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WITandWISDOM(tm) - March 19, 2002
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still." - Chinese proverb

Source: Just for Grins, http://www.coolnewsletters.com

Subjects: Progress, Fear


A Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt about the current state of the world . . .

He said, "I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one."

The grandson asked him, "Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?"

The grandfather answered, "The one I feed."

Submitted by Marilyn Graham

Subjects: Character, Attitude

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

What do these phrases have in common?

Dennis sinned.

Live not on evil, Madam, live not on evil.

We panic in a pew.

Do geese see God?

God saw I was dog.

Dogma: I am God.

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They are all Palindromes - sentences spelled the same forward and backwards.

Source: Sermon Fodder, http://www.yahoogroups.com/subscribe.cgi/Sermon_Fodder

Subjects: Palindromes, Language


It was Palm Sunday and Sue's five year old son had to stay home from church, with a neighbor, because of strep throat.

When the family returned home carrying palm branches, he asked what they were for.

His mother explained, "People held them over Jesus' head as he walked by."

"Wouldn't you know it," the boy said, "The one Sunday I don't go, Jesus shows up!"

Source: Illustrations, http://www.cybersalt.org/illustrations/

Subjects: Second Coming

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:


The miracle of the swallows of Capistrano takes place each year at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, on March 19th, St. Joseph's Day.

As the little birds wing their way back to the most famous Mission in California, the village of San Juan Capistrano takes on a fiesta air and the visitors from all parts of the world, and all walks of life, gather in great numbers to witness the "miracle" of the return of the swallows.

Each year the "scout swallows" precede the main flock by a few days and it seems to be their chief duty to clear the way for the main flock to arrive at the "Old Mission" of Capistrano.

With the arrival of early dawn on March 19, St. Joseph's Day, the little birds begin to arrive and begin rebuilding their mud nests, which are clinging to the ruins of the old stone church of San Juan Capistrano. The arches of the two story, high vaulted Chapel were left bare and exposed, as the roof collapsed during the earthquake of 1812.

This Chapel, said to be the largest and most ornate in any of the missions, now has a more humble destiny -- that of housing the birds that St. Francis loved so well.

After the summer spent within the sheltered walls of the Old Mission in San Juan Capistrano, the swallows take flight again, and on the Day of San Juan, October 23, they leave after circling the Mission bidding farewell to the "Jewel of all Missions" -- San Juan Capistrano, California.

Source: http://www.sanjuancapistrano.org/the_swallows.htm


Remarkably, the swallows begin their flight on the morning of February 18th, in Goya, Corrientes, Argentina, and fly exactly 7,500 miles in 30 days to come back to Capistrano. During the thirty days that the voyage lasts, they do not eat or drink, since they fly from dawn to sunset in order not to waste time. They fly 18 miles per hour.

You can get more information about this fascinating topic at:

Submitted by Kimberley Broyles

Subjects: Birds, Migration

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