Thursday, December 14, 2006

Intercepted From the Circular File at the Vatican: Ponderous Questions (a new series)

Retrieved from the wastebasket of mail addressed to "Whoever Cares, Somewhere around St. Peter's, Vatican City". --I.C.

To Whom It May Concern,
isn't the feast of St. John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church and writer of The Dark Night, on the darkest night of the year (December 21) instead of today, December 14? Hmmm? Who messed that one up? To whom do we register a complaint? Frankly, I expect more attention to devotional detail from a quality organization such as yourselves.

Another problem: the southern hemisphere is flat out of luck, isn't it. Long days of warmth and sunshine and we're supposedly observing the purgation that comes with the felt absence of God. Yeah, that's incentive. Better weather for celebrating someone like St. Francis, don't you think?

And celebrating this feast in Antartica on December 14 is just one cruel joke. Sun 24-7. He didn't call it the bright night, kids.

I'm considering reporting this incongruity to the Better Business Bureau.

Have a nice day!


Quantitative Metathesis said...


In all seriousness, though, the longest night of the year was around the 13th or 14th of December in the Middle Ages. Perhaps we should make St. John of the Cross a moveable feast!

Anonymous said...

St.John of the Cross is my very favorite saint. December 14th is my birthday. God had a plan... just sayin' it's something to think about.

Tom said...

Reminder - December 17-24th (or 23rd?) are proper days where we don't have memorials, but only commemorations, b/c the 8 days leading up to the Nativity of Our Lord supercede the other saints' days in the liturgical calendar. So, if St John of the Cross was memorialized on Dec. 21 we wouldn't get to use the common of Doctors of the Church and it would in fact diminish the celebration of his feast/memorial relative to the Liturgical options, specifically in the Liturgy of the Hours, available at the earlier date of Dec 14th.

God bless us all,

~Big Tom