Peter said to the people: "The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and denied in Pilate's presence when he had decided to release him. You denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses. Now I know, brothers, that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did; but God has thus brought to fulfillment what he had announced beforehand through the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer. Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away."
Peter and John had just healed a crippled man. The people were amazed, to say the least. More importantly, they were open to an explanation. They were listening. And so Peter began, "Why are you amazed at this?". Peter goes on to explain that it wasn't by his power that the healing took place but by the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Who is Jesus. Peter was trying to appeal to them gently, with understanding (you acted out of ignorance) but making his point (The author of life you put to death.). He also was showing them that Isaiah's predictions about suffering was not about them but rather was about their Messiah, Jesus. That must have been an eye-opener.
The law tells us "Ignorance of the law, does not excuse one from liability. Ignorantia juris non excusat or ignorantia legis neminem excusat (Latin for "ignorance of the law excuses not" and "ignorance of law excuses no one" respectively) is a legal principle holding that a person who is unaware of a law may not escape liability for violating that law.
Thank God, He is all merciful and does not abide by human rulings.
But how could I know I was doing wrong when I believed I was doing right? Only You, My Love, know my heart. You understand and are all merciful. I appeal to your mercy.
I was looking at an icon of Our Lady of the Gates of Dawn and thought I was looking at the icon of Our Lady of Siluva. I was wondering where Jesus was. So I did a bit of googling. They are two separate icons.
Our Lady of the Gates of Dawn tells the story of a beloved painting. In 1702 the city of Vilnius was attacked by the Swedes. At dawn, the heavy iron city gate fell on top of the invaders, killing four Sweedish soldiers. This rallied the Lithuanian army and they defended their city. Hence, devotion to the icon grew.
My book club met last night to choose the coming year's selections of good reads:
For September: Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
October: 11-23-63 by Stephen King
November: The Buffalo Creek Disaster by Gerald M. Stern
December: My Grandmother Told Me She's Sorry by Frederik Backmann
January: Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza
February: American Treasurers by Stephen Puleo
March: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
April: Life in a Jar by Jack Mayer
May: The Little Paris Book Shop by Nina George
June: The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
July: The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
August: The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
I'm happy to realize that I've read five of these selections, already.
In my conversational Spanish class, we translate articles we read in Spanish. To be different, I decided to translate a recipe. To get an "A" for a grade, I decided to make the dish and bring it to class to eat.
The dish was Pez Amarillo. The translation is Yellow Fish. It didn't come out like the picture but it tasted good. The fish was supposed to be catfish. Well, the fish markets around here don't carry catfish. I thought tilapia would taste like it. Unfortunately, I shouldn't have gone with "taste," but rather texture. The picture shows a fish that looks like kabobs. The tilapia disintegrated into rice-looking tiny flakes.
Another problem was the measurements. Instead of teaspoon and tablespoon, the Spanish said "g." It couldn't mean gram; that's too much. The teacher said it meant, "grain." Grain! How could I separate one grain out of a powder of cumin?
Then in the preparation, the directions said to a…