09 February 2018

Test

Test

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Okay. I give.
What is it?

thetimman said...

It's a badge of a scallop shell that I'm putting on my pack to walk the Camino. The test is a new app I'm trying to see if I can use the horrible blogger interface to blog on the go.

PMKD said...

Is there a significance / tradition to the shell?

JBQ said...

The "shell" on the coat of arms of Benedict XVI was a symbol of the pilgrim on his way of which we are all. It also showed a bear with a backpack which symbolized the burden of the Petrine office. The story was that a bear attacked the beast of burden for St. James. He then forced the bear to take his place.

Tim Capps said...

Bear thinks it is heraldically associated with the story of St. Augustine at the beach who saw the child (angel) trying to fill a hole with the sea. In the same way, trying to understand divine mysteries intellectually is just as futile. It probably has independent significance in connection with the pilgrimage (due to the seacoast?)

The shell is on the coat of arms of Pope Benedict, along with St. Corbinian's Bear himself, which is on the Freising city coat of arms.(Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was Archbishop of Munich-Freising, which now belongs to Cardinal Marx.) Pope Benedict's coat of arms also has the Moor's Head device. It looks to the Bear like a severed head, but despite its association with crusades, Bear is informed this is incorrect.