Written by Sherry
Tuesday, 08 December 2009 12:19
Foggier yet, and colder! Piercing, searching, biting cold. If the good Saint Dunstan* had but nipped the Evil Spirit's nose with a touch of such weather as that, instead of using his familiar weapons, then indeed he would have roared to lusty purpose."
- Charles Dickens, The Christmas Carol.
The good St. Dunstan was born at Glastonbury, of which monastery he became abbot, and died archbishop of Canterbury in 988.*
The legend of St. Dunstan relates many miracles of him, the most popular of which is to this effect; that St. Dunstan, as the fact really was, became expert in goldsmith's work; it then gives as a story, that while he was busied in making a chalice, the devil annoyed him by his personal appearance, and tempted him; whereupon St. Dunstan suddenly seized the fiend by the nose with a pair of iron tongs, burning hot, and so held him while he roared and cried till the night was far spent.
We need no iron tongs here. It's cold in them thair hills. I-25 is closed due to accidents and most of our universities have shut down for the day as well. One local parish has cancelled Masses for tonight that I know of. More will follow. Many are seeking homeless shelters - thank God! But two men were found frozen to death in our city this morning.
We're expecting wind chills of -25F tonight! One of our neighbors is out with parka and snow-blower. The sun is just breaking through but the wind is getting stronger.
To go out and sweep again - or not - at - 13 F? That is the question.
But who in their right mind would be walking down our cul de sac in this weather? This is a one day storm.
The better part of valor is to stay indoors, methinks.
Update: They have dropped our expected low tonight to -12F and our wind chill to -27F. Please pray for those who are homeless that they might find shelter and be protected.