Pocket Guide to Sainthood: The Field Manual for the by Jason Boyett

By Jason Boyett

"Boyett's witty, bizarre, and infrequently even clever Pocket publications are evidence that the easiest issues do are available in small packages." —Daniel Radosh, writer, Rapture Ready!

We identify our towns, hospitals, and church buildings after them. We flock to shrines bearing their continues to be. We ask for his or her support once we lose our keys. who're those saints, what made them so holy, and what on the earth are these birds doing on St. Francis's shoulder?

Jason Boyett's Pocket consultant to Sainthood takes an exciting and unflinching examine the fascinating—and fascinatingly weird—lives of the saints. even if you're a Catholic desperately wanting a consumer, or a Protestant attempting to establish your cabbie's bobblehead, this can be as shut as you ever come to real holiness. utilize it via learning

  • How St. Denis introduced his top sermon whereas protecting his personal decapitated head
  • Why either hair shirts and nakedness are mainstays of saintly fashion

  • Which saints are the consumers of bowel issues, serial killers, and different precious categories

  • What is taken with the canonization procedure, in case you get so lucky?or martyred

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Numbers 15:32–36 (NIV). Poor guy. 3. Well, maybe a little judging wouldn’t hurt. It’s hard not to make fun of stories like the one about St. Christopher. It’s coming up in a few pages, so get ready. 44 SAINTS YOU SHOULD KNOW (A–F) pages. But the important ones? They’re all here. In this chapter and the next, you’ll find a subjective compilation of the most famous, most important, and most interesting saints in the annals of Christianity. In fact, their lives are way more fascinating than this lame introduction, so let’s just get on with it already.

VENERATION The special honor given to a saint (or, by proxy, a saint’s icon) in recognition of God’s presence in their lives and actions. Often veneration is conferred by kissing an icon or statue, making the sign of the cross, or bowing to it—that is, bowing to it in a “recognizing ‚ 23. For the record, he was lowered down by his disciples after he died, as opposed to dying and then toppling off his perch as a result of being dead. Because you were totally thinking that, right? 39 POCKET GUIDE TO SAINTHOOD God’s presence” kind of way, as opposed to a “worshipping the golden calf ” kind of way.

First-class relics are either objects directly associated with Jesus (a piece of the cross or manger) 19. See Acts 19:11–12 (NIV). And it wasn’t just aprons, but handkerchiefs, too. Who knew Paul was such a dandy? 33 POCKET GUIDE TO SAINTHOOD or a saint’s physical remains (hair, teeth, umbilical cord). Second-class relics are objects worn or owned by a saint (like the famed “chains of St. Peter” on display in San Pietro in Rome). Third-class relics include anything that has touched a first- or second-class relic and are hardly worth mentioning, because wouldn’t a shrine displaying a relic then become a relic itself?

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