GOD’s School is the High school on Mount Olympus created especially for descendants of Titans… And other mythical creatures. Among gods, nymphs and satyrs there is Eris, a rebel teen and future Goddess of Chaos…
8 April – Blessed Memorial of St Julie Billiat (1751-1816 aged 64) Virgin, Teacher and Founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur – Patron against bodiy ills, poverty, and of the sick.
St. Julie Billiart was born in 1751, northern France, as the fifth of seven children. She was very intellectual and had a great devotion to religious study; Billiart memorised the catechism by the age of seven. She was confirmed at the age of nine, four years before her colleagues. She took a vow of chastity at the age of fourteen and became a teacher two years later. A failed murder attempt on her father caused great stress for St. Julie. She became paralyzed at the age of 22 and was bed-ridden a few year’s later. She spent most of her time in contemplation, catechising children and making linens for altars.
Julie Billiart was a born teacher. Already as a child she liked to teach catechism to her playmates in the village of Cuvilly, Picardy. When her wealthy family slid into poverty, Julie had to work long hours but she always made time to instruct others in the faith. One day in 1774 someone fired a shot at her father. The bullet missed, but the traumatic event plunged Julie into a mysterious illness and she was immobilized by a debilitating paralysis. From her bed, however, she continued to catechise the village children.
In 1790 a schismatic priest who had sworn loyalty to the revolution took over the Cuvilly church. He tried to visit Julie but she refused to admit him. And singlehandedly the invalid persuaded the entire village to boycott him. She was very clear that no compromise with the state church was allowable or necessary, as she told a friend:
“You say it seems to you better to be schismatic rather than to be utterly without religion. But my dear friend, you cannot have weighed the matter. For, in conscience, we must not leave our brethren in error. If they go to the instructions of an intruder, they are automatically out of the way of salvation… .
All those good people, who find it utterly impossible to get into touch with their legitimate pastors, will not be punished for it. And it is better for them to remain all their lives without instruction, without Mass… . God will send an angel from heaven to them rather than allow them to perish forever.”
Enraged by Julie’s opposition, revolutionary authorities sought to silence her, so she fled in a hay wagon and went into hiding. At Amiens she met Frances Blin, a viscountess who became her friend and companion. The women went to Bettencourt, where they taught catechism classes and restored the entire village to the practice of the faith. Julie and Frances returned to Amiens where they founded the Institute of Notre Dame, a community of women dedicated mainly to the care and instruction of poor girls. In 1804 during a novena, a priest exhorted Julie to take a step in faith and on the spot she was miraculously healed. With her restored strength, Julie together with Frances spent her last years establishing fifteen Notre Dame convents throughout France.
In 1815, Mother Julie dedicated her time and resources to helping the wounded and starving survivors from the battle of Waterloo. For the last three months of her life, she again suffered greatly. She died peacefully on April 8, 1816 at the age of 64. Julie was beatified on May 13, 1906 and was canonised by Pope Paul VI in 1969.
Amalienburg Pavilion, designed by Francois Cuvillies, c. 1739
One of the gems of the European rococo style, the Amalienburg Pavilion was built by the ruler of Bavaria, Elector Karl Albrecht, as a hunting lodge for his wife, Maria Amalia. Designed by Francois Cuvillies, the small, richly decorated building is set in the grounds of the vast Nymphenburg Palace, the Elector’s summer residence in Munich, and is surrounded by extensive wooded parkland.
-Great Buildings: The World’s Architectural Masterpieces Explored and Explained, DK Publishing
François de Cuvilliés (designer), Johann Baptist Zimmermann (stuccoist), Johann Joachim Dietrich (woodcarver), and Joseph Pasqualin Moretti (painter). Hall of Mirrors, the Amalienburg, Nymphenburg Palace park. 1734-1739.
Mirrors, crystal, woodcarving, oil paint, and stucco relief.
The Amalienburg, Nymphenburg Palace park. München, Deutschland.
I couldn’t find a picture to do it justice, but when my professor showed us his photography of Hall of Mirrors Nymphenburg Palace park, I thought, “If I ever get married, that’s where it’s going to happen.” It’s so pretty.
Reported disappearance of 31 other students in Cocula, Mexico.
One of the mothers of the students missing in Cocula. Photo: France24
MEXICO, DF (proceso.com.mx) .- The French media reported that two months before the case of the 43 normalistas in Iguala, 31 other young students from the neighboring town of Cocula were disappeared by gangland.
The TV channel France 24 broadcasted on Wednesday night that the middle school students have been missing since July 17th, but the case remained in silence because of the fear of threats coming from the delinquents.
The testimonies collected by the television say the last day of school before summer vacation, hooded men dressed in dark blue and apparently were traveling in police vehicles, abducted the young students when they left Justo Sierra Middle-school.
The school is located right next to the town hall of Cocula, where the police are involved in the disappearance of the 43 normalistas in Ayotzinapa.
Although there were witnesses of the kidnapping committed in broad daylight in the town’s main square, not far from these relatives of the victims wanted to present the case.
The national and international media coverage of the 43 normalistas in Ayotzinapa, encouraged the mother of one of the missing girls to testify to the correspondent for France 24, Laurence Cuvillier.
“On July 17th, gunmen arrived and took my daughter and other kids when they left school … The people who were there did not move, they were afraid because the gunmen threatened them,” the woman said.
Other testimonies off camera confirmed the kidnapping of the young students.
The case was also published today by the French newspaper Le Monde, in an editorial over the weekend said that the demonstrations in Mexico by the disappearance of normalistas are against the mafia state that has emerged in the country.