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DO YOU LIKE SAINT ANTHONY?

Santo antonio1Dearest ButterflyMoms,

When I was a child, I was taught that whenever I lost anything, if I prayed to Saint Anthony, he would help me find the missing object. Over the years I have invoked St. Anthony many, many times. He is one of my favorite saints. He has been in my life like a favorite uncle, always there when you need him.

 

Yesterday, June 13th and here in Portugal it’s also one of the most popular national holidays, “Dia de Santo Antonio” (Saint Anthony’s Day). Living here in Portugal, I’m more present to things I’ve heard about but to which I never really paid attention. I had never bothered to find out who Saint Anthony really is, so as I was choosing a topic for today’s blog, I decided that it was a good time for us to discover who this Saint Anthony really was/is.

 

s. anthony 9St. Anthony is among one of the most beloved saints of Christianity. A rich legend of mystism and miracles surrounds him. Over the centuries, he has inspired voluminous amounts of devotional literature, countless masses of people being named Antonio in his honor, and numerous cities, neighborhoods and other public places all over the world also having his name.

 

According to Wikipedia… Saint Anthony is “considered the patron of amputees, animals, the sterile, the boatmen, the elderly, pregnant women, fishermen, farmers, travelers and sailors, horses and donkeys, the poor and the oppressed is the patron saint of Portugal, and is invoked to to find lost things, to conceive of children, to prevent shipwrecks and for those who want to get married.” Well, ok then! That is certainly a vast list of options! Busy guy!

 

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WHO WAS HE?

Born Fernando Martins de Bulhões in Lisbon, Portugal, he was the scion of a wealthy and noble family. He entered the Augustinian Abbey of Saint Vincent on the outskirts of Lisbon, where he studied scripture and the Latin classics. In 1219, he met five visiting Franciscan monks who were en route to Morocco to preach to the Muslims there. In February 1220, news arrived that the five Franciscans had been martyred in Morocco. Anthony was moved by their deaths and obtained permission from his superiors to join the Franciscan order and travel to Morocco. He later relocated to Italy, where he showed great aptitude for preaching. He was eventually commissioned by the Vatican to produce a series of “Sermons for Feast Days.” He died in Padua, Italy on June 13th, 1231. In 1946 he was named a Doctor of the Church, a particular distinction given after canonization by the Roman Catholic church.

 

santo antonioST ANTHONY MAKES PEOPLE PARTY

The festivities in honor of St. Anthony begin on the evening of the 12th of June. Every year the beautiful city of Lisbon hosts the “popular marches”, a very large colorful parade coming down the Avenida da Liberdade (main artery of the city). Different neighborhoods create their own floats complete with wild costumes and dances competing for bragging rights.

s. AntonioA large fireworks display usually ends the parade. Boyfriends buy a small vase of a basil-like to offer girlfriends. The party lasts all night and all over the city. This is a popular folk festival. People eat outside and there is a fun atmosphere. The most popular food is the treat of eating grilled sardines, pork ribs and caldo verde (an incredible yummy soup made ​​with finely cut kale and drink red wine. Especially in the very old and typical Alfama district, there is lots of live music and dancing until dawn.

 

s. antonio 10HOW MANY BRIDES?

St. Anthony is the matchmaker, so the Lisbon City Hall yearly on June 13th organizes a marriage ceremony for many young newlyweds from modest means. They all get married together. They are known as ‘St. Anthony’s Grooms’ receive offers from the local government and also various companies as a way to help the new family start life on the right foot.

 

 

festa de lisboaFEEL LIKE TRAVELING…

Even though he was born in the 1100’s you can still go visit where he was born… Check out this amazing link… http://www.golisbon.com/sight-seeing/santo-antonio-church.html

 

 

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Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

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*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria writes the weekly BUTTERFLYMOMS BLOG. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since. Maria is a Reiki master and every time you read it you are showered with healing love.  Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

 

Beautiful Lisboa!!!!!

Beautiful Lisboa!!!!!

Use your voice…

I invite you add your comments below about what your dream is and how you can do one thing to move it forward. This whole process is about connection and moving forward.

 

William and Kate…Missing Princess Diana!

Dearest Beautiful ButterflyMoms,

Ok, so normally I wake up Fridays at 4am-ish to write write ButterflyMoms. I started to write it this a.m. but the royal wedding was just too big for me to miss. My apologies for not getting it to you earlier! Here we go…

Simply put, today’s royal wedding is the accomplishment of a dream a beautiful woman, one who never even got to attend the wedding. I mean, the big-hearted Princess Diana who was tragically killed in the prime of life.

Most little girls dream of growing up to be a princess who finds her prince. Diana had this dream. Her fairytale was more of a nightmare. When she died, a little bit of the fairytale died in all of us too. Her prince was in love with someone else and only married her to get heirs. Diana wanted the fairytale! She had a BIG heart and she wanted to use it! She did on her boys! You can completely see how her influence on them, that of LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! You can see it has greatly altered the royal family.

Within a generations they went from having a very cold queen to a warm princess! Queen Elizabeth did not raise her children, nannies did. For Diana, her kids were her LOVE FOUNTAINS! She adored them and she showed it publicly. She also taught them to live life with their heart wide open! This is VERY different from the Queen whose protocol is literally that you cannot touch or even LOOK at her until she looks at you!!! HELLO, WHAT!?

The wedding was viewed by billions of people around the world. Even though this is a very challenging time for England and the world, the ceremony had the energy of hope, approachability, simplicity and love. It is the legacy of LOVE left by a mother who never got to see her boys grow up.

I really missed Diana today, although I could feel her energy EVERYWHERE!

Great big hugs,

Maariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

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Maryland

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Sherborn 1

South Grafton 1

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New York

Scarsdale 1

Stony Brook 1

Ohio

Dublin 1

Rhode Island

Newport 1

AUSTRIA

Wien, Austria 2

IRELAND

Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY

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JAPAN

Tokyo  1

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SPECIAL EDITION: CALL TO ACTION ….TODAY Marks the 90th Anniversary of American Women’s Right to VOTE!!! CELEBRATE BY VOTING!

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

Although I usually only write on Fridays and it’s now almost 2:00 am, I feel compelled to write on this truly amazing day!!!! It is hard to believe but Ninety years ago TODAY American women FINALLY got the right to vote. (take a deep breath) (Think about that! That is not even 100 years!!! We know people older than that so it’s within their lifetime! AMAZING!) If you don’t know the history of our right to vote please read up on it! It is worth learning about! (Little more history below to get your started.)

Today is election day and there is a battle right now still going on! It has moved from the actual issues like education, health care, jobs, etc to hatred and fear. I am well aware that by sharing this on ButterflyMoms that I may be accused of spreading that fear BUT I’m doing this with an open heart. One of the biggest asset of a ButterflyMom is that she can turn into whatever she needs to, to protect her clan. Sometimes she is a warrior when she needs to be, that is part of her power. She just does not “live there” but rather only “goes there” when it is necessary. Well, ButterflyMoms today it is necessary!

What is happening now in American politics is one of those times. There is so much NOISE that some people turn off, that is part of the reason why a small number of people have managed to start controlling so much! In the face of such troubling information many of us are like zombies from the movie, “Night of the Living Dead”. I personally cannot stand quiet when I see the injustice, bigotry, racism and lies that are being spread mainly by the Republican party. Now I’m an Independent and have voted for both Republicans and Democrats, but for the last few years Republicans have entered deeper into a world of hatred, fear and greed. They are trying to turn America into that same terrifying place. They are backed by money, big, big, big money and ignorance. I used to work in high level public relations and in my professional opinion I can see the strategy behind this a million miles away. Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Steve Forbes are all behind the Tea Party movement and this resurgence of pure hatred, fear and control. This is NOT ACCEPTABLE! As a mother I ask you to watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydyOTADrCFc to see what I mean with your own eyes.

In honor of the women (and men) who sacrificed their lives for you and gave you one of the greatest gifts, the gift of being counted and being heard, the simple right to vote,  I ask that you vote today! I have a vision of an America where we can all live in peace and love, that is why I created ButterflyMoms. Your vote will help bring us closer to that future for our world. They can only succeed if the rest of us stay asleep,confused, tired, uninformed and complacent. Please vote AND share this information. We only have today! YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! If everyone did just a little……it starts with YOU!

I LOVE YOU for reading this entire entry. It is written in the memory of all the women who literally died for our right to vote. Today I will honor them and invite you to join me!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaa
🙂

Two wonderful friends of mine Jan Krause and Joan Hunt sent me this email below. I had to find the photos myself online but I thought the photos are worth it. I’ve also seen the movie which gave me an incredible appreciation for my right to vote, something most of us all take for granted….As the En Vogue song says, “FREE YOUR MIND AND THE REST WILL FOLLOW…” Thank you for the gift of having passed on such a treasure beautiful Jan and Joan!!!!! You never know how your “magic” will affect the world! Keep on spreading the LOVE!

This is the real life story of our Mothers and Grandmothers who lived only 90 years ago. Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote. The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote. And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden’s blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of ‘obstructing sidewalk traffic.’

(

Lucy Burns)
They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.

(Dora Lewis)
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cell mate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the ‘Night of Terror’ on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson’s White House for the right to vote. For weeks, the women’s only water came from an open pail. Their food–all of it colorless slop–was infested with worms.

(Alice Paul)
When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

So, refresh MY memory. Some women won’t vote this year because – Why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn’t matter? It’s raining?

Mrs Pauline Adams in the prison garb she wore while serving a 60 day sentence.
Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO’s new movie ‘Iron Jawed Angels.’ It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.

Miss Edith Ainge, of Jamestown ,   New York
All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.

(Berthe Arnold, CSU graduate)
My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women’s history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was–with herself. ‘One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,’ she said. ‘What would those women think of the way I use, or don’t use, my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.’ The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her ‘all over again.’

HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco/Bingo night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn’t our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.

Conferring over ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution at  National Woman’s Party headquarters, Jackson Place , Washington , D.C.
Left to right: Mrs. Lawrence Lewis, Mrs. Abby Scott Baker, Anita Pollitzer,  Alice Paul, Florence Boeckel,  Mabel Vernon (standing, right))

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn’t make her crazy.

The doctor admonished the men: ‘Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.’

Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know.  We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Remember to vote.

We often don’t make time to study history. I hope learning about the 19th Amendment and those “terrorists” and “traitors” (the Iron Jawed Angels as they were called) who courageously battled for it! Go share what you learned. Information can be soooo fun!

Dora Lewis Released From Prison

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