TODAY WE CONSIDER NOT THE LIVES OF THE SAINTS AND MARTYRS, BUT THEIR RELICS
Written by Jennifer Snow on 11/08/2017
Winchester, VA – Today is the Feast of the Holy Relics. On this day we venerate and give thanks to God for the gift of these sacramentals which bring us comfort and motivation. The power of a relic comes not from the actual flesh and blood or DNA material it contains, but from the spirit which enlivened the saintly soul who was at one time attached to it. The Council of Trent put it best, saying, “”Veneration ought to be shown by the faithful to the bodies of the Martyrs and other Saints, who live with Jesus Christ. For they were His living members and the temples of the Holy Ghost; He will raise them up again to eternal life and glory; and through them God grants many blessings to mankind.“ St. Augustine said, “”Let your charity understand, it is not to St. Stephen we raise an altar in this place; but of St. Stephen’s relics we make an altar to God. God loves these altars; and if you ask the reason: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints (Ps. 115: 15). In obedience to God the invisible soul has quitted its visible dwelling. But God preserves this dwelling; He is glorified by the honor we pay to this lifeless flesh; and, clothing it with the might of His Divinity, He gives it the power of working miracles.”
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