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A Must read for those who have suffered sexual abuse.

To add, I would say altogether too many people might be victims. Remember, I speak as a catholic priest, privileged to have received the confidence of thousands.

I too have suffered that, particularly during my Youth; though Not of the Severe kind. By God’s Grace, it has not weighed down on me. I think one of the main reasons would have been my being on ‘Fire’ in my subject.

Having given some of my personal sharing, I would say Anna’s this article is, to repeat, A Must Read.

ANNA WALDHERR A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse

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Image courtesy of Our Side of Suicide http://www.oursideofsuicide.com/2016/05/09/weakness-vs-strength/

Some abuse victims want as adults only to forget their past.  That is an entirely legitimate response, and their prerogative.

By contrast, a surprising number of us want to use our suffering to ease the suffering of others.  We want to make something purposeful – even beautiful – out of what was painful and ugly.  That is a lofty goal which may or may not be achievable [1].

In either case, a few things should be clear.

A Strong Spirit

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40: 29).

Those who somehow survive abuse – physical, emotional, sexual abuse, and neglect or domestic violence – have a strong spirit.  This is true no matter the scars we carry forward from abuse or the fears abuse bequeathed to us. We would not otherwise be…

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To the Editor of @TimesNow

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Here goes.

“Woman, (who were anchoring Times Now, 9 o’clock debate) you, and those of your ilk, meaning #media, having Fat salaries, with all the perks, and the power to Control the mikes during your so called ‘debates,’ (so called because Most of the time you dingies are speaking),

you are ever so ready, not only to believe, but to air the views, data and numbers dished out by the administration.

We, the people of India, have been seeing Horrible videos of lynchings, in ever greater numbers, BECAUSE you people have been airing it, since #modi2.

…I just gave a You Tube search for: ‘forced to chant jai shri ram,’ and the number of answers kept going on.

Shall give links to the first three:

Here is the search:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=forced+to+chant+jai+shri+ram

I rest my case.

woman, you are acting so arrogantly because if you do not do so, those who hold your reins politically, will shut down your sweet channels in NO time.

I will give you my worst Gali (bad word):

you are Beneath Contempt.

[ The Fringe Elements of the Majority community of India have gone out of hand. ]

Yesudas.

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Happy Easter, my Friends!

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I wish You, my Friends, the Blessings of the Risen Jesus! May the Power of God and His Blessings Ever be in Your life.

मेरे सभी मित्रों को येसु की आशीष प्राप्त हो.

அன்பர்கள் அனைவருக்கும் உயிர்த்தெழுந்த இயேசுவின் ஆசீர் கிடைக்கும்படியாக வேண்டுகிறேன்.

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Wish You Happy New Years!

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To be Happy for One day requires so much effort! Thus, a year, the year, or years, are not going to become happy ones just because we wish it or someone wishes it for us! …Effort!

Yet, Wishes Count!

I Wish You All, my Dear ones, Lots of Love, Happiness and Peace, in 2018, and All they Days of Your Life!

🙂

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We may Not see the TAJ MAHAL in the Future!

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IS ENDLESS DEMOLITION THE ANSWER? 😦

The ISIS did it some time ago. They destroyed numerous [ should we say Numberless? 😦 ] historical artifacts in many places. A screen shot for the search, below:

A little before this, Hindu extremists pulled down the Babri Masjid.

AYODHYA, INDIA – DECEMBER 8: Paramilitary police position themselves on a hill overlooking the ruins of the 16th century Babri mosque (foreground) 08 December 1992 in Ayodhya, India. Behind is the temple being built to Hindu warrior deity Lord Rama. Police took control of the disputed religious site two days after Hindu activists demolished the mosque. (Photo credit should read DOUGLAS E. CURRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Above: The first four are pictures during the demolition, and the last, at the end of it.

It is said that centuries before, Babar had destroyed a temple that had stood in that place, and built the mosque there. I heard this from a person, whose word I used to believe, who had visited the monument after the mosque was destroyed, and had seen Hindu idols on the back wall of the masjid!

…Only, if there are really those age old idols on the wall, it would not have been pulled down by the Hindus, and they would have posted those images for all the world to see, thus gaining a Huge amount of sympathy. Thus…

Being a Christian, I condemn and criticise the various Peoples and Civilizations destroyed by us in the past.

And now it seems to be the turn of Poor Old TAJ MAHAL. It is being accused of Not being Indian in Culture, and other things. Mind You, this may be a long time away. But the foundations are being laid, particularly by the members of India’s ruling party, particularly by ‘Yogi Adityanath,’ the chief minister of UP in India, where the Taj is!

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2017/06/16/why-is-the-taj-mahal-not-indian-enough-for-uttar-pradesh-cm-yogi_a_22345065/

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They are backpedalling, of course. But these waters run Deep. I wouldn’t trust them an inch.

Come see the Taj within the next 5 years or so.

Earliest known photo Taj Mahal, 1850s

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Or Raise Your Voice. 🙂

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Do You know what I am going to do tomorrow?

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And not just tomorrow, hopefully many times in the coming years!

As I have shared with You, it has been YEARS (like 40-50 years?!) since I have had a decent holiday, and I am really weary now.

The Shrine of Velankanni, of Our Lady of Health, on the Mid East coast of Tamil Nadu is one dear to me.

[ The front of the main church ]

The Shrine has grown tremendously over the years, and has 5 or 6 impressive churches within its complex.

As it is frequented by people of All faiths, -and in large numbers, – the main Church in particular and the township are a little too noisy, and have a lot of coming-and-going.

That said, it is still not working out that I may spend a few days there.

What I have decided is to go from Kulithalai (1) which is the nearest town for me, to Tiruchirappalli (2), take a train from there to Nagore, which is near Nagappattinam (4), – not even touching Velankanni, by the way, Alas! – and return by the same route, the same day.

A pilgrimage by Train (and Bus)? 🙂

Gives me a Day Off. Which would be Very Welcome. …Shall be remembering You All!

Love and Regards. 🙂

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70-year-old farmer Dies after made to stand on one leg as atonement of calf’s death

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[ This article is a composite of three links, all given below. This image is from one of them.

Carrying (licensed) arms is allowed in India, but this group, posing in front of their office, named ‘Gau Rashka Dal … (Punjab?)’ (Cow Protection Force/Group), wearing Bullet-proof jackets, and carrying even Rifles, which, as far as I understand, is NOT allowed in India (for Civilians), And having Shot at people, are still at large.

In the meanwhile, a very foolish movie actor, in his love for guns, having procured an Automatic rifle, which he would never have had the occasion to use, is behind bars.

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Sanjay Dutt. See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanjay_Dutt

And Rowdy politicians, who Did even Fire those same Automatic rifles in Public, are laughing their heads off.

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PDP MLA Mohd Ashraf Mir shoots off an AK 47.

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If a Calf dies, it is Loss enough, and in fact a Huge loss, for a Middle Class farmer. On top of this, Farmers become Attached to their Cattle, considering them their Children, and as such High Emotions would be Involved.

These Vigilantes, if they had made an effort to find the person who had poisoned the calf, (It should have been done only out of Malice), could have rendered a service.

In any case, it is another case of Cow Vigilantism, and Worse, as the link says — rule-of-hindus-will-come:

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/rule-of-hindus-will-come-this-video-by-gau-raksha-dal-punjab-celebrates-cow-vigilantism/1/737847.html

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And they boast: ‘Yes, we are Goons!‘ See link below.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/punjab-cow-vigilantes-gau-rakshaks/1/733415.html

[ The police, in the meantime, were wearing Bangles. ]

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Read the original article here:

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/elderly-dies-stand-one-leg-compensation-death-calf/1/843660.html

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If I was 300 years old.

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Excellent, and MOST Powerful Writing.

Brother Rajiv has been hiding his Writing Talents behind his Camera. Or perhaps We/I did not pay attention to this Young Man Enough.

Let Us Read this, and Be Inspired.

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This post, which is being written at 12:30 at night, is something that I am writing on the spur of the moment. I am not sure about the direction of this post. It is inspired by the comment made by a lady called Kathryn Sparks, in response to my post called “Billions”, and she commented about how some erudite scientists have been talking about taking life expectancy to 300 years.

Gollum lived to 500 years, and at the end of his unnaturally long life, he felt stretched. The Ring had taken a heavy toll on him.

Now, if I was 300 years old, I would have been born in 1715. Delhi would have been in turmoil. Aurangzeb, the last of the Great Mughal Emperors had died in 1708, and the Mughal Empire would have started its long implosion. The Marathas from West India had started to snap at the heels…

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