When you walk into a Catholic church, say, one called St. Theresa Church or St. Margaret Mary or maybe Holy Father or whatsoever, what do you think of?
I think of the many diverse saints and so on who made the church and the Faithful what they are today. I am a far cry from sainthood, and will probably never be a saint. It will never happen because I’m not exactly Litt Miss Virgin Perfect that so many other Catholic girls who are saints are. Let’s see: the best saint in my opinion was St. Maria Goretti, an Italian young girl who was almost raped, but worst, she was killed by some guy who was thinking bad thoughts and didn’t know God. But here’s the weird part: st. Maria came to her adversary in a dream, carrying fourteen lilies and he converted to Catholicism. He’s the reason she was canonized. Well, canonization of a disabled saint should be this new Pope’s priority. Pope Francis so far has cleaned house, served the poor, and canonized a Latino as a saint, but he should also canonize someone blind or whatever unless I must be ignorant about who’s blind and a saint. I’m sorry, but since a lot of churches fear blindness as a malady, there is a tendency to exclude them. Blind people often don’t have access to the Word of God, access to the Liturgical parts of the Mass including the ability to lector and read to others the Word of God.
Catholic sainthood isn’t my ambition for many reasons: nobody’s perfect, I hate perfection, I am blind, not exactly the Church’s definition of “pure”, and I believe that purity and virginity as defined by Christians in some circles hurts young women who aspire to get jobs and take careers. For more on the thing about purity, I’d read The Purity Myth by Jessica Valentin. She’s read lots of scholarly works on virginity and purity definitions, and then goes into a chapter on porn. It’s a really feministic work of art, and if you are a woman who’s had it with the way men view us, read this book.
Those are all the reasons I do not aspire to be a Catholic saint, will never be, but my name will still be written on God’s heart.
Let me kind of change gears a bit. I have a few requests for this Pope Francis. He’s so beloved, but wait till he challenges what the church does on a daily basis.
- I have a really big request for His Holiness the Pope. I ask that he do a study on the inclusion of disabled congregants and ministers in the Catholic mass.
- I would love to see the Pope clean up the way disabled women are treated, and for once, I want a Catholic clergyman to approach me and my fellow disabled people as people first, to be spoken to as people.
- I want a blind woman to be canonized a saint, any woman the Pope sees following the rules of miracles. That’s all.