August 8 Saints of the Day – Gregory of Sinai and Dominic de Guzman

On this day in 1969, photographer Iain Macmillan took the photo that became one of the most famous (and most parodied) album covers in history, at the Abbey Road zebra crossing. There was no walrus. Gregory of Sinai (ca. 1268 – 1346), son of rich Asia Minorites (Asians Minor?), was kidnapped by either the Hagarenes… Continue reading August 8 Saints of the Day – Gregory of Sinai and Dominic de Guzman

August 7 Saints of the Day – Pimen the Much-Ailing and Cajetan

On this day in 1955, Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering sold its first transistor radio in Japan, designed primarily to fit through submarine hatches. Pimen (or Poemen) the Much-Ailing (d. 1110) was (as you might guess) a sickly lad. He was patient, thoughtful, and wise “beyond his years” (they never caught up), however, and wanted more than… Continue reading August 7 Saints of the Day – Pimen the Much-Ailing and Cajetan

August 6 Feast of the Day – The Transfiguration

On this day in 1962, Jamaica became independent from the United Kingdom, giving the island’s bobsledders no team to train with for over twenty years. The Transfiguration is the name given to the incident in the life of our Lord, recorded in all three Synoptics and recalled by St. Peter in his second epistle, in… Continue reading August 6 Feast of the Day – The Transfiguration

August 5 Saints of the Day – Nonna and Oswald

On this day in 1914, in Cleveland, Ohio, the first electric traffic light was installed. Frosty the Snowman blew right through it. Nonna of Nazianzus (d. 374) married a husband (Gregory of Nazianzus the Elder) who belonged to the Hypsisterians (no, not hipsters), a sort of half-pagan, half-Jewish sect that kept some Jewish festivals, but… Continue reading August 5 Saints of the Day – Nonna and Oswald

August 4 Saints of the Day – The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus and Jean-Marie Vianney

On this day in 1693, according to tradition, Dom Perignon invented sparkling wine. Rumors that he never attended Compline again are unfounded. The Seven Sleepers (or Holy Youths) of Ephesus (III cent. but read on) were a group of rich friends who had enlisted in the army together and ran up against Decius’ tiresome “everybody… Continue reading August 4 Saints of the Day – The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus and Jean-Marie Vianney