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This is the gorgeous Pebble Beach Golf Course a few days ago, as they prepare for the golf onslaught called the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. I’m lucky enough to have a friend who lives there and, believe it or not, this is where we walk the dogs!!! [gallery type=”rectangular”…
For morning people, there is more darkness early beginning tomorrow.
Even cows don’t like Daylight Saving Time. Come Sunday morning, when the milking machines get attached to their udders a whole hour too early, the otherwise placid bovines on dairy farms around the United States will snort in surprise and dismay. They may give less milk than usual. They could take days or weeks to get used to the new milking schedules.
American Indians have a saying about the US government tradition:
“It is like cutting the top of a blanket, sewing it to the bottom, and believing that the day is longer.”
Hawaii is a grand state because they do not use this time-dishonest system legislated in the District of Columbia.
In a presentation February 24, 2014, at Santa Clara University (home of a noteworthy MBA program):
His Holiness The Dalai Lama urged. “Companies should also teach compassion.”
By Bruce Newman
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama acknowledges the crowd before his talk on business, ethics and compassion at the Leavey Event Center at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. The event was co-sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara …… University and Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group)
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures to the crowd following his speech on business, ethics and compassion at the Leavey Event Center at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group)
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is joined on the stage with Rev. Michael Engh, president of Santa Clara University, Lloyd Dean, CEO of Dignity Health, and an unidentified student from the Living Wisdom School, Palo Alto, at the Leavey Event Center at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, …… Calif. on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. The Dalai Lama came to campus for the first time to speak on Business, Ethics and Compassion. (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group)
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama receives a Santa Clara University visor
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama brought his message of compassion and peace to one of the most cutthroat, competitive business centers in the world, telling a Silicon Valley audience Monday to put less emphasis on a materialistic life and adopt a sense of “mission.”
The 78-year-old Tibetan cleric spoke for 15 minutes under what turned out to be the very loose rubric of the program’s title, “Business, Ethics and Compassion” at Santa Clara University’s Leavey Event Center, then joined in a panel discussion on the same subject with local leaders of the compassion community.
It wasn’t exactly Jesus overturning the tables of the money changers, but His Holiness seemed to have the capacity crowd of 4,000 hanging on his every word. That may have been, in part because the Dalai Lama is a bit soft-spoken and English is not his first language. Some of his words of wisdom were lost to the ages. Others were occasionally clarified by his longtime interpreter. But the audience, which included tech entrepreneurs, students, Buddhist monks — and a smattering of celebrities such as former San Francisco 49ers great Ronnie Lott, and recently deposed Men’s Wearhouse owner and spokesmodel George Zimmer — left the auditorium buzzing.
It was the conclusion of a three-day visit to the Bay Area that included similarly sold-out stops in San Francisco and Berkeley. After his public appearance Monday morning, the Dalai Lama continued his missionary work at the university, taking part in a discussion of “Incorporating Ethics and Compassion into Business Life” with such Silicon Valley stalwarts as Charles Geschke, co-founder of Adobe, and Jane Shaw, retired chairman of Intel’s board of directors.
Everybody was making nice, of course. His Holiness is a figure of such serene self-assurance that when Lloyd H. Dean, CEO of Dignity Health, made what amounted to a prostate exam joke, the audience seemed to hold its collective breath, until the translator had finished his lengthy explanation of the remark. When HHDL broke into a beatific smile, people burst out laughing.
The appearances here were conducted under tight security, provided by the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service, which required everyone attending the sold-out morning event to be in the building two hours before the Tibetan spiritual leader arrived onstage. When he did appear, he looked into the bright spotlights and immediately donned his signature red sun visor. A representative of the school stepped across the stage and offered him a Santa Clara University visor, which His Holiness quickly pulled over his eyes, to applause.
The Dalai Lama receives that kind of blanket protection wherever he goes in the United States, but the presence of about 50 members of the International Shugden Community amplified concerns. They lined up across El Camino Real from the arena in protest. The group represents a different Buddhist sect that prays to another Buddhist figure, Dorje Shugden, a practice they say the Dalai Lama has banned to protect his own health.
“People believe he is a man of peace. In reality, he’s created incredible division with his words, with his speech,” said Len Foley, the protesters’ spokesman. “In India right now, there are placards on hospital and restaurant walls saying if you’re a Shugden practitioner, you are not welcome here. He’s forcing people to take an oath that they will not practice it. Because he’s the Dalai Lama, it’s very difficult for us to get the word out there.”
Inside, the winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize was being serenaded by children from the Living Wisdom School in Palo Alto, and a quintet of chanting monks from the Gyuto Foundation. When His Holiness spoke about business ethics, his remarks didn’t deviate much from what he might have said to any other group on any other day. What his followers receive as profound truths might be mistaken for bromides from a less exalted figure. But the Dalai Lama goes far off Buddhism’s central message, summarized in the Four Noble Truths, which deal with suffering, pain and depression — all conditions, it was suggested to His Holiness, that exist at companies where perks such as free meals often replace the freedom to simply go home.
The holy man talked about some people having “no respect for life,” and suggested companies “include teaching of compassion, teaching of warm-heartedness.” When he was asked by James Doty, director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism at Stanford University, about stress in the workplace, it produced one of the events most revealing truths, though this one didn’t get a laugh. The Dalai Lama, who has never spent a day working in an office, conceded his wisdom did not extend to the water cooler. “I have not much experience here,” His Holiness said.
on this feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes:
- Holy Mary, Mother of God, Virgin Immaculate, you appeared 18 times to Bernadette at the grotto in Lourdes to remind Christians of what the truths in the Gospel require of them. You call them to prayer, penance, the Eucharist and the life of the church. To answer your call more fully, I dedicate myself, through you, to your Son Jesus. Make me willing to accept what He said.
By the fervour of my faith, by the conduct of my life in all its aspects, by my devotion to the sick, let me work with you in the comforting of those who suffer and in the reconciliation of people that the church may be one and there be peace in the world.
All this I ask, confident that you, Our Lady, will fully answer my prayer. Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
St. Bernadette, pray for us
Originally posted on Health & Family:
Let us hold this thought
(for some moments)
Thank The Holy Trinity for all!
Originally posted on Craft, Run and Yumminess:
Feast Day: February 3rd – Blessing of the Throat
- Date of Death: Saint Blaise died in A.D. 316
- Cause of Death: Beheaded
Who or what is Saint Blaise the patron saint of? Saint Blaise is the patron of Throat problems and the Wool trade. Meanings, definition and origins – a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.
On the day of his feast the blessing of St. Blaise is given: two candles are consecrated, generally by a prayer, these are then held in a crossed position by a priest over the heads of the faithful or the people are touched on the throat with them. At the same time the following blessing is given: “May Almighty God at the intercession of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, preserve you from infections of the throat and from all other afflictions”.
The Story and History of Saint Blaise The story and history of Saint Blaise. Blase was a well educated Physician who became Bishop of Sebaste in Armenia. He was persecuted by Agricola, The famous Roman general, who ordered Blaise to renounce his faith. When Blase refused he was thrown into prison where he helped sick prisoners and famously saved a child who was choking on a fish bone. Blaise refused to renounce his faith and was tortured by having his fleash torn with wool combs. He was finally beheaded on the orders of Agricola.
Death of Saint Blaise There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Blaise died in A.D. 316. Cause of Death: Beheaded.
Why is Saint Blaise the patron of Throat problems and the Wool trade? Why is Saint Blaise is the patron of Throat problems and the Wool trade? He saved a child from choking and was tortured with wool combs being used to rip off his flesh.
How Saint Blaise is represented in Christian Art It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Blaise in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Blaise is represented in Christian Art with an iron comb.
Feast Day of Saint Blaise The Feast Day of Saint Blaise is February 3rd. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint’s feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.
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The initial study of the guardian angels is based on the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas in Summa Theologica I, is particularly enlightening, since it is a question devoted wholly to the guardianship of angels over human beings. Thus St. Thomas is known as the “Angelic Doctor” (teacher) of the Roman Catholic Church.
Do I have a guardian angel? Yes, every human being has a guardian angel.
When did I receive my angel guardian? At the moment of conception. Your angel was given to you even before the graces of baptism! This is because angels are given to human beings on account of our reason, not on account of baptismal grace.
Was my angel someone else’s guardian before mine? Probably not. Every human being receives one angel. It is, however, theoretically possible (though not at all likely) that an angel could be re-assigned if their first human was condemned to hell.
Will my angel guardian be with me in the next life? If you go to heaven, your angel will be with you in glory as an eternal companion and friend. If you go to hell, your angel will leave you and you will receive instead a demon who will torment you forever.
Did my guardian angel know me before I was born? Yes. Not only by a natural angelic knowledge, but also by a special knowledge given by God – your angel has known you from the moment of his entrance into heaven after his creation.
Is my guardian angel an archangel? Almost certainly not. It seems that guardian angels are all chosen from the lowest choir of angels, which is called “Angels”. The Archangels are above this choir and seem not to be employed as angel guardians. It is possible that a guardian angel would receive help and guidance from archangels, or even seraphim. [As a side note: It is possible that Jesus’ guardian angel was the archangel Michael and that Mary’s was Gabriel. Some think that Joseph’s was Raphael, but this is a matter of debate.]
Is my guardian angel a boy or a girl? The angels, of course, are neither male nor female. Each angel is the perfection of its own species – there are as many species as there are angels. Still, it is generally more fitting to think of guardian angels as men, since they watch over us and protect us (which are roles we identify as masculine). On the other hand, our angel guardian has the tender love of a mother for us.
Is my guardian with me always? Yes, your angel always watches over you because God always guides you with his providence. An angel is locally present when he acts as a complete and immediate cause on a body; thus, at times your angel might even be locally present to you. In any case, your angel is always spiritually present to your soul, unless you are condemned to hell after death.
Does my guardian angel know everything I do and everything I think? Yes, your angel knows everything about you and can “read your soul”, as it were. Still, the most intimate recesses of your heart are known by God alone – this is why Mary’s angel (probably Gabriel) was amazed when her glory was revealed at the Assumption.
Do my sins make my angel sad? Not really. Your angel enjoys the perfect vision of God and so cannot be sad; for all who see God are perfectly happy. Just as God wills to permit you to sin, so too your angel permits your fall – this does not make him sad, for he takes joy in God’s plan. Still, it is likely that your angel experiences a general displeasure at your sins.
Does my guardian angel fight with demons in my behalf? Of course! Consider the book of Tobit; Raphael saved Tobias from the demons tormenting Sarah.
Can my guardian angel work with other guardian angels to accomplish something great? Yes, indeed. Padre Pio regularly sent his guardian angel to work with others’ angels. The angels rejoice to work together for our greater good.
Does my guardian angel contend with other guardian angels? Yes, in a certain sense. The various guardian angels work on the most immediate level of guiding the human race. Thus, though all the angel guardians are wholly devoted to God’s plan; it is possible that there would be temporary or partial contrary movements in the way this plan is actually carried out. St. Thomas offers this as an interpretation of the division between Gabriel and the angel of Persia in the book of Daniel. As the Angelic Doctor says, “Angels are said to resist one another; not that their wills are in opposition, since they are all of one mind as to the fulfillment of the Divine decree; but that the things about which they seek knowledge are in opposition.” (ST I, q.113, a.8)
Can my angel guardian change the physical world around me? Yes. St. Gemma Galgani would regularly ask her guardian angel to mail letters for her – many letters were sent back and forth to her spiritual director while he was in Rome.
Can I name my guardian angel? Perhaps, but we must keep in mind that it belongs to a superior to name an inferior. Thus, it seems unfitting that a human being should name an angel. As a parish priest, I would always discourage people from attempting to name their angel guardians.
Does my angel have a name? Most certainly, God has named all his angels – perhaps the higher angels have named the lower ones.
How do I find out my guardian angel’s name? I should think that in heaven, we would all know our guardian angels’ names. In this life, it would be quite unusual to learn your angel’s name – generally, according to the Vatican instructions on the matter, it is better to not try to discover your angel’s name. [I refer readers to a short article on this topic by Taylor Marshall, here]
Might I have more than one guardian angel? It is very likely that those entrusted with a special authority in the state or Church are given an additional guardian angel. Indeed, for certain very important figures (such as kings/presidents and bishops) this second angel guardian might even be an archangel – I should think that the Pope would have an archangel granted him as a special helper. However, this second angel would be given specifically for assistance in fulfilling the vocational calling, while the first or primary angel would remain as the principal guardian and particular sign of God’s special love and providence for the individual.
Is it possible to get too devoted to your angel? So long as you keep in mind that your angel is an expression of God’s love and providence (and not a creature to be considered in isolation), there is no danger in having a very strong devotion to your guardian angel.
Did Christ have a guardian angel? Yes, like every other human, our Savior had a guardian angel. It is likely that his angel guardian was St. Michael, or another of the archangels.
Originally posted on The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive:
Over the past day on Facebook, a few mentally interesting folks have been making makeup tutorials, actual, useful ones like the Youtube ones, which I can’t link here as they’re on Facebook. Did you know you can put liquid foundation on with a brush? Because I didn’t.
This is my response. It features wine, Wagner and a lot of strong language.