Tuesday, April 19, 2005

"The Bruce Willis of Catholic Saints"

If you're wondering about the history behind the pontifical name Benedict, chosen today by Joseph Ratzinger, here's some background from CatholiCity.com's Catholic Commentary: . . .

Saint Benedict, who lived in the sixth century, was the founder of the Benedictines (the very first religious congregation) is also famously known for his power to intercede against the forces of spiritual evil. The Saint Benedict Medal, perhaps the most popular Catholic medal after the Miraculous Medal of the Immaculate Conception, is considered lead-pipe-lock insurance against the forces of evil for those who wear it. The medal itself, designed by Saint Benedict, contains the first letters of Latin words which make up phrases that castigate and even humiliate spiritual beings. One of our favorites among them is directed to the head bad guy himself, Lucifer: "Go bark at the moon!"

Saint Benedict is the Bruce Willis of Catholic Saints. "Yippie Kai Yay!"

Hat tip to Hugh Hewitt


At Wednesday, April 20, 2005 8:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One would think that the story behind the name the Pope takes would be a most important story and that you wouldn't have to search under rocks to find it.

THIS is why I check out this blog. I like inside the inside scoop stuff.

the Heckler

At Wednesday, April 20, 2005 10:30:00 AM, Blogger Toad734 said...

Or you could say the Hitler of Catholic saints. After all, he was in the "Hitler Youth".


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