Toasting Kleopatra

Drink Your Vinegar from the Farmer’s Almanac Drinking vinegars — also called shrub syrups – have been around for centuries. In the ancient Middle East shrub syrups (called sharāb) were created as a means to purify water through the addition of vinegar. Vinegar is the base for all shrub syrups. Any vinegar containing at least … Continue reading Toasting Kleopatra

Psalm 51, a Royal Psalm as a powerful prayer

Psalm 51, is the first of 18 Psalms bearing the name of David i.e. are called  the Royal Psalms.  Eight of them are like this, taken from his events of his life.  This one's about when the prophet Nathan  came to him after he had committed adultery with Uriah's wife BathSheba.(see 2 Samuel 12)  14, … Continue reading Psalm 51, a Royal Psalm as a powerful prayer

Saints: July 12th, Veronica and the Shroud of Turin

ikon for Agia BerenikeAlso today, July 12 is the celebration for Veronica, (Berenike in Greek) who wiped Christ's face as He carried His cross towards Golgotha aka the Shroud of Turin. She is also known as thee woman who Christ cured of the issue of blood. (Luke 8:43) Traditionally she is identified as Herod the … Continue reading Saints: July 12th, Veronica and the Shroud of Turin

News: Jury indicts PA RC diocese

Of course the article is from the New York Times.  They live to insult the Catholic Chuch with a vehemence that goes beyond the rational.  The jury found that the diocese had 50 (yes Fifty) molesting young boys but how young they are is never said in the story.  Frankly I find the whole scandal … Continue reading News: Jury indicts PA RC diocese

Prayer# 101 — Thou art the Son of God

Nathanael answered, and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God (su ei o uio tou qeou).; for thou art the King of Israel. [John] Whether Nathanael witnessed Jesus being baptised by John the Baptist or not, is unknown and Philip implies that Nathanael was not there. [Matthew 3:16]  And Jesus, baptized,went up … Continue reading Prayer# 101 — Thou art the Son of God

Books: How God makes us Better

Why humans find it hard to do away with religion By John Gray An American scientist visiting the home of Niels Bohr, the Nobel Prize-winning Danish physicist and refugee from Nazism who was a leading figure in the Manhattan Project, which produced the atomic bomb, was surprised to discover a horseshoe hanging over Bohr’s desk: … Continue reading Books: How God makes us Better

Napoleon Hill’s 12 steps to success

Steps to successHow to succeed: Follow these 12 steps (adapted from Napoleon Hill)1. Write down exactly what you want to accomplish and why. Figure out what you have right now to make that happen.2. Figure out what you need and then go back to #2 and see which of your talents you are not fully … Continue reading Napoleon Hill’s 12 steps to success

Painting & Parable: Christ and the Adulterous Woman

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Christ and the woman taken in adultery, 1565, Oil on panel, 24.1 x 34.4cm. Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525-1569) is  a mysterious artist with fewer than forty paintings actually  ascribed to him. While he is most often associated with scenes of peasants drinking and fantastical creatures, he has three small grisaille … Continue reading Painting & Parable: Christ and the Adulterous Woman

Candlemas and Ground Hog’s Day

Midwinter’s day is February 2nd and technically the last day of the Christmas season,  This lso brings us the Celtic Imbolc (St Brigid's day was yesterday) and of course the infamous Ground Hog … and so Lent must soon begin:  for Western Christians February 10th; Eastern Christians (Byzantines and Orthodox) its the following month in … Continue reading Candlemas and Ground Hog’s Day