Monday, May 16, 2016

INTERMISSION: GET OUT OF HELL FREE

As is our yearly tradition, my son and I dropped by the Georgia Renaissance Festival this weekend. It’s just like the real Renaissance, except without all the chamber pots and cesspits and with a whole lot more elves, pirates, and  bad English accents. Oh, and one Deadpool.

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While there, we took in the Hey Nunnie Nunnie show again which, like most Renn Fest acts, doesn’t really change that much from year to year, but is still funny anyway. The main difference this time around is that after the show I picked up this little item…

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Now, because I wear a scapular every day, there are some who would say this is redundant. After all, there’s a fairly well known folk belief which came into existence near the end of the Renaissance which states that anyone adorned with a Brown Scapular will never go to Hell and only have to spend a minimal amount of time in Purgatory. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work that way. As Michael P. Carroll notes in his book Catholic Cults and Devotions: A Psychological Inquiry…

“It is important to note that that a belief in the ‘Scapular Promise’… has not been actively encouraged by the Church… [Rather] the Church has traditionally argued only that if people adhere to the Catholic faith and wear the Brown Scapular as evidence of their veneration of Mary and their recognition of Mary’s great ability to intercede on behalf of human beings, they may securely hope that Mary will procure for them ‘the necessary graces for… perseverance in good.’ In other words, by wearing the Brown Scapular and venerating Mary, Mary will help you to avoid sin and so, by extension, avoid Hell.”

So, the Brown Scapular isn’t really a get out of Hell free card. That’s okay though, because now I have a back-up which I nabbed for only five bucks. As the price of indulgences went during Renaissance times, that’s a bargain.

7 comments:

Xena Catolica said...

a happy feast of St. Simon Stock to you, too.

EegahInc said...

Would you believe I completely forgot about that when I posted this? Funny how that works out.

Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

Heh. I always figured that the point of the Brown Scapular was to remind me to have or seek perfect contrition at all times.

EegahInc said...

That works too.

Vicki DePalma said...

If you're at all interested in knowing . . . the Catholic Dogmas . . . that we *must believe* to get to Heaven . . .

We list it on our website > > > www.Gods-Catholic-Dogma.com

The Dogmas have in fact ... been hidden from you.

The Catholic God knows . . . what we think and believe . . .

Catholic writing of Romans 1:21 >
"They ... became vain in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was darkened."

Catholic Faith (pre-fulfillment) writing of Job 21:27 >
"Surely I know your thoughts, and your unjust judgments against Me."

The fact that "islam" is not a religion is on Section 113.1 of the site. Mohammed in the "koran" wrote exactly the opposite of the Old Testament Prophets.

Proverbs 30:4 > "Who hath ascended up into Heaven ... what is the name of His Son."
koran - maryam 19:35 > "It is not befitting ... Allah that He should beget a son."

Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

O noes! The EEBIL EEEBIL Vatican has STOLEN the Bride of Christ, against which not even the Gates of Hell can stand, from God! They have denied us Christ, in the face of His promise to be with us until the end of the age! And only Vicki DePalma can save us!!

Eegah, I apologize if I got a bit too sarcastic, but this kind of baseless Protestant crackpottery always sets my teeth on edge.

EegahInc said...

Let he who is without sarcasm cast the first stone. I don't think I'll be throwing any today.