Nigeria: Islamists Locked Church Doors During Service, Fired Bullets Inside, Slit Throats Of Those Who Tried To Flee


There is one World, one Family and one God

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For the glory of “Allah” and the prophet of death. Here is an update on a story reported earlier this week …

Revelation 6:9-11, “… I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?’ Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.”

By Carey Lodge, Christian Today – “An attack on a Catholic church in north-eastern Nigeria on Sunday has left at least 22 Christians dead and many more…

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Prayers For Healing Mother Earth


The Atlantic Ocean at twilight. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2009

The Atlantic Ocean at twilight. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2009

This is a compilation of prayers about healing Mother Earth.

They are from many different spiritual paths. All prayers rise to

heaven and all prayers are known to God. There is not just a certain religion

whose members pray and receive answers or attention.

In this world, every prayer counts, and we are One Family living

on One Mother Earth. Let us, all pray, whatever words come from

your heart and soul. I hope you will see that the meaning of the

different prayers is all the same.

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“Let us be united,

Let us speak in harmony,

Let our minds apprehend alike.

Common be our prayer,

Common be the end of our assembly,

Common be our deliberations.

Alike be our feelings,

Unified be our hearts;

Common be our intentions,

Perfect be our unity.”

— From the Rig Veda

“It is up to us to receive and transmit our Torah.

It is up to us to see that the world still stands.

May the time be not distant

when nation will not lift up sword against nations,

neither shall they learn war any more.

They shall beat their swords into ploughshares,

for the earth will be filled with the wonder of life

Then shall we sit under our vine and our fig tree

and none shall be afraid.

—Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro

“Cattle browse peacefully

Trees and plants are verdant,

Birds fly from their nests

And lift up their wings in your praise.

All animals frisk upon their feet

All winged things fly and alight once more—

They come to life with your rising.

Boats sail upstream and boats sail downstream,

At your coming every highway is opened

Before your face the fish leap up from the river.

Your rays reach the green ocean.

You it is who place the male seed in woman,

Who create the semen in man;

You quicken the sun in his mother’s belly,

Soothing him so that he shall not cry

Even in the womb you are his nurse.

You give breath to all your creation,

Opening the mouth of the newborn

And giving him nourishment.

——-From the Pharaoh Akhenaten’s ” Hymn to the Sun”

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“Water flows over these hands.

May I use them skillfully

to preserve our precious planet.”

—Thich Nhat Hanh

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“Be praised my lord because our sister

Mother Earth sustains and rules

us and because she raises

food to feed us : colored flowers

grass.

Be praised my lord for those who pardon by your love

and suffer illness and grief

Bless those who undergo in silence

the poor for whom you hold a crown

Be praised my lord for Sister Death-of-Body

whom no man living will escape

And pity those who die in mortal sin

and everyone she who minds you

bless: no second death

to bring them hurt.

Oh praise my lord and bless my lord and thank

and serve my lord with humbleness

Triumphant.”

—Saint Francis of Assisi

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“All living beings; all our relations.

We pray for ourselves and all persons;

for the ducks, loons, penguins, eagles and

sparrows:

for dogs, cats, monkeys, elk and earthworms;

fish, mussels, deep-diving whales;

eucalyptus and cactus, fir and roses; all our relations.

Guide us to true peace and security;

grant us protection and freedom from all

bondage;

help us to be free to be ourselves, with

respect for all.

Enfold us in the clear light of safety and

warmth and wholeness.”

—Hazrat Inayat Khan

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Bahama water garden. Photograph taken and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2013

Bahama water garden. Photograph taken and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2013

“The soul of the whole of creation is one,

the life behind all those ever-moving

phantoms is one. Meditation on this truth and the awakening to it will

harmonize the condition of the world.”

—Hazrat Inayat Khan

We are all One Family in the eyes of the Beloved

We are all One Family in the eyes of the Beloved

The Silence of the Lambs


Darwin’s childhood garden now Wildlife Trust property


Darwin’s garden. A fitting tribute.

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This video from England is called Visit Charles Darwin‘s Shrewsbury, the birthplace of evolution!

From Wildlife Extra:

Darwin’s garden purchased

January 2014: A wooden remnant of naturalist Charles Darwin’s childhood garden in Shrewsbury, Shropshire has been bought by Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

“No other part of Darwin’s childhood home is accessible to the public, so when we were offered the chance to buy this slip of woodland next to the river, we were thrilled at the opportunity to open up a cherished corner of his world,” said Colin Preston, Director of Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

While much of the land previously attached to The Mount, his birthplace, has disappeared under housing, other parts survived in private gardens, including the land the Trust has bought.

Through the wood, alongside an ice house once used by the Darwins, runs a path with views down to the River Severn

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Gun Violence: NRA Policies Explode The Number of Preventable Gun Deaths in The USA


It has to end. The slaughter of innocent people by angry, scared people who buy guns to protect themselves. In truth, they need to be protected from themselves. Society needs to provide the mental health needs to help these people who are sick. Time to face our responsibilities.

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Let’s talk guns, and how to use public health measures to decrease gun injuries and deaths.

“Injuries, Not Accidents,” is the title of a chapter in the 2005 book “Prescription for a Healthy Nation: A New Approach to Improving Our Lives by Fixing Our Everyday World.” Written by doctors Tom Farley and Deborah Cohen, the book talks about how we can change our health by changing the environment we live in—as they describe it, “the streets, houses, buildings, neighborhoods and stores that surround us, the items in them, the images we see every day, and society’s rules for behavior in schools, in the workplace, and in communities.”

The chapter on injuries, not accidents, explores what has been and could be done to decrease the rates of death and disability from motor vehicle crashes and gun shot wounds.  They are the sixth and seventh top leading underlying causes of death…

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Pete Seeger


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I grew up listening to folk music. Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie sang the words that stirred within our hearts. His songs were authentic and real. He has died and we have lost an important bit of Americana. His voice will remain a reminder to all of us of his generation of the incredible lightness of his heart. He cared about all people and lived the way he sang.

I can remember a beautiful summer afternoon sitting on the grass in a field. I and others were there to hear Pete Seeger sing, as only Pete could sing. It was a wonderful concert and a bright memory in my mind and heart. Parents were sitting listening intently and the children were running around in rhythm with his banjo. I am sad that he is gone, but his voice and talent will ever remain a reminder of his words and tunes. His grandson has been touring with him the last few years and I am sure he will carry on with his grandfather’s legacy and also develop his own style too.

Pete Seeger

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Pete Seeger died in NY at 94 years of age. RIP. You were a wonderful musician and activist. We will always remember.

 

Pete in the old days.

Pete in the old days.