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Move over St Valentine, here comes St Raphael..

Posted in Uncategorized by ruthanzo on February 14, 2009

There’s something on the BBC site today about how St Valentine is the wrong saint to be praying to if you’re looking to hook up with somebody. It’s a little late in the game to be finding this out isn’t it? It’s being suggested that St Raphael is the guy to pray to for that kind of stuff. Lucky me. Turns out the impressive stone ruins of a church dedicated to St Raphael in the eastern Ontario community of the same name is really close to Naan and could benefit from the fall-out if St Raphael were to catch-on in a big way. The church was destroyed by fire when it was hit by lightning in 1970. Maybe there’s something to this. I can see it now. “Smitten at St Raphael’s..” Imagery: a lightning bolt striking a heart. Motto: Start loving today.
According to their website marriages are already in ruins??????
St Raphael’s*
All kindling aside, it’s a very beautiful spot.

Oh oh! Dane just told me it wasn’t lightning that started the fire but rather fermenting bat guano (they work for the devil) in the church attic. Spoiler! What am I supposed to do with this now.

pronounced locally St Raffles

BBC St Valentine vs St Raphael


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  1. Bubbles Antler said, on February 14, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I am happy to observe that you must be at home with your valentine as I am with mine. As always, great to read your column!

    It seems I arrived home just in the ‘nick’ of time because a run-in with a knife sent me to emergency Thursday night for the requisite 41/2 hour wait for 4 stitches. Luckily it is my right hand and I am a gauchiere. Can’t do up Kate’s trousers now for awhile though. Should be back in marmalade mode tomorrow. Come and get some; I have lots.

    Love to all,

  2. ruthanzo said, on February 14, 2009 at 3:08 pm


    stop trying to kill yourself……….that’s terrible. were you cutting on the wrong side of the board.

    did you say 41 and 1/2 hrs in emergency? i believe you.

    marMALADE in dundeed.

  3. lily said, on February 14, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    my god. deborah!

    so, bat shit was the culprit. but we’ve been hearing the lightning story since childhood. hmmm. put up the pics of us as kids next to the melted bell.

    melted your heart st raphael.

  4. More To Stew Art ? said, on February 14, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Valentine’s ?- Doing Up trousers?
    Jeans Couteaux ?
    I’m left alone w/ Greenwich Village memories
    “Just Woking in the Rain”
    yr all in my useless heart !

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