Mauricio I. Perez is a Biblical scholar. He recently encouraged us all to emulate Veronica who, according to Church tradition, offered her veil so Jesus could wipe His forehead while carrying the Cross. Perez correctly characterizes her as brave because she could have suffered at the hands of those tormenting Jesus. Perez contrasts her strong faith and righteous instinct with that of Simon of Cyrene who was famously enlisted to help Jesus carry the Cross when He faltered. Some have suggested that Simon was chosen because he showed some sympathy for Jesus but Perez takes the position that Simon was reluctant and acted merely because he was compelled to by the Roman guards. Perez exhorts us to be like Veronica and not like Simon. I unsuccessfully tried to contact Perez through his website to tell him I enjoyed his writings but that I thought he did not have to denigrate Simon to make his valid point about Veronica. After all, little hard evidence exists to make so many assumptions. Even Peter denied Jesus three times before the cock crowed and Jesus made him Pope. I could not avoid the filters on the Perez website which apparently screens out nuts and bots. Most Biblical scholars follow my Blog, so I presume Perez will get my feedback when he reads this posting. I admit to identifying with the worst version of Simon. So I am petitioning Heaven for admission under the rare Simon Cyrene Exception. I will also be appealing my first death, citing Lazurus v. Unbelievers.