- Purpose – get to heaven and be with Him
- Perseverance – find every means to get to Him
- Loyalty – adhere to truth, the Catholic faith He gave
- Pleasing – strive to please Him alone
- Confidence – know that your confidence is His in you
- Battle – fight for what He told you is right
- Talents – use what He gave you
- Lead – lead other men to Him
When all is said and done, what qualities does Christ incarnate that men must incorporate?
Cabanel taught 47 male artists. According to Stephen Gjertson Galleries, his mother, Blanche of Castile, raised the young artist to be a thoughtful and enthusiastic Catholic.
From interestingfacts.com –
“... These super-resilient, nylon-like threads are five times stronger than steel, lighter than fiberglass, incredibly heat-resistant, and fantastically flexible … found in a variety of items from kayaks to NASA spacecraft, Kevlar has arguably made the greatest impact in bulletproof vests and body armor.
“ … a happy byproduct of its original purpose — creating a new kind of car tire.
“In the mid-1960s, chemist Stephanie Kwolek was working in a Wilmington, Delaware, research lab for the textile division of the chemical company Dupont, which had invented another ‘miracle’ fiber, nylon, 30 years earlier.
“One day, Kwolek noticed that a particular batch of dissolved polyamides (a type of synthetic polymer) had formed a cloudy, runny consistency rather than the usual clear, syrup-like concoction. Although colleagues told Kwolek to toss it out, she persisted in investigating this strange mixture closely, discovering that it could be spun to create fibers of an unusual stiffness.
“Kevlar was born.
“Dupont introduced the ‘wonder fiber’ in 1971, and the material began undergoing tests in ballistic vests almost immediately. By one estimate, it has saved at least 3,000 police officers from bullet wounds in the years since.
“... Kevlar still delivers on its original purpose as an automotive component, whether baked into engine belts, brake pads, or yes, even tires.”
Thomas Aquinas College
California and New England Class of 2022
American and International Students 115
Senior Thesis Titles
I picked one from each of the liberal arts.
Music “Intrinsic Motion: The Cause of the Powerful Effect of Music on Us” Anna Therese Cecilia Santine [fraternal twin of Robert]
Visual Arts “In Defense of Film, the Imitative Art of Our Times” Robert John Santine
Mathematics “Pushing Euclid to His Limits: A Search for the Principles of Equating Curved and Rectilinear Areas” Marianna Lourdes Rodriguez
Science “On the Definition of Space-Time According to the Special Theory of Relativity” Timothy Aristotle Wassell
Political Science “A Classical Education Is Necessary for the Protection of the Primary Rights and Duties of the American Citizen” Hope Elizabeth Mary Ascough
Literature “Holy Wisdom Is Not Clear and Thin Like Water, but Thick and Dark Like Blood”: The Necessity of Poetry for Understanding Man’s Relation to the Divine As Illustrated by Lewis in Till We Have Faces” Olivia Joan Perry
Philosophy “The Friendship Between Male and Female Differs Accidentally Rather Than Essentially from the Friendship of Male and Male” Isaac James Filipi
Theology “My Ticket to Heaven: An Essay on the Nature of Suffering as Leading Us to Redemption” Kevin John Heffernan
There are no departments or schools or teachers but tutors who guide. After studying all these subjects, students receive a Bachelor of Liberal Arts.
This is a 1953 radio adaptation of the 1868 detective novel. Now that you know the ending, I recommend another of his novels, The Woman in White.
Melania Trump is a Slovene American born in Novo Mesto, southeastern Slovenia, close to Croatia. Slovakia arose from the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, while Slovenia came into being after Yugoslavia broke into seven separate states. With names so similar, people tend to confuse Slovakia with Slovenia. She is from Slovenia.
Hope my Ford hybrid lasts forever. According to Bloomberg, an American-based pay television network focusing on business and capital market programming, consumers are paying 15% more now for electricity than in July 2021. For $14.5 million, the wine company co-founded by G. Newsom and San Francisco billionaire G. Getty just acquired a major Napa vineyard, Oso. O so good for you two.
A U.S. District Court Chief Judge of the Eastern District of California, Sacramento Division, ruled on Thursday [8-25-2022] in Foothill Church v. Watanabe that churches do not have to pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans as mandated by the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). Mandate unconstitutional.
Common medical interventions for children with so-called “gender dysphoria”:
It's a brave new world spawning frankenfood zombies. “Docēre, ipse venena bibas. Doctor, drink the poison yourself.”
8/30/22 at 11:42 AM EDT Newsweek's JAMES BICKERTON reports that FBI agent Timothy Thibault, who was removed earlier this month from a supervisory role by FBI Director Christopher Wray, was retired or fired. Wray described as "deeply troubling" the whistleblower accusations that Thibault was biased in the Hunter Biden laptop investigation.
prayer of Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., author of the short biography, Blessed Karl 1. See the entry entitled, "Royals".
A coin of Crispus, son of Constantine I, on his shield is a chi-rho, spoken of by Lactantius. Coin struck c. 326. Photo made on August 7, 2012, by Valentinian364. Unchanged.
Chi-Rho, as seen on the back of the priest’s chasuble, is the monogram chi (Χ) and rho (Ρ), the first two letters of Khristos, Greek for Christ.
Wikipedia states that an early Catholic author by the name of Lucius Caecilius Firmianus signo Lactantius, b. 240 North Africa, d. 320 Gaul (modern-day France), became an advisor to Emperor Constantine I, guided his religious policy in its initial stages, and tutored his son, Crispus.
The Greek letters alpha (Α) and omega (Ω) complete the monogram. They are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Christ spoke of Himself as the beginning and the end.
Jerome attends our Latin Mass parish in Sacramento, CA. In addition to English and Spanish, he speaks Romansh, a descendant of vulgar Latin. He says there are about 40,000 speakers. Jerome farms near Colusa, CA, and most of his workers speak Spanish. Chur is the capital of the Swiss canton of the Grisons, home of Romansh. Listen via RTR.ch, a radio station. https://www.rtr.ch/audio?q=&date=all&page=0
Map of Switzerland shows location of Romansh.
Source KARTE_schweiz_sprachen.png; date October 16, 2014; author Maproom; no changes made.
The St. Benedict Medal is inscribed with letters in Latin.
C. S. S. M. L. Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux: “The Holy Cross be my light.”
N. D. S. M. D. Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux: “May the dragon never be my guide!”
V. R. S. Vade Retro Satana: “Get away, Satan!”
N. S. M. V. Nunquam Suade Mihi Vana: “Never tempt me with your vanities!”
S. M. Q. L. Sunt Mala Quae Libas: “What you offer me is evil.”
I. V. B. Ipse Venena Bibas: “Drink the poison yourself.”
Rhyme scheme: aabbcc
The root of the English word “bib” is bibere, Latin verb “to drink”. Bibas is the imperative form of the verb, a command.
The root of the English word “libation”, meaning “an act of pouring a liquid as a sacrifice, an offering”, is the Latin noun libatio, an act of pouring, from the verb libare, “to pour out”.
Find the other roots!
Fraternal twins St. Scholastica and St. Benedict were born in Nursia, Italy, in 480.
Three sisters and their brother constitute Harpa Dei, a German singing group.
Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806), late Rococo artist, died in Paris … almost completely forgotten. "The Rococo style spread with French artists and engraved publications. It was readily received in the Catholic parts of Germany, Bohemia, and Austria, where it merged with the lively German Baroque traditions." 2007 Schools Wikipedia Selection. Geometric triangles end, always.
Segovia Cathedral cherishes its two organs and between them nearly 5,000 pipes. He plays both from the same console. Joining the first, built in 1702, was another almost identical opposite in 1772.
Monarchs who are canonized saints: 55
Saints from royal families not monarchs: 127
Number of monarchs classified Blessed, Venerable, or Servant of God: 8
Number from royal families classified Blessed, Venerable, or Servant of God: 25
Blessed Charles I or Karl I (1887 – 1922), as a boy and as Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary, King of Croatia, and King of Bohemia, was the last monarch of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine to rule over Austria-Hungary. The most recent blessed monarch, he fathered eight. Pronounce “blessed” as two syllables.
“Charles did not leave Madeira. On 9 March 1922 he caught a cold in town, which developed into bronchitis and progressed to severe pneumonia. Having suffered two heart attacks, he died of respiratory failure on 1 April, in the presence of his wife (who was pregnant with their eighth child) and nine-year-old former Crown Prince Otto, remaining conscious almost until his last moments. His last words to his wife were, “I love you so much.” He was 34 years old.”
A Benedictine's story with pictures, including Karl's deathbed, is here:
Belloc’s poem contains two figures of speech. Assonance is the repetition of sounds in multiple words. Assonance describes repeated vowel sounds in the middle of words with different consonant end sounds. Consonance is the repetition of the same consonant sounds, i.e., what happens at the end of the word along with assonance. There is another figure of speech, onomatopoeia, a word formed to mimic the sound.
Belloc (1870-1953) grew up in England and graduated from John Henry Newman’s Oratory School in Birmingham. In 1890, he met Elodie Hogan, an American living in Northern California. What fascinated me was his trip to visit her. He trod a significant part of the distance from the American Midwest to Hogan’s home and paid for lodging at remote farmhouses and ranches by sketching the owners and reading poetry. He married Hogan in 1896, and they had five children.
What is a tarantella? Even though I played a few on the piano, I had to find the definition: rapid, whirling dance from southern Italy.
Where Instruments Belong
Piano … at home
According to Mieczysław Tomaszewski, the Berceuse is a distant echo of a song that Chopin’s mother sang to him: the romance of Laura and Philo … The moon now has risen, the dogs are asleep.
Organ … in church
The Battle of Clarines (buglers) commemorates a military confrontation on January 9, 1817, during the Venezuelan War of Independence, in which the royalists were victorious. Am I a monarchist? In this context and others, yes. On May 31, 2013, Hugo Chavez, a communist dictator, added his signature to an exhibited copy of the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence of 1811, to honor Victor Maduro, another communist dictator. In contrast, Catholic monarchs gifted Spain with hundreds of years of relative stability. https://www.britannica.com/place/Granada-Spain
Alexander (8) gave me permission to post his answer to a writing prompt. The prompt was as follows: Imagine scientists have confirmed that ghosts do exist. What reason might they give for why people hang around after they die?
He dictated, and I went home and tweaked the response a bit. I brought it back to him, and he approved the edit. Here is the answer …
Scientists say that people hang around after death because their spirit is partly physical and that the physical part is trapped inside every cell of the body. Two scientists uncovered this brutal fact. Alexander, the head scientist, and Bob, his lovely assistant, found a ghost in the lab, but Alexander recognized immediately that the ghost was Bob’s doing. He had created the ghost to look like himself.
By entertaining the difficult task, Alexander managed to place the ghost flat on its back on a long, cold table and take an x-ray of it.
What Alexander knew and confirmed upon examination was that stored energy must have been added to the ghost or else the ghost might not have been formed. Ghosts hang around after death so that there will be more humans in the future, or there will not be any humans at all, because the ghost must return to the human dimension, or there will not be any babies at all.
He discovered that after the ghost stays in the ghostly dimension too long, it will return to the human dimension. Otherwise, well, you know the result: no more humans.
How can a human get into the ghostly dimension? If one develops a spaceship to break into the space-time continuum, and the spaceship accomplishes this most difficult and sublime task, the fabric of the universe is broken, and the butterfly effect takes place.
The interdimensional plane between humans and ghosts is set far apart.
If there are any complications on this journey between the dimensions, part of the ghost might not be there.
For, after all, ghosts are partly made out of the dead person but require stored energy, but what if there is not enough energy?
At the last session and today he explained the Butterfly Effect:
To accompany the answer, he drew three pictures of the ghost. Never mind the name of the long-nosed ghost. All in all, this exercise took him about 15 minutes!
Squirrels reduce body heat and keep cool by splooting, lying flat on the tummy, legs stretched out. It is sometimes referred to as heat dumping.
Posting an unusual family photo, unusual because it is from the 1800s and spotlights three generations of women born in the 1800s, photo dated 1898, location Johnsville CA, left to right
Great-great grandmother Louise Howe b. 1840
Grandmother Louise Perkins b. 1890 (in Tombstone, AZ!)
Great grandmother Gertrude Perkins b. 1869
My great grandfather, mining engineer, built the stamp mill at the Jamison Mine in Johnsville. Below is a picture of an actual receipt for delivery of a gold bar from the mine, my great grandfather acting as agent.
Grandma and her twin delivered the gold bars, covered with a blanket, in a horse and buggy to the shipper. The gold was then shipped to Wells Fargo in SF. Their father rationalized that robbers would not suspect girls of 12 were secreting gold in a buggy.
From Placerville, it is three hours by car to reach Johnsville. The father of a boy at my high school opened a restaurant in San Francisco in 1954, the Iron Horse. My grandma had some hearing loss.
Nana and Mom would be impressed by this young man. Once, Nana broke a sewing machine needle in her forefinger. It finally came out but in another part of her hand. As a patrol officer, I had to take two girls to the ER when sewing machine needles went through their forefingers and had to be removed by a doctor. This young man is not in San Francisco, but if he were, he would shop Britex Fabrics. The girls, Nana, and Mom did. Without Mom, I had to learn how to sew the hems of my pants. She gave me a small sewing kit years ago, and I didn’t think it would be useful. She must have known. Laborious his job is … and self-taught. This is resourcefulness.
An odd number can be defined as 2k + 1. What, what? Replace k with any integer, and the result is an odd number. Try 1, then 2, then 3, etcetera. He used FOIL, which is first outer inner last. Need help with math symbols?
Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at Parliament Hill.
One is from Montreal, another is from Toronto, and the third is from Vancouver.
All three go with a Parliament official to examine the fence.
The Vancouver contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. “Well,” he says, “I figure the job will run about $9,000. That’s $4,000 for materials, $4,000 for my crew, and $1,000 profit for me.”
The Toronto contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, “I can do this job for $7,000. That’s $3,000 for materials, $3,000 for my crew, and $1,000 profit for me.”
The Montreal contractor doesn’t measure or figure, but leans over to the Parliament official and whispers, “$27,000.” The official, incredulous, says: “You didn’t even measure like the other guys. How did you come up with such a high figure?”
The Montreal contractor whispers back: “$10,000 for me, $10,000 for you, and we hire the guy from Toronto to fix the fence.”
“Done!” replies the government official.
And that is how the Government Stimulus plan works.
Three boxes keep us free:
- The soap box,
- The ballot box, and
- The jury box.
I was speaking to a nun. She told me that the average age of her province is 80. It would be useless to tell her that the average age of the FSSP is 35. If I asked how many altar “servers” there are at her parish, she wouldn’t know, because it is not important. It would be useless to tell her we have 110 altar boys, because it is important. Timeless tradition has escaped the notice of some.