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St. Christopher

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From: Pearlz 
Subject: St. Christopher
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 07:01:53 -0800

On Wed, 20 Nov 2002, catherine yronwode wrote:
> > Lots of them.  For instance, Catholics sometimes put a talisman of 
> > St. Christopher (a mythical saint said to protect travellers) on 
> > their dashboards.

I'm pretty sure St. Christopher is one of the saints the Vatican demoted
fairly recently, saying he never existed.  Major bummer, because he is the
main one for safe travel and much used.

The story is that one stormy night a small boy knocked on St. C's door and
asked St. C to carry him across a raging river.  St. C did not hesitate
and carried the boy.  They almost got swept away in the middle but St. C
believed and they got to the other side and then St. C found out that he
had carried the Christchild.  That is why he is the patron of travelers
and invoked for safety.  I don't think it matters that the Vatican ditched
him.  The populace still loves St. C. anyway.

I have wondered about St. C's mental faculties.  Afterall, endangering
your life and that of a child in a raging creek doesn't seem rational to
me.  St. C. didn't know he was carrying the Christchild until he got to
the other side.  The boy looked just like an ordinary booger-eating
3 year old.

I never understood the one about the prodigal son either, and have lived
out the part of the ignored kid who does all the dutiful stuff and is
taken for granted, when the troublesome kids are made much of every time
they fart.  

Come to think of it, I don't get a lot of bible and saint stories.

Oh well.


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