Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Scapulars and a Crucifix: Showing Where You Stand

Another day is just about over, and I didn't find an 'I gotta blog about that' topic for A Catholic Citizen in America.

Well, actually, I did: but I'd posted about it before. CatholicChoice, on Twitter, asked "Do you remember or know the Catholic tradition on the Brown Scapular?" and linked to FreeBrownScapular.com, The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. There's a pretty good writeup on the brown scapular there.

And, yes: I've heard of it. And the green scapular.

I wore a green scapular for a while, years back. I did not formally begin a devotion to that - or the brown scapular. But yeah, I know about them.

Starting in Lent, a couple years or so back, I've been wearing a small crucifix around my neck. It's the parish priest's idea: he said we should have something visible, to show our faith.

That's 'last year's' crucifix. The one I've got on now is the one my son gave me after this Lent. He'd been praying for me. It's a different design, but about the same size: a little over an inch and a half tall.

What I like about these 'chaplet' crucifixes is that they're visible. Sauk Centre is a quite Catholic community, so I'm hardly 'being brave,' wearing a crucifix. That's not the point.

What I figure is, it doesn't hurt to have another man walking around town with something around his neck that says 'I'm a Catholic' to anybody who bothers to look.

Might even do some good.

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Robert said...


My name is Rev Robert Wright, Editor for Christian.com, a social network made specifically for Christians, by Christians. We embarked on this endeavor to offer the entire Christian community an outlet to join together and better spread the good word of Christianity. Christian.com has many great features like Christian TV, prayer requests, finding a church, receiving church updates and advice. We have emailed you to collaborate with you and your blog to help spread the good word of Christianity. I look forward to your response regarding this matter. Thanks!

Rev. Robert Wright

Brian, aka Aluwir, aka Norski said...


Thanks, but no thanks.

I've got so much on my plate right now that there isn't room for more.

Everybody else:

The registrant for Christian.com is:

Domains by Proxy, Inc.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260

I haven't checked out the domain or anything else related to it - at all.

The "Robert" profile link takes you to a "Profile Not Available" page.

No analysis - just what I found. Or, rather, didn't find.

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