I am going to publish in my newspaper, Royal Rosamond Press, several proposals aimed at bringing to fruition The Dream of Beryl Buck, when she left a large sum of money to the poor people of Marin County with a stipulation some of these moneys go to support an unspecified “religious” purpose, or cause.
I am taking the liberty of applying the work and history of Monasticism from where the Knight Templars arose to establish a Volunteer Healthcare System. Not every American Voter wants to see the destruction of Obamacare. There are many well-off Democrats who are not anxious to receive what amounts to a Income Tax Gift from the Republicans, many who claim they are Christians. This has caused bewilderment amongst tens of millions of Americans who don’t get it, don’t understand why Christians should help rich people – of both parties – become even richer, at the expense of the poor!
What I am proposing is establishing ‘Templar Life & Heath Insurance’ where those who can afford it, and wish to be generous, or obey the tenants of Christianity, can purchase life insurance, and make The Poor and Needy their beneficiaries via the Templar Healthcare Program. Here is the real legacy Beryl Buck had in mind. We do not live forever. We can not take it with us. Our death can sustain the lives of the living. Templar Healthcare will tend to the needs of expectant mothers, and newborn children that carry on our family legacies, and fulfil the first commandment of God
“Be fruitful and multiply!”
Two months ago, a woman who grew up on a farm in Oregon almost sold me life and burial insurance. It was almost a done deal until she asked me who my beneficiary was. Sadly I told her I had to remove my daughter from my will, because she was loyal to the alcoholics in her family, and had no interest in being the happy ending to my recovery book. I have thirty years sobriety. My famous sister’s funeral fell on her first sober birthday. If I could purchase Templar Life Insurance I could leave everything to them, and they would bury me. Consider the Neptune Society. I tried to set this kind of burial plan up for homeless people who have no family. My legacy would go into a Trust Fund that would pay for the healthcare of the poor. I adopted my homeless friend after he died via the Elk’s Society. We could find no next of kin.
The secular and scientific interests of the Buck Foundation For Research On Aging, only serves the rich people who can afford any innovative treatment that might be discovered at the cost of millions. The promise of a longer life goes against the rules of Monastic Life, which is based upon the inclusiveness of Jesus, not any exclusiveness invention that pushes people away, especially the poor and disabled. I would concentrate more on head-inured people.
The Rule of the Master was a model for Abbeys and monasteries. Jesus is forever moving the goal line so there never arrives a Self-righteous one, who excludes this one, and that one. To carry the yoke, is to carry the crux of the teaching that is an easy one when we turn and ETERNALLY help others who follow after us. This is to say, the work is never done! In Christianity, there should be no reward in disqualifying others less fortunate than you.An evangelical college cancelled healthcare insurance due to abortion issues. This is a self-righteous distraction employed by one political party against another. Many poor people can not afford a funeral and do not get to say goodbye to those who lived their life.
Hugh de Rougemont made a donation to Molesme Abbey and became a Jerosolimitanus “of Jerusalem”. I suspect Hugh is the missing Grand Master of the Knights Templar who is erased because it appears Molesme Abbey was taken over by the Templars for a short time. Several authors have connected the Shroud with the Templars and the artist, Leonardo DaVinci. The Buck Institute sits atop this legend- and how! I should be getting a grant from the Buck Foundation on Education that should go in search of poor people to enjoin them, rather then make then jump thru academic hoops. I have done wonders with the $700 dollars I get from SSI. I own and run a newspaper!
Balthazar de Rougemont was a famous duelist and convert of Saint Vincent. His son is buried on the Church of Saint Vincet. What I suggest, is, that Marin County be an example of what can be done with the seeds that Beryl sew. I would like the success of THLI to inspire a sister program in Springfield, and Lane County, due to the contributions Frank Buck made. He is the real Mr. Burns who owned many logging operations. There is a connection to Steinbeck’s ‘Grapes of Wrath’.
My kindred, John Fremont, allegedly led the Bear Flag Revolt from the sidelines, and thus Marin County came to be. John also explored the Oregon Territory. I mention this to lesson the grip of other claimants to aspects of the Buck Foundation. John was a co-founder of the Republican Abolitionist Party, and was its first Presidential Candidate. John was the first to emancipate slaves.
I would like to see Stackpoles statue ‘Pacifica’ be raised from the dead, and placed on the shores of Marin. I see an Art Center of Education. There is much religious history stored in art. All artists need is a humble abode so they can unlock and unleash the treasures that are brought up from the core of their being and soul – that defies a scientific explanation! What good is it to cause a body to live longer, if, the head is forever an empty vessel? Of course Beryl contemplated the fate of our eternal souls. She understood what a Legacy is.
The quality of my life has plummeted since the death of my sister who was the world famous artist, Christine Rosamond, thanks to Sydney Morris, who sold our family history and recovery to outsiders in order to pay off Lawrence Chazen, a partner on Gavin Newsom in PlumpJack. I was put in the dark – and isolated! They lured my newfound daughter from me with promises of fortune and fame. I find no pro-alcoholic recovery message in Alcohol Justice, that waged a legal skirmish against PlumpJack. Alcoholics in recovery should be empowered to fight their own battles. The founders of AA discovered only an alcoholic can help another alcoholic.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
By doing the Buck Family genealogy, for free, I can bring to America, and the West Coast, much of Frances’ Huguenot history. The Huguenot Diaspora needs a home for their Lady Liberty whose beauty will be liken to the Mona Lisa, in my book. For four days I have been debating whether to reveal the amazing discovery I made in regards to the ancestors of the Brevoort family – that is ordained! A great rent can be healed!
Jon ‘The Nazarite’.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Tag Archives: St.Robert of Molesme
The Order of Cistercians also known as Trappists, is a Roman Catholic religious order, which consists of monasteries of monks and nuns. It is part of the larger Cistercian family which can trace its origin back to 1098. Cistercians follow the rule of St.Benedict, and are part of the Benedictine family as well. Cistercians dedicate their lives, to seek union with God, through Jesus Christ, within a community of brothers or sisters.
On the 21st March 1098, St.Robert of Molesme, Abbot of the Benedictine Abbey of Molesme, felt compelled to lead twenty-one of his monks to Citeaux, and establish a new monastery. This new abbey was dedicated to the restoration of Benedictine Rule in its most primitive form. A life devoted to prayer and poverty.
Tension rose amongst his followers, and the relationship between the new monastery at Citeaux, and the Benedictine Abbey of Molesme, they had left behind. The monks of Molesme, grieved by the loss of their holy leader, and it wasn’t long before they obtained a papal decree, forcing St.Robert to return to Molesme, and take up his position once again as their Abbot.
In 1098 there were 35 dependent priories of Molesme, and other annexes and some priories of nuns. Donors from the surrounding area vied with one another in helping the monks; soon they had more than they needed, slackened their way of life and became tepid. Benefactors sent their children to the abbey for education and other non-monastic activities began to dominate daily life. The vast land holdings they had acquired required a large number of employees. As the community grew increasingly wealthy, it began to attract men seeking entry for the wrong reasons. They caused a division among the brothers, challenging Robert’s severity. Robert twice tried to leave Molesme but was ordered back by the Pope.
In 1099, the monks of Molesme asked Robert to return and agreed to submit entirely to his interpretation of the Rule of St. Benedict; the local bishop also pressured Robert to return. He agreed and Molesme became a major center for the Benedictines under his tutelage. Albéric was made successor abbot at Cîteaux, with Stephen Harding as prior.
Robert died on 17 April 1111. Pope Honorius III canonized him in 1222. His feast day in the Roman Catholic Church was at first observed on 17 April, later transferred to April 29, and finally combined with the feast of Alberic and Stephen Harding and is observed in our day on 26 January.
In the spring of 1846, the American army officer and explorer John C. Fremont arrived at Sutter’s Fort (near modern-day Sacramento) with a small corps of soldiers. Whether or not Fremont had been specifically ordered to encourage an American rebellion is unclear. Ostensibly, Fremont and his men were in the area strictly for the purposes of making a scientific survey. The brash young officer, however, began to persuade a motley mix of American settlers and adventurers to form militias and prepare for a rebellion against Mexico.
Emboldened by Fremont’s encouragement, on this day in 1846 a party of 33 Americans under the leadership of Ezekiel Merritt and William Ide invaded the largely defenseless Mexican outpost of Sonoma just north of San Francisco. Fremont and his soldiers did not participate, though he had given his tacit approval of the attack
Fremont remained in the background of events, not wishing to involve the United States in any altercations the Osos might be involved in; however, he and his force had already been branded “bandits” by General Castro, after an alleged horse stealing episode near Salinas during May 1846. Hence, in early June, Captain Fremont gave advice to capture the Northern Headquarters of General Mariano Vallejo at Sonoma. On June 14, the Osos took the town of Sonoma in the early dawn light without firing a shot. And with the acceptance of General Vallejo’s surrender the Osos declared California a Republic, and raised the Bear Flag over the plaza.
Captain Fremont saluted the Bear Flaggers, whose force now numbered ninety, when both the flag of the United States and California Republic were raised on July 4, 1846, in celebration of United States and California Independence.
Following the celebration, Captain Fremont proposed that a unified force be organized, under his command. A discussion was held July 5, with William Brown Ide (Grigsby-Ide emigrant party of 1845), who the Bear Flaggers had elected as their Commander-in-Chief. A compact was drawn up for all volunteers to sign, which in part read: Not to violate the chastity of Women; conduct their revolution honorably; and pledge obedience to their officers. With the signatures or marks of the men, the California Battalion was formed. Fremont appointed a Marine Corps Officer, Captain Archibald H. Gillespie, his Adjutant. Captain Gillespie had joined Fremont when the latter was at the Oregon Border. Gillespie had crossed the Mexican nation and entered California about the time hostilities broke out with the opening of the Mexican War, May 1846. Fremont requested the Battalion’s volunteers to elect their officers from the ranks. Chosen were: Richard Owens, John Grigsby, Granville P. Swift, and Henry L. Ford.
The California Battalion was given further legitimacy when on July 23, it was recognized by the American military leader in California, Commodore Robert Field Stockton, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces in the Pacific. J.C. Fremont was promoted to Major by Commodore Stockton, and given command of all Volunteer Militia. Major Fremont and the California Battalion eventually came under the command of Brigadier General Stephen Watt Kearney. Following this command change the Battalion came into prominence when in January 1847 they accepted the surrender of the Californios, thereby ending the conflict in California.
It was a serious enterprise, at the commencement of winter, to undertake the traverse of such a region, and with a party consisting only of twenty-five persons, and they of many nations — American, French, German, Canadian, Indian, and colored — and most of them young, several being under twenty-one years of age. All knew that a strange country was to be explored, and dangers and hardships to be encountered; but no one blanched at the prospect. On the contrary, courage and confidence animated the whole party. Cheerfulness, readiness, subordination, prompt obedience, characterized all; nor did any extremity of peril and privation, to which we were afterwards exposed, ever belie, or derogate from, the fine spirit of this brave and generous commencement.
Thus late in 1843, having followed the Great Migration of pioneers across the Oregon Trail to Oregon, Fremont would now make what would be his most significant contribution to western exploration: a reconnaissance south from The Dalles along the eastern side of the Cascade Range, over the Sierra Nevada, and back across the Great Basin. The Oregon portion of this expedition lasted form November 25 through December 26.
November 27. Two Indian chiefs who had accompanied Fremont from The Dalles, Stiletsi and White Crane, took their leave. The expedition then ascended the Tygh Prairie crossing Juniper Flat. Near the vicinity of Wapinitia, Fremont observed a small trail taking off toward a low point in the Cascades where he surmised there could be a pass to the Willamette Valley. An early camp was made on Nena Creek.
The Abbey of Citeaux, continued after the loss of St.Robert’s return to Molesme, by a small number of monks who chose to remain and carry on the order. The new Abbot was St.Alberic, who was later succeeded by St.Stephen Harding.
St.Robert, St.Alberic and St.Stephen Harding, each Abbots in their own right, are celebrated as founders of the Cistercian Order.
With the guidance of St.Alberic, the small community of monks, built their first church, and settled down to their new way of life. St.Stephen Harding, an Englishman from Dorset, was one of the founding Abbots, of the Abbey of Citeaux.
St.Bernard was born in 1090, to parents Tescelin de Fontaine, Lord of Fontaine – les – Dijon and Alethe de Montbard of high French nobility in the Burgundy region. In 1109, his mother died, and his life was to undertake a dramatic change.
For the next three years, Bernard a nobleman from Fontaine – les – Dijon, went on a spiritual journey. Then in 1112, the twenty-two-year-old felt he had his calling from God, and knocked at the doors of the Abbey of Citeaux, fourteen miles to the south of Dijon, with thirty of his relatives.
Stephen quickly sensed Bernard’s talents, and so it was, after three years as a monk, St.Bernard was sent to Vallee d’Absinthe in the Diocese of Langres, where he founded the Abbey of Clairvaux. St.Bernard was accompanied by four of Stephen’s own brothers, uncle and two cousins, alongside an architect and two other monks.
The land, upon which the Abbey of Clairvaux was to be built upon, was a gift from Hugh, Count of Champagne, who would eventually become a member of the Knights Templar.
The project they were faced with, was to build a new abbey from the ground upwards. This new abbey would be built by their own hands, stone by stone, in the name of their God, and Bernard would become the Abbot of the Abbey of Clairvaux.
It didn’t take long, for the news to filter through, as disciples and monks flocked to St.Bernard, wishing to follow in the steps of the renowned Abbot; St.Bernard of Clairvaux.
During St.Stephen’s tenure, four daughter-houses were created; La Ferte, Pontigny, Clairvaux and Morimond, between 1113 and 1115. This monastic life led by the Abbey of Citeaux, saw an ever-growing network of monasteries rise up through medieval Europe. Which led to the Carta Caritatis (Charter of Charity) being drawn up, designed to harmonize a sense of unity in its monasteries.
Almost in unison with the Templars, the Cistercians grew in wealth. Like the Knights Templar, the Cistercian order was exempt from taxes and tithes. They were expert in farming, industry and commerce. The lead used on their Abbey roofs, was sourced from their own mines and smelted in their own works.
The construction of their Abbey’s were well thought out, and water was a major concern in any build. Abbey’s would be situated by a secluded river or stream. Monks would create a dam, designed to carry water to all parts of the Abbey; flowing through kitchens, washing facilities and indoor plumbing.
The Cistercian Order opted for plain cloths on their altars, with a plain wooden cross, whilst their Benedictine rivals had altars, crosses and candle holders made of gold.
The very rule of the Templar order, held this monastic institution with the highest regard, and many a co-operative venture would be undertaken by the two.
It is said, if a knight was expelled from the Knights Templar, he was not free to join secular life. The said knight would seek shelter in a Cistercian monastery, in the hope that he would be rehabilitated.
In 1128, St.Bernard and Pope Honorius II attended the Council of Troyes, to settle conflicts within the French Church. He offended Cardinal’s by his words, and was denounced by these men, yet his words, led to a strong bond with the Pope.
St.Bernard, man of God became a renowned churchman in Christendom, known for correcting abuses within the faith. He went out on a limb, defending church rights against the monarchy, who sought control of its resources, and chose their own bishops.
With news from the Holy Land, that the Crusader state of Edessa had fallen to Turkish forces. Fear rang out, for Antioch and Jerusalem, which could see them fall into Islam control once again.
St.Bernard of Clairvaux was the man who called, who promoted the founding of the Knights Templar, and created the monastic rules of life they would follow.
St.Bernard called for a new crusade to the Holy Land, asking knights to arm themselves and wear the cross upon their chest, showing to all, they be God’s warriors. He even used part of his own habit, fashioning crosses for many a warrior.
On the 21st August 1153, St.Bernard of Clairvaux died at the Abbey of Clairvaux in France. At the time of his death, some 343 Cistercian monasteries had been established . Sixty-five by him, and the remainder by fellow monks of the order. In 1174 St.Bernard was canonized by Pope Alexander III.
The Cistercian Order continued to expand, and by the year 1200, there were in excess of 500 houses, and at the time of the reformation the number had risen to 742.
In 1664 Pope Alexander VII recognized within the Cistercian Order two observances; the Common and the Strict. Among these arose Armand Jean de Rance, an Abbot who underwent conversion in his Abbey of Notre Dame de la Grande Trappe. A renewal in the practice of monastic enclosure, silence and manual labour, expressing a spirit of apartness from all worldliness and a dedication to prayer and penance. His was one community, lucky enough to have escaped destruction at the hands of the French Revolution.
During the French Revolution, Augustine de Lestrange travels led to the creation of Cistercian Orders in England, Belgium, Spain, Italy, and America.
In 1892 Pope Leo attempted to create a single Cistercian house under one order… but this proved impossible, for it now consisted of many national congregations. This resulted with the Pope recognizing two Cistercian Orders: Order of Citeaux and Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, also known as the Trappists.
In 1120, the Benedictine nunnery of Tart, adopted Cistercian Order rules, and sought an ever closer alliance with the monks of the order. In modern times, the Strict Observance order, has sixty monasteries of Nuns, serving with Monks of the order in Rome.
According to the Modern Catholic Encyclopedia, the Cistercian Order have given to the Church many spiritual masters:
Bernard of Clairvaux
William of Saint Thierry
Alfred of Rievaulx
Guerric of Igny
Isaac of Stella
Gilbert of Hoyland
Adam of Perseigne
Cistercian Nunnery of Helfta in Saxony
Saint Gertrude the Great
Saint Mechtild of Magdeburg
12th Century Spiritual Masters