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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 11,2014 Stirpe Nostra Aweeldycolumnhighlightingsome of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. Marcus Terentius Varro, usually referred to as Varro, was born in the Sabine town of Reate, in 116 BC. He was educated in Rome, and later by at least one Greek phi- losopher from the Academy. He fought against Julius Caesar in Spain during the Civil War but was forced to aurrender. He later ob- tained the forgiveness  of Caesar, who employed him to superintend the collection and arrangement of'a great library which was intended for public use. Varro is said to be the most learned of Roman scholars, and the most voluminous of Roman authors. He wrote about 74 different works, numbering 620 on the sub- jects of oratory, history, jurisprudence, philosophy, geography, husbandry,, and the 7 liberal arts, which include grammar, logic, rhetoric, geometry, arith- metic, astronomy, music, VARRO Statue of Marcus Terentius Varro in Rieti, Italy. and then added medicine, and architecture. Of these 620 books, about 130 were written during the last 12 years of his life. Saint Julia Billiart by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Saint Julia Billiart has- special significance to many residents of Boston's North End whose daughters at- tended the Julia Billiart High School taught by the Sisters of Notre Dame from 1945 until its closing in 1990. The school carried on the work of the remarkable saint whose lifelong mission was dedicated to teaching. Saint Julia was born in 1751 at Cuvilly France, the fifth of seven children. She attended a little one room school in Cuvilly where she gave evidence of traits of exceptional intelligence and devotion. As a child, play- ing school was her favorite game. Julia was particularly attracted to religion taking the vow of chastity at the age of fourteen. When she was sixteen, to help provide for her family which had lost its means of support and became im- poverished, she began to teach embarking on 'her mission of teaching that would last throughout her life. In 1773, her whole life changed after she witnessed the attempted murder of her father; a period of poor health followed that was to last for thirty years. For twenty two of these years she was para- lyzed. Undaunted, Julia con- tinued her deeply spiritual life and strenuously fought against the Reign of Terror initiated .by the Jacobins dur- ing the French Revolution. Julia offered her home as a hiding place for loyal priests. Because of this, Julia be- came hunted and went into hiding. Five times in three years she was forced to flee Res Publica by David Trumbull His writings included 24 books on Roman grammar, 41 books on political and religious institutions, a 15- book collection containing 700 short sketches on famous Greeks and Romans, and 9 books on the "liberal arts." Also included were 76 books on philosophy, and an undetermined number on geography, law, and poetry. The 41 book series on political and religious insti- tutions was considered to be Varro's greatest work, and it is chiefly upon this group that his reputation was based. Unfortunately only a few fragments are available today. There is no question that Marcus Terentius Varro's vast and varied knowledge in every facet of literature earned him the title of "most learned of Roman scholar." NEXT ISSUE: Vergil in secret to avoid compro- mising her friends who were hiding her. When calm was restored, she founded the Institute of the Sisters of Notre Dame in collaboration with Frances Blin, Viscountess of Gezain- Speakers for Sunday, April 13  TEA PARTY RALLY Announced The Greater Boston Tea Party will hold its annual Tax Day Rally on the Boston Common on Sunday, April 13% Why not April 15 , the actual Tax Day? Simple, April 15 th is a weekday, and Tea Party people work for a livirfgT The theme is "If you like your Freedom, you can keep your Free- dom." The Keynote Speaker is Barbara Anderson, Executive Director, Citizens for Limited Taxation. Barbara Ander- son has been a TEA ("Taxed Enough Already") Party person for many years, before the modern day Tea Party mobilized. She and the organization she represents are responsible for the restrictions of Proposition 21/2 and the limits placed on excise taxes. She is a tireless fighter for limited gov- ernment and fiscal responsibility. SPEAKERS: KEYNOTE: Barbara Anderson, Executive Director, Citizens for Limited Taxation Emcee: Tom Duggan, Publisher/Owner, The Valley Patriot & Talk Show host, WCAP Jim Wallace, Executive Director, Gun Owners' Action League (GOAL) Steve Aylward, Chairman of the organization, Tank the Gas Tax Dr. Ellen Kenner, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist (RI) and host of syndicated radio show, The Rational Basis of Happiness . Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies, Center for Immigration Studies Dan Morris, Campus Coordinator, Salem State Univer- sity Students For Liberty Paul Craney, Executive Director, Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance Russell Caswell, Owner, Motel Caswell, Tewksbury, who defeated an egregiously illegal government property seizure (WSJ) Patrick Humphries, President, Greater Boston Tea Party Catherine White, Constitutional Scholar, Constitution -- Decoded! Rep. Shaunna O'Connell, State Representative, 3 rd Bristol District Terry Schilling, Political Director, American Principles in Action (Washington, D.C.), speaking on Common Core court and Father Joseph The rally will be Sunday, April 13 , from 1:00 to 4:00 at Varin. Her society had for its the Parkman Bandstand. For more information about the purpose the Christian edu- cation of young girls. In 1804, Julia was suddenly cured of her paralysis which she had endured for twenty-two years. In 1805, Julia and three companions made their profession and took their final vows. She was elected as Mother General of the young Congregation. In 1815, Mother Julia taxed her failing health by nurs- ing the wounded and feed- ing the starving left from the battle of Waterloo. For the last three months of her life, she again suf- fered much. She died peace- fully on April 8, 1816 at 64 years of age. Saint Julia was beatified on May 13, 1906, and canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1969. Her feast day is April 8 . 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