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“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

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“How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms, by truth when it is attacked by lies, by faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always, in the final act, by determination and faith.”

― Archibald MacLeish

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Typhoon Yolanda & Gratitude to GOD

Monster storm! Super Typhoon #Haiyan(Yolanda) seen from space! Prayers up for all! pic.twitter.com/hgiMppSqD8
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The most powerful tropical cyclone of 2013in the Philippines.
MANILA, Philippines—Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (International name Haiyan) has weakened and slowed Friday night after barrelling across several provinces in Visayas, the state weather bureau said.
“At 10 pm today (Friday), the eye of Typhoon “Yolanda” was located based on all available data including Tagaytay Doppler Radar at 30 km West of Coron, Palawan,” the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its weather bulletin 11 pm Friday.
Its maximum sustained winds weakened to 195 kph near the center with gustiness of up to 230 kph, it said.
Yolanda was moving slower at 35 kph continuing in a west northwest direction towards the open waters of the West Philippine Sea and eventually towards Vietnam.
Because of its slower speed, Yolanda is estimated to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Saturday 2 pm instead of the earlier estimate of 10 am.
Signal number 4 remains over Extreme Northern Palawan including Calamian Group of Islands while signal number 3 is still up over the rest of Northern Palawan including Puerto Princesa City and Occidental Mindoro.
Signal number 2 is still raised in Oriental Mindoro, Lubang Island, Romblon, Cuyo Island, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, and Capiz, Pagasa said.
The areas of Masbate, Marinduque, Batangas, Burias Island, Negros Provinces, Guimaras, and Cebu remain under signal number 1.
Earlier in the day, the 600 km wide Yolanda claimed three lives and injured seven others. Power lines and cell sites were toppled causing black outs and loss of communications.
Relief operations have been launched in the areas that were directly hit by Yolanda including Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo, among others.
2 Chronicles 7:14
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
It is not by chance that Jesus wanted to preserve the wounds on his hands to make us feel his mercy. This is our strength and our hope,” the Pope said during his homily at a Nov. 4 Mass at the Altar of the Chair inside St. Peter’s Basilica.

The gratitude prayer is simply telling God thank you for all the things in your life you are thankful for. It is a simple prayer and yet the most powerful of all prayers.
In Luke’s Gospel there is a curious event (Luke 17:11-19). Ten lepers see Jesus passing by and they call out to him. “Have mercy on us”, they cry. Jesus responds, “Go and present yourselves to the priests.” He says this because it is the priests who have the authority to declare a leper to be clean. If the priests say that a leper is clean then the leper can rejoin society. But Jesus is not brushing them off. He is not passing them off to the priests to deal with. As the 10 lepers turn to go to the priests they realized that they have been healed! One of the lepers, a Samaritan, turns back, falls to his knees and praises God. He gives thanks for his healing, thanking God and thanking Jesus.

Jesus has healed a lot of people by this point, and the healings themselves are not the point of this story. Jesus does not make a big deal out of the healings. Instead he asks, “Were there not 10 lepers that were healed? Was only this one, this foreigner, found to give thanks to God?”

When we show our gratitude to God we are putting ourselves into a particular kind, or posture, of relationship. Gratitude opens our heart to love, to cherish, and to trust. Gratitude opens our heart to love God and to know that God loves us. Maybe that is why Jesus was so concerned that nine of the lepers did not turn back and thank God for their healing.From sdchp
The Lord is my shepherd
Psalm 23
King James Version (KJV)
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.


6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
"Turn! Turn! Turn!"

To everything - turn, turn, turn
There is a season - turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything - turn, turn, turn
There is a season - turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones
A time to gather stones together

To everything - turn, turn, turn
There is a season - turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time of war, a time of peace
A time of love, a time of hate
A time you may embrace
A time to refrain from embracing

To everything - turn, turn, turn
There is a season - turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time to love, a time to hate
A time of peace, I swear it's not too late!