s most closely guarded secrets. The nun says that she was cured of Parkinson’s after she and her community of nuns prayed to John Paul.

The nun, a member of the “Congregation of Little Sisters of Catholic Motherhood” in Aix-en-Provence in southeast France, works at the Sainte-Felicite hospital in Paris, the official said on condition of anonymity because an official announcement was expected Sunday.

In Rome, Monsignor Slawomir Oder, the Polish cleric spearheading the John Paul’s beatification cause, said the bishop in the woman’s diocese would announce details about her case during his Palm Sunday Mass this weekend.

French newspaper Le Figaro, in an unsourced report late Wednesday on its Web site, first identified the nun by name, saying she was 45 years old.

The nun is traveling to Rome for ceremonies Monday marking the second anniversary of the pontiff’s death and the closure of a church investigation into his life which began after chants of “Santo Subito!” or “Sainthood Now!” erupted during John Paul’s 2005 funeral.

The Vatican’s saint-making process requires that John Paul’s life and writings be studied for its virtues. The Vatican also requires that a miracle attributed to his intercession be confirmed, before he can be beatified — the last formal step before possible sainthood.

Pope Benedict XVI announced in May 2005 that he was waiving the traditional five-year waiting period and allowing the beatification process to begin. There is still no word on when any beatification or canonization might occur.

Only one document about the long-mysterious nun’s experience has been made public: an article she wrote for “Totus Tuus,” the official magazine of John Paul’s beatification case.

She wrote of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in June 2001, having a strong spiritual affinity for John Paul because he too suffered from the disease and suffering worsened symptoms in the weeks after the pope died on April 2, 2005.

The nuns of her community prayed for her, and exactly two months after the pontiff’s death, she awoke in the middle of the night cured, she wrote.

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Pray this prayer for Pope John Paul II to intercede for you. Pope John Paul II beatification started June 28, 2005.

O Blessed Trinity, We thank you for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care, the glory of the cross of Christ, and the splendor of the Holy Spirit, to shine through him.

Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with you.

Grant us, by his intercession, and according to Your will, the graces we implore, hoping that he will soon be numbered among your saints.

Amen.

From the Rome Diocese


Nun in late pope's beatification named

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PARIS – Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre is the French nun whose testimony of a mystery cure from Parkinson’s disease will likely be accepted as the miracle the Vatican needs to beatify Pope John Paul II, an official at the Paris maternity hospital where she works said Wednesday.

The identity of the nun has been one of the Catholic Church’s most closely guarded secrets. The nun says that she was cured of Parkinson’s after she and her community of nuns prayed to John Paul.

The nun, a member of the “Congregation of Little Sisters of Catholic Motherhood” in Aix-en-Provence in southeast France, works at the Sainte-Felicite hospital in Paris, the official said on condition of anonymity because an official announcement was expected Sunday.

In Rome, Monsignor Slawomir Oder, the Polish cleric spearheading the John Paul’s beatification cause, said the bishop in the woman’s diocese would announce details about her case during his Palm Sunday Mass this weekend.

French newspaper Le Figaro, in an unsourced report late Wednesday on its Web site, first identified the nun by name, saying she was 45 years old.

The nun is traveling to Rome for ceremonies Monday marking the second anniversary of the pontiff’s death and the closure of a church investigation into his life which began after chants of “Santo Subito!” or “Sainthood Now!” erupted during John Paul’s 2005 funeral.

The Vatican’s saint-making process requires that John Paul’s life and writings be studied for its virtues. The Vatican also requires that a miracle attributed to his intercession be confirmed, before he can be beatified — the last formal step before possible sainthood.

Pope Benedict XVI announced in May 2005 that he was waiving the traditional five-year waiting period and allowing the beatification process to begin. There is still no word on when any beatification or canonization might occur.

Only one document about the long-mysterious nun’s experience has been made public: an article she wrote for “Totus Tuus,” the official magazine of John Paul’s beatification case.

She wrote of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in June 2001, having a strong spiritual affinity for John Paul because he too suffered from the disease and suffering worsened symptoms in the weeks after the pope died on April 2, 2005.

The nuns of her community prayed for her, and exactly two months after the pontiff’s death, she awoke in the middle of the night cured, she wrote.

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Pray this prayer for Pope John Paul II to intercede for you. Pope John Paul II beatification started June 28, 2005.

O Blessed Trinity, We thank you for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care, the glory of the cross of Christ, and the splendor of the Holy Spirit, to shine through him.

Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with you.

Grant us, by his intercession, and according to Your will, the graces we implore, hoping that he will soon be numbered among your saints.

Amen.

From the Rome Diocese


James, born of frustration

James – Born of frustration


Publishers unveil final Harry Potter cover

CBC Arts

Harry Potter fans are getting a taste of the last instalment of the iconic book series Wednesday with the release of the final title’s cover art.

Buzz continues to build as the cover art for the final Harry Potter title was unveiled Wednesday. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released July 21.

Buzz continues to build as the cover art for the final Harry Potter title was unveiled Wednesday. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released July 21.
(Raincoast Books)

Raincoast Books, the Vancouver-based Canadian publisher of the hit J.K. Rowling series, released its cover images for both the children’s and adult edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Wednesday morning.

Illustrator Jason Cockcroft, who also created the cover art for the previous two Harry Potter titles, created the image of Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione for Deathly Hallows.

“Harry is waiting in Privet Drive. The Order of the Phoenix is coming to escort him safely away without Voldemort and his supporters knowing — if they can,” reads the text on the back cover.

“But what will Harry do then? How can he fulfil the momentous and seemingly impossible task that Professor Dumbledore has left him?”

Photographer Michael Wildsmith provided the image of a locket marked with the letter “S” for the adult edition. He is behind the cover photos for all seven of the adult Harry Potter editions.

These covers will be used on all English-language editions of Deathly Hallows worldwide, with the exception of the U.S., which is published with cover art selected by American publisher Scholastic.

As the July 21 publishing date approaches, buzz amongst fans of the boy wizard tale grows. Rowling’s upcoming book has topped many bestseller lists for months, thanks to pre-orders from online book retailers.

Hundreds of events planned

Around the globe, a host of celebrations and a massive promotional campaign are being prepared to mark the final chapter in the coming-of-age tale of young Harry and his evil wizard nemesis, Voldemort.

Photographer Michael Wildsmith is behind the covers of the adult editions of the Harry Potter books, which feature different cover art from the main children's editions.    Photographer Michael Wildsmith is behind the covers of the adult editions of the Harry Potter books, which feature different cover art from the main children’s editions.
(Raincoast Books)

Especially important will be events surrounding the opening weekend, Raincoast’s marketing vice-president Jamie Broadhurst told CBC Arts Online in a recent interview.

“Unlike any other book, the fans of Harry Potter want the book right away, as quickly as possible,” he said.

“The last time, in 2005, [there were] something in the order of 300 events and parties on the opening weekend across Canada. This time, we’re expecting probably about 400-plus.”

Over the past decade, the first six Harry Potter books have sold more than 325 million copies worldwide and been translated into more than 60 different languages.

Rowling’s magical Harry Potter universe has also spawned everything from devoted fan sites online to video games to academically inclined conventions attended by adults who dissect all aspects of the books.


Time to crank…

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Today was an ok day. I am short on energy and I am running on endorphans at the moment. I have to do some serious work over the next few days, so I will rely on your prayers and support, as the push to the end is at hand.

I’m tired. And there still is a way to go before I can rest. I will be back on Friday when the dust settles. I have to hit the books and prepare for two exams tomorrow and Thursday.

Let us pray…

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The Places In Between, by Rory Stewart

On a good note before I close this post, Last night I finished reading “The Places in Between” by Rory Stewart. I owe this read a proper review which I will do over the weekend. There is a lot of traffic going to that post about the Turquoise Mountain Foundation.

You can visit that post: HERE!!!

For contact information, click on the Foundation link and go to “Contacts.” I received an email from the Foundations UK office on a recent inquiry, they sent word that they received my email and were forwarding the contact to Kabul.

Thank you for your support of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, it is truly one of the most important foundations working in Afghanistan, and Rory Stewart has taught me a lot from his book. Look for that review over the weekend. If you haven’t read this book, it is well worth the time to learn about Afghanistan and the people of that region.