My response was, "Huh?!?"
Then, she corrected herself. She saw the spelling of Gerontius in her head.
And to our surprise...
We googled the following:
- There is indeed a St. Gerontius
Feastday: May 9. Bishop of Cervia, Italy. He was murdered by bandits near Ancona while returning from a synod in Rome in 501. Gerontius’ death on the Flaminian Way led to his being honored as a martyr.
- There is a work by Cardinal Newman, The Dream of Gerontius
John Henry Cardinal Newman's renowned poem describes the death of an old man and the journey of his soul to the judgment seat of God.
- Gerontius means "old man."
- On an aside, if you are a Lord of the Rings fan, as is my wife, you may recall that Gerontius is the name of the Old Took. However, she didn't remember this even though she is reading this for the third time.... She's still in the middle of pregnancy head, or so she claims. That's been the excuse for a lot of things lately. But, that's a different story for a different time.
Moral of the Story: Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what a word that pops in your head is going to reveal.