‘Men have forgotten God; that is why all this has happened’

Sarah Palin, former Governor of the State of Alaska.

“Remember to be grateful for the blessings and opportunities God has given us. … Here’s to liberty!” Sarah Palin, former Governor of the State of Alaska.

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IF my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14.

Cited in Sarah Palin’s New Year ‘resolution’, 2013. Source.

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Russian dissident and activist Aleksandr Solzhenitzyn (1918-2008).

Russian dissident and activist Aleksandr Solzhenitzyn (1918-2008).

OVER a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’

Since then I have spent well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval.

But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008). In Edward E. Ericson, Jr., “Solzhenitsyn – Voice from the Gulag,” Eternity, October 1985, pp. 23, 24.

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ALL now know that creation is at liberty,
They are sons of light who before were in darkness.
Only the succourer of darkness is groaning.
Now let the whole inheritance of the Gentiles,
Once so wretched, eagerly bless the cause of it .

Feast of the Circumcision (yesterday). Source.

I SHALL acknowledge you as my chosen vessel, if the seal of my free gift, the threefold sparkling light, is signed upon you – Christ the Word saith, to those who through indifference are still hesitating to come to Baptism – for in it I come granting a new way of salvation, and a life of liberty.

Forefeast of the Theophany. Source.

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Antonin Dvořák, Symphony 9 “From the New World”.
Second Movement, Largo.

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