Did you know that Columbus Day is a national holiday not just in these United States, but in many other countries as well: Spain, Italy, several Central and South American countries? Well, it is, and it commemorates the day that the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, after a voyage of some 70 days, made landfall on (probably) San Salvador, in the Bahamas. 12 October, 1492.
Our times being what they are, of course, Christopher Columbus is not praised for opening up the development of the New World but vilified for, well, opening up the development of the new world. In our own increasingly loony state, Columbus Day has been outlawed by the new overlords and renamed “Indigenous Peoples Day”. However, the Edict isn’t being universally observed: openly defiant, the mayor of Waterville has foolishly raised his head above the crowd and plans to declare (re-declare?) October 14th as … Columbus Day!
The Eye of Sauron will probably get him.
As the attacks against the Church and the faithful increase (both outside the Americas and within), let us return to prayer and the invocation of the Holy Trinity, to intercede for the Church during these times of unrest, while also giving thanks for the benefits we have been given.
As our founder, the Venerable Michael McGivney, chose the name of Christopher Columbus, let us pray to God:
"We humbly ask that you glorify your venerable servant Father Michael J. McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the favor we now present....Through Christ our Lord. Amen."
A couple of my children still attend the local Diocesan school, the others having aged out. That is why I happen to know that at the local Diocesan school beginning this year the kids have been told they have Monday off because it is… Indigenous Peoples Day. And for this I pay more than I care to think about.
Curate, ut valeatis.