Tuesday, February 23, 2010

What's in a name?

I laughed to myself this morning when I discovered that today is the feast day of St. Polycarp of Smyrna.

What I found funny was the fact that being raised Roman Catholic and having had nine children, I was taught that it is a tradition in the Catholic church to name one's child after a saint. When is the last time you met anyone named Polycarp?

You can read more about him by clicking here.

Of course, I reminded myself, Unitarian Universalists have some forebearers with some hum dinger monikers too like Hosea Ballou. He was a second generation Universalist preacher. When is the last time you met anyone named Hosea?

You can read more about him by clicking here.

This is article #4 in a series on Unitarian Universalist Roman Catholicism

1 comment:

  1. Nope. Never met a Polycarp. :)

    However, I had a graduate seminar at Princeton taught by Professor Hosea Hirata, now at Tufts. I guess he was the only Hosea I've known.

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