…all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the floodgates of heaven were opened (Genesis 7:11)

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A battered diamond that survived a trip from “hell” confirms a long-held theory: Earth’s mantle holds an ocean’s worth of water.

“It’s actually the confirmation that there is a very, very large amount of water that’s trapped in a really distinct layer in the deep Earth,” said Graham Pearson, lead study author and a geochemist at the University of Alberta in Canada. The findings were published today (March 12) in the journal Nature.

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Signs in the heavens? Two comets racing towards Earth and Sun: ‘unprecedented’

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November 23, 2013 – SPACE – NASA spotted Comet ISON coming on strong on Thursday. An awesome set of images shows Comet Encke, its tail wriggling, along with Mercury and Earth.
Then ISON enters the field. It looks like a comet race. It’s evidence, the space agency says, that ISON is still intact and hasn’t splintered as it approaches the sun.
A camera on NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory captured the action Thursday. Watch the tails of the comets below. Solar wind, the particles that stream outward from the sun at 1 million miles per hour, make the comets’ tails move. –LA Times

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Submitted by Bob Stanley

photo: apod.nasa.gov

God’s Awesome Creation: Sunset at the North Pole


This is sunset at the North Pole … a scene you will probably never get to see in person … so take a moment and enjoy God’s awesome work.

You see the sun below the moon … an amazing photo … and one not easily duplicated.

You may want to pass it on to others, so they can enjoy it.

Submitted by Bob Stanley

Series of four inspirational articles about Heaven isn’t quite Catholic, but pretty close.


New Heaven and New Earth united (Part 1)

Heaven a secret? (Part 2)

Heaven — God’s home and man’s destiny (Part 3)

Heaven — we were made for planet earth (Part 4)


What does “Antediluvian” mean?


Q: What does “Antediluvian” mean?

A: “Ante” means “before”. “Diluvian” refers to Noah’s flood (deluge). Antediluvian refers to the time period (on earth) before Noah’s flood.

What is the purpose of salvation?

Q: What is the purpose of salvation?

What do you get from salvation in Christ? What do you get out of it? Do you live a good life and go to heaven? I mean, is that it? What about in Revelation, where they talk about the new heaven and the new earth, where humans will have new bodies? Anyone know about this? How can people come back from the dead and live on earth, when on the earth you are temporal beings, that will eventually die? What is the point of coming back from the dead?

A: Salvation is a form of eternal life. The BEST form.

God promises to share everything he is and everything he has with those who love him, subject to virtually NO limitations.

At the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ, the earth as we now know it, will be transformed into something like the glory of heaven, as will our mortal bodies.

The dead will be instantly resurrected. The living will be instantly transformed.

Suitably equipped and provisioned by God, man will be judged, and the “saved” will exist for eternity with God on the newly renovated earth, in glorified bodies (thought to be much like Jesus’ resurrected body) that are compatible with both heavenly and earthly realities.

No more sin. No more death. No more suffering. Eternal life in the Kingdom of God, just as was always intended.

Why does Mary have a special role in helping us?

Q: Why does Mary have a special role in helping us?

A: As the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary has a unique position among the saints, indeed, among all creatures. She is exalted, yet still one of us.

Redeemed by reason of the merits of her Son and united to Him by a close and indissoluble tie, she is endowed with the high office and dignity of being the Mother of the Son of God, by which account she is also the beloved daughter of the Father and the temple of the Holy Spirit. Because of this gift of sublime grace she far surpasses all creatures, both in heaven and on earth. At the same time, however, because she belongs to the offspring of Adam she is one with all those who are to be saved.31

Mary embraces God’s will and freely chooses to cooperate with God’s grace, thereby fulfilling a crucial role in God’s plan of salvation.32 Throughout the centuries, the Church has turned to the Blessed Virgin in order to come closer to Christ. Many forms of piety toward the Mother of God developed that help bring us closer to her Son. In these devotions to Mary, “while the Mother is honored, the Son, through whom all things have their being and in whom it has pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell, is rightly known, loved and glorified and . . . all His commands are observed.”33 The Church honors her as the Mother of God, looks to her as a model of perfect discipleship, and asks for her prayers to God on our behalf.

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