Who needs horror movies? On Wednesday, we will keep a feast for St. Bartholomew.
The Holy Apostle appears to be wearing a toga. But he was flayed alive. Skinned. He wears his flayed skin like a toga.
Were Nathanael and Bartholomew the same person? Yes; most likely, yes. Nathanael is a first name; Bar-tholomew is a last name.
He hailed from Cana, followed St. Philip to Christ, evangelized India, suffered martyrdom in Armenia, lays entombed on a little island in the Tiber.
Perhaps we could implore him to pray that we, too, might be zealous enough to be skinned for the faith.
…A charming explanation of dynamic- vs. formal-equivalence translation:
…Also, in case you missed it, click HERE to read about worshipping the Blessed Mother as a god.