Lent Madness: Helena vs. Constance

March 3, 2016 Comments Off on Lent Madness: Helena vs. Constance


We made it to the Saintly Sixteen!  Lent Madness explains what the deal is now:


Round One consisted of basic biographical information about the saints. Since there’s no need to rehash previously covered ground, the Round of the Saintly Sixteen is made up of what we call Quirks & Quotes. Prepare for some little known facts or legends accompanied by quotes either by or about the saint in question. As you make your decision, you can always review the previous rounds by again clicking on the Bracket tab and scrolling down. Simply click the link to the previous battle and voila! All the earlier information is at your fingertips.

Yesterday’s results:

Yesterday saw the conclusion of the first round as Barnabas defeated Elmo 72% to 28%. Apparently Barnabas did not include Elmo as he sang the irritating song about being “a happy family.” Who knew?

On the St. Luke’s Blog, Elmo had more of a fighting chance but Barney won with 60%.

Today’s match up: Helena vs. Constance.

Remember: vote at Lent Madness here AND ALSO below the saint bios here so we see how the readers of the St. Luke in the Fields blog compare! Results of this match up will be reported the next day.


Helena, mother of Constantine, church-builder and relic-hunter extraordinaire, had an early life shrouded in mystery. St. Ambrose says she was a stable-maid; others just hypothesize she was poor. And it is also not clear where she met Constantine’s father.

One story posits that the Roman emperor was on a military campaign through Asia Minor, when he chanced upon Helena who was wearing matching silver bracelets to his own. Constantius took this as a sign from God that they were meant to be. Aw.… Read more here.


The Hawaiians have a saying that “Eddie Would Go.” You see, during the course of his life, Eddie saved over 500 people as a lifeguard. “Eddie Would Go” is plastered on cars throughout the Hawaiian Islands and is a universal response to questions of what someone should do in a situation. Long before Eddie was born, the people of Memphis could have coined the term “Constance Would Go.” Imagine the horse and buggy crowd of the 1800s with bumper stickers declaring, “Constance Would Go.” Eddie and Constance are heroic witnesses to the lives of those around them and those in need. Constance Would Go.....Read more here.

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