Sunday, July 26, 2009

Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln was born Sunday, February 12, 1809, in a log cabin near Hodgenville,Kentucky. He was the son of Thomas and Nancy and he was named for his paternal grandfather. Thomas Lincoln was a carpenter and farmer. Both of Abraham's parents were members of a Baptist congregation which had separated from another church due to opposition to slavery.

As President, he built the Republican Party into a strong national organization. Further, he rallied most of the northern Democrats to the Union cause. On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy.

Lincoln won re-election in 1864, as Union military triumphs heralded an end to the war. In his planning for peace, the President was flexible and generous, encouraging Southerners to lay down their arms and join speedily in reunion.

On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, who somehow thought he was helping the South. The opposite was the result, for with Lincoln's death, the possibility of peace with magnanimity died.

Abraham Lincoln is remembered for his vital role as the leader in preserving the Union during the civil war and beginning the process that led to the end of slavery in the United States. He is also remembered for his character, his speeches and letters, and as a man of humble origins whose determination and perseverance led him to the nation's highest office.

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Mother Theresa

Mother Theresa was born on August 26, 1910 in what is now Skopje, Macedonia.At the age of twelve, she felt strongly the call of God. She knew she had to be a missionary to spread the love of Christ.

On October 7, 1950, Mother Teresa received permission from the Holy See to start her own order, "The Missionaries of Charity", whose primary task was to love and care for those persons nobody was prepared to look after. The order provides food for the needy and operates hospitals,schools, orphanages, youth centers, and shelters for lepers and the dying poor. The Society of Missionaries has spread all over the world, including the former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries. They provide effective help to the poorest of the poor in a number of countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and they undertake relief work in the wake of natural catastrophes such as floods, epidemics, and famine, and for refugees. The order also has houses in North America, Europe and Australia, where they take care of the shut-ins, alcoholics, homeless, and AIDS sufferers.

For her work with the poor around the world she received the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize.In addition, Mother Teresa has received other awards for her work with the needy. These awards include the 1971 Pope John XXIII Peace Prize andIndia's Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1972. Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997. She is sorely missed.

If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive - Mother Theresa

Friday, July 3, 2009

Nice thought