White Dove Lands On Casket Of Cardinal

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On July 9, 2012, the Archbishop Emeritus of Rio de Janeiro, Eugenio Cardinal Sales died. His funeral was celebrated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil . During his funeral, a white dove landed on the casket of the late Cardinal. Reports say the dove stayed there for almost an hour!

Eugênio de Araújo Sales (8 November 1920 – 9 July 2012) was a cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church, having been elevated by Pope Paul VI on April 28, 1969. He served as archbishop of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro for thirty years until his resignation was accepted in 2001, when he had already passed the maximum age for voting in a papal conclave. He was the Cardinal Protopriest of the Holy Roman Church and also the longest serving living Cardinal of the Catholic Church from February 16, 2009 until his death.

Pope Pius XII appointed Sales to the Episcopate, naming him titular Bishop of Thibica and auxiliary Bishop of Natal on June 1, 1954. Sales was consecrated a Bishop on August 15, 1954.

On January 9, 1962, Pope bl. John XXIII named Sales Apostolic Administrator of Natal, and on July 9, 1964 Pope Paul VI transferred him to the Primatial See of São Salvador da Bahia also as Apostolic Administrator sede plena.

On October 29, 1968, Sales, until then Apostolic Administrator, was appointed Metropolitan Archbishop São Salvador da Bahia, becoming ex officio the Primate of Brazil.

On the consistory of 28 April 1969, Pope Paul created Archbishop Sales a Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church. On 30 April 1969 Cardinal Sales received his red birretta and the title of Cardinal-Priest of S. Gregorio VII.

Requiem Aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetuae luceat eis. Requiescant in pace. Amen.

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True Love Story of Barn Swallows

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Comments on this portfolio:

Hugh Hill , April 26, 2004; 11:40 P.M.

Wilson I would like to commend you on the fantastic presentation you put together of the barn swallows grief I found it to be a very moving series.

Thanks for sharing this beautifully moving piece of reportage


Talbert McMullin , August 07, 2004; 01:40 P.M.

This is one of the best examples I have ever seen that demonstrates the enormous power of photography. I hereby declare Wilson Hsu as a”Master Photographer”. Keep shooting Wilson; keep shooting until you are too old to hold a camera or drop dead in the process!

ALFREDO DE Ricolino , December 11, 2004; 06:03 A.M.

the best Photo I have ever seen..It makes everybody somehow little cry I think..thank you very much Wilson

Bilgo jol production -Rouzes- , February 05, 2005; 12:34 A.M.

Very strong images

Jim Adams , July 19, 2005; 07:54 A.M.

Beautiful. Moving. More than simple wildlife photography, this is wildlife documentary at its finest.

John Wayne , November 27, 2005; 09:32 P.M.


….you do realise that that’s a classic bird copulation pose and the fact that birds mating with their deceased mates is not an uncommon thing at all.

Ian Dangerfield , December 12, 2005; 04:54 P.M.

I know

I knew some like that

Shmil Gandelman , February 26, 2007; 12:25 A.M.

+ + +

Mary Banker , April 12, 2007; 10:02 P.M.

i cried. thank you- for stopping and snapping away- moving and utterly sad

Naseer Fedaee , January 08, 2008; 03:28 A.M.



MJ Gilmartin , January 08, 2008; 08:45 P.M.

Simply Outstanding

A very sad occasion, but as a photographer you really did an outstanding job and this portfolio reveals great insight into the social habits of these birds. Truly I am unlikely to forget these images. Well done.

Judi Howcroft , November 09, 2008; 07:24 A.M.

Poor Birds

Humans holding a loved one while they are dying may look like they are trying to copulate. I think this is a great series of photographs regardless of what is taking place … I’ll call it love. Thanks for sharing. Judi

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Anthony Luke , May 21, 2009; 11:46 A.M.

Please contact me.

Hi Wilson, have been trying to contact you to buy your photos of the barn swallow for Hello! Magazine, but your e-mail supplied by the photo.net website keeps returning a bad address message. Could you please contact me at the following address, thanks. <anthony.luke@hola.com>

Trisha Jean-Angela , August 01, 2010; 03:20 A.M.

Your series on the grief of the Barn Swallows is so beautifully told through your eyes. Magnificent and truly heart-breaking work. Thank you for sharing. I hope to see more of your work.

ophelia anderling , April 20, 2011; 04:02 P.M.

Just asking how it went further

Dear Wilson,

Today I saw your amazing and moving photo ‘s of the swallow’s tragedie and I wondered…did sombody took care of the little ones in the nest later on? I meen, the male bird is probably not capeble of feeding them all on his own…

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Interview: Akiane speaks of heaven and paintings

HUNTINGDON, PA – February 21, 2012 – Akiane Kramarik’s paintings of Heaven and God are beyond breathtaking. They are realistic, yet ethereal. They are tangible, yet capture the intangible. They are aesthetic, yet natural. They portray love, yet the love is felt more than seen.

Much like the 17-year-old artist and prodigy, the paintings stir the soul, bringing to mind greater things than those which exist here on earth. Like the lyrics of a song that we have never heard, Akiane’s paintings of Heaven evoke feelings that we have never felt, yet long to experience.

Akiane began sketching at the age of four; by age six, she was painting on canvases. She told her mother that she had to paint because she had “visions from God.” Her parents, who were atheists at the time, were simultaneously confused and amazed by their young daughter’s paintings of Heaven and Jesus Christ, whom she referred to as “God.”

Journey by Akiane KramarikJourney by Akiane Kramarik

The Kramariks have stated over and over that these were not terms that were discussed in their home. Akiane’s mother, Foreli, is originally from Lithuania and had no religious background or belief system. Akiane’s father, Mark, was brought up as a Catholic, but had not been a practicing Catholic in years.
In an interview with The Washington Times Communities section, “Lori’s Centiments,” Akiane attempted to explain what it is like to have a “vision from God.”

“A vision is like an oasis in a desert. You can’t have it all the time, as you need to keep on continuing your journey through the desert of life experiences, full of faith trials. . . I am not so concerned about waiting for a vision to appear because I know it will come to me when I least expect it. . . I still do have visions that inspire my work,” Akiane said.

Akiane has said in the past that she must paint what she sees in visions, which she says are much like dreams, soon after she experiences them or the vision will lose its clarity. When she gazes at a vision-inspired painting, such as “Prince of Peace,” she can clearly recall the vision, although she needs to look at the painting to bring it fully to her conscious mind.

In another painting, titled “Father Forgive Them,” Akiane painted Jesus with his hands raised upward, as though beseeching his Father in Heaven. She describes God in an interview with CNN as “like a bow of light – really pure, really masculine, really strong, and big . . . His eyes are just beautiful.”

In God We Trust


The phrase appears to have originated in the Star-Spangled Banner, written during the War of 1812. The fourth stanza includes the phrase, “And this be our motto: ‘In God is our Trust.'”

In 2006, on the 50th anniversary of its adoption, the Senate  reaffirmed “In God we trust” as the official national motto of the United States of America. In 2011 the House of Representatives passed an additional resolution reaffirming “In God we trust” as the official motto of the United States, in a 396-9 vote. According to a 2003 joint poll by USA Today, CNN, and Gallup, 90% of Americans support the inscription “In God We Trust” on U.S. coins.

Psalm 37

 (By David.)

Trust the Lord

Let the Lord lead you
and trust him to help.
Then it will be as clear
as the noonday sun
that you were right.

Today majority of all Americans still trust in God.

May God bless America!

At Dawn in Papua New Guinea

The sun was shining bright across the sea early this  morning!

It was so good  watching  it  slowly  rising from the horizon.

The  orange background began becoming golden !

The scene brought  back home memories of  younger days.

At  dawn one could hear cocks crowing , announcing the start of a new day!

Squeaking sounds of water pump seemed to have said, “Here is water , it’s free! Take as much as you want! Unlimited!.

The pets and the plants were joyful! They knew someone would look after them too.

And this is life!

This is a day, not just any other day!

A precious time greatly offered from the loving heart of God.

For you.

May we be grateful to Him ? Thank God!

Mt Sinai revisited

God called Moses up Mount Sinai and gave him the Ten Commandments.

Most probably today, the tablet would be a “touch screen” and any one of the commandments may be easily searched by Google!!!(ha ha ha)

Anyway, God by His grace had blessed my wife Melba to see by  herself , reached the summit of Mt Sinai and came down obviously  happy and fulfilled…The trip to the Holy land was indeed a gift!

Today, perhaps, she may  want to say- ” It’s okay if one could not get there! There is a burning bush too right in one’s  backyard!

And the Ten Commandments? They are all written in everyone’s heart. We carry them everyday . So we sum up the Commands -Walk with  Lord at all times and relate  with the people around us.Life is for loving isn’t it?

Luke 10:27

“He answering, said: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind: and thy neighbour as thyself.”

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”