Welcome dear readers to the world of sainthood.
This is a collection of Roman Catholic individuals that are reported to have had the stunning ability to rise into the air in spite of their weight. Most of them are mentioned as such in the Roman Catholic Encyclopedia, but traces have also been found in other literature present in the Central Library of Amsterdam, the University Library and one or two in the Gnostic Library.
The pages within this blog appeared first as a small booklet:
Saints can sometimes be recognized even at an early age. Some boys and girls are not merely good, they are spectacularly good, making their parents doubt whether they are actually angels. Saints are often social activists or rebels or even entertainers.
These people who could see the future, make flowers bloom out off season, defy natural death and cure the ill, took the place of God as an accessible and tangible source of power.
When Christianity became the accepted religion of the Roman Empire, martyrdom no longer made a saint recognized as a saint, it was replaced by the concept of self denial, and virginity. In a society where people suffered from starvation and illnesses, those who willingly pursued physical deprivation and suffering seemed to be Athletes of God. Starving and suffering, they could go for hours, or even days without the normal signs of life. Dead to the world they lived in God.
Gregory Rasputin said Church Elders would undress prostitutes to look at them, but there would be no physical contact. Thus the saints would become more refined in their feelings. It is a strange concoction of Scoptophilia (sexual gazing) and Angelophany (meeting angels.) He himself went round St. Petersburg visiting women in brothels and even at the royal palace, to practice. This notion seems to originate with Simon Magus, and the divine temple prostitutes. Holy brothels were common in Babylon, Syria, Greece, Persia and India, where the ritual of Heiros Gamos was performed.
The people presented here seem to have suffered religious ecstasies that resemble epileptic seizures. There is neurological evidence for the existence of regions in the brain that deal with religious feelings. The god module, as it is named, can even be stimulated electrically to induce people to feel the presence of God. My guess is that they suffered from Temporal Epilepsy, but I cannot explain how hundreds of spectators saw these levitations occur, especially with Saint Joseph of Cupertino there were many witnesses. But examine for yourself, if you will, the short biographical material that accompanies the pictures of flying saints in this selection.
Here are some links for further research:
-Google directory of Saints.
-Roger Tory Peterson.