Simeon Stylite Became a Saint by Sitting on a 50-foot Pillar for 37 Years

I learned about Saint Simeon Stylite (390-459 A.D.) in a college history class. He was memorable because he was the world’s first “pillar hermit.”  He sat on a tall pillar 24/7 for 37 straight years. Simeon was born in modern-day Turkey in 390 A.D. He joined a monastery, but he was kicked out because of … Continue reading Simeon Stylite Became a Saint by Sitting on a 50-foot Pillar for 37 Years

Why Are There So Many “YUCKY” Stories in the Old Testament?

"Sunday Sermon" Levi & Simeon Massacre and Pillage Stories in the Old Testament make me cringe.  They are full of sex and violence. They are disgusting and disturbing. They include: rape, robbery, murder, torture, incest, fraud, betrayal, massacres, pillage, homosexuality, and prostitution. Indeed, the Old Testament is X-rated. “What is the Lord trying to teach … Continue reading Why Are There So Many “YUCKY” Stories in the Old Testament?

“Latter-day Saints” or “Latter-day Saviors” – A Hindu Parable

Sri Ramakrishna, was an Hindu Holy Man. This is my version of one of his parables. The story is told of an ancient village nestled in a valley surrounded by towering mountains. The mountains were so high that they blocked the rain clouds. So, the villagers lived a dry and dusty existence. The mountains were … Continue reading “Latter-day Saints” or “Latter-day Saviors” – A Hindu Parable

Origin of: “Cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face”

(Post Script to previous article: "Extreme Spite: Man spent 19 years in a Israeli prison rather than agree to a divorce.") This phrase "cutting off one's nose to spite one's face," means “to do something that is meant to harm someone else, but also harms the person who does it.” The suggested origin of this … Continue reading Origin of: “Cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face”

My Ancestor Murdered the Archbishop of Britain

My 27th Great-Great Grandfather is Sir William de Tracy (1135-1189). He is a murderer. He didn’t murder just anyone. As they so, “Go big or go home.”  He murdered Saint Thomas Becket the Archbishop of Great Britain.  This is one of the most infamous events in British history. It is also a very interesting story. Who Represents God, … Continue reading My Ancestor Murdered the Archbishop of Britain