Words of A Dying Man: Reminding What is Important In Life

Battling with terminal cancer Eric Mac Lean, 28 yrs old of Wisconsin thought of making a video and posted on You Tube to say good bye leaving us all a message of love and peace. Let us listen to his words for such may be intended for each and every one of us lest we take the good things of this life all for granted.

Let us be grateful! God has blessed us with so much love and here, someone like Eric, tries to make us understand. We thank him too for the courage to share his thoughts..

Source:  Donate2LIFE website uploaded 14 aug 2012

Photo:  New York Daily News

White Dove Lands On Casket Of Cardinal

Repost from uCatholic .

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

Regards

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.

Ummmm….

….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.

hello,..

HELLO,DEAR HSU. HOW ARE YOU? WHAT A NICE PHOTOS YOU HAVE ADDED..REALLY HARD TO TAKE..ALL OF THEM ‘R EXCELLENT AND EXCELLENT PHOTOGRAPH’S.. WISH BE LIKE THIS…WANT TO SEE MORE YOUR BEST PHOTOS… NASEER FROM AFGHANISTAN.

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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The Girl who silenced the world

This is an incredible video of a Canadian girl who spoke to the United Nations and left them completely silent and speechless for five minutes. Her name is Severn Cullis-Suzuki, and her speech was given at a U.N. assembly in Brazil when she was twelve years old. She had raised all the money to travel to the delegation, five thousand miles from her home, herself.

Speaking about the hole in the ozone layer, pollution, the devastation of the forests and extinction of so many species, Severn charges that we adults have no idea how to fix these things, in fact can’t fix them, and that we must change our ways. “If you don’t know how to fix it, stop breaking it,” she pleads.

Severn continued to say:

“I am here to speak for all generations to come. I am here to speak on behalf of starving children around the world whose cries go unheard. I’m only a child and I don’t have the solutions…but neither do you. I am only a child, but I know we are all part of a family five billion strong; in fact, 30 million species strong, and borders and governments will never change that.

Even when we have more than enough, we are afraid to share. We are afraid to let go of some of our wealth. Two days ago here in Brazil, we were shocked when we spent some time with children living in the streets. This is what one child told us:

‘I wish I was rich. And if I were, I would give all the street children food, clothes, medicine, shelter, love and affection.’

If child on the streets who has nothing is willing to share — why are we, who have everything, still so greedy?

I am only a child, but I know if all the money spent on war was spent on finding environmental answers, ending poverty, and finding treaties — what a wonderful place this world would be.”

And here’s the kicker — this speech was given in 1992, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. How much is still relevant today? All of it. And the more important question is: How much has been changed, accomplished, since Severn spoke that day?

Years later, Severn wrote a piece for Time magazine in which she said: “I spoke for six minutes and received a standing ovation. Some of the delegates even cried. I thought that maybe I had reached some of them, that my speech might actually spur action. Now, a decade from Rio, after I’ve sat through many more conferences, I’m not sure what has been accomplished. My confidence in the people in power and in the power of an individual’s voice to reach them has been deeply shaken…In the 10 years since Rio, I have learned that addressing our leaders is not enough. As Gandhi said many years ago, ‘We must become the change we want to see.’ I know change is possible.”

Severn comes from an environmental legacy — her father is the renowned David Suzuki. At the age of nine, Severn founded the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO), a group of children dedicated to learning and teaching other kids about environmental issues. Today, Severn is an environmental activist, speaker, television host and author. She has spoken around the world about environmental issues, urging listeners to define their values, act with the future in mind, and take individual responsibility.

She co-hosted Suzuki’s Nature Quest, a children’s television series that aired on the Discovery Channel in 2002. In early 2002, she helped launch an Internet-based think tank called The Skyfish Project. As a member of Kofi Annan’s Special Advisory Panel, she and members of the Skyfish Project brought their first project, a pledge called the “Recognition of Responsibility”, to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in August 2002.

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

Wikipedia-

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!