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Inquisitr has the story: Bobcat Attacks Shark: Photographer Captures Stunning Scene On Florida Beach

A lucky photographer managed to capture a startling interaction between two predators in Florida, as he spied a bobcat pouncing into the surf after a shark, before it pulled the thrashing fish out of the water.

The unusual image was captured on Monday at Sebastian Inlet State Park in Vero Beach, according to First Coast News. Photographer John Bailey was walking along the surf in the evening when he spied the bobcat intently focused on something in the water. Upon closer inspection, Bailey was able to determine that the bobcat was watching a four-foot-long shark as it preyed upon smaller fish in the shallows.

What happened next was nothing short of astonishing, according to the photographer. With little warning, the bobcat sprang into the sea, grabbing the shark in its jaws and pulling the struggling predator ashore. The bobcat’s victory was short lived, however, as Bailey believes he startled the animal, causing it to drop the shark on the sand and retreat into a nearby forest.

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Uploaded on Oct 24, 2008 by OccidentalSoapbox
*For complete transcript/links/references/commentary visit the Occidental Soapbox blog*:
http://www.strategycenter.net/include/docFormat_list.asp?docRecNo=725&docType=0

Since its initial publication in 1997, “What Islam Is All About” has been a best-selling English language Islamic school text for junior high level American students. The author, Yahiya Emerick, is an American-born convert to Islam. He is widely regarded as a leading Islamic childrens educator, and he also wrote The Complete Idiots Guide to Understanding Islam. The textbook is distributed by Noorart Publishing of Richardson, Texas. In short, this is a mainstream American-made textbook, written in clear standard American English, for the purpose of introducing Muslim-American children to the religion of Islam.

You may be shocked to find out what mainstream Muslim-American children are actually being taught.

Stephen Coughlin’s thesis, “To Our Great Detriment”:
http://www.strategycenter.net/include/docFormat_list.asp?docRecNo=725&docType=0

Online Quran in English:
http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/quran/

Amazon’s ‘Look Inside’ feature for “What Islam Is All About” by Yahiya Emerick:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/1889720143/ref=sib_dp_pt#reader-link

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Published on Aug 20, 2013 by Wall Street Journal
Methamphetamine use has become epidemic in North Korea, according to the journal North Korea Review. The WSJ’s Alastair Gale tells Deborah Kan how one of the world’s most secretive nations became addicted to crystal meth.

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1389 Blog has been following this story – ever since 2007.

Are you an American citizen in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields? Do you ask why nothing happens when you reply to a job advertisement? Check this out:

PERM: Fake Job Ads defraud Americans to secure H-1b green cards for foreigners

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Immigration attorneys from Cohen & Grigsby explains how they assist employers in running classified ads with the goal of NOT finding any qualified applicants, and the steps they go through to disqualify even the most qualified Americans in order to secure green cards for H-1b workers. See what Bush and Congress really mean by a “shortage of skilled U.S. workers.” Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, and thousands of other companies are running fake ads in Sunday newspapers across the country each week.

Fox: Senators seek probe of claims US workers fired, forced to train foreign replacements

(h/t: Weasel Zippers)

A popular visa program allegedly is being misused by U.S. companies to lay off thousands of American workers and replace them with foreign labor.

And, adding insult to injury, many of the laid-off workers allegedly have been forced to train their replacements, in what one anonymous whistleblower called a “humiliating” experience.

The allegations have caught the attention of a bipartisan group of senators — including immigration hawk Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and the No. 2 Senate Democrat, Illinois’ Dick Durbin — who are calling for a federal probe. A letter sent by 10 senators urging an investigation specifically cited reports of the firing and hiring practices at Southern California Edison, California’s second-largest utility. The incidents are concentrated in the IT field, and involve American workers being replaced by H-1B visa holders.

“A number of U.S. employers, including some large, well-known, publicly-traded corporations, have reportedly laid off thousands of American workers and replaced them with H-1B visa holders,” the senators wrote.

In the letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, the senators urged the departments to “investigate the unacceptable replacement of American workers” to see whether laws were broken.

The H-1B program is supposed to be used to bring in, on a temporary basis, skilled workers with highly specialized skills not readily available in the U.S. They are often used in the technology sector to bring in engineers and computer programmers.

Further, U.S. employers can hire foreign workers for up to six years and must pay them the same rate they would pay other workers with similar qualifications, or the prevailing wage for that job and location, whichever is higher. This is done to prevent foreign workers from depressing U.S. wages and from being exploited.

But reports have surfaced that the replacements are happening at an alarming rate. And former Southern California Edison workers have complained to lawmakers that they were replaced by less-skilled workers at lower costs.

Anonymous workers who were displaced by the visa holders also submitted written testimonials to lawmakers detailing their firings. Several claimed they were forced to train their replacements, and threatened with losing their severance if they did not.

“We had no choice in this,” one anonymous worker who claimed to have been one of those let go from Southern California Edison, said in a letter. The worker described how when the two vendors were picked – Infosys and TCS, both major Indian companies – SCE employees were told to “sit with, video chat or do whatever was needed to teach them our systems.”

If they did not cooperate, according to the testimonial, “we would be fired and not receive a severance package.”

Another worker described this process as “humiliating.”

“DHS will respond directly to members of Congress,” an agency spokesperson told FoxNews.com on Saturday. “Still, it is important to note that U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming.”

In a statement, Southern California Edison said it abides by the law and will cooperate with any investigation that concerns the issues mentioned in the senators’ letter.

The company explained that it’s reducing its information technology department from 1,400 to 860. Of those left, 97 percent are permanent California residents and 3 percent are on H-1B visas.

Southern California Edison said it’s contracting with IT vendors to fulfill certain contracts and that most of those workers are permanent U.S. residents and aren’t working under H-1B visas.

“By transitioning some IT operations to external vendors, along with SCE eliminating some customized functions it will no longer provide, the company will focus on making significant, strategic changes that can benefit our customers,” Southern California Edison’s emailed statement read.

But the senators, in their letter, raised several questions about how the replacements were being done. They said it appears the workers are often not employees of the U.S. company laying off workers – but are contractors working for foreign-owned IT consultants.

The H-1B program stipulates that applicants must have a valid “employer-employee relationship” – and the senators questioned whether that was the case here.

They also asked whether the companies “engaged in prohibited citizenship status discrimination” (against American citizens); and whether the visa petitions showed “any evidence of misrepresentation or fraud.”

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One of the few good things – albeit far more than a day late and a dollar short – that Dick Durbin has done thus far was to sign on to this investigation. May that good deed account to the salvation of his immortal soul.

I was forced out of IT work when the market dried up in 2008 on account of the economic collapse precipitated by the Democrat takeover of Congress, compounded by outsourcing, offshoring, and the H-1b visa. I retrained myself in newer IT skills, but as a female over 50 years of age without current business experience using those skills, I was unable to find employment in the IT field. I have taken an entirely different career path since then, and would be uninterested in returning to IT even if H-1b were to be repealed tomorrow.

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Published on May 11, 2012 by arian1232
Дивна Любоевич, Пасхальный концерт, Санкт-Петербург, Большой Зал Филармонии, 16 апреля 2012 года.

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Čestitamo praznik Hristovog vaskrsenja:
Hristos je vaskrsnuo
Smrt pobedio
Nama oprostio
Večni život nam darovao.

Hristos voskrese! Vaistinu voskrese!

Bora i Draga Dragašević

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Beli andjeo ispred groba Hristovog.
Христос воскресе из мертвих, смертию смерт поправ
и сущим во гробех живот даровав.

 

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Woosie with Helen and Phillip Johns
Returned: Stunned owners Helen and Phillip Johns suspect Woosie lived on a diet of pastries after spending the last three years in a Ginsters pasty factory
Photo: Thomas Last – SWNS.com

No, it’s ‘pasty’ – not ‘pastry’ and definitely not ‘pasta’!

Daily Mail (UK) has the story:

Cat went missing for three years but was found hiding out in a Ginsters PASTY factory where it had piled on the pounds with a diet of pastries and sandwiches

  • Tomcat Woosie disappeared in 2011 from the family home in Gover, Cornwall
  • Owners Helen and Phillip Johns had given the seven-year-old up for dead
  • But workers at a nearby pasty factory had been pampering the runaway
  • The cat, renamed George, was fed a diet of pastries and sandwiches
  • Once svelte feline has piled on the pounds during his three-year wander

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Mandy Nagy

Mandy Nagy is recovering from a massive stroke she suffered 6 September 2014. [See previous posts here and here.]

Mandy’s personal friend Bill Jacobson has been posting updates periodically on Legal-Insurrection. Here are recent entries in sequential order:

Update 8:30 a.m. 12-30-2014 — Mandy’s mom conveys that Mandy can walk very short distances with help, a left walker and a leg brace. She needs help with everything else. Improvement in her speech has been slow. She understands much of what is said to her but not everything. She has lost some of her memory and she does not recognize some simple tasks, words, objects and people she once knew. She is starting to get interested in current events and watches the news.

(added) Mandy’s mother has posted an update tonight at the fundraising page:

This New Year’s Eve Mandy is home. Different therapists come to the home to provide rehab. She can walk short distances with my help and a left handed walker. She still has no use of her right arm but can feel some sensation. In addition to her IPad that has Apps on it, she is now using a speech recognition device which will help her to communicate. She understands most of what is said to her but cannot respond verbally. Surgery to re-attach her skull is scheduled for Jan. 8th. She is deeply touched and so very grateful to everyone who has donated, sent notes and gifts, prayers and good wishes. I believe 2015 is going to be a good year. Happy and healthy New Year to everyone.

Folks, this will be a long road for Mandy. Please consider donating to her fundraiser if you have not already, or a second donation if you have already donated. PLEASE CONTRIBUTE.

You can pay by credit card at the GoFundMe page:

You also can pay by check, payable to the “Mandy Nagy Supplemental Needs Trust” at the following address:

Mandy Nagy Supplemental Needs Trust
P.O. Box 33
Liberty Corner, NJ 07938

Update 9:25 a.m. 2-13-2015

Mandy’s Mom writes at the Fundraising Page:

Mandy’s surgery on Jan. 8, 2015 was good with no complications. Her skull is back and now she can grow her hair back. She was slower and weaker than usual after it, but now she is back on track.

For weeks, several different therapists came to our home for rehab. But now that has ended and she begins outpatient rehab next week.

She still cannot speak except for a few words, i.e., Yes, no, and Oh my God. She understands most of what is said to her, however, she cannot respond verbally. She has a speech generating device that helps somewhat with some of her needs. But back and forth conversation is frustrating for her.

She is in good spirits and still has her sense of humor. Our three King Charles Cavalier Spaniels are constant companions for her and she enjoys them very much. Good thing she likes animals.

Her walking has gotten better to the point I can let her walk on her own with a walker on her left side and without me holding on to her.

She has lost some of her memory. Hopefully someday she will get it back.

I show her the donations and good wishes everyone posts and sends. She is very grateful and touched by it.

Again, thank you everyone. Ginny Nagy

Mandy’s Mom further wrote to me: “Although I try often to get her interested in the internet, she still shows no interest.” At least she has her priorities straight!

Update 2:35 p.m. 4-4-2015

Mandy’s Mom writes at the Fundraising Page:

Thank you to everyone for all of your kind notes, prayers and donations. I apologize for not posting updates more often. Mandy sees each post and is very touched that there are so many people who care about her. I know she misses the way it used to be.

Mandy has gotten to the point where she can walk short distances around the house and outside with a walker or pronged cane without my holding on to her. She wears a brace on her right leg. She is very slowly doing more things on her own. She does not have use of her right arm.

Speaking is still very difficult for her because she knows what she wants to say but doesn’t know how to yet. She has a speech generating device that helps her to form words and learn language starting with the alphabet. Her neurologist has said that almost all of the cells on the left side of the brain have been destroyed. Those cells cannot come back, but the right side can compensate and learn to do some of the things the left side used to do. I see improvement but it can take months/years to come about. She goes to outpatient rehab almost every day for PT, OT and Speech Therapy. She is beginning to look like herself again since her hair is now growing back and she has started wearing her glasses. She can read a little but cannot write since she doesn’t know language yet.

At this point she still needs around the clock care. But slowly she will learn to do some of those things on her own. Our long term goal is to eventually get her in her own apartment with a live-in caregiver. I won’t always be here for her and I am not getting any younger.

I will need to find someone kind, capable and willing to replace me. She remains positive and in good spirits.

Ginny Nagy

Mandy, we miss you.

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Added: Feb-12-2015 Occurred On: Feb-11-2015
By: Eeyorevladtepes
In: Religion
Tags: Admiral James Lyons, Defeating Jihad, Washington DC,
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States (load item map)

Admiral (Ret) James Lyons on Islam as a threat doctrine: This guy is awesome. If we had 10,000 more like him and a few less Michael Moores we could maybe save civilization.

This guy is awesome. If we had 10,000 more like him and a few less Michael Moors we could maybe save civilization.

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Published on Apr 4, 2015 by Robert Hoggarth
On April 1 the US Embassy was picketed by more than two thousand Ukrainian people under the slogan “We are not cattle!” It was the response to American support of Junta regime which turned the Ukrainians into cattle by means of prices and rates increase, lowering salaries and standards of living, banning freedom of speech and opinion.

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Elections have consequences

by 1389 on April 8, 2015

in history, humor

Those who don't study history are doomed to repeat it. Yet those who do study history are doomed to stand by helplessly while everyone else repeats it.

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Dear Blogger,

As you know, all Canadians are concerned about the annual event called “Al-Quds Day” which takes place on the grounds of our legislature.

The hateful nature of this event at Queen’s Park has been well documented since 2009 and there is no reason to believe this year will be any different. We cannot allow groups or individuals to continue radicalizing Canadians on the grounds of our legislature any longer.

This is why we have developed an online campaign called Stop Al-Quds (www.stopalquds.ca, twitter: @stopalquds, Facebook.com/StopAlQuds), which for many reasons we believe will end the practice of using the grounds of Queen’s Park once and for all.

We hope you will help spread the word about this important campaign to ensure that “Al-Quds Day” is no longer permitted on the grounds of the legislature.

All the best,

Sam Eskenasi
Communications Officer
B’nai Brith Canada
www.bnaibrith.ca
P: 416-633-6224 x122
C: 647-780-8490

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This makes me proud to be a Czech American!

Czech President Miloš Zeman
Czech President Miloš Zeman (AFP Photo/Patrick Kovarik)

RT has the story:

Leader of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, says he won’t let any ambassador of another nation intrude with advice over his foreign visits. This comes as the US Ambassador criticized Zeman’s plans to go to Moscow’s celebration of the WWII parade.

“I’m afraid, after this statement the doors of the Prague Castle are closed for Ambassador Schapiro,” Zeman told Parlamentni Listy webportal on Saturday. Prague Castle is the president’s official residence and office.

Earlier, the US ambassador to the Czech Republic, Andrew Schapiro, criticized Zeman’s decision to go to Russia for Victory Day celebrations in May. He called the plans “short-sighted”, as it would “be awkward” if the Czech president was the only statesman from an EU country on Red Square.

“I cannot imagine a Czech ambassador in Washington giving advice to the US president on where he should travel,” Zeman said. “I will not let any ambassador interfere with the program of my foreign trips.”

In the interview, the president also voiced his concern over the current Western attempts to isolate Russia.

“It is essential to maintain and develop relations with Russia not only on a commercial basis, but also, for instance, based on the strategic partnership in the fight against international terrorism,” he said.

Previously, Zeman said that his visit to Russia would be a “sign of gratitude for not having to speak German in this country.” He also intended to pay tribute to the memory of 150,000 Soviet soldiers who died liberating Czechoslovakia.

Washington is just panicking because it is apparently failing to isolate Russia, said the head of the State Duma Foreign Relations Committee Aleksey Pushkov.

“Judging by the hysteria of the US Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Washington is nervous about Western countries’ leaders traveling to Moscow on May 9. Scared that the isolation will not work,” Pushkov said on Twitter.

Andrew Schapiro, 51, is a Chicago lawyer who became an ambassador only half a year ago.

By Saturday, 25 foreign leaders and several international organizations confirmed their participation in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War that is to take place in Moscow on May 9, the head of the Kremlin administration Sergey Ivanov said.

The Soviet Union lost over 11 million soldiers during the war, constituting the biggest death toll among other members of the coalition, fighting against Nazi Germany. Military parades to mark the victory in the Second World War are to take place on the streets of 26 Russian cities.

Much more here.

Russia Insider: The Czech President’s Lone Stand against US Bullying

By Vlad Sobell

President Zeman’s demarche banishing the US Ambassador Andrew Schapiro from the Prague Castle is a welcome sign that at least some European leaders have drawn the line at Washington’s imperial-like bullying. After all there are limits to what they are prepared to tolerate. It is also an urgently needed reminder to Washington that some European leaders take seriously the values of democracy preached by America: genuine democracy is incompatible with the renewed Soviet-style practice of passing down instructions on how the foreign policy of putatively sovereign nations should be conducted. Although Zeman’s political role in the Czech Republic is honorary (rather than executive), it is to be hoped that the US political class will take notice and interpret his “disobedience” as proof that not everyone in Europe is ready to be pushed around without so much as a murmur.

Let’s briefly consider the most recent events providing the background to the spat – namely Moscow’s reclaiming Crimea. The peninsula was Russian from 1783 onwards, with the vast majority of its residents being Russophone. It was handed over to Ukraine by a totalitarian dictator, Nikita Khrushchev, in 1954 when he needed to strengthen his hand in Kremlin power struggles. Of course the Communists would not have dreamt of conducting a referendum the way Putin did – paying heed to legality certainly was not their style.

Fast forward to February 2014, when, in another illegal act, Kiev fell under the sway of a virulently anti-Russian US-backed regime. Anticipating trouble, the Kremlin swiftly responded by re-claiming Crimea. Would any self-respecting power risk the unleashing of terror on its fellow nationals by far-right “punishers”, not to mention the inevitable transfer to NATO further down the road of the Russia-leased Sevastopol naval base? We saw how Britain, with US support, acted to reclaim the Falkland Islands in 1982 (after they had been annexed by an Argentine fascist junta), eventually declaring its inhabitants British citizens. By reintegrating Crimea with Russia, Putin (like Mrs Thatcher) corrected a historical wrong and respected the publicly declared wish of the overwhelming majority of the territory’s current population.

The US Ambassador in Prague may consider Zeman’s intention to take part in the celebrations in Moscow “short-sighted” and his appearance there “awkward”. However, many independently thinking people, not only in this country but throughout Europe and even in the US, may well see Zeman’s actions as a desperately needed affirmation of national sovereignty and, indeed, democracy. As the Czech President explained, he is going to Moscow above all to honour the 150,000 Soviet soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the liberation of this country from Hitler’s Nazi hordes. As he has put it, his visit to Russia will be a “sign of gratitude for not having to speak German in this country”. From an objective viewpoint, it is difficult to find anything disreputable in Zeman’s plans.

The Czech President’s stance is a courageous act in the context of the unashamed US/EU/NATO-supported revival of Nazi tendencies in Ukraine and efforts to portray the beast as a democracy-promoting force. Zeman has served notice that not everyone in Europe is willing to be pushed around by uncouth viceroys such as Victoria Nuland or the armchair warrior Senator McCain. This is exactly what was needed in a country long traumatised by foreign occupations and which has opened a new page within a supposedly democratic alliance. Zeman has also delivered a much-needed lesson in democracy to the increasingly faltering Washington. High-handed imperial-like instructions and a misplaced sense of solidarity in an alliance that is clearly losing its democratic ways have nothing to do with genuine democracy.

Vlad Sobell lives in Prague and teaches political economy to university students both there and in Berlin.

Czechoslovak Reservists Issue Memorandum against NATO

Group of Czech and Slovak reservists will not support NATO in a war against Russia

MEMORANDUM

Czechoslovak reserve forces against the war planned by NATO commanders

On January 19th 2015 the facebook group, which combines all members of the CSLA, PS, VMV, SNB in reserve or decommissioned, issued an important memorandum, which has become even more urgent in light of the situation today. A defensive back up location in the event that the group gets „disappeared“ from Facebook, the group of the same name exists on VK.com. as well.

For the first time since the end of the 2nd World War we see a genuine threat of war yet again. Consequently, we consider it necessary to issue the following statement.

We, the Czechoslovak soldiers in reserve, unanimously reject any participation in battles that are geopolitical acts of aggression of the global elite by way of NATO and the support of our governments.

We swore to defend our homeland the Czech and Slovak Republics. We swore to protect the freedom and independence of our proud and sovereign nations, for which our ancestors laid down their lives in the world wars. We are guided by this oath in a civilian initiative to deal with a crisis situation. Freedom and independence is being jeopardized long time by a system of representative pseudo-democracy, where an elected representative does not have the obligation to advance the interests of voters and in practice, laws represent but the personal interests of the legislators, the interests of political parties and economic interest groups. Our homeland is under the pressure of global elites and economic interest groups, who are doing away with the power of citizens through a system of representative democracy.

Our deliberately flawed constitution and charter of rights and freedoms is being perverted and constitutional laws are violated by legislators themselves. Legislative power is being privatized, executive power is being politicized and judicial power corrupted by lobbying laws and pressure from our governments. The results are an unplayable public deficit, deindustrialization, the privatization of the republic’s property and defrauded budgets, food and energy dependence, the privatization of natural resources, pensions and the health of citizens. Our country has been unlawfully divided, looted, indebted, people enslaved and their families liquidated by repossession genocide, national infrastructure transferred into the hands of western corporations. Destructive chaos and despair dominates in the community.

For this reason, we the Czechoslovak soldiers in reserve recognize our military oath and together we come with a vision for the defense of our nations. We unequivocally reject fighting in the ranks of NATO against the Russian federation or other Slavic nations and we likewise intend to stand up firmly through organized civilian pressure against the further liquidation of our democracy, freedom and independence. We are uniting in a crisis situation and by utilizing our civilian and military skills and expertise we intend to create sufficiently strong, organized civil pressure for the period of time necessary to assert our patriotic goals.

We swore allegiance to our homeland, the Czech and Slovak Republics.

We, the Czechoslovak reserve soldiers,
will fulfill this oath!

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This diplomatic debacle shows how little influence the typical American citizen, voter, and taxpayer has over US foreign policy. The overwhelming majority of Americans, of every political stripe, do NOT want the US government to provoke a war with Russia. Incidentally, Russia is not at war with anyone, yet it was BHO who received the Nobel Peace Prize. Go figure…

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Confession of St. Dmitri of Rostov

For those who are fasting, Serbian Orthodox Lent continues until Holy Communion on Bright Sunday (Easter), 12 April 2015. Confession is an essential part of preparation during Lent and we reprint the these writings from St Dimitri of Rostov.

The author, St Dimitri of Rostov, was born in Kiev and is said to have brought a strong Ukrainian influence into the Russian Orthodox Church in which he became a hierarch, the Archbishop of Rostov. His greatest literary work was Lives of the Saints, a translation and sermons to mark the saints days of every Russian saint. Centuries later, Serbian St. Nikolai Velimirovic would write Prologue from Orhid with individual entries for each of the Orthodox saints.

A big thank you to Liz Milanovich for sharing this.

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