Monday, January 21, 2008

St Odran's in Spymaster's Lady

As to the St. Odran of Spymaster's Lady.


This Saint Odran might be the one here , who, I should think, would be the patron saint of taxi drivers and those who are killed while being mistaken for someone more interesting.

But, on the whole, I think it is the Saint Odran (or Odhron or Otteran) of Iona, here or here.

What it is ...

The site where St. Columba wanted to build a chapel was infested with demons. Awkward, that. These could only be exorcised by burying a holy man alive. St Odran volunteered.

After three days Columba decided to dig him up to ask for news about Heaven.

St. Odran said -- "There is no wonder in death. Heaven is not as it is said to be. Hell is not what it is said to be. The saved are not forever happy. The damned are not forever lost."

... so St Columba had him buried again. Or at least, that's how one story goes. A lesson for us all.

I'm reminded of T.S. Eliot

Would it have been worth while,
To have bitten off the matter with a smile,
To have squeezed the universe into a ball
To roll it toward some overwhelming question,
To say: “I am Lazarus, come from the dead,
Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all”—

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