St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital

This is the second blog post written to honor and praise our patron Saint, St. Jude Thaddeus, whom my wife and I hold in the highest regard. I first discovered the miraculous power of St. Jude’s Novena Prayer in 1981. I learned to say his novena to grant a miracle I needed in my life. By saying his novena nine days in a row, nine times each day, leaving a copy in church each day, it has never been known to fail by the eighth day. Then I published our thanks in the local newspaper. I have never forgotten how St. Jude granted our miracle request. We have a tremendous bond with St. Jude these past 39 years.

When I discovered the Danny Thomas miracle request to St. Jude I decided St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital would become our charity of choice. We give whatever we can every year to honor the commitment made to children and their families that no family should have to pay for cancer treatment to heal their child.

Several years ago my wife and I travelled with close friends to Memphis, Tennessee to visit St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital. It was part of our Memphis city tour. What a rewarding and enriching moment it was to see where miracles are performed. It renewed even further our vow to donate to this vital charity.

There was a statue of Danny Thomas in the front of the hospital. We said a prayer thanking him for his role as benefactor, substantiating how he honored St. Jude in following through as a savior to children and their families.

We then visited the St. Jude Gift Shop and made some purchases. We continue to make gift purchases online to help the foundation. Even made one today :).

Again here is the St. Jude novena so that you may invoke St. Jude’s help and assistance.

Trust in the power of St. Jude Thaddeus. His gift of granting miracles is a deep religious blessing. Amen.

Sonny Rollins: Meditating on a Riff

I just discovered in my Twitter feed an illuminating source for the book I’m writing about spirituality and the healing power of music.

Sonny Rollins: Meditating on a Riff, A Journey Into His World of Spirituality by Hugh Wyatt.

It’s the second title from a new, independent book publisher Kamama Books that focuses on books as diverse and offbeat as the city itself.


Jazz legend Sonny Rollins spent his youth hustling on the streets of his native Harlem, but over time the tenor saxophonist shifted gears and developed the reputation of being “the world’s greatest living jazz musician.” Did he deserve such a lofty title?

This biography, entitled Sonny Rollins: Meditating on a Riff, will attempt to answer this and other questions. However, it will not be a regurgitation of previous books or articles that focus exclusively on jazz. Instead, the major focus of this book will be on Sonny’s adventurous foray into spirituality and even the occult.

The secretive Sonny experimented with certain esoteric forms of yoga and spirituality, such as Rosicrucianism and other otherworldly practices. His goal was not only to achieve God-realization, among other things but to develop certain powers that would enable him to unlock the secrets of the universe.

Wyatt’s riveting biography offers a unique glimpse into the psyche of one of the most reclusive figures in jazz. It is a tell-all that reveals intimate and unpublished details of his fascinating life directly from Sonny himself, as well as his family members and close friends

Let There Be Peace On Earth

My favorite spiritual hymn is, “Let There Be Peace on Earth”, by Jill Jackson and Sy Miller.

Jill Jackson

Let there be peace on earth,
and let it begin with me;
let there be peace on earth,
the peace that was meant to be.

With God our creator,
family all are we.
Let us walk with each other
in perfect harmony.*

* © 1955 Jan-Lee Music, renewed 1983. Used by permission; all rights reserved.

“When I attempted suicide [in 1944] and I didn’t succeed,” Jill Jackson said, “I knew for the first time unconditional love—which God is. You are totally loved, totally accepted, just the way you are. At that moment I was not allowed to die, and something happened to me, which is very difficult to explain. I had an eternal moment of truth, in which I knew I was loved, and I knew I was here for a purpose.”

This realization was followed by years of exploring her spiritual nature and her relationship with God. Jackson discovered her love for writing and began writing songs with Sy Miller after they married in 1949.

In 1955, she wrote the lyrics for “Let There Be Peace on Earth” while her husband wrote the melody. The song was introduced at a California retreat to a group of young people who were from a wide variety of religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The young people had come together for a weeklong experience devoted to developing friendship and understanding through education, discussion and working together. The song’s focus on peace and God made it easy to cross many boundaries.

Sy Miller wrote about the effect of the song: “One summer evening in 1955, a group of 180 teenagers of all races and religions, meeting at a workshop high in the California mountains locked arms, formed a circle and sang a song of peace. They felt that singing the song, with its simple basic sentiment—‘Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me’—helped to create a climate for world peace and understanding.

“When they came down from the mountain, these inspired young people brought the song with them and started sharing it. And, as though on wings, ‘Let There Be Peace on Earth’ began an amazing journey around the globe. It traveled first, of course, with the young campers back to their homes and schools, churches and clubs.”

Miller noted that the song was then shared in all 50 states at school graduations, PTA meetings, holiday gatherings, celebrations of Brotherhood Week, Veterans Day, Human Rights Day and United Nations Day. Kiwanis clubs sang it, as well as 4-H clubs, United Auto Workers, the American Legion, the B’nai B’rith and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

The song was taped, copied, printed in songbooks and passed by word of mouth. Eventually, it spread overseas, sung by Maoris in New Zealand and Zulus in Africa.

In 2009 Random House published “Let There Be Peace on Earth” as a children’s book.

Peace

The above information is lovingly shared from History of Hymns, authored by Dr. C. Michael Hawn a professor of sacred music at Perkins School of Theology, SMU.

World Sound Healing Day – A Sonic Valentine for Earth on February 14, 2017

Valentine’s Day is a special and sacred day in the music of our hearts. To have our day intersect with World Sound Healing Day adds to the love for all we share.

World Sound Healing Day is a global event designed to help bring balance to the planet. With the Earth, its waters and its people in such a dramatic situation of crisis, Jonathan Goldman and others believe that the use of intentionalized sound, such as occurs on World Sound Healing Day, is quantum in nature.

“Send a Healing ‘AH’ sound to the planet with your voice!

The purpose of World Sound Healing Day is:
To heal our planet
To heal our waters
To raise our consciousness

“Become a Sonic Co-Creator,” says sound pioneer Jonathan Goldman (www.healingsounds.com),   Attend or plan and join a local World Sound Healing Day event.” To find out more, visit: www.worldsoundhealingday.org.

 

 

 

Jonathan Goldman, M.A. is an international authority on sound healing and a pioneer in the field of harmonics. He is the author of many books including the best-selling “Healing Sounds” and “The 7 Secrets of Sound Healing.” Jonathan is director of the Sound Healers Association and president of Spirit Music, Inc. in Boulder, Colorado. A Grammy nominee, he has created over 25 best-selling, award-winning recordings including “Frequencies,” and “Chakra Chants.” Jonathan is a lecturing member of the International Society for Music Medicine. In Spring 2011, Jonathan was named as one of Watkins’ Mind Body Spirit magazine’s “100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People.” Jonathan lives with his wife Andi in Boulder, Colorado.

Benedicta: Marian Chant from Norcia – The Monks of Norcia

CBS Sunday Morning featured a segment on this morning’s show, “Chanting monks become best selling recording artists“.

I became intrigued on several levels  by what I heard and felt. I learned that Father Cassian Folsom hailed from Connecticut with a passion for music and reviving the Monastery of St. Benedict in Norcia, Italy.  Being a practicing Catholic with a sense of religious music devotion I couldn’t help but be enchanted by the story and its message.

Benedicta: Marian Chant from Norcia – The Monks of Norcia is a superlative recording. In my quest to write and share the wisdom of spirituality and the healing power of music, Marian chant strikes just the right religious chord in the  music of our heart.

The chanting and prayer put me at such peace. I hope you will allow the light of this recording into each of your respective hearts.

Tea Time

Healthy Hacks

Tea is magical. It really is. It’s so easy to make and delivers an abundance of natural herbs and remedies to your body 🙂 It is somewhat overwhelming now to walk into a grocery store and see the tea section. There are over 100 kinds – at least! Below are my top five favorite teas (in no order) that serve for different functions, highly recommend them all. 100 % natural. 100% healthy. 100% delicious.

#1 Organic Happy Tummy by Allegro Fine Tea

Given that I have a million allergies and am often bloated or just have an upset stomach, this tea never fails to heal me. Contains organic peppermint, ginger, cinnamon, dandelion root, and spearmint. So soothing and amazing. It’s caffeine-free too, so enjoy a cup before bed! Bought this at Whole Foods, but it is available at many other stores.

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#2 Yogi Green Tea Super Antioxidant

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Jimmy Greene – Beautiful Life

“My daughter Ana was born on a Tuesday morning in early April 2006. Her life was ended in her first grade classroom on a Friday morning in mid-December — six years, eight months and ten days later. Despite the efforts of many to identify and debate the issues surrounding the Sandy Hook shooting, an awful reality remains — there has been a proliferation of heinous, senseless acts of violence in America — acts that have ravaged my families and the families of so many others across our country. Much attention has been paid to the way my precious Ana died, but this album attempts to paint the picture of how she lived — lovingly, faithfully and joyfully. In a way, this recording also represents a reaction. Not a reaction to the discourse sparked by the events of December 14, 2012, but rather the reaction of a father after having witnessed a miracle — the miracle of his daughter’s beautiful life.

With this recording there is an assertion that, despite the unseemingly bearable weight of our loss, there is still lots of beauty all around and much to be thankful for in this life. I’m grateful that my Dad reminded me of this fact in the days after Ana was killed because from that moment, my focus gradually shifted from inward to outward, eventually resulting in this recording. And, I’m thankful for the opportunity to share this music, and a bit of Ana’s beautiful life with you.”

Love Wins, Jimmy Greene, Newtown, CT

This is the most important jazz record of the year because it does what every record — jazz, rock or otherwise — should do: it speaks to the breadth of human emotion, from deepest sadness to greatest joy, in the context of what we all aim to achieve — a connection to the spirit that gives us the courage to forge on in this fragile, temporal life.

(From the Review of Beautiful Life
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By Michael Verity, Jazz Expert)