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The Saint Story

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The Gate: Icons, Statues, and Our Lady of Good Health

 

Symbolic objects such as rosaries, candles, and statues have been a cornerstone of prayer in the Catholic faith. A crucifix is a tangible reminder of Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross. Churches will often have statues of Mary and other saints, not so they can be worshipped, but so believers can ask them to pray to God on their behalf. Such intercession is a common practice as it allows a person to focus their mind on an aspect of worship, acting as a visual aid. 

 

Our Lady of Good Health, also known as Our Lady of Vailankanni, is one of the more well-known symbols of Catholic faith in the town of Velankanni, Tamil Nadu, India. A basilica stands in Velankanni in memory of the reputed apparitions of Mary. Oral tradition has passed down the story of three Marian apparitions, and the basilica is known as the site for pilgrims from all over India to assemble for multilingual prayers every Christmas. Many churches and shrines exist around the world dedicated to Our Lady, including Our Lady of Good Health Parish Church in Ontario, Canada. 

 

Sources: 

 

“Rosary, Icons and Statues - Worship in Catholic Church - CCEA - GCSE Religious Studies Revision - CCEA - BBC Bitesize.” BBC News, BBC, https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zmn7y9q/revision/5

 

Velankanni Church. “Shrine Miracles.” Velankanni Church, www.velankannichurch.in/shrine-miracles.php.





 

The Waiting Area: Faith vs. Science

 

The outcomes of science and the beliefs of faith are often perceived as mutually exclusive; one cannot believe in the teachings of science if they believe in the teachings of theology. Both concepts have been in a frank dispute for centuries, vying for the position of the strongest general force that influences humanity and its decisions. In what ways does reason trump faith? In what ways does the capacity to believe in the unknown and the unseen outrival corporeal knowledge and tangible data? Science will analyze the law of gravitational attraction while religion will analyze the laws of moral existence. As Alfred North Whitehead wrote in 1925 “what one side sees, the other misses.”

 

Yet when considering the two central ways of being, we are required to ask if faith and science are all that different. Isn’t a belief in science still a choice to believe in something? Don’t those who rely on theology have reasons to substantiate their stance? Aren’t the natures of science and faith inherently parallel? Both studies and practices are in a perpetual cycle of growth and development, existing as products of their political and social contexts. Scientists can ascribe to religion and theologists can subscribe to facts. Regardless, faith and science ground us; they enable us to affix our existence to more than just a futile adventure.  

 

Works Cited:

 

Whitehead, Alfred North. “Religion and Science.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 1 Aug. 1925, www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1925/08/religion-and-science/304220/.

“Airport Boarding Gates.” Access IS, https://www.access-is.com/boarding