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St. Padre Pio's body to be exhumed, displayed for veneration
Catholic News Service ^ | Jan-8-2008 | Catholic News Service

Posted on 01/26/2008 7:47:14 AM PST by Ottofire

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1 posted on 01/26/2008 7:47:16 AM PST by Ottofire
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To: Ottofire

“to verify the condition of the saint’s body and find a way to ensure its preservation.”

Why? If the soul has left, isn’t it a useless shell?


2 posted on 01/26/2008 7:53:22 AM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: Proud2BeRight

Indeed.


3 posted on 01/26/2008 8:06:11 AM PST by dadgum
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To: Proud2BeRight

Historically speaking, the incorruptibility of the mortal remains is looked at as one of the many signs of sainthood. St. Bernadette of Lourdes body is incorrupt as are many other bodies of saints throughout the ages.


4 posted on 01/26/2008 8:53:47 AM PST by pbear8 (The innocent cry out to God)
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many of the saints bodies are incorrupt, defying so-call science....just another sign of God’s power to his people.


5 posted on 01/26/2008 9:10:06 AM PST by raygunfan
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To: Ottofire

An attack on the blessed memory of St. Padre Pio was attempted not long ago in the press. A so-called journalist insinuated that Padre Pio’s purchase of carbolic acid was evidence of deliberately inducing his stigmata.

The fact that the first step for anyone with stigmatic wounds is supposed to be a attempt to cure them naturally, — and therefore to disinfect them — was not mentioned by the “journalist”.

People should be able to venerate Padre Pio’s relics; he is among the most popular modern saints.


6 posted on 01/26/2008 9:10:37 AM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: pbear8

**..incorruptibility of mortal remains..**

Isn’t that an oxymoron????????

They are dead, right, they’re organs useless? Life is in the blood, and the blood in these corpses is dead!

Put any one of these bodies out in the sunshine, in the tropical heat of the equatorial regions, then come back a week later.

Going around digging up long dead bodies? You folks are morbid.


7 posted on 01/26/2008 10:37:17 AM PST by Zuriel (Acts 2:38,39....nearly 2,000 years and still working today!)
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To: Zuriel

That’s right. This rabbit’s foot lucky charm didn’t do much for the rabbit. LOL


8 posted on 01/26/2008 10:41:17 AM PST by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: Ottofire
Digging up the dead to worship a corpse ?

9 posted on 01/26/2008 10:42:41 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (you shall know that I, YHvH, your Savior, and your Redeemer, am the Elohim of Ya'aqob. Isaiah 60:16)
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To: Zuriel

When Padre Pio is displayed, we’ll send you a picture.


10 posted on 01/26/2008 10:43:03 AM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: Zuriel

If I dug up a 40 year old corpse to display to the public, I have a hunch I’d be arrested.


11 posted on 01/26/2008 10:48:04 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Ottofire
Had you been paying attention you'd know that this is not a done deal. But that's what happens when you blindly repost an article from the 7th of January without searching first in yet another attempt to stir the pot.

Exhumation of Padre Pio contested

Padre Pio's body to be exhumed, venerated

12 posted on 01/26/2008 12:30:46 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: XeniaSt

Catholic saints are not dead and their bodies are often an object of public veneration, and always have been.


13 posted on 01/26/2008 1:15:35 PM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: Zuriel

And you are ignorant.


14 posted on 01/26/2008 1:28:46 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Good thing you are not attributing motives to someone never met. Jump to assumptions much?

I did a search and nothing came up.


15 posted on 01/26/2008 1:38:00 PM PST by Ottofire (For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God)
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To: annalex
Catholic saints are not dead and their bodies are often an object of public veneration, and always have been.

If he is not alive then he is dead !

What support do you have from Elohim's Word

to support the veneration of the dead ?

Or is it paganism ?

b'SHEM Yah'shua
16 posted on 01/26/2008 2:54:41 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (you shall know that I, YHvH, your Savior, and your Redeemer, am the Elohim of Ya'aqob. Isaiah 60:16)
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To: XeniaSt

I read somewhere that Padre’s family did not want his body exhumed.


17 posted on 01/26/2008 3:20:32 PM PST by zip.com
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To: Proud2BeRight; Ottofire; annalex

“Why? If the soul has left, isn’t it a useless shell?”

Veneration of relics (most often body parts) of saints is nearly as old as The Church. If I recall correctly, and Alex can if I am wrong, such veneration began in 155 AD after the martyrdom of +Polycarp.


18 posted on 01/26/2008 3:38:17 PM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Kolokotronis

It’s funny you mention St. Polycarp, since today was his feast day on the pre-Vatican II sanctoral calendar. :-)


19 posted on 01/26/2008 3:40:53 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: XeniaSt
If memory serves, there is no pre-Christian historical precedent of venerating, even worshipping a dead person's body. The Zoasterians (to this day) put their bodies on elevated platforms so carrion birds would dispose of them. The ancient Romans cremated their dead. So do the Hindus (to this day). The ancient Egyptians mummified their pharaohs and other key figures, but their bodies weren't the objects of worship or veneration either. They were closed up in tombs or pyramids.

The Chinese and Japanese engage in "ancestor worship," but even they cremated their dead, if memory serves.

20 posted on 01/26/2008 3:41:07 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: Pyro7480

“It’s funny you mention St. Polycarp, since today was his feast day on the pre-Vatican II sanctoral calendar. :-)”

HeHeHe! :)


21 posted on 01/26/2008 3:46:29 PM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: XeniaSt

“And Elisha died, and they buried him... And it came to pass that as they were burying a man, that behold, they saw a band of men [Moabites], and they cast the man into the grave of Elisha: and as soon as he touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood up on his feet” (IV Kings 13:20-21).


22 posted on 01/26/2008 3:47:29 PM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Ottofire; All

You might find this interesting, even if you don’t agree.

http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/general/relics.aspx


23 posted on 01/26/2008 3:50:02 PM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Kolokotronis
I went to a Tridentine Low Mass at a nearby parish offered by Fr. Scalia, yes, the son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and he read a bit about the martyrdom of St. Polycarp.

Interestingly enough, the only Catholic parish named for St. Polycarp is in my home state of Delaware, in a town named Smyrna. ;-) I went there once. The pastor is a nice conservative priest.

24 posted on 01/26/2008 3:51:44 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: Kolokotronis

ping


25 posted on 01/26/2008 4:04:12 PM PST by Cvengr (Fear sees the problem emotion never solves. Faith sees & accepts the solution, problem solved.)
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To: Kolokotronis
And Elisha died, and they buried him... And it came to pass that as they were burying a man, that behold, they saw a band of men [Moabites], and they cast the man into the grave of Elisha: and as soon as he touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood up on his feet” (IV Kings 13:20-21).

I think you are referring to 2 Kings 13:20-21.

26 posted on 01/26/2008 4:18:11 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (you shall know that I, YHvH, your Savior, and your Redeemer, am the Elohim of Ya'aqob. Isaiah 60:16)
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To: XeniaSt; Kolokotronis

No, that is correct. In some versions of the Bible, the two books of Samuel are known as 1 and 2 Kings, and the two books of Kings are known as 3 and 4 Kings.


27 posted on 01/26/2008 5:30:22 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: Pyro7480; Kolokotronis
No, that is correct. In some versions of the Bible, the two books of Samuel are known as 1 and 2 Kings, and the two books of Kings are known as 3 and 4 Kings.

The book is M'lakhim Bet 13:21 in the Tanach

28 posted on 01/26/2008 6:41:36 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (you shall know that I, YHvH, your Savior, and your Redeemer, am the Elohim of Ya'aqob. Isaiah 60:16)
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To: XeniaSt; Pyro7480; annalex
In the Septuagint: και απεθανεν Ελισαιε και εθαψαν αυτον και μονοζωνοι Μωαβ ηλθον εν τη γη ελθοντος του ενιαυτου

και εγενετο αυτων θαπτοντων τον ανδρα και ιδου ειδον τον μονοζωνον και ερριψαν τον ανδρα εν τω ταφω Ελισαιε και επορευθη και ηψατο των οστεων Ελισαιε και εζησεν και ανεστη επι τους ποδας αυτου

29 posted on 01/26/2008 7:04:58 PM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Kolokotronis

Cool font


30 posted on 01/26/2008 7:09:54 PM PST by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Rome2000

“Cool font”

Its in your computer! :)


31 posted on 01/26/2008 7:18:14 PM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Zuriel

And you are priggish.


32 posted on 01/26/2008 7:28:57 PM PST by RobbyS
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To: XeniaSt

Cool it, and educate yourself.


33 posted on 01/26/2008 7:38:54 PM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: Kolokotronis; Pyro7480

Thank you both.


34 posted on 01/26/2008 7:40:42 PM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

**And you are ignorant.**

Hey, I can take all the verbal abuse you want to hand out. I’m sure you can do better than that!

Unlike some, I won’t cry to the mods, ever. I’m a big supporter of the 1st ammendment. I had a boss that should offer classes in verbal abuse to Marine drill Sgts. Verbal abuse is nothing compared to what Jesus was put through.

By the way, the only corpses Jesus brought out of the grave were restored to life. Anybody can dig up a dead one, and it remain dead.

Should we go and dig up a few thousand to see how many of them have shells that have changed little?

Cheers, and Lord bless!


35 posted on 01/26/2008 7:47:36 PM PST by Zuriel (Acts 2:38,39....nearly 2,000 years and still working today!)
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To: RobbyS

ping to #35


36 posted on 01/26/2008 7:56:26 PM PST by Zuriel (Acts 2:38,39....nearly 2,000 years and still working today!)
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To: annalex

You are, as always, very welcome! :)


37 posted on 01/26/2008 8:06:00 PM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Kolokotronis; XeniaSt

The miracle of Elisha’s bones:

Elisha asked for a double portion of the power God gave Elijah, who was recorded as peforming seven miracles. The ‘touching the bones’ miracle was Elisha’s 14th.

Those ‘pallbearers’ involved had to abort their burial plans for the dead man when they spied the approach of the band of Moabites. They had no time, ditch the body and run. I’m sure if they’d had the slightest hint that that miracle would happen, the text would have stated that as their plan.

So that passage is the RC/EO basis for digging up corpses?

Well, go ahead, knock yourselves out.

WWJD


38 posted on 01/26/2008 8:16:01 PM PST by Zuriel (Acts 2:38,39....nearly 2,000 years and still working today!)
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To: annalex; Kolokotronis

Thank you? I didn’t contribute any cool texts to the discussion. ;-)


39 posted on 01/26/2008 8:17:38 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: Kolokotronis
"God made not death: neither hath He pleasure in the destruction of the living" (Wisdom 1:13)." from your link http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/general/relics.aspx

It's an interesting insight of some of the ancients to say that. Modern science confirms that a living cell is not programmed to die, but rather to live indefinitely!

Rather then being rooted in sin (although an argument can be made that sinful ways contribute heavily), natural "corruption" (aging and death) of a cell is brought about by accumulated damage from the cell's own metabolism—free radicals, released from the cell's mitochondria (metabolic power houses), that relentlessly bombard and damage our DNA.

The body constantly repairs this damage (that's why you need 8 hours of sleep), but it's a losing battle over time. Natural aging and death is simply a sum-total of damage and repair done to our system, "wear and tear" if you will, as the body's own ability to repair itself is overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of damage incurred over time.  

So, while the body was not created to die, it dies from its own wear and tear, from its internal combustion byproducts; ironically, the cell dies from its very essence of life—it burns faster than it can build.

Studies have shown that different animals of approximately the same size with different average life spans invariably show that those species with lower free radical production live longer and age slower.

We could argue that sinful lifestyles tend to increase body's "wear and tear" and minimize body's self-reparing mechanism (lack of sleep, excesisve exposure to sun), etc., in addition to our genetic makeup, but the fact is that even saints die—not so much because of Adam's transgression but because their cells produce highly reactive free radicals.

40 posted on 01/26/2008 9:57:10 PM PST by kosta50 (Eastern Orthodoxy is pure Christianity)
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To: raygunfan
many of the saints bodies are incorrupt, defying so-call science....just another sign of God’s power to his people

God's people do not need signs of His power...We walk by faith, not by sight...

We have the witness of the Holy Spirit...

If you did happen to come across a preserved dead body, there'd be no way to tell if if was preserved by God, or Satan...

41 posted on 01/27/2008 2:44:42 AM PST by Iscool
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To: annalex
When Padre Pio is displayed, we’ll send you a picture.

Going to hang 'em on the wall, in between the deer head and the pet poodle???

42 posted on 01/27/2008 2:46:37 AM PST by Iscool
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“God’s people do not need signs of His power...We walk by faith, not by sight...”

Is that why the thousands of “ecclesial groups” seem to be walking in so many different directions, I?

The veneration of relics is nearly as old as The Church itself, I. No one says you have to believe in the power of relics, though the overwhelming majority of Christians today do and always and everywhere have. I must say, however, that if I believed in the sort of God you folks do, One Whose apparently all consuming wrath at His creation could only be assuaged by the bloody torture death of His completely innocent Son, I’d probably leave off the scorn lest it turn out that I’m wrong and The Church right.


43 posted on 01/27/2008 6:01:11 AM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Kolokotronis

>The veneration of relics is nearly as old as The Church itself, I. No one says you have to believe in the power of relics, though the overwhelming majority of Christians today do and always and everywhere have. I must say, however, that if I believed in the sort of God you folks do, One Whose apparently all consuming wrath at His creation could only be assuaged by the bloody torture death of His completely innocent Son, I’d probably leave off the scorn lest it turn out that I’m wrong and The Church right.

Actually the veneration of relics used by God is much older than Christianity:

2 Kings 18

1Now it came about in the third year of Hoshea, the son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah became king.

2He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Abi the daughter of Zechariah.

3 He did right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father David had done.

4 He removed the high places and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah He also broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the sons of Israel burned incense to it; and it was called Nehushtan.

5 He trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel; so that after him there was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor among those who were before him.

6For he clung to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commanded Moses.

Note that the bronze snake, commanded by God for the salvation of the people of Israel in the desert from the poisonous snakes is venerated.

Note that a righteous King of Judah, clinging to the Lord and the laws of Moses, destroyed this idol when the sons of Israel venerate it by burning incense to it. This was destroyed alongside the Asherah, the idols to the Queen of Heaven.


44 posted on 01/27/2008 7:51:28 AM PST by Ottofire (For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God)
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To: Zuriel
"Put any one of these bodies out in the sunshine, in the tropical heat of the equatorial regions, then come back a week later."

Last I heard, exposed bodies decomposed at the latitude of France, too. And yet St. Bernadette's body has not so decomposed. That is the whole point of what "incorruptibility" means, and is another physical proof of a miracle.

45 posted on 01/27/2008 8:13:18 AM PST by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel-NRA)
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To: Iscool

If you do not understand something, it is wise not to mock it.


46 posted on 01/27/2008 9:19:21 AM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: Iscool

You:

many of the saints bodies are incorrupt, defying so-call science....just another sign of God’s power to his people
God’s people do not need signs of His power...We walk by faith, not by sight...

We have the witness of the Holy Spirit...

If you did happen to come across a preserved dead body, there’d be no way to tell if if was preserved by God, or Satan...

ME: first, if we have only the witness of the holy spirit, then there would be no need for the many signs Christ performed after his ressurection

secondly, it would make no sense for satan to be involved in incorruptible christian bodies, as these examples, DRAW PEOPLE CLOSER TO CHRIST...and i know of only one person in the last 2000 plus years that draws people to Him...


47 posted on 01/27/2008 9:40:22 AM PST by raygunfan
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To: Ottofire

I should have pinged you to my post #22.


48 posted on 01/27/2008 9:50:43 AM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Wonder Warthog

I don’t care how ‘healthy it looks, can you make it function again? If the heart, brain, lungs, etc. are irrepairable, it is corrupted!

That is so typical of the RC/EO system which relies so much on the outside, the visual aides, using countless statues, paintings, ‘icons’, relics, etc. that are just another form of the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, pride of life.

The apostles refused and rebuked any veneration toward themselves, pointing souls to Jesus Christ.

When you’ve truly been filled with the Holy Ghost, the last thing you are going to do is dig up dead bodies to ‘venerate’. The ‘harvest’ that the Lord demands is done during the day, when there is the light of life, not in the darkness of death.


49 posted on 01/27/2008 9:56:28 AM PST by Zuriel (Acts 2:38,39....nearly 2,000 years and still working today!)
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To: Zuriel
"I don’t care how ‘healthy it looks, can you make it function again? If the heart, brain, lungs, etc. are irrepairable, it is corrupted!"

Of course, only God can do that, but that isn't the point. The point is that the body hasn't been subject to the natural processes of decay. If not a miracle, then how do you account for the immunity to that "universal" natural process??

"That is so typical of the RC/EO system which relies so much on the outside, the visual aides, using countless statues, paintings, ‘icons’, relics, etc. that are just another form of the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, pride of life.

There's nothing wrong with using visual aids. The PURPOSE of all those "visual aids" (if you bother to study history) is to EDUCATE the congregation in the faith. You've got to remember that up until Gutenberg, the vast majority of peopl e COULD NOT READ. So all those things you refer to were teaching aids to help in understanding the faith. The rest of the sentence about "lust this and lust that" is simply BS.

"The apostles refused and rebuked any veneration toward themselves, pointing souls to Jesus Christ."

Of course they did. But this didn't keep even their shadows from having miraculous effects.

"When you’ve truly been filled with the Holy Ghost, the last thing you are going to do is dig up dead bodies to ‘venerate’." "The ‘harvest’ that the Lord demands is done during the day, when there is the light of life, not in the darkness of death."

Actually, the Lord works anywhere and everywhere He wills, light or dark.

50 posted on 01/27/2008 10:10:56 AM PST by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel-NRA)
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