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When was the last time you said ‘thank you’ and ‘I’m sorry?’ Pope asks :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)


 

 

By Elise Harris

By Elise Harris

Vatican City, May 13, 2015 / 09:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience Pope Francis focused on the concrete challenges families face in daily life, and said that simply remembering to be grateful and to apologize can go a long way in avoiding conflict.

“Dear brothers and sisters, today’s catechesis is the opening of the door to a series of reflections on family life, real life, daily life,” the Pope told pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square May 13.

“Above this door are written three words that we have already used other times: May I, thank you, and I’m sorry. They are words linked to good manners, (and) in their genuine sense of respect and desire for good, (they are) far away from any hypocrisy and duplicity,” he said.

Francis’ address was a continuation of his ongoing catechesis on the family, which he began at the end of last year as part of the lead-up to the World Day of Families in September, as well as October’s Synod of Bishops on the Family.

Although the words ’May I,’ ‘thank you’ and ‘I’m sorry’ can be hard to say or put into practice, their absence “can cause cracks in the foundation of the family, which can lead to its collapse,” the Pope said.

However, if families make a habit of including the phrases in their daily lives as a sign of love for one another rather than just a formal expression of good manners, they can strengthen a happy family life, he continued.

The word ‘May I’ is a reminder that we should be “delicate, respectful and patient with others,” he said. Even if we feel like we have the right to something, “when we speak to our spouse or family member with kindness we create space for a true spirit of marital and familial common life.”

Kindness helps to renew trust and respect, and reveals the love we have for others, the Pope noted, saying that we should always imitate Jesus, who stands at the door of our hearts and knocks, waiting for us to open it to him.

He then turned to the second word, noting that to say ‘thank you’ can seem like a contradiction in a distrustful society, which tends to view this attitude as weakness.

Despite this perception, it is through an “education in gratitude” that that social justice and the dignity of persons are upheld, he said.

Gratitude Francis continued, “is a virtue that for believers is born from the same heart of their faith… (it) is also the language of God, to whom above all we must express our gratitude.”

via When was the last time you said ‘thank you’ and ‘I’m sorry?’ Pope asks :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

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Theodosius the Great (Cenobiarch) Sfantul Teodosie cel Mare)


Theodosius the Great (Cenobiarch)

Theodosius the Great (Cenobiarch) – 11th century mosaic in the Nea Moni Monastery (Greece)

The Venerable Saint Theodosius the Great, also Theodosius the Cenobiarch lived during the fifth-sixth centuries (423 AD – 529 AD), and was the founder and organizer of the cenobitic way of monastic life.[note 1] The monastery that he founded in 476 AD became known as the “Monastery of St. Theodosius“, and includes his tomb.[note 2] His feast day is on January 11.

Life

Saint Theodosius was born in the province of Cappadocia in the village of Mogarissus. His parents Proheresius and Eulogia were very devout.

Endowed with a splendid voice, he zealously toiled at church reading and singing. St Theodosius prayed fervently that the Lord would guide him on the way to salvation. In his early years he visited the Holy Land and met with St Symeon the Stylite (September 1), who blessed him and predicted future pastoral service for him.

Yearning for the solitary life, Saint Theodosius settled in Palestine into a desolate cave, in which, according to Tradition, the three Magi had spent the night, having come to worship the Savior after His Nativity. He lived there for thirty years in great abstinence and unceasing prayer. People flocked to the ascetic, wishing to live under his guidance.

When the cave could no longer hold all the monks, St Theodosius prayed that the Lord Himself would indicate a place for the monks to live. Taking a censer with cold charcoal and incense, the monk started walking into the desert. At a certain spot the charcoal ignited by itself and the incense smoke began to rise. Here the monk established the first cenobitic monastery, or Lavra (meaning “broad” or “populous”).

It was around this time that Theodosius’ friend and countryman Sabbas the Sanctified was appointed Archimandrite of all the isolated monks in Palestine, by Patriarch Sallustius of Jerusalem (486-493). Therefore Theodosius was made the leader of all those monks who lived in community, and this was the origin of his being called “the Cenobiarch”, which translates as chief of those living a life in common.

Monastery of St. Theodosius

Soon the Lavra of St Theodosius became renowned, and up to 700 monks gathered at it. According to the final testament of St Theodosius, the Lavra rendered service to neighbor, gave aid to the poor and provided shelter for wanderers. There was a communal table for all, communal property, communal penance, communal labor, communal patience and, not too rare, communal hunger. Theodosius was an exalted model of life to all the monks; an example in labor, prayer, fasting, watchfulness and in all Christian virtues.

St Theodosius was extremely compassionate. Once, when there was a famine in Palestine and a multitude of people gathered at the monastery, he gave orders to allow everyone into the monastery enclosure. His disciples were annoyed, knowing that the monastery did not have the means to feed all those who had come. But when they went into the bakery, they saw that through the prayers of the abba, it was filled with bread. This miracle was repeated every time St Theodosius wanted to help the destitute.

At the monastery, St Theodosius built a home for taking in strangers, separate infirmaries for monks and laymen, and also a shelter for the dying.

Seeing that people from various lands gathered at the Lavra, the saint arranged for services and hymns to be offered to God in the various languages: Greek, Georgian and Armenian. However when all were gathered to receive the Holy Mysteries in the large church, the divine services were chanted in Greek.

Opponent of Monophysitism

During the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius (491-518) there arose the heresy of Eutychius and Severus, which recognized neither the sacraments nor the clergy. The emperor accepted the false teaching, and the Orthodox began to suffer persecution. St Theodosius stood firmly in defense of Orthodoxy and wrote a letter to the emperor on behalf of the monks, in which they denounced him and refuted the heresy with the teachings of the Ecumenical Councils. He affirmed moreover, that the desert-dwellers and monks would firmly support the Orthodox teaching. The emperor showed restraint for a short while, but then he renewed his persecution of the Orthodox. The holy Elder then showed great zeal for the truth. Leaving the monastery, he came to Jerusalem and in the church, he stood at the high place and cried out for all to hear: “Whoever does not honor the four Ecumenical Councils, let him be anathema!” For this bold deed the monk was sent to prison, but soon returned after the death of the emperor.

Miracles

St Theodosius accomplished many healings and other miracles during his life. God granted him the gift of working miracles by which he was able to heal the sick, to appear from a distance, to tame wild beasts, to discern the future and to cause bread and wheat to multiply. Prayer was on his lips day and night.

Through his prayers he once destroyed the locusts devastating the fields in Palestine. Also by his intercession, soldiers were saved from death, and he also saved those perishing in shipwrecks and those lost in the desert.

Once, the saint gave orders to strike the semandron (a piece of wood hit with a mallet), so that the brethren would gather at prayer. He told them, “The wrath of God draws near the East.” After several days it became known that a strong earthquake had destroyed the city of Antioch at the very hour when the saint had summoned the brethren to prayer.

Death

Before his death, St Theodosius summoned to him three beloved bishops and revealed to them that he would soon depart to the Lord. After three days, he died peacefully at the age of 105, in 529 AD. The saint’s body was buried with reverence in his first cell, the cave in which he lived at the beginning of his ascetic deeds.

Hymns

Troparion – Tone 8
By a flood of tears you made the desert fertile,
and your longing for God brought forth fruits in abundance.
By the radiance of miracles you illumined the whole universe!
Our Father Theodosius, pray to Christ God to save our souls!

Kontakion – Tone 8
Planted in the courts of your Lord, you blossomed beautifully with virtue,
and increased your children in the desert, showering them with streams of
your tears, O chief shepherd of the divine flock of God.
Therefore, we cry to you: “Rejoice, Father Theodosius.”

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Teodosie cel Mare (Cenobiarch) 11 mozaicul din secolul în Mănăstirea Moni Nea (Grecia)
Venerabilul Sfântul Teodosie cel Mare, aussi Teodosie Cenobiarch a trăit în timpul cincea – sasea secolele (423 AD 529 d.Hr.). Și fondator și organizator a fost a modului de obște monahală de viață [nota 1] Manastirea a fondat de asta în 476 AD exista devenu Cunoscut sub numele de Mănăstirea Sf. Teodosie,” și include mormântul lui. [nota 2] Prăznuirea sa se la 11 ianuarie.

Saint Teodosie sa născut în provincia Cappadocia în orașul Mogarissus. Rudele lui Proheresius și Eulogia au fost foarte devotat.

Dotat cu o voce splendidă, a trudit cu zel la lectură biserică și cântând. St Teodosie sa rugat cu fervoare que la Domnul l-ar Ghid pe drumul spre mântuire. În primii ani a vizitat Țara Sfântă și aduce cu Sf Simeon Stâlpnicul (1 septembrie), care îl și viitorul Serviciu previzibilă pastorală Pentru el binecuvântat.

Dorinta pentru viața solitară, Sf. Teodosieau stabilit în Palestina într-o peșteră pustie, în qui, selon la tradiție, trei magi a petrecut noaptea, după ce a ajuns să se închine Mântuitorului După Nașterea Domnului Său. El a trăit timp de treizeci de ani în mare abstinență și rugăciune neîncetată. Oamenii s-au înghesuit la ascet, dorința de a trăi sub îndrumarea Lui.

Când pestera de-a lungul nr putut ține toți călugării, Sf Teodosie sa rugat que la Domnul Însuși ar indica indicație are loc pentru călugări să trăiască. Având o cădelniță cu cărbune rece și tămâie, călugărul a început de mers pe jos în deșert. La un loc sigur cărbune aprins de la sine și fumul de tămâie a început să crească. Aici călugărul Infiintata prima obște aur mănăstire Lavra (însemnând larg” sau populat”).

Acesta a fost momentul în care Teodosie jurul acestui prieten și Countryman Sava cel Sfintit a fost numit Arhimandritul a tuturor călugărilor izolate din Palestina, prin Sallustius Patriarhul Ierusalimului (486-493). Prin urmare, Teodosie a fost făcută liderul tuturor celor care au trăit în comunitate călugări, iar aceasta a fost de origine de fiul fiind alb numit expirat “Cenobiarch” qui se traduce ca șef celor care trăiesc o viață în comun.
Manastirea Sf. Teodosie de

Curând Lavra Sfântului Teodosie est devenu renumit, și până la 700 de călugări au adunat la el. Selon testamentul final al Sf Teodosie, Lavra prestate serviciile la vecin, dat ajutor la adăpost săraci și Asigurarea pentru Wanderers. Nu a fost o masă comună pentru toți, proprietate comunală, penitență comunale, Muncii comunale, răbdare comunale, și, foame comunale nu prea rare. Teodosie a fost un model de înaltă a vieții pentru toți călugării; un exemplu în Muncii, rugăciune, post, veghere și în toate virtuțile creștine.

St Teodosie a fost extrem de plin de compasiune. Odată, când a existat o foamete în Palestina și o mulțime de oameni adunați la mănăstire, a dat ordin să permită tuturor în incintă mănăstirii. Ucenicii lui au fost contrariat, Știind que la mănăstire Despre nuavea mijloace gruparea să se hrănească pe toți cei care au venit. Scopul Când au intrat în brutăria, au vazut ca prin rugăciunile Abba, acesta a fost umplut cu pâine. A fost aceasta minune a repetat de fiecare dată Sf Teodosie a vrut să ajute nevoiași.

La mănăstire, Sf Teodosie construit o casă pentru a lua în străini, infirmerii separate, pentru călugări și laici, precum și aussi un adăpost pentru moarte.

Văzând că oamenii din diferite țări au adunat la Lavra, sfântul amenajat pentru servicii și imnuri a fi oferite lui Dumnezeu în diferite limbi: Greacă, georgiene și armene. Oricum, când toate s-au adunat recevoir Sfintele Taine în biserică mai larg, serviciile divine Au fost cântată în greacă.
Adversar de monofizitismului

În timpul domniei împăratului bizantin Anastasie (491-518) Acolo propuneri erezia lui Eutihie și Sever, qui reconnu Nici clerul, nici sacramentele. Împăratul a acceptat învățătura falsă, iar ortodocșii au început să sufere Prigoana. St Teodosie a stat sudate ferm în apărarea Ortodoxiei și a scris o scrisoare către împărat la facilitatea de numele călugărilor, în qui El și a respins-au denunțat erezia cu învățăturile Sinoadelor Ecumenice. El a afirmat în plus, que Le desertlocuitori și călugări Vreti sudate de sprijin ferm învățătura ortodoxă. Împăratul arătat reținere pentru o scurtă perioadă de timp, poartă Apoi, el reînnoită persecuție Lui a ortodocșilor. Sfântul Bătrân Atunci dat dovadă de multă râvnă pentru adevăr. Lăsând mănăstire, el cam la Ierusalim și în biserică, el sa ridicat la ridicat și a strigat pentru toți să audă: ! Cine nu cinstește pe Sinoadele Ecumenice cuptor, să fie anatemaPentru aceasta fapta îndrăzneț călugăr leur Envoi la închisoare, pentru a întors imediat partener după moartea împăratului.
Minunile

St Teodosie Realizat Multe vindecări și miracole –Alte pandantiv viața Lui. Desigur L pe Dumnezeu darul de minuni prin qui a fost ble pentru a vindeca pe bolnavi, să apară de la o distanță, pentru a îmblânzi fiarele sălbatice, pentru a discerne viitor și în pâine și grâu pentru a se multiplica. Rugăciunea a fost în ziua Lui buzele și noapte.

Prin rugăciunile sale, el a distrus odată lăcustele devastatoare câmpurile din Palestina. De asemenea, prin mijlocirea lui au fost soldați salvat de la moarte, iar el a salvat aussi Cei care pier în epave și cele pierdute în deșert.

Odată, sfântul a dat ordin să lovească semandron (o bucată de lemn lovit cu un ciocan), astfel încât que la frații se adunau la rugăciune. El le-a spus, Mânia lui Dumnezeu se apropie Est.” După câteva zile, exista devenu cunoscut faptul că un cutremur puternic a distrus orașul HAD Antiohia chiar ora la care Sfânt ia chemat frații la rugăciune.
moarte

Înainte de moartea sa, Sf Teodosie chemat la el trei episcopi iubiți și le-a descoperit că va abate de curând la Domnul. După trei zile, a murit liniștită la vârsta de 105, în 529 AD. Corpul sfântului îngropat cu respect a fost în prima sa celulă, peștera în Qui a trăit la începutul de fiul fapte ascetice.
Imnurile

Tropar Tone 8
Printr-o potop de lacrimi aveti si voi deșert fertil,
și dorul pentru Dumnezeu brought roade din abundență.
Prin strălucirea miracolelor ai luminat întregul univers!
Tatăl nostru Teodosie, roagă-te lui Hristos Dumnezeu mântuiască sufletele noastre!

Condac Tone 8
Plantate în instanțele Domnului vostru, înflorit frumos cu virtute,
Creșterea și copiii voștri în deșert, dușurile cu fluxuri de ele
lacrimile tale, O, șef păstor al turmei lui Dumnezeu divin.
De aceea, noi strigăm la tine: Bucură-te, Părinte Teodosie.”

 

today holiday: Tolling the Devil’s Knell (2014)


Tolling the Devil’s Knell (2014)

To celebrate the birth of Christ and the death of the Devil, All Saints Minster Church in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, rings its bell the same number of times as the number of the year (for example, 2,014 times in 2014) on Christmas Eve. The tolling starts at 11:00 PM, stops during the church service from midnight to 12:45, and then resumes until the years have been tolled away. The custom has been going on for almost 700 years. The bell has been called “Black Tom of Soothill” since the 13th century, and Tolling Black Tom is supposed to keep the parish safe from the Devil for another 12 months. More… Discuss

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today’s holiday: St. Thorlak’s Day (2014)


St. Thorlak’s Day (2014)

Thorlak Thorhalli (1133-1193) was born in Iceland and, after being educated abroad, returned there to become bishop of Skalholt in 1177 or 1178. He was canonized by the Icelandic parliament five years after his death. His day traditionally marks the climax of Christmas preparations for Icelanders. It is associated with housecleaning, as well as the preparation of special foods. The hangiket, or smoked mutton, for Christmas was usually cooked on this day, and, in the western fjords, the smell of skate hash cooked on St. Thorlak’s Day is still considered a harbinger of the holiday season. More… Discuss

word: wizened


wizened

Definition: (adjective) Lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness.
Synonyms: shrunken, withered, shriveled
Usage: The wizened face of the man of law was twisted into a wrinkled smile. Discuss.

Just a thought: “Wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to blog about anything else but blue skies,…


Just a thought:  Wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to blog about anything else but blue skies, and lukewarm waters, and mist beautiful pics, and images or far away places, and most adoring pets, and, and and and…and yet: what would occur if everybody would only blog about those this that don’t affect anybody, except their excite their sense of beauty and serenity, and leave the world unattended to the reality of day to day life.”
– George-B.

Willie Nelson & Kenny Rogers “Blue Skies

TODAY’S HOLIDAY: ST. KNUT’S DAY


St. Knut’s Day

The feast day of King Canute (or Knut), who ruled Denmark, England, and Norway in the 11th century, marks the end of the Yuletide season in Sweden. Rather than letting the holidays fade quietly, Swedish families throughout the country hold parties to celebrate the final lighting (and subsequent dismantling) of the Christmas tree. After letting the children eat the cookies and candies used to decorate the tree, and after packing the ornaments away in their boxes, it is customary to hurl the tree through an open window. More…

 

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From the Vatican: Angelus Domini 2014-01-01


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Every Sunday and on the main liturgical feasts, the Pope recites the Marian prayer of the Angelus with the pilgrims. Before and after the prayer, he delivers a brief reflection and issues greetings.

 

Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops Medley – Here We Come A-Caroling/O Tannenbaum/I Saw Three Ships (1972)



“Here We Come A-wassailing” (or Here We Come A-caroling) is an English traditional Christmas carol and New Years song, apparently composed c. 1850. The old English wassail song refers to ‘wassailing’, or singing carols door to door wishing good health, while the a- is an archaic intensifying prefix; compare A-Hunting We Will Go and lyrics to The Twelve Days of Christmas (e.g., “Six geese a-laying”). According to Readers Digest; “the Christmas spirit often made the rich a little more generous than usual, and bands of beggars and orphans used to dance their way through the snowy streets of England, offering to sing good cheer and to tell good fortune if the householder would give them a drink from his wassail bowl or a penny or a pork pie or, let them stand for a few minutes beside the warmth of his hearth. The wassail bowl itself was a hearty combination of hot ale or beer, apples, spices and mead, just alcoholic enough to warm tingling toes and fingers of the singers”.

“O Tannenbaum”, or, in its English version, “O Christmas Tree“, is a Christmas carol of German origin. A Tannenbaum is a fir tree (German: die Tanne) or Christmas tree (der Weihnachtsbaum). Its evergreen qualities have long inspired musicians to write several “Tannenbaum” songs in German. The melody is an old folk tune (Lauriger Horatius). The first known “Tannenbaum” song lyrics date back to 1550. 

I Saw Three Ships” (Come Sailing In) is a traditional and popular Christmas carol from England. A variant of its parent tune “Greensleeves”, the earliest printed version of “I Saw Three Ships” is from the 17th century, possibly Derbyshire, and was also published by William B. Sandys in 1833. The lyrics mention the ships sailing into Bethlehem, but the nearest body of water is the Dead Sea about 20 miles away. The reference to three ships is thought to originate in the three ships that bore the purported relics of the Biblical magi to Cologne Cathedral in the 12th century.

 

Oh Tanneboum, Mon Beau Sapin, O Brad Frumos,



MON BEAU SAPIN
Mon beau sapin, roi des forêts Que j’aime ta verdure Quand par l’hiver, bois et guérets Sont dépouillés de leurs attraits Mon beau sapin, roi des forêts Tu gardes ta parure
Toi que Noël planta chez nous Au saint Anniversaire Joli sapin, comme ils sont doux, Et tes bonbons, et tes joujoux Toi que Noël planta chez nous Par les mains de ma mère D’après “O Tannenbaum” de Ernst Anschütz (1824)