Advice for your morning and your evening

St. Teresa Benedicta vom Kreuz

  Let go of your plans.  The first hour of your morning belongs to God.  Tackle the day's work that he charges you with, and he will give you the power to accomplish it. . . .And when night comes, and you look back over the day and see how fragmentary everything has been, and how much you planned that has gone undone, and all the reasons you have to be embarrassed and ashamed: just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God's hands and leave it with Him. Edith S … [Read more...]


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Interpreter takes a serious hit for the good of the Saints and the Kingdom

On the Congo River

  I'm simultaneously delighted and dismayed to report that Jeff Bradshaw, the Interpreter Foundation's to-this-point indispensable vice president, has been called with his wife to serve the Lord, commencing this summer, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa Mission. Jeff intends to continue his involvement with Interpreter, but, very plainly, it will be at a reduced level of intensity for the next while. Those of us who have been content … [Read more...]


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A State That Will Live in Infamy

New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee

  By handing Donald Trump a huge victory and otherwise muddling the Republican presidential waters, New Hampshire has put The Donald back into a dominant position for the party's nomination. Governor John Kasich has practically lived in New Hampshire for the past weeks and months.  He took a distant second in New Hampshire and he would probably be a decent president, but it's doubtful that he has the organization, the funding, or the personal appeal to do … [Read more...]


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“Hundreds of galaxies discovered hidden behind the Milky Way”

Galactic clusters and dark matter

  Hundreds of hidden galaxies now finally found.  And each of them unimaginably vast: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-10/the-great-attractor-milky-way-zone-of-avoidance-survey/7152216 (Thanks to David Wills for alerting me to this item.)  O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, t … [Read more...]


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“Terryl Givens on What It Means to Sustain”

Vorarlberg meadow

  A short but interesting item from one of Mormonism's most prominent faithful intellectuals: http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2016/02/terryl-givens-on-what-it-means-to-sustain/   … [Read more...]


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BOM 2 Nephi 22

A mtn sunrise near Lukla

  Today's reading, 2 Nephi 22 (= Isaiah 12), is very short and, I think, quite straightforward. Have a look at verse two.  Now look at Psalm 27:1. Taken together, do they remind you of anything?   … [Read more...]


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Tolerance and Despair

Dorothy L. Sayers

  “In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair . . . the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.”  Dorothy L. Sayers     … [Read more...]


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“Top intelligence official: ISIS to attempt U.S. attacks this year”

Theatre du Bataclan

  I take this really seriously: http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/09/politics/james-clapper-isis-syrian-refugees/index.html I want our politicians and presidential aspirants to take it seriously, too. As I've said previously, one of my reservations about Ted Cruz (with whom I otherwise generally agree) concerns his views on domestic intelligence-gathering.  It was a major reservation of mine with regard to Rand Paul, as … [Read more...]


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