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1 day ago on July 23rd, 2014 | J | 205 notes
joyful-serenity:

theorthodoxbritreturns:

Yesterday the Islamist group ISIS read out an ultimatum to Chrisians from its Mosques. It called on Christians to comply by midday on Saturday or face death if they did not leave the northern city.
The ultimatum cited a historic contract known as “dhimma,” under which non-Muslims in Islamic societies who refuse to convert are offered protection if they pay a fee, called a “jizya”.
"We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword," the Isis statement said.
Please keep the native Christians of Iraq in your prayers as they face this threat against their very existence.

 Western media have been so lax about reporting the very real, and torturous persecution Christians are facing in Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Nigeria and others. For example, a 14yr old Altar boy was taken from serving Mass and Crucified against the front door of the Church not very long ago in Mosul/Ninevah. Elsewhere, a Priest was decapitated and his head left on the front steps of his Church.  But you won’t find out about it on the Internet, or in the newspapers, because Western Media doesn’t care. The only reason I happen to know this is because my (Benedictine) Priest has (Religious Order) friends that escaped from Iraq recently, and this was their lived experience.  Oh and by the by, when ISIS say that “they will have nothing but the sword”, it’s worth being aware that in parts of ISIS controlled territory, crucifixion is the preferred treatment for Christians. A dozen men were crucified in a town square just a couple of months ago, because they refused to recant or pay the jizya - that was in Syria, but the belief that ‘the sword is too good’ for Christians is strong in certain areas. (Rather like the Roman Empire - St Paul wasn’t crucified because he was a Roman Citizen, and crucifixion was kept for non Romans, as “lesser” human beings.  Signal boost the heck out of this, and please, please pray.  (and it shouldn’t need said, but please, do also remember that this is not the will of the majority of Muslims, who are just as horrified - if not more so - as we are at this reckless, awful treatment of other human beings.)

joyful-serenity:

theorthodoxbritreturns:

Yesterday the Islamist group ISIS read out an ultimatum to Chrisians from its Mosques. It called on Christians to comply by midday on Saturday or face death if they did not leave the northern city.

The ultimatum cited a historic contract known as “dhimma,” under which non-Muslims in Islamic societies who refuse to convert are offered protection if they pay a fee, called a “jizya”.

"We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword," the Isis statement said.

Please keep the native Christians of Iraq in your prayers as they face this threat against their very existence.


Western media have been so lax about reporting the very real, and torturous persecution Christians are facing in Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Nigeria and others. For example, a 14yr old Altar boy was taken from serving Mass and Crucified against the front door of the Church not very long ago in Mosul/Ninevah. Elsewhere, a Priest was decapitated and his head left on the front steps of his Church.

But you won’t find out about it on the Internet, or in the newspapers, because Western Media doesn’t care. The only reason I happen to know this is because my (Benedictine) Priest has (Religious Order) friends that escaped from Iraq recently, and this was their lived experience.

Oh and by the by, when ISIS say that “they will have nothing but the sword”, it’s worth being aware that in parts of ISIS controlled territory, crucifixion is the preferred treatment for Christians. A dozen men were crucified in a town square just a couple of months ago, because they refused to recant or pay the jizya - that was in Syria, but the belief that ‘the sword is too good’ for Christians is strong in certain areas. (Rather like the Roman Empire - St Paul wasn’t crucified because he was a Roman Citizen, and crucifixion was kept for non Romans, as “lesser” human beings.

Signal boost the heck out of this, and please, please pray.

(and it shouldn’t need said, but please, do also remember that this is not the will of the majority of Muslims, who are just as horrified - if not more so - as we are at this reckless, awful treatment of other human beings.)
1 day ago on July 23rd, 2014 | J | 592 notes

Focusing on the pragmatic effects of marriage undermines the very power of marriage to achieve the effects we desire. In other words, for the sake of all these beneficial practical effects, we should not focus on them. This is the way life is designed by God to work. Make him and the glory of his Son central, and you get the practical effects thrown in. Make the practical effects central, and you lose both.

… I want people to flourish in every way. I want the poor to rise into joyful, self-sustaining, productive work and stable households. Therefore, for the sake of these good effects of marriage, let it be heralded with joy that there are reasons for marriage that are vastly more important.

Marriage is not mainly about prospering economically; it is mainly about displaying the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church. Knowing Christ is more important than making a living. Treasuring Christ is more important than bearing children. Being united to Christ by faith is a greater source of marital success than perfect sex and double-income prosperity.

If we make secondary things primary, they cease to be secondary and become idolatrous. They have their place. But they are not first, and they are not guaranteed… . So it is with marriage. It is a momentary gift. It may last a lifetime, or it may be snatched away on the honeymoon. Either way, it is short. It may have many bright days, or it may be covered with clouds. If we make secondary things primary, we will be embittered at the sorrows we must face. But if we set our face to make of marriage mainly what God designed it to be, no sorrows and no calamities can stand in our way. Every one of them will be, not an obstacle to success, but a way to succeed. The beauty of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church shines brightest when nothing but Christ can sustain it.

- John Piper
5 days ago on July 20th, 2014 | J | 0 notes
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Meow. Sweet Lover.

#JustinNozulka #KeepingMeSaneRightNow

5 days ago on July 19th, 2014 | J | 0 notes
neurosciencestuff:

Self-repairing mechanism helps to preserve brain function in neurodegenerative diseases
New research, led by scientists at the University of Southampton, has found that neurogenesis, the self-repairing mechanism of the adult brain, can help to preserve brain function in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Prion or Parkinson’s.
The progressive degeneration and death of the brain, occurring in many neurodegenerative diseases, is often seen as an unstoppable and irrevocable process. However, the brain has some self-repairing potential that accounts for the renewal of certain neuronal populations living in the dentate gyrus, a simple cortical region that is part of the larger functional brain system controlling learning and memory, the hippocampus. This process is known as neurogenesis.
While increased neurogenesis has been reported in neurodegenerative diseases in the past, its significance is unclear. Now a research team, led by Dr Diego Gomez-Nicola from the Centre for Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton, has detected increased neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus that partially counteracts neuronal loss.
Using a model of prion disease from mice, the research identified the time-course of the generation of these newborn neurons and how they integrate into the brain circuitry. While this self-repairing mechanism is effective in maintaining some neuronal functions at early and mid-stages of the disease, it fails at more advanced phases. This highlights a temporal window for potential therapeutic intervention, in order to preserve the beneficial effects of enhanced neurogenesis.
Dr Gomez-Nicola says: “This study highlights the latent potential of the brain to orchestrate a self-repairing response. The continuation of this line of research is opening new avenues to identify what specific signals are used to promote this increased neurogenic response, with views focused in targeting neurogenesis as a therapeutic approach to promote the regeneration of lost neurons.”

neurosciencestuff:

Self-repairing mechanism helps to preserve brain function in neurodegenerative diseases

New research, led by scientists at the University of Southampton, has found that neurogenesis, the self-repairing mechanism of the adult brain, can help to preserve brain function in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Prion or Parkinson’s.

The progressive degeneration and death of the brain, occurring in many neurodegenerative diseases, is often seen as an unstoppable and irrevocable process. However, the brain has some self-repairing potential that accounts for the renewal of certain neuronal populations living in the dentate gyrus, a simple cortical region that is part of the larger functional brain system controlling learning and memory, the hippocampus. This process is known as neurogenesis.

While increased neurogenesis has been reported in neurodegenerative diseases in the past, its significance is unclear. Now a research team, led by Dr Diego Gomez-Nicola from the Centre for Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton, has detected increased neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus that partially counteracts neuronal loss.

Using a model of prion disease from mice, the research identified the time-course of the generation of these newborn neurons and how they integrate into the brain circuitry. While this self-repairing mechanism is effective in maintaining some neuronal functions at early and mid-stages of the disease, it fails at more advanced phases. This highlights a temporal window for potential therapeutic intervention, in order to preserve the beneficial effects of enhanced neurogenesis.

Dr Gomez-Nicola says: “This study highlights the latent potential of the brain to orchestrate a self-repairing response. The continuation of this line of research is opening new avenues to identify what specific signals are used to promote this increased neurogenic response, with views focused in targeting neurogenesis as a therapeutic approach to promote the regeneration of lost neurons.”

1 week ago on July 17th, 2014 | J | 234 notes

asylum-art:

Absolutely Astounding Mountains Photography by Max Rive

Rive is a talented and creative photographer. He is much inspired from nature so he traveled through the Europe with his camera to capture the nature photos. He said, “many people live within unhappy circumstances and they don’t take the step to change their situation just because of conditioned to a life of security, conservatism and conformity.” Max Rive did not stop himself at one place so he traveled from around the Europe and took the beautiful nature photographs. Here I have a set of Max Rive’s mountains photography that you will love to see.

1 week ago on July 17th, 2014 | J | 1,255 notes
1 week ago on July 13th, 2014 | J | 63 notes
God’s view of love is everything the human heart longs for.
- Jason Evert, If You Really Loved Me (via faithful-flockstar)
1 week ago on July 13th, 2014 | J | 152 notes
There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be
- Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
1 week ago on July 13th, 2014 | J | 1 note
flyartproductions:

Just make sure you ahead of the game
Kiyomitsu II, Torii Kiyomine / Work It, Missy Elliott

Discovered my new favourite Tumblr art blog. #SoGood

flyartproductions:

Just make sure you ahead of the game

Kiyomitsu II, Torii Kiyomine / Work It, Missy Elliott

Discovered my new favourite Tumblr art blog. #SoGood

2 weeks ago on July 8th, 2014 | J | 9,482 notes
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone is enough
- St. Teresa of Avila
2 weeks ago on July 6th, 2014 | J | 3 notes
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This beautiful man is releasing a video for this song. 

 #IMightDie #OMG #datFalsetto

3 weeks ago on June 29th, 2014 | J | 0 notes

alwaysabeautifullife:

HAHA THIS.

3 weeks ago on June 29th, 2014 | J | 125,072 notes

Tiny differences in mice that make them peculiarly resistant to a family of conditions that includes Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease may provide clues for treatments in humans.

Amyloid diseases are often incurable because drug designers cannot identify the events that cause them to start.

Professor Sheena Radford, Astbury Professor of Biophysics at the University of Leeds, said: “Amyloid diseases are associated with the build-up of fibrous plaques out of long strings of ‘misfolding’ proteins, but it is not clear what kicks the process off. That means the normal approach of designing a drug to destroy or disable the species that start the disease process does not work.

“We have to take a completely different tack: instead of targeting the cause of the disease, we need to disrupt the plaque building process.”

The University of Leeds-led team’s study, published in the journal Molecular Cell today, looked to mice for a way forward.

“We already knew that mice were not prone to the build up of some of these plaques. This study, for the first time, observed the building happening and saw the differences between the mice proteins and their almost identical human equivalents,” Professor Radford said.

She added: “We mixed the mice and human proteins and found that the mice protein actually stopped the formation of the plaque-forming fibrils by the human protein.””

#impressed #CannotWaitForTheseStudiesToAdvance #hope

3 weeks ago on June 29th, 2014 | J | 0 notes
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Brazilian Man Gets Plastic Surgery to Look Korean ft. Timothy DeLaGhetto & David So

#omg #lol

1 month ago on June 21st, 2014 | J | 0 notes