Thursday, June 07, 2007
The Very Definition Of A Victim Soul
Linda Santo, Audrey Santo's mother, the girl who is arguably the most famous victim soul of our time, prayed that her child would be a saint before she was born. When Audrey was three, she lapsed into a coma-like state known as akinetic mutism after a swimming accident. On August 9, 1987, Audrey fell backyard into a swimming pool. She suffered massive hypoxia: the oxygen supply to her brain was cut off for several minutes, killing numerous brain cells. According to the thousands of pilgrims that come to see her in her home in Massachusetts, Audrey has the power to take their pain and illness, the very definition of a victim soul. Linda Santos' prayer, as it was, had been answered, albeit in a very different way than perhaps she'd imagined. That's hardcore -- most parents I know pray that their children will act saintly from time to time -- not kill each other or paint the walls with magic markers.
The concept of the victim soul is a relatively obscure concept in which a person takes on someone else's distress. On a mystical plane, this appears to work even though one can debate the morality and ethics of such a situation. But more interesting to me is how often we desire to perform this act or have it performed for us. I'd do anything to take your pain or Help me not feel this way. We offer our stories, we offer sex, pills, food; we offer love. We say I'd do anything to change this for you. But would we? Some things last far longer than they really do, some suffering is forever and a day. The immediate pain is one thing, but what about the long, tedious backlash that accompanies it? It's one thing to nail yourself to a cross, another to cry tears of blood while waiting for that which is to come or lamenting about that which has already past.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"Answered prayers cause more tears than unanswered ones." Saint Theresa
Drinking novella collection suggestion: The Woman Lit By Fireflies Jim Harrison
Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Thursday, everyone! The last Sopranos episode is almost here!