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Page6 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 26, 2010 Saint Catherine of Sweden by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari The Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Catherine of Sweden on March 24th. Catherine was the fourth child of Saint Bridget of Sweden and her husband, Ulf Gudmarsson, born 1331 or 1332. At the age of seven she was sent to the convent of Riseberg to be educated and soon showed, like her mother, a desire for an as- cetic life and devotion to spiritual things. Catherine at the request of her father was promised in marriage to a pious Ger- man noble Eggard Lydersson von KQrnen, a lifelong in- valid, whom she married at thirteen. Catherine and Eggard took a mutual vow of perpetual chastity and de- voted themselves to a life of active charity. In 1348, Catherine's fa- ther died, shortly thereafter . Catherine joined her mother on various pilgrimages. Dur- ing these pilgrimages, they visited the tombs of the mar- tyrs, churches, and together cared for the poor and the sick. In 1349, Catherine traveled with her mother to Rome for the Jubilee; it was at that time that Eggard died. Following his death, Catherine turned down nu- merous marriage proposals. In 1372 St. Catherine and her brother, Birger, accom- panied their mother on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land; after their return to Rome St. Catherine's mother passed away. When her mother died in 1373, she returned to Swe- den, taking the mortal re- mains of Saint Bridget with her for burial. Catherine entered a monastery at Vatzan, where she lived a very austere life. For the last twenty-five years of her life, Catherine participated in the Sacrament of Recon- ciliation daily to purify her soul. She died on March 24, 1381. At the time of her death, Catherine was the superior of the Brigittine convent of Wadstena Abbey, founded by her mother. She was canonized in 1484 by Pope Innocent VIII. St. Catherine wrote a devotional work entitled "Consolation of the Soul" largely composed of citations from the Scriptures and from early religious books. St. Catherine is the patron saint against abortion and miscarriages. Secession (Continued from Already, legal scholars and lawyers are decrying these methods as merely symbolic with no meaning but make no mistake about it our Constitution ascertains sov- ereign states-rights that can be voted on by individual state legislatures. The fact of the matter is, this is go- ing to happen whether any- body likes it or not. The rea- son for this unusual re- action is simple. The United Page 1) out at least some biparti- san support. The only bipar- tisan support pertaining to health care has been the opposition from the Republi- can Party and over 55 per- cent of Americans. Without flinching an inch, liberals will claim any action taken by governors will be knee-jerk and "in-name" only. As of this week, trial lawyers and leftist-talking heads have already pro- States Congress hasn't, in fessed that states do not any poin[ 'in hlsJ ory, passed have the ast +tietiiamal, mat, landmark legislation with- for that matter, legal right ++: .............. to embark on such a move- ment. The reality is our states created this govern- ment and have the author- ity to pull away, at least from oppressive rule. Shortly after the passage of Obamacare, Florida Attor- ney General Bill McCollum proclaimed, "The health care reform legislation passed by the U.S. House of Represen- tatives last night clearly vio- lates the U.S. Constitution alld infringes on each state's ++tytPai t t .+ He went on to add that Florida, South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Pennsylvania, Washington, North Dakota, South Dakota and Alabama will all file suit should this bill be signed into law by President Obama. The truth is health-care reform will not happen over- night like our friends in Washington would like to believe. This battle was not over simply due to a series of votes. Make no mistake; this will be a long-drawn out battle that will ultimately be decided in a courtroom. In the meantime, state legislatures should send a strong message to Washing- ton that if Congress thinks it knows what is best for in- dividual states they are grossly mistaken. History has proven time and again that taking a backseat to government in- tervention only results in tyranny. This must never happen here in America. Reprinted by the Northstar National by Mary .N_. DiZazz_____ o Beauty is Health All. THAT ZAZZ Ciao bella, Health is beauty; beauty is health! That is the theme of my "You Look Marvelous" Beauty Talk series at the North End Branch Public Library for spring. Join me at noon for the first two Saturdays in May and let's discuss it[ Back in December my friend Robert, who is a mas- ter stylist at the Catherine- Michaels Salon in Burling- ton Mall, knows good taste. He gave me a gift of &rgan oil. Oh, he mentioned a few times if I'd heard of it and its many benefits. It was vague to me. So as a gift he presented me with this sun- shine from the gods The oil is derived from the nut of the argan tree found in southwestern Morocco. You would think with my two trips there in the late '80s, I would have known all about it[ New discoveries are out there at our finger tips so we must always read and listen for itI The argan tree is well adapted to very dry weather. Unfortunately human inva- sion is putting the tree on the endangered list. The oil is extracted from the kernels of the nut found inside a green, olive- like fruit. Manual extraction and crushing has been done by Berber women for hun- dreds of years. Lately rood- ern presses are extracting +tl + ,il. 0aooarn- tives in Morocco benefiting women have popularized the oil, skyrocketing users and also benefitting local har- vesters. The oil is slightly deeper in eolor than olive oil, has a nutty flavor, is rich in vitamin E, absorbent and highly moisturizing, The unroasted oil is used for cosmetic purposes such as rejuvenating the skin and neutralizing free radi- cals. It is also used to revi- talize hair and strengthen nails. The oil is also known to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoria- sis. You can find argan oil in beauty products for skin, hair, nails, lipsticks, face masks and self tanning sprays. And of course, just bottled by itself. Argan oil has also been clinically tested to prove its ability to reduce cholesterol making it good for the heart. So considering its benefi- cial health properties with its light, nutty aroma ar- gan oii is a staple in many kitchens, Another one of nature's wonders -- truly sunshine from the gods Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America! -- Mary N. nigazzo-Trumbull Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at unmv.mary 4naiL,.com. Mary is a third- generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosrnea brand rose hip oll products, She may be con- tacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary @mary 4 nails, c o m. RATE *APR RATE *APR RATE *APR RATE *APR 419 Broadway ~ Everett, MA 617-387-1110 Member FDIC Member SIF Equal Housing Lender *Annual Percentage Rates (APR) effective March 22, 2010. All Rates and APR's are caloJ.tated based on a $150,000 loan for an owner occupied dwelling, with 20% down payment. 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