So, I’m sure you would like to know a bit more about me, since you’re reading my blog and all. My name is Jason. I am twenty-three years old. I go to Franciscan University and am majoring in philosophy and theology. My major goal is to get graduate with my bachelors, get a master’s degree in moral theology, then finally get my doctorate’s degree. Step four: teach at a university.
I am a Roman Catholic, a convert from Anglicanism actually. I am a rather traditional guy. Originally from Georgia, living the faith in the land of Flannery O’Connor, I’ve gone north to be taught by Franciscan friars. Consider this blog my commonplace book from everything from philosophy & theology to classical history & literature random ideas to discussions on music and books to whatever may be happening in life today.
What does “Embers of a Thousand Days” mean?
It actual means two things. First is a reference to Ember Days, days set aside by the Church for giving thanks to God. The second reference is an analogy to actual embers, remains of coals after the fire has died, and how each day are like embers - it starts off with a raging fire then slowly dies down, waiting for it to be stoked and new wood to be feed to start the cycle over.
What exactly are Ember days?
The Church puts aside three days (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) each of the four natural seasons for fasting and abstaining in penance with the intention of thanking God for the gifts He gives us in nature and asking Him for the discipline to use them in moderation.
Days like these reminds us that we should be humble and thankful to God during the rest of the year, making everyday a little like the Ember Days.
More information about Ember Days can be found here.