Sonnet I am the Resurrection and the Life Vulgate Version Am I the Life? As Jesus moved her to these words, I say, as Martha said, “I know he’ll rise again in the last hour of the very last day.” And Jesus asked, “Am I the light, if slain? Do you believe in me?.. resurrected as am I? Nor have I died! Believe and live... Do you believe?” ... “Lord, I do, elected as you are, Messiah to all who give themselves to you alone, the Son of God, come to this world!” And saying this, she left an sought her sister Mary, who was so awed she turned to her and said, “Be not bereft as God is ours and we are his alone... I know we’ll live beside him by his throne.” Richard Vallance This sonnet is based on John 11:24-27, here in English 24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” ad here in the Vulgate Latin: 24 Dicit ei Martha: Scio quia resurget in resurrectione in novissimo die. 25 Dixit ei Jesus: Ego sum resurrectio et vita: qui credit in me, etiam si mortuus fuerit, vivet: 26 et omnis qui vivit et credit in me, non morietur in æternum. Credis hoc? 27 Ait illi: Utique Domine, ego credidi quia tu es Christus, Filius Dei vivi, qui in hunc mundum venisti.
The Blue Mosque In Istanbul, the Blue Mosque, Allah’s shrine of Holy shrines, invokes his Love for all who visit her but once, His holy sign for every faith, to those who heed the call; Yes, raise your eyes on high, and view her vaults and Carian columns so fairly nuanced you’ll fall on your knees... where?... in Allah’s sight, whose Mind is in our humblest minds ensconced. And if you sense that Jesus too is there and Moses from the Mountain has returned, how can the world ignore your every prayer, how can we fail if love is never spurned? Religions of the world must reunite since this, our holy shrine, reveals the Light. Richard Vallance February 28 2019 I was profoundly blessed when I had the great good fortune to visit the Blue Mosque, Istanbul, on April 29 2012. Never in my entire life have I ever ever seen a religious shrine as lovely as this. I was utterly overwhelmed by its sheer glory. If you ever get the chance to visit the Blue Mosque, you should not pass it by. You will be so deeply moved and graced by it that you will never regret for an instant your having visited it. The photo you see here is my own. J’ai été profondément béni d’avoir la chance inestimable de visiter la Mosquée Bleue à Istanbul le 29 avril 2012. Je n’ai jamais vu de la vie un lieu saint aussi beau que celui-ci. J’ai été complètement bouleversé par sa gloire imposante. Si vous aurez jamais l’occasion de la visiter, vous ne devez pas la laisser s’échapper. Vous serez tellement ému que vous ne regretterez jamais un seul instant une telle visite. C’est ma propre photo que vous voyez ici.
Who the hell? Matthew 16:23 Get behind me, Satan! As madness burrows through the psyche’s realm, it means to chew her up and spit her out. I ask you, who the hell was at the helm? And who was God to prove, “What’s that all about?” It rankles me too few will dare to ask why some of us are sane and others not, why some are not, while some are called to task, while others see their faith is come to naught. If faith in God were not enough, then what in hell would satisfy our lust for love, and what in Heaven’s name has madness wrought to place us altogether on the spot? Since your concern was just an empty show, Don’t ask me why. You know I’ll never know. Richard Vallance, January 10, 2017
The Stone is Cast
The Stone is Cast John 8:7 So since they kept on and on nagging him, he answered them, and said, “Let the one among you who is sinless be the first to cast a stone at her.” As stones are cast against the inner walls, the lessee of the castle wracks his brains, while wicked winter rails against its halls and shakes the filings off his dungeon’s chains where he’s incarcerated serfs at whim, because they’d dared defy his iron will: his fingers drew the rusty bolt on him as well as them, and held him, freezing, still, until he fled that vile, ensanguined room, their blasted thane — unconscious of his sin, though conscious of what cold impending doom was, as winter is, to do him in. Oh when it does, its frozen blast shall blind him to the shattered mortar of his mind. Richard Vallance, January 3, 2017
Great Photos to Welcome us back home to Canada from our grand tour of central Europe! After spending almost a whole month in Europe (25 days), starting first with Budapest, Hungary for 3 days, then continuing on to Vienna, Austria for 5 days, thence to Prague, the Czech Republic for a week, and finally on to Warsaw, Poland for our last 9 days, we are finally back home here in Canada, though as you can all well imagine, not without mixed emotions. It goes without saying that this was such an exciting vacation, visiting so many astonishingly beautiful locales, we must both miss Europe terribly, all the more so considering that we added side trips to 3 more magnificent cities, Salzburg and Krakow for Louis-Dominique and Gdansk for myself. What a totally unanticipated and unimaginably rewarding dream come true! Words simply cannot express our profound joy at visiting so many famous European cities, all of which date from the cradle of European, hence, Western, civilization. While even photos cannot adequately express the profound spiritual impact these amazing venues had on us, they can at least offer you all a glimmer of the fantastic experiences that await you should you ever decide to do a grand tour of central & Eastern Europe yourself. Beginning with this post, I shall be posting 4 of my finest photos for each of the 6 cities we visited, from the approx. 6,000 (!) I took during our voyage. You are going to love them! So let us start with Budapest, Hungary: Click each photo to ENLARGE it: 1. Budapest Parliament Florentine cupola:
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5. Budapest cathedral frieze: Ego sum via veritas et vita = I am the way, the truth and the life.
6. Danube River with Budapest Chain Bridge from our night cruise boat: