THE PULLEY – by George Herbert

THE PULLEY

When God at first made man,
Having a glass of blessings standing by,
“Let us,” said He, “pour on him all we can;
Let the world’s riches, which dispersed lie,
Contract into a span.”

So strength first made a way;
Then beauty flowed, then wisdom, honour, pleasure,
When almost all was out, God made a stay,
Perceiving that, alone of all His treasure,
Rest in the bottom lay.

“For if I should,” said He,
“Bestow this jewel also on My creature,
He would adore my gifts instead of Me,
And rest in Nature, not the God of Nature;
So both should losers be.

“Yet let him keep the rest,
But keep them with repining restlessness:
Let him be rich and weary, that at least,
If goodness lead him not, yet weariness
May toss him to My breast.”

GEORGE HERBERT

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Pro-life leaders: N Ireland legal abortion thwarts protection for vulnerable

CNA Staff, Apr 1, 2020 / 07:01 pm (CNA).- As the British Parliament’s permissive abortion law takes effect in Northern Ireland, pro-life leaders strongly criticized the law, pointing to the coronavirus response as proof of the need to protect the lives of the most vulnerable.

“Every unborn baby matters regardless of age or ability, gender or background. He or she has the right to be protected in a community where everyone belongs and deserves our respect,” the Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland said March 31. “Every woman faced with an unplanned pregnancy matters too. She has a right to be cared for within a community where she is protected from any pressure to abort her baby.”

“As the number of deaths caused by Coronavirus continues to rise, news reporters frequently remind us that behind the statistics are real people. Their lives matter regardless of age or ability, gender or background,” said the bishops, noting the heavy government investment in treating patients and protecting medical staff.

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Dear Amazonia and Human Ecology. (Spanish) Querida Amazonia y Ecología Humana.

 En Febrero, a partir del Sínodo sobre la Amazonia realizado en la ciudad de Roma en octubre del 2019, el Papa Francisco elaboró una Exhortación Apostólica Postsinodal que clarificó muchas de las controversias y suposiciones que sobre el sacerdocio y la forma de llevar el Evangelio a esa zona virgen se habían levantado. Sorprendiendo por su pleno concepto de Ecología que rebasa todas las ideas que nos podemos imaginar al respecto, anclando la fe que debe ser transmitida al magisterio de la Iglesia y retando a su propio clero a solucionar los problemas de esa región a base de generosidad y testimonio, es decir, a base de santidad.

El Papa comienza por ver la amplitud de la problemática que no solo es de desforestación o pérdida de naturaleza, sino de des enraizamiento de personas y culturas completas que migran por necesidad de 110 pueblos que habían pedido aislamiento total voluntario.  De ahí encuentra la necesidad de plantear una Ecología Plena:

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