There is no great holy water blessing stagnation

A Roman Catholic church in rural Louisiana hoping to maximize its blessings has come up with a way to do it: filling up a crop-duster plane with holy water and letting the sanctified liquid mist an entire community.

“We can bless more area in a shorter amount of time,” Rev. Matthew Barzare of St. Anne Church in Cow Island, La., told NPR.

Following this past Saturday’s mass, parishioners from the church in southwestern Louisiana headed to an airstrip about five minutes away from the church.

Churchgoers brought with them 100 gallons of water, which was loaded into the crop duster.

“I blessed it there, and we waited for the pilot to take off,” Barzare said, noting that it was the largest amount of water he had ever turned holy.

“I’ve blessed some buckets for people and such, but never that much water,” he said.

The pilot had instructions to drizzle certain parts of the community, including churches, schools, grocery stores and other community gathering places.

Word of it raining blessings spread fast in Cow Island, which Barzare points out is not really an island. But when hurricanes strike, he said, the community is typically surrounded by water, hence the name.

Here is the full NPR story, via T. Greer.

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This makes me wonder, what is the actual maximum amount of water that can be blessed at once? Could we turn the entire ocean into holy water? Not exactly sure how it works.

I do not have proof that it actually worked, but I can say that people have blessed entire oceans. There is a whole church in Moscow dedicated to Arctic Ocean and its explorers. And there you can find crucifixes used by different monks and different church dudes to bless the Arctic Ocean and different seas. So, theoretically, it has been done. However, next we have a question of "Does blessing lose it's holy power by second power of distance, like most fields? How does holiness behave through time? Does it have half-time? Does the water remain holy after vaporisation? What is the smallest amount of water that retains holiness?". Otherwise, we have a problem, because surely all the water is blessed at this point and we have no further need to do it. Also, imagine being a satanic creature in such a world, where ALL the water is deadly to you. There is an interesting fantasy novel idea somewhere in there.

Signs by M Night Shyamalan.

same in Russia:
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/12/russian-priests-dump-holy-water-from-airplane-to-cure-drunkenness-and-fornication-a67259

If it's free it's likely worthless, but the odds are cheap to play. :-)

Be happy at this, and any other, time of year anyway.

Merry Christmas

I have a better proposition: let's make holy tap water. Surely, we can have one church functionary in each water processing facility. Creating jobs is cool, right? If they also take samples of water to check for bad contaminants, we can also do without ecologists, who usually do this shit.

The Orthodox do stuff like this all the time. Blessing cars, homes etc. So nothing new, except maybe for Catholics. Maybe this is a roundabout example of ecumenism. The big two Christian branches are converging. The talk about priests marrying is another example.

Can God's gift of a favor be forced by the existence of a material substance such as water, or lost or refused for lack of such a material substance? It is one thing to imagine that God may respond to the sincere requests of worthy people. It is another to imagine that the manipulation of material substances is relevant to the person's request or to God's response. If anything, such manipulations should be counterproductive. Holiness is a property of souls. The notion that it is a property of material substances is idolatry.

Over nineteen hundred years of Christian sacramental and liturgical theology antedate your views.

Cf. Flannery O'Connor's notorious expression of "sacramental realism" with regard to the Eucharist itself: "Well, if it's a symbol, to hell with it" (in context: if the Eucharist is regarded as nothing but a symbol, as a symbol but nothing else or not anything more).

Cousin Flannery was a fierce sacramental realist.

You might also consult Cousin Flannery's diagnosis of a modern ailment that seems to persist to this day: "The Manicheans separated spirit and matter. To them all material things were evil. They sought pure spirit and tried to approach the infinite directly without any mediation of matter. This is also pretty much the modern spirit, and for the sensibility infected with it, fiction is hard if not impossible to write because fiction is so very much an incarnational art." (from "The Nature and Aim of Fiction", found in her essay collection Mystery and Manners)

How is this not terrorism? They have filled a plane with what they believe is a mind altering substance and sprayed it over a town. I pour one barrel of what I think is a barrel of LSD into the town water supply and suddenly I'm being called some kind of terrorist even though the substance turned out to be harmless. So unfair!

Peter Popoff, the California televangelist, will send believers "miracle water" upon request. According to testimonials he runs on television, the miracle water has produced more riches than the most rapacious banker. And the miracle water is free: "no obligation".

"Rev. Matthew Barzare": the usual spelling is Bizarre.

It reads that they cleaned the pesticides out of the tanks/sprayers, which undoubtedly contaminated copious amounts of unholy water. I doubt they really got it all out.

I heard in the past they had someone standing at the edge of the field to direct the spraying. He would get a face full of pesticide at the end of each run. Not holy pesticde either.

The issue with blessing increasingly large amounts of water is dilution. The more you bless, the less potent each ounce of water is. If you push it to far, it can have homeopathic effects. In the worst case scenario, overly diluted holy water can work as a curative for demons. It's a delicate balance.

Yellow Holy Water

Donald J Trump has saved what he calls his Holy Water using one of those 15 flush toilets he dislikes--and will be spraying it over his devoted attendees at rallies.

The Mormon practice of baptising the departed has generated controversy. I wonder if this registers on the same scale (though at a much lower level).

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