Sunday, August 29, 2010

St. Fiacre (? to c.Aug. 18, 670)

If what Pope John Paul II said was true in that "the body, and it alone, is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and divine," then why do so many people disrespect their bodies and those of other people?
I like what Christopher West has to say about the Theology of the Body.
Then, I think about situations that I know of and total lack of regard for the beauty of human sexuality and the body.
We all know a married woman who, on the side, sleeps around with any guy who will pay attention to her. She strokes his ego and lies by saying she doesn't have a sexually transmitted disease. Then, they have unprotected sex and she infects him.
The relationship, then the guy takes up with a single woman and he infects her.
Maybe this is the reason why 25 percent of American adults have herpes (one in four woman and one in five men.)
St. George is the patron saint against herpes.
St. Fiacre is the patron saint against venereal disease. He was born in Ireland then moved to Meaux, France to be closer to God. He lived in the forest in solitude and prayer.
St. Fiacre built a chapel to the Blessed Virgin Mary and set up a hospice for sick or weary travellers. He performed miracles to restore visitors back to health.
St. Fiacre died c.Aug. 18, 670. His relics are in Meaux Cathedral. And even today, numerous miracles occur in his name.
His feast day is Sept. 1.

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