June 13, 2007
Horse 769 - St Saint - The Patron Saint of Patrons
I may mention from time to time that St Xxxxx is the patron saint of Yyyyy, however I think I should some sort of overview on this so as to clear up an imporession that may have been left.
1. I am not Catholic
2. I think that praying to "saints" is useless
3. It probably borders of counterfeit
The Catholic Church for all it has or hasn't done, elevates of appears to elevate some people to a level that would appear to be holier or something than regular people. Now although this may be of some use within the realms of running an Empire such as the British system of Earls, Dukes, Ladies, Sirs and Marquis, or perhaps ranks of merit and order within the armed forces like a General, Admiral or that of a lowly private.
The appointment if "saints" within in the church if anything should be done by the one who happens to direct it. In the British Empire it is the Queen who confers knighthoods, and the armed forces confers ranks, so within the church the appointment of rank should be logically determined by God himself, no?
And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues
1 Corinthians 12:28
In fact the practice probably grew out of the old Roman System of gods, as a result of the Romans adopting Christianity as the state religion. If this is the case, then appointing something or praying to something that isn't God, is rather a direct violation of the Second Commandment and would constitute idolatry.
Certainly although I might mention that April 23 is St George's Day or that Ferbruary 14 is St Valentine's Day, if they actually happened to be real people, then praying to them would be as useless as praying to the moon, the sun or The God of Lemonade. If anything, a created being has far less power than their creator.
If all have sinned and fallen short of the glory or God, doesn't it then follow that praying to a saint is in fact praying to another being that has sinned and also fallen short of the glory or God? What follows is thus: Can that enitity really save you from anything? Since they can not save themselves from death and as far as I am aware there are only three exceptions to people dying (one was taken away before he dies, one died and smashed death to bits, and the other was brought back to life and probably died again), and not one of these exceptions actually happen to be a "saint". If they can't save themselves, then please render a reason as why they could or would even be able to save you? Dead men don't tell lies... not eat.... not breathe... nor play the bagpipes.
So in summation, playing to saints is stupid as is praying to Mercury, Mazda or Ra. The only saint really worth bothering is St James... which is one station away from Museum.
Posted by Rollo at 22:45