View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Franciscan Saint - St. Roch

It's Sunday, so feast days get superceded.

Too bad. Today is the Feast of St. Roch, a secular Franciscan who helped take care of people with the plague. According to one story, he got the plague himself and went off into the woods to die, but a dog brought him food and kept him alive long enough to recover. He later died in prison.

Many images of him include a dog, and he is the patron saint of dogs.

Maggie might just wag her tail for him, even if we are not celebrating his feast this year.

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Anonymous Richard Grabman said...

"El perro de san Roque no tiene rabo porque Ramón Ramírez se lo ha robado"

"Saint Roche's dog has no tail, because Ramon Ramirez stole it"... makes no sense, but it's how we learn to roll our rrrr's in Spanish.

12:29 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

I had seen that somewhere - thanks!

I've also seen that his feast day is considered the birthday for dogs in Bolivia.

Not sure on what day other dogs celebrate.

1:44 PM  

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