Wednesday, January 02, 2008
With Cream Cheese Frosting
What with all the holiday excitement, I didn't realize I had fallen so far behind in answering questions. I'll dive right in. I can do that because I have a slice of carrot cake to sustain me.
One reader asked how to fend off this area of argument:
Wicca was based on Christianity...or the other way around, I can't remember..
Christianity is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ who was a Jewish man (and God). I can't think that He ever met Gerald Gardner, who made up the word and the religion "Wica" in a book Mr. Gardner wrote in 1954. Mr. Gardner doesn't seem to have met Jesus, either.
And also this holiday table discussion:
The Catholic Church kicked out the Free Mason's because they were too powerful and that's why they hate Catholics.
I can't say with any real authority, but I don't think anyone kicked anybody out of anything. Do the Free Mason's hate the Catholics? I didn't get the memo. Oh well, if they do, what can I say? Get in line.
As far as I know, the Free Masons are a fun group like the Elks. They seem to have some secret rituals, but they are not Wiccans. (One less thing to worry about.) There is no need to discuss them any further accept to say that Catholics cannot be Free Masons, because as far as the Catholic Church is concerned the Free Masons function as a religion. For example, they have their own funeral rites. You can't be a Catholic and a Free Mason any more that you can be a Catholic and a Lutheran, although you could be married to one. We frown on that, too, but we soldier on.
We had had a question about whether or not if was okay to ask God to kill somebody. The answer was no, which prompted this question:
What? No HITLER exception?!
No. No Hitler exception. Even though it seems like a good idea, we have to leave that to the army, or a mutiny or a coup because we simply don't get to decide who lives and who dies and then ask God to act accordingly. Think of all the people who have been compared to Hitler, and the person doing the comparing fully believed the comparison! And as fabulous as it would have been if Hitler had died much sooner than he did, wouldn't it also have been better to not have him in power doing the things he did in the first place? People looked the other way, or helped him. What would have happened, for example, if when the Jews were banned from restaurants and other public places, the good Christians living there would have boycotted all of those places, not gone where Jews couldn't go? Not practical? Humbug. Just easier to ask God to take care of our shortcomings and cowardice.
I have a question about patron saints. Who would be a good patroness for quilters -- or even just people who sew? Thanks for any help.
There are two wonderful patron saints for seamstresses: St. Ann, the mother of Mary and Mary herself. Part of our wonderful Catholic Tradition is that Mary was a superb seamstress and made the cloak that Jesus wore. You recall that robe. The Robe. Richard Burton wound up with it. Or was it Victor Mature. I think it was Victor Mature. Richard Burton won it in the card game at the foot of the cross but it burned him something awful every time he tried to wear it and he flung it off on Victor Mature. Anyhow, it had no seams.
Somebody had to have taught Mary to sew. Who else but her mother, Ann.
The thing is.....Ann is not mentioned in the New Testament. The story that Mary could sew came from the same source from which we glean the name of her mother, books that were tossed out of the New Testament. The story goes that Ann had Mary at an old age and was so thrilled that she dedicated the girl to the Temple. Mary's feet never touched the ground until she was three years old, at which point she went off to live at the Temple where she was put to work as a seamstress. She must have had to learn to walk at that point, also.
So...whatever. Mary did have a mother. We call her Ann. I'm sure Ann doesn't mind, whatever her name really is. I'm sure by now she answers to Ann, what with all the mothers, grandmothers and seamstresses praying for her intercession.
We're still looking into the patron saint for High Tea. But I have located the patron saint for making gum disappear off your shoe. That would be St. Cipriano, a magician before he turned to Christ. Even HE didn't know Gerald Gardner.