Monday, March 05, 2007

Poll-Release Monday #5

Yay! New poll, new poll! I always look forward to creating the new one and seeing what the results are going to be. This week's poll is a tough one, too:
  • Who is the most quotable Catholic personality?
    • St. Augustine
    • St. Thomas Aquinas
    • G. K. Chesterton
    • John Henry Cardinal Newman
    • Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
    • Pope John Paul II
My inspiration for this topic comes from a project I have recently started. I'm making a blog widget that will give a popular Catholic quotation for every day of the year (thanks to Randy Hoyt's random content tool). It takes a while to put together because I have to find 365 pithy Catholic quotations and insert them into an html file that will then become a script that you can put on your website. Anyway, in compiling my quotations, I have found that the majority of them come from these 6 men. They are all quite prolific writers, and their words are full of wisdom and truth. It will be interesting to see who wins.

As for last week's poll ("Which one of these warrior saints is your favorite?"), it turned out to be the most popular one yet, with 48 total votes. Here are the results:

The "prince of the heavenly host" reigns supreme yet again. I was rooting for him, that's for sure. It was interesting that St. Louis IX got the one vote instead of St. Martin of Tours, who seems to be the more popular of the two. St. Louis was more or less the wild-card entry, but at least one person knows of him. This "warrior saint" was King of France in the 13th century. I included him among the options because he supported Pope Innocent IV in his war against Emperor Frederick II of Germany, and he led two Crusades.

The story of St. Martin of Tours is interesting. Although he's always pictured with a warrior's accoutrements, he did little if any fighting. It is true that he was a member of the Roman imperial army, but he served in a ceremonial unit that acted as the emperor's bodyguard, rarely exposed to combat. He was also a cavalry officer, and assigned to garrison duty in Gaul. When he did have the opportunity for battle, he asserted that his new Catholic faith prohibited him from fighting. For this he was jailed, but later released.

Perhaps St. Martin is more of a spiritual warrior. He was much maligned by pagans and Arians, but he continued to convert souls, destroy old temples, and build churches in their place. He also became a hermit, and established the Benedictine abbey of Ligugé and the Marmoutier house near Tours. He'll always have a special place in my heart, since the most beautiful Novus Ordo Mass I have ever experienced is celebrated in a church named after this saint.

St. Louis IX....pray for us.
St. Martin of Tours....pray for us.

Pax Christi,


Raphaella said...

I have a Catholic quote for you from a modern day St. Augustine- Father John Corapi:
"God has put obvious limitations on our intelligence-
but none whatsoever on our stupidity!"
Thanks for your great Catholic website!

phatcatholic said...

Thanks Raphaella!

Matt1618 said...

dude, you can't mention St. Martin of Tours in the great Archdiocese of Louisville and not provide a link! It is:
There they have a webcam pointed at the Blessed Sacrament in their perpetual adoration chapel and also a webcam in the Church. Watch a live feed of the Tridentine Mass Sundays at 12:30pm Eastern Time.

phatcatholic said...

Yea, that was a horrible oversight on my part. I deserve to be punished.....

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