Today in History: February 16



In 600

Pope Gregory* decrees

"God bless you"  be said

Right after a sneeze.

*"Called 'the Great,' Gregory has been given a place with Augustine, Ambrose, and Jerome, as one of the four key doctors of the Western Church."  []

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  • But did he have anything to have to do with gesundheit?*

    *Reminds me of someone who got teed off that I didn't say gesundheit when she sneezed. I asked why, and she said "it means God bless you." "No it doesn't," I replied, "it means good health." In essence, Walter Cronkite was the opposite.

  • That's very intriguing to this Protestant. Thanks!

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