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The Patron Saint of...handgunners?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by MGshaggy, Jul 31, 2008.

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  1. MGshaggy

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    This is something they never told me when I was a kid in Catholic school. And to be fair, the Vatican hasn't officailly recognized St. Gabriel Possenti as the patron saint of handgunners or marksmen, but there is actually a movement to publicly promote him as such.


    http://www.possentisociety.com/
    The Savior of Isola

    In 1860, a band of soldiers from the army of Garibaldi entered the mountain village of Isola, Italy. They began to burn and pillage the town, terrorizing its inhabitants.

    Possenti, with his seminary rector's permission, walked into the center of town, unarmed, to face the terrorists. One of the soldiers was dragging off a young woman he intended to rape when he saw Possenti and made a snickering remark about such a young monk being all alone.

    Possenti quickly grabbed the soldier's revolver from his belt and ordered the marauder to release the woman. The startled soldier complied, as Possenti grabbed the revolver of another soldier who came by. Hearing the commotion, the rest of the soldiers came running in Possenti's direction, determined to overcome the rebellious monk.

    At that moment a small lizard ran across the road between Possenti and the soldiers. When the lizard briefly paused, Possenti took careful aim and struck the lizard with one shot. Turning his two handguns on the approaching soldiers, Possenti commanded them to drop their weapons. Having seen his handiwork with a pistol, the soldiers complied. Possenti ordered them to put out the fires they had set, and upon finishing, marched the whole lot out of town, ordering them never to return. The grateful townspeople escorted Possenti in triumphant procession back to the seminary, thereafter referring to him as "the Savior of Isola".
     
  2. Drgong

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    Just goes to show, a single handgun can protect your lives, your property, and your freedom.
     
  3. NG VI

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    That is incredible! So much for the "handguns have no military use" anti arguments!

    Not a catholic, but I think it would be great if handgunners had their own patron saint. Especially since my handguns outnumber my long guns!
     
  4. Picard

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    I've heard about this and I think that it would be great if it were officially recognized. The Catholic Church has a patron saint for almost anything.

    I think that I'm going to go write a letter to the Bishop listed under the "What Can You Do" link on the left side of the page.
     
  5. Chipperman

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    Won't somebody think about the poor lizard that gave his life for this?
    :(





    :p
     
  6. MMCSRET

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    Saint Barbara is the Patron Saint of Gunners and Artillerymen.
     
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    You also gotta remember how good number of Saint’s get named “Patrons of X”. People ask them for help and as reports of help get sent up the ecclesiastical food chain, more and more credence is give to making that saint a patron of said endeavor. So before asking Bishop X for his support, you should do a little prayin’ and see if it pays off.

    And if you pray that your Hi Point keeps sub MOA at 50 Yards and it does, then you really need to send along that proof.

    Also, just because a Saint ISN’T officially named a Patron Saint of X, doesn’t mean you can’t still ask for help from them.

    Although thinking about it, honestly, if your Hi Point keeps sub MOA at 50 yards, you may want to consider an exorcism. There be dark forces at work there.
     
  8. Thernlund

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    Canonization requires that the candidate for sainthood perform two miracles. Of special importance are miracles performed after the candidates death in order to prove a continued relationship with God.

    Canonization can take decades, sometimes more than a century, while Vatican experts review the life of the candidate and evidence of miracles performed.


    -T.
     
  9. waterhouse

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    Although there are variations in the spelling, I share both a name and a "feast day" (my birthday happens to be his feast day) with St. Adrian, patron saint of Arms Dealers.

    At least according to wikipedia.
     
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    If someone else doesn't ask maybe I should. Could we nominate Jeff Cooper or John Browning?
     
  11. NG VI

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    I think that means ordnance gunners, not small arms gunners
     
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    Have they performed miracles? Miracles performed posthumously?

    The 1911 and the "Four Rules" don't count.


    -T.
     
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    This really has me wondering. How did these saints perform miracles after their death? How in the heck was it proved?

    And to keep it gun related, what exactly would JMB or Cooper have to do after their death to become the patron saint of guns? I'm really lost on how this works. Obviously, I am not Catholic.
     
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    I'm catholic born and raised, but i just heard of this saint within the past two weeks ON HERE!
     
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    Now this is odd.... I did a Google search for Gabriel Possenti and found that he's also the patron saint of college students (unless there's two guys with the same name). Rather strange since most colleges are gun free zones.
     
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    But............But..............But. I thought only BAD people owned guns, and bought them at gun shows.:neener::neener:

    Lucky that didn't take place in San Francisco. They would have charged the Priest.
     
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    Not sure about Cooper but I don't think JMB would qualify since he was a mormon. I think all the Saints as far as the Vatican is concerned have to be Catholic in nature.

    I'm not Catholic but I am married to one.
     
  18. bruss01

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    From Wikipedia

    So, who's got a statue of St. Barbara on their reloading bench?
     
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    I think Gabe already did that and is the patron saint of travelers or wayfarers.
    I don't think Cooper and JM Browning qualify. Browning was a Mormon -literally a "Saint" and Cooper probably wasn't a Catholic either.
     
  20. Thernlund

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    Isn't that St. Christopher?

    But you're right in the other regard. He's already been canonized.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel_of_Our_Lady_of_Sorrows

    As per this link, it's unlikely that the story in the OP is true.


    -T.
     
  21. Eleven Mike

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    He's already been canonized, he's just not the officially-recognized patron saint of hand-gunners. Yet. Check out the link in the first post.

    You can bet he had words about that with Francis. :)
     
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    230RN Bless you, Amy ! Be strong.

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    I have a flashlight with a brilliant focused beam I use for finding stuff. Works like a charm, even in bright daylight. Seems it keeps your attention concentrated on the small illuminated area, making it easier to find small objects.

    I call it my St. Anthony flashlight.
     
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    He was just turning his life around.
     
  25. Cliff47

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    I have always considered John Moses Browning to be a Higher Power. I would like to include Jeff Cooper in that elite group along with Mr. Dieudonne Saive (check my spelling on the name, he completed JMB's work at FN).
     
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