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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

"Bible Juice"

That's how Sheldon Cooper, quoting his mother I suspect, refers to wine.
I was thinking about wine in church this morning.
Not quite sure why, it didn't come up in the readings, and we never administer the Eucharist under both species, (:o( )
Himself and I have talked more than once, one of the things that convinced him that Catholic priests were not scary, austere men were that they do not pretend not to drink.
And he has made jokes about ministers of his youth, preaching on the Wedding Feast at Cana, when the Lord turned water into Welch's.
I believe he has said that Received Truth was that "wine" in scripture refers to grape juice that is fermented barely enough to preserve it, NOT to make it alcoholic enough to possibly cause intoxication.

But seriously, did Welch's Grape Juice ever "maketh glad the heart" of anyone?

Anyway, I thought it was funny then to come home and read this online...
“I should like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I should like the angels of Heaven to be drinking it through time eternal.”

While that might not exactly sound like a quote from a Catholic nun, it is actually an excerpt from a poem attributed to St. Brigid of Ireland, who founded several convents in her lifetime.

Some people might find the intersection of saints and alcohol surprising, but not Michael Foley, author of the new book, “Drinking with the Saints: A Sinner’s guide to a Holy Happy Hour.” For him, the experiences of Catholicism and celebration always went hand in hand.
Isn't that first quote something Samuel barber set? I'll have to look it up.
And who knew there were "over 120 wines named after the saints" in France?
Now I feel bad for snarking at the French earlier today.

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