Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Communion of Saints is a Bit Wibbly-Wobbly (The Giveaway is Now Closed)

Happy Thursday to all of you! Today, I'm linking up with Blessed is She to discuss the Communion of Saints. Last week, I mentioned Doctor Who being an appropriate activity for a Catholic Halloween celebration. Today, I'm back to explain the connection between this time-travelling show and the Saintly Triduum of Halloween,  All Saints Day, and All Souls Day. 

Doctor Who is a BBC show that follows the adventures of a Timelord (known as the Doctor) and his friends (known as companions) as they travel throughout time and space in a blue box (known as the TARDIS), fighting evil, saving humanity, and being generally awesome. The show is not Catholic (some of the head writers & producers are atheists), but has some very Catholic lessons which can be gleaned from it. Today, as I discuss the Communion of Saints, I'd like to look at an episode from Series 3: "Blink." If you haven't seen the episode, I'll give some vague information about it, but not enough to spoil the show for you. 

In a nutshell, "Blink" features a young woman named Sally and a creepy old house that she stumbles across. While in said house, she begins finding messages on the walls that are written for her. Even weirder? These messages were written in 1969, but Sally Sparrow is living in the 21st century. Creepiness continues to ensue as people disappear, more messages pop up, and Sally meets the famed Weeping Angels. These creatures are quantum-locked, and can only move to attack you when they are not being looked at. However, the minute someone's eyes turn towards them, bam! The Weeping Angels turn to stone. 
How do you protect yourself? By following the Doctor's advice:
"Don't turn your back...don't look away...and don't blink." 
In the whole mix of the chaos, creepiness, and confusion, Sally comes across a video of the Doctor giving her advice...from 1969. Here, we learn the Doctor's famous theory about time, which I think is very meaningful for Catholics. 

Doctor: "People don't understand time. It's not what you think it is."
Sally: "Then what is it?" 
Doctor: "Complicated." 
Sally: "Tell me."
Doctor: "Very complicated...People assume that time is a strict progression from cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey...stuff." 
Via buzzfeed.

If you want to watch the actual clip from the episode, it's about four minutes long but a teensy bit spoiler-ish. If not, just keep reading below, and I'll be vague to keep things spoiler-free! 

What does all of this have to do with the Communion of Saints? 
In "Blink," we find out that the Doctor is in the past, but he's helping Sally in the present, based upon events that will happen in the future. Sally's salvation is coming by way of non-linear events and people from different places and times working together to help her out. Doesn't this remind us of the Communion of Saints and how God works? 

God is outside of time, He is eternal, and the creator of all: As the Catechism mentions, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth: three things are affirmed in these first words of Scripture: the eternal God gave a beginning to all that exists outside of himself..." (CCC 290). God is eternal; in His viewpoint, events do not happen in the linear manner of time that we experience them. 
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.” (Rev 1:8)
God, being awesomely eternal, then works outside of our constraints of time. For example, let's look at the formal definition of the Immaculate Conception, which was proclaimed in 1854:
We declare, pronounce and define that the doctrine which holds that the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, at the first instant of her conception, was preserved immune from all stain of sin, by a singular grace and privilege of the Omnipotent God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was revealed by God and must be firmly and constantly believed by all the faithful. (Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Piux IX)
In my Mariology class a few years ago in college, we learned the concept of preservative redemption. In this statement from 1854, we see it proclaimed that Mary was preserved "in view of the merits of Jesus Christ." From a human perspective, this may seem crazy. After all, Mary was conceived without sin years before Christ died on the Cross. But, thinking about the eternity of God, it's a little easier to comprehend. Since God is not held by the constraints of time, it naturally follows that the events of Christ's life can impact the conception of His mother. It's a bit wibbly-wobbly. 

The Communion of Saints is comprised of three parts: The Church Militant (those on Earth), the Church Triumphant (those in Heaven), and the Church Suffering (those in Purgatory). Just as in Doctor Who, where different people from different times work together to help Sally Sparrow in the present, so too, in the Communion of Saints, those not held by the constraints of time (those in Heaven and Purgatory) are praying for and assisting those in the present time on Earth! Furthermore, the actions of Sally in the future impact the past and present, which relates back to the preservative redemption that came into play with Mary's Immaculate Conception. 

In fact, there is a story I once heard of St. Pio, where he was praying fervently, and was asked what-or who-he was praying for. St. Pio revealed that he was praying for a good death of a relative who had already died several years previously! His explanation? For God, all things are present, since there is no past or future-so at that time, God made use of these prayers from the present-day. 

In fact, some of my friends and I call the whole "outside of time" thing into mind when we offer to pray for people. You know how we will offer to pray to certain saints for other peoples' tests or events? How many times have you or I forgotten to say a prayer at the appointed time? I'll admit that I have done this before. So, I typically say a prayer right then and there anyway, because God and the saints are outside of time. 

This weekend, remember the wonderful, glorious, amazing Communion of Saints that we are part of! I encourage all of you to keep up relationships with many of the awesome saints out there, and to learn more about them. If you don't have a favorite saint, then hit the internet and start researching into particular patronages or interests that you have-honestly, there is a patron saint for everything! (the internet, coffee, beer, etc.)

[The giveaway is now closed]

Now, for the giveaway! I recently discovered a pattern for an adorable Weeping Angel doll (I know that they are villains, but this thing is so cute!!), made it for one of my friends, and she loved it. So, I made another one, and I am giving it to one lucky reader as a "Happy End of Ordinary Time" present, because really, we don't have much Ordinary Time left before Advent! 
The angel measures 7-1/2 inches tall, is crocheted with gray yarn,
stuffed with polyfill, and has a few pinto beans in its base
so it can stand unassisted. 
If you would like to win this Weeping Angel for yourself or to give as a gift to the favorite geek in your life, here's what you can do...Comment and answer the following question: 

Who is one of your favorite saints and what is his or her patronage? And, if you watch Doctor Who, who is your favorite companion?  

Make sure to post your e-mail address with your comment  so I can notify you if you win! (if you are concerned about putting your e-mail in a public comment, after commenting, just send me a short e-mail to mention that at The giveaway ends on November 4, 2015 at MIDNIGHT in the Central Time zone, and I will be randomly selecting a winner and posting the first name of said person on November 5, 2015. For shipping purposes, the contest is only open to readers in the Continental U.S.A., and you may enter only once.  

I hope that you all have a blessed Saintly Triduum! If you are still looking for ways to celebrate, check out my post, "11 Ways to Have a Creepy, Cool, Catholic Halloween." 


  1. Blink was actually the first episode I saw of Doctor Who. This reminds me of one of my favorite C.S. Lewis quotes: "If you picture Time as a straight line along which we have to travel, then you must picture God as the whole page on which the line is drawn. We come to the parts of the line one by one: we have to leave A behind before we get to B, and cannot reach C until we leave B behind. God, from above or outside or all round, contains the whole line, and sees it all." It's cool to think about how by taking part in the prayer of the Church and asking the intercession of the Communion of Saints, we are taking part in something that transcends time and space—the actual supernatural realities that so many sci-fi/fantasy storylines are gesturing toward and expressing through fiction. Great post!

    1. Cool! Based upon what I've heard from other people, I think this is the first Doctor Who episode for many, many people. That C.S. Lewis quote is so awesome!!!! I love how in it, he seems to discuss the importance of detachment (leaving behind A in order to get to B) and trust in our omniscient God, who sees everything. Thanks for sharing that!

  2. Wow, I really need to get back into Doctor Who. I plowed through several seasons a few years back, and came to a screeching halt when school started again. You've inspired me to pick it back up, so thanks!!
    St. John the Apostle is one of my dearest patrons ... he was my confirmation saint, and I still love him a lot. I love his gospel, his other books, and yet he just seems so human! He's the patron of friendships, which is something I think everyone can benefit from at some point!

    And I think Rose is my favorite companion... but I'll have to keep watching to see if someone overtakes her :)
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    1. Allison, I'm glad I could help you pick it back up! I think that's pretty responsible of you to let it screech to a half when school began :) Ah, Rose is awesome! She's not my favorite, but she's pretty cool. But most people I know it seems have placed Rose as their favorite, so I'm probably missing something obviously extra special about her :P

      I never knew that St. John is the patron saint of friendships! That's so cool, and I am so glad I know that now-thanks! I think it's neat that you deem him "so human," because for whatever reason, I've never really seen John in that light. He always seems so ethereal and I've never really been able to relate to him. Since you mentioned this characteristic of him, though, I've thought about it a little more, and I'm starting to think about him in a little different of a light :)

  3. My favorite Saint is Peter. If ever there was an example of a blockhead earning the keys to Heaven, he is it. It gives people like me hope for an eternal life. He is the Patron of Bakers, Bridge builders, Butchers, Fishermen, Harvesters, Cordwainers, Horologists, Locksmiths, Cobblers, Net makers,Shipwrights, and Stationers. My favorite companion is Clara. I hope to meet Jenna Coleman when I take my daughter to the Dr. Who convention in Chicago next year.

    1. Hi, David! So the first image I got when I read your comment was Charlie Brown, and I think I will forever think of St. Peter when I see Charlie Brown, and vice versa ;) Oh, you are so right-it gives me an abundance of hope for Heaven, and it also helps give perspective when people complain about the pope, I think. Usually I'm like, "Have you thought about the fact that our first pope was a bumbling, foot-in-the-mouth fisherman?" I never knew he had all of those patronages; that's awesome!!!

      Wow, that's awesome that you and your daughter are going to a Doctor Who convention next year!!!!! I'm sure she will remember and appreciate you for doing that always! Clara is a really good companion, but I don't think I've met anyone who has her as his favorite companion, so you're a first! In Series 7, I wasn't a super big fan of her, but in 8, she had some amazing moments where she really came into her own, I think. I haven't seen Series 9 yet, sadly, but I'm sure she's been incredible lately!

  4. Oh my goodness, girl. I just stumbled onto your blog because I saw the weeping angel photo on Blessed Is She's website! And I can't tell you how much I have thought about this same topic!!! I always think that God is the ultimate time traveler! Lol. I love Doctor Who and this post sums up everything I have thought, felt, and said about the subject of time. So good! Thank you!

    1. Haha I love how most people would be like, "Oh, it's an angel statue," but the Geek's automatic response is, "Oh, angel? Must be something related to Doctor Who." Edenn, it makes me so excited that you have these kinds of thoughts too!!!!!!! Isn't that show just amazing?? I love how a show written by non-Christians can convey so many beautiful Christian truths. It makes me really happy :) Thanks for stopping by! I love how Blessed is She can bring together so many women across the internet.