Written by Martin Nowak Friday, 28 October 2011 18:24
Written by Martin Nowak Saturday, 15 October 2011 20:46
Philip Mazzei left his native Italy in 1756 at age 26, seeking greater freedom in more liberal England. A trained surgeon, Mazzei set up an importing business in London. When liberties there became curtailed, he moved to America, where the cause of true freedom was gaining a foothold.
Mazzei met Thomas Adams, a friend of Thomas Jefferson, and in 1773 bought a plantation next to Jefferson's Monticello. The two became great friends and neighbors. When the revolution came , he took up arms against England and became an American citizen. He soon entered politics and became a political writer whose ideas influenced the course of government.
He landed a position as Virginia's agent in Europe in 1780 and traveled to Paris and Italy. His mission: to raise money for the American cause. But at this he failed and was recalled.
When Jefferson became U.S. Minister to France, Mazzei returned to Paris in 1785, hoping to secure a diplomatic post. In France, he promoted favorable views of America and vocally defended the U.S. at every opportunity. He eventually published a four volume work of his own about America, in essence becoming a publicist for this country. One of the readers of Mazzei's writings was King Stanisław August Poniatowski of Poland.
Written by Jagoda Urban-Klaehn Thursday, 15 September 2011 22:36
. In 1878 when Manya (Maria Sklodowska) was only 11 years old, she already lost her beloved mother and Zosia, her oldest sister. For Manya the death of mother, the most important person in every child's life, started the episodes of depression which were continuing on and off through her whole life. With the death of her beloved mother, Manya also lost some of her faith. She stopped believing in the benevolence of God, she could not comprehend why God could take away her mother. Read about Maria's childhood
Written by Martin S. Nowak Saturday, 03 September 2011 19:13
In 1887, twenty-five year old Sister Maria Franciszka moved to the Polish city of Płock and with five other nuns formed a Roman Catholic religious order. She emerged as the leader of the little group, which performed works of charity and venerated the Eucharist.
Six years later, Sister Maria experienced a divine revelation. She claimed that the voice of Christ warned her of the sins of the clergy and that to rescue it and the world, she should establish a congregation called the Mariavites. The name comes from the Latin Maria Vitae, or Life of Mary. This movement was to venerate the Blessed Virgin and be under her protection.
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