The image here is meant to imply that we choose our saints and our heroes by the reverence that the elders of our society, in council bring to people who have lived remarkable lives.  These champions of our society, through their great deeds and the legends of their great deeds bring enoblement to us all.  They connect us all together, as their stories and myths come upon our collective psyche, descending as if the holy Schekinah or the pentacostal fire of the Holy Spirit; visited upon us all, through them.

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  1. Saints & Heroes
    Sermon Notes

    1. In contemporary religion: Saint–traditionally, someone blessed by God as a paragon of virtue & devotion to God.
    1A. This may also be a prophet who reveals the word of God to the people.
    1B. Miracles are generally attributed to a saint.
    2. Saint’s reward–traditionally someone who is said to have gone to heaven is commemorated.
    2A. Torture or some other form of sacrifice is said to be a part of his or her life.
    3. Saintly Character–one who keeps to the ‘will of God’ by acts of selflessness & courage; for he sake of others.
    3A. The Saint then is lauded by the people & any canonization is acepted by the community at-large.
    3B. The saint then is a champion of the people.
    3C. The saint represents the people before God.
    3D. The Saint may be said to be crazy or Foolish & may not be perceived as having a divine connection.
    3D1. Hence, the Saint may not be recognized in his or her own time & may even be executed by clerical authority.
    4. Hero–the Hero champions society.
    4A. The Hero acts with virtue & courage–usually connected to extraordinary feats of valour.
    4A1. These can also take place on the battlefield, the athletic field & in cultural displays.
    4A1a. Virtue & virtuosity then is connected with excellence & brilliance.
    5. Hero’s Reward–The Hero can be coronated with a crown; the laurel wreath or the royal crown.
    5A. The hero is celebrated by the people.
    5B. The Hero is remembered (immortality) by the people & may also be said to go to heaven.
    5B1. The Greeks would name a constellation after him.
    5C. Great physical feats are usually connected to the Hero.
    6. Heroic Character–one who displays courage in theh face of danger or tough competition.
    6A. He or she may also struggle for brilliance of insight–i.e., the tortured artist.
    6A1. Hence, the hero may not be recognized in his or her own time–but in remembrance.
    6A1a. During his or her own time, they amy seem crazy or eccentric.
    7. In Gnosticism, there is no heaven; except the heavens above & salvation is the equivalent to Gnosis.
    7A. The nostic Saint transmits the Gnosis to others by the revelation of knowledge or new Gnosis to his or her generation.
    7A1. Praeterhuman contact, which produces prophecy.
    7A2. Artistic creation & intellectual insight.
    7A3. The courage of conviction.
    7A4. We can even recognize the heroism of athletic & military achievement as products of virtue & valour.
    7A4a. The courage of a champion is as important as creative & spiritual insight.
    8. For the Gnostic, there is no real difference between Saint & Hero, as the same qualities are found in both.
    8A. It is only a matter of what they produce.
    8B. Both are producers; proactive people-doers.
    9. ‘TO BE’ is ‘TO DO’
    This will lead to Gnosis.
    9A. Not ‘to do’ is certain death; even while alive.


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