Monday, January 3
Little Helpers for First Ladies
No, not Xanax this time: thanks to Michele Hanson in today's Grauniad for this - as a short aside in an article about the vicissitudes of divorce, she notes Saint Wilgerfort, the patron saint of abused wives. Apparently you may gain her aid (always supposing you believe that shit) by giving her a peck of oats. I did a little digging and Lo! there are lots of saints that supposed to be of aid to women in difficult marriages, and here they are:
Castora Gabrielli, Catherine of Genoa, Dorothy of Montau, Edward the Confessor,Elizabeth of Portugal, Fabiola, Gengulphus, Godelieve, Gummarus, Hedwig, Helena,Louis IX, Margaret the Barefooted, Marguerite d'Youville, Monica, Nicholas of Flue, Olaf II, Pharaildis, Philip, Howard, Radegunde, Rita of Cascia, Theodore of Sykeon,Thomas More, Wilgefortis, Zedislava Berka
Yup: she's supposed to aid abuse victims, alcoholics, alcoholism, difficult marriages, disappointing children, homemakers, housewives, married women, mothers, victims of adultery, victims of unfaithfulness, victims of verbal abuse, widows, wives. The word irony is too weak for this.
That dress doesn't look very blue though.
11/28/2004 - 12/05/2004