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St. Cecilia (pictured at right) was martyred in the 2nd Century A.D. and spent her final moments singing — the reason she’s the patron saint of music. We have to take a moment and say that her namesake Cecilia Gimenez (about whom we’ve written several satiric posts) has given Silver Birch Press a reason to sing — and is a saint in our book.


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Cecilia Gimenez is to the Silver Birch Press blog what Hugh Grant was to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Who would have thunk? A big shout out to Cecilia Gimenez in Borja, Spain. Gracias, Senora!


Before her art restoration at the Sanctuary of Mercy Church was rudely interrupted by local officials in Borja, Spain, Cecilia Gimenez, 81, intended to repair the neglected 19th century fresco to work off some her Purgatory time. Let’s face it, at Cecilia’s advanced age, she thinks about such things — thinks about them a lot!

Now, Cecilia has found a new way to apply her artistic talents — and do good works that will shave away some time in the fiery furnace. (Note for Non-Catholics: Purgatory is like hell — only temporary.) She has volunteered at a Spanish tattoo parlor (see below), where she has agreed to tattoo images of winged beings onto the assorted and sundry body parts of the unholy unwashed.


Cecilia thought this penance would be akin to the Lord washing the apostles’ feet, but so far it hasn’t worked out that way. To date, she has not felt a sublime union with the divine — but has only experienced an endless barrage of ridiculous requests for unnameable creatures and obscene sayings.

When she offered to draw winged creatures on the tattoo parlor patrons, she thought she would be inking in angels, cherubs, and even an archangel or two. Instead, she’s faced with persnickety customers who expect her to recreate intricate drawings of Pegasus and every last flying demon from the Inferno.

Cecilia has decided to keep the gig until she figures out another way to do penance through good works.