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POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 25, 2017 PAGE 2 by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. EAST BOSTON SOUP KITCHEN More Than Just About Soup by SaI Giarratani During a period of less than two years, there were three unfortunates, or "pagliacci," that served as emperor of the Roman world after the death of Nero. The first of these men was Servius Galba. He was born in the year 3 B.C. near Tarracina (now called Ter- racina). The town was situated 58 miles southeast of Rome on the Appian Way. We are told that when he was a young boy, he visited Emperor Augustus 5with other youngsters of hi.s age and the emperor pinched his cheek while implying that Galba would also have a nibble at flae imperial power. Augustus, however, did not realize at the time how small and how bit- ter the nibble would be. Dur- hag later years, when Tiberius heard of Augustus' prediction, the second emperor said, "we~l let him live as this does not concern me." While a young man, Galba had many dreams of good for- tune that would come to him in later years. His schooling included law as well as the liberal arts. Later, when he lost his wife, Lepida, he remained a widower and became a switch hitter for the rest of his life. Livia, the surviving wife of Augustus, held Galba in great favor, and he in turn greatly regpeeted her. Livia's will pro- vided for Galba to receive the equivalent of about two and one-half million dollars, but because the amount was shown GALBA THE NIBBLER in figures and not written out in longhand, Tiberius, who was her legal heir, had this sum reduced to twenty-five thou- sand, and later it was reduced to zero. Galba began his public career at approximately thirty years of age, when he served as Governor of the of Aquitania, became a consul, and then was appointed governor of upper Germany by Caligula. He gov- erned the area with a firm hand, stopping all requests for fur- loughs, conditioning the troops by plenty of hard work, and quickly checking the barbarians who had begun to penetrate into Gaul. His troops became so well disciplined that he received high commendation during a visit by Caligula. Also, it was during this visit that Galba, shield in hand, ran for 20 miles close beside the emperor's chariot. After the murder of Caligula, friends had urged Galba to take advantage of the situation, but he preferred to remain quiet and not to interfere with the ascen- sion of Claudius to the impe- rial throne. This'action placed Galba in particularly high favor with the new administration and he became an intimate friend to the new emperor. Galba was active in Claudius' British campaign, and later became a special choice to gov- ern a troubled Roman province in Africa. Here again, he was successful because of his strict discipline and the observance of justice in all matters. Examples of his fairness and impartiality are related in the story of one soldier who was refused extra rations and consequently died of starvation because he sold some of his provisions for a sum Of money. A second story tells of a dispute between two men over the ownership of a beast of burden. The beast was blindfolded and led to its usual watering hole. The blindfold was removed, and ownership was granted to the person to whom the beast returned after drinking. Next week: The Pathetic Galba Nurses help soup kitchen regulars with health' needs and questions from the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. The East Boston Soup Kitchen will soon be celebrating its first anniversary, and every day you can see how big the need is for such a place helping to feed the hungry in our midst. However, the volunteers who staff this community haven also offer other services like those provided by the medical staff at the East Boston Neighborhood Center. And just last week, Happy Barbershop on Meridian Street provided two barbers and free haircuts for those who use the soup kitchen. Saint Joan Elizabeth Bichier des Ages by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Elizabeth Bichier was barn. They quickly became born at the Chateau des friends, and together they Ages Le Blanc in the reestablished religion in Central Loire Valley of the area. Fr. Fournet was France in, 1773. She was an underground priest the daughter of Antoine forced to remain clandes- Bichier, the Seigneur of fine because he refused to Ages and a public offi- make apledgeofallegiance cial, and Marie Augier de to the government of the Moussac, whose father new republic. was a politician. Elizabeth Elizabeth entered a Car- spent much of her child- melite convent upon her hood at the convent at mother's death in 1804, Poitiers. and later the Society of She was one of four Providence with the advice children. Her mother was and spiritual guidance of a religious person and Fr. Fournet. ensured that her daugh- In 1806, Elizabeth estab- ter was taught how to fished a religious congre- pray and the basics of the gation of women to care Catholic faith.. Elizabeth for the sick and aged, for proved a good student, the education of children, drawn to prayer from her and to offer reparation for childhood, her family defend their rights the blasphemies and sacrileges Her family lost everything in court, committed against the Most during the French Revolu- In 1792, after the death ofBlessed Sacrament during the t-ion. Her oldest brother, Lau- her father, Elizabeth took her French Revolution. The con- rent, decided to emigrate from mother to live in the family's gregation was officially recog- France because of the chaos, country home in B6thines called nized by the diocese in 1816 Her brother's departure wasLa Guimeti6re. Near their home and named "Daughters of the to cause the remaining family was a parish left in chaos Cross." great distress, as the regula- because of the French Revolu- In 1836, Elizabeth fell seri- tions of the Civil Constitution tion. Elizabeth dedicated herself ously ill. After ten days of of the Clergy put into law by to rebuilding the community, intense suffering, she died on the Constitutional Assembly, Every night she gathered the August 264. She was canonized whichhad declared all property parishioners for prayers and in 1947. The Feast Day of Saint of the Church to be national hymns. Elizabeth soon became Joan Elizabeth Bichier des Ages goods,were then being applied aware of a nearby parish in a is celebrated on August 26th. to 6migr6s like Laurent. Under similar situation. Father Andr6- Before she died, she had opened this law, their ancestral castle Hubert Fournet (who later over sixty convents under the could be confiscated. Elizabeth became a saint) offered therule of the Daughters of the studied Law in order to help SaCrifice of the Mass in a local Cross. Barbers from Happy Barber Shop in East Boston at work clipping away. FUNCTION FA CILITY BEREAVEMENT BUFFET, Z 95 ''" Please accePt sincere condolences, from the Spinelli's family and staff. During this difficult time, we would like to offer our facility at a specially reduced price, for you, your family and friends. SERVED UPON ARRIVAL Coffee, Mini Danish Pastries and Tea Breads BUFFET LUNCHEON MENU Tossed Salad, Assorted Rolls with Butter Chicken, Ziti and Broccoli Alfredo Eggplant Parmigiana Italian Sausages, Onions and Potatoes Above price does not include a 15% Administration Fee and a 7% Mass State Tax. 280 BENNINGTON STREET,' EAST BOSTON, Telephone: 617-567-4499