I once heard that is was a tradition to face a saint towards the wall, if he or she did not provide the miracle you where asking for. Kind of funny if you think about it. It’s like when they use to make bad children sit in the corner of the school room facing the wall (Not that I would know).
But it does make you wounder… Does it work, I mean, I am sure no saint wants to face your 1970’s wallpaper, or to satire forever at your old wedding photo hanging
up. So maybe it has some merit.But can this be considered Saint abuse? Call they call social services on you? Will the ACLU get involved? All good questions in today’s society of everyone has rights. Will someone be Opera saying you miss-treated your saint? And can you really scar a saint for life, I mean, they are suppose to be saints after all, so they should be very forgiving.
And how long do they face the wall? One hour, one day, week or year? Does it depend on the miracle you where asking for? Or is there a book of rules that you must follow?
It seems that this tradition brings up many relevant questions for this modern day world. I really don’t think it would go over very well.
In today’s society, if the saint did not produce the miracle asked for, instead of facing them to the wall, we would have to bring them to saint therapy, where they would be analyzed. And I am sure it would have something to do with there childhood and parents. Maybe they made this saint face the wall as a child, and if brings back bad memories that they where repressing for years, and you, by making them face the wall, brought it all back…. Not very saintly I must say! But the question still stands, what do you do with a saint that refuses to deliver the miracle you are asking for?
May be there a class they could attend, or retraining….
Or better yet, maybe it’s us, maybe we need to learn from the saints, and sometimes the answer is no. Maybe we are the ones who need to face the wall…