What About ‘Heresy Cards?’
OK, I have not had any fun on my blog lately, so its time to let loose. Let's ruffle the Protestant's feathers a bit. I think that we as Catholics really enjoy our Holy Cards. They have great prayers on the back which bring us closer to God, and help us to appreciate the grace He brings into our lives, much like he did with the Saints of old. Some have great nicknames like ‘Hammer of Heretics’ or the ‘Little Flower’, etc. The names help us to understand some of their heavenly traits, which contributed to their Sainthood. In short, Holy Cards help us see God working through His people, and they give us hope that we too can become Saints. A few years back a company called ‘Holy Traders’ released Saint cards that you can collect, they come in packs kind of like baseball cards, or you can collect them in sets. They have pictures of the Saints on the front, and their stats on the back, when they were born and died, and the great things that God accomplished through them. That has got me thinking about yet another set of cards that could be inserted as a special set to teach people about heretical errors to be avoided, to ensure that they do not fall into common heresies. Surely the emphasis should be on the Saints, and they should be the majority of the cards, however a special subset series may be of interest.
Enter the ‘Heresy Card.’ Although they may not at first be readily welcomed at this cushy point in Church history where false ecumenism rules the day, maybe all that could be changed by introducing these ‘Heresy Cards.’ They could teach the faithful which prominent errors, inspired by Satan, should be avoided at all costs. So for example, if you buy several wrappers of cards, maybe one in 5 packs would have one of these ‘Heresy Cards.’ A pack may have the Martin Lucifer card, which has his picture on the front with flames curling up from under him, and on the back it would have all of his core heresies on it. On the back it would warn kids, “Don’t be a Martin Lucifer!” Then you could have the John ‘Old Scratch’ Calvin card with Satan speaking in his ear while he writes his heretical ‘Institutes’ while on the back it lists his most prominent heresies. Perhaps the kids could learn about John ‘Wicked’ Wycliff and his efforts to thwart the papacy and destroy monasticism? Then we could have Thomas ‘Burning Man’ Cranmer going up in flames at the stake, and his list of heresies on the back, and the list could go on! Catholics would then not be as easily duped into common Protestant heresies that are floating around luring them away from the Catholic faith. There could even be several other subsets, like heresy throwback cards depicting original heretics like Arius and Marcion. Why not have modern heretics as well? They could be in the pack of cards as another special subset, ‘The Modern Heretics’ and could feature hellions like Martin ‘Lucifer’ King and Billy ‘Belial’ Graham and the like. This would be an opportunity for the kids to trade cards as well. “I’ll trade you a Martin Lucifer 1517 rookie card for a ‘Burning Man’ Cranmer! I’ve got doubles! Or we could burn the extras, or throw darts at it!” This is just a thought, I welcome more suggestions. Perhaps someone could contact ‘Holy Traders’ and pitch the ‘Heresy Card’ as a subset? If anyone is good at photoshop, perhaps they could make a prototype that I can add to this post! Anyone?