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Friday, August 06, 2004

Baptizing the Great Lizard

One of the catechists in the RCIA program at my old parish used to refer to the Catholic Church having "baptized" cultural and sometimes pagan practices by integrating them into Christian faith and assigning Christian meaning to them. Certainly, it seems more than coincidental that, for instance, the feast of St. Brigid falls at the same time as the Irish pagan celebration of the goddess Brigid. I've always liked that catechist's turn of phrase.

Well, if we can "baptize" evergreens and make them Christmas trees, and even "baptize" solstice to make it Christmas itself, who am I to put down the Church of God in Zilla, Washington for baptizing a certain popular monster? I can't help but picture God chuckling over it.