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The Priceless Value of Patron Saint Medals to the Catholic Faithful

By Mannes Carman Subscribe to RSS | April 4th 2012 | Views:
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Religious freedom is one of the main tenets of human rights which democratic countries are supposed to uphold and observe. The right to practice one’s religious beliefs is sacred among civilized societies. This same freedom includes respecting other peoples’ rights to religious practices too. In an ideal world, bigotry would have no place in a democracy.

Unfortunately, there are people who cannot tolerate the beliefs of others and history is replete with wars waged in the name of religion—the Crusades being one of the most famous examples. In today’s world, the conflict between the Jews and Moslems in the Middle East is a prime example of continued conflict over religious differences. While Catholics and Protestants have now agreed to a peaceful settlement in Northern Ireland, they have fought some of the most violent confrontations in the not so distant past.

In some primitive societies, people would wear some kind of amulet or talisman to protect them from harm or danger. Some of these objects were supposed to make them invincible and give them superhuman strength to defeat their foes. Moreover, some African tribesmen would wear lion’s teeth as pendants around their necks to prove their bravery in having killed a wild animal.

However, the belief in the supernatural power of sacred objects is not just a primitive tradition. It is present in the modern world. Roman Catholics, most especially, believe that some form of protection or blessing is available to them when they wear their Catholic saint medals which oftentimes have been given to them as gifts.

Wars are still fought today in some areas of the world. When Catholic soldiers have been called to service, relatives usually gift them with patron saint medals for protection. Unlike primitive societies, these medals are not expected to make them invincible, but only protect them from dangers. Additionally, religious medals remind the wearer to remain pious and faithful even in the midst of great danger. Whatever happens during their tour of active duty, Catholic soldiers usually feel secure wearing these medals.

Soldiers are supposed to have at least three patron saints: namely, Saint George, Saint Joan of Arc, and Saint Sebastian. Any of these medals can bring comfort and protection to a Catholic military serviceman, not only in times of war, but even in times of peace. Religious military medals are very precious not only to the owners, but also to their family members. These medals are not mere material items, but are considered priceless objects not for their monetary value, but for the significance of the personal memories they hold. For more interesting details on the subject, please visit the following website: infobarrel.com/Religious_Military_Medals_and_Pendants_as_a_Sign_of_Faith

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