A Glass of Chianti

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Why There will always be a place for St. John at my table

St. John, in addition to a panoply of patronages including such diverse professions as bookbinders and art dealers and the town of Taos, New Mexico, is closely associated with protection against poison because of an old tale that he exorcized a poisoned chalice, from which the potion rose and departed in the form of a serpent.
Obviously, he's a pretty cool guy.
In any case, the Church in Her wisdom and Her delighful sense of fun, has traditionally encouraged the blessing of wine on St. John's feast day.
And this (among other reasons) is why I will always be Catholic. And why I don't get the whole "Catholics are no fun" thing. And why I need to go out and get some more wine this afternoon.

More at The Shrine (of course).