Saturday, March 22, 2014

Is Toonces a Saints Name?

St. Toonces Felinomena*

What about Fulton?

Anyone ever hear of a St. Fulton?  Not yet, you say?  You are telling me Fulton Sheen could be canonized?  Then there would be a St. Fulton?

Really?  Having read recently that Catholics are not bound to give canonizations the absolute assent de fide we always were taught was required, why bother with saints in the first place?  Or why worry about giving kids a saints name at baptism?  Fulton Sheen wasn't given a saint's first name.  (If he's ever canonized do you think those devoted to Sheen will claim it's invalid?)  So anyway.

Why not call a kid Toonces?  When he dies, he could become the first St. Toonces - like St. Fulton.  Ah!  But is it Irish?


I love the saints - for me, beatification is enough - oh heck - venerable is enough.  If someone is designated servant of God - that's enough too.  One can't be holier than the Church, can one?  Especially the Church triumphant.

Now what if someone accepts Archbishop Sheen is a saint but rejects John Paul II or Paul VI as a saint?  I mentioned the other day that some people reject JoseMaria Escriva as a saint - despite the fact he has been canonized.  You just can't make up stuff and pick and choose what you want to believe.  If you decide that the JPII canonization is not de fide - then why would anyone have to believe Pius X is a saint?

After the Council, when the new calendar was drawn up and implemented, secular media declared that certain saints were no longer saints.  That was not entirely true.  Some were simply removed from the liturgical calendar because historical evidence wasn't able to support the hagiography.  There was also the rare occasion when some saints grew out of legend, who may have been the personification of myth, and from a time when there wasn't a process as we have today. Others may have been removed from the calendar because their 'cult' may not have been as 'universal' as it once was, thus allowing more contemporary saints to take their place.  Though the calendar was reformed, the Martyrology remained and continues to expand with the times.

I may be wrong, but I think canonization implies that the saint is entered into the Canon of the Mass, although liturgical norms remain and the Canons remain intact, nevertheless, the saint's name may be inserted, such as; "with St. Toonces, and all the saints".  The new saint is venerated and invoked in prayer, that is, publicly and universally celebrated, especially liturgically - with a collect and Mass, and so on.  I may not explain the process perfectly, but you get my point that this is very serious stuff - nothing to take lightly, much less to pick and choose who or what you want to believe in, especially when it comes to the liturgical life of the Church.

I hope you can see why it is wrong to sow doubt amongst the simple believers, who are told they must pick a saints name for baptism and confirmation, and who are, by baptism, called to be a saint.  Thus, when the Church proclaims someone a saint, you better believe it.

Don't dis the saints, Poodles.

* Patron saint of drivers.  And Felinomena appears to be an Italian name.

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  1. I think some common sense is called for when it comes to the saints. Declaring someone a saint is simply saying that he or she for durn sure is in heaven now. We're not saying the person shot straight up to heaven upon death. If a person was so good that other people started a process of canonization for him, then it's very unlikely he died in a state of mortal sin. The process of canonization usually takes so long that we can assume that the soul in question eventually made it out of purgatory and is enjoying the full bliss of heaven now.

    I love the picture of St. Toonces Felinomena. My cat's name is Hildegard von Bingen--Hildy for short. She's very holy: she loves to crawl onto laps when people are praying.

    1. "Declaring someone a saint is simply saying that he or she for durn sure is in heaven now."

      Declaring someone a saint is saying that the person lived a life of heroic virtue and sanctity while on earth.

      Which, yes, means that the person is in heaven, but the actual purpose of declaring a saint is in giving the assurance of their sanctity while on earth. A declaration points earthward as well as heavenward. One relates to their intercession. One relates to their being a model that one can look to.

  2. I love the saints. St. Dymphna is one of my favorites, and I'm hoping my better half will write about her sometime in the near future. But for now, I believe THESE saints (and Church Fathers) should be listened to:

    1. Excellent - aside from the martyrs - esp. martyrs for purity - these saints and these Church Fathers are the most efficacious for SSA people to pray to for the grace to remain chaste and faithful to the Gospel.

  3. St Toonces? Dude, you just earned yourself a couple extra years in Purgatory for that...

    So after you die, and you get stuck midway between heaven & purgatory, would that make you St Half-Nelson?

  4. Fulton Sheen was named Peter John Sheen. Fulton was his mother's maiden name which became his nickname. Isn't that speeecial?

    1. Thanks Brian - I never knew that. That is special! Haha!


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