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Thursday July 4th 2019Tim Candler9

 

     Back in the day when Medieval Saints roamed places like Wales, many a natural phenomenon not unique to somewhere like Wales might have been apocryphal, which as I understand it means of shady authorship. Of course if it was a biblical text, it had to be literally true, and call me crass, but something like the many terrifying shakings of the earth that figured large in God's plans to regularly discipline the Israelites and of course there's something like the very Christian earthquake that freed Paul from the prison at Philippi, it might be argued passed into the imagination of a wandering Welsh saint, and if it so happened that a Welsh wandering saint was casting about for a miraculous happenstance, they indeed might have decided to cause the earth to swallow some ne'er-do-well so as to set an example for those trying hard to be righteous. Certainly it would be the polite thing to do, a small localized rather than regional event that didn't take an entire flock of Sheep with it the netherworld, and at the same time made a good, solid point about what should happen to loutish princes who had no concept of boundaries in their interactions with others. Why didn't she use lightening, I hear the call. Well, there's no messing around with the Medieval Welsh Saint, and for particularly egregious behavior the suddenness of a lightening strike doesn't really cut the rug, a slower more suffocating end gives the soul it's opportunity to beg for forgiveness, maybe burst into tears, and regret this or that unconscionable earthly behavior on it's slow way down to the eternal bowels of hell.

 

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      And, having lived in a Wales for a bit, I can certainly attest to the bounty of rain that falls, or fell, on that green and pleasant land. It was mostly a generous rain, very rarely accompanied by lightening, all of which might have changed, but I suspect that during the heyday of Medieval Saints causing lightening to strike down on some little twit might not have figured too often in Wales. Biblical references to lightening are very even handed, both good and bad. Lightening and hail won a couple of battles for the Israelites, vaguely remember Moses doing something with fire from the sky to make his point with Pharaoh, many a reference to the heavens speaking and heaven always seemed to sound like or was introduced by thunder and lightening. So I guess there are reasons why it was the more Eastern Medieval Saints who thought in terms causing lightening to reassure the faithful that someone was looking out for them. It was the Patron Saint of British Naval Gunners, Saint Barbara herself who might have used lightening to rid her of an absolutely appalling father. I say might, because she was nowhere near the actual site of the patricidal lightening strike. Daddy was several days away from Barbara's Tower in Anatolia, wending his way home on a horse when Barbara was saved, so very obvious to me at least, what with boys being so much in charge in that part of the world, that she wisely caused lightening to strike from afar in order to pursue her calling to save the world. Always have considered it a genius move on her part, it's no wonder she's the Patron Saint of many a Tunneling Industry around the World.

  

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