There is no other saint I know of who is more archeologically established than Saint George. We have found the ruins of early centuries church buildings built in his honor at the very time of his death throughout the still anti-Catholic Roman Empire, from throughout Europe to throughout the Near and Middle East and everything in between.
Saint George is trashed because of Renaissance paintings of Saint George on a white horse slaying a dragon so as to save a maiden. “All fiction!” it is shrieked. “Don’t be a martyr, be a man-of-consensus with the world!” is the brow-beating, bullying insistence which advice the soft and self-absorbed readily accept.
But the white horse is that of Jesus in the Apocalypse. In that Apocalypse the dragon is the great Serpent and Satan who is possessing the Caesars of the day. In that Apocalypse the maiden is the Church and the Mother of God. In the Apocalypse those who are killed in witness to Christ Jesus are the victors by their faithfulness right through death. The renaissance paintings are not original to those painters: They were merely representing frescoes in catacombs which depicted all martyrs like Saint George and at the time of Saint George in this fashion. Men who were martyred, women who were martyred, all depicted riding on white horses slaying the dragon, victorious over Satan by being faithful right through death.
Likewise, the virgin martyrs are dismissed as those to whom modern teenagers cannot relate. The first to be cancelled is Saint Philomena. In recent scientific studies, it is established absolutely that her catacomb stone reads: “Pax tecum Philomena” with no other possibility, and that the small glass vase found in that place contains the blood of a girl carbon-dated to the time of Philomena. Yep.
A priest working in the Holy See at the time I attended the presentations of these scientific studies actually hunted me down in Rome and insisted that it cannot be that I, a student at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, could promote the viability of placing Saint Philomena in the liturgical calendar once again. He was frantic, as if possessed. Yep.
The problem is both virginity and martyrdom, and martyrdom because of the virginity because of giving oneself over to Christ Jesus, to be “hidden with Christ in God” as Saint Paul says. We can’t have that today, shriek the inverted.
But that’s all years ago. Now what we have presented to us is that Jesus and His dear mother are irrelevant in every way. We must ignore them; we must obey the fallen world, we must worship Satan, Pachamama. Yep.
I will worship our Heavenly Father through, with, and in Jesus by the Holy Ghost and I will thank our dearest Immaculate Virgin Mary for interceding even for me as advocate, mediatrix, co-redemptrix. Thank you Jesus. Thank you Mary.
3 responses to “It was “Sts George & Philomena are fake!” Now it’s “Jesus and Mary are fake!””
Thank you, Father.
Yesterday Fr Cyril pointed out that the icons of St George no longer include the maiden because it is understood that we are the maiden. He also reminded us that St George’s weapon is the cross. And that our weapon is also the cross; the reason martyrs are depited hodling a cross is that it is their weapon.
St George and the Dragon, as indeed the whole Deposit of Faith, is increasingly being portrayed as “fairy-tales for grown-ups” and impossible for “educated” people” to accept. I first came across that derisive description of our Faith (“fairy-tales for grown-ups”) late last century when it was thrown at me by another Catholic school teacher because of my stated belief in the Real Presence. It’s the result, I guess, of viewing the teachings of the Church through a worldly lens – a lens so distorted by pride that it can’t see the truth. Truth is subsequently turned on its head and what is really ludicrous, the worship of man, is thought a sign of superior intelligence while bowing before Mother Earth (Pachamama or whoever) is seen as sensible and the way to heaven on earth. Crazy!