So sad.

Something Over Tea

First the words around the cross: Thy will be done. The nearest and dearest of this man, Captain Matthew Louis Hughes, probably needed to give themselves up to the belief that thy will be done in order to cope with the grief of their loss during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). Did they even know where he was? Did they have any idea of what he was doing? How long did it take for that tragic news to reach them?

Rest in Peace. Yes, rest in peace – away from the sights and sounds of battle. Was he really even aware of what they were fighting for? Did he believe in the cause? Did he have an option? Who was left at home mourning his loss? Captain Matthew Louis Hughes, a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps, aged 32 when he was killed at the Battle of…

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9th February (’22) – St. Maroun’s Day


° BLOG ° Gabriele Romano

Maron, also called Maroun or Maro (Syriac: ܡܪܘܢ, Mārūn; Arabic: مارون; Latin: Maron; Greek: Μάρων), was a 4th-century SyrianSyriac Christianhermitmonk in the Taurus Mountains whose followers, after his death, founded a religious Christian movement that became known as the Syriac Maronite Church, in full communion with the Holy See and the Catholic Church. The religious community which grew from this movement are the modern Maronites.

Saint Maron is often portrayed in a black monastic habit with a hanging stole, accompanied by a long crosier staffed by a globe surmounted with a cross. His feast day in the Maronite Church is February 9.

Despite the popularity of Marone, there is no precise and in-depth information on his life. Born in the middle of the 4th century in Syria, he was a priest who became a hermit…

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Do You Remember The Readers Digest?

Today I came across a relatively current copy of the Reader’s Digest (Nov. 2021). Gosh, I thought, is that publication still going? Well, its dimensions are much reduced compared with the editions of the 1940’s. I think that was the last time I saw a copy of this magazine. Back then I think it was a staple in most American households – it certainly was in ours. My father would read parts of it aloud and the jokes were enjoyed by the whole family, young and old.. The condensed books and the various articles were popular with our family as well.

Well, all that was 70-80 years ago. Society has changed, tastes change, etc. It looks to me as if the Readers Digest has gone downhill. I wonder.

My cat agrees