|St. John of God|
Back to the case of St. John of God. Perhaps it was never a formal title at all, but a title given by the people who observed his lifestyle, like St. Christina the Astonishing - now that's a religious name!
|St. Christina the Astonishing|
A more important question is, how fear-driven is our quest for perfect health? Why do I hear so many Catholics talking about stomach flora, gluten and artificial flavouring? Is health-obsession part of a larger obsessing that powers one's life as a whole? Many people in the pro-life arena didn't care for Pope Francis' reference to obsession with the abortion issue, but is he wrong - cannot people actually become obsessed with something like this? I mean, I am married and I dearly love my wife, but could I not actually become obsessed with marriage? I have met people, I think, obsessed with protecting their children from harmful influences. Met them indeed. People obsessed with the mass, Latin or otherwise. Saints are often pretty one-dimensional, but I wouldn't say that they are obsessed. An authentic obsession with God is, I think, a broadening, rather than a narrowing force. Think of St. Francis, who saw in God a reason to love all of creation. St. Benedict loved God enough to want to do work well in the fields.
Catholics can get pretty obsessed with sex too. Yeah, it's important, but ever read any spiritual masters? Sex occupies so very little of their writing. I have heard about people enrolling their kids in purity leagues or pledges or some such thing. Why not wisdom leagues or courage pledges? A person who grows up sexually chaste is awesome, but what if he's a coward or lazy?