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Saint Expeditus 
28th-Dec-2005 02:42 pm
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What a lazy vacation I've been having. I really need to go work in my office today and get it cleaned up, do laundry and bills, and get some personal correspondence done. Funny that on Monday night I got a medal of St. Expeditus, the 'fake' saint supposedly guarding against procrastination and encouraging decisiveness. There are those in the Catholic Church who believe there never really was any such saint, that the box containing the remains of Expeditus or his likeness were simply marked by the phrase "spedito" and it was mistaken as a saint name.

I got fascinated by St. Expeditus when I saw the statue at Our Lady of Guadalupe chapel in New Orleans and heard the same story slightly modified for that parish. St. Expeditus became something of a patron saint of voodoo because of it, and now he's supposedly the patron saint of computer geeks, who are always seeking 'instant gratification' via the internet.

Anyway, I lost track of St. Expeditus over the years, and now I have his medal -- perfect for me, since my worst flaw is procrastination.

Speaking of Monday night, Charlie and I went to the Festival of Lights at Portland's sanctuary, The Grotto, and heard the boys I want to use at the Coronation sing. We had never gone to the event, and it was really quite nice. The weather held, and the lights were beautiful.

I've fallen behind on my flist, and there's a new challenge at ka100 that I don't know if I'll do. (I didn't do the last one.)

At least I've been working out. Still need to go find that new treadmill, though!
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29th-Dec-2005 12:06 am (UTC)
Hey, great to see you back! And great that you've been working out. I seriously need to get back to the gym. I've gone a couple of times but have yet to really get back into the swing of things. Despite the presence of this Greek god of a man who works out there. He was on a tv show; I'll have to see if that season is on DVD and get a screen cap to show everyone. I thought about getting a picture of him working out but that would be really, really weird, lol.

I'm not Catholic, but my husband is. Sorta. He's got this huge Irish Catholic family back in Pennsylvania. It's ginormous. Anyway, I've always been sort of intrigued by Catholicism and all the ritual and everything. And then all the voodoo-ish qualities about it. Like that saint you bury upside down in your yard if you want to sell your house. Weird.

I probably need to look into that saint myself because procrastination is definitely my worst fault. Does it help?
29th-Dec-2005 08:40 pm (UTC)
I'm not Catholic either, but my mom became Catholic later in life and many family members were Catholic -- and I have to admit, I'm fascinated with the whole thing, the ritual, the priesthood, the rich history (both glorious and sordid). Can't wait to get into the whole exorcism thing. My two books are on the way (from Overstock.com).

I hope Good Saint Expeditus will help me! We'll see. At least I got off my butt and got the new treadmill, so maybe it's working already.
29th-Dec-2005 12:36 am (UTC)
*HUG*
29th-Dec-2005 08:41 pm (UTC)
Back atcha!
29th-Dec-2005 05:17 am (UTC)
St. Expeditus. I could pray to a saint like that one!
29th-Dec-2005 08:41 pm (UTC)
Feel free. (Although I'm thinking you probably don't procrastinate much.)
29th-Dec-2005 05:34 am (UTC) - Hey, MM!
I think there are a lot of Catholics who take St. Expeditus really seriously! Interesting, huh? Imagine computer geeks getting their own saint! LOL.

Can we have a saint just for people who write PSP tutorials? I'd like that...

I'm actually reading a book I got for Christmas on how to be a praying parent. It's kind of cool, in spite of what immediately jumps to mind when you hear about a book like that. ROFL.

Good luck finding the treadmill! (Man. I need to get serious about working out again. Pronto!)

Love,

Bri
29th-Dec-2005 08:42 pm (UTC) - Re: Hey, MM!
There are still Catholics who believe in St. Christopher, too. There must be something to the whole Expeditus thing, although I seriously doubt that was his name.

You're the saint of PSP tutorials. Saint Bri.
29th-Dec-2005 08:30 pm (UTC)
Well, as you can see here, Expeditus isn't an official saint of the Roman Catholic Church. (Which you already knew, so that's not really providing you helpful information.) Regardless, many Catholics carry religious medals for saints that aren't official. (And you wouldn't believe how we practice the Catholic religion here at home! A nice mix of a thin layer of actual doctrine, plus years of local tradition that's wrapped up heavily in superstition... That's the Church that I know...)

I used to be given medals by family, friends and well-wishers for every possible occasion. If I'd carried all of them, I doubt I'd ever have been able to go through a detector anywhere...

Good luck finding the new treadmill, by the way.
29th-Dec-2005 08:49 pm (UTC)
I guess I can't tell who's "official" and who isn't, since they list him in the saints index you linked, but they tell the crazy story I mentioned of his possible origin.

Since he was a Sicilian patron saint, maybe "expedite" has a completely different meaning, eh?
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