Friday, May 17, 2013

Barefoot Carmelites

One of the problems of being dominated by The Rabbit is the persistence of his past, which now intrudes.  One consequence of this intrusion is boredom for any one who might read these pages and another consequence is such things as for example a name for the Out House. Which in my mind has become a tentative  "Saint Teresa of Avila."   For his part, The Rabbit formerly achieved Sainthood, in the Year of Our Lord 1099.  But as is well known, since around 1100  a person does not usually become a Saint, until he or she has been gone form the mortal plane for a respectable period of time.  There are a great many recent exceptions, and I'd argue that these exceptions are primarily a reactionary whim on the part of the modern Vatican, a pandering to populist demand.  As well there has been in recent times a horrible habit of what I will call "Mass Sainting."  The eight hundred Martyrs of Otranto, may be an extreme example but it is far from unusual.  In the 1970's Pope Paul the sixth suddenly announced the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, most of whom had had their moment on earth at around the time tea first arrived in England.

 The Rabbit was born around 720 and died around the time Offa came to the thrown of Mercia, which according the Anglo Saxon Chronicles was near enough to the year 757, though of course the calendar has changed a little, so it might have been 758, or 756.  And during The Rabbit's time upon earth, it was more likely that in order to be a Saint a person had first to have held a very respectable office within the religious hierarchy, and as admirers gathered for a final farewell there would be graveside discussion of Sainthood, and onward the process would quickly go all the way to the Pope, who'd pretty much gloss through evidence of Sainthood and make the decision on political grounds. Then there would occasionally arise a rascal, who for one reason or another would be made a Saint for purely political ends.  Which is why one of the phenomena a commission on sainthood considers worthy, is what's called the Odor of Sanctity.  And here "St. Teresa of Avila" became a Saint because her grave exuded a sweet scent for nine months after her death.  Saint Teresa was one of the founders of the order of Barefoot Carmelites, who are called to a cloistered existence of  "prayer, penance, hard work and silence."

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