Friday, September 18, 2020

Shakespeare Holding Horses Clerihew

William Shakespeare
went to London to begin his theatrical career. Legend is that career began not on the boards, but with holding the horses of gentlemen and lords

Pax et bonum

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Ancestry's at it again!

Back in 2014, I did one of those Ancestry DNA tests.

Based on family stories, I expected the results would be Scottish and Irish being close, with Scottish probably have a slight edge, but with a chance Irish would come out on top, and some Dutch or German.

The results that came back were:

Ireland - 56 %
Scandinavia - 16 %
Great Britain - 10 %
Iberian Peninsula - 8 %
Western Europe - 5 %
A few odd traces - 3 %

The Irish was not a complete surprise. The Great Britain seemed to have Scotland in it, and I was surprised it was so low. 

I was pleased and surprised at the Scandinavian (which I described as "Viking") and the Iberian (Hispanic). It was kind of neat being a Viking and partly Hispanic.

I put away my flag of Scotland, and began researching Donegal (which is the region in Ireland the results indicated) and learning some Irish songs.

But the good folks at Ancestry are constantly updating as they get more results from people to include.  So two years ago they sent a new DNA profile.

Ireland was now Ireland/Scotland/Wales, and that increased slightly to 58 %.
Scandinavia was now Sweden, and dropped to just 4 %.
Great Britain suddenly jumped from 10 % to 36 %.
Iberian Peninsula went from 8 % to 0.
Western Europe was now Germanic Europe, and dropped from 5 % to 2 %.
The odd traces were no longer  there.

No longer Hispanic. Ratas! And Viking was still there, but at a much reduced level. I guessed the Great Britain included some Scottish, and that went up. 

In the last couple of days I received yet another update.

Scotland - 54%
Ireland (with strong links to Donegal) - 29%
England and Northwestern Europe - 13%
Wales - 3% 
Norway - 1%

Okay, in estimate 2, Ireland/Scotland/Wales were lumped together totaling 58%. I took that as mostly Irish, as the Scottish blood would seem to be more in the Great Britain section. Now, the three areas are broken out, and total a combined 86% - with Scotland clearly predominant. 

So now I'm back to what I thought before taking the test, more Scottish than Irish. I do like oatmeal.

But Norway instead of Sweden? And a drop? Less Viking! Still, enough I can enjoy mead.

Back up on the Northwestern Europe figure - from 2% to 13% That Dutch/German connection returns.

I can't wait for the next version. Will Polish mysteriously appear? Finnish? Prussian?

At least I can go back to promoting an independent Scotland. I just dug out that flag.


Pax et bonum

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

St. Bridget's Seven Sorrows of Mary Devotion

St. Bridget of Sweden: July 23 | saints-feast-family

St. Bridget of Sweden was noted for her devotion to prayer, and to caring for the poor and sick. She was also a Secular Franciscan.
She is credited with The Twelve year Prayers on the Passion of Jesus - a formidable prayer commitment!. She also given the Seven Sorrows of Mary, a daily devotion involving meditating on the sorrows, and reciting a Hail Mary with each.
There are promises that go along with this devotion:
Seven Promises to those who meditate on Our Lady’s Seven Sorrows:
The Blessed Virgin Mary grants seven graces to the souls who honor her daily by meditating (i.e. mental prayer) on her seven sorrows (dolors). The Hail Mary is prayed seven times, once after each meditation.
1. "I will grant peace to their families."
2. "They will be enlightened about the Divine Mysteries."
3. "I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.”
4. "I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my Divine Son or the sanctification of their souls."
5. "I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives."
6. "I will visibly help them at the moment of their death. They will see the face of their Mother.”
7. "I have obtained this grace from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy."
The Seven Sorrow (as described by the DuPage Marian Center) are: 
First Sorrow: Simeon's prophecy that a sword will pierce Mary's heart. Hil Mary ...
Second Sorrow: The Flight into Egypt. Hail Mary ...
Third Sorrow: The loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem. Hial Mary ... 
Fourth Sorrow: The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross. Hail Mary ...
Fifth Sorrow: Mary witnesses the Crucifixion and the death of Jesus on the Cross. Hail Mary ... 
Sixth Sorrow: The dead Body of Jesus is taken down and laid in the arms of His Holy Mother. Hail Mary ...
Seventh Sorrow: The Burial of Jesus, with Mary's tears and loneliness. Hail Mary ...
The promises are appealing. But the more important aspect is that this is an easy way to pray - a devotion that, once memorized, can be done at any time and in any place. I have begun to use this as part of my daily prayers.
We all need more prayer in our spiritual lives.
Pax et bonum

Mayor Lovely Warren Asks for Volunteers

WATCH LIVE: Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren holds press conference at City  Hall | RochesterFirst

"I need a scapegoat."

Rochester police chief, ALL senior staff resign amid fallout over Daniel  Prude's death in police custody – Chief La'Ron Singletary said 'events over  past week are attempt to destroy my character and

"You'll do."

Pax et bonum

Sunday, September 13, 2020

The Idiot (Dostoyevsky)

Book Review: “The Idiot” by Fyodor Dostoevsky, translated by Eva Martin.  (1869) | Elliot's Blog

I just finished The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It's been on my list for a long time, having read and enjoyed Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov years ago.

I liked the book - though I admit it was a heavy read! I recognize there is truth to his basic premise that the world will try to destroy someone as innocent, as Christ-like as Prince Myshkin. That the Prince is "broken" is not a surprise - that has happened to Christ and many saints over the years. And the Prince did have a positive effect on many people's lives - as also did Christ and the saints. 

But I guess I find his ending a bit too dark.  Christ was ultimately triumphant, and the saints entered eternal glory. An institute in Switzerland is nice, but not quite "glory." 

Still, a good read. I recommend it. Prince Myshkin will linger in my thoughts.

But for now, I think I will seek out some shorter, lighter fare! 

Maybe  good mystery story. 

Pax et bonum

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Liberal Fanatics - Peter Maurin Easy Essay

Peter Maurin's farm-rooted vision gains ground among Catholic Workers |  Earthbeat | National Catholic Reporter

The present would be different if
     they had made the past different.
The future would be different if
     we made the present different.
But to make the present different,
     people must give up the old trick and
     start to play new tricks.
But it takes fanatics to give up
     old tricks and play new tricks.
And liberals are so liberal about
     everything that they cannot become
     fanatics about anything.
And because they cannot become
     fanatics about anything, they cannot be
     liberators, they can only be liberals.
Liberals don't care to be known
     as fanatics, but they are the worst kind
     of fanatics.
They don't care to be religious,
     philosophical or economic fanatics and
     don't mind being liberal fanatics.

(A later version of this Easy Essay concluded with this line:
"And liberals are so  broadminded that they don't seem to be able to make up their minds.")

- From the book The Forgotten Radical Peter Maurin: Easy Essays from the Catholic Worker, edited by Lincoln Rice

Pax et bonum