Born with a Caul(Veil)
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A caul, is generally a piece of the amniotic sac that covers the baby's face during delivery. Babies born as such are said to have special powers. This belief has prevailed over the ages. It has been said that Jesus was born with a caul, however there is no documented evidence of this available to ordinary scholars. Also it was believed that a person in possession of a caul would not drown. Consequently the sale of cauls was profound during the 15-18th centuries. In Charles Dicken's book David Copperfield, the protagonist is said to be born with a caul and is present during the sale of it.
A friend of mine, Sam, was born with a caul. The nun present at his birth asked for this veil, which currently remains in the safe keeping of the church, near the hospital grounds. Bearers of the caul are said to be intuitive and sometimes psychic. Sam has often said, he could see things that others could not. A flicker of a shadow seen by others, was something else to him. Sam said, shadows were generally dark spirits and flashes of light were good spirits. Sometimes the things he saw were so scary he would try to tune them out, and when he forgot he would see them again.
During the Dark Ages people born with a caul were able to fortell the weather and the presence of underground springs.They were greatly valued at this time. However as time past such extraordinary people were feared and people felt they could curse others. it was believed to break such a curse, the instigator must bleed to death, consequently the witch hunts began.
Thankfully times have changed, and people like Sam are only given a cursory notice by people of faith. Nevertheless time has not lessen their powers. I am thankful for people like Sam as they are a reminder that there is more to life than what we perceive