Lent Madness: Bernard Mizeki vs. Molly Brant

March 26, 2015 Comments Off on Lent Madness: Bernard Mizeki vs. Molly Brant

Lent Madness 2015Brigid of Kildare prevailed against Kamehameha IV, 55% to 45%  Lent Madness site. On the St. Luke’s site, not surprisingly Brigid also rocked the house with 78% of the vote.

The next match up is Bernard Mizeki vs. Molly Brant.

Remember: vote at Lent Madness here AND ALSO below the saint bios here so we see how the readers of the St. Luke in the Fields blog compare! Results of this match up will be reported the next day.

mug-150x150Bernard Mizeki

While not as plentiful as, say, Francis or Brigid saintly kitsch, those seeking South African martyr Bernard Mizeki items are not left completely bereft. If you too want to inspire thousands of people to love God and the Gospel get your Bernard M
izeki t-shirts and mug — find either in this fashionable design.

Although Bernard was known to be sensitive to the ways of the local Spirit religion, he once angered local religious leaders when he carved crosses into some trees sacred to their ancestral spirits....Read more here.

440px-Joseph_Brant_by_Gilbert_Stuart_1786-238x300Molly Brant

Long before Sheryl Sandberg wrote Lean In and got the internet all abuzz, Molly Brant was already leaning in.

Long before networking became a skill at which extroverts excelled and introverts avoided, Molly Brant was already establishing connections and making deals.

Long before people turned to HGTV andArchitectural Digest for design inspiration, Molly Brant was already wowing British and French nobility.

…And long before Route 5S became an often-traveled highway in upstate New York, Molly Brant was walking and riding its dusty paths as a business leader and a mediator.....Read more here.

Lent Madness: Brigid of Kildare vs. Kamehameha

March 25, 2015 Comments Off on Lent Madness: Brigid of Kildare vs. Kamehameha

Lent Madness 2015Francis of Assisi is the first to make the Faithful Four, trouncing Thecla 71% to 29%  Lent Madness site. On the St. Luke’s site, we sent Thecla home too with only 33% of the vote.

The next match up is Brigid of Kildare vs. Kamehameha.

Remember: vote at Lent Madness here AND ALSO below the saint bios here so we see how the readers of the St. Luke in the Fields blog compare! Results of this match up will be reported the next day.

brigid-ceramic-200x300Brigid of Kildare

As a patron saint of both Ireland and beer, Brigid has much merchandise to her name. For starters, the depictions of Brigid one can procure are as numerous and as varied as the Irish diaspora.

Here’s one in ceramic tile work, in the style of the American Southwest (of course!) It is complete with a little flame above her head, and a butter churn for all her dairy-related miracles.

If you can’t find a commercially available depiction to suit your needs, there are online classes devoted exclusively to making your own Brigid-collage....Read more here.

StainedGlass2-130x300Kamehameha IV
Kamehameha IV may have reigned for less than a decade, and he may have died as a young man at only 29 years old, but over 100 years later, his legacy and lasting marks can be seen clearly. His imprint remains on the Hawaiian Islands, and images of him, often with his much-loved wife Queen Emma and their young son Prince Albert, are still prominently evident.

Kamehameha IV is credited with being foundational in introducing Anglicanism to the Hawaiian Islands, and one of his great accomplishments is that he translated the Book of Common Prayer into the local language. So it is fitting that, at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Honolulu, the church they were instrumental in
establishing, a stained glass window depicting him and his queen fills the pews with heavenly light....Read more here.

Lent Madness: Cuthbert vs. Molly Brant

March 16, 2015 Comments Off on Lent Madness: Cuthbert vs. Molly Brant

Lent Madness 2015Kamehameha ran off with the votes, 61% to David Oakerhater’s 39% on the Lent Madness site. But on the St. Luke’s site, David Oakerhater eeked out a win 54% to 46%.

The next match up in the Saintly Sixteen is Cuthbert vs. Molly Brant.

Remember: vote at Lent Madness here AND ALSO below the saint bios here so we see how the readers of the St. Luke in the Fields blog compare! Results of this match up will be reported the next day.

cuthbertCuthbert

Perhaps the most beautiful thing that is said of Saint Cuthbert is, “Cuthbert sought to follow Christ.” In this he is like many of the saints but his pattern of life was uniquely Christ-like in ways that shine forth through the centuries. No fewer than 22 lives of Cuthbert were written in the Middle Ages and his Christ-focused living is an example to all Christians.

In a Kingdom awash in both great violence and wealth, Cuthbert’s counter-cultural simplicity and kindness were a source of powerful spiritual inspiration. Stories were long told of the miracles of his life but also of enduring import were stories of his very human kindness. Upon his death, his legend grew and a significant cult emerged around his memory and relics..Read more here.

8fdb5086-619a-4ea0-b146-995510eff36c-250x300Molly Brant

Even as a young child, Molly Brant exhibited a gift for leadership. In 1754, at the age of 18, Molly traveled with her stepfather and other Mohawk leaders to Philadelphia to contest the fraudulent sale of Native territory. It was there, historians believe, that Molly got her first taste in the art of negotiation and compromise.

Molly continued to put these skills to use when she became a wife, mother (to 8 children!), and tribal leader. She frequently led the Bureau of Indian Affairs on behalf of her common-law husband Sir William Johnson when he was away. Although Molly received an education from Christian missionaries and was a devout Anglican, she retained a respectful devotion to many Mohawk customs, which allowed her to serve as a consensus-builder between two nations..Read more here.

Lent Madness: Kamehameha vs. David Oakerhater

March 13, 2015 Comments Off on Lent Madness: Kamehameha vs. David Oakerhater

Lent Madness 2015 As the Lent Madness site said, “Brendan the Navigator finally lost his way, losing to Thecla 62% to 38%.” Despite a vocal and large Irish contingent, Brendan also lost on the St. Luke’s blog, 36% to Thecla’s 64%.

The next match up in the Saintly Sixteen is Kamehameha vs. David Oakerhater.

Remember: vote at Lent Madness here AND ALSO below the saint bios here so we see how the readers of the St. Luke in the Fields blog compare! Results of this match up will be reported the next day.

Prince_Alexander_Liholiho_with_leis-218x300Kamehameha

Kamehameha is renowned for his many ministries – from introducing Anglicanism to the Hawaiian Islands to translating the Book of Common Prayer into the local vernacular. Another of his lasting legacies throughout Hawaii was the pioneering steps he instigated for the betterment of the health and welfare of his people.

Kamehameha IV was born Alexander Iolani Liholiho on February 9, 1834 and was crowned King just shy of his 21st birthday.

With his wife and partner in reform, Queen Emma, Kamehameha set forth to transform the Hawaiian Islands by offering his people new, modern ways of life. He was devoted to introducing modern healthcare methods and facilities. Perhaps his drive was based on the healthcare issues that touched him and his family.Read more here.

200px-Making_medicine.portraitDavid Oakerhater

David Pendleton Oakerhater, an Episcopal deacon and the first Native American saint, was an accomplished artist and a leader in an art style known as Ledger art.

A Cheyenne Indian of Oklahoma, Oakerhater was imprisoned by the United States Army in Florida beginning in 1875. During this imprisonment, an education was provided for all the Native American prisoners that included language, Christianity and art.

Furnished with some instructions and art supplies like pencils, ink, paints, crayons, and paper, Oakerhater delved into art as his new form of expression. Using pens, he and the other prisoners drew in ledger books, hence the name of the art form.

Ledger art is defined as a Native American drawing or painting on paper or cloth. Historians report that Ledger art was popular from the Civil War through World War I.Read more here.

Lent Madness: Bede vs. Cuthbert

February 26, 2015 Comments Off on Lent Madness: Bede vs. Cuthbert

Lent Madness 2012On the Lent Madness site, Kamehameha creamed William Laud capturing a whopping 84% of the votes! On the St. Luke’s site, however, a surprise…William Laud WON by 57%

Today’s match up is Bede vs. Cuthbert.

Remember: vote at Lent Madness here AND ALSO below the saint bios here so we see how the readers of the St. Luke in the Fields blog compare! Results of this match up will be reported the next day.

 

Nuremberg_Chronicle_Venerable_Bede-236x300The Venerable Bede

The Venerable Bede is among Christianity’s greatest scholars, having produced numerous commentaries on scripture, hagiographies of the saints, and studies of chronology and timekeeping. He is best known for his Ecclesiastical History of the English People, the premier source of information about the development of Christianity in England from the time of Augustine’s arrival in 597 until 731 CE.…Read more here. 

LMCuthbert-208x300Cuthbert of Lindisfarne

In the Venerable Bede’s The Life and Miracles of St. Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindesfarne, we read, “He was affable and pleasant in his character…he would introduce, in the meekest way, the spiritual benefits which the love of God had conferred upon himself. And this he took care to do in a covert manner, as if it had happened to another person.”

Cuthbert’s life, marked by miracles and adventure, was also a life of profound kindness....Read more here.

Lent Madness: William Laud vs. Kamehameha

February 25, 2015 § 2 Comments

Lent Madness 2012On the Lent Madness site, Thecla kicked John Keble to the curb with a 58% win over Keble’s 42%. On the St. Luke’s site, however, a complete draw between Thecla and Keble with each capturing 50%!

Today’s match up is William Laud vs. Kamehameha.

Remember: vote at Lent Madness here AND ALSO below the saint bios here so we see how the readers of the St. Luke in the Fields blog compare! Results of this match up will be reported the next day.

 

William_Laud-226x300William Laud

William Laud was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1633–1640 and remains among the most controversial figures in the history of Anglicanism. Heralded by many as a martyr and condemned by others as a tyrant and bigot, Laud was among the most visible proponents of a uniquely English brand of anti-Calvinism in the seventeenth-century Church. As such, he was in near constant conflict with English Puritans of his day..…Read more here.

 

220px-KamehamehaIVKamehameha

On January 11, 1855 Hawaii crowned a new, young monarch — King Kamehameha IV.

With his wife Queen Emma, Kamehameha set forth to transform the Hawaiian islands by offering his people a new way, new healthcare methods, and a new faith — Christianity.

Kamehameha was born on February 9, 1834. As a young man, he toured the United States, Central America, and Europe, and he discovered Christianity — and Anglicanism in particular....Read more here.

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