We Looked Like Giants

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Evil won’t have the last word, but love, mercy and pardon will.
- Pope Francis, at Good Friday at Colosseum, 18 April 2014 (via godandhisember)

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Begin to practice self-denial in little things. So that later you will be able to do so in bigger ones.
How is it possible to get angry at yourself: who, exactly, is mad at whom? Why do rocks appear to climb upward after you stare at a waterfall? Why did Supreme Court Justice William Douglas claim that he was able to play football and go hiking, when everyone could see that he was paralyzed after a stroke? Why was Topsy the elephant electrocuted by Thomas Edison in 1916? Why do people love to store their money in Christmas accounts that earn no interest? If the drunk Mel Gibson is an anti-Semite and the sober Mel Gibson is authentically apologetic, is there a real Mel Gibson? What do Ulysses and the subprime mortgage meltdown have in common? Why do strippers make more money at certain times of month? Why are people whose name begins with J more likely to marry other people whose name begins with J? Why are we so tempted to tell a secret? Are some marriage partners more likely to cheat? Why do patients on Parkinson’s medications become compulsive gamblers? Why did Charles Whitman, a high-IQ bank teller and former Eagle Scout, suddenly decide to shoot forty-eight people from the University of Texas Tower in Austin? What does all this have to do with the behind-the-scenes operations of the brain? As we are about to see, everything.
- David Eagleman, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain.
Two events conspire to create or aggravate most forms of acne. One is blockage, two is infection. Here’s how it works: Keratin is a fibrous protein that’s the main component of the outermost layer of the skin. Sebum is part of the oil found on the surface of the skin and is produced by the sebaceous glands, most of which open into a hair follicle. When either too much keratin or sebum is produced, it can block the skin pores. Those overstuffed pores then can become infected by bacteria, which literally eat up the sebum and thrive. There is overwhelming evidence—both clinical and theoretical—that diet is a huge contributor to acne. Skeptical? Then ponder this: if diet has nothing to do with acne, why is the incidence of acne in underdeveloped countries where people eat natural, native diets almost zero while the incidence of acne in Western countries is in the double digits?
- Jonny Bowden
The whole concern of doctrine and its teaching must be directed to the love that never ends. Whether something is proposed for belief, for hope or for action, the love of our Lord must always be made accessible, so that anyone can see that all the works of perfect Christian virtue spring from love and have no other objective than to arrive at love.
- Roman Catechism, published 1566. (via thehungrycatholic)

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Although external environmental substances (like pollen) can trigger some asthma, food can also trigger or exacerbate the condition. According to Alan Gaby, M.D., an unrecognized food allergy (and/or food intolerance) is a contributing factor in at least 75 percent of people with childhood asthma and about 40 percent of those with adult asthma. “As early as 1959, Albert H. Rowe, M.D., a pioneer in the field of food allergy, successfully treated 95 asthmatic patients with dietary changes alone,” Gaby says. At the top of the list of foods most likely to provoke asthma? Dairy products. Other usual suspects include eggs, chocolate, wheat, corn, citrus fruits, and fish. Tartrazine (yellow dye #5) is believed to be a trigger for thousands of people.
- Jonny Bowden