Today we’re asking our Roman Catholic readers — that’s right, both of you — and anyone else who wants to chime in on this one to help us with a perplexing problem.
Why was the soldier who pierced Jesus’ side canonized? (i.e. granted Sainthood)
The Evangelical in me — despite the fact we don’t confer sainthood on anybody, not even Rick Warren — is dying to know.
But others with a thing for search engines and internet sleuthing are welcome to play the game, too. So here are the basic facts:
- Why they pierced his side
- What they pierced his side with, the Holy Lance or Spear of Destiny
- The soldier’s traditionally given name, Longinus
- Why he was granted sainthood — no link, that’s the part I’m not clear on
And isn’t there a thing about proving three miracles to become a saint? How does that fit here?