This current era. Its really interesting when one displays ignorance of common knowledge without a corresponding zeal to be informed. And I do not mean gossip. That’s for another day. When one of four, five, six, etc., etc. is ignorant (and shows no enthusiasm) of what’s common knowledge, that one person is so non-perceptive to be labeled arrogant. Arrogance is not a high status symbol by the way. “I do/did not know” coupled with a pigheaded reluctance or refusal to learn and know is acting with impunity. When a student doesn’t know the name of the school’s principal or a university undergraduate – the vice chancellor’s name; what is it? A man once asked his wife the address of her family house from where he married her just twelve years ago. When she flipped at that, the remarks she got were: don’t people forget again? Haa, that’s how they are! Funny. A child comes home from school and is asked the teacher’s name. Answer: I don’t know. All these are recent occurrences. Is this commonplace or am I around the wrong crowd?I hear there are parents who do not know what classes their children are in, when they are taking college entrances or class tests and examinations. Some do not even know how their children are doing in the higher institutions they pay so much to send them to and do not even know when they are graduating or whether they have graduated.These are just the few off cases. There are many very good cases/stories out there but, those are not causing pain. They are to be celebrated. Sometimes, we are so happy with our achievements without knowing that the one lose nut that could bring all of our life’s struggles to naught is the isolated and ignored little nuisance (in our own minds) that festered. The ability and quest for knowledge is the cheapest gift anyone can give to oneself. Schooling is different because you go there to confirm what you know already as well as learn the rules and guidelines in specific areas and specialties. Other than this, basic ability to know and understand oneself is free and God-given. Knowledge acquisition refines us and makes us better and easier to live with. I mean common basic and rudimentary knowledge that also teaches good etiquettes.  In addition, the zeal for the acquisition of that knowledge is so essential to take us to a level where our minds are occupied and leaves us with no time to scheme and plot against others. 

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Its really interesting when one displays ignorance of common knowledge. When one of four, five, six, etc., etc. is ignorant of what’s common knowledge, that one person is so non-perceptive to be labeled arrogant. Arrogance is not a high status symbol by the way. “I do/did not know” coupled with a pigheaded reluctance or refusal to learn and know is acting with impunity. When a student doesn’t know the name of the school’s principal or a university undergraduate – the vice chancellor’s name; what is it? A man once asked his wife the address of her family house from where he married her just twelve years ago. When she flipped at that, the remarks she got were: don’t people forget again? Haa, that’s how they are! Funny. A child comes home from school and is asked the teacher’s name. Answer: I don’t know. Is this commonplace or am I moving with the wrong crowd?I hear there are parents who do not know what classes their children are in, when they are taking college entrances or class tests and examinations. Some do not even know how their children are doing in the higher institutions they pay so much to send them to and do not even know when they are graduating or whether they have graduated. The ability and quest for knowledge is the cheapest gift anyone can give to oneself. Schooling is different because you go there to confirm what you know already as well as learn the rules and guidelines in specific areas and specialties. Other than this, basic knowledge to know and understand oneself is free and God-given. Knowledge acquisition refines us and makes better and easier to live with. I mean common basic and rudimentary knowledge too that also teaches good etiquettes.  But, the zeal for the acquisition of that knowledge is so essential to take us to a level where our minds are occupied and leaves us with no time to scheme and plot against others. 

The miracle of the Eucharist in Santarem, PortugalDec 16, 2014cathol99 ⋅ Uncategorized ⋅ 88 comments Eucharist-miracle-SantaremAround the year 1225 there was a woman living in Santarem, who was very unhappy with her marriage. She was convinced that her husband did not love her, and was unfaithful. She initially tried numerous things to win back the affection of her husband, but to no avail. As a desperate last attempt, she went to a sorceress. The sorceress promised the wife that her husband would return to his loving ways, if the wife would bring her a Consecrated Host.This of course greatly frightened the woman, because she knew it was sacrilege, but nevertheless she finally gave in. She went to Mass at the Church of St. Steven, and received Communion, but did not consume the Host. Instead, she left the Church immediately, and took the Host out of her mouth, putting It into her veil. She then went to the sorceress.Along the way, the Host began to bleed inside the veil. The wife was not aware of it until passersby brought it to her attention, thinking she herself was bleeding. Panic struck the woman and instead of going to the sorceress’ house, she rushed home. She then put the bloody veil containing the Host into the bottom of a trunk, not knowing what else to do. When her husband came home, she said nothing.Later in the night they were awakened by mysterious bright rays of light coming from the trunk, penetrating the wood and illuminating the entire room. The wife then confessed her sin to her husband and both of them knelt in adoration for the remaining hours until dawn, when the parish priest was summoned.News of the mysterious event spread quickly and attracted countless people who wanted to contemplate the miracle. Because of the furor, an episcopal Church investigation was promptly organized.Santarem_Precious_Blood_Cruet A miracle upon a miracleThe bloody Host was taken in procession to the Church of St. Stephen, where it was encased in wax (to contain the blood and the Host) and secured in the tabernacle. Some time later when the tabernacle was opened, another miracle was discovered. The wax that had encased the Host was found broken into pieces, and the Host was found miraculously enclosed in a crystal pyx, along with the precious Blood. This was later placed in a gold and silver pear-shaped monstrance with a “sunburst” of 33 rays, in which it is still contained today.After the investigation and approval by the Church authorities, the Church of St. Stephen was renamed “The Church of the Holy Miracle.” The little house where the miracle occurred was on Via delle Stuoie in Santarem.