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Panthera_leo_stretching_(Etosha,_2012)

via (I strongly recommend clicking on the photo to view a larger version)

In this photo, I see my own dog stretching.  I see the yoga pose downward dog which I practice almost prosaically every day.  I see the majesty of nature, in nails, in mane. I see the power of violence.   What do you see?

“It isn’t Narnia, you know,” sobbed Lucy. “It’s you. We shan’t meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?”
“But you shall meet me, dear one,” said Aslan.
“Are -are you there too, Sir?” said Edmund.
“I am,” said Aslan. “But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”

-C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

(and, more stirring quotations from the Narnia Series)

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Michelangelo's_Pieta_5450_cut_out

Michaelangelo’s Pieta Housed in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Italy; in Carrera marble.

Contemplate Jesus’ body, the lifelessness communicated in the marble, the way Jesus’ shoulder and its flesh yield to his mother Mary’s hand as she holds her son for the last time.

Jesus is human, suffering and obedient to the point of death, gaunt and spent in the first arms to have comforted him.