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Sunday, 5 June 2016

Death, Hope, and Eternal Salvation.

The one certainty in life is the inevitability of death, yet it is a subject which in the normal course of events is rarely mentioned. Obituaries are published in local and national newspapers, and the death of well-known personages or victims of disasters or violence receives wide coverage in the media. Death does make news, but perhaps the reality is that it is not death itself that people are interested in, rather is it the personal details of the deceased. The spiritual implication of death is rarely acknowledged in today’s secular world, the day of judgement and eternal life, if thought of at all, is regarded rather as a ‘religious’ belief that most people prefer not to think about. By the grace of God, Christians know otherwise, but even we can be strangely muted when it comes to discussing death.  The following two articles, written some four hundred years ago by the famous Elizabethan courtier, explorer, soldier, writer and poet, Sir Walter Raleigh c.1552-1618, reveal a commendably ruthless honesty which would not be out of place today in a sermon on the ‘Four Last Things’, although  a critic might suggest a certain absence of that spirit of Hope  found in the writings of the Saints.  Hope, one of the three Cardinal virtues, keeps us on track when we are tempted to despair, helping us to persevere throughout life in  knowing, loving, and serving God, so that we may be welcomed by Him when we die. Hope keeps death in perspective, for while the body will die, the soul of the just will find eternal joy and happiness with God.
                                     

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The Workmanship of Death


'Our attendants are sicknesses and variable infirmities, and by how much the more we are accompanied with plenty, by so much the more greedily is our end desired, whom when Time has made undesirable to others, we become a burthen to ourselves: being of no other use than to hold the riches we have from our successors. In this time it is (as aforesaid) we, for the most part, and never before, prepare for our eternal habitation, which we pass on unto, with many sighs, groans, and sad thoughts, and in the end, by the workmanship of death, finish the sorrowful business of a wretched life, towards which we always travel both sleeping and waking; neither have those beloved companions of honour and riches any power at all to hold us any one day, by the glorious promise of entertainments; but by what crooked path soever we walk, the same leadeth on directly to the house of death:  whose doors lie open at all hours, and to all persons.  For this tide of man’s life, after it once turneth and declineth, ever runneth with a perpetual ebb and falling stream, but never floweth again: our leaf once fallen, springeth no more, neither doth the sun or the summer adorn us again, with the garments of new leaves and flowers.'
                                                      Sir Walter Raleigh (c.1552-1618)

O Eloquent, Just, and Mighty Death

'Death, which hateth and destroyeth man, is believed; God, which hath made him and loves him, is always deferred.  I have considered (saith Solomon) all the works that are under the sun, and behold, all is vanity, and vexation of spirit: but who believes it, till Death tells it us: it was Death, which opening the conscience of Charles the First, made him enjoin his son Philip to restore Navarre; and King Francis the First of France, to command that justice should be done upon the murderers of the Protestants in Merindol and Cabrieres, which till then he neglected.  It is therefore Death alone that can suddenly make man to know himself. He tells the proud and insolent, that they are but abjects, and humbles them at the instant; makes them cry, complain, and repent, yea, even to hate their forepassed happiness.  He takes the account of the rich, and proves him a beggar; a naked beggar, which hath interest in nothing, but in the gravel that fills his mouth.  He holds a glass before the eyes of the most beautiful, and makes them see therein, their deformity and rottenness; and they acknowledge it.
    O eloquent, just, and mighty Death! Whom none could advise thou hast persuaded; what none hath dared, thou hast done; and whom all the world hath flattered, thou only hast cast out of the world and despised: thou hast drawn together all the far stretched greatness, all the pride, cruelty, and ambition of man, and covered it all over with these two narrow words, Hic iacet – here lies …'
                                                      Sir Walter Raleigh (c.1552-1618)
                                                     

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                      'Sir Walter Raleigh (1598)' by William Segar

Sir Walter Raleigh, was born in 1554 in East Budleigh, Devon, and brought up in the Protestant faith.  In 1569, he left for France to serve with the Huguenots in the French religious civil wars. In 1572, he was registered as an undergraduate at Oriel College, Oxford, leaving a year later but subsequently completing  his education in the Inns of Court.  He moved to Ireland taking part in the suppression of local rebellions, and eventually becoming the owner of property in Munster confiscated from the native Irish. He returned to England in 1581, becoming a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, and was knighted in 1585. Raleigh was instrumental in the English colonisation of North America and was granted a royal patent to explore Virginia, which paved the way for future English settlements. In 1591, he secretly married Elizabeth Throckmorton one of the Queen's ladies-in-waiting, without the Queen's permission, for which he and his wife were subsequently punished and sent to the Tower of London. After a few months they were released, and returned to his estate at Sherborne in Dorset. In 1594 Raleigh sailed on a voyage of exploration to South America searching for the mythical El Dorado. Once back in England he published  ‘The Discovery of Guiana’ (1596), an account of his voyage which made exaggerated claims as to what had been discovered.  In 1603 Queen Elizabeth died and the throne passed to James I. The following year Raleigh was implicated on uncorroborated and flimsy evidence in the Main Plot, and was again imprisoned, but this time for many years. The Main Plot was an alleged conspiracy  by English courtiers, to remove King James I from the English throne, replacing him with his cousin Arabella (or Arbella) Stuart. The plot was supposedly led by Henry Brooke, Lord Cobham, and funded by the Spanish government. Much of Raleigh’s poetry and historical writing was completed during this period of imprisonment.  In 1616 he was released to lead a second expedition in search of El Dorado. This was unsuccessful, but men under his command ransacked a Spanish outpost, contrary to his orders and in breach of existing treaties with Spain. On his return to England the Spanish government demanded that he be held responsible and punished, and in 1618 he was arrested and executed.  Raleigh’s wife bore him three sons, one of whom died in infancy. They were a devoted couple and after Raleigh was beheaded, it has been said that Lady Raleigh kept her husband's head in a velvet bag until her death 29 years later, when it was returned to his tomb and interred at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster.

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The following is taken from 'Martys to the Catholic Faith,  1577-1684' by Bishop Richard Challoner, and is part of a letter written to his mother by the Rev. William Hart, who was imprisoned at York Castle awaiting execution. 
 

…… ‘Alas! sweet mother, why do you weep? Why do you lament? Why do you take so heavily my honourable death? Know you not that we are born once to die, and that always in this life we may not live? Know you not how vain, how wicked, how inconstant, how miserable this life of ours is? Do you not consider my calling, my estate, my profession? Do you not remember that I am going to a place of all pleasure and felicity? Why then do you weep? Why do you mourn? Why do you cry out? But perhaps you will say, I weep not so much for your death as I do for that you are hanged, drawn, and quartered. My sweet mother, it is the favourablest, honourablest, and happiest death that ever could have chanced unto me. I die not for knavery, but for verity; I die not for treason, but for religion; I die not for any ill-demeanour or offence committed; but only for my faith, for my conscience, for my priesthood, for my blessed Saviour Jesus Christ; and, to tell you truth, if I had ten thousand lives, I am bound to lose them all rather than to break my faith, to lose my soul, to offend my God. We are not made to eat, drink, sleep, to go bravely, to feed daintily, to live in this wretched vale continually; but to serve God, to please God, to fear God, and to keep His commandments; which, when we cannot be suffered to do, then rather must we choose to lose our lives than to desire our lives.’…….(Extract from a letter written by Fr.William Hart to his mother, from York Castle, 10th March, 1583.)
 

Five days later Fr Hart was executed, being hanged, drawn, and quartered for ‘being a Roman priest’ (Athenae Oxoniensis)

N.B. Fr Hart was one of forty-two English Roman Catholic Martyrs beatified on December 29, 1886, by Pope Leo XIII

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'Salvator Mundi' by Andrea Previtali (1519)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Islam, a religion of Peace?

 

                      Adoration of the Holy Trinity (1511) - Albert Durer

God created the Universe, He created man and woman,  He is the Creator of all life, and He saw that it is good. Tragically man's fall from grace, the sin of Adam and Eve, 'Original Sin' the great sin of pride, opened the door to evil in the world, to the extent that our world is now torn apart by sin, with  God denied and man becoming his own god. God's laws and the natural law inherent in God's Creation, have been largely rejected by the Powers of this world, who are blind to the Divine Kingship of Christ and foolishly and arrogantly place their trust in man's ability to work out his own future for himself. Man's fallen nature, which encompass the seven deadly sins of pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth, are represented daily through the media, in differing forms and guises, but so often made to appear attractive, desirable, and even good. Morality has become a 'bad' word, particularly in western society, creating a spiritual void which encompasses the diminution and destruction of our Christian culture.. Man cannot live happy and fulfilled lives in a spiritual vacuum, although many persuade themselves that riches and comforts, fame, business achievements, social status, relationships, will make us happy. Human experience shows this to be a fallacy, for we are created by God to know Him, love Him, and serve Him, in this world,and to be happy with Him forever in the next; and nothing in this world can replace this deep, spiritual innate longing and need.
    In recent years throughout the world, unsurprisingly coinciding with the decline if not the demise of Christian values, there has been a marked increase in acts of terrorism and violence by Islamic 'extremists'. The perpetrators have openly admitted their intentions in the name of Allah, to kill and destroy those not sharing their ideology, in particular Christians and Jews,  often using women and young children as 'suicide' bombers to achieve their aims. In Europe today, we are now seeing millions of refugees from the Middle-East and Afghanistan, fleeing their homelands to escape the terrors of imposed Islamic law and government. Tens of thousands of Christians, including Bishops, priests and religious, have been murdered, churches and religious houses destroyed, and strict Islamic law imposed.
     The following article appeared recently in 'Les Femmes-the Truth' blogsite, to which I am wholly indebted. I have abbreviated the article very slightly without altering the sense in any way, and have included a few photographs with a few additional comments. 

The original article can be read here...http://lesfemmes-thetruth.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/the-story-of-islamic-world-domination.html                                                                    **************

Is Islam a religion of peace?

'Peace' for Islam means world domination...... Beyond the outward facade of Islam, lies something intrinsically evil and unnatural when its believers display jubilant ecstasy at the killing of their fellow man in the name of Allah, while declaring themselves to be messengers of a peaceful religion, grinning and holding up freshly severed human heads.

In July, 2014, ISIS Sunni Muslims posted pictures on Twitter of themselves holding up decapitated heads, with additional human heads impaled on a fence-post behind them. There were buckets filled with more heads and additional heads of young men lying on the ground. These victims of Islam’s 'peace' were once someone’s beloved son, husband, father, brother, uncle, nephew, and friend just a few moments before the photos were posted. Thousands more victims of the believers of this cheerless religion of anger and rage are gang-raped, stoned to death, kidnapped, tortured, mutilated and beheaded, all in the name of Islam, violently killing its way to 'world peace' leaving carnage, death and destruction in its wake....


                                                 ISIS execution in Palmyra (2015/6)

Islam means submission and is used to denote the savage, strident, brutal, and unforgiving religion of Muhammad, signifying submission to the service and command of Allah. In July, 2014, Christians in Mosul, Iraq, were given an ultimatum by ISIS to submit and convert to Islam, move out of the country or stay and pay dhimmitude tax, or be killed..... A pregnant Catholic mother, shackled in jail, was sentenced to 100 lashes then to be hanged. Buried to their waists in a hole in the ground, women are stoned to death, Islamists display joy when beheading, disemboweling and de-braining entire families, gang raping a six year old girl, and demonically slaughtering entire battalions of captured soldiers....

After studying the Koran, the 19th century French historian Alexis de Tocqueville was convinced that “by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad.” Warren Carroll, in 'The Founding of Christendom' (1985), says that Islam, the Scourge of God, is Christendom’s deadliest enemy of all time. American born Coptic Christian Raymond Ibrahim, in his book 'Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians'(2013), writes that "a Reuters report in 2012, cited an estimated 100 million Christians persecuted worldwide. A few years earlier the British Secret Service, M16, had estimated the number at 200 million. From one end of the Muslim world to the other, Christians, Jews, other non-Muslims, and even Muslims of different sects than the current rampaging jihadists, are suffering under the return of Sharia”....

Meanwhile, Liberalism, sharing with Islam a hatred of the Judeo-Christian God, exposes its false approach to peace...... The same week that Mosul’s Christians were given the Islamic ultimatum, White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, preposterously said, “President Barack Obama has substantially improved the tranquility of the global community.” Former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, stated, “We have to confer with the Qataris who have told me over and over again that Hamas is a humanitarian organization.” However, in the exercise of these “humanitarian” efforts, the slightest perceived insult to Islam fuels Muslims to explode with irrational uncontrolled rage, 'peacefully' solving their problem with more killing rampages, since one of Islam’s commands from the Muhammad al-Bukhari Hadith (teachings of Islam) is, “Assault and kill, assault and kill, assault and kill the Jews.”


 ISIS:  Mass killing of 400 at Palmyra, mostly women and children.(2015/6)

 As for Islam’s treatment of Christians, Ibrahim states:-   
“Although Muslim persecution of Christians is one of the most dramatic stories of our times, it is also one of the least known to the West. Such ignorance was not always the case. The exact patterns we see today in Islamic persecution of Christians were quite familiar to Christians who lived in contact with the Muslim world in past centuries, especially during the Crusades, for which until our time, Western man did not apologize." The Crusades were a result of Islamic aggression then, just as we see today. From Muhammad’s first successful caravan raids to the 1400 years of jihad that followed, from the 7th century to the 21st, Islam was and remains a religion of rage, militancy, intolerance and conquest embracing violence, destruction and death, all of which is considered normal behavior in Islam. In the first few decades of its existence, Islam had already savagely conquered half of the Christian lands in the Middle East, while Europe was continually besieged. Continual persecution of their fellow man is a tenet of Islam ....

From Islam’s 7th century beginning until 1947 it was always considered a heretical religion. There was no great central thought or myriad Abrahamic Islamic references to Muhammad or the Koran, and no “religion of peace” myth. Suddenly in the 1960s Islam was elevated to an Abrahamic Faith equivalent to Judaism and Christianity, and Muhammad was then mythically referred to as a peaceful prophet who had received revelations from God. The world, having accepted this 'politically correct myth', is suddenly aghast at the wrath of ISIS, the killings, rapes, and executions. However, expecting peace and love from a heretical demonic religion of hate.... is the ultimate textbook example of blind, unrealistic liberal naiveté. A bishop recently said, “People of the West, if they have eyes, should now see what happens when Muslims are the majority.”

Islam’s factual 1400 years of monstrous crimes against humanity are the reflected image of Allah, the hater of life and lover of death. The religion of the false prophet Muhammad has always been called a false religion, a heresy, and remains so. Christ's own words, "He who is not with me is against me" and "by their deeds you shall know them" - illuminate the dark reality of Islam.  There is no Allah except Satan, Muhammad is his prophet and Islam is the Antichrist.

Ack. 'Les Femmes - the Truth"


      'Resurrection of Jesus Christ' (1620) - Gerard Seghers

 'I am the resurrection and the life', saith the Lord, 'he that believeth in me, though he die, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die.' (John 11. v. 25/26)

Amen.


As for Islam’s treatment of Christians, Ibrahim states, “Although Muslim persecution of Christians is one of the most dramatic stories of our times, it is also one of the least known to the West. Such ignorance was not always the case. The exact patterns we see today in Islamic persecution of Christians were quite familiar to Christians who lived in contact with the Muslim world in past centuries”, especially during the Crusades, for which until our time, Western man did not apologize. The Crusades were a result of Islamic aggression then, just as we see today. From Muhammad’s first successful caravan raids to the 1400 years of jihad that followed, from the 7th century to the 21st, Islam was and remains a religion of rage, militancy, intolerance and conquest embracing violence, destruction and death, all of which is considered normal behavior in Islam. In the first few decades of its existence, Islam had already savagely conquered half of the Christian lands in the Middle East, while Europe was continually besieged. Continual persecution of their fellow man is a tenet of Islam reflecting Ishmael’s persecution of Isaac, and later as a grown man, Ishmael’s profession as an archer living off plunder.
- See more at: http://lesfemmes-thetruth.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/the-story-of-islamic-world-domination.html#more
lands in the Middle East, while Europe was continually besieged. Continual persecution of their fellow man is a tenet of Islam reflecting Ishmael’s persecution of Isaac, and later as a grown man, Ishmael’s profession as an archer living off plunder.

Victim of the religion of peace
From Islam’s 7th century beginning to 1947 it was always considered a heretical religion. There was no great central thought or myriad Abrahamic Islamic references to Muhammad or the Koran, and no “religion of peace” myth. Suddenly in the 1960s Islam was elevated to an Abrahamic Faith equivalent to Judaism and Christianity, and Muhammad was then mythically referred to as a peaceful prophet who had received revelations from God. The world, having accepted this politically correct myth, is suddenly aghast at the wrath of ISIS, the killings, rapes, and executions, however, expecting peace and love from a heretical demonic religion of hate, after having given it the advantage of the benefit of the doubt since 1960, is the ultimate textbook example of blind unrealistic liberal naiveté. A bishop recently said, “People of the West, if they have eyes, should now see what happens when Muslims are the majority.”

Islam’s factual 1400 years of monstrous crimes against humanity are the reflected image of Allah, the hater of life and lover of death. The religion of the false prophet Muhammad has always been called a false religion, a heresy, and remains so, for there is no Allah except Satan, Muhammad is his prophet and Islam is the Antichrist.
- See more at: http://lesfemmes-thetruth.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/the-story-of-islamic-world-domination.html#more
lands in the Middle East, while Europe was continually besieged. Continual persecution of their fellow man is a tenet of Islam reflecting Ishmael’s persecution of Isaac, and later as a grown man, Ishmael’s profession as an archer living off plunder.

Victim of the religion of peace
From Islam’s 7th century beginning to 1947 it was always considered a heretical religion. There was no great central thought or myriad Abrahamic Islamic references to Muhammad or the Koran, and no “religion of peace” myth. Suddenly in the 1960s Islam was elevated to an Abrahamic Faith equivalent to Judaism and Christianity, and Muhammad was then mythically referred to as a peaceful prophet who had received revelations from God. The world, having accepted this politically correct myth, is suddenly aghast at the wrath of ISIS, the killings, rapes, and executions, however, expecting peace and love from a heretical demonic religion of hate, after having given it the advantage of the benefit of the doubt since 1960, is the ultimate textbook example of blind unrealistic liberal naiveté. A bishop recently said, “People of the West, if they have eyes, should now see what happens when Muslims are the majority.”

Islam’s factual 1400 years of monstrous crimes against humanity are the reflected image of Allah, the hater of life and lover of death. The religion of the false prophet Muhammad has always been called a false religion, a heresy, and remains so, for there is no Allah except Satan, Muhammad is his prophet and Islam is the Antichrist.
- See more at: http://lesfemmes-thetruth.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/the-story-of-islamic-world-domination.html#more
lands in the Middle East, while Europe was continually besieged. Continual persecution of their fellow man is a tenet of Islam reflecting Ishmael’s persecution of Isaac, and later as a grown man, Ishmael’s profession as an archer living off plunder.

Victim of the religion of peace
From Islam’s 7th century beginning to 1947 it was always considered a heretical religion. There was no great central thought or myriad Abrahamic Islamic references to Muhammad or the Koran, and no “religion of peace” myth. Suddenly in the 1960s Islam was elevated to an Abrahamic Faith equivalent to Judaism and Christianity, and Muhammad was then mythically referred to as a peaceful prophet who had received revelations from God. The world, having accepted this politically correct myth, is suddenly aghast at the wrath of ISIS, the killings, rapes, and executions, however, expecting peace and love from a heretical demonic religion of hate, after having given it the advantage of the benefit of the doubt since 1960, is the ultimate textbook example of blind unrealistic liberal naiveté. A bishop recently said, “People of the West, if they have eyes, should now see what happens when Muslims are the majority.”

Islam’s factual 1400 years of monstrous crimes against humanity are the reflected image of Allah, the hater of life and lover of death. The religion of the false prophet Muhammad has always been called a false religion, a heresy, and remains so, for there is no Allah except Satan, Muhammad is his prophet and Islam is the Antichrist.
- See more at: http://lesfemmes-thetruth.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/the-story-of-islamic-world-domination.html#more

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Dartmoor in Orkney. / 'The Donkey' by GK Chesterton.

 
You may well be thinking that Dartmoor is surely not in Orkney, it's in south-west England, stretching across Devon from the Somerset border as far as Cornwall. Of course you are right, and speaking as one who lived for many years on the edge of this magnificent National Park, it has a special appeal and charm, combining beauty and unspoilt wilderness, the memory of which will always remain with me.

The Dartmoor that I am writing about, however, is in fact the most recent addition to our family, namely an Old English Sheepdog, named in memory of those happy days years ago, spent walking on Dartmoor with our children and the family dog(s).

Our previous dog Hector, 95% Old English Sheepdog and 5% Collie, died in August last year, aged nearly 14 years.  We had owned him from a puppy, acquired from the Blue Cross Rescue at Tiverton in Devon, and he was truly a lovely dog with a wonderful temperament. After he died, the house seemed very empty, and my wife in particular missed him.

We toyed with the idea of getting another dog, and in fact registered with a dog-rescue home for a suitable dog. We didn't hear anything for two or three months, but then at the end of October, a kind and generous friend delivered a surprise package to our door, namely Dartmoor aged about 3 months! He seemed rather like a big cuddly teddy-bear, weighing about 10 kg ,with a long silky coat and  needle-like teeth and claws.

He is now nearly 7 months old, weighing  between 25 and 30 kgs! He is large and boisterous, and like Hector has a lovely temperament, showing great affection and loyalty. He can be very stubborn, and dare I say it, naughty at times, but the good outweighs the naughty bits - at least that's the theory! He is totally house-trained, which has been a cold 'learning curve' during the winter months, both for him and his owners who have been obliged to venture forth into cold, howling winds and driving rain at all hours of the day and night! In hindsight, this was a job well done!
            
He needs plenty of exercise to expend his latent energy, and here on Stronsay, we have some wonderful beaches and sand dunes which are ideal. My wife takes him in the car daily to the beach, where he can run without causing or coming to any harm. One major problem we have with Dartmoor in the car, is his propensity to bark fiercely at oncoming cars, at the same time hurling himself at the offside rear passenger window. Fortunately he is strapped in, which certainly limits his freedom of movement, but this is a problem which we have not yet succeeded in solving - constructive suggestions most welcome! It is easier to control when we are both in the car, so when Dartmoor goes out we both go.

The photos below were taken a few days ago whilst walking Dartmoor at Rothiesam beach on Stronsay. It was a lovely, sunny Spring day, perfect for a walk on the deserted beach and sand dunes.



          'Why man he doth bestride the narrow world like a colossus' 

'Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world  like a Colossus, and we petty men  walk under his huge legs and peep about  to find ourselves dishonorable graves.' Cassius to Brutus re. Julius Caesar. (W.Shakespeare)
Actually, contrary to the photograph, it's  Dartmoor who, figuratively speaking, bestrides the world like a colossus, while I just hang on in there!



A close up of Dartmoor, he has one blue eye and one brown eye, neither of which can be seen in this photograph, mainly because of his long hair. He has a particularly large, black, rubbery nose, which you can see, and a very fine set of new 'adult' shiny 'gnashers'!



                                              Just making sure that you're still there!





                           A handsome boy, but I wonder what he's thinking?





                             Having a breather - to give Mum and Dad a rest!





             Waiting to pounce! You'll do, but I really need a few sheep!




                                                Off at full speed! You'll not catch me!




                                                              An interesting find - rabbits?



                                                              Must we go home already?                                                                                                                                                                                     
                
             

 Dartmoor receiving a treat, a small piece of sliced chicken - his reward for doing as he was told, not always the case!   'Mum' loves him - most of the time. When he misbehaves he's only a 'baby', and for some inexplicable reason, it's often Dad's fault!  C'est la vie!

I hope that you have enjoyed this brief introduction to Dartmoor. I hope to renew our friendship in August on his first birthday!

 NB. If you like dogs and would like to know a little more about Hector, our loyal and well-loved previous dog, please click on link below.

 http://umblepie-northernterritory.blogspot.co.uk/2008/02/i-would-like-to-introduce-you-to-hector.html                                        

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The Donkey, by GK Chesterton

When fishes flew and forests walked,
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood,
Then surely I was born.

With monstrous head and sickening cry,
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
Of all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient, crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.




         'Entry of Christ into Jerusalem' (1320)  by Pietro Lorenzetti
 
'The donkey may be derided as a stupid animal, yet he is used by God for the most triumphal journey in history, highlighting the difference between God’s wisdom and ours.... Nobody is truly worthless, no matter what others may think. Just as the donkey is an unsung, unloved and unattractive creature who becomes the hero in Chesterton’s poem, so too the most humble and unattractive people, even though they are without social connections or the appearance of being important, are seen by Christ as who they truly are, made in God’s image and likeness.'

(Ack. Patrick Comerford)
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   'Christ's Resurrection from the Dead' (1570) by Paolo Veronese


          'Wishing all a blessed and happy Easter'


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