Thursday, May 29, 2008
The Skies of Saint Bona
Today we celebrate (Well, someone, somewhere, celebrates.) the feast of Saint Bona of Pisa, the patron saint of stewardesses. Back in the twelfth century, when she was living a saintly life, there were no airplanes, and therefore no stewardesses. She never wore a trim navy blue suit with stockings, sensible pumps, and a fetching airplane brooch on her lapel. She never gave anyone a cellophane sack of pretzels. She did however make no less than nine pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela. Then in 1962, Pope John 23rd deemed that stewardesses needed a patron saint, and he gave them Saint Bona.