I had always vaguely felt facts to be miracles in the sense that they are wonderful: now I began to think them miracles in the stricter sense that they were WILLFUL. I mean that they were, or might be, repeated exercises of some will. In short, I had always believed that the world involved magic: now I thought that perhaps it involved a magician. And this pointed a profound emotion always present and sub-conscious; that this world of ours has some purpose; and if there is a purpose, there is a person. I had always felt life first as a story: and if there is a story there is a story-teller.
from Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton
This astronaut photograph acquired on June 22, 2013 provides a panoramic view of most of the length of the Red Sea. The northernmost end, the Gulf of Suez, is just visible at the top center of the image and is fully 1,900 kilometers (1,200 miles) in ground distance from the International Space Station (ISS). The Nile River snakes its way northward through the Sahara Desert on the left.
Much closer to the camera—but still more than 550 kilometers (340 miles) from the ISS—is a dust plume surging out over the Red Sea and reaching most of the way to Saudi Arabia. The point source of this plume is the delta of the southern Egyptian river Khor Baraka. Astronaut images have shown that this delta is a common source for dust plumes, mainly because it is a relatively large area of exposed, loose sand and clay that can be easily lofted into the air. The river also cuts a narrow valley through a high range of hills that channels the wind, making it blow faster.
This dramatic view of the Red Sea shows the generally parallel margins of the opposing coastlines. The rift, or depression, that now holds the Red Sea has been opening slowly for about 30 million years and is nearly 300 kilometers (200 miles) wide in the region of the dust plume. The depression only began filling with seawater within the past five million years. The satisfyingly good fit between the coastlines allows the viewer to easily visualize how Africa and Arabia were once a single landmass before the Red Sea rift formed.
Image Credit: NASA
from Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton
32. Christian faith, inasmuch as it proclaims the truth of God’s total love and opens us to the power of that love, penetrates to the core of our human experience. Each of us comes to the light because of love, and each of us is called to love in order to remain in the light. Desirous of illumining all reality with the love of God made manifest in Jesus, and seeking to love others with that same love, the first Christians found in the Greek world, with its thirst for truth, an ideal partner in dialogue. The encounter of the Gospel message with the philosophical culture of the ancient world proved a decisive step in the evangelization of all peoples, and stimulated a fruitful interaction between faith and reason which has continued down the centuries to our own times. Blessed John Paul II, in his Encyclical Letter Fides et Ratio, showed how faith and reason each strengthen the other. Once we discover the full light of Christ’s love, we realize that each of the loves in our own lives had always contained a ray of that light, and we understand its ultimate destination. That fact that our human loves contain that ray of light also helps us to see how all love is meant to share in the complete self-gift of the Son of God for our sake. In this circular movement, the light of faith illumines all our human relationships, which can then be lived in union with the gentle love of Christ.…Nor is the light of faith, joined to the truth of love, extraneous to the material world, for love is always lived out in body and spirit; the light of faith is an incarnate light radiating from the luminous life of Jesus. It also illumines the material world, trusts its inherent order and knows that it calls us to an ever widening path of harmony and understanding. The gaze of science thus benefits from faith: faith encourages the scientist to remain constantly open to reality in all its inexhaustible richness. Faith awakens the critical sense by preventing research from being satisfied with its own formulae and helps it to realize that nature is always greater. By stimulating wonder before the profound mystery of creation, faith broadens the horizons of reason to shed greater light on the world which discloses itself to scientific investigation.
Dr Penny argued Seti could make a strong case, and that his group would try to get research council backing.
"The human race wants to explore, wants to find things out, and if we stop trying we're on the road to decay," he said.
This is the spiral galaxy NGC 3185, located some 80 million light-years away from us in the constellation of Leo (the Lion). The image shows the galaxy’s spiral arms, which can be traced from the center of the galaxy out towards the rim, where they appear to meet a sparkling blue disk.
At the center of NGC 3185 is a small but very bright nucleus containing a supermassive black hole. Black holes like this one can have masses many thousands of times that of the sun, and they become active when matter falls towards them. When this happens the black hole lights up, sending away streams of particles and radiation at almost the speed of light.
NGC 3185 is a member of a small, four-galaxy group called Hickson 44, which has a celebrity in its midst — the group is also home to another spiral galaxy called NGC 3190. NGC 3190 may be very familiar to you: the technology giant Apple Inc. used a blue-tinted image of it as a desktop image for one of its operating systems.
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Rick Tormala was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from Catholic Central High School and worked his way through Aquinas College on the back of a City garbage truck earning a degree in Urban Sociology. After college he worked as a neighborhood service representative and political consultant. In the 80’s he worked for MIOSHA as the Governor’s Liaison with the Michigan Youth Corps and was chief aide to State Representative Tom Mathieu where he was the primary legislative architect for Michigan’s Long Term Health Care Ombudsman Act.
In 1987 Rick became U.S. Senator Carl Levin’s Regional Director for his West Michigan Office serving in that position for 13 years, while also advising the Senator on health care and senior issues. Elected to the Grand Rapids City Commission in 1999 he served two notable and effective terms. In fact in his last two Second Ward City Commission races Rick won with an average of 62% of the vote while carrying every precinct in his ward despite being outspent both times by his defeated opponents.
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