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I would agree with Spencer regarding the trend toward “therapeutic” megachurches, but I don’t follow the logic that Catholic Churches will benefit from Evangelicals. Scripture obviously plays an important part in the lives of Catholics, but adherence to a strict interpretation of bible verses is a difficult proposition. However, is every verse in the bible meant to be perceived as literal, or is it possible that, the testaments are equally constructed as symbolic messages from God?
Sadly enough I do feel that less people attend church or identify with the notion of a religion. On the bright side there are a growing number of individuals in our community who are experiencing a relationship with God in a way they never thought possible. ACTS groups have conducted several hundred retreats in the Victoria area alone.These brother and sisters in Christ have deepened their faith in God and have returned home to the church to hear the word of Lord and to join with him in the holy Eucharist. At the same time our youth groups participate in summer camps and retreats as well.
There is plenty of gloomy news on all fronts and the devil never sleeps when darkness sets in, but remember that Christ is the light of the world. Follow him on your faith journey and make him the center of your world.
Perhaps evangelicalism will crumble, but the kingdom of God is now and forever!
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Same thing happens in the Rio Grande Valley. You're in the US but the towers in Mexico just miles away are stronger and if you don't switch connections your making an international call. Bada bing, bada boom!
There is a photo club in Cuero (DeWitt Co.) that's very active with exhibits, guest speakers and a contest. Try looking in our calendar or search the archives.
We value your comments about our coverage, however please note there were 3 other photos included in the online story package, plus over 50 other images of everything from mom in the stands holding signs, the band, the team saying the pledge of allegiance and coaches focusing on the game in our Refugio Photo Album.
We try to cover as many aspects of the game as possible, including the fans, sideline images, reaction shots and action. The traditional Status Quo shot is of the action, but we try to show a side of the game seen from a fresh perspective and not an image that everyone is used to seeing.
In their defense, The Minutemen do not enter private land with out the consent of the property owner and the INS is fully aware of their presence and work closely with them during operations. I neither condemn or condone their actions, but at least they are taking a pro-active stance in what they believe is their call of duty, rather than sit on their butts and mindlessly blog about it.
I’m sorry that you feel offended but I see nothing wrong ethically with publishing his photo. Actually, the image shows to me that he was at peace and nothing associated with the setting or image itself suggest anything negative. I felt that he was portrayed in a neutral environment without any indication other than he is a young man. I don’t believe in the old cultural practice of hiding special needs individuals in the back bedroom achieves any positive good for the individual, his family or our community. The social stigma of treating these unique individuals as invisible humans without a mind and heart is simply wrong. Autism takes on many different forms- some more severe than others, but non-the less they deserve our love which can be manifested in many forms. Parents with incredible stamina supported by family and a social network of caregivers and teachers is very much needed and the Victoria Advocate is just one source for promoting the need for awareness and support. My 2 children are not autistic but if they were I would tirelessly pursue all avenues for supporting education of the general public and for seeking a cure for these individuals.