Tuesday, March 18, 2008

On Blessed Salt

Once a few years ago I heard Father John Corapi mention blessed salt in one of his talks; among other things he talked about how it could be used to great effect in cooking. Then I learned about the old rite of Baptism and how salt was placed on the tongue of the baptized. I never really knew much about blessed salt though until I read the article posted at La Salette Journey, Why Blessed Salt?

There is a renewed interest today in the ancient sacramental of blessed salt, especially by charismatics, in healing and deliverance situations. To understand its proper use and its efficacy, it is helpful to review the Scriptural symbolism and its history, since Vatican II urges us to participate "intelligently and actively" in the use of sacramentals, just as in the use of Sacraments.

Paul (at LSJ) also reminds us that if we can't easily find blessed salt, Cukierski Family Sacramentals* sends a package of blessed salt with all their orders. You can also order a larger quantity in a Chi Ro case as well. Either way, whether you bring salt to your priest for his blessing or get it through the Cukierskis it does seem that now is a time when we need such sacramentals. Wisdom and purity seem to be in short supply these days - they need all the kick start they can get.

*No, I'm not affiliated with the Cukierski family or their website in any way. Just wanted to make sure that's clear.