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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
27th September 1540
THE JESUIT ORDER IS ESTABLISHED
Founded in 1534 by Ignatius Loyola, a Spanish soldier-turned-priest, the order receives its charter from pope Paul III. The objective of the order was to convert the world to the Roman Catholic faith.
Under Ignatius’ charismatic leadership, the Society of Jesus grew quickly. Jesuit missionaries played a leading role in the Counter-Reformation and won back many of the European faithful who had been lost to Protestantism. In Ignatius’ lifetime, Jesuits were also dispatched to India, Brazil, the Congo region, and Ethiopia. Education was of utmost importance to the Jesuits, and in Rome Ignatius founded the Roman College (later called the Gregorian University) and the Germanicum, a school for German priests. The Jesuits also ran several charitable organizations, such as one for former prostitutes and one for converted Jews. When Ignatius de Loyola died in July 1556, there were more than 1,000 Jesuit priests.
During the next century, the Jesuits set up ministries around the globe. The “Black-Robes,” as they were known in Native America, often preceded other Europeans in their infiltration of foreign lands and societies. The life of a Jesuit was one of immense risk, and thousands of priests were persecuted or killed by foreign authorities hostile to their mission of conversion. However, in some nations, such as India and China, the Jesuits were welcomed as men of wisdom and science.
With the rise of nationalism in the 18th century, most European countries suppressed the Jesuits, and in 1773 Pope Clement XIV dissolved the order under pressure from the Bourbon monarchs. However, in 1814, Pope Pius VII gave in to popular demand and reestablished the Jesuits as an order, and they continue their missionary work to this day. Ignatius de Loyola was canonized a Catholic saint in 1622.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Milk Run
Meditation Me Time
Twitter Followers = 2,018 (no change)
Non-followed eliminated = 1
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 0
Spammers not followed back = 1
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
These days, Consciousness is able to disentangle itself from the character and retreat to the universal perspective, which has the added bonus of the character body being able to rest and maintain itself, which it can't while Consciousness is using it. Adversity has the beneficial side-effect of reminding me of my character's temporary, ephemeral and fragile nature, so that Consciousness doesn't get "lost" in it.
I will ensure that the "rest and repair" opportunity that Sunday offers is made best use of so that the character will bounce back fighting fit for a fresh start on Monday.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is your coping strategy suitable for the job?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Fog for much of the morning
Fog will lift late morning and it will be bright and sunny until dusk
Clear skies after dark
Max Temp = 14 degC at 4pm
Min Temp = 7 degC at 6am
Sunrise at 07:01
Sunset at 18:54
Weathertrack: An anticyclone over the North Sea will keep Britain dry and calm
Air Pressure: 1034 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Why is it everything I love is either unhealthy, addicting or has multiple restraining orders against me? :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Mutations on human chromosome 16 have been tied to autism. The glitch is in a DNA region that contains “morpheus” genes, or genes which historically have changed very rapidly as humans evolved. Thus, the same method that helped evolve human intelligence may contribute to autism, because genes that easily mutate are just as likely to produce unhelpful as helpful changes.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Violence breeds bitterness, which leads to more violence.