Legend says that the Rosary won the Battle of Lepanto, and if that’s not beautiful, then I don’t know what is.
Q:hell yeah historical/religious weaponry i want to know /all about/ that shit
Man, the post linked that linked to the Spear of Longinus tells you p much everything you need to know about the relic.
Although, relic stories are p much great in general.
I love the story about the soldier’s cloak of Saint Martin of Tours. One day, while Martin was still a pagan, he saw a beggar on the side of the road, to whom Martin gave half of his cloak. That beggar turned out to be Christ Himself, and the cloak became whole again. He came then to believe in Christ and was baptized soon after.
The kings of France were said to have carried this miraculous cloak into battle, and the priest who cared for the reliquary of the cloak (in Latin, cappa and Late Latin diminuitive cappella) was known as a cappelanus, eventually chapelain in French.
Small churches were built to house the relic in battle, these small buildings known as cappellae, eventually chapele in French.
Q:Is there any super bad-ass Catholic weapon around out there?
You mean besides the Spear of Longinus, which could cause empires to rise and fall?
There’s Ascalon, the lance (or in some versions, sword) that Saint George used to kill that dragon you might have heard about.
There was Joyeuse, the sword of Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, which was said to contain bits of the Spear of Longinus in its pommel.
Charlemagne’s paladin Roland had a sword called Durendal, which had in its hilt one of St Peter’s teeth, St Basil’s blood, a hair of St Denis, and a scrap of cloth that belonged to the Virgin Mary. It was said to be the sharpest sword that ever existed. (As long as I’m naming swords from the Song of Roland, Ogier the Dane’s magic sword was called the Courtain, and Almace was the sword of Turpin, Archbishop of Rheims.)
Saint Ferdinand III of Castile had a legendary sword called Lobera (“the wolf slayer”).
There’s the sword of Saint Peter, which he used to cut off the ear of a guard who came to arrest Jesus before the crucifixion, but it’s legend is not particularly badass, except in some legends it was given to Saint George, which is pretty cool except obviously he killed the dragon with that spear I was talking about a few paragraphs ago.
There’s the Sword of Mercy, which belonged to Edward the Confessor. It’s a sword with its tip broken off; it’s said an angel broke the tip off to prevent a wrongful killing. The sword remains today as part of the British Crown Jewels as a symbol of regal mercy.
More Judeo- than Christian, but the Seal of Solomon was a magical ring that King Solomon used to summon, control, and imprison demons.
There’s a few, anyway. I know they’re mostly swords, but I’m not aware of any Blessed C-4 out there (please do not say Holy Hand Grenade, nerds out there). Some of these might be of dubious Catholicity, but they all at least have something to do with a saint or a relic, so there you have it.
About half of these appear in a CastleVania game.
Don’t forget Joan of Arc’s sword.
Actually, you can take any soldier saint, like Martin of Tours or Maurice, and have their swords be super bad-ass Catholic weapons.
One day the devil was mocking St. Teresa of Avila for praying while she was on the commode and she answered him saying something like, “What comes out of there is for you! and what comes from my lips is for God!”
Real Christians aren’t assholes
In High School I had a friend who was super religious, her whole family was. Despite this, she was pro-marriage equality, pro-choice, and never once tried to convert me or make me feel bad about my own religious decisions (I was and still am an agnostic). She was always kind, and treated everyone with respect, regardless of race, religion, or orientation. For her the heart and soul of being a Christian was to love others and treat others with dignity. She was a real Christian.
Casual reminder that “Christianity” is not one single set of rules and beliefs.
Imma teach you all a thing.
Christianity refers to the belief that Jesus Christ was the son of God who was sent to earth in order to die and redeem humanity of our sins. That is the one primary belief all Christians share.
However, “Christianity” is composed of over 41,000 different denominations. A denomination is effectively a religion that is a type of Christianity, but is defined by its own set of beliefs and practices.
The largest Christian denomination is Catholicism. Other major groups are Orthodox churches, Baptists, Lutherans, Mormons, and Anglicans (who are called Episcopalians in the BONERLAND).
Not all denominations of Christianity share the same cruel, unloving, and damning beliefs that people associate with the blanket term of “Christianity.” Just speaking only of the largest denominations, the Christians you hear about being full of hate are the ones with more conservative beliefs and practices, and the Catholic church is one of these. Not all Catholics are so conservative and intolerant, but Catholic traditions preach and practice a lot of… not exactly inclusive mindsets, and breed a lot of not exactly tolerant people, and the sheer size of that denomination means that often, when people talk about Christianity, what they mean is Catholicism.
By contrast, the Anglican/Episcopalian church does not have the same hangups as Catholics do in many senses. Rather than the Pope, the head of the Episcopalian church in the US is the Presiding Bishop of the National Cathedral in Washington DC, and the head of the Anglican church overall is the Archbishop of Canterbury in the UK.
The Episcopalian church has allowed women to become ordained priests since the 1970’s, and has a long history of acceptance of gay rights. The Episcopalian church has allowed openly gay persons to become priests and bishops for 30+ years. In the early 2000’s, the current Presiding Bishop — scuba-diving lady of awesome Katharaine Schori — declared that the official position of the Episcopal Church is that homosexuality is absolutely not in any way sinful in the eyes of God. There are openly gay priests and bishops, and have been for a long time. Just last year, the National Cathedral opened its wedding applications to same-sex couples, who may now be married by the Presiding Bishop herself, in the eyes of God, in the “house or prayer for all people,” where numerous Presidents have gone to worship (and where the amazing crowning scene of The West Wing episode “Two Cathedrals” was filmed).
So I guess the point is this ~
"Real" Christians can have so many different beliefs it’s hard to recognize them as belonging to the same blanket religion sometimes. And some of them really, really are assholes and think God has given them the right to be. But others really, really are not, and have been fighting to accept all people for a long time, and are succeeding, little by little, in places that really matter and give that kind of acceptance visibility not just on a local level, but nationwide, and worldwide.
I say this as a lesbian who was raised Episcopalian and went through truly terrifying mistreatment from Catholics — at first because I was raised Episcopalian, and later because of my sexuality. I no longer consider myself a Christian, but I strongly support more understanding of Christianity being more widely spread, because not all of Christianity wants to turn people away because of who they are, and it’s important to so many people to have that spiritual connection to whatever they believe to be a higher power. You can be Christian and not be full of fear and hate.
and this is why I try to be as publicly Christian on the internet as I can be, because I am bi and genderqueer and socialist and into fandoms and science and (actual) social justice and none of those things conflict for me.
By just being me, I hope to redefine or at least expand the word “Christian” for people.
There’s a value judgment in here about the nature of sin, what it means to be a sinner, what it means to have your sins forgiven, and what it means to love, and I just don’t know about any of this. Modern society talks in vague platitudes and boils down Jesus’ teachings to such about “tolerance” and “understanding,” but is that really what Christ was talking about? No, because He didn’t just say, “Go;” He said “Go and sin no more.” And that is what I’m trying to discern here, is whether the modernist Christian ideologues have any real concept of transgressing God, of Hell, or of sin.
And for all that fluff talk of Episcopalianism and the Anglican Communion, their ranks include Bishop John Shelby Spong, who denies for example both the Resurrection of Christ and HIS VERY DIVINITY. This man is still a bishop, meaning he still has teaching authority, even in the face of actual godforsaken heresy.
It’s stuff like that that keeps us LGBT Catholics in the Church and away from Anglo-Catholicism or High Church Protestantism: Because we know that theology matters. Changes in the operation of practice, of doctrine, of canon law, cannot, and must not be arbitrary. For Catholic doctrine is not composed of small, singular precepts to be followed at one’s own whimsy: They are a mass corpus of beliefs all interconnected with one another in a massive metaphysical, ethical, and epistemological framework. Just read Saint Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae. Catholic theology is not arbitrary. It is an entire framework, and any perceived change, in tone or in practice, comes not from arbitrary societal pressure, but from accordance to eternal principles.
And it’s hard for us, so very hard for us LGBT Catholics, but theology matters, and doctrine matters, and the Pope matters, and Mother Church matters.
N.B. I don’t want to make a statement about homosexuality in and of itself here. Instead, I am discussing the value judgments that other Christians give toward the importance of doctrine and theology.
"Tolkien would be offended by LotR tarot cards and i personally am"
looks at you intently
Tolkien is dead
you know death of the author?
Actually, there’s a Meditations on the Tarot, written anonymously, published by the Sophia Foundation, with a forward from Hans Urs von Balthasar (renowned Catholic theologian) and enjoyed apparently by Pope Emeritus Benedict.
There’s actually a series of pretty good articles (starting from here) about reclaiming the real history of tarot, apart from its divinatory and occult usage, and recognizing the inherently Christian symbolism therein.