Happy Autumn, Everyone! It’s the first week of October and for many of us this time of year is a reminder to begin motivating ourselves in preparation for a particular seasonal activity – Christmas Shopping! Brad thought he would ease some of the potential Yuletide pressure by letting everyone know his astrological dating guide […]Read more "Brad Kronen’s Astrological Dating Guide “Love in the Stars” Now Individually Tailor Made for each Zodiacal Sign!"
The Pontiff of the Catholic Church who canonized Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was a man who lived in the vicinity during the time when St. Teresa’s martyrdom took place, the Polish Pope, John Paul II. His homily given on the day Edith Stein was made a saint sums up this extraordinary woman’s life quite fittingly:
“A woman in search of the truth has become a saint and martyr through the silent workings of divine grace…With her whole being she sought the truth, of which she wrote: “No spiritual work comes into the world without great suffering. It always challenges the whole person”. For a long time Edith Stein was a seeker. Her mind never tired of searching and her heart always yearned for hope. She traveled the arduous path of philosophy with passionate enthusiasm. Eventually she was rewarded: she seized the truth. Or better: she was seized by it. She discovered that Truth had a name: Jesus Christ.”
May each of us, no matter our creed, follow Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross’s example by giving our best to seek and hopefully find our own version of divine Truth.Read more "Edith Stein: Seeker of Truth in a World devoid of Light, Part II"
I have always been fascinated by authoritative figures within the realm of organized religion who come from backgrounds that are anything but religious or where they begin life following a faith with a foundation that seems almost diametrically opposed from the one they come to eventually embrace. Thus is the case with a Jewish woman born as Edith Stein who would eventually become the Catholic saint named Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.
Within Catholicism’s School of Saints, Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross is truly unique. Although reaching the highest level of Catholic spirituality, as a canonized saint Edith’s identity is still closely intertwined with her religion of birth given the fact Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross’ life ended in Auschwitz, the most notorious of Nazi extermination centers established during the Second World War which were built with the intent of annihilating the Jewish people as a whole.Read more "Edith Stein: Seeker of Truth in a World devoid of Light, Part I"
In Christianity there is yet another holiday that ends in the suffix “mas” that isn’t widely celebrated or even well known for that matter. This holiday may not have the same shopping power the Western World is already far well familiar with as per a particular day in December but Michaelmas is a special day that takes place during a special time of year just the same.Read more "Merry Michaelmas to All and to All a Good Autumn!"
In astrology, the elements of Air and Fire are considered complementary to each other. The complementary ease of creative output that occurred whenever the Air sign composer partnered up with his Fire signed lyricist of a brother resulted in a song book that is distinctly American and a class unto itself.Read more "Rhapsody in Royal and Pastel Blue: The Complementary Combo of George & Ira Gershwin"
For decades, she was remembered only as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s crazy wife who caused the author nothing but problems and heartache. However, Zelda Fitzgerald’s life along with her written work have taken on a renewed interest in recent times among literary critics, film producers, and fans alike.Read more "Zelda Fitzgerald – The Life that might have Been"
Romeo & Juliet, Betty White and Allen Ludden were not. More like a Libra Capricorn couple who had each previously been around the marital block and seasoned enough to work at something seriously substantial upon crossing paths during their Glory Years of Middle Age. The Libra Capricorn duo became one of Hollywood’s most recognizably endearing and long lasting of married couples with their union lasting to the day when Allen succumbed to stomach cancer in 1981 with Betty devotedly at his side.Read more "Betty White & Allen Ludden: A Seasoned Labor of Love"
The graciously mild mannered sign known for its knack of avoiding any/all forms of confrontation equally possesses the potential to confront the powers that be with an in-your-face aggressiveness that would make even The Donald run for cover. The sign that usually needs a full change of seasons before deciding upon anything remotely definitive can become radically decisive at will should they believe the concepts of Peace or Justice to be at stake.Read more "Libra – The Radically Extremist Sign of Peace, Truth, and Justice"
For the Venus-ruled, Love cannot exist without the presence of Romance but did you know the phrase “True Romance” is actually just another little white lie? Saying the phrase “True Love” to emphasize a purity of amorous feeling is acceptable and apropos but the fictitious nature of Romance’s origins technically makes the phrase “True Romance” a contradiction of terms.Read more "Libran Love – The Lie behind True Romance and the Truth behind Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones"
“Perhaps the basic thing which contributes to charm is the ability to forget oneself and be engrossed in other people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, Libra
“I’m the only man in the world with a marriage license made out “To whom it may concern.” – Mickey Rooney, 8 times married and 8 times divorced Libran
“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That or a kick-ass red lipstick.” – Gwyneth Paltrow, LibraRead more "Brad Kronen’s Welcome to the Zodiac Series – Libra"