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Friday, November 14, 2014
A Surfer Saint Coming?
Beatification cause opened for Brazil's 'Surfer Angel'
Holy men and women come from all sorts of backgrounds with all kinds of interests and quirks. Think of St. John Bosco who loved to walk a tightrope, juggle, and do magic tricks. He'd use those talents to attract the children and then teach them the catechism. St. Philip Neri was a great jokester and used humor to teach others and himself humility. He once went to a reception at a noble woman's home (She wanted to introduce him to her worldly relations.) with half his beard shaved off. He also gave some interesting spiritual direction. Once when a man asked if he could wear a hair shirt as a mortification, St. Philip told him yes if he wore it outside his clothes.The ridicule the man suffered did more for his humility than the penance of wearing the shirt next to his skin.
Now I wonder....is there a saint who loved to ride roller coasters?