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Could It Be the Burden of Sin?

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Sharon Stone was photographed crying during her meeting with Iliya II, the Orthodox Patriarch of Georgia / Sakartvelo on 6 June 2011.

The above was reported on here.


Sharon Stone visited the Georgian Patriarchy in Tbilisi on Sunday. Georgia`s Catholicos Patriarch Ilia II received the famous actress.

The famous actress listened to the musical compositions by the Georgian patriarch and inspected icons. The patriarch also talked about the art with the actress.

Later, Ilia II led Sharon Stone to the Winter Garden and showed her plants.

After the meeting, the Georgian Patriarch gave a present of St. Mary`s icon to Sharon Stone.

Which was here.

As they say, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’…

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June 8, 2011 at 23:59

China Genetically Modifying Cows To Produce Human Breast Milk

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I find myself praying more and more that the Lord would come… For this world is becomingly increasingly sick, fallen and evil!

BEIJING – Chinese scientists have genetically modified dairy cows to produce human breast milk, and hope to be selling it in supermarkets within three years.

The milk produced by the transgenic cows is identical to the human variety, with the same immune-boosting and antibacterial qualities as breast milk, scientists at China’s Agricultural University in Beijing said.

The transgenic herd of 300 was bred by inserting human genes into cloned cow embryos which were then implanted into surrogate cows. The technology used was similar to that used to produce Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be cloned by scientists, in Scotland.

The milk is still undergoing safety tests, but with government permission it will be sold to consumers as a more nutritious dairy drink than cow’s milk.

More on this unethical, immoral madness here.

Sometimes, I’d rather just go home… This world is not it!

Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

June 8, 2011 at 20:27

Love Thy Neighbor: Son’s Killer Moves Next Door

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Exemplary Christianity!

(CBS News) Minneapolis – In Minnesota, a young man was murdered and his killer was sent to prison. Then, as CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman reports, the story took a surprising turn. 

In a small apartment building in North Minneapolis – a 59-year-old teacher’s aid sings praise to God for no seemingly apparent reason. Indeed, if anyone was to have issues with the Lord, it would be Mary Johnson. 

In February 1993, Mary’s son, Laramiun Byrd, was shot to death during an argument at a party. He was 20, and Mary’s only child. 

“My son was gone,” she says. 

The killer was a 16-year-old kid named Oshea Israel. 

Mary wanted justice. “He was an animal. He deserved to be caged.” 

And he was. Tried as an adult and sentenced to 25 and a half years — Oshea served 17 before being recently released. He now lives back in the old neighborhood – next door to Mary. 

How a convicted murder ended-up living a door jamb away from his victim’s mother is a story, not of horrible misfortune, as you might expect – but of remarkable mercy…

You can read that story (with a short news video) here.

Mercy… and grace…


Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

June 8, 2011 at 19:13

Top Five Religious Mysteries

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According to the Telegraph, that is.

As yet another theory emerges as to the origins of the Turin Shroud, here are the top five religious mysteries.

Check them out should you so be inclined here.

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June 8, 2011 at 19:01

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Mother Gaga?! I Think I’m Gonna Be Sick…

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The Economist compares Lady Gaga to Mother Teresa (of all people)!

Can you imagine?! Lady Gaga has done nothing but corrupt souls, while Mother Teresa has given nothing but blessing!  

It’s really a silly, pointless no comparison.

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June 8, 2011 at 16:26

Why Did Moses Go Up Mount Sinai Twice?

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The Middle Eastern practice of dual proceedings in reaching important deals, agreements or covenants may provide and explanation.

The Jerusalem Post explains:

There have been many attempts to clarify why Moses went up Mount Sinai twice. Recent archeological research likely provides a correct answer to this question and testifies to both the originality and the antiquity of the biblical text.

The giving of the Torah to Israel on Mount Sinai, whether oral or written, was the most momentous event in the Jewish people’s history. The once-wandering Israelite tribe that had just escaped from Egypt created, under the leadership of Moses, a new kind of society. Josephus, in the first century CE, defined this as a “theocracy,” or “placing all sovereignty in the hands of God.” Centuries later, our sages understood this as “taking on the yoke of the Kingdom of Heaven” (Berachot 2, 2). The text of the principles and laws of the newly created nation was deposited in the specially prepared and decorated Holy Ark.

Josephus explains that Moses went up Mount Sinai for the first time to bring back “a happy method of living for the people, and an order of political government, a short history of the Patriarchs and Egyptian slavery, and a Decalogue.”

But, he continues, “on the following day the multitude came to his tent and desired to bring them, besides, other laws from God.”

So Moses went up for the second time, and after 40 days, “he showed them the two tablets, with the ten commandments engraved upon them, five upon each tablet, and the writing was by the hand of God.”

Josephus mentions that during these 40 days Moses spent on the mountain, “fear seized upon the Hebrews,” but he fails to mention the Golden Calf.

Philo Alexandroni wrote that Moses went up for the first time to bring to the Jewish people the “jurisdiction concerning things which are most necessary for human welfare, namely food,” and he ascended the mountain for the second time “for all other urgent needs of his people.” He mentions that those who made the Golden Calf during his absence in imitation of Egyptian worship were subsequently heavily punished.

There is no doubt that Moses’s ascension was to bring the people a covenant, a signed agreement between the God of Israel and His people. It is also likely that the attending sacred ceremony was conducted in the spirit and the manner of his time. It is therefore most likely that he followed the traditional ancient Middle Eastern practice of reaching and verifying an important agreement.

The fact that Moses, according to all sources, went up the mountain twice and made the tablets twice suggests that he was acting in accord with the prevailing Mesopotamian legal practice…

There’s more. Read it in full here.

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June 8, 2011 at 16:05

Caught with Drugs: The Poor vs The Rich

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Isn’t this just so true:

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June 8, 2011 at 15:54

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