Friday, June 6, 2008

Saints Claud and others

You probably know Saint Claude as the patron of toymakers, but what you need to know is that the Saint Claud we celebrate today, he of Besançon, didn’t really catch on until about 400 years after his death in 699 CE, when his body was found to be INCORRUPT.

Being much in favor of composting, of things biodegradable, of dust unto dust and ashes unto ashes, the whole concept of INCORRUPT bodies as a direct line to sainthood is one I have trouble with, and hence it will occasionally be referred to in these pages. On the face of it, an INCORRUPT body seems impossible (absent mummification), but the annals of hagiography are so full of them (the bodies) and the instances are so often documented by reliable sources, that one just has to wonder.

The main thing you need to know about Saint Philip the Deacon is that he was personally responsible for the conversion of Queen Candace of Ethiopia’s favorite eunuch.

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