The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork (Psalms 19:1).
“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind” (Job 12:7-10).
Have you ever wondered what would happen, if a giraffe and a zebra had a baby? If you have, that’s weird, but it would probably look like an okapi. Though they do have a zebra behind, the okapi is one of the two living members of the family Giraffidae. And like their giraffe cousins, okapis have extremely long tounges, measuring between 14–18 inches long, which they can use to lick their own ears and even wash their eyelids. These superheroes can also communicate in the dense forest with infrasonic calls, which cannot be picked up by human ears, and they have stinky feet, since they have scent glands on each foot that secrets a tar-like substance to mark their territory. Continue reading →
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
In the fifth century, a monk by the name of Telemachus believed he had heard a voice that had told him to leave his home in Asia and to travel to Rome. Spurred by this calling, Telemachus left. While visiting the crown of the Roman Empire, he followed a crowd into the Colosseum. There, he witnessed two gladiators who were fighting in the ring, and Telemachus was horrified by what he saw. He jumped over the wall that separated the crowd from the fight and tried to get between the two men to stop them, shouting three times, “In the name of Christ, stop!” But despite his words, the man was run through with a sword, and was then stoned to death by the angry crowd who didn’t want their entertainment to be interrupted.
But Telemachus’ death did not go unnoticed, for it touched the heart of the watching emperor. Impacted by the saint’s death, Emperor Honorius then issued a ban that ceased all gladiator fights within Rome.
The story of St. Telemachus is aspiring. And though there are differing details in the stories of his legend, which make it difficult to know exactly what happened, one thing remains constant: Telemachus was a man who was struck to the heart by the violence of the gladiators, and he was willing to sacrifice his own life to make a difference. Telemachus was willing to follow the example of his Savior, who had sacrificed himself upon a cross to save the world, and to give up what he could not get back, in order to show love and compassion.
Even today, the stories of Jesus and Telemachus are amazing, and should be stories we keep in the back of our own minds as we make our own statements. For too often, we let our pride get in our way and worry more about being right than being love. Continue reading →
I don’t know about you, but I love dinosaurs! Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved these extinct giants. So you can’t imagine how excited I was to see Jurassic World in theaters! especially since I was too young to see the other Jurassics on the big screen.
The big star of this film is theIndominus Rex,“untamable/fierce king,” (originally named the Diabolus Rex, “devil king”). The genetically engineered dinosaur is an artificial hybrid–but of what? Though most of its DNA is unknown, what is known that’s within this genetic hybrid are the following: Tyrannosaurs rex, Velociraptor, Carnotaurus,Giganotosaurus, Majungasaurus, Rugops,as well as cuttlefish, tree frog, and death adder.
This dinosaur is a beast!
This dinosaur also raises a question, how much should we genetically engineer? Continue reading →