Here’s a sweet treat that’s calorie free!
And just like chocolate, the story is delicious!
Warning: Contains a few nutty characters and chew-worthy themes.
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Naturally, everyone knows about the biblical Mary. The woman is an icon of epic proportions. Images of her are ubiquitous, and yet Anglican, eastern Orthodox, Islamic (yes), Lutheran, Protestant, and Catholic all hold different views about her.
With that in mind, remember this as I offer a few pieces of information about the Virgin Mother. Dogma and opinions vary!
WARNING: The following is non-academic.
And for all you Catholics out there, don’t forget, the Pope Tweets. His handle is: @Pontifex
A few non-academic Mary facts:
My humblest apologies if I got some information wrong.
There is a wealth of information about Mary of Nazareth. If you’re a reader of Dan Brown, you might wonder if, in fact, the Vatican secret treasure vault holds more information about this mysterious figure. Who knows?
The ABYSS: A perfect name for my purse.
It doesn’t matter what I do, it remains a dark chasm, a Stygian ravine, a messy pit, a…well, you get the picture.
Receipts and extra lipsticks are organized one day and—BAM—the purse mysteriously reverts back to its original state of disorder.
I’m not a messy person. My classroom is neat—no small feat when one has 100’s of essays to grade. My home is tidy and organized. Everything has a place and, except for my phone which wanders off on its own, I can tell you exactly where all household stuff is located.
Perhaps, I need another purse! YES! Another purse will solve all my problems!
I only want the perfect purse. Is that too much to ask?
You see, the PERFECT purse would never be disorganized. Because if the inside of my purse was perfectly neat—if I could find everything immediately—then I could pretend my life was also flawlessly organized!
Anyone want to go purse shopping with me?
Julia Domna: Wife. Mother. Philosopher. Political mover & shaker.
The astrologer’s prediction proved correct!
Married in her teens to a 40-something widower Roman commander named Septimus Severus—soon to become the first African Roman emperor—Julia & Septimus became a formidable “power couple.” Septimus knew Julia was the one for him when an astrologer predicted the she would one day be queen.
All accounts say their marriage—despite the age differences–was happy and loving.
Julia, daughter of a high priest from Syria, was extremely intelligent, courageous and didn’t take s*** from anyone. She quickly learned the art of politics, and was soon involved in all sorts of intrigues, strategies, and political machinations. She was also an avid reader and loved to talk philosophy.
During those times, women were expected to stay home and wait for their emperor husbands while they fought wars for territorial domination–but not Julia! No way! She went with her hubby–his confidant and steadfast companion. Later on, when he did leave her home on his campaigns, he left Julia in charge, knowing she would manage and administer the wily affairs of state with all the smoothness of a consummate politico.
She bore two sons—who didn’t much like each other, especially when it came time to decide who would take Dad’s place as Emperor of Rome.
In an attempt to reconcile her feuding adult sons, she begged for a meeting—minus their armed guards. The youngest son was murdered in her arms—almost certainly by hit men hired by the jealous older son.
Horrible, yes? Roman politics was ever so much nastier than politics today (well, on second thought…)Try as she might, this powerful mom could not persuade her eldest son to be a better Emperor (a petty, mean-tempered, wacko ruler), although she did her best to keep the Severo reign going.
When her Emperor son was murdered, the new Emperor exiled the still politically connected Julia. Did she go? Or no. The now frail and cancer-plagued Julia, stayed put in her home and starved herself to death. She was 47 years old.
Julia Domna: smooth operator, political pundit, philosophical activist, and patron of the arts!