16 February

Celebrities born today:

Charles Webster Leadbeater (16 February 1854 – 1 March 1934) influential member of the Theosophical Society, author on occult subjects and co-initiator with J. I. Wedgwood of the Liberal Catholic Church.

Nichiren Daishonin, Japanese founder of Nichiren Buddhism (1222-1282)

Pamela Colman Smith, (11.5) British writer and occultist (1878-1951)

Vincent Ward, (11.1) New Zealand director and screenwriter, 16 February 1956 What Dreams May Come (1998, director)

André Berthomieu, (11.8.8) French film director and screenwriter (d. 1960)

Georges Ulmer, (11.6) French singer and composer (1919-1989)

John Schlesinger, (11.1) English film director (1926-2003), director of Billy Liar (1963), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Marathon Man (1976).

Otis Blackwell, (11.11) American songwriter and singer (1931-2002)

James Ingram, (11.8.3) American singer, pianist and composer, 1952

Iain Banks, (11.1) Scottish author, 16 February 1956, science-fiction author of the Culture series, about an interstellar anarchist and utopian society.

 

ACIM: 47. God is the strength in which I trust.

Saints: Feria. Abda of Edessa, Elias and companions, Juliana of Nicomedia, Onesimus

Gospel of Thomas: (39) Jesus said, “The pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of knowledge (gnosis) and hidden them. They themselves have not entered, nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to. You, however, be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.”

Concise Epitome: 5.5 Here we have plenty of light, whereras down there, beyond the Last Frontier, only darkness abides (Qui di luce assai ne teniamo, mentre laggiù, oltre l’Ultima Frontiera, solo buio ci sta).