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The Communion of the Saints – What’s it all about?
BY: Don Gonzalez and Mark Connolly
(CARROLLTON, TX – Cradle of Civilization) From the Broadcast Studios of The Theological Armory.
Cigars in this podcast: Mystery Cigar 1, Mystery Cigar 2, Arturo Fuente Añejo.
Drinks in this podcast: Dewars White Label (I know, I know), and commerical grade Orange Mango Lemonade from Joe’s Pizza. Yes, that’s a generic name, but it is real. The Pizza place that is.
Kevin, AKA Perpetual Guest, which could be abbreviated to Perp or Pest, and I were smoking free cigars from In The Humidor, a nice little cigar shop in Carrollton, TX located at the corner of Josey Ln and Keller Springs in the Albertson’s shopping center. They were given to us on separate occasions by by the proprietor, Bob, when we purchased other cigars.
Mine looked like maybe a Padron box press – and basically smoked like it at a price point of $5.95. So, I will pick some of those up on a regular basis. Kevin smoked some kind of infused cigar, possibly cognac infused? He indicated during a break that maybe it was not so good.
For Don’s Birthday, I bought him the Arturo Fuente Añejo. The story on this cigar is that it is the innards of an Opus X with an aged Connecticut Broadleaf. The usual wrapper for the Opus X had been destroyed two years earlier by Hurricane Georges in 1998. So, this was put out and they crossed their fingers. It was a hit. It now is something of a seasonal cigar, coming out in time for Secular Father’s Day and Holy Son’s Day (Christmas). It is a fine cigar and if you have not tried one, well, you should.
November is the month where Catholics remember our dead. In some parts of the country/world, families will put up pictures of their dead and burn candles as a memorial to those that have gone before. So, it is appropriate to talk about the Communion of the Saints.
Some ask, sarcastically, “How can you pray to the dead?” I turn to Jesus:
“And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not God of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.'” Mk 12:26-27
The origin of the word “prayer” is to ask, from the Latin “precari”, to entreat, to ask earnestly. Catholics differentiate between prayer and worship. We do not worship saints by praying to them. We are asking for their intercessors. How do they hear us? By the will of God.
Who’s your saint?