I remember my dad would tell us stories about the kkk. How they murdered his cousin, chopped him up into pieces and threw it in the Las Vegas desert. How people from the south harrassed my grandpa, kicked him out of restaraunts and places with signs like, "No blacks, no dogs, no mexicans." People think these things never happened, but we must remember, this land used to be Mexico. After the Mexican America war, began the era, and later on led to its present effects, of white discrimination and violence towards Mexican people and people from different parts of South America.
Somehow, my people never tried to kill off or deport the pilgrims. We had a certain value over human life, the earth, and our sense of love was often stronger than our hate.
Two-thousand year old Yew,
The Shrine Church of St Melangell,
Four, two-thousand+ year old Yews stand on a circular mound - a bronze age burial mound (now church burial grounds), forming a ring around St Melangell's Church. The Yews, two male and two female, with enormous girths (around 29' ), now have Official Protection.
Yew trees are a feature of ancient church grounds in Britain; a native tree which was held sacred by the Druids in pre-Christian times, symbolic of longevity and regeneration (drooping branches of old Yew trees can root and form new trunks where they touch the ground), the Yew came to symbolise death and resurrection in Celtic culture. Bronze age burials have been found inside the mound, radiocarbon dating from one pit indicates Middle Bronze age.
The ancient Yew has traditionally been viewed in Britain with a mixture of awe and fearful admiration. The leaves and seeds of the tree lethal if eaten, but the poisonous alkaloid found in the English Yew tree contains taxanes - chemicals that help to stop new cancer cells forming by disrupting the function of microtubules; key players in the process of cell division and tumour growth. Taxanes are most concentrated in the needles of the English Yew between the months of May and October, when they are extracted from the clippings and converted into Taxotere, which has proven effective in combating lung, prostate and advanced cases of breast cancer.
The valley near St Melangell's Church has long been a place of sanctuary. This is the place where Melangell became an Abbess of a small religious community. Melangell became associated with the cult of the hare. In pagan Britain the hare was revered as a goddess of fertility. Such beliefs remained alive long after conversion of the local population to Christianity.
After her death her memory continued to be honored at her shrine, and Pennant Melangell has been a place of pilgrimage for many centuries, recently especially for those with cancer. Melangell remains the patron saint of hares, healing and the protection of wild animals. It seems fitting to have healing Yews here.
Tonight's Sefirah: Tifferet sheb'Netzach -- " #Harmony in #Ambition "
Today in Jewish History • First Crusade Massacres Begin (1096)
In the early 1070s, the #Muslim Turks commenced an offensive against the Christian #pilgrims in Jerusalem. Pope Gregory VII offered his help to defend the Greek Christians, but the army he promised never materialized.
In 1095, his successor, Urban II, began to call for a holy war to liberate the Christians in Jerusalem. By the next year, more than 100,000 men had rallied to his call, forming the First Crusade. Urban and the local clergymen in Europe felt that the Crusade had another purpose as well--to annihilate all non-Christians in Europe who refused to convert to Christianity.
On their way to the Holy Land, the #mobs of #crusaders attacked many Jewish communities. On Shabbat, the 8th of Iyar, the Jews of Speyer (Rhineland-Palatinate), Germany were massacred. Many of the Jews of Worms, Germany were also massacred on this day; some of them took refuge in a local castle for a week before being slaughtered as they recited their morning prayers (see "Today in Jewish History" for Sivan 1). Daily Quote
One does not tire of counting #diamonds . — The Lubavitcher Rebbe, when asked how he could stand on his feet for hours greeting the thousands who came to see him
Caminho português de Santiago - Dia 2 - 23.04.18
O dia amanheceu lindo em Vila do Conde, perfeito para a caminhada. Por termos saído da rota no dia anterior, decidimos ir de ônibus até o ponto onde tínhamos desviado e retomar o Caminho conforme o programado. Foi perfeito e necessário!
No primeiro dia, acabamos por avançar na quilometragem, o que foi bom, pois encurtou essa segunda etapa. Foram só 10 km, percorridos em pouco mais de três horas. Pouco, porém suficiente para respeitar algum incômodo nos pés! Especialmente os meus!
A paisagem mudou bastante, foi praticamente toda rural, passando por campos de trigo e pontes. O sol apareceu com mais força e, com ele, o calor. Uma etapa fácil, sem demandar esforço.
Encontramos alguns peregrinos ao longo do caminho e reencontramos Chad, um havaiano que havia conversado conosco no dia anterior. Nosso primeiro amigo do Caminho!
Chegamos cedo em São Pedro de Rates, nos suprimos com o delicioso menu do peregrino (Café e Snack Bar Boca Fina) e nos apresentamos no Albergue de Peregrinos da cidade.
Depois disso, tivemos tempo o suficiente para dar uma volta por essa cidade minúscula e centenária e nos desfrutar do ócio e da recuperação! É incrível os segredos que se pode encontrar por aí... A lição que ficou hoje foi que é preciso de sabedoria para respeitar a necessidade de parar. De respeitar os limites e se fortalecer para a caminhada, que ainda é longa!
Até amanhã... Bom caminho!
Roncesvalles - Larassoana
Šodien bija krietni vieglāk, kā rezultātā turējos pie plāna; kamēr vakardienas ceļa biedri apstājās Zubiri, kur es nogāju lieku kilometru līdz aptiekai pēc 100% Aloe Vera ziedes (paldies, @uuunaa29 😊) savām apdegušajām rokām, es turpināju ceļu, kā rezultātā esmu nogājusi 32 km. Bija vairāk taisnu gabalu un meža taku ar ēniņu un vieglām brīzītēm. Bet kājas ir piedzītas un jautājums, vai spēšu izpildīt rītdienas plānu, paliek atklāts. Rīts gudrāks par vakaru, gan kājas rīt pateiks.