Skip to comments.Catholic Caucus: Patron
Posted on 04/05/2002 12:57:16 PM PST by father_elijah
The Catholic Caucus of Freepers are in need of our own patron saint. We seem to be quickly developing into something of an apostolate of our own. So I think we should take time to post our ideas about who our patron saint(s) should be for our work here on FreeRepublic.
Also remember that this Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday.
There have been so many great Catholic contributions to mass communications:
Almighty and eternal God, who created us in Thy image and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful, especially in the divine person of Thy only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee that, through the intercession of Saint Isidore, bishop and doctor, during our journeys through the internet we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thank you. Now I remember. Of course. The great encyclopaedist. A natural. And I had to write a paper on him in college.
Hmmm...I'll have to think about this.
My first gut reaction would be St. Paul.
Why St. Paul? When was the last time any of you actually asked him for intercession? And really, his Epistles have been adopted by our foes as an anti-Catholic curmuedgeon, when in reality they are thoroughly Catholic in nature.
Finally, I used to think he was a bit of a self agrandizing saint (please don't think I'm being sacriligious) but in the end he was just right for the times, speaking the Truth in season and out, even invading the very temples of the pagan gods with the Gospel of Christ.
We need to be bold, and even obnoxiously so if necessary, refusing to be silenced by the enemies of Christ and His Church.
I think St. Paul is a good candidate, even if he "lacks" the flair and romance of a more modern saint, whose life is better known.
If not him, how about Father Miguel Pro: Heroic Mexican Martyr.
"Viva Cristo Rey!"
Sergius and Bacchus Martyrs, d. in the Diocletian persecution in Coele-Syria about 303. Their martyrdom is well authenticated by the earliest martyrologies and by the early veneration paid them, as well as by such historians as Theodoret. They were officers of troops on the frontier, Sergius being primicerius, and Bacchus secundarius. According to the legend, there were high in esteem of the Caesar Maximianus on account of their bravery, but this favour was turned into hate when they acknowledged their Christian faith. When examined under torture they were beaten so severely with thongs that Bacchus died under the blows. Sergius, though, had much more suffering to endure; among other tortures, as the legend relates, he had to run eighteen miles in shoes which were covered on the soles with sharp-pointed nails that pierced through the foot. He was finally beheaded. The burial-place of Sergius and Bacchus was pointed out in the city of Resaph; in honour of Sergius the Emperor Justinian also built churches in honour of Sergius at Constantinople and Acre; the one at Constantinople, now a mosque, is a great work of Byzantine art. In the East, Sergius and Bacchus were universally honoured. Since the seventh century they have a celebrated church in Rome. Christian art represents the two saints as soldiers in military garb with branches of palm in their hands. Their feast is observed on 7 October. The Church calendar gives the two saints Marcellus and Apuleius on the same day as Sergius and Bacchus. They are said to have been converted to Christianity by the miracles of St. Peter. According to the "Martyrologium Romanum" they suffered martyrdom soon after the deaths of Sts. Peter and Paul and were buried near Rome. Their existing Acts are not genuine and agree to a great extent with those of Sts. Nereus and Achilleus. The veneration of the two saints is very old. A mass is assigned to them in the "Sacramentarium" of Pope Gelasius.
I could go with St. Isidore.
Not sure about the good Dr.'s suggestion of Tomas de Torquemada - might offend some - kind of a sore point. ;-)
St Paul for evangelism
There are so many of them, how do we choose?
|This site updated: 20 January, 2001.|
|**"A Man for All Seasons":|
|A Saint for Our Times|
|**(descriptive quote by Robert Whittenton
" More is a man of an angelic wit and singular learning; I know not his fellow. For where is the man of that gentleness, lowliness, and affability? And as time requireth, a man of marvelous mirth and past-time, and sometimes of sad gravity. A Man for all Seasons.")
|Former Chancellor of England, author of "Utopia", a ground breaking work that gave the world the name for societies built on dreams, Thomas More is well known in historical circles. Within the Church he loved and ultimately died to defend, he is less known, most people not even realizing that he was canonized for more than being a martyr of the Tudor "reformation". St. Thomas is called the patron of lawyers, since that is how he made his living. Christian humanists are fond of quoting him, as are secular humanists, who think he is one of them.|
|Most Catholics, if they know of St. Thomas, know of him mostly as a martyr who lost his head on July 6, 1535, because he wouldn't deny the supremacy of the Pope, Many know of him from watching a movie called "A Man for All Seasons" written as a play in two acts by Robert Bolt. But Sir Thomas More was more; St. Thomas More is more. He was a man of strong faith and deep conviction. His prayer routine was a daily ritual lasting anywhere from two to seven hours a day. He made time for prayer by sleeping less. He believed deeply in practicing penance, both in the forms of almsgiving, frequent confession, and self mortification. While imprisoned in the Tower of London for refusing to take the Oath of Supremacy that would have declared Henry VIII the supreme head of the Church in England, Thomas, instead of giving in to family and friends to ignore his conscience and take the oath, turned his own imprisonment to good use by meditating on the Passion of our Lord, and then writing a book about his meditations.|
|Come and meet Sir Thomas More, who, when all of the rest of society was taking the easy way out because "everyone else did it", followed his conscience. His reply to those who asked what his conscience mattered and why he couldn't just follow along with everyone else, "for fellowship's sake"? "...when you are all rewarded with heaven for following your conscience, and I am condemned to hell for NOT following mine, will not ye not all join me, for fellowship?" The man who said, "I do none harm, I think none harm, I say none harm, and if this be not enough to leave a man live, then in truth I long not to live" It wasn't enough, they killed him.|
Saint Paul .... when we're dealing with the fundies, Calvinists, and other trying protestants.
Saint John of the Cross ..... when we need perseverance as Catholics
Blessed Padre Pio ..... when we need to engage the sins of the secular age and present the changeless truth of Christ and his Church.
'But I will tell thee what is set down in the scripture of truth: and none is my helper in all these things but Michael your prince."
"Michael shall rise up, the great prince, who standeth for the children of thy people; and a time shall come such as never was from time that nations began even until that time. And at that time shall thy people be saved, every one found written in the book."
"Michael is the breath of the Redeemer's spirit, who will, at the end of the world, combat and destroy Antichrist, as he did Lucifer in the beginning."-St. Thomas Aquinas
'O glorious Prince St. Michael, Chief and commander of the Heavenly Host, Guardian of souls, Vanquisher of rebel spirits, Servant in the House of the Divine King, and our admirable conductor, thou who dost shine with excellence and superhuman virtue, vouchsafe to deliver us from all evil, who turn to thee with confidence, and enable us, by thy gracious protection, to serve God more and more faithfully every day.'
'Pray for us O Glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ, that we may be made worthy of His promises, Amen'
Padre Pio's life is so inspiring!
She had the heart of an angel and the ability to silence heads of state with a phrase or glance. She is in my opinion, one of the most beautiful women God ever created.
I do love Padre Pio myself. My grandmother lived in his area of southern Italy and went to one of his last Masses. But then again, I'm biased towards the mystics:)
What exactly is our work here on FR? It seems to me that if we have a clearer idea of our mission or purpose as Catholics at FR, then we may be able to narrow down the list of possible patrons. Maybe I'm the only one who doesn't see clearly what our work is on FR.
Maybe I've got it wrong. But that is what I see.
It's probably not a bad idea to consider Catholic
contributions to the internet as ultimately directed
toward divine mercy and the freedom which
comes from liberation from sin through God's grace.
Thanks for the reminder.
Anybody have any update?
This may be the link (Reuters?/Messina, Italy): Padre Pio
Here is a brief excerpt from an essay on Aquinas in the Seminaries:
For three decades now an infected seminary system has been sedulously vilifying the Angelic Doctor. To their mind, for good reason. Most theologians know well that this Common Doctor is the thick steel wall protecting the Faith against the seepage of Modernity. Tear it down, and the Faith is fatally exposed. That's not hyperbole, it's the Magisterium. After citing six hundred years of Pontifical praise for St. Thomas, Leo XIII concludes a section of Aeterni Patris with: " . . . while to these judgments of great Pontiffs on Thomas Aquinas comes the crowning testimony of Innocent VI: His teaching above that of others . . . enjoys such an elegance of phraseology, a method of statement, a truth of proposition, that those who hold to it are never found swerving from the path of truth, and he who dares assail it will always be suspected of error.'" (Aeterni Patris, #16) As an intriguing aside the same encyclical reveals, "For it has come to light that there were not lacking among the leaders of heretical sects some who openly declared that, if the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas were only taken away, they could easily battle with all Catholic teachers, gain the victory, and abolish the Church. A vain hope indeed, but no vain testimony." Thirty years of priestly deprivation of St. Thomas give ringing confirmation to these Leonine monita.
An interesting bit of trivia from a little farther down which certainly appies to the Internet as a form of mass communication:
What a shock to the Canadian bishops when they asked Dr. Marshall McLuhan how they could better understand the modern communications revolution. He promptly responded, "Read St. Thomas Aquinas' De Spiritualibus Creaturis."
And from the final paragraph (the author speaks of priests because the essay is about seminaries, but it can apply to laity as well):
Priests must begin to lean their head upon the wisdom of St. Thomas as he so often leaned his head on the tabernacle. God gives man priests to guard the walls of the Sacred City of the Church. But they stand strong only when carrying the weaponry of Aquinas. If not, the City falls.
I can sure understand why that holy priest is crying. Thanks for the picture, it cheered me right up.