June 13, 2001
- Saint of the Day
There is a saint for every day of the
year and children are often named for the saint of their birth
date. The local newspaper publishes a daily column describing
the saint of the day. Most saints achieved their sainthood by
being tortured and executed for their beliefs. There are a few
like Saint Martin who were sainted for good deeds but the vast
majority were ingeniously tortured to death. Here is a sample
from the newspaper:
Died in Lyon in 177 A.D.
Blandine was whipped, slowly burned over a small fire, tied up
in a net and given to a bull to play with before being finished
off with a sword. Blandines are tender and willful. Their color
is blue and their number is 7.
For more that two thousand years, saints
have been burned, whipped, stoned, castrated, mutilated and castigated.
These martyrs are the reason for the success of Christianity
in western culture. Maybe the two thousand year history of gruesome
executions is also the reason the death penalty is banned in
Europe. I have no idea why saints are assigned a color and a
number but I always find it amusing to read this cheerful conclusion
to such a macabre subject.