The Dancing Franciscan Steals the Show

Today, besides being the Feast of St. Gregory Thaumaturgus, is the Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, the highly esteemed patroness of the 3rd Order Franciscans.

This dancing Franciscan is so hilariously awful that it’s horrible. If I ever do something like this – please just shoot me and let’s get it over with.

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Who in the World was St. Gregorii Thaumaturgo?


We see he had a very high forehead, so was obviously quite intelligent. Unfortunate that more are not aware of his life and works.

Via Wikipedia since they appear to have this down…

Gregory was born around AD 213 to a wealthy pagan family in Neocaesarea (modern Niksar, then the capital of the area of Pontus in Asia Minor). Little is known of his pastoral work,  and his surviving theological writings are in an incomplete state.

This lack of knowledge partially obscures his personality, despite his historical importance (?!) and his immemorial title Thaumaturgus, “the wonder-worker” in Latinized Greek, casts an air of legend about him.

Nevertheless, the lives of few bishops of the third century are so well authenticated; the historical references to him permit a fairly detailed reconstruction of his work.

So intriguing. Where does one begin? Why, over at the Divinum Officum, Divino Afflatu version, hour of Matitudinem for 11-17-2018, of course. It’s a go to source for finding readings on the saints.

“Gregory, Archbishop of Neo-Caesarea, in Pontus, is famous indeed for his holiness and doctrine, but much more so on account of the signs and wonders which he wrought, the number and character of which were so extraordinary that they have gotten him the name of Thaumatourgos, (which is, being interpreted from the Greek, the Wonderworker.)

“Holy Basil compareth him with Moses, with the Prophets, and with the Apostles, and testifieth that by his prayers he moved a mountain that stood in the way of the building of a Church. Moreover, he dried up a marsh, which was a cause of strife between brothers.

“Also, when the River Lycus overflowed and wasted the fields, he set his walking-stick on the bank, (which stick forthwith grew into a green tree,) and confined the stream within its bed, so that it never more passed that place again.

“He oftentimes cast out devils either from heathen idols or from the bodies of men, and did many other marvelous things, whereby he drew countless numbers to believe in Jesus Christ. Also he had the spirit of prophecy, and foretold things to come. When he was at the point of death, he asked how many unbelievers were left in the city of Neo-Caesarea? and when they answered Seventeen, he gave God thanks, and said: Just so many were the faithful when I took the Bishopric. He wrote a great deal, whereby, as well as by his wonders, he hath enlightened the Church of God.”

From the Sermons of St. Maximus, Bishop of Turin

59 Homily, being the 2nd on St. Eusebius of Vercelli

Grigorii, Sancti

“Our blessed Father Gregory is safe now, and we may safely praise his great deeds. He that kept such a manful hand upon the tiller of faith, hath now cast the anchor of hope in moorings of great calm, and brought his ship, heavy laden with heavenly riches and everlasting merchandise, safe into the heaven where he would be.

“Thus fareth it now with him who never fainted, but for so long time held up ever the shield of the fear of God against all that did beset him. What was his whole life but one long fight against an enemy that never slept?

“Gregory was wishful to build a Church in a meet place, but the site was too narrow, being wedged in between a mountain on the one side and a precipice going down into the sea on the other. He came therefore by night to the place, kneeling down, and reminding the Lord of His promise, and calling upon Him to remove the mountain. And in the morning, when he came thither again, he found that the mountain had been removed back, and as much room left for the builders of the Church as they needed.

“This man therefore would have been able, and any other man of like grace would have been able, if need were, to obtain of the Lord, by the force of his faith, that even a mountain should be removed, and be cast into the sea.

“Mystically, however, by a mountain is sometimes signified the devil, on account of the pride whereby he lifteth himself up against God, and would fain be like unto the Most High. And when holy teachers, strong in faith, do preach the Word, this mountain is removed, and cast into the sea, that is to say, the unclean spirit is removed out of the hearts of such as are foreordained unto eternal life, and sent free to exercise the wild rage of his tyranny in the riotous and embittered minds of the unfaithful.”

Betcha didn’t know all that. Didja.

Of course, many of you very well may have.


The Dramatic Life of the Vestibule

Tiled Flooring

Recently I celebrated a very beautiful wedding Uptown in a very beautiful Church.

St. Francis of Assisi

I mean, pardon me. Look at that reredos! Look at that lighting!

They have the same 100-year-old heart pine floors that we do, and they just had theirs redone in the high gloss polyurethane we were considering before we went with the Loba Impact Oil.

Their floors are absolutely gorgeous. However, they are already complaining about the wear and tear on the finish after having them done over the summer – scratches, scuffed areas.

Les Floors

So I’m glad we went with the oil finished floors. Aside from looking like a country Church, it’s holding up extremely well, as advertised. It’s dirty already, natch. But it’s pretty easy to clean. And they look great!

Floors Once More

Some areas, I’m convinced, need more oil on them. The ones which appear that way are the ones which were covered over in a way which would have made them drier and more in need of some TLC (i.e. the Sacristy, which had yellow and green asbestos tiling under a layer of very dusty, mushroom-colored carpet.)

At the vestibules, we’re putting in black and white honed marble tile which, while being a classic look, also echoes the St. Louis Cathedral – and Minor Basilica – in New Orleans.

They just put it in today, and I’m on iPhone pix at present so – have mercy please.

marble tile floes

Honed marble wears easily and looks used fairly quickly. It’s also not quite as slick, and the matte finish matches the silken matte finish of the floors. While a lot of people complain about how it can look etched, it’s soft, etc; people use and have used it for centuries – which is sort of the point. It lasts. And stone absorbs and evens things out over time. In fact, in ancient times they would just wipe them down with olive oil. Sort of like our floors.

So we can oil the whole place down, keep out the moisture and have everything clean and sparkling!

Maybe not.

We got them from the Builder Depot. A Carrara Venato Marble. 12×12″ Honed Tile; and a black, Nero Marquina 12×12″ Honed Marble Tile. The folks at Builder Depot are great to work with, sent sample pix, combined orders for shipping, etc. Very easy. Very simple. Order arrived in great shape.

Highly recommended.

While we’re redoing this, we’re actually much more invested in getting together our Thanksgiving Baskets, which will start happening during this great coming week!

It’s good to have clean, solid flooring that will last, but the words from the Letter to the Hebrews echo – Faith, Hope, and Love, remembering the poor, and doing good works.

Praised be God. Now and forever.