Saint of the Day ping!
My cousin Jo gave me a St. Christopher medal to carry with me when I left for Vietnam in 1967. Made it back without a scratch. And she’s a Baptist!
In the mid-seventies, I gave my parents a magnetic Saint Christopher medallion for our ‘73 bus. I don’t know where that one ended up, but I’m sure I still have my Saint Christopher medal.
I’d been thinking about St. Christopher on a little car trip just the other day.
For each of the kids in my Confirmation class, I’m making a variation on the Irish Penal Rosary, and where the large ring attaches to the body of the Rosary, I’m putting a jump ring and a St. Christopher medal. Then I’ll put on a lobster claw that will connect that end to the area just behind the crucifix, at the opposite end from the large ring so they can hang it around the rear view mirror. That way they’ll always have Jesus and St. Christopher on board!
My parish patron.
Hope the car medals are coming back.
While my dear, late mother was always a faithful Catholic, my late father left the Faith — for reasons unknown to all in my family. While he supported my mother’s decision to send all of us through 12 years of Catholic schooling never participated in any of our religious training at home.
However, he carried a St. Christopher medal in his car and one in his wallet. :) Also, much to our happy surprise, he asked for a priest and received the Last Rites before he died. (Yeah, I know we’re not supposed to call them “Last Rites” anymore....)
I believe there used to be a society called The Christophers. Their simple goal was to bear Christ to everyone they met.
There is a lot of confusion about the changes to the liturgical calendar of saints and St. Christopher was one of the biggest. I think it caused the faithful to question the Church because leadership went too far in making tweaks that overwhelmed the parishioners. Church leaders have got to do better about controlling their message to the faithful.
Hope you are feeling better, Salvation! God bless you for all you do for Catholics here at FR.
When I was young, if a guy gave a girl a St. Christopher medal, it meant they were going steady. I don’t know how widespread that was.
***The confusion over whether St. Christopher is still a saint arose when Pope Paul VI revised the Liturgical Calendar,***
I am reminded of a newspaper story from forty years ago.
A news reporter was on a combat helicopter flight in South Vietnam when he noticed a soldier with his hand embracing a St Christopher medal.
The reporter leaned over and said..”The Pope says St Christopher doesn’t count anymore”.
The soldier replied...”The Pope ain’t over here getting his *** shot off!”