The Victory of Truth is Love
Reflection: Proverbs 3:3; John 18:37; 1 Corinthians 13:6; 1 John 3:18
Nothing conquers but truth, and the victory of truth is love.
Augustine of Hippo
The enormity of our world's needs are overwhelming, and without a compassionate heart, distressing news items can appear to be just black and white. Hopefully, by raising in this Blog a few of these intractable issues would call us to pray, and if necessary, to act.
Ribbons and Pearls of Spiral Galaxy NGC 1398.
Image Credit: European Southern Observatory.
Spiral galaxy NGC 1398 has a ring of pearly stars, gas and dust around its centre, a bar of stars and gas across its centre, and spiral arms that appear like ribbons farther out. The image was taken with ESO's Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile and resolves this grand spiral in impressive detail. NGC 1398 lies about 65 million light years distant, meaning the light we see today left this galaxy when dinosaurs were disappearing from the Earth. The galaxy is visible towards the constellation of the Furnace (Fornax). The ring near the centre is likely an expanding density wave of star formation, caused either by a gravitational encounter with another galaxy, or by the galaxy's own gravitational asymmetries.
Sarayaku is a territory and a village situated by the Bobonaza River in the province of Pastaza in the southern part of el Oriente, the Amazonic region of Ecuador. The territory incorporates a number of villages totalling between 1,000 and 2,000 Kichwa-speaking people. Since the early 21st century, the Sarayaku have engaged in a decade-long effort to resist efforts to drill for oil in their community, putting them at cross purposes with the Ecuadorian government and various multinational oil companies. The Sarayaku have used protests and legal challenges, successfully pursuing a suit in court.
The national flag of Japan is a white rectangular flag with a crimson-red disc in the centre. The flag embodies Japan's nickname as the Land of the Rising Sun. The Nisshōki flag is designated as the national flag in the Law Regarding the National Flag and National Anthem, which was promulgated and became effective on August 13, 1999. The sun plays an important role in Japanese mythology and religion as the Emperor is said to be the direct descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu and the legitimacy of the ruling house rested on this divine appointment and descent from the chief deity of the predominant Shinto religion.
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According to research done at Cambridge University, the order of letters in a word doesn’t matter much to your brain. As long as the first and last letters are in the right spot, your brain can rearrange the letters to form words as fast as you can read. This is why you can easily make sense out of this jumble of letters: Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Pretty amazing!
The Nefertiti Bust is a painted stucco-coated limestone bust of the Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten. The work is believed to have been crafted in 1345 B.C. by the sculptor Thutmose, because it was found in his workshop in Amarna, Egypt. A German archaeological team led by Ludwig Borchardt discovered the bust in 1912. It is one of the most copied works of ancient Egypt and Nefertiti has become one of the most famous women of the ancient world, and an icon of feminine beauty. Despite doubts over its authenticity, various testing and analysis of the bust have proved it to be authentic. It is currently on display at the Neues Museum in Berlin.
He who is permeated by fear of God is not afraid to be among evil men. Having the fear of God in him, and wearing the unconquerable amour of faith, he is strong in everything and can even do things which seem harrd and impossible to others. He walks among them like a giant among young monkeys, or a roaring lion among dogs and foxes, and, putting his trust in God, fills them with wonder at the strength of his reasoning, brings awe to their understanding and strikes them down with words of wisdom, as with a rod of iron.
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