Saint Francis

Welcome to another “Saint’s Monday” Column.  Today Let’s hear about Saint Francis of Assisi.  One of the stories about Saint Francis that truly resonates with me is about my totem animal, the wolf:

It was said that at one point in his life, there was a lone wolf terrorizing the town where Saint Francis lived in Italy.  He ventured out and attempted to tame the wolf.  When the wolf saw Francis it charged at him growling and made to attack.  Francis held up a hand and commanded the animal to stop.  The wolf slowed, approached Saint Francis and lay down at his feet.

 

The wolf offered his paw when Francis held out his hand and from then on the two were friends and the wolf never challenged anyone in the town again.  Being that wolves are so important to me and such a huge part of my own life this story is the of the biggest reasons I admire  Saint Francis.

 

Saint Francis is known as the Patron Saint of Animals because of this example and many others.  It was said that birds flocked to Saint Francis when he was out walking and upon his transition it was written that a flock of birds flew down around his service.

 

Hmmmm.  Does that sound familiar.  Anyone who has followed my blog for sometime should recognize the significance of birds at a funeral.  If you remember in January, 2012 I mentioned going to my Uncle Jim’s funeral and seeing a flock of geese flying over the interment ceremony.  This yet another example of the connectedness of everything.

 

Animals seem to gravitate to me and not simply domesticated animals.  A few years ago there was a family of fox that lived in the wetlands near my house and every morning for about six weeks in the spring they would trot out of the woods and watch me leave for work.  A few weeks into this experience, two of the three kits approached me and as I bent down to hold out my hand, they each in turn sniffed my hand, looked up at me then raced back into the woods.

 

I seem to have animal magnetism so to speak, because even domesticated animals sense that I’m not going to harm them.  Pets of people who have no knowledge of me also approach me without any fear, without any anger.  They seem to instinctively understand that I’m a good person.

 

This is yet another reason I decided to discuss Saint Francis today, because of the similarities between us.

 

Can you find a saint who you share traits with?  Let me know what you discover.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Saint Christopher

Alright:
So I’m cheating by republishing this column for “Saints” Monday:
Saint Christopher is called upon today.

 

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Saint Christopher who I like to say I was named after is said to have carried the Baby Jesus across a river.  As Christopher, who is said to be a man of great strength carried the Christ Child across the river, it is told that he became weakened as Christ became heavier.  When questioned by Christopher why the child grew heavier the longer was carried, the child said:
It is because I carry the world’s sins upon my shoulders.

Maybe it’s just me, but when I see the word RIVER used in Biblical terms, my thoughts IMMEDIATELY focus on The River Styx.  In this context, someone like the Christ Child would DEFINITELY need help crossing THAT river and who better to protect someone than the Patron Saint of Travellers, as Christopher came to be known later.  The story goes that once Christ was safely delivered to the River’s other side, Christopher’s staff was turned into a living tree.

A living tree?  You mean like the Tree of Life?

Christopher was a widely popular saint, and was especially revered by mariners, ferrymen, and travellers.  Ahh.  There’s that word:
Ferryman.  
That conjures up The River Styx Story as well.

And what if Saint Christopher is the mythical ferryman that transports others across the River Styx?

I’m NOT in the LEAST attempting to be blasphemous here.  I’m primarily showing how a given story that APPEARS to be related to Myth can be fit into Biblical terms.  And this is yet again a CLEAR example that EVERYTHING is connected.

Do you know any Biblical stories that have roots in mythology?  I’d LOVE to hear from you in the comments below.

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Christopher

Saint Anthony

New Theme Mondays:
Saints

Welcome to “Saints” Monday.

Today’s Saint is Saint Anthony:

I’m sure you’ve heard that Saint Anthony is the Patron Saint of lost things and missing persons.  Have you ever put him to the test?  I have several times.  A few months ago I misplaced a thumb drive.
Lost Thumb Drive

 

VERY distressing as I placed several photos I had taken on the drive before moving them to my external hard drive.  Needless to say I was beside myself.  Angry at misplacing the drive, so angry that I broke down and cried because I knew I’d never replace the images I took.  As most of you should know by now I don’t consider myself religious.  But just because I’m not religious doesn’t mean I don’t see doesn’t mean I don’t understand doesn’t mean I don’t believe that there are saints, masters guides who can help us if only we ask.

 

The most distressing thing about losing something for ME is the fact that I keep going back to the same places over and over that I already searched the first time, as if by some trick of the eye, I missed the lost object the first time around.

So annoying.

I did this constantly when seeking out that stupid thumb drive.  As I do when I’m in a storm I ask for guidance.  I’ve known for some time that Saint Anthony is the saint of lost things.  I decided to put him to the test.

Knowing of my new found spirituality, a friend of mine who has relied on Saint Anthony on several occasions himself  mentioned praying to Saint Anthony, asking him to help in locating that missing thumb drive.  

If it wasn’t for my strong worldview
If it wasn’t for the fact that I’ve seen some things I can only say were of a spiritual nature, I may think my friend has gone off the deep end, much like many think I may have.  However, I HAVE seen some things I can’t explain.  I wrote about one such experience in Been There, Done That.  I decided to offer up a prayer.  I said something myself then I found A Prayer to Saint Anthony  online and said that as well.

 

Seeing as I practice Law of Attraction and one of the precepts of LoA says to put out there what you want then forget about it, that’s what I did with both prayers.  I said the prayers then I put them out of my mind.  This may appear challenging and it probably would have been if I wasn’t already practicing LoA.

 

Putting out there what I want then forgetting about it has become easy to do as this has become routine.  Remember when I said one of the most distressing thing about losing something is when I look in the same places over and over?  A few days after asking for Saint Anthony’s help, I had an epiphany.  I suddenly remembered the one place I didn’t look:

In my glove box in my car.

Guess what?

 

That’s where that stupid thumb drive turned up.  What makes this story even more confounding is that there was also an Anthony’s of Guilford menu in the glove box.

 

A message from Saint Anthony, himself?

I’m sure you know MY answer.

You can draw your own conclusions.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris