Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
When he was barely old enough to wield a hoe, Isidore entered the service of John de Vergas, a wealthy landowner from Madrid, and worked faithfully on his estate outside the city for the rest of his life. He married a young woman as simple and upright as himself who also became a saint—Maria de la Cabeza. They had one son, who died as a child.
Isidore had deep religious instincts. He rose early in the morning to go to church and spent many a holiday devoutly visiting the churches of Madrid and surrounding areas. All day long, as he walked behind the plow, he communed with God. His devotion, one might say, became a problem, for his fellow workers sometimes complained that he often showed up late because of lingering in church too long.
He was known for his love of the poor, and there are accounts of Isidore’s supplying them miraculously with food. He had a great concern for the proper treatment of animals.He died May 15, 1130, and was declared a saint in 1622 with Ignatius of Loyola, Francis Xavier, Teresa of Avila and Philip Neri. Together, the group is known in Spain as “the five saints.”
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
listen to what I have done,
and you who are near, realize my strength".
14. (now the author) The sinners in Zion are panic stricken
and fear seizes the Godless
'which of us can survive
the devouring fire,
which of us will survive the everlasting burning?'
15. The one that acts uprightly
and speaks honestly
who scorns to get rich by extortion,
who rejects bribes out of hand,
who refuses to listen to plans involving blood shed
and shuts his eyes
rather than countenance of crime:
16. such a man will live on heights,
the craggy rocks will be his refuge,
he will be fed, he will not want for water.
ExtortionEx*tor"tion\, n. [F. extorsion.]1. The act of extorting; the act or practice of wresting anything from a person by force, by threats, or by any undue exercise of power; undue exaction; overcharge.
I might add to this .....the act of asking for money, so that I (the person asking) do not become suicidal, so that I may not become depressed and buy drugs, or become desperate and commit a crime. This act of extortion is a learned behavior of the self proclaimed poor. It is learned from and supported by or social support system. One reason for this may be for the bureaucrats to appear as heroes and saviors of the poor.
Monday, April 7, 2008