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Local Natives

If you haven’t been paying attention, there are a lot of new bands making melodic acoustic music; here is one of them.

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“Jesus Cries”

vn300_1360491819_Fk0aEJesus cries when He witnesses the divisions in the Christian world, and the distance among its members, as well as the recent weakening of ecumenical work. We have to pray with Jesus and all brothers belonging to Him, that “the unity Christ wills might grow” (John 17: 1).  We must understand that this unity is a necessary condition “that the world may believe” (John 17: 21). The drifting of the people away from faith, their disinterest in God’s love, their reliance on a world without the God who created them in His own image, calling them to His likeness, and offering them a way toward deification, is disturbing. These tendencies urge us to try and instill harmony between the Eastern and Western churches and to strengthen cooperation in the fields of ministry and pastoral care. We need to encourage dialogue, to get to know each other better, and to take daring religious initiatives so that we may reach, in God’s good time, the communion in the one chalice. We may then tell those who ask about our faith: “come and see” (John 1: 46), come and see how our love for each other stems from our love for the One who loved us and gave His life for all.

-The newly installed Orthodox Patriarch John X, of Antioch

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Ahem

From The New Yorker:

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The same Faith that inspired this in the sixth century:

and this in the twelfth:

and this in the sixteenth:

inspired this in the twenty first:

For once I am speechless.

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The marketing team at Law Enforcement Targets, Inc. sends along this helpful explanation for the “No More Hesitation” series: 

“The subjects in NMH targets were chosen in order to give officers the experience of dealing with deadly force shooting scenarios with subjects that are not the norm during training. I found while speaking with officers and trainers in the law enforcement community that there is a hesitation on the part of cops when deadly force is required on subjects with atypical age, frailty or condition (one officer explaining that he enlarged photos of his own kids to use as targets so that he would not be caught off guard with such a drastically new experience while on duty). This hesitation time may be only seconds but that is not acceptable when officers are losing their lives in these same situations. The goal of NMH is to break that stereotype on the range, regardless of how slim the chances are of encountering a real life scenario that involves a child, pregnant woman, etc. If that initial hesitation time can be cut down due to range experience, the officer and community are better served.”  (emphasis added)

“Law Enforcement Targets” is a company, that as its name would suggest, makes targets for police training. Apparently the natural hesitation one would feel at killing a small child or a pregnant woman is a real impediment to law enforcement…Here are some of the targets you can purchase:

NMH-1NMH-5NMH-7

Lord, have mercy.

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The Rich Get Richer…

Income Growth through 2011

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Apart from Love

Apart from love nothing whatever has existed, nor ever will. Its names and actions are many. More numerous still are its distinctive marks; divine and innumerable are its properties. Yet it is one in nature, wholly beyond utterance whether on the part of angels or men or any other creatures, even such as are unknown to us. Reason cannot comprehend it; its glory is inaccessible, its counsels unsearchable. It is eternal because it is beyond time, invisible because thought cannot comprehend it, though it may perceive it. 

-St Simeon the New Theologian

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