September 23 Saints of the Day – Adomnán of Iona and Padre Pio

On this day in 1806, Lewis and Clark returned to St. Louis after exploring the Pacific Northwest of the United States. “The coffee was good,” they said, “but it rained a lot.” Adamnan/Adomnán of Iona (ca. 627 – 704) was a somewhat distant cousin of St. Columba (for certain values of "somewhat" — we’re talking… Continue reading September 23 Saints of the Day – Adomnán of Iona and Padre Pio

September 22 Saints of the Day – Jonah the Prophet and Ignatius of Santhia

On this day in 1699, the people of Rotterdam went on strike over high cost of butter. Historian Theodor Geisl wrote his dissertation about this incident. Jonah the Prophet (VIII cent. BC(E)) was notable among Hebrew prophets as the only one to get eaten by a sea creature. (Whale? Fish? Polaris submarine? The experts are… Continue reading September 22 Saints of the Day – Jonah the Prophet and Ignatius of Santhia

September 21 Saints of the Day – John Maisuradze and Matthew the Apostle

On this day in 1897, the "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" editorial was published in the New York Sun. This was followed in rapid succession by “Yes, Dakota, there is an Easter Bunny,” and “Yes, Colorado, there is a Zig-Zag Man.” John Maisuradze (ca. 1882 – 1957), after helping to rebuild a monastery… Continue reading September 21 Saints of the Day – John Maisuradze and Matthew the Apostle

September 20 Saints of the Day – Eustace and Andrew Kim Taegon

On this day in 480 BC, the Greeks defeated the Persians in the Battle of Salamis. Sadly they later lost the battle of Pastramis-on-Rye. There once was a saint named Eustace (d. 118), and he almost deserved to have Shakespeare write his vita. As Placidus, he was an officer in the Roman army, but one… Continue reading September 20 Saints of the Day – Eustace and Andrew Kim Taegon

September 19 Saints of the Day – Theodore the Black and Susanna the Deaconness

On this day in 1959, Nikita Khrushchev was barred from visiting Disneyland due to security concerns. He had refused to let the Themepark Security Administration inspect his shoes. Theodore the Black (d. 1298) of Smolensk was a swarthy lad, and a swarthy lad was he. (Nobody implicated his mother in anything and we’re not going… Continue reading September 19 Saints of the Day – Theodore the Black and Susanna the Deaconness