Tuesday, August 3, 2010

St. Monessa of Ireland (? to Sept. 4, 456)

"A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would be either a lunatic — on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse."
(C.S. Lewis)

I always think of C.S. Lewis as a masterful fantasy writer with the "Chronicles of Narnia," so I'm totally floored by his statement above. I couldn't have said it better: Jesus was either the Son of God or a madman.
If I had to choose, I'd go with the former only because St. Francis of Assisi wouldn't have given up his wild ways to follow Jesus's teachings.
One of the most disturbing saint stories to me is St. Monessa of Ireland, the daughter of a chieftain, who was a convert of St. Patrick. Not only did she die a virgin, but she died the second she was baptized on Sept. 4, 456.

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