Archives for November 2011

Remember, remember the 5th of November

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot…

An anonymous letter and the plot was over. On the 5th November 1605 >Guy Fawkes was caught in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament guarding a cache of explosives placed beneath the House of Lords, . Guy Fawkes was subsequently tried as a traitor with his co-conspirators for plotting against the government. Fawkes was sentenced to death and the form of the execution was one of the most horrendous ever practised (hung ,drawn and quartered) which reflected the serious nature of the crime of treason.

Londoners were encouraged to celebrate the King’s escape from assassination by lighting bonfires, “always provided that ‘this testemonye of joy be carefull done without any danger or disorder'”.An Act of Parliament designated each 5 November as a day of thanksgiving for “the joyful day of deliverance”.

After the movie, “V for Vendetta”, Guy Fawkes mask became a symbol of the fight against the establishment. In internet, this fight is carried out by a group that called themselves “Anonymous”

ímalo con todas tus fuerzas

Un peregrino llegó a la aldea donde viví­a Abu Yazid al-Bistrami.

“Enséñame la forma más rápida de llegar a Dios”, le pidió.

Al-Bistrami respondió: “ímalo con todas tus fuerzas”.

“Eso ya lo hago”.

“Entonces necesitas que te amen los demás”.

“¿Por qué?”.

“Porque Dios mira el corazón de todos los hombres. Cuando visite el tuyo, por supuesto verá tu amor por Él, y se alegrará. Sin embargo, si en el corazón de otras personas también encuentra tu nombre escrito con cariño, ten por seguro que te tendrá aún más en cuenta”.

Amando sem medo

Um peregrino chegou até a aldeia onde vivia Abu Yazid al-Bistrami.

– Ensine-me a maneira mais rápida de chegar até Deus.

Al-Bistrami respondeu:

– Amá-lo com todas as tuas forí§as.

– Isto eu já faí§o.

– Entí£o precisas ser amado pelos outros.

– Mas por que?

– Porque Deus olha o coraí§í£o de todos os homens. Quando visitar o teu, certamente irá ver teu amor por Ele, e ficará contente. Entretanto, se Ele encontrar – também no coraí§í£o de outras pessoas – o teu nome escrito com carinho, na certa irá prestar muito mais atení§í£o em ti.

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15 SEC READING: Tomatoes and melons

If tomatoes wanted to be melons,
they would look completely ridiculous.

I am always amazed
that so many people are concerned
with wanting to be what they are not;
what’s the point of making yourself look ridiculous?

You don’t always have to pretend to be strong,
there’s no need to prove all the time that everything is going well,
you shouldn’t be concerned about what other people are thinking,
cry if you need to,

it’s good to cry out all your tears
(because only then will you be able to smile again).

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10 SEC READING: loving without fear

EM PORTUGUES AQUI > Amando sem medo
EN ESPANOL CLICAR AQUI > Con todas tus fuerzas

A pilgrim arrived at the village where Abu Yazid al-Bistrami lived.

– Teach me the quickest way to reach God.

Al-Bistrami answered:

– Love Him with all your strength.

– That I already do.

– Then you need to be loved by the others.

– But why?

– Because God looks at the hearts of all men. When He visits yours He will surely see the love you have for Him and He will be happy.

“However, if He also finds your name written with affection in the hearts of others, He will understand that you are faithful to your friends.
And His joy will be immense, because God treasures loyalty and love above all virtues.”

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O dom supremo

O tempo ní£o transforma o homem.
O poder da vontade ní£o transforma o homem.
O Amor transforma.
Portanto, deixem o Amor entrar. Lembrem-se: isto é uma questí£o de vida ou de morte. De nada adianta eu estar aqui falando sobre o amor se sou incapaz de despertá-lo. “Melhor seria que se lhe pendurasse ao pescoí§o uma pedra de moinho e fosse atirado ao mar do que fazer tropeí§ar a um destes pequeninos.”
Ou seja: melhor ní£o viver que ní£o amar.

No final do século XIX,um grupo de homens e mulheres se reuniu para escutar o mais famoso pregador daquela época. Eram pessoas vindas de diversos lugares da Inglaterra, ansiosas para ouvir o que o homem tinha a dizer.
Mas o pregador, depois de oito meses percorrendo diversos paí­ses do mundo num cansativo trabalho de evangelizaí§í£o, sentia-se vazio.
Triste, sem saber o que fazer, virou-se para um jovem missionário que estava entre os presentes. O rapaz havia regressado da ífrica há pouco tempo, e talvez tivesse alguma coisa interessante para dizer.
Pediu, entí£o, que o rapaz o substituí­sse.

Procurando uma razí£o para viver, procurando a si mesmo, o rapaz havia passado dois anos no interior da ífrica – entusiasmado com o exemplo de pessoas que iam atrás de um ideal.

As pessoas no jardim em Kent ní£o gostaram da troca. Tinham vindo por causa de um pregador experiente, sábio, famoso. E agora eram obrigadas a ouvir uma pessoa que – assim como elas – ainda lutava para encontrar a si mesma.

Mas Henry Drummond – este era o nome do rapaz – havia aprendido algo. E suas palavras, registradas por um aní´nimo paroquiano, ainda soam atuais hoje. O que é o amor?

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SARAIVA: O Dom Supremo R$ 15,90

Moments – Agenda 2012

a] in some countries it is already sold out and it will not be reprinted again, as we are getting close to the end of 2011
b] en Espanol, tenemos en librerias de todos los paises de Centroamerica y Latinoamerica. El link en el post abajo es apenas informativo

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The sixth cardinal virtue: Courage

According to the dictionary: from the Latin cor: heart; firmness of spirit, energy before danger; intrepidness; cheerfulness; bravery; perseverance.

For Jesus Christ: You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its savor, what shall it be salted with? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown away and trodden under the foot of men. You are the light of the world; a city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick, and it gives light to all that are in the house. (Matthew 5:13-15)

In the heat of the fight: Yesterday I had the courage to fight. Today I shall have the courage to win. (Bernadette Devlin, Catholic political activist in Northern Ireland)

In a speech: These great masses will have turned their backs on the grave insult to human dignity which described some as masters and others as servants, and transformed each into a predator whose survival depended on the destruction of the other. Thus shall we live, because we will have created a society which recognises that all people are born equal, with each entitled in equal measure to life, liberty, prosperity, human rights and good governance. Such a society should never allow again that there should be prisoners of conscience nor that any person’s human rights should be violated. (Nelson Mandela, who for 28 years was a prisoner of conscience, on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, 10/12/1993)

In the face of absolute evil:
Two rabbis are doing all they can to bring spiritual comfort to the Jews in Nazi Germany. Though in mortal fear of their lives, they nevertheless manage to fool the Gestapo – Hitler’s fearsome police – and perform religious ceremonies in various communities.
They are finally discovered and imprisoned. One of the rabbis, terrified at the thought of what might happen next, spends all his time praying. The other rabbi, however, spends the whole day sleeping.
‘How can you do that?’ asks the first rabbi in alarm. ‘Aren’t you afraid? Don’t you know what might happen to us?’
‘Until we were imprisoned, I was scared to death, but now that I’m here in this cell, what’s the point of being afraid of something that has already happened.
‘The time for fear is past; now the time for hope has begun.’

According to a wise man: Courage is shown in acts, not in words; it is not bluffing, arrogance, or madness. A courageous man is the one who dares to do what he finds is right, and bears the consequences of his acts – whether they are political, social or individual.

A man can obey others for two reasons: for fear of being punished, or for love. Obedience that comes from love of others is a thousand times stronger than fear of punishment. (Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948)

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