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August 22 - Pope explains how Mary's queenship points to Jesus
Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days
Pope Benedict XVI
recommended that Christians look to the
queenship of Mary, who is "queen in the service of God to humanity," as
a sure guide towards her son.
devotion to Our Lady is an important part
of spiritual life. In our prayer we should not fail to turn to her,
confident that Mary will intercede for us with her Son,"
the Pope said to pilgrims during his Aug. 22 general
audience at Castel Gandolfo. "Looking
upon her, let us imitate her faith, her complete openness to the loving
plan of God, her generous welcoming of Jesus. We learn to live from
The Pope recalled how
the establishment of a particular day to celebrate the queenship of Mary
is actually a "recent establishment," even though it has "an ancient
origin and devotion." When Pope Pius XII created the
feast in 1954, he originally placed it on May 31, at the end of the
month dedicated to Mary.
"On that occasion he
said that Mary is Queen more than any
other creature for the elevation of her soul and for the excellence of
gifts received. She never ceases to bestow all the treasures of her love
and of her care on humanity," Pope Benedict said.
The fact that Mary is
"uniquely bound to her Son" both on earth and in Heaven lies at the root
of today's feast, said the Pope, since
she now participates in "God's responsibility for the world and the love
of God for the world."
This love is
expressed, suggested the Pope, in the fact that
Mary is continually "watching over us, her
children, the children who come to her in prayer, to thank her or to ask
for her maternal protection and heavenly help, perhaps after having lost
their way, burdened with grief or anguish amid the sad and troubled
vicissitudes of life."
It is the queenship of Mary that we should turn to
throughout life, he said,
"so that from her Son we may receive every grace and mercy necessary for
our journey along the roads of the world."
"To him who rules the
world and holds the destinies of the universe we turn with confidence,
through the Virgin Mary."
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August 20 - Fla. Methodist Church Holds Worship Service in Bar
Article: Emerging Church
A Methodist church in Florida
services at an unlikely location: a bar on the Florida-Alabama border
known for bikini contests, fish-throwing events, and the occasional
Perdido Bay United Methodist Church has
an outreach service that takes place weekly at the Flora-Bama Lounge,
Package and Oyster Bar, which prides itself on being "America's last
roadhouse." Titled "Worship at the Water," it was launched in July 2011
and observed its first Easter earlier this year, with over a thousand
people attending the service.
In an interview with local media,
founding pastor Jack de Jarnette explained that
this was a way to reach out to secular society. "When you cannot get
people to come to church, the alternative is to bring the church to
them," said Jarnette to Florida Today. Jarnette also
told FT that if on earth today Jesus
would have been there, adding that "It's the sort of place he often went
and hung out with people."
Dr. Jeremy K. Pridgeon, Pensacola
District Superintendent of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the
UMC, the Conference Perdido Bay belongs to, told The Christian Post that
it was not the only church having an
outreach ministry of this kind.
The services for Worship at the Water
are contemporary, with worshippers meeting
under a large tent mostly wearing beach clothing and with a band
performing various songs. Baptisms are held in the Gulf of Mexico and
offerings are placed in neon tackle boxes located throughout the bar.
Worship at the Water has received its
share of media attention for holding
worship services at a place not known for sacred behavior. Fox News'
program "The Five" had a segment last Friday on the question of whether
or not one can "mix Bibles and beer."
"Most people go to church because they
want to stay out of Hell. Most people
in those bars have already been there," said Bob
Beckel. "I think it's a good idea. If
they drink and they hear the Word I think it's helpful. One or two may
catch onto it."
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August 16 - Pentagon Developing Autonomous Humanoid Robots To "Perform Evacuation Operations"
Department of Defense has awarded a lucrative contract to an engineering and
robotics design company to develop and build
humanoid robots that can act intelligently without supervision.
Boston Dynamics Inc. has been contracted by
the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the agency responsible
for the development of new technologies for use by the military, in a deal worth
The DoD announced Tuesday that
"The robotic platforms will be
humanoid, consisting of two legs, a torso, two arms with hands, a sensor head
and on board computing." DARPA's website
says that the robots will help "conduct humanitarian, disaster relief and
"The plan identifies requirements to extend aid to victims
of natural or man-made disasters and conduct evacuation operations."
reads the brief, first released in April as part of DARPA's
The robots will operate with "supervised
autonomy", according to DARPA, and will be able to act intelligently by
themselves, making their own decisions if and when direct supervision is not
possible. The Pentagon also envisions that the robots will be able to use basic
and diverse "tools". The
robots are set to be completed by Aug. 9, 2014, according to the contract.
Boston Dynamics has enjoyed a long working relationship with
DARPA, during which time it has developed the rather frightening BigDog.
hydraulic quadruped robot can carry up to 340lb load, meaning it can be
effectively weaponised, and recovers its balance even after sliding on ice and
The company has also developed
the CHEETAH- Fastest Legged Robot, a four-footed robot that gallops at 18 mph.
The company also developed
RiSE, a robot that climbs
vertical terrain such as walls, trees and fences, using feet with micro-claws to
climb on textured surfaces. In addition to a host of other smaller robots,
Boston Dynamics is also developing PETMAN, a robot that simulates human
physiology and balances itself as it walks, squats and does calisthenics.
While the Pentagon says the robots are for "humanitarian" missions, one cannot
avoid thinking of the propensity to adapt this kind of military style technology
for other more aggressive purposes.
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