May 24 is the Feast Day of Saint Fred[1], patron of kindness and good neighbors. It is said in the mystical tradition of a great people that the world rests on the backs of thirty-six men and women. Such is the goodness of these saints that they justify the existence of mankind and cause the great powers to stay their hands when they would otherwise despair of humanity. Furthermore, it is said that these men and women are so humble that they would never believe in their own sainthood, and it is only others who may suspect their true power. It is not given to us to know the minds of the powers that be, but Saint Fred is portrayed as a middle-aged man wearing a sweater, and his miracles are many, seemingly small, and boundlessly good. If the world rested on thirty-six like him, then it is in better hands than we can imagine.



  1. In honor of Fred Rogers, creator and host of the children’s television show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” who passed away in 2003. 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the beginning of that show.
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