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Saint Catherine of Alexandria

St Catherine of Alexandria by RaphaelSaint Catherine of Alexandria is claimed to have been a noted scholar and martyr in the early 4th century.   However, what is told of Saint Catherine's life is mostly composed of legends which have many different variations, and have little historical basis.

According to legend, she was condemned to death on the breaking wheel but the wheel itself broke when she touched it, so she was beheaded.

Breaking on the wheel, also known as the Catherine wheel, was a form of torturous execution used in ancient Greece, France, Germany, Sweden, colonial Louisiana and Russia.   It was used during the Middle Ages and was still in use into the 19th century.

Saint Catherine of Alexandria (above) was painted about 1507 in Venice by Raphael.

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Mon, Apr 21st - 5:40AM

Evening Prayer

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Tue, Apr 15th - 4:23AM

MarieCs Christian Section - The Frogs

A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the unfortunate frogs they would never get out. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit.

The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and simply gave up. He fell down and died.

The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and suffering and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs asked him, "Why did you continue jumping. Didn't you hear us?"

The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

This story holds two lessons:

1. There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through the day.

2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill them. Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path.

The power of words... it is sometimes hard to understand that an encouraging word can go such a long way. Anyone can speak words that tend to rob another of the spirit to continue in difficult times.

Special is the individual who will take the time to encourage another.

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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Wed, Apr 9th - 10:04AM

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Thu, Apr 3rd - 4:37AM

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A minister, while opening his mail one morning, discovered in one envelope a letter with only one word written inside: "FOOL."

The next Sunday he announced, "I have known many people who have written letters and forgot to sign their name.

However, this week I received a letter from someone who signed his name but forgot to write the letter."

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