When God Lifts up a Humble

Please watch a very moving video of an orphan( Sung-bong Choi) who grew up working as a “manual worker”. Be sensitive enough to see God in action. Our Loving Creator is always at work. Let us open our eyes. At all times….

Source: You Tube uploaded by gmidnjsroEl on jun 4, 2011

Photo: markkay.wordpress.com

St Francis Of Assissi

Saint Francis is called the little poor man of Assisi. He was born in the year 1182 in the town of Assisi in Italy. His father was a very wealthy merchant of Assisi. Francis was very joyful, soft-hearted and loving by nature, so he had many friends. All the noble men’s sons were his companions.

Brought up in great wealth and luxury, Francis spent a considerable portion of his wealth in extravagant pleasures. He used to drink and party with the young princes of the land.

One day while joking and laughing with his friends Francis was approached by a beggar who came along crying for alms. Francis, who was very compassionate, gave whatever he had in his pocket to the beggar. His companions mocked him for his charitable act. Dispassion dawned in his heart. The sight of the beggar set him thinking about the poverty and misery of mundane life and he began to give much money to the poor. His father thought that Francis was crazy wasting his money and rebuked him.

Sometime after this, Francis was sick in bed for many months on account of some serious disease. He was about to die. The nature of Francis was entirely changed during that time as he spent much time praying and asking for guidance as to his future. He made a strong determination to renounce his old way of living to tread a life of purity and to dedicate his life to the service of humanity and nature which he saw as a manifestation of God.

As soon as Francis got well, he informed his parents of his determination. They were disappointed and became angry with Francis. Francis gave up his old ways, threw away his expensive cloths and began to serve the greater good of all beings. He distributed clothes, goods and money to the poor. His father was very much annoyed at his son. He said, “Is this the gratitude you show to me ? I labored hard and amassed wealth which you are now lavishly wasting it on these miserable people”.

Francis’ friends mocked at him and teased him. His father turned him out of the house. Francis lived like a beggar. His old friends even pelted him with stones and mud. He bore all of these things with patience and began a life of simplicity wearing simple clothing and eating simple food.

Living in a cave in the mountains of Assisi Francis spent his time in prayer and meditation for two years. Some kind people gave him food, but very often he had nothing to eat at all.

Francis was very humble and loved all of God’s creatures. He loved birds animals, plants, trees and nature itself. He loved the depressed and the outcastes. He treated the birds, the beasts and all beings as brothers and sisters.

Francis went from village to village preaching the love of God, even giving teachings to the animals. Francis once liberated two lambs tied to the shoulders of a farmer, who were bleating pitifully on their way to market where they would be slaughtered. He removed worms from a busy road so that they might not be crushed under the feet of the passersby. (You will find many other stories of St. Francis and animals in Sharon’s articles throughout this website.)

Francis invited people to join him in his life of service if they were willing. Bernard, a rich man of Assisi, was very much attracted by the saintliness of Francis and joined him. He was the first follower of Francis, placing all his wealth at the altar of God. Eleven others also joined Francis, including St. Clair who like Francis left a wealthy life of luxury to care for the sick and underprivileged. Together these eleven distributed all their wealth to the poor traveling all over Italy preaching, teaching, healing and blessing wherever they went.

The gospel of kindness and love of Francis soon spread all over Europe and earned for him the name of St. Francis. People called him the little poor man of Assisi.

St. Francis collected many followers and founded the Order of Mendicant Friars or Franciscans. The members of this Order take a vow of poverty, chastity, love and obedience. St. Francis gave up his mortal life in 1228.

The followers of St. Francis built a beautiful church round him on the hill of Assisi, the hill he so dearly loved. The influence of St. Francis and the sweet aroma of his life live on until this day.

The Relevance of St. Francis’ Teachings in Today’s World.

The Life and teachings of St. Francis of Assisi have great relevance to the many problems that we face today, especially in terms of our perception and treatment of fellow creatures and the natural world.

In his time, St. Francis was an antidote to the profane and dualistic beliefs of human superiority and separateness from the rest of Nature, a view of the world that is still widely held. Today, as we confront the secular materialism that was just emerging in his time, St. Francis is an inspiration and guide for the human relationship with and responsibility for the life and beauty of the planet.

The relevance of St. Francis’ teachings could not be more acute today as science, on the one hand, affirms the sacred unity and interdependence of all of life and, on the other, serves those industries and ideologies that are destroying this unity and interdependence. All who share concern for humanity and the protection of animals and Nature may be inspired by the life of St. Francis to do all they can to insure the future and integrity of Earth’s Creation.

The Prayer of Saint Francis

“O Lord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace!
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light, and
Where there is sorrow, joy.
Oh Divine Master, grant that I may not
so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand; to be loved
as to love; for it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.”

The simple prayer of St. Francis of Assisi provides for us a mold in which to cast our own life’s conduct and character. It provides a blueprint upon which to pattern our living in our thoughts, speech and actions within our day to day relationships with our fellow beings and with all life around us. Therefore, the prayer of St. Francis is a precious document for us, an indispensable, invaluable frame of reference by which to judge our own lives, and referring to which we can do the necessary to bring about the needed alterations and modifications for the upliftment and purification of our own daily life.

Source: Anaflora.com website

True Love Story of Barn Swallows

All photos are copyright the photographer, and may not be used without written permission.

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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God Heard the Father’s Prayer

By Jeba Angeles. Please watch an inspiring video on how God works to show His might and power.

Reward of Sacrifice A Glimpse of Azerbaijan

Father God is indeed great! After  three years of time off , the  Company I have worked with ,recalled my services to work with them again. T’was  a glorious moment in April 1997 !

Saipem [Oil Pipeline Company] had offered me a job assignment  in Azerbaijan a  country  known to be where the Ark of Noah landed , (supposedly in  the Mt Ararat in the Armenian border). It was  a state in the former Soviet Union and  was the world’s number 1 Oil producing field at the turn of the 20th century. Oil derricks were sprouting everywhere! Perhaps  John Rockefeller had gotten his wealth from there.

It was also a source of the best Persian carpets in the world. Yes, indeed it was a blessing to have been in that perfect peaceful place.

Oh how wonderful to have traveled again! I enjoyed the plane ride, saw new places and met new people. It was very interesting but most of all, truly rewarding.

3 years back, in 1994, I resigned from the same Company I had been with since 1987 in order to do some community service in my town , “pro bono”, “gratis”. It was a selfless experience which, interestingly, had brought some  sense of fulfillment and heavenly peace. I was happy!

The trip  to Azerbaijan  was of a Divine Providence, I know.

I could only be thankful for the love He always gives. He is great!

(Romans 8:28)

 “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose

TED Talk – Louie Schwartzberg – Gratitude and Happiness

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.

This piece includes his short film on Gratitude and Happiness. Brother David Steindl-Rast’s spoken words, Gary Malkin’s musical compositions and Louie’s cinematography make this a stunningly beautiful piece, reminding us of the precious gift of life, and the beauty all around us.

As a visual artist, Louie has created some of the most iconic and memorable film moments of our time. He is an innovator in the world of time-lapse, nature, aerial and “slice-of-life” photography – the only cinematographer in the world who has literally been shooting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week continuously for more than 30 years.

Louie was recognized as one of the top 70 Cinematographers for the On Film Kodak Salute Series. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Louie is credited by many with pioneering the contemporary stock footage industry by founding Energy Film Library, a global company with a network of 12 foreign offices, which was acquired by Getty Images in 1997. Motion picture clients of his cinematic artistry include Sex in the City, The Bourne Ultimatum, Die Hard 4, Syriana, Crash, Men in Black and classics such as American Beauty, Koyaanisqatsi and E.T. among others.

Louie went on to found BlackLight Films, a creative production company specializing in producing original theatrical feature, large format films, HD and TV programming.

In 2004, BlackLight Films completed production of the theatrical feature film, America’s Heart &Soul, distributed theatrically by Walt Disney Pictures. In 2006, BlackLight Films completed a series of HD shorts, Louie Films, for the launch of Buena Vista Home Entertainment’s Blu-Ray DVD releases. In 2007, the company produced a 1-hour special, Chasing the Light, which aired nationally on PBS.
Past projects include the 35mm film Seasons of the Vine for Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park and a 26-half hour series, America!, for The Hallmark Channel.

Louie has won two Clio Awards for Best Environmental Broadcast Spot, an Emmy nomination for Best Cinematography for the Discovery Channel Special, Oceans of Air, and the Heartland Film Festival’s Truly Moving Picture Award for Walt Disney Pictures’ feature film release America’s Heart & Soul.

Louie completed production on a feature length nature documentary, Wings of Life, to be theatrically released worldwide, under Walt Disney Pictures’ new production banner, Disneynature. The film was released in France (March 2011) under the title Pollen and won the Roscar Award for Best Cinematography at the 2011 Wild Talk Africa Film Festival.

Louie spoke at the TED 2011 conference in Long Beach, CA and has been a regular presenter at the annual Bioneers Conference in San Francisco. Currently, Louie is in production with National Geographic to produce Hidden Worlds, a 3D Imax film.

event video by: http://repertoireproductions.com/

Lamentations 3:23

They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness

Psalm 118:24

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:28-29

You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!