Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Happy St Bernard's day!

Today is St. Bernard's day and apparently he was a pretty interesting guy who was nice to Jews and didn't believe in the immaculate conception of Mary and had debates in which  people were compared to troublesome frogs. He also founded or promoted the foundation of many Cistercian abbeys,  Buckfast in Devon being a fine example. He also had a wonderful breed of dog named after him- what a tribute! On the down side he did support the second crusade and had hairy ears...OK, I made up the bit about his ears...
Best of all though is the name Bernard, which we all know is unisex (see below) and just a great name and can be shortened to Bernie which arguably sounds even better.
 Yes,I have had a stressful week... and it has been a long day...how ever did you guess?

8 comments:

  1. Yes, Bernard was a bit of favourite of mine at one time. Until I read of his involvement in instigating the Second Crusade...

    P.D.

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  2. I read the Letters of St Bernard at the ripe old age of 17, and there was a lot of wisdom in them. One of his sayings was, 'Be a friend to a thousand, but let one in a thousand be your counsellor'. How true!

    The 2nd Crusade - he was wrong about that, but he was a person of his time, as we all are. Can you believe it, I voted for Maggie Thatcher once!! (My most embarrassing confession, there's nothing worse left to tell....). I only did it once, though, and as far as I know Bernard only promoted one crusade.

    Iffy Vicar

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  3. You voted for Maggie Thatcher- that's possibly worse than supporting the 2nd crusade! Yes, we are all people of our own time and culture, I'm sometimes surprised people can't always understand that.
    Sad doggie is much better and is even rolling in unsavoury things and barking at squirrels and birds in the garden.

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  4. Guilty, m'lud. However, I can offer in extenuation that it was my first election as a voter, her first as a potential Prime MInister, I didn't know much about politics, and I voted for her because I wanted a woman prime minister. It still makes me feel guilty, though....all the misery she caused is partly my fault!

    I'm glad Bessie is so much better.

    Iffy Vicar

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  5. Hope you are recovered from your ‘stressful week’? I’m supposed to be writing this weekend, but can’t ‘catch fire’! The wretched thesis only has one major chapter to go – then it is the filler of re-writing the literature review I did for my up grade from MPhil to PhD and my methodology chapter, then conclusion and lastly the introduction – and f*cker should be sorted. If anyone out there thinks they want to do a PhD, I would think VERY hard before doing one!! They should come with a government health warning.

    At present working in a hospice in London during the week – doing my ‘day job’ – so it’s been death, death, death all week. Funny story tho’: a West African woman died on Tuesday – the noise was unbelievable – family members wailing and screaming. Which is okay to a point – cultural diversity and all that, but remember we’ve another 27 patients – plus our day therapy patients to think of. So myself and a nurse went in – the family at first didn’t think the woman was dead and kept pouring water in her mouth and shaking her (you only had to look at her to know she was dead!). The family calmed down when myself and the ward manager told the family the body could stay in the room for as long as the family needed it to remain there (within reason – we have let families stay overnight with a corpse). I was concerned as there was a six year old boy in the room whom no one seemed to be taking notice or care of. I asked him if he was frightened and he nodded his head and took him from the room and deposited him with his older siblings in the family room where I broke the news that their relative was dead.

    Afterwards we were debriefing in the sister’s office and a nurse said that shortly before the woman died, the nurse had told the family that the woman was in the final stages of dying. One of the patient’s sisters became aggressive towards the nurse, picked up a Bible and flung it at her, hitting the nurse quite hard – and telling her ‘Jesus will heal my sister...’ (Gawd – if I had pound for every time I’ve heard that little chestnut – usually from African Christians... they all die of course). The nurse was both angered and hurt by this. To dispel some of the tension I said: ‘Well, at least you can say that you know what it is to be Bible Bashed!’. We all fell about laughing (thankfully the offices are sound proofed!).

    FYI the present Buckfast Abbey isn’t Cistercian – the medieval abbey was Cistercian; the present abbey is a Benedictine abbey... a far more cushy life than the Cistercians.

    I never voted for Thatcher – worse, I voted for Michael Foot... I was only 18 at the time...

    P.D.

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  6. Ha ha ha, all this retrospective voting guilt:) I was glad when I heard Thatcher had been elected- but I was thirteen and we were in the British army oversees in Germany. I don't think I knew ANYONE who wasn't Tory (apart from when my grandparents visited and there was some discussion of different political views.)
    Yes, PD, I did know the current order is Benedictine, the current abbey clearly has been rebuilt as it isn't medieval although I guess the foundations/ crypt etc will be. I don't know to what extent the present abbey is modelled on the original?
    Had a stressful week, lots of people cried but none of them actually died, and nobody physically attacked me- so I'll be thankful for small mercies!

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