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I am a semi-retired psychotherapist/psychiatric social worker and certified hypnotherapist. Originally a practicing attorney, I changed careers during the 1980's. My interests include history, constitutional law, Hindustani classical music, yoga, meditation and spirituality.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Monday, August 01, 2016

Solanus Casey

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Ven. Solanus Casey
Religious and priest
Born(1870-11-25)November 25, 1870
Oak Grove, Wisconsin
United States
DiedJuly 31, 1957(1957-07-31) (aged 86)
Detroit, Michigan
United States
Major shrineSt. Bonaventure Monastery Detroit, Michigan
Solanus Casey (November 25, 1870 – July 31, 1957) was an American Capuchin friar and priest who was known during his lifetime as a wonderworker and is the first United States-born man to be declared "venerable" by the Roman Catholic Church. He is now a candidate for beatification. A Capuchin priest, Casey was known for his great faith, humility, and role as spiritual counselor and intercessor.


Early life

He was born Bernard Francis Casey (nicknamed Barney) on a farm in what is now the town of Oak Grove, Wisconsin, the sixth of 16 children of Bernard and Ellen Casey, who were Irish immigrants.[1] He contracted diphtheria at age eight, which permanently damaged his voice, leaving it wispy.[2] The family later moved to Hudson, Wisconsin.[3] At age 17 he left the farm to work in a series of jobs in his home state and Minnesota, working as a lumberjack, a hospital orderly, a guard in the Minnesota state prison, and a street car operator in Superior, Wisconsin.[4]

While working at his last job Casey witnessed a brutal murder, which caused him to evaluate his life and his future. He then acted on a call he felt to the priesthood. Because of his limited formal education, he enrolled at St. Francis High School Seminary, the minor seminary of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee at age 21, hoping to become a diocesan priest. Classes at the seminary were taught only in German and Latin, neither of which he knew. Eventually he was advised that, because of his academic limitations, he should consider joining a religious order if he wanted to be a priest. There he could be ordained a simplex priest, who could preside at Mass but would not have the faculties for public preaching or hearing confessions.[5]


Following this advice, Casey applied to the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin in Detroit, Michigan, into which he was received in 1897.[6] When he received the religious habit he was given the religious name of "Solanus", after St. Francis Solanus, a 17th-century Spanish Franciscan friar who was a noted missionary in Peru, and with whom he shared a love of the violin.
Casey struggled through the seminary, but on July 24, 1904, at age 33, he was ordained a priest by Archbishop Sebastian Messmer at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Milwaukee.[7][8] Because he had not performed well enough in his seminary studies, Casey was ordained a sacerdos simplex.[9]

After his ordination, Casey served for 20 years in a succession of assignments in Capuchin friaries in New York. His first assignment was at Sacred Heart Friary, in Yonkers, New York, later being transferred to New York City, where he first served at St. John's Church next to Penn Station and later at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Harlem.[10] Casey was recognized as an inspiring speaker. In 1924, he was transferred to St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit, where he worked for 21 years. During this time, Casey served primarily as the monastery porter, or receptionist and doorkeeper. Every Wednesday afternoon he conducted well-attended services for the sick. Through these services, he became known for his great compassion and the amazing results of his consultations with visitors.[2] Many considered him instrumental in cures and other blessings they received.

Death and legacy

In 1946, in failing health and suffering from eczema over his entire body, he was transferred to the Capuchin novitiate in Huntington, Indiana, where he lived until 1956, when he was hospitalized in Detroit.

Casey died of erysipelas[11] on July 31, 1957, at St. John Hospital in Detroit.[12] A commemorative plaque was placed outside the door of the hospital room in which he died. His last words reportedly were: "I give my soul to Jesus Christ."[2] An estimated 20,000 people passed by his coffin prior to his burial in the cemetery at St. Bonaventure Monastery.[13]

On July 8, 1987, Casey's body was exhumed and reinterred inside the Father Solanus Casey Center at St. Bonaventure Monastery.[14

Casey's cause for sainthood was opened in 1982 and in 1995 Pope John Paul II declared him venerable,[14] the second step in the path to sainthood. Many miraculous cures have been associated with Father Solanus's intercession, both when he was alive and after his death.[2] Pilgrims from around the world make pilgrimages to the tomb of Father Solanus Casey.[citation needed]


  • The only science that gives purpose to every other science is the science of religion—the science of our happy relationship with, and our providential dependence on God and our neighbor.
  • We are continually immersed in God's merciful grace like the air that permeates us.
  • Gratitude is the first sign of a thinking, rational creature.
  • Thank you God, in all your designs.
  • Confidence is the very soul of prayer.
  • Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger people. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks.
  • Like the Holy Trinity, Faith, Hope and Charity are one. Theoretically, Faith, like the Eternal Father, comes first, but in both cases they are essentially one.
  • God condescends to use our powers if we don't spoil His plans by ours.
  • We must be faithful to the present moment or we will frustrate the plan of God for our lives.
  • Many are the rainbows, the sunbursts, the gentle breezes—and the hailstorms—we are liable to meet before, by the grace of God, we shall be able to tumble into our graves with the confidence of tired children into their places of peaceful slumber

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Ayurvedic Herb Haritaki ( )

Haritaki means one which is originated from Hari’s (God’s) home or which is green in nature; here green stands for faith and fertility, or that which carries away all the illnesses from the body. Haritaki is among the most interesting plants of the Earth. In Ayurvedic and Tibetan medicine it is often called he “The king of all herbs”.

It is believed that when healers of East heard about this plant, their bodies started to tremble with delight. In Ayurvedic science it is also believed that Hareetaki can help to get rid of a hundred ailments.

Although all parts of the plant have a therapeutic effect (the roots remove bone diseases, stem heals the muscles, bark treats skin problems, the branches clean the vessels, leaves treat hollow organs), Ayurvedic physicians use mainly fruits, because Hareetaki fruits normalize the function of the neuroendocrine system and all the body organs.
Haritaki (1)

Energy-informational matrix of the fruit is similar to the human etheric body and energy-informational field of the Earth. This means that Hareetaki has the tuning fork action on “sthula” and “sukshma sarira” (gross & subtle body) channels, which are responsible for the homeostasis (constant internal medium).

The body contains several channels through which the doshas, dhatus and malas travel called srotamsi (singular is ‘srota’). The impairment movement or obstruction of these factors through a srota is called srotorodha. Srotorodha interrupts proper tissue metabolism, causing the regurgitation of the doshas (energy elements), dhatus (tissues) and malas, and the local formation of ama (toxins).
Ama then moves into the other srotamsi and circulates through the body, promoting systemic congestion. A srota is either bahya (‘external channel’) or abhyantra (‘internal channel’). The bahya srotamsi include the two nostrils, the two ears, the two eyes, the mouth, the urethra and the rectum.

Haritaki3Females have two additional bahya srotamsi: the two lactiferous glands of the breasts (‘stanyavaha srotamsi’), and the cervix (‘artavaha srota’).There are thirteen abhyantra srotamsi, each of which relates to specific organs, and are increased and vitiated by specific factors.

Each of these channels contains coded information on how various tissues, hormones, enzymes and other biologically active substances should function.These subtle channels are connecting through a special center of the etheric body, called marma. Marmas should be understood as junction or meeting places of the 5 organic principles: ligaments, vessels, muscles, bones and joints, with the four types of vessels being the nerves, lymph, arteries and veins.Marma through the neuroendocrine system regulates the functions of all the human body organs.

Unfortunately, currently we are under constant influence of the high magnetic field sources radiation, which are high voltage transmission lines, mobile phones, computers, televisions, microwave ovens and other industrial and household appliances. So, it is obvious that ethereal human matrix with all its centers and channels varies greatly and leads to disruption of homeostasis.

Such deviations can lead to serious chronic diseases. Here we should add that the distortion of our “tuning fork” activity can easily take place if a human consciousness is overflown with various negative stereotypes such as: greed, hatred, jealousy, condemnation, fear, pride etc.
Hareetaki fruits are able to read the missing information from the matrix of the Earth and transfer it to the field structure of the human body, restoring the function of all marma centers.

The most powerful antioxidants were found in Hareetaki fruits, which belong to the group of anthocyanidins.

Due to their ability to neutralize free radicals, they suspend the damage of arteries endothelium; inhibition of cellular immunity, including antitumor; violations of the colloidal equilibrium of bile and urine. It is also believed that this plant is able to activate the antitoxic function of all cells; Hareetaki normalizes the state of the cells of the brain and spinal cord.

If a person uses the fruits of this plant regularly, the threshold of adaptation to external negative influences raises substantially, enhances memory and improves learning ability. In the case of destruction of myelinated fibers (scattered and amyotrophic sclerosis), Hareetaki stimulates its regeneration.

It is truly a Divine gift to us from Mother Nature!


( N.B. Haritaki is available in ground bulk form or in capsule form from a variety of herbal companies . )


Thursday, April 21, 2016


Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Maha Siddhars