Unique Names Day


names This is the day to acknowledge friends and family, who have a unique name. Many unfamiliar names come from ethnic (nationality) backgrounds. I love names that grab my attention.  I appreciate people who have an odd name and go through life acknowledging their nationality..

These people may never find their names on coffee mugs or key chains, but like their name, they are unique. If you or anyone you know has a different kind of name, discuss it. Find out why their parents or yours gave you the name you have. Celebrate name uniqueness today! Everyone’s name is special to them and their family.

 

 

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National Polar Bear Day


polar bearThis post will be a little different today. While I was looking up Polar Bear Day I found these facts about Polar Bears at the page below. If you want to get the full description of the thirteen facts go to the National Wildlife Federation page. It’s an amazing read.

http://blog.nwf.org/2011/02/national-polar-bear-day-13-things-you-may-not-know-about-polar-bears/

13 Things You May Not Know about Polar Bears

  1. The polar bear rivals the Alaska brown bear as the world’s largest land predator.
  2. Polar bears are closely related to brown bears.
  3. Brown and polar bears can interbreed and produce fertile young
  4. You can sometimes tell male polar bears from female by the hair on the males’ front legs.
  5. Polar bear hair is transparent
  6. Polar bears are so adapted to cold that they can’t take temperatures above 50 degrees.
  7. Wild polar bears probably live more than 25 years only rarely, but in captivity they have lasted up to 43 years.
  8. Despite the harsh winter conditions that batter the polar bear’s Arctic home, only females about to give birth hibernate.
  9. Most land animals are too fast for the bear to catch.
  10. Although polar bears eat everything from crabs to kelp to muskoxen, they are adapted to feeding on calorie-rich blubber.
  11. Found in Arctic reaches in both hemispheres, the polar bear maintains a foothold on more of its native range than any other large meat-eating animal
  12. The polar bear has been protected for many years.
  13. About 25,000 polar bears survive worldwide. 

Comment: Polar Bears are amazing animals who are in danger of becoming extinct due to global warming. Do  you love visiting the zoos and seeing the animals? We must, or we wouldn’t go. Are you sad knowing an animal is held in  captivity? They never get to live out their lives, as they would in the wild. They’re usually well taken care of, but if the zoo could get  injured animals from rescue farms or sanctuaries around the world, it would be better.

Exchanging giving a home to these animals in captivity would  help the world learn about them and save the  lives of the animals. They would live a better life. I’ll have to check, maybe the zoos already do this. If animals in zoos will live for many years, this gives zoos plenty of time to find a different solution to supplying animals to the zoos around the world. They could already be doing this. Maybe you’re the one, who will come up with a better  solution, when you’re older. It isn’t too early to start  searching for a solution.

I know I’m not knowledgeable enough or know if my idea is usable. I realized I don’ t know if they are already using a form of my suggestion,  but if they are not we need to find  a way. I’m just a grandmother, who loves animals and hates to see them behind bars. I’m just giving my feelings, which means I’m neither right or wrong. I will still go to the zoo and enjoy the monkeys and meerkats antics and all the other wonderful things they have to offer. I hope you will, too. I would never have gotten to see these creatures up close and I  appreciate what the zoo has to offer.  

Discuss this with your parents or teachers. See if you can find another solution. My idea may be  a silly or impossible solution,  but I was looking for a solution. How about you?

See more at: http://www.nwf.org/Wildlife/Wildlife-Library/Mammals/Polar-Bear.aspx#sthash.LQjHci7C.dpuf  and

http://www.nwf.org/Wildlife/Wildlife-Library/Mammals/Polar-Bear.aspx#sthash.LQjHci7C.dpuf 

Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows (1838-1862 )


St Gabriel of the lady of sorrowsFrancis was born in Italy into a large family. His mother died, when he was only four years old. Early in life, he received an education from the Jesuits. During this time Gabriel developed two  serious illnesses and recovered. He came to believe that God was calling him to the religious life because of his healing. Francis developed a desire to join the Jesuits. The order turned  down  Francis because he was  not yet 17. Following the death of a sister to cholera, his need to enter Jesuits grew stronger. The Passionists accepted Francis and he was given the name Gabriel  of Our Lady of Sorrows. Gabriel’s personal  qualities included a spiritual prayer life, a deep love of the poor,and  consideration of the feelings of others. Francis’ popularity and success was  because of his faithfulness to the little things of life.

His superiors expected great things from Gabriel. However, after four years of religious life he developed tuberculosis. He patiently bore the painful effects of the disease and its restrictions. He  looked for no special attention and died peacefully on February 27, 1862. He was only 24, but had been an example to both young and old.

Comment: We all should remember to take care of the little details of our lives and the larger details will take care of themselves. Francis lived his life in a prayerful and loving way. His prayer life, caring for the poor, and consideraton of the feelings of others was  his way of life. It should be the way we live ours, too.  Canonized in 1920, Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows became the Patron Saint of Clergy.

A Gift from St. Valentine


St. ValentineValentine’s Day is a very exciting time. You wait to count how many valentines you will get from your friends. You feel the more valentines you have, the more friends you have. In addition, there’s all the candy you might get. However, do you know why Valentine’s Day is celebrated? We celebrate Valentine’s Day because there was a St. Valentine, who was a martyr. Because of his gift, we have a Valentine’s Day.

St. Valentine was well-loved priest that lived thousands of years ago in 269 A.D. The Roman people loved him and huge crowds gathered at the temple to hear him speak. While he was preaching and marrying people, the Emperor Claudius was trying to build an army to defend his empire. However, he couldn’t get married or single men to join the army because it meant leaving their families. That made the emperor angry, so he made a law that no one could get married.

Valentine didn’t like the new law and married people in secret. He didn’t want people to live in sin. When the authorities caught the priest, they arrested him and threw him in prison. While Valentine was in prison, the emperor became fond of him. The Claudius realized that the priest was a good speaker and very smart. He tried to convince Valentine to give up his faith and stop marrying people. The priest refused and was condemned to die.

While waiting for execution, Valentine became friendly with one of the jailers. He asked the priest to teach his daughter, Julia. Julia was blind. Valentine read her stories, taught her math, and told her about God. There was some talk that Valentine’s prayers cured Julia of her blindness.

On February 14, Emperor Claudius executed Valentine. The priest’s last words went to Julia in a note, urging her to stay close to God. He signed it “From your Valentine.” The phrase ‘from your valentine’ has become permanent. Starting this Valentine’s Day, say a prayer of thanks to St. Valentine for his gift – a special Day to celebrate our love for each other. Your prayer would be a gift to St. Valentine.

Servant of God Brother Juniper (d. 1258)


imagesCan you give to others and not expect in return? Brother Juniper did that and more. He joined the friars in 1210. Not much is known about the monk, except he had a compulsion to give to the needy. Devoted to Jesus, he tried to emulate his kindness.

Brother Juniper gave so much, he was ordered to quit giving. He gave his clothing to the needy he met on the road. He wanted to obey his superiors orders, so he found a way around the problem. One day he met a man who  needed a tunic. He told the man he couldn’t give his tunic to him, but he wouldn’t stop him from taking it.

We should take a lesson from Brother Juniper. Giving was a way of life for him. His superior wished he had a forest of Junipers. Many people now days take all they want and want more. We can start today by sharing our over-abundance with the needy. Recently families were flooded out, burned out and blown out of their homes. We all have more than we need. Help your parents and others by cleaning your room of unneeded toys, clothes and other items you no longer need. Give them to the rescue center, salvation army, or another worthy cause.  Be a saint and give.

God’s Gift to Us


 

MC900444830Do you  realize that God’s call to have a  special relationship with us is possible. You are good enough and holy enough for God to love us in this personal way. Scriptures remind us over and over again that God’s love is not earned: it is a gift. Talk to God today and tell him your worries, dreams, give him your love today.

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Feast of St. Martin de Porres


Juan Martin de Porres was born in the city of Lima, in Peru, on December 9, 1579. He was the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a black former slave who was born in Panama. His mother couldn’t support him and he grew up in poverty. Martin was placed with a surgeon-barber to learn the medical arts. He spent hours in evening prayer. At the age of 15 he asked for admission to the Dominican Convent of the Rosary in Lima and was received first as a servant boy, and as his duties grew he was promoted to almoner. This means he gave alms (money or food) to the poor. Martin did not eat meat. He begged for alms to get the necessities the convent didn’t have. In normal times Martin did well with his alms and made enough to feed 160 poor persons every day, and distributed a remarkable sum of money every week to the needy. Martin spent his whole life as a lay brother at the Dominican Friary.

Along with his daily work in Martin’s life reflected God’s extraordinary gifts: ecstasies that lifted him into the air, light filling the room where he prayed, miraculous knowledge, instantaneous cures and an amazing bond with animals. St. Martin’s showed love equally to humans and animals, including vermin. He excused the raids of mice and rats on the grounds that they were underfed. He kept a cats and dogs hospital at his sister’s house. His spiritual wisdom was demonstrated in his solving his sister’s marriage problems. He raised a dowry for his niece inside of three day’s time and resolved theological problems for his order and bishops.

This holy man died on November 3, 1639 and was canonized on May 6, 1962. His feast day is November 3. Because of his love of all things, Martin is the patron saint of African-Americans, barbers, hairdressers, race relations, and Social justice.