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December 8, 2005

Dec. 9th is St. John Roberts Day

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 10:43 pm

Even if you’re not among those who pray regularly for our courts

and judges — or are among those who pray not at all — you might

want to note in passing that December 9th is the Catholic Church’s


 

StJohnRoberts 

 

As we pointed out last September, St. John Roberts:


– had ancestors who were princes of Wales

 

– was raised Protestant

 

– studied law at the Inns of Court when he was 21, and

later that year converted to Catholicism while in France

 

– worked among London plague victims

 

– was arrested and exiled several times for performing his priestly

duties and associating with Catholic rebels.  

 

– was finally convicted for the crime of “priesthood” in 1610, and

was martyred (hanged, drawn, and quartered). 

 

– has two fingers [of his otherwise missing corpse] preserved at Downside

Abbey and Erdington Abbey (we don’t know which two fingers and

we don’t vouch for this or any other saintly body parts kept as relics)

 


– was canonized as a saint by Pope Paul VI, in 1970, as part of

a group known as the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales

 

If the patience and humility of St. John Roberts had anything to do with his     JohnRobertsPix

namesake’s new blow on behalf of Plain English on the Supreme Court, the

f/k/a Gang raises our eyes toward heaven and sends up a thank you. 

 



 

 

all sorts of fools
moon-gaze too…
winter prayers

 

 

 

 

 

 

ain’t a devil
ain’t a saint…
just a sea slug


 

Kobayashi Issa —  translated by David G. Lanoue  

 






wine

 

 

this body of mine

part temple

part tavern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


        the old priest dines

                his wine

                just wine

 




 

 



“this body” – Dewdrop World (2005; free download)

“the old priest dines” – the thin curve:; Modern Haiku XXX: 1

 

 


twins nov51 small    Your Editor probably would not have remembered

this date, except that it falls on the birthday of his [twin] brother, (who

still doesn’t have a website for me to link to).  Happy 56th Birthday, Arthur!

 

p.s. With all this talk of saints and martyrs, here’s a reminder: we’re

still looking for more law school exam prayers.






 

                                                                                                       prayingHandsSN

 

 

4 Comments

  1. Now, I’m just a simple English-major-turned-lawyer, so I never had to wrestle with the higher mathematics or the intricacies of reproductive genetics, but it seems to me that in my vast reading of “weblogs” I have seen somewhere or other — maybe there’s a semi-reliable entry on Wikipedia? — that “twins” are commonly born on more or less the same day as one another. Am I reclling that correctly, David? Hmmmm?

    Comment by George Wallace — December 9, 2005 @ 11:35 am

  2. Now, I’m just a simple English-major-turned-lawyer, so I never had to wrestle with the higher mathematics or the intricacies of reproductive genetics, but it seems to me that in my vast reading of “weblogs” I have seen somewhere or other — maybe there’s a semi-reliable entry on Wikipedia? — that “twins” are commonly born on more or less the same day as one another. Am I reclling that correctly, David? Hmmmm?

    Comment by George Wallace — December 9, 2005 @ 11:35 am

  3. Interesting question, Mr. Wallace.   Sadly, I’m even less of a mathematics or genetics expert than you are (no science nor math requirements at the G. U. Foreign Service School).  Knowing you love good fiction, I can tell you, however, that one of the twins in Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True was, like my brother, born in December 1949, while his brother was born in January 1950. 

    Comment by David Giacalone — December 9, 2005 @ 12:52 pm

  4. Interesting question, Mr. Wallace.   Sadly, I’m even less of a mathematics or genetics expert than you are (no science nor math requirements at the G. U. Foreign Service School).  Knowing you love good fiction, I can tell you, however, that one of the twins in Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True was, like my brother, born in December 1949, while his brother was born in January 1950. 

    Comment by David Giacalone — December 9, 2005 @ 12:52 pm

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