Go Up Thou Bald Head
December 14, 2007 by 12 Comments
I was greatly encouraged today to see that St John of the Cross was bald headed, and a very polite female colleague told me today that, “God only created a limited number of perfect craniums, and that’s why certain men are bald…”
The prophet Elisha is the most famous saintly baldy. When he was mocked for his perfect cranium by some disrespectful youths, in true grumpy curmudgeonly prophetic style he called on a bear to come out of the woods and maul them. (2 Kings 2:23-24)
I know St Francis de Sales was bald headed. St Jerome is usually pictured with a bald pate, and legend has it that St Paul himself was a member of the beautiful cranium club.
Can readers supply us with further examples of saints who were bald headed? (Nuns who shaved their heads don’t count.)