Sunday, September 19, 2004

Volcano Watch



Today – along with being the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, the 15th after Trinity, and the 25th Per Annum – is also the feast of St. Januarius. If God is in His heaven and all is right with the world, the vial of his blood kept in the Cathedral at Naples should liquefy. If trouble is in store – say, an incipient volcano eruption – it won't liquefy.

We await tomorrow’s reports.

[The citation is to the article on St. Januarius in the old Catholic Encyclopaedia. The author is the late Fr. Herbert Thurston, S.J. a renowned investigator of things mysterious and a noted skeptic in regard to the same. The final paragraph reveals that even he thinks the liquefaction is a miracle, which is in itself a miracle of sorts.]