God’s Gift of Peace

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The Bible tells of a man from the country of the Gadarenes whose life was a nightmare. He was driven by the devil into the wilderness, to live alone in the tombs. He was in a crazed state of mind; naked, crying out and cutting himself with sharp stones. Filled with hatred and distrust, he answered to nobody. Not even …

Johana’s Story

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I was born and raised in Colombia, South America and baptized as a baby. I attended Catholic school and did my first communion when I was ten years old. I always believed in God but never really had an interest in establishing a closer relationship with Him. Overall I felt I was a good friend, sister, daughter, student, and I …

Pardoned – But Go!

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It must have been a frightening experience for Paolo Gabriele, his wife and three children when the Vatican police arrived on their doorstep. Mr. Gabriele had been Pope Benedict XVI’s butler since 2006, but now he was the focus of a major internal criminal investigation. Someone was leaking very private details of life in the Vatican to outside sources, obviously …

Impossible

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The pictures were all too clear! The little girl was struggling to escape from the grip on her arm as the determined man dragged her away. The video camera went unnoticed until the “missing child alert” went out. Then the search for clues to her disappearance quickly turned up the little camera, and the tape was viewed — and broadcast …

How Does a Snake “See” in the Dark?

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We can’t usually see in the dark. Why not? You’re probably thinking, “Because there’s no light!” Well, actually, you’re wrong…there’s lots of light, it’s just not the type that we normally use to see with! Let’s talk a bit about light and start with the sun. Our sun is a ball of mainly hydrogen gas. Inside the sun, burning hydrogen …

London Eye

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Recently I rode on the London Eye. As I was slowly lifted high above the city of London, I was able to take in the grandeur of the architecture. The historical buildings, built when times were very different, gleamed in the bright sunshine. Nothing impeded the view. The glass oval pod that was carrying me around allowed me to look …

What’s Life

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What’s life? Some say it’s good friends, money in your pocket, popularity, partying, and having as much fun as you can for as long as you can. Is that all there is to life? One summary of life is ‘Here today, gone tomorrow!’ A really bitter answer to this question is: ‘Life is a terminal disease’. Life is short. One …

A Gift of Love

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One day as I was carrying my baby granddaughter, I tried to fit between a dining room chair and the china cabinet. It was a little awkward because of the bundle in my arms. I managed to give the china cabinet a solid thump with my hip. The bone china figurine that had pride of place in the centre of …

Motorcycle Riders

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When I was ten years old, I caught the “motorcycle bug.” From then on I was determined to own a motorcycle. I learned all I could about them and worked hard until I finally bought my own. It was all I had ever dreamed of. Riding fast and hard with some of my buddies led to a new dream — …

Meet the Amazing Penguin

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I can drink sea water and stay warm in very cold harsh environments. I am a special bird, an emperor penguin. I have four layers of feathers that protect me from the wind and help keep me waterproof. When the Antarctic winds are blowing their coldest, I keep warm with the large amount of fat that insulates my body. This …