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  • Russell shared from Man and Woman He Created Them by John Paul
    The body has a “spousal” meaning because the human person, as the Council says, is a creature that God willed for his own sake and that, at the same time, cannot fully find himself except through the gift of self [Gaudium et Spes, 24:3].
    Note: The masculine & feminine make up a complimentary, composite, binary whole of two human parts
  • Russell shared from Man and Woman He Created Them by John Paul
    The body has a “spousal” meaning because the human person, as the Council says, is a creature that God willed for his own sake and that, at the same time, cannot fully find himself except through the gift of self [Gaudium et Spes, 24:3].
    Note: The masculine & feminine make up a composite whole of two human parts
  • Russell shared from The Concise History of the Crusades (Critical Issues in World and International History) by Thomas F. Madden
    If, from the safety of our modern world, we are quick to condemn the medieval crusader, we should be mindful that he would be just as quick to condemn us. Our infinitely more destructive wars waged for the sake of political and social ideologies would, in his opinion, be lamentable wastes of human life. In both societies, the medieval and the modern, people fight for what is most dear to them.
  • Russell shared from The Concise History of the Crusades (Critical Issues in World and International History) by Thomas F. Madden
    Scholars have long argued that the crusades had no beneficial effect on Europe’s economy. Indeed, they constituted a massive drain on resources. The rise of population and wealth in Europe predated the crusades, indeed, allowed them to happen at all. Rather than decadent or “assaulted on all sides,” the Muslim world was growing to ever new heights of power and prosperity long after the destruction of the crusader states in 1291. It was the Muslim world, under the rule of the Ottoman sultans, that would invade western Europe, seriously threatening the survival of the last remnant of Christendom....
    Note: For an objective understanding of the Crusades one must grasp the medieval geopolitical landscape
  • Russell shared from a Personal Document
    The daily experience of suffering -- in one's own life and in the lives of others -- and the array of facts which seem inexplicable to reason are enough to ensure that a question as dramatic as the question of meaning cannot be evaded.
    Note: Wisdom from Pope John Paul II - we can't escape this question