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St. John Francis Regis Born into a family of some wealth, John Francis was so impressed by his Jesuit educators that he himself wished to enter the Society of Jesus. He did so at age 18. Despite his rigorous academic schedule, he spent many hours in chapel,...

Yesterday I wrote about the Flower in Texas. Today with a note to a return of the Orange power to rule and into the Westminster establishment of the United Kingdom it was brought to my attention from across the pond in Florida that Orange blossoms as...

THE AUGUSTAN REFORMATION Augustus became the ruler of Rome and its empire at the end of a long and bitter civil war. A competent general (he was the only one standing at the end of the war), he transformed himself into a brilliant statesman and created...

Egypt: unbelievable but so true. On special occasions, women courtiers wore hair cones made of animal fat scented with spices and herbs. The melting fat trickled down their heads, making their hair sweet smelling and greasy.

Brekin rainbows He wis just a wee lad dibblin in a puddle, glaur fae heid tar fit, enjoyin haen a guddle. He micht hae bin a poacher puin salmon fae the beck. He coulda bin a paratooper, swamp up tae his neck. Mibbe he wis brekkin rainbows reflectit in...

A concert Culture of music was so alive during the Middle Ages. When I looked at this painting in the National Gallery, I would compare their clothes with the many international visitors that passed me by, as I sat on the red leather couch. Many years...

Summer Floating on the water are the leaves of the water-cress with flowers ulifted on short stems. Like all cresses they have four petals

Saint Marguerite d’Youville We learn compassion from allowing our lives to be influenced by compassionate people, by seeing life from their perspectives, and reconsidering our own values. Born in Varennes, Canada, Marie Marguerite Dufrost de Lajemmerais...

St Jerome A painting in the National Gallery which interested me as I had not been taught about him in the Sunday School. I saw the owl in the corner observing all around him especially the book discarded on the floor. It was a painting which beguiled...

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