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Re: Who's The Patron Saint Around Here?

From: Rick Nielsen <nilthchi.nul>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 06:02:15 -0700 (PDT)
Archived: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 09:55:02 -0400
Subject: Re: Who's The Patron Saint Around Here?

>From: Jay Nelson <jnelson.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 13:36:25 -0600
>Subject: Re: Who's The Patron Saint Around Here?

>>From: Greg Boone <Evolbaby.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 09:50:37 EDT
>>Subject: Who's The Patron Saint Around Here?

>>After all this time, 60+ years of UFO investigating, witnesses,
>>abductees, I'm wondering who the Patron Saints are around here?

>>Is there a Patron Saint of abductees?

>>If not there should be and if so, whom?


>If you want a _real_ Saint, I don't know who the best one for
>abductees would be, but for contactees and UFO sightings in
>general, I'd go for St. Antony of the Desert (died 356), one of
>the first Christian hermits. I wrote this about him for a
>webpage some years ago:

>He was famed for his 'temptations'; that is, being frequently
>and violently assaulted by grotesque devils of all varieties. He
>became a much sought-after expert on demonic wiles and
>appearances. In the fourth chapter of his hagiography there is
>this remarkable incident:

>"... but Antony at once set out for the mountain. Yet once more
>the enemy [the devil], seeing his zeal and wishing to check it,
>threw in his way a large disc of silver. Antony, understanding
>the deceit of the Evil One, stood and looked at the disc and
>confuted the demon in it, saying, 'Whence a disc in the desert?
>This is not a trodden road, and there is no track of any faring
>this way. And it could not have fallen unnoticed, being of huge
>size. And even if it had been lost, the loser would certainly
>have found it had he turned back to look, because the place is a
>desert. This is a trick of the devil. You will not hinder my
>purpose by this, Satan; let this thing perish with thee.' And as
>Antony said this, it disappeared like smoke before the face of a

>--Athanasius, St. Antony of the Desert, trans. by J. B.
>McLaughlin, TAN Books and Publishers, Rockford, Ill., 1995, p.

>It is a rather amusing image, this fearless hermit, probably
>half-crazed by the sun, boldly berating a flying saucer...


>I'd certainly be interested if invocation of the saint actually
>helps during an abduction. Might have to revise certain theories
>on where those little guys hail from.

According to Ann Druffel, How To Defend Yourself Against Alien
Abduction, petitions to God and saints _do_ help. But for me,
prayers in those instances help me to see once again that I
still have more faith in God than in anything or anyone else. At
least in those wee hours of the night, that's the first thing I
cling to. I do _not_ know if prayer actually stops the
abductions, given that they are physically real.

I suggest we nominate someone who has been through it and
survived to help others. Without too much trouble I can think of
Betty and Barney Hill, John Velez, Karla Turner, Michelle
LaVigne, Katharina Wilson, and thousands of others who wish to
retain their private lives.

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