If you’re an outsider to Catholicism, or if you think of old school catholicism at the surface level, you might think of fire and brimstone sermons. While hell is VERY much a real possibility, please know there is a sweetness to the faith. We see the word “sweet” in some commentaries on the Traditional Latin Mass as well in the Roman breviary. Today, I present to you some major players in our faith who are sweeter than candy.
In order of most holiest to least holiest…we’ll start with…
1) Jesus! Here we have a saint’s prayer addressed to Jesus as sweet.
“Pierce, O most sweet Lord Jesus, my inmost soul with the most joyous and healthful wound of Thy love.”
2) Tied with Jesus for holiness is the…drum roll please…the Holy Spirit!
We have another saint’s prayer addressed this time to the Holy Spirit.
Who are you, sweet light, that fills me
And illumines the darkness of my heart?
…Are you not the sweet manna
That from the Son’s heart
Overflows into my heart?” –St. Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) in her Novena Of The Holy Spirit
3) Next up, we have Mary our Mother. You’ll find the word sweet TWICE in the popular Hail Holy Queen prayer. Czech it out:
“Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope…O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.”
4) Lastly, we have a rich history in our Catholic tradition of saints who gave off a sweet odor whether it was during their time living in earth, or while being martyred, as well as after death (people experiencing this smell in prayers to particular saints. This phenomenon has become to be known as the “odor of sanctity.”
But for the sake of today’s blog, we’ll include that it’s said that:
During life on earth
St. Francis of Assisi and St. Padre Pio, who both had the gift of the stigmata, had the sweet aroma coming off of their wounds.
When St. Polycarp was burned to death, his dying body smelled like frankincense.
And St. Teresa of Avila’s grave smelled like perfume for nine months after her death.
St. Paul says for for the rest of us:
“For we are the good odour of Christ unto God, in them that are saved, and in them that perish.”(2 Cor 2:15)
Stay sweet and old school my friends,