Rules about “holy water.” Who knew?!?!

Today, I was listening to the April 8, 2016 podcast of the “Calling All Catholics” talkHW radio show on the Station of the Cross, 101.7 FM, out of Buffalo, New York. This particular broadcast featured Catholic priest, Dave Baker, and moderator, Rick Paolini, taking questions from listeners.

During the show, Rick related how he and his wife often volunteered at the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. According to Rick, visitors often bring empty receptacles and fill them with blessed “holy water” provided by the shrine from large dispensers kept outside. One winter day, a gentleman showed up with “14 or 15” plastic containers to fill up for his friends, but it was so cold outside that most of the holy water in the shrine’s dispensers had frozen. The gentleman improvised by filling each of his containers with just a little unfrozen holy water, saying he would return home and fill them to the brim with tap water before distributing them to his friends. Rick was troubled by this and asked priest Dave if it was copacetic to dilute holy water as the gentleman had done. Priest Dave answered that it was okay to dilute holy water, but the ratio of holy water to tap water had to be greater than 50 percent otherwise the holy water would lose its “holiness.”

Huh? Are you serious?

Catholics believe water blessed by a priest can bring great spiritual and temporal benefits to people and objects that come in contact with it. Catholics dip their fingers in holy water fonts at church and make the sign of the cross on their shoulders and forehead. Zealously pious Catholics often have holy water fonts in their homes. At Catholic religious services and events you can often see the officiating cleric blessing the crowd by sprinkling holy water on them.

Holy water has its roots in pagan amulets and talismans. There’s nothing in the Bible that hints at anything like holy water (see the comments section for clarification on Numbers 5). The Bible reader can’t imagine the apostles or disciples of the early church using pagan holy water. Priest Dave says holy water can’t be diluted by more than 49 percent tap water. Really? Where do Catholics come up with these exacting ecclesiastical rubrics? The poor, deluded gentleman and his fifteen friends were unknowingly blessing themselves with holy water that had no holiness. Not that the results were ANY different either way.

Friends, none of this scrupulous and superstitious ritualism saves. Salvation is as simple as the story of the thief on the cross. Repent of your sin. Turn to Jesus Christ. Accept Him as your Savior by faith alone. Then ask the Lord to lead you to an evangelical church in your area that teaches His Word without compromise. You’ll never need another drop of holy water ever again. Jesus is all you need!

“I have spread out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in the way which is not good, following their own thoughts, a people who continually provoke Me to My face, offering sacrifices in gardens and burning incense on bricks.” – Isaiah 65:2-3

Nope, we’re not done with holy water rules quite yet. How do Catholics correctly dispose of holy water? Since holy water is a blessed sacramental, you can’t just flush it down the toilet like a bad clam. Excess holy water or holy water that’s become foul must be poured directly onto the ground or on plants growing outside.

16 thoughts on “Rules about “holy water.” Who knew?!?!

  1. Hello that was a great post but I would like to correct you in something you said that’s incorrect. I’m doing this so if a catholic reads it you he/she won’t get you off guard. I’m going to quote you: “Holy water has its roots in pagan amulets and talismans. There’s nothing in the Bible that hints at anything like holy water.”

    In the Book of Numbers chapter 5 verse 17 says “Then the priest is to take holy water in a clay bowl, and take some of the dust from the tabernacle floor and put it in the water.”

    You should update what you wrote and say “in the new testament there’s no mention of holy water”. That way they won’t be able to hit you on a blind spot. I’m with you and I agree with everything you have said i’m just trying to help you 🙂

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    1. Thanks S for your excellent(!) comment. The “holy water” in Numbers 5 is referred to nowhere else in the Bible. Commentators suggest the water used to make the bitter potion that was to be given to the suspected adulteress was either drawn from the Tabernacle laver (and thus consecrated/holy for ceremonial use) or that it was to be “pure” (i.e. holy) running water as the Septuagint translates it. I’m partial to the latter interpretation. Either way, there are no similarities between the water used to make the potion with the holy water of Roman Catholicism. I’ve added a note to my post directing the reader to the comments section for this issue with Numbers 5. Thanks again!

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      1. Okay, as long as you are aware that it is mention and your explanation will do well if a catholic would bring that up. I see that you are prepared ….excellent. All I can say is continue with your great posts I know the Lord will use it to bring someone to Christ.

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      2. Thanks so much and all praise to Jesus Christ for His salvation. BTW…I finally did amend the original post, directing readers to the comments section for this Numbers 5 issue. Thanks again! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Jim. Yes, Catholicism has many such “quirky” and complex beliefs and practices. In my opinion, this holy water dogma is enough all by itself to stop an ecumenically-minded evangelical dead in their tracks but Catholicism has hundreds of other similarly anti-Biblical practices.

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      1. LOL. Exactly right, Jim. ECT evangelicals embrace Catholics as “brothers in Christ” but they personally would not participate in 95% of Catholic practices. Notable ECT signer, J. I. Packer, said he wouldn’t be caught dead at a Catholic mass and yet he signed ECT!

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