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  • 2018 March 25: Palm Sunday

    March 25, 2018 10:30

    When the Romans conquered a region, they were relatively benign (as ruthless conquerors go) in that they would let you have your local rulers, let you practice your local religion and customs, and pretty much leave you alone as long as 1) you didn't cause Rome any trouble, and 2) you paid your taxes to Rome. In the 1st century BCE the Romans co-opted a civil war in Judea, effectively taking over the region. The Jews, however, didn't think much of any plan short of absolute complete self-rule, and so were constantly fomenting insurrection against Rome to a lesser or greater extent. (more )

  • 2018 March 18: Do as I say and not as I do

    March 18, 2018 22:30

    An ever popular exercise for people watchers is to compare what folks say with what they actually do. As true as that is for individuals, it’s also true for cultures. How they do Art, and specifically Music would be one example to consider.(more )

  • 2018 March 11: Bernard of Clairvaux

    March 11, 2018 10:30

     Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) was born on the outskirts of Dijon in Burgundy into a knight's family and educated in the fashion of medieval aristocracy. His mother in particular exerted a great spiritual influence on him, and her death when Bernard was 17 marked for him the beginning of his "long path to complete conversion."  (more )

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