Today I discovered a rich motherlode of Catholic nonsense to mine. It’s called “Sacramentals” and I hope to expose the more entertaining examples in Zingcreed’s Laugh Out Loud series 0ver the next few months. Sacramentals are objects like statues, medals or crosses which are deemed to be holy (whatever that means.)
It’s all in Ann Hall’s diverting book “The How-to book of Sacramentals” published in 2005 by Our Sunday Visitor. Let’s start with blessed salt!
Apparently salt is a powerful “instrument of grace to preserve one from the corruption of evil occurring as sin, sickness, or demonic influence.” It can also be used in exorcisms. It can be ” spread in moderate amounts in bedrooms, in houses to prevent burglaries and in cars for safety.”
According to Wikipedia, who seem to have been taken in by this superstitious medieval rubbish, “This salt may be sprinkled…across a threshold or as an invocation of divine protection. This will keep demons and possessed persons away from a home.” Really!!!
Wikipedia you should know better. You can report on what gullible people believe but you’re not supposed to fall for this claptrap yourself!
Listen to this poor deluded woman telling a Catholic website how marvellous salt is (placebo effect/autosuggestion?): “For the last few days I have been blessing my home and my children’s rooms with Blessed Salt. I have actually felt the power of the Holy Spirit in my home. It feels like Jesus himself is in my house because there is God’s peace.”
How gullible can you get?
Here’s the magic incantation that only a Catholic priest in a liturgy, not privately, can recite. The prayer apparently attaches itself to the crystals and it is what does the business, not the salt crystals themselves (in case you were wondering!):
“Almighty God we ask you to bless this salt as once you blessed the salt scattered over the water by the prophet Elisha. Wherever this salt is sprinkled drive away the power of evil and protect us always by the presence of your holy spirit. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen”. (Official prayer from the Roman Ritual.)