Every day in history is like a snowflake from heaven’s snowflake garden. It’s unique and it is fragile. Put it in your brain before it melts. This is what happened on September 26, 1820…
Has the Guffaw met its match? The cursor on the computer screen has been blank for what seems like days. Nothing, not even material the most stoned of stoners would find even mildly amusing is coming forth. Give up? Never, it’s go time Society of Jesus.
On September 27, 1540, Pope Paul III gave a charter to the Jesuits or Society of Jesus. The founder, Ignatius of Loyola, a soldier turned priest (sounds like the plot to a great Steven Segal movie) wanted to create a movement to counter act the Reformation and convert Muslims to the Catholic Church. Pope Paul III said, paraphrasing, sure no problem, you Jesuits will do the heavy lifting, right? Great, this is going to be great and I’ll just do the math with you guys here on this sacred abacus and since the Jesuits are taking a vow of poverty this will cost the church zero dollars and zero cents (The Guffaw assumes the Catholic Church was using American money even before it was invented). God bless and good luck fellas.
Then the Jesuits swung by the Vatican City drycleaners and picked up their lightly starched black robes and started converting Protestants. They were often the vanguard for European settlements in Brazil, India, the Congo and other reaches of the globe. Being a Jesuit wasn’t all Skinnygirl cocktails and day spa adventures, Jesuits were murdered by the thousands for venturing first into foreign lands (that tends to happen when one goes into different cultures telling them they have the wrong belief system with no backup). Despite the deaths, the Jesuits became a popular appendage of the Catholic Church and were successful in converting millions to the Church of Rome. Ignatious was canonized as a Saint and had many an American college named after him (Loyola).