Thursday, April 7, 2016
A SERENDIPITOUS DETOUR
This morning, Patti asked me about the date of Fr. Luis' arrest last year. I recalled the date, March 17, 2015, which, serendipitously, is also the same date as the feast day for the patron saint (St. Patrick) of the seminary (RMS) from which Luis "sprung." What better way to honor the patron saint of your seminary than with at trip to the beach.
Also, serendipitously, road work last night on the way into Agat rerouted traffic past Apaca Point, which is one of the more obscure War in the Pacific parks, and the scene of Fr. Luis' "tryst", er, I mean arrest. I couldn't help but think of St. Patrick as I took the detour. The view is gorgeous...but to see it, you'll need to take the towels off your windows. Courage.
More serendipity. I subscribe to the "Word of the Day" and her is today's word:
1. an inopportune occurrence; an embarrassing mischance: He caused a minor contretemps by knocking over his drink.
Pan had been amongst them--not the great god Pan, who has been buried these two thousand years, but the little god Pan, who presides over social contretemps and unsuccessful picnics.
-- E. M. Forster, A Room with a View, 1908
Contretemps is a loanword from French. Its initial element is the combining form contre- meaning "against," and its second element is the French word meaning "time." It entered English as a fencing term in the late 1600s.