St. Nicholas

According to local Irish legend, Saint Nicholas is buried in Co Kilkenny. The grave is said to be in the ruined Church of St Nicholas, Jerpoint. The church is all that remains of the medieval village, Newtown Jerpoint, that fell to ruin by the 17th century. The village was surrounded by the Cistercian Jerpoint Abbey, founded in 1183. Located on 1,880 acres, the abbey had its own gardens, watermills, cemetery, granary, and kitchens. It served as a launching point for Irish-Norman Crusaders from Kilkenny. The abbey was disolved in 1540.

The ruined church is now found on privately held farm land. Located to the west of the abbey, the church has an unusual grave slab with an image of a cleric, thought to be a bishop, and two other heads. The cleric is said to be St Nicholas and the heads, the two crusaders who, so the story goes, brought Nicholas’ remains back to Ireland. Though the church dates from 1170, the grave slab appears to be from the 1300s.

The tale tells of a band of Irish-Norman knights from Jerpoint, traveling to the Holy Land to take part in the Crusades. On retreat, as they headed home to Ireland, they seized St Nicholas’ remains, bringing them back to Kilkenny, where the bones were buried.

Evidence lends some posible credence to this tale as the Normans in Kilkenny were keen collectors of religious relics—possibly even more so than the Italians. And it is known that Norman knights from Kilkenny participated in the Holy Land Crusades.

Another version of the story tells of a French family, the de Frainets, who removed Nicholas’ remains from Myra to Bari, Italy, in 1169 when Bari was under the Normans. The de Frainets were crusaders to the Holy Land and also owned land in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny. After the Normans were forced out of Bari, the de Frainets moved to Nice, France, taking the relics with them. When Normans lost power in France, the Nicholas de Frainets packed up once again, moving to Ireland. This story has the relics being buried in Jerpoint in 1200.

This poem by Bill Watkins commemorates the legend:

'The Bones of Santa Claus'

Where lie the bones of Santa Claus
To what holy spot each pilgrim draws
Which crypt conceals his pious remains
Safe from the wild wind, snows and rains.

It’s not in Rome his body lies
Or under Egypt’s azure skies
Constantinople or Madrid
His reliquary and bones are hid.

That saint protector of the child
Whose relics pure lie undefiled
His casket safe within it’s shrine
Where the shamrocks grow and rose entwine.

Devout wayfarer, cease your search
For in Kilkenny’s ancient church
Saint Nicholas’ sepulcher is found
Enshrined in Ireland’s holy ground.

So traveler rest and pray a while
To the patron saint of orphaned child
Whose bones were brought to Ireland’s shore
Safe from the Vandal, Hun and Moor.

Here lie the bones of Santa Claus
Secure beneath these marble floors
So gentle pilgrim, hear the call
And may Saint Nicholas bless you all.

So a dear friend of mine and her family are really Catholic. Like me. She has a trans brother who was assigned female at birth, and over the years, as his self-identity changed from woman/lesbian to genderqueer to trans man, it’s been a struggle to help my friend and her family adjust (if you follow me you know I am super lgbtqia supportive and bisexual myself, so they asked me lots of questions). My friend and her mom had the hardest time accepting their trans son/brother, who is also my friend.

WELL HE JUST PROPOSED TO HIS GIRLFRIEND. And she accepted. And almost? best of all — my friend’s whole family is truly happy and supportive and celebrating.

It doesn’t always happen, but sometimes people’s minds can open and change and not just tolerate but CELEBRATE who you are. Happy day!

Things the Catholic Church has been teaching for decades or more
  • Evolution occurred
  • The Big Bang occurred
  • The Bible is not inerrant
  • Society should concern itself with the well-being of the poor
  • The death penalty is wrong
  • Non-Christians can be saved without converting to Christianity
  • Being gay (as opposed to having same-sex sexual relations) is not a sin

anonymous asked:

I hope you realize that being gay is against Catholic doctrine. You can't be Catholic and be a homosexual.

Okay, so here’s the thing. You can be Catholic and a homosexual (bisexual, pansexual, asexual, etc). Nothing in Catholic doctrine prohibits you from experiencing non-heterosexual desires, just as nothing in Catholic doctrine prohibits you from experiencing gluttonous desires, envious feelings, greedy tendencies, and slothful desires. What Catholic doctrine prohibits, is entertaining and acting on these urges. You can read more about this from one of my previous answers to this exact question. You might also be well advised to check my FAQ which is actually on my blogthe next time you decide to come into my inbox and spout off about something I’ve probably already covered before considering the nature of this blog.

So, now that I’m sure you’ve read that link I posted and are now completely up to date on my views regarding same-sex attraction in the context of Catholicism, as well as what the scriptures and catechism say about same-sex attraction/acts, it should warm your tender little heart to learn that I am in fact celibate and have not had sexual relations with anyone for about two years now (which is actually longer than I’ve been Catholic if you weren’t aware). So your question is not only inappropriate, but it is also unnecessary, because it doesn’t particularly apply to me. Not that that’s any of your business Anon, but maybe from now on you’ll think a bit about your opinions before you sling them around like a monkey does with its own excrement.

Finally, I would like to get on a little Catholic soapbox for a minute. According to the Williams Institute, 40% of homeless youth served by agencies identified themselves as part of the MOGAI (Marginalized Orientation, Gender Identities, and Intersex) community. 4 in 10 MOGAI youth say that the community in which they live is not accepting of MOGAI people. MOGAI youth are twice as likely as their cishet peers to say that they have been assaulted at school. MOGAI youth are 4 times as likely as their peers to attempt suicide, while it’s about a 50% chance that if you are trans, you will seriously contemplate killing yourself.

Did you hear that correctly, Anon? “MOGAI youth are 4 times as likely as their peers to attempt suicide, while it’s about a 50% chance that if you are trans, you will seriously contemplate killing yourself."[bolded for your benefit] Teenagers… no, Children are killing themselves. Because they are gay. Because they are bi. Because they are trans. Because they dared to have a crush. Because someone found a makeup kit in their room. Because someone discovered their binder. Because someone found the love poem to the girl in their history class. CHILDREN ARE DYING. Children are being told by their parents that they aren’t loved. Children are being turned away by their churches. Children are being beaten and left for dead. And you want to sit there and talk about how “being gay is against Catholic doctrine.”

So the fuck what if it is? As Catholics, our duty is to LOVE. Jesus never said “Love your enemies, unless they’re gay.” The Church’s job is to facilitate the growth and eventual salvation of every soul. Tell me, dear Anon, how throwing your child from your home is beneficial to their immortal soul? How is the rejection of people who only seek acceptance “loving thy neighbor”? How do you have the audacity to sit there and condemn children? What freedom from sin did you accomplish that gives you the right to look down your nose at anyone? How dare you presume speak for God, and how dare you sum up the sufferings of these humans with a simple “being gay is against Catholic doctrine”? Being a hypocrite is against Catholic doctrine as well, so kindly deal with the log in thine own eye before you ever come back to me with any of that bullshit.

Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?…
Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners. Furthermore, the Church pays special attention to the children who live with couples of the same sex, emphasizing that the needs and rights of the little ones must always be given priority.