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Featured Who is your favorite Saint?

Discussion in 'General Theology' started by David Neos, Mar 14, 2019.

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  1. David Neos

    David Neos Catechumen

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    Tell me the reason you like him.

    I really like Saint Patrick for his history and for making Ireland Christian.
     
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  2. Gracia Singh

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    Saint Rita!

    Saint Rita of Cascia

    I admire her faith in God, love for Christ, faithfulness, and hope, even when things were tough!
     
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  3. HTacianas

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    Paul. He's misunderstood and often falsely accused .
     
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  4. MariaJLM

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    There's honestly far too many to list off, but definitely at the top of my list is my own patron saint, St. Maria of Paris(she's the one pictured in my site avatar).
     
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  5. Jonaitis

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    Augustine, would be one of many...

    When I read his works and sermons, it is like reading into the heart of Christ...
     
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  6. rockytopva

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    Robert Sheffey... And to let George Clark Rankin describe the guy along with the Cripple Creek Camp Meeting...


    The Cripple Creek Camp meeting, as told by George Clark Rankin and David Sullins....

    The Life of David Sullins
    The Life of George Clark Rankin

    Here are some of the rules to govern the Cripple Creek Camp meeting around 1823....
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    The document above contains the rules to governthe Cripple Creek camp meeting on the 12th day of September, 1823.

    On the ninth rule it is stated, “No persons or persons are to occupy the stand except the preachers and the exhorters.” The Methodist in those days had a class of minister called exhorters. These so called “Exhorters” would encourage and help breathe life into the camp meeting of the day. And what importance they put on exhortation as the exhorter class had a place with the preachers and evangelists!

    On the fourteenth rule it is stated that females sit on the left hand from the stand and the males on the right. This was stated also in David Sullins time as a way to keep order in the service.

    Pictured below is Robert Sheffey, who was more of the exhorter than the preacher. It was said of him in The Life of George Clark Rankin and beginning on page 239...

    I passed my examinations and that year I was sent to the Wytheville Station and Circuit. That was adjoining my former charge. We reached the old parsonage on the pike just out of Wytheville as Rev. B. W. S. Bishop moved out. Charley Bishop was then a little tow-headed boy. He is now the learned Regent of Southwestern University. The parsonage was an old two-and-a-half-story structure with nine rooms and it looked a little like Hawthorne's house with the seven gables. It was the lonesomest-looking old house I ever saw. There was no one there to meet us, for we had not notified anybody of the time we would arrive.

    Think of taking a young bride to that sort of a mansion! But she was brave and showed no sign of disappointment. That first night we felt like two whortleberries in a Virginia tobacco wagonbed. We had room and to spare, but it was scantily furnished with specimens as antique as those in Noah's ark. But in a week or so we were invited out to spend the day with a good family, and when we went back we found the doors fastened just as we had left them, but when we entered a bedroom was elegantly furnished with everything modern and the parlor was in fine shape. The ladies had been there and done the work. How much does the preacher owe to the good women of the Church!

    The circuit was a large one, comprising seventeen appointments. They were practically scattered all over the county. I preached every other day, and never less than twice and generally three times on Sunday.

    I had associated with me that year a young collegemate, Rev. W. B. Stradley. He was a bright, popular fellow, and we managed to give Wytheville regular Sunday preaching. Stradley became a great preacher and died a few years ago while pastor of Trinity Church, Atlanta, Georgia. We were true yokefellows and did a great work on that charge, held fine revivals and had large ingatherings.

    The famous Cripple Creek Campground was on that work. They have kept up campmeetings there for more than a hundred years. It is still the great rallying point for the Methodists of all that section. I have never heard such singing and preaching and shouting anywhere else in my life. I met the Rev. John Boring there and heard him preach. He was a well-known preacher in the conference; original, peculiar, strikingly odd, but a great revival preacher.

    One morning in the beginning of the service he was to preach and he called the people to prayer. He prayed loud and long and told the Lord just what sort of a meeting we were expecting and really exhorted the people as to their conduct on the grounds. Among other things, he said we wanted no horse- trading and then related that just before kneeling he had seen a man just outside the encampment looking into the mouth of a horse and he made such a peculiar sound as he described the incident that I lifted up my head to look at him, and he was holding his mouth open with his hands just as the man had done in looking into the horse's mouth! But he was a man of power and wrought well for the Church and for humanity.

    The rarest character I ever met in my life I met at that campmeeting in the person of Rev. Robert Sheffy, known as "Bob" Sheffy. He was recognized all over Southwest Virginia as the most eccentric preacher of that country. He was a local preacher; crude, illiterate, queer and the oddest specimen known among preachers. But he was saintly in his life, devout in his experience and a man of unbounded faith. He wandered hither and thither over that section attending meetings, holding revivals and living among the people. He was great in prayer, and Cripple Creek campground was not complete without "Bob" Sheffy. They wanted him there to pray and work in the altar.

    He was wonderful with penitents. And he was great in following up the sermon with his exhortations and appeals. He would sometimes spend nearly the whole night in the straw with mourners; and now and then if the meeting lagged he would go out on the mountain and spend the entire night in prayer, and the next morning he would come rushing into the service with his face all aglow shouting at the top of his voice. And then the meeting always broke loose with a floodtide.

    He could say the oddest things, hold the most unique interviews with God, break forth in the most unexpected spasms of praise, use the homeliest illustrations, do the funniest things and go through with the most grotesque performances of any man born of woman.

    It was just "Bob" Sheffy, and nobody thought anything of what he did and said, except to let him have his own way and do exactly as he pleased. In anybody else it would not have been tolerated for a moment. In fact, he acted more like a crazy man than otherwise, but he was wonderful in a meeting. He would stir the people, crowd the mourner's bench with crying penitents and have genuine conversions by the score. I doubt if any man in all that conference has as many souls to his credit in the Lamb's Book of Life as old "Bob" Sheffy.

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  7. SeventyOne

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    Depends what you mean by 'saint'. And are you sure you are in the correct subforum?
     
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  8. Sabertooth

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    Since this question is posed in General Theology, my wife...! ;)
     
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  9. Gracia Singh

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    That's both funny, and very sweet! I bet she's a good wife!
     
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  10. David Neos

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    Why if I may ask?
     
  11. Ttalkkugjil

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    My favorite saint is my wife. She's smokin' hot.
     
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  12. David Neos

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    I like St. Augustine's Confessions.
     
  13. Albion

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    Its a challenging question. For me, the answer might be St. Francis, for the reasons almost everyone else admires him.
     
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  14. David Neos

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    Why?
     
  15. David Neos

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    Maybe because she is Korean.
     
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  16. SeventyOne

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    Because it seems to only apply to a very specific subset within the christian religion.
     
  17. Albion

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    Okay we get it. The word saint can refer to canonized saints and to every true believer still in the flesh.

    May we now return to the topic as intended by the original post?
     
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  18. Ttalkkugjil

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    It can also refer to non-canonized true believers who are no longer in the flesh - just saying.

    If I must choose a canonized saint, I will go with jolly old St. Nicholas. He was very good to children.
     
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  19. MariaJLM

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    Her story really resonates with my own(former socialist atheist eventually coming to Christ, etc.). Plus she dedicated her life to the social gospel helping the poor type stuff. That also resonates with me as, having been born into and lived my entire life in poverty, I too have a desire to help the impoverished.
     
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  20. Tigger45

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    Not to come off antagonistic but Martin Luther is high on my list.
     
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