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June 1st, 2010
03:15 PM ET

Battle Saint Bracelets

Someone in the CNN DC Bureau (my boss actually) has been passing out Battle Saint Bracelets this week in honor of Memorial Day. The small wooden bracelets feature 12 to 16 Catholic saints.

I wore mine on Memorial Day, which I worked, at the World War II Memorial doing a story on an 87-year-old Marine. Today I've been looking into the saints on the bracelet a little more at battlesaint.com. Here's my favorite:

St. Joseph of Cupertino – included on all bracelets: Born in 1603 to a poor family in the village of Cupertino in Italy, St. Joseph of Cupertino is the patron saint of aviators and paratroopers. He was known to levitate and became known as the “Flying Saint.” He was also known for the gift of healing. He died in 1663 in Ossimo, Italy.

Part of the proceeds go to help wounded service members get back on their feet - but not levitate.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church

soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Charmaine

    Can't everyone just accept that our service men and women put themselves in harms way for our country, thank them and no matter what our beliefs thank God that it's not you, because some of you are beyond any help...

    November 20, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  2. Kerry Matney

    I ordered one bracelet end of May 2011. I noticed on my confirmation they charged me for 3 and "of course" to ship seperately. I sent an e-mail 4 times to the e-mail address given to me and each time it came back an error. I also called phone number 6 times that was showing on my confirmation. NO ONE ever answered or called back. Each time I left a detailed mess with order number on their voice mail and asked them to not send the other 2 braclets. Today in the mail were the other braclets and each charged single and shipped. This is a rip off. I tell every one not to order anything from them. I am turning them over along with all my information to the BBB!!!! Now how much of this $40 went to our servicesmen??

    June 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  3. frank

    You know the dudes in the Amazon or New Guinea or whatever who keep the mummified heads of pops and grandpa in their huts and ask for their blessing before they go burn down the other tribe's huts and bash their brains out with rocks, take their little girls away to do bad things to, and chop up their best warrior and grill him over a fire for a nice tasty dinner?

    That bracelet is exactly the same thing as the mummified heads.

    May 30, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  4. Name*Carolina lopez

    God, please help our warriors and their families

    May 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  5. GuitarZeroH

    I'd be happy w/just my flag. Are those things made in communist china or what? I betcha. Pope vatican Inc. is hard up for influence nowdays aye? Glad to see Malta voted out the bishop's wishes on divorce. American atheists represent lovely.

    May 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  6. AtlantaGuy

    So "part of the proceeds go to help wounded service members"? Well, how big (or small) a part? 5%, 10%? and how much do the people who make this piece of wood keep? Who is making money off selling this religious trash to our soldiers and their loved ones? Wake up you stupid people. Some smart person is using your stupidity to make money off of you!

    May 30, 2011 at 7:17 am |
    • kelly

      its called capitalism, isnt it? Its the American dream.

      May 30, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  7. HotAirAce

    If anyone handed out this sort of religious trash where I work they would have very quickly been reported to the human relations folks and re-educated about religion in the workplace. It's unfortunate the employees of CNN are not free from their managers imposing, however subtely, their religious beliefs on their subordinates.

    May 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  8. Devote

    To those of you who do not understand the Catholic faith.....The prayers to the saints are for them to ALSO pray on behave of us......Kind of like protestant prayer groups...
    I respect the people of no faith and other faiths......and if it's OK , I will pray for them anyway......

    May 29, 2011 at 10:11 am |
    • kelly

      finally someone who knows what they are talking about.

      May 30, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • Judaism comes from the Sumerian Religion

      Catholic Church is of the Devil

      July 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  9. Ngoldwe

    I think it is always a good idea to help our U.S. soldiers, wounded or otherwise, as best we can. BUT...

    Observations:
    Fact #1: Not all soldiers are Christians.
    Fact #2: Not all Christians are Catholic.
    Fact #3: The remainder of U.S. soldiers who are not Christian are either Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, or Atheist.

    Question: Are these bracelets going to be used as an excuse to demand religious conformity towards Christianity? If so (and I am quite sure that it will), then all people involved are going to only ask for a church-state separation violation lawsuit.

    Just thought I would mention that, since no one else seemed to be even aware or concerned to even think about it.

    May 29, 2011 at 9:12 am |
  10. Ashely

    I love my battle saint braclet im wearing it right now

    March 21, 2011 at 8:33 am |
  11. Chaz

    I probably believe what you said Luke. However, the story unified a church of one God. If we have more people who's story has supernatural occurances, tehn it willbe like teh Life Of Brian...follow the shoe, nofollow the gourd

    June 3, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  12. Dr RatstaR

    I really like Battle Pope comic books. How come they didn't have a Lucky Charm for him? He is really cool.
    "When he's not leading Mass, he's out kicking ass!"

    June 3, 2010 at 1:44 am |
  13. Chaz

    The problem I have with Saints is that the Catholic church gives them supernatural powers, thus taking away significance to teh ONLY man with supernatural powers – JESUS. The church is asking you to pray to someone OTHER than God? Thats sacrilegious.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
    • Luke

      No one has supernatural powers. Not even the man of the fictional jesus story. You are mistaken, good sir.

      June 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
    • Mary Ann

      The Church doesn't ask us to pray TO the saints. We ask the saints to pray FOR us and intercede on our behalf with God. Catholics look to the saints as examples of how to conduct oneself. To live a life serving others and not seeking for self-glorification. How can this teaching be wrong? Whether you believe in God, Jesus or the Church if everyone lived a life of service to others, seeking not the limelight, then this would be a much better world.

      June 3, 2010 at 9:39 pm |
    • Judy

      Catholics. You gotta love 'em. Christianity's whipping boy for centuries. I'm amazed at the false information that some folks...Protestents in particular are basing their hatred of the Catholic Church on. I've even had one very misguided person tell me that "Catholics are good people...they really are. They just aren't Christians." For God's sake, pick up a book and LEARN already!

      May 29, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  14. Joesph

    There is no bigot like the atheist."
    G K Chesterton
    Just remember. Durring the last hunderd years atheists have murdered Millions!
    Check out commie Russia, China,

    June 2, 2010 at 11:06 am |
    • Luke

      Joesph – I do love replying to this common and nonsensical argument, as it does pop up all the time. The difference, Joseph, is that Stalin and Mao is that they were indeed atheist leaders (aren't most all east Asians?), they did not kill in the name of atheism. They just happened to be tyrants that were atheist. Stalin also had a mustache. Does that mean all people that have mustaches are tyrants? Clearly not. On the other hand, religious mass murders ranging from the Inquisition, witch trials, participation in the holocaust, etc all have direct lines connecting them to religious teachings. In other words, these are all examples of killing in the name of and much different that the killings of millions in Russia and China. If you don't see the difference, than you are not worth arguing with. Furthermore, this rebutted to atheist beliefs has time and time again sprung up and is nothing new. My guess is that you read it somewhere and didn't put any thought whatsoever into the differentiating factors.

      June 2, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  15. um hello

    "known to levitate" .. why do people believe this stuff again?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
    • atom spectre

      He was also the father of the flying nun.

      June 1, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
    • Fides et Ratio

      "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." The world may be a much more exciting place than scientism and its empirical dogmatism would suggest, although I offer this not by way of proof but of persuasion. Faith has always been a way of seeing the world in a different way complementary to reason: did St. Joseph of Cupertino fly? Or St. Thomas Aquinas, for that matter? Did Padre Pio bilocate? Reason cannot rule it out; if there is a God (which, again, reason cannot prove or disprove, Richard Dawkins and his ilk aside), then it is undoubtedly a possibility. Ruling conclusively against miracle is thus closed-minded and irrational, and contrary to common contemporary wisdom faith is truly more "open" than persistant doubt. Of course, we are now all children of Descartes, so it is not suprising that we should find the possibility shaky, even dubious, but it remains a possibility which reason cannot dismiss and which faith in God serves to strengthen.

      June 2, 2010 at 5:05 am |
    • Clay IQ150+

      Let's keep our minds open to all the possibilities...even if they ignore the most basic laws of physics. Anything is possible, or so they say. And, if it's possible (in a world where the laws of physics can be suspended) then we should probably base our entire existance on it. As long, of course, as someone has pounded it into our head from the day we were born and told us we'd "burn in hell for all eternity" if we thought about it too much. People can be taught to believe in anything if you start when they are very young and spend a thousand years murdering all who don't agree.

      June 2, 2010 at 6:57 am |
    • Reality

      "in a world where the laws of physics can be suspended"??? And what world might that be???

      June 2, 2010 at 8:27 am |
    • Luke

      Clay IQ150+ – Say what now? Physics didn't apply in the 1600s? Is that your argument? When exactly did physics start applying to us then? Please explain.

      June 2, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
    • Fides et Ratio

      It's easy to win against a straw man.

      In any case, a cursory glance at my comment said nothing about the laws of physics whatsoever. But, now that you mention it, a miracle is by definition that which occurs in a manner contrary to the laws of nature, such as a man rising from the dead, water transformed into wine, etc. It does not follow that those who believe in miracles must therefore be ignorant of the laws of physics.

      June 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
    • Reality

      So we have Gabriel and the illiterate peasant, possible mamzer, hallucinating and embellished Jesus, so what does one conclude about Catholicism/Christianity?

      Birth-driven cults based on the fear of hell, guilt trips, the sin of myths, limbo, and the false promises of sin atonement, "miracles", water purification, indulgences and the only key to the spirit state of Heaven.

      June 3, 2010 at 6:18 am |
  16. Reality

    Michael is a "pretty wingie thingie" who has never saved anyone from anything. The same can be said for flying saints.

    June 1, 2010 at 8:00 pm |
    • st elsewhere

      hey Reality Bites

      June 2, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  17. old paratrooper

    St. Michael is the patron saint of paratroopers, while Joseph of Cupertino is for aviators. They used to give out St Michael Medallions to wear at Ft Bragg, NC, the home of the 82d Airborne division and many other airborne units.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  18. JujuF

    Wish the bracelets came in even smaller size than the 6". Would have like one for my WAC vet mom's b'day.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  19. Unfrozen Caveman

    Who is the patron saint of dashing the children of your enemies on the rocks?

    June 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  20. TsirhCitnA

    So Ol' Joe of Cupertino had the power to heal, but couldn't prevent his own demise. Not much good to heal others if you can't heal yourself.

    June 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
    • elm

      not original. they said that too to a man on the cross 2000 years ago. the answer: they came to serve not to served. expect more.

      June 1, 2010 at 9:26 pm |
    • Dylan

      This is just like Darth Plagueis, who was so powerful he was essentially immortal, but was betrayed and killed by Darth Sidious (Palpatine).

      June 2, 2010 at 10:48 am |
    • st elsewhere

      shut up stupid

      June 2, 2010 at 11:47 am |
    • CNNNN

      how do you figure?

      June 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
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