In the unlikely event of my canonization, I think I might prefer to remain entombed. Is there some sort of advanced directive?
...cult of Padre Pio...
Just because a group of people show respect and love for a saint that does not put them in a cult.
...the Catholic Church's saint-making process,...
Wrong again. A person becomes a saint through the grace of God, their faith and their love and devotion of the Lord. The Church simply recognizes their sainthood.
You want CULT, - look to MOHAMMAD you atheist s.o.b.s at Rueters.
“However, he was dogged by accusations of fraud. A book last year suggested he was a self-harming man who might have used carbolic acid to cause his wounds. Church officials have denied he was a fake.”
Probably brought to you by the same people who said Christ arranged his own crucifixion (The same people who were telling us a few generations ago he never even existed).
Cult is not a bad word.
1566 “It is in the Eucharistic cult or in the Eucharistic assembly of the faithful (synaxis) that they exercise in a supreme degree their sacred office; there, acting in the person of Christ and proclaiming his mystery, they unite the votive offerings of the faithful to the sacrifice of Christ their head, and in the sacrifice of the Mass they make present again and apply, until the coming of the Lord, the unique sacrifice of the New Testament, that namely of Christ offering himself once for all a spotless victim to the Father.” From this unique sacrifice their whole priestly ministry draws its strength.
1378 Worship of the Eucharist. In the liturgy of the Mass we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine by, among other ways, genuflecting or bowing deeply as a sign of adoration of the Lord. “The Catholic Church has always offered and still offers to the sacrament of the Eucharist the cult of adoration, not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful, and carrying them in procession.”
cult - noun
1. a particular system of religious worship, esp. with reference to its rites and ceremonies.
2. an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, esp. as manifested by a body of admirers: the physical fitness cult.
3. the object of such devotion.
4. a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.
5. Sociology. a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols.
When my life is over, I will not miss "the accuser of the Bretheren." And on the off chance they perish before I do, I will dance in the streets.
Thanks NYer,beautiful thread.Padre Pio pray for us.
Litany of the Saints-Matt Mahr’s
Litany of the Saints From John Paul II’s Funeral