Religion: On the Spiritual Beam

A 17th-Century Italian Franciscan is rapidly becoming the patron saint for Allied airmen. He is St. Joseph of Cupertino, who from his eighth year was subject to ecstatic visions. "Frequently," says the Catholic Encyclopedia, "he would be raised from his feet and remain suspended in the air." Hence his designation as the protector of flyers, who now wear his medal on two continents.

Says the Rev. Bonaventure Fitzgerald of the medal: "In these days of mental fog we need a spiritual beam to guide our blind flying, and certainly St. Joseph is this." Not only Roman Catholics use the medal. Episcopal Bishop...

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