Relics are physical objects that have a direct association with the saints or with Our Lord. They are usually broken down into three classes. First class relics are the body or fragments of the body of a saint, such as pieces of bone or flesh. Second class relics are something that a saint personally owned, such as a shirt or book (or fragments of those items). Third class relics are those items that a saint touched or that have been touched to a first, second, or another third class relic of a saint.
Scripture teaches that God acts through relics, especially in terms of healing. In fact, when surveying what Scripture has to say about sacred relics, one is left with the idea that healing is what relics “do.”
When the corpse of a man was touched to the bones of the prophet Elisha the man came back to life and rose to his feet (2 Kings 13:20-21).
A woman was healed of her hemorrhage simply by touching the hem of Jesus’ cloak (Matthew 9:20-22).
The signs and wonders worked by the Apostles were so great that people would line the streets with the sick so that when Peter walked by at least his shadow might ‘touch’ them (Acts 5:12-15).
When handkerchiefs or aprons that had been touched to Paul were applied to the sick, the people were healed and evil spirits were driven out of them (Acts 19:11-12).
In each of these instances God has brought about a healing using a material object. The vehicle for the healing was the touching of that object. It is very important to note, however, that the cause of the healing is God; the relics are a means through which He acts. In other words, relics are not magic. They do not contain a power that is their own; a power separate from God. Any good that comes about through a relic is God’s doing. But the fact that God chooses to use the relics of saints to work healing and miracles tells us that He wants to draw our attention to the saints as “models and intercessors” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 828).
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Oportet Illum Regnare! For He must reign!
John 18:37 Respondit Jesus: Tu dicis, quia Rex sum ego. Ego in hoc natus sum, et ad hoc veni in mundum, ut testimonium perhibeam veritati: omnis qui est ex veritate, audit vocem meam. Jesus answered: Thou sayest that I am a King. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world, that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth My voice.
Dear Traditional Latin Mass Faithful and Friends,
In the reform of the Church calendar in 1970 the Feast of Christ the King was moved to the last Sunday of the Church year right before the first Sunday of Advent. Therefore, in the Ordinary Form of the Mass this feast is celebrated on November 24th this year. However, for those who continue to use the Roman Missal of Blessed John XXIII, or the extraordinary form of the liturgy, the feast is celebrated on the last Sunday of October. Actually, this feast has a rather recent history in the life of the Church. Continue reading
Dear Traditional Latin Mass Faithful and friends,
One of the oldest catholic organizations that has promoted the traditional liturgy in Latin and Gregorian Chant going way back to the late 1960’s is called Una Voce, which, of course, means “with one voice.” A great deal of thought was given to the foundational principles and goals of this catholic society, which reflected the contributions of noted catholic intellectuals in the United States, Europe, and around the world. The catholic philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand was one of the guiding lights in those early days. His published writings continue to inspire us; fortunately, there is a revival of interest in his thought. During these last fifty years another profound thinker in matters liturgical has been Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, whose writings on this subject are now published in one large volume in Italian, and in several books translated into English. Continue reading
“Confession, confession, confession! God has poured out his mercy on his creatures. Things don’t go well because we don’t have recourse to him, to be cleansed, to be purified, to be enkindled. People wash frequently, and play a lot of sports. Wonderful! But how about that other exercise of the soul? And those showers that regenerate us, that cleanse us and purify us and enkindle us? Why don’t we go to receive God’s grace? Go to the Sacrament of Penance and to Holy Communion. Go, go! But don’t receive Communion unless you’re sure that your soul is clean.”
At another time he insisted: “my children, bring your friends to confession, your relatives, the people that you love. And they shouldn’t be afraid. If something has to be cut, they will do so. Tell them it’s not enough to go to confession just once, that they have to go many times, with frequency. Just as, when one reaches a certain age, or has an illness, one doesn’t go to the doctor just once, but frequently; and they check your blood pressure and do analyses. Well, the same, the same with the soul. . . .
“God is waiting for many people to take a good bath in the Sacrament of Penance! And he has a great feast ready for them, the wedding feast, the banquet of the Eucharist: the wedding-ring of the covenant, of faithfulness and never-ending friendship. May many people go to confession . . . May there be many who approach the forgiveness of God!”
Excerpt from October Letter Prelate of Opus Dei
Join us in San Francisco (UN Plaza) this Saturday, October 12, 2013, for the Family Rosary Crusade. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will be the keynote speaker. Here is the website for more info: http://www.rosaryrallysf.com/event.htm
We hope to see you there!
Photo: 2012 Rosary Rally (Credit: Family Rosary Crusade website)
Ephesians 6:11 Induite vos armaturam Dei, ut possitis stare adversus insidias diaboli. Put you on the armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil.
Matthew 18:35 Sic et Pater meus coelestis faciet vobis, si non remiseritis unusquisque fratri suo de cordibus vestris. So also shall My heavenly Father do to you, if you forgive not every one his brother from your hearts.
Dear Traditional Latin Mass Faithful and friends,
The Sacred Scriptures today remind each of us that there is a struggle to do good and avoid evil. Though God loves us unconditionally and has sent His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer, die, and rise for us, we can still have hardened hearts. Though we expect God to immediately forgive us, we may reluctantly forgive others, and may even refuse to do so. In addition, in the struggle with Satan we may be very naïve. We think victory a cinch; therefore, not putting up much of a fight, we foolishly decide not to put on the armor necessary to win in the battle with hell. We think all will be accomplished easily and without much effort. That is not the way it is. The stakes are high.