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Today, 3 February, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the patron saint of wool combers, Saint Blaise of Sebastea. Accordingly, millions of Catholics will line up today to have two crossed candles placed against their throats. Unlit candles, I presume, although with what goes on in the Philippines, one can never be too sure.

Catholics ask the intercession of St. Blaise for their throats because, according to legend, he cured a child choking on a fish bone by mumbling some magic incantation. The reason he is the patron saint of wool combers (and not, say, ENTs) is that he was tortured by defleshing with wool combs before being beheaded. Ah, sweet martyrdom; surely this man skipped purgatory for that. Catholics implore us to choose life while they celebrate death and glorify suffering.

 

St. Blaise died in A.D. 316, but the exact date appears to be uncertain. Most eastern churches celebrate his feast (i.e., his death) on 11 February instead of 3 February. I don't know how much of the discrepancy is due to the eastern churches using an obsolete calendar.


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I prefer Saint Blasé. He is the patron saint of not giving a shit. i don't know when he lived or when he died or even what he might have done,   [smilie=giggle.gif]  


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I prefer Saint Blasé. He is the patron saint of not giving a shit. i don't know when he lived or when he died or even what he might have done,   [smilie=giggle.gif]  

 

 

Is this real?  If he is real, it must be possible to get a saint's medal with his likeness on it.  I could get into that.      [smilie=happyspin.gif]

 

Along similar lines, there is the goddess Apathea.  Literally, the personification of Apathy.  She neither rewards nor punishes her followers because she can't be bothered.  My kind of deity.  The humor appeals to me.  When happens when the goddess of Apathy mates with the god of procrastination?  We may never find out.      [smilie=giggle.gif]

 

There used to be something called The Temple of Apathea on the internet.  One day, it was gone.  I suppose it was too much trouble to keep going.


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Is this real?  If he is real, it must be possible to get a saint's medal with his likeness on it.  I could get into that.      [smilie=happyspin.gif]

 

Along similar lines, there is the goddess Apathea.  Literally, the personification of Apathy.  She neither rewards nor punishes her followers because she can't be bothered.  My kind of deity.  The humor appeals to me.  When happens when the goddess of Apathy mates with the god of procrastination?  We may never find out.      [smilie=giggle.gif]

 

There used to be something called The Temple of Apathea on the internet.  One day, it was gone.  I suppose it was too much trouble to keep going.

Oh what a hoot!  I'd go search for it anyway, but eh....


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Oh what a hoot!  I'd go search for it anyway, but eh....

 

 

If I had to pick out a god to worship, she would be Apathea.  The goddess who personifies Apathy.  At least, I would really know why my deity was ignoring me.  It makes perfect sense.  Besides, she would stay out of my life.  Her worship services would be easy.  We call it "taking a nap."


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Well you are already a Minister for the Apathetic Agnostic Church.

 

I'd have to pick Apathea too, it makes it easier if nether one of you cares.


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Well you are already a Minister for the Apathetic Agnostic Church.

 

I'd have to pick Apathea too, it makes it easier if nether one of you cares.

 

Good point.  I'm already an Apatheist minister.  Not that SHE cares.  On reflection, neither do I.      [smilie=giggle.gif]

 

Speaking of which -- I still think being an Agnostic minister is funny.  I'm finding that the humor of being an Atheist minister is really wearing thin.  When i can be bothered, I'm going to drop that bit of silliness from my Facebook page.  When I can be bothered.  I really am an Apatheist.

 

Apathea could never be accused of being a jealous god.  That makes her morally superior to Yhvh.


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Her worship services would be easy.  We call it "taking a nap."

 

Now there is a religion that matches my Lifestyle Choice.

 

If we pronounce Saint Blasé as if it were St Blaze it's easy to think of a way to memorialize her or him.


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Now there is a religion that matches my Lifestyle Choice.

 

If we pronounce Saint Blasé as if it were St Blaze it's easy to think of a way to memorialize her or him.

Oh yeah I can think of a few ways.


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Oh yeah I can think of a few ways.

 

If we do a symbolic reading -- instead of a literal reading -- even Mosses found the Devin when he encountered  a burning bush.      [smilie=happydance.gif]


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I prefer Saint Blasé. He is the patron saint of not giving a shit. i don't know when he lived or when he died or even what he might have done,   [smilie=giggle.gif]  

 

 

Wasn't Pascal -- of Pascal's Wager -- also a Saint?  I think his first name was Blase.  


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Wasn't Pascal -- of Pascal's Wager -- also a Saint?  I think his first name was Blase.  

 

Possibly spelled Blaise Pascal? 


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Possibly spelled Blaise Pascal? 

 

 

Yes.  That looks right.

 

Pascal's wager.  One of the worst, most stupid ideas, ever to come down the chute.  


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Speaking of good ol’ Blaise, I was in church for a funeral Friday, and as one of the pallbearers, I was sitting in the front pew. For some reason, the service was held in my former parish, which means it was my old friend, the pastor, who unleashed Pascal’s wager on the congregation.

I supposed he did that to reassure the mourners, the vast majority of whom were counting on heaven being a thing, but he is also acutely aware that I no longer go to church. Earlier in the homily, he chided those who only go to church for special occasions, such as weddings, funerals, etc. It was the etc. (Christmas, Father’s Day, New Year’s, Easter, et al.) that assured me that he wasn’t speaking directly to the heathen sitting directly in front of him in the front row. The only reason I’m in church for weddings and funerals is because the church happens to be the venue. But I also do not know whether he knows I’m an atheist, or thinks I’m just backslidden. (His secretary does know.)


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Speaking of good ol’ Blaise, I was in church for a funeral Friday, and as one of the pallbearers, I was sitting in the front pew. For some reason, the service was held in my former parish, which means it was my old friend, the pastor, who unleashed Pascal’s wager on the congregation.

I supposed he did that to reassure the mourners, the vast majority of whom were counting on heaven being a thing, but he is also acutely aware that I no longer go to church. Earlier in the homily, he chided those who only go to church for special occasions, such as weddings, funerals, etc. It was the etc. (Christmas, Father’s Day, New Year’s, Easter, et al.) that assured me that he wasn’t speaking directly to the heathen sitting directly in front of him in the front row. The only reason I’m in church for weddings and funerals is because the church happens to be the venue. But I also do not know whether he knows I’m an atheist, or thinks I’m just backslidden. (His secretary does know.)

 

Did you say to the pastor -- "We have to stop meeting like this."  ?  


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Did you say to the pastor -- "We have to stop meeting like this."  ?


That reminded me of a Catholic priest I would chat with sometimes in a gay bar in Massachusetts. He was celibate and gay.

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Did you say to the pastor -- "We have to stop meeting like this."  ?  

 

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That reminded me of a Catholic priest I would chat with sometimes in a gay bar in Massachusetts. He was celibate and gay.

 

 

If the HRCC wanted to make life simple, they would run a match making service for gay priests.  The priests would be more happy, fulfilled people -- and the Church in general would be more wholesome.  Everybody wins.  


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I do not want HRCC to improve, I want it to cease to exist.  

 

This sounds like it might help them recruit new priests.  Rather than humanize the corporation I'd prefer to see it go out of business.

 

It certainly belongs in the history books, as it is a fantastic case study in how to exploit the gullibility of humans.


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If the HRCC wanted to make life simple, they would run a match making service for gay priests.  The priests would be more happy, fulfilled people -- and the Church in general would be more wholesome.  Everybody wins.  

 

That would actually make life more complicated for the HRCC. Half their morality gyrates around strict codes of sexual behavior, based on a narrow dogma about the Sky Monster's all important cosmic purpose for sex. If they consented to consensual homosexual behavior, their entire model of sexual ethics would unravel.

 

P.S. Note that the child abuse scandal does not apply here, because the HRCC has not actually said that it is acceptable for priests to rape children. They cover it up because they know damn well it's wrong.


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