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Doctor Strange Episode One

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Doctor Strange Episode One By Jonathan Aquino
Saturday Stories July 13, 2019
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If I were to become a Sorcerer Supreme like Doctor Strange, it would take me many years of study and practice. Fast forward, I could invoke spells and manipulate energy, but I won't have the Sling Ring so I can't teleport. But that's okay because what I like best about his powers is the ability to project out of the body at will at anytime.
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The origin story of Doctor Strange is the same in the comics as in the movie. Stephen Strange was a great surgeon, but he was a jerk. One day, he got into an accident which destroyed his hands. He then searched the world for a cure, and ended up in Tibet. There he met the Ancient One, the mysterious monk who taught him the mystic arts.
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He had spent his last money to get there. It was all or nothing – either he finds a cure or die. Then, in the Himalayan mountains, he got caught in the middle of a snowstorm, and he thought it was the end, when he saw, …

Meeting A Messiah

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Meeting A Messiah
By Jonathan Aquino

Saturday Stories July 6, 2019
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Richard Bach once wrote, "Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you're alive, it isn't." The aviator and author Richard Bach is one of my favorite people in history, along with Mitch Albom and Og Mandino and Paulo Coelho, because his uses his talent to share inspiration to the world. In personal ways, his novels "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" and "One" and "The Bridge Across Forever" and "Illusions: The Adventures of A Reluctant Messiah" are all special to me. People like him, those who lift his fellowmen, are one of the many reasons why life is beautiful and worth living.
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After "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" was published and became a phenomenal bestseller in 1970, everybody was asking Richard what he'll write next, but he had no idea. He was a pilot, and he would often go out to small towns and give rides in h…

Remembering Morrie

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By Jonathan Aquino
Saturday Stories June 29, 2019
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When I was a little boy, I thought that the most terrifying thing in the world was to be buried alive. I got the idea when I read "The Cask of Amontillado," a story written in 1846 by the great Edgar Allan Poe. It is about a young man named Fortunato who has been sealed in a dungeon by his friend, Montressor. "For the love of God, Montressor!" he said, as the man began to build his tomb brick by brick. But I'm a grown-up now, and I have realized that there is something far worse – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is basically the gradual loss of control of muscle movements, with the person not being able to walk, to eat, and soon, to not be able to breathe. It is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease because it came in 1939 to Lou Gehrig, the New York Yankees baseball star. Recently, it was what happened to the legendary physicist Stephen Hawking who died in 2018. In t…

Heaven, I'm In Heaven

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By Jonathan Aquino
Saturday Stories June 22, 2019
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Haruki Murakami once said, "Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it." Personally, I am not afraid of death. Yet it does not mean I want to die now. I see life as precious because I have seen many times how it has been touched by Grace. I see all around me the countless miracles of this world, and I'm so filled with gratitude for my own life and for being here. But if it is my time, then I am ready. I remember a scene in "Deep Impact" years back. A giant asteroid was about to destroy all life on Earth. A man and her daughter were at a beach to watch it hit the ocean and create a giant tsunami. They hugged each other as the waves came, but they stayed where they were. That is how I want to face my death – with supreme courage and quiet dignity.
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What happens to us after we die? After the near-death experience – finding ourselves floating above our body, trying to talk to people but nobody could hea…

Power Of Now

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Power of Now By Jonathan Aquino
Saturday Stories June 15, 2019
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Eckhart Tolle writes in The Power of Now, "The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved minds runs your life." I love Eckhart Tolle. I feel a sense of comfort when I hear his voice in YouTube. But his spiritual awakening came in the midst of a severe depression. "I cannot live with myself any longer!" he thought, and then he wondered if the "I" is the same as the one who was thinking the thought. Then he felt himself drawn to what felt like a vortex of energy, and he was afraid, but a voice said "Resist nothing." He surrendered to the power, and when awakened, he was the never same person anymore.
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But understanding is different from knowing. I understand the sense of bliss he felt, but I can't say I know it because I haven't experienced it in that way. But I know the feeling of looking outside of yourself because it happene…

Prince Caspian and Schroedinger's Cat

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Prince Caspian and Schroedinger's Cat
By Jonathan Aquino
Saturday Stories June 8, 2019
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One afternoon recently, I was on my way home as the street lights came on. It made me think of the nature of light. Light is made of photons which can sometimes be like a wave or a particle, so it can also be both a wave and a particle at the same time. This reminds me of the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum mechanics, first posed in 1925 by the Nobel Prize-winning Danish physicist Niels Bohr, that says a quantum particle exists in all possible states at once, and the state it will appear in would depend if there is an observer. So, if no one is looking, a thing is also something else simultaneously. 
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And, naturally, it calls to mind Schrodinger's Cat. In 1935, the Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist Edwin Schrodinger posed this idea as an argument against the Copenhagen Interpretation. Imagine a steel box, and inside the box there is a cat and a vial of radioactive poison that …

The Chronicles of C.S. Lewis

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The Chronicles of C.S. Lewis By Jonathan Aquino
Saturday Stories June 1, 2019
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One of the most touching stories I have seen is "Shadowlands" from Richard Attenborough, the director of "Gandhi" which is one of the greatest movies in history. It is set in 1950s England, and the rural countryside with its rolling hills and complete absence of people is one of the most beautiful places I had ever seen. The star is Anthony Hopkins, and he is the great author C.S. Lewis, and everything is just ... perfect.
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Clive Staples Lewis was a writer, theologian, and member of the faculty at Oxford University in England from 1925 to the 1954 along with his close friend J.R.R. Tolkien, author of "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy. Lewis was a devout Christian, and he has written more than 30 books which included religious writings. But he is most famous and beloved by generations for his children's fiction, among which is the seven-book "The Chronicles of Narnia.…