Both dimensions are put into tension through the discrepancy between Hellenism and ascetism
, joy and sorrow: "this grace of Hellenism relieved against the sorrow of the Middle Age" (226).
The one in St David's in Pembrokeshire was renowned for its ascetism
Whether the word raggimu would "immediately" remind anyone who was not looking for him of John the Baptist is questionable, but even if the connection is granted between the Neo-Assyrian term and the style of delivery of John and even Elijah, the ascetism
of the Baptist and the Hebrew prophet cannot as a consequence be retrojected back onto the Neo-Assyrian raggimu.
Catholic theology of the family, therefore, has nothing to do with ancient taboos, or medieval superstition, or any form of ascetism