View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

St. Rose haiku

St. Rose of Lima
had a recipe for beauty –
add some pepper

or

St. Rose of Lima’s
recipe for vanity –
add some pepper

(According to one story, St. Rose [actually, Isabel. Rose was her nickname] was so beautiful [hence the nickname] that she used to rub her face with pepper in order to disfigure her skin with botches).

(I wonder how the Church's sainthood investigators would treat such an action today?)

2 Comments:

Blogger Talmida said...

with anti-psychotics, perhaps? or maybe even lithium?

;)

4:53 PM  
Blogger Jack Bennett said...

St. Rose did some gruesome stuff to herself in penance. Catherine of Siena kind of stuff. Kateri Tekakwitha (who also modeled herself after St. Catherine) also did some dangerous (to her health) penances. These days I don't think that kind of stuff as entirely suitable or even normal or holy.

3:04 PM  

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