Monthly Archives: April 2013

Dear Rebecca: In Which I Answer Your Burning, Yearning Questions

I am constantly besieged by questions from readers such as yourself. Questions you’re not comfortable with asking me directly, so you type them into a search engine, and then, while looking over your search results, you click on my blog to find the answer! Well, answers you shall have!

who is the patron saint of indecisiveness?StM

This is the most common question I come across, and the answer is easy: there isn’t one. It’s just a clever name for my blog based on someone making a snarky remark about what a bad Catholic I am. Leave indecisiveness behind and make a firm resolution to follow Christ!

I’d also like to throw in, just as a bonus, a little word of affirmation. It’s not just you, it’s really hard to spell the word “indecisiveness!” In fact, that’s probably the number one reason I’m constantly wanting to change the name of my blog. I just can’t decide on a new name.

who is the patron saint of grave diggers?

I certainly hope you’re asking that question as a matter of professional curiosity!

The answer is absolutely fascinating! The first response I got was St. Anthony the Abbot–who was he? That’s a much better question! He was a hermit, who upon hearing the gospel message to give away what we have and follow Christ,  walked out the door of the church and into the unknown to live a life of prayer and fasting, giving away everything he had. St. Anthony wasn’t mere middle class, oh no, he was quite wealthy.

Whenever St. Anthony would learn of someone who was holy, he would travel to see them so that he could imitate their holiness and become closer to God.

Giving up everything wasn’t easy. There were many temptations and struggles, but God spoke to St. Anthony and told him because he persevered that He would protect him forever. At this time, St. Anthony was living in a tomb, so I suppose that’s where the grave digger thing comes from.

Many who came to see St. Anthony were healed, so naturally, more and more people came to see him. Fearing that he would become prideful, St. Anthony fled to the desert, where he was cared for by Saracens until his friends inevitably caught up with him again. He lived to be 105 and is the patron of basket makers, skin diseases, brush makers and gravediggers.

saint michael the arc angle birth and death date?

St. Michael the Archangel is, and has ever been an angel. While he was certainly created at some point, and may someday cease to exist, these moments would not fall within the confines of our modern calendar. I think perhaps you are laboring under the misconception that when we die, we become angels. This is simply not true. Angels and humans are two completely different types of beings and cannot transform into each other. That would be comparable to a dog becoming a cat or a  shrub becoming a rose bush. Your question, however, does give me another opportunity to extol the virtues of saying the St. Michael prayer.

after been gluten free for a week my arm started going numb?

Go to the doctor! ASAP!

cat dressed as pope

Certainly!

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doesn’t mea culpa mean?

Mea culpa literally means “my fault.” It is part of one of the forms of the Penitential Rite during Mass (it’s not used very frequently, unfortunately) and the full text is:

Confíteor Deo omnipoténti et vobis, fratres,quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo, ópere et omissióne:mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa.Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem,omnes Angelos et Sanctos, et vos, fratres,oráre pro me ad Dóminum Deum nostrum.

Which translates to:

I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters,that I have greatly sinned,in my thoughts and in my words,in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,through my fault, through my fault,through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,all the Angels and Saints,and you, my brothers and sisters,to pray for me to the Lord our God.

is mazzio’s gluten free pizza safe?

Since it is prepared in a kitchen where products containing gluten are also prepared, it is not considered safe for those with severe reactions to gluten. I would imagine flour flies around and gets on everything so there you go. However, for those who can tolerate trace amounts of gluten, it is absolutely delicious! You may be tempted to eat the whole pizza, so no, it’s not safe at all!

what does repatronizing mean?

I don’t think it means anything–I’m pretty sure I made it up!

what saints practiced temperance?

I’m pretty sure the best answer to that is “all of them.” However, I did find a lovely gem of a prayer for temperance.

too much spinach soup?070

I only include this one because it has been asked FIVE BLOODY TIMES!!!!

Eating too much spinach can cause you to have iron absorption problems, kidney stones, or other digestive problems. You should have green vegetables every day, but it is important to have different vegetables so that you don’t have issues with mineral buildup. Variety is important to a balanced diet.

is st.clare a patron of something or someone?

Yeeeees…For one thing she’s the patron of television, so ask for her aid when you’re searching for wholesome programming on Netflix. St Clare spent an awful lot of time on her sick bed, and when she was too ill to go to Mass, she would see the mass projected on the wall of her chamber.  Though it sounds far fetched, Clare was able to confirm what people were wearing, where they were standing, who was present and other details that she would not have been able to know otherwise. She’s also the patron of eye disease, goldsmiths, laundry,embroiderers, gilders, good weather, needleworkers, Santa Clara Pueblo, telephones, and telegraphs.

Goldsmiths? The Clares are impoverished! Where did that come from?!?!?!

Those crazy patron saints!

imposter pope francis genuflect?

What?

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A Quick Catch-Up

I had fully intended to post extensive reflections about Easter vigil and Easter Sunday because it was an AH-MAH-ZING weekend! Really fantastic, I tell ya. Despite staying up until 4:30AM cleaning the house in anticipation of the resurrection of my blessed Lord, (40 days and 40 nights I had to prepare and I wait until the night before) I went to bed Sunday night smiling and saying over and over again, “It was just a lovely Easter, wasn’t it?”

Well, due to a steady stream of circumstances, I never got around to doing it. In fact, it’s been almost 2 full weeks since I’ve been on here at all. I suppose I was meant to treasure my Easter blessings quietly in my heart instead of sharing them with the world.

So, how does one fail to post a single blog entry during Easter week when she took most of the week off? For one thing, I got myself a new job! It was quite unexpected. I had applied for a position at a commercial real estate zoning company a few weeks ago and had an absolutely tragic interview. I usually do pretty poorly at interviews, but this one took the cake. I was fighting back tears as I walked back to my car, repeating, “Jesus, I trust in You!” until I felt a little peace. It worked–I realized that if I failed in that interview, God didn’t want me at that job. If God did want me to be there, nothing could stand in my way.

Monday, I received an email asking me to fill out a formal application (they had just gone off of my resume before), Tuesday evening, I received a job offer, and Wednesday, I was up at the CellPhone Store putting in my notice! After 2 years of praying for a new job, after searching and searching, finding few prospects and getting even fewer responses, suddenly I’m starting a new adventure! I’m terrified and excited. It’s an 8-5 shift with weekends off, so no more retail hours for me. I’m the kind of person who needs a steady routine, so spending over 2 years on a constantly changing schedule has wreaked havoc on my productivity. The pay…is going to be a little less because I won’t have commission like I do now, but our store traffic is so low I’m hardly making any commission anymore anyway. Regardless, Scott and I have agreed that it will be better for both of us.

I received more good news on Easter Monday: I won Catholic Fiction’s facebook contest for March! I won a $100 Amazon gift card, which I promptly spent on a stand to hang my Topsy-Turvy tomato growers. Go and like their facebook page and maybe you’ll be next! 

Lent was just so stinking LENT this year, but it seems as if the clouds have lifted and the sun is shining through with more warmth than ever. Good news followed by good news. I was disappointed that I was unable to get my garden planted while I had time off, especially since I’ll be getting a lot fewer vacation days at my new job. I’ve been anxious to start growing so I can get some canning done this summer and fall. I was off work yesterday, and I got a lot of aerating and weeding done, but I still wasn’t able to get the planting done.

Just after I finished, a cold front moved in and we’ve had freezing rain all day. If I’d planted last week like I’d wanted to, or even last night, everything would be dead by the end of the day. Thank You, God, for Lent, the season of penance and ash. Without it, we wouldn’t clearly see the mercies You shower on us through Your death and resurrection.

 

 

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