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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Irish-Scandinavian St. Patrick's Day

March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day and a national day of pride for the Irish. The day should also be celebrated as one of Scandinavian culture as well. Modern Ireland is a mix of Celtic and Scandinavian culture. Norwegian Vikings raided Scotland and Ireland; they eventually settled in those countries. Dublin was founded by Norwegians under their leader Turgeis as a Viking war base. The cities of Wexford, Limerick, Wicklow and Waterford are anglicized names of their Norwegian names. The Celtic and Norwegian cultures mixed to produce what we now know as Ireland.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Learning from Löhe: Reminiscere

15. "And therefore finally being heard. The intercessory mother had made the whole thing to her daughter and her faithful interchange pleases the Lord. We must pray in our time of need, which can be seen here, even praying in external hardships. These are holy, heavenly souls who live as they perceive as their own, and so strange woe (153) long outlive our own distress, as they perceive external hardships. External needs are no different in the hearts of the saints, intercession and petition are distinctions which  the petitioner should not perceive, but which sees the Lord as gracious and joyfully forgets this distinction when they come to pray. So it is here. This mother's healthy body is sick because her daughter is sick. They begged for help for themselves. Thus the Lord now heals together both mother and daughter, heals the mother lying near His feet, and in the distance the daughter - and His simple help, such as the thanks and honor is doubled by the compassionate love that was doubled in need" (Löhe 152-53; Matthew 15,21-28).