Tuesday, February 5, 2013
But despite the temptation to maybe wonder whether the Congregation of the Causes of Saints was in the early part of 1983 just one long drawn out cocktail party left over from the 1970's, they did produce what I guess can be called stream-lined interview standards to guide the procedure by which a person might become a Saint. The first step in that path is to be considered for the position of Servant of God. This usually begins with a petition by the faithful, but it has to be more than a whimsical moment in the flow of community politicking or some other cult-like weirdness, because once the Roman Curia agree that someone might be a Servant of God, that person's body is exhumed and what's called "relics" are supposed to be taken. Bones, I guess. Unless you are Mother Teresa, who despite demands from across the world and particularly from the Albanian faithful, has not yet been exhumed even though she has survived the condition of Venerable and has achieved the stature of Blessed. Which means she can have a feast day only observed by the faithful in Calcutta. However, if one more miracle can be ascribed to her, she'll become a Saint and then the entire globe will be able to eat something for her on September 5th. And I would have a picture of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, but they all seem to have copyrights, so instead I have pictures of two, Second Century Popes called Pius to contemplate while I weep for the world.