Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Is the candy cane Catholic? 'More' on the real meaning of Christmas candy

When doing research for my friend, Father Charles Fanelli, pastor of St. Thomas More Parish in Chicago, I came across this interesting tidbit in "Tommy More's" (the parish's nickname) bulletin on the story of a longtime Christmas treat.

The Real Meaning of the Candy Cane
  • Hard Candy: Reminds us that Jesus is like a "rock," dependable.
  • Peppermint Flavor: Is like the gift of spices from the wise men.
  • White Candy: Stands for Jesus as the holy, sinless Son of God.
  • The Letter "J": Is for the Name of Jesus, our Savior.
  • Cane: Is like the staff used by the shepherds in caring for sheep. Jesus is our "Good Shepherd."
  • The Color Red: Is for God’s love that sent Jesus to give his life for us on the cross.
  • The Stripes: Remind us of Jesus’ suffering, his crown of thorns, the wounds in his hands and feet; and the cross on which he died.
Thanks to Fanelli, Thomas More's bulletin has a lot of fun Catholic facts in addition to the usual parish info. Which is why my task seems even more daunting: Father has enlisted me to write a newsletter detailing the various devotions to St. Thomas More in this country and around the world.

So if anyone (FIT's overseas friends especially) has or knows about any special devotions to this patron saint of lawyers, statesmen, or politicians, let me know. As GK Chesterton correctly predicted in 1929 (before More was canonized a saint), “Thomas More is more important at this moment than at any moment since his death, even perhaps the great moment of his dying. But he is not quite so important as he will be in about a hundred years’ time.”

I am here to share that importance; but I could use your help. Candy canes (or the spiritual equivalent) for everyone who contributes!

1 comment :

Jeff Miller said...

Unfortunately it is also untrue and an urban myth that crops up a lot.

http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/candycane.asp