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Gallup recently released survey results that show slightly more than half (51%) of Utah residents say they attend religious services every week, more than any other state. At the other end of the spectrum is Vermont, where fewer than 1 in 5 (17%) of residents say they attend religious services every week.
Overall the South averaged the highest percentage of people who said they attended religious services every week and the Northeast had the lowest percentage. You can read the full findings on Gallup’s site here.
Today marks the start of the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah, an 8-day observance that remembers the Jewish people’s struggle for religious freedom. Eliad Cohen and I wanted to acknowledge the holiday for those who celebrates it. We hope you can spend the time with friends and family and wish you much peace and happiness.
I’m not a particularly religious individual nor am I superstitious, but I was raised Roman Catholic and there are some traditions from my childhood that have stuck. Catholics are taught to pray to different patron saints and while I rarely pray – whenever I lose something I still immediately turn to Saint Anthony.
Despite the irrationality of praying to a saint from the 1200s, it is hard for me to think of an instance where Saint Anthony hasn’t come through so why wouldn’t I keep praying?
St. Anthony, St. Anthony please look around.
I’ve lost my <Insert Object> and it needs to be found.
Which is why I’m writing this post, because I promised Saint Anthony I would, and since I know I’ll be in need of his services in the future, no matter how crazy it sounds, I don’t want to wreck what has been an amazingly helpful relationship for 40+ years.
St. Anthony resolves the mystery of BosGuy’s missing keys
On Tuesday, September 16th I flew to Texas for a business trip and unbeknownst to me, I lost my keys when I went through security. I didn’t realize this until the following Monday, after which I proceeded to search all the nooks and crannies of my travel bag, pants pockets, jackets, and even our car. By Tuesday I was feeling pretty down and decided to give “Tony” — that’s how I affectionately refer to Saint Anthony — a call by reciting my prayer over and over. The next morning when I woke up I recalled that going through security in Logan Airport had resulted in some of my contents getting jostled so I called TSA Logan Airport Lost and Found and I spoke to Officer Tony. In less than a few minutes Officer Tony told me he had keys matching my description and I could come by to pick them up at my convenience. Thank you St. Anthony.
I’d like to start with the Republican Leadership. I doubt any of them would last a week.
I’m surprised that The Westboro Baptist Church isn’t actually attending the Sochi Olympics or at a minimum visiting Russia which seems equally fixated on homosexuality. Maybe FOX News could arrange a one way flight for the church and their ‘flock’.
I’m no expert on religion, but this does seem more in line with the teachings of Christ. What an inconvenient truth for so many Americans.