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Miscellaneous Rambling

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The night is far spent. Morning nears. How has your night gone? Mine hasn't been too bad. A bit restless, I suppose, but not too bad. Goodness knows I've done worse.

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My St. James Calendar of the Christian Year tells me today is commemorated as "Adam and Eve" day on Lutheran calendars. I had no idea what that meant. Growing up in the Missouri Synod, we recognized the obvious days (to wit, Christmas and Easter), but that was pretty much it, unless you count Reformation Sunday. So I got on the Google Machine and discovered that there is a Lutheran Calendar of Saints . . . and it's even used by the Missouri Synod. That's interesting for many reasons that I can't get into here.

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There are quite a few Catholic saints on that calendar. The ELCA even recognizes St. Thomas Aquinas, who, I believe, Martin Luther called a "chatterbox." The Missourians recognize Basil the Great, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Gregory of Nyssa (the "Cappadocian Fathers").

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Speaking of Cappadocia, did everyone see this wild story about the ancient underground city in Cappadocia? When I first read about it, I was thinking, "Probably some nasty mouse tunnel contraption that wouldn't be fit for a prisoner these days." Nope. It's magnificent. Check it out. "Thought to have been created during the Byzantine era in 780-1180AD, the network of kitchens, stables, churches, tombs, wells, communal rooms and schools was most likely used as a massive bunker to protect inhabitants from the Arab”“Byzantine wars or natural disasters."

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