Thanks for the welcome and the advice! I didn’t really know where to put it, frankly. I was just doing some reading this morning and came across the information, and I found it interesting. I didn’t realize it could potentially rub someone the wrong way; that certainly wasn’t my intention.
Those are the meanings that my book gives for the three confirmed ones all right … now, as for those apocryphal ones, you’ve got me wondering if I dare put up the information I came across …
Anyway, my source is a book that I came across called The Catholic Source Book by Rev. Peter Klein. I don’t know if it’s still in print or not, but it’s got a lot of good, solid catechetical information alongside lots of cultural trivia and folktales from Catholic culture and history.
Here’s another, fun “angelic” legend I found in it: do you know the date when blackberries turn tasteless? It’s on 29 September, after which they are no longer picked but left for the birds. That’s Michaelmas, St. Michael’s feast day, in honor of the angel who drove Lucifer out of heaven. In honor of the occasion, so the legend goes, the devil spits on the blackberries, leaving them tasteless! :eek: