Saint Gereon

Saint Gereon


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I suffer from Migraine headaches and all I can say is I thank God that they don’t strike as often as they did when I was younger.  Tuesday, June 11, I was struck harder than any time in ages:

 

 

Aversion to light
Aversion to sound
Slight Vertigo
Upset stomach
And worst of all the pounding in my head

Once I felt human again after a day and most of the evening in a dark room I made my first attempt at getting up.  Why have I begun my Saints Monday column with a story about myself?  Some time ago while researching the causes for migraines and what can be done to help move them along, I came across something about Saints and Migraines.

Don’t ask how I stumbled on the information because it was so long ago now.  I DID save the information though.  So Saint Gereon:
One of the things I discovered about him is that he is often invoked by those suffering from migraines, perhaps because he was beheaded.

Gereon became a popular military saint and is often seen in art as a Roman soldier or medieval knight.
As I’ve said in previous Saints Monday columns, we should be calling on those saints who are patrons of causes we are involved with.  Anyone suffering from headaches may want to take notice of Saint Gereon.  Don’t consider it foolish to call on the saints when you need them.  Look what happened when I invoked Saint Anthony.  Be sure you read the entire Saint Anthony column to see another message.  Why I SINCERELY believe it was indeed Saint Anthony who came to my aid when I called out to him.

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Saint Brigid of Ireland

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Welcome to another edition of Saints Monday.

Saint Brigid of Ireland is special to me as my friends in the column The Professor and her Husband are integral to Saint Brigid.  Before they both transitioned, the professor’s husband became EXTREMELY spiritual.  You can read about SOME of his transformation in my linked column.  Whether you believe what I’m about to write or not is beside the point.

He believed and that’s ALL that was important to him.

During the time that he was incarnated and after his wife transitioned, he and I shared a spiritual bond.  We communicated through emails and I visited him frequently.  I saved many of our email correspondences because they were important to me as a reminder of our deep friendship.  As a map to this column I want to share a couple of the emails.

First is one that he replied to in an email I sent regarding a dream I had of his wife who transitioned earlier.

Even after close to ten years later I can vividly recall that dream:
The professor was on a steamship.  She had short close cropped black hair as she did in life.  She was standing at the ship’s forward looking out at the vast ocean.  Beside her was a pale woman with wavy blonde hair, a study in contrasts.  

I recall being somewhat present in the dream and I was able to interact JUST a bit with the scenery.

I happened to glance up at the ship and saw an Irish flag rippling in in the wind.

This was her husband’s response to me:
February 28, 2004
Chris:
To you, this very powerful email.
All dreams have a meaning for the one’s who dreams it.
Your dream has two meanings, among many others.

1. She wanted to let you she is coming back.
The other woman is someone she met aboard the ship.

2. She wanted you to tell me that she is coming to me from across the ocean, that she was born in Europe, somewhere blonds are prevalent.  England or Ireland, so I would know she is not an American citizen, which will soon be fixed.

Whatever her name is in this life, she is a fully awakened Ascended Master, with all the knowledge of all her past lives.

Yes Chris, your “sighting”  spoke volumes to me.

Remember she will only visit us the ones on this earth that she loves very much, to key me so I can receive more information, as you have just done.

She, with her returning back in the body will enlighten many souls as she reveals herself to certain souls.

Especially her sons who are seeds of two masters, and they can only be what she and I are, she will get them to understand this,

Chris she may be what is called a walk in, I will explain this to you when we meet.

She is of the Violet Light, and this Light can move mountains, as well as souls.

Revelations, flying into my head by the hundreds now.
Edited for brevity.

I hope you noticed some of the words he chose:
–fully awakened
–Ascended Master
–Past Lives
–enlighten many souls

Again, whether you choose to believe this isn’t the point.
I BELIEVE and that’s what matters.  I knew BOTH of them long before either one took ill.  And he was far from the spiritual being he became once his wife transitioned.  It was almost as if someone new entered his soul.

I think he believed the blond woman beside his wife was Saint Brigid, especially being that Saint Brigid is often portrayed in images as being blonde.  You may see the connection for why I believe that in the next email I share:

One more email to tie the connections together and once more this email is edited for brevity:
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004
Subject: little update

Chris,
Here is a little information about the “coming.”

This is vague however I believe this information that I felt through my inner voice are correct.

She lives in Southern Ireland not to far from Kildare.

I was there last Feb. 2003 in Kildare for the Feast day for Brigid 2-1-03.

I believe her husband saw the connection to Saint Brigid that was ALWAYS there.  

Miracles of Saint Brigid:
–Several of Brigid’s miracles occurred on Easter Sunday. On this day, a leper had come to Brigid to ask for a cow. She asked for a time to rest and would help him later; however, he did not wish to wait and instead stated he would go somewhere else for a cow. Brigit then offered to heal him, but the man stubbornly replied that his condition allowed him to acquire more than he would healthy. After convincing the leper that this was not so, she told one of her maidens to have the man washed in a blessed mug of water. After this was done, the man was completely cured and vowed to serve Brigid.

–Brigid was when she went to the King of Leinster to ask for land to build a convent. She told the king that the place where she stood was the perfect place for a convent. It was beside a forest where they could collect firewood and berries. There was also a lake nearby that would provide water and the land was fertile. The king laughed at her and refused to give her any land. Brigid prayed to God and asked him to soften the king’s heart. Then she smiled at the king and said “will you give me as much land as my cloak will cover?” The king thought that she was joking and because Brigid’s cloak was so small he knew that it would only cover a very small piece of land. The king agreed and Brigid spread her cloak on the ground. She asked her four friends to hold a corner of the cloak and walk in opposite directions. The four friends walked north, south, east and west. The cloak grew immediately and began to cover many acres of land. The king was astonished and he realized that she had been blessed by God. The king fell to the ground and knelt before Brigid and promised her and her friends money, food and supplies. Soon afterwards, the king became a Christian and also started to help the poor and commissioned the construction of the convent. Legend has it, the convent was known for making jam from the local blueberries which was sought for all over Ireland. There is a new tradition beginning among followers of St. Brigit to eat jam on the 1st of February in honour of this miracle.

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This is yet another example of the connections I see everywhere.  My connection to Saint Brigid travels back in time to 2004 with The Professor and her Husband.  These people are always in my thoughts, never far away.  How many people who have transitioned so long ago are still in your thoughts?

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!

Blessings to you.

Chris

Saint Paul

Welcome to another edition of Saints Monday.  Today, let’s discuss Saint Paul.

 

Why Saint Paul?  I think my fellow bloggers and writers will relate as he is the Patron Saint of Writers.  He is the Patron Saint of Writers because he contributed many letters to The New Testament.

Have a case of Writer’s block?

Pray to Saint Peter to lift it.

Aren’t you supposed to pray to Patron Saints for challenges you face when the challenge matches their sainthood?

Praying to Saint Anthony who is the Patron Saint of Lost Causes worked when I misplaced one of my thumb drives.  Read the linked column above and you’ll CLEARLY see why I understand it was Saint Anthony who came through.  Some weird serendipity in the column.

Back to Saint Paul:

I wonder of Saint Paul could have been one of the muses.  If you are in the middle of a block, it is sometimes said to ask the muses to help.  Isn’t that one of the things Saints have been known to do?

Hmmmm.  Saints/Muses?  I don’t know.

Just a thought.  My brain sometimes makes these strange connections, especially now that I see connections everywhere.  Speaking of which, Saint Paul’s Feast day is June 29 and June 30.  In the early to mid 1990s when I was writing dark fantasy I attended a yearly writer’s conference and one of the years, the conference wound up going forward on June 29 and June 30.  I wonder now whether the organizers realized this.  Being that the conference was specifically for dark fantasy I have challenge believing the organizers were familiar with Saint Paul.  I wasn’t until I studied him a few weeks ago.

So many times after the fact, I find these connections and they continue to blow my mind.  I understand that since I’m in this paradigm, I should get used to seeing the connections and easily assimilating them.

Doesn’t happen!

Miracles of Saint Paul:
Paul heals a lame man in Lystra.
Paul raised Eutychus from the dead.
Paul healed diseases.

Maybe now you see why I can relate to Saint Paul.  Being a writer myself and seeing the connections as listed above are just a couple of reasons I wanted to include Paul in my “Saints” theme.

If anyone has Saints they relate to I’ll be glad to consider adding them.  Comment below.

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Patron Saint of Soldiers

Honoring Memorial Day today with the Patron Saint of Soldiers.  Seems to be an entire list of Saints that are considered here.  I’ll let my readers look through the list and study up on the Saints considered here.

 

If you have family or friends serving or who have served, thank them today and honor those who have transitioned today with your thoughts and prayers

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Be Happy!  Be well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Saint Peter

Saints Monday again.  Today, let’s discuss Saint Peter.

Saint Peter like his brother, Andrew made his living as a fisherman.  In the Bible it is said that Peter one day caught so many fish that he fell down at the Lord’s feet and wept.  Jesus said:
Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.

Jesus also said:
You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my church.

 

I often wonder what Jesus would think of the Church today.  Is this really the organization he envisioned when he commanded Peter to build the Congregation?  I wonder.

 

When Jesus said to Peter:
…from now on you will be catching men.  it surely seems that the Church has lost its way as more of the population is leaving organized religion than is moving toward it.  Is The Church still following the command of Jesus, to be catching men?

 

Saint Peter seems to have been the closest confidant of Jesus as Peter is mentioned more often than any of the other disciples.  In another example of Jesus implying to Peter to tend his flock and to be catching men, after he had risen, Jesus returned and was first seen by Peter (another example that Peter was the closest friend of Jesus,)  Jesus said to Peter:
Feed my lambs.  Tend my sheep.

 

Jesus chose Peter to build His Church, because I believe in Peter, Jesus saw his own reflection.  Even though, Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus still counted him as his friend as can be seen in many cases.

 

Could you do the same?  If someone you trusted, someone you counted on, someone you thought was your friend did something to break that trust would you be able to look passed the broken trust and still embrace them?

 

I think that’s what made Jesus who he was.

I think that’s why I feel so strongly that the Church has lost its way, has lost its mission.

Jesus was entirely about forgiveness, acceptance.  From what I know of the Church today, that

 

The Church no longer accepts.
The Church now denies.
The Church takes the Word far too literally.

 

In my opinion it wasn’t the admonition of Jesus to Saint Peter to shut out a whole swath of the population because they differed in their opinion.

 

Jesus accepted all.
Jesus loved all.

 

What happened?

 

As you know someone can only be canonized only if miracles were performed.

According to Acts, Peter’s first miracle cure was of a man who had been lame since birth, immediately cured by being commanded to stand and walk. This miracle was performed in the name of Jesus, at the Temple, where the faithful saw the healed beggar praising God, and was the opportunity for some outstanding proselytising.

 

In an even more difficult challenge, Peter resurrected Tabitha, a good woman and a disciple, who was certainly dead and her body had already been washed. This miracle became known throughout Joppa and, as a result, many were converted.
Wiki.Answers.com

 

Be Happy!  Be Well Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Welcome to another “Saints Monday.”
Today we will discuss Saint Thomas Aquinas:

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I clearly understand that I throw around quotes here at Wisdom and Life often and I return to some of those quotes often.  The reason is that I feel so strongly about them.  I never put anything here unless what I write holds deep meaning for me.  With that said, and this being “Saints Monday” today I’ll be discussing Saint Thomas Aquinas.  I’ve written about him before mostly in relation to one of my favorite quotes he is attributed with:
To one who has faith

 

Saint Thomas is so much more than that quote however.  He was a priest and a doctor and surprisingly, something I didn’t know, Saint Thomas was the Patron Saint of universities.  He knew from an early age that he wanted to devote his life to the church.  Some members of his own family were so opposed to the profession he chose that they “sent an impure woman to tempt him.”
Catholic.org

 

All for naught however.  I’ve seen determination work in my own life as well.  When someone sets their mind at something, typically any meddling one does in changing the course of a life ends in disappointment for the meddler.  In fact meddling sometimes causes a doubling down on the desired end.  That’s what happened in my own life.  When I was faced with discourse over my own goals and was told:
You can’t do that.

 

I was more determined than ever to prove that I could do that.  Telling anyone no is typically a biggest motivator anyone can give.  Sometimes, simply out of anger of being told you can’’t do something you will do it.  I wonder if Saint Thomas doubled down himself when faced with opposition from his family.  After studying  Saint Thomas for this column, I found that he and I share some similar traits.

–He was kind of quiet, letting the written word speak for him.
–His faith was very strong as can be seen from one of my favorite quotes that his referenced above:

To one who has faith…

 

That’s where I was first introduced to him.  Once I realized Saint Thomas was responsible for that quote, I did a bit more research about him.  I’m a huge research buff, especially when I find one thing that I resonate with, be it about a person or a subject.  If something turns me on, I’ll be off and running digging up everything I can find about the topic.

 

Saint Thomas seems to have had the same thirst for knowledge as he was appointed to teach in the city of Cologne.  Being a doctor as well, requires a continuing “thirst for knowledge.”  One of the things I discovered about him was that he was unable to finish a project he’d been working The Summa Theologica is Saint Thomas at his best.  In the work, he has shown the way find God.  Written in three parts, he was unable to finish the last part as he passed before completion, leaving the project unfinished.

 

My first thought upon reading that he left it unfinished before realizing the reason was the story of Persian Rugs, that the weavers left a blemish in each rug they created because nothing can be perfect in the earthly realm.  There is ONLY one who is perfect.

 

When I discovered that Saint Thomas passed before completing the work, a whole other set of events were set in motion and I understood that it wasn’t purposeful that the work was left unfinished.

 

Miracles of Saint Thomas:
The most famous miracle of Thomas’ life happened while he was kneeling before a crucifix (a statue of Jesus Christ on the cross). As Thomas prayed and stared at the crucifix, it glowed with light and Jesus came alive on it, Thomas later reported. Then Jesus said to Thomas: “You have written well of me, Thomas. What reward would you desire?” and Thomas replied: “Nothing, Lord. I’m just doing it for You.”

When Thomas’ brothers in his religious order came into the chapel, they witnessed Thomas levitating — miraculously suspended in the air while caught up in an intense spiritual experience. Thomas returned to the ground when it was over and told the brothers about what had happened.
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My reason for choosing Saint Thomas today is because I feel so deeply that his famous quote that I will write here in full has made such a lasting impact on me that I have it embedded in my memory:
“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”

This so describes my worldview.  For myself, no explanation IS necessary.

–I believe; because there is no choice.
I believe; because I’ve seen too much.
I believe; because no explanation is needed.

Do you believe?

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Saint Martin de Porres

Thanks to Scranton Library’s Children’s Librarian, Jane for recommending Saint Martin for my “Saint’s Monday” column today.

 

St. Martin de Porres was born at Lima, Peru, in 1579. His father was a Spanish gentleman and his mother a coloured freed-woman from Panama.

By law in Peru, descendants of Africans and Indians were barred from becoming full members of religious orders. The only route open to Martin was to ask the Dominicans of Holy Rosary Friary in Lima to accept him as a “donado”, a layman who performed menial tasks in the friary in return for the privilege of wearing the habit and living in the religious community. At the age of 15 he asked for admission to the Dominican Convent of the Rosary in Lima and was received first as a servant boy, and as his duties grew he was promoted to almoner.
Wikipedia

Saint Martin from an early age cared more for others than he did for himself.  A perfect example of his selflessness follows:
He found on the street a poor Indian, bleeding to death, and took him to his own room until he could transport him to his sister’s hospice. When it was discovered what he’d done, Martin was  admonished.  Martin’s superior upon hearing the saint’s reply:
(Forgive my error, and please instruct me, for I did not know that the precept of obedience took precedence over that of charity.)  was enlightened and from then on Saint Martin was given liberty to follow his inspirations in the exercise of mercy.

An interesting reply and one I hope would be taken under advisement today.  I’m considering one especially heinous example.  Sheldon Cooper on G+ shared this story a few weeks ago:
What Happened in a Missouri Hospital.

Forgive my becoming political here.  I just couldn’t let this go unnoticed and I would like to think that Saint Martin de Porres would be able to act just as he did in the example above when he carried the Indian boy to his own bed, disregarding the practices of the day.  Saint Martin’s actions speak of a man who cared little about his own safety, his own comfort.  Rather he put himself last in all cases.  In another example of Saint Martin’s selflessness, when he turned 34, he was placed in charge of the infirmary at Holy Rosary, a home to over 200 men.  Martin was patient with the infirm to such a degree that is superiors had no choice but to give him that assignment.

Throughout Saint Martin’s life he cared for those who couldn’t care for themselves.  Stories abound of Martin’s acts of caring for those who were too sick and feeble to help themselves.  Another instance:
In the convent where he lived sixty of the over 200 men who lived there were struck down by epidemic.  These sixty friars were shut off, locked away from the rest of the population.  You can guess what happened.  It is said that Saint Martin appeared in the “Sick Wing” while not opening a single door.  This was reported to have happened multiple times and even though Martin’s superiors continued to forbid him from treating and transporting the sick, he disobeyed, saying:
Compassion, my dear Brother, is preferable to cleanliness.

Now you understand that in order to be beatified (moved to sainthood) miracles have to have been performed.  Among the miracles he is said to have performed, including healing sick patients, is his ability to be in two places at once – literally. Martin de Porres was seen in distant places like Mexico and Japan while he remained at home in Peru. De Porres would provide proof of the journeys in his other body by means of a detailed description of the locations. Martin de Porres was canonized in 1962.
Top 10 Bizarre Miracles

I’d also think having Martin walk through closed and locked doors when he gave comfort to those sixty friars would also have been taken under advisement.

Could you put yourself last and care for someone who was indigent, someone who needed help when no one else would?

Could you disobey the mores of today’s society and reach out to someone who has been disavowed by their own community?

What do you think?
Let me know in the comments below.

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

 

Saint Francis

Welcome to another “Saint’s Monday” Column.  Today Let’s hear about Saint Francis of Assisi.  One of the stories about Saint Francis that truly resonates with me is about my totem animal, the wolf:

It was said that at one point in his life, there was a lone wolf terrorizing the town where Saint Francis lived in Italy.  He ventured out and attempted to tame the wolf.  When the wolf saw Francis it charged at him growling and made to attack.  Francis held up a hand and commanded the animal to stop.  The wolf slowed, approached Saint Francis and lay down at his feet.

 

The wolf offered his paw when Francis held out his hand and from then on the two were friends and the wolf never challenged anyone in the town again.  Being that wolves are so important to me and such a huge part of my own life this story is the of the biggest reasons I admire  Saint Francis.

 

Saint Francis is known as the Patron Saint of Animals because of this example and many others.  It was said that birds flocked to Saint Francis when he was out walking and upon his transition it was written that a flock of birds flew down around his service.

 

Hmmmm.  Does that sound familiar.  Anyone who has followed my blog for sometime should recognize the significance of birds at a funeral.  If you remember in January, 2012 I mentioned going to my Uncle Jim’s funeral and seeing a flock of geese flying over the interment ceremony.  This yet another example of the connectedness of everything.

 

Animals seem to gravitate to me and not simply domesticated animals.  A few years ago there was a family of fox that lived in the wetlands near my house and every morning for about six weeks in the spring they would trot out of the woods and watch me leave for work.  A few weeks into this experience, two of the three kits approached me and as I bent down to hold out my hand, they each in turn sniffed my hand, looked up at me then raced back into the woods.

 

I seem to have animal magnetism so to speak, because even domesticated animals sense that I’m not going to harm them.  Pets of people who have no knowledge of me also approach me without any fear, without any anger.  They seem to instinctively understand that I’m a good person.

 

This is yet another reason I decided to discuss Saint Francis today, because of the similarities between us.

 

Can you find a saint who you share traits with?  Let me know what you discover.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Saint Christopher

Alright:
So I’m cheating by republishing this column for “Saints” Monday:
Saint Christopher is called upon today.

 

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Saint Christopher who I like to say I was named after is said to have carried the Baby Jesus across a river.  As Christopher, who is said to be a man of great strength carried the Christ Child across the river, it is told that he became weakened as Christ became heavier.  When questioned by Christopher why the child grew heavier the longer was carried, the child said:
It is because I carry the world’s sins upon my shoulders.

Maybe it’s just me, but when I see the word RIVER used in Biblical terms, my thoughts IMMEDIATELY focus on The River Styx.  In this context, someone like the Christ Child would DEFINITELY need help crossing THAT river and who better to protect someone than the Patron Saint of Travellers, as Christopher came to be known later.  The story goes that once Christ was safely delivered to the River’s other side, Christopher’s staff was turned into a living tree.

A living tree?  You mean like the Tree of Life?

Christopher was a widely popular saint, and was especially revered by mariners, ferrymen, and travellers.  Ahh.  There’s that word:
Ferryman.  
That conjures up The River Styx Story as well.

And what if Saint Christopher is the mythical ferryman that transports others across the River Styx?

I’m NOT in the LEAST attempting to be blasphemous here.  I’m primarily showing how a given story that APPEARS to be related to Myth can be fit into Biblical terms.  And this is yet again a CLEAR example that EVERYTHING is connected.

Do you know any Biblical stories that have roots in mythology?  I’d LOVE to hear from you in the comments below.

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Christopher

Saint Anthony

New Theme Mondays:
Saints

Welcome to “Saints” Monday.

Today’s Saint is Saint Anthony:

I’m sure you’ve heard that Saint Anthony is the Patron Saint of lost things and missing persons.  Have you ever put him to the test?  I have several times.  A few months ago I misplaced a thumb drive.
Lost Thumb Drive

 

VERY distressing as I placed several photos I had taken on the drive before moving them to my external hard drive.  Needless to say I was beside myself.  Angry at misplacing the drive, so angry that I broke down and cried because I knew I’d never replace the images I took.  As most of you should know by now I don’t consider myself religious.  But just because I’m not religious doesn’t mean I don’t see doesn’t mean I don’t understand doesn’t mean I don’t believe that there are saints, masters guides who can help us if only we ask.

 

The most distressing thing about losing something for ME is the fact that I keep going back to the same places over and over that I already searched the first time, as if by some trick of the eye, I missed the lost object the first time around.

So annoying.

I did this constantly when seeking out that stupid thumb drive.  As I do when I’m in a storm I ask for guidance.  I’ve known for some time that Saint Anthony is the saint of lost things.  I decided to put him to the test.

Knowing of my new found spirituality, a friend of mine who has relied on Saint Anthony on several occasions himself  mentioned praying to Saint Anthony, asking him to help in locating that missing thumb drive.  

If it wasn’t for my strong worldview
If it wasn’t for the fact that I’ve seen some things I can only say were of a spiritual nature, I may think my friend has gone off the deep end, much like many think I may have.  However, I HAVE seen some things I can’t explain.  I wrote about one such experience in Been There, Done That.  I decided to offer up a prayer.  I said something myself then I found A Prayer to Saint Anthony  online and said that as well.

 

Seeing as I practice Law of Attraction and one of the precepts of LoA says to put out there what you want then forget about it, that’s what I did with both prayers.  I said the prayers then I put them out of my mind.  This may appear challenging and it probably would have been if I wasn’t already practicing LoA.

 

Putting out there what I want then forgetting about it has become easy to do as this has become routine.  Remember when I said one of the most distressing thing about losing something is when I look in the same places over and over?  A few days after asking for Saint Anthony’s help, I had an epiphany.  I suddenly remembered the one place I didn’t look:

In my glove box in my car.

Guess what?

 

That’s where that stupid thumb drive turned up.  What makes this story even more confounding is that there was also an Anthony’s of Guilford menu in the glove box.

 

A message from Saint Anthony, himself?

I’m sure you know MY answer.

You can draw your own conclusions.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris