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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Patron Saints - And God May Be Laughing at Us

St. Anne
By Petar Milošević (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0
, via Wikimedia Commons
Our little family made use of the tradition of drawing a New Year's Saint on the last day of 2012. We used the random saint generator at Truth and Charity. Our thanks to Micah Murphy for this wonderful innovation.

So then...
I drew St. Anne.  This seems a wonderful thing.  I'm quite delighted to spend a year with the mother of Our Lady.

My husband drew Blessed John Duns Scotus. I'm not yet sure what to make of this. Nonetheless, if the Saint chooses the person...whom am I to argue? (Actually, I think I may know exactly what it means, but I'll leave it between my husband and Bl. John.)

Our daughter, Elyse, drew St. Nicholas Owen.  Well now, that is a happening. He was new to me...and it didn't take long to discover why.  It seems that my Anglo-Catholic daughter has been taken under the wing of 
a builder who lived during the reign of Protestant (Anglican) Queen Elizabeth I of England. St. Nicholas Owen served Roman Catholic Jesuit priests in England for two decades by constructing hiding places for them in mansions throughout the country.  (These types of hiding places were commonly known as "priest holes.") As a result, St. Nicholas Owen was tortured and was eventually martyred. I expect that my Roman Catholic friends are smiling broadly at this Saint's new connection to our little Anglo-Catholic family.

Entrance to a Priest Hole vis a Secret Staircase
 at the Partingdale House in Middlesex England
From Project Guttenberg, 1908,  PD-Before  1923

Hmm....We shall see where these new associations take us...

Pax Christi dear ones,
I trust you are enjoying a marvelous New Year's Day and a very Merry Eighth Day of Christmas,

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