Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Exposition of Holy Relics @ H.S.

Today I did my first exposition of holy relics for school!

It was at St. Patrick’s Secondary School, Vancouver, @ the school chapel.

Students of the religion classes came to the chapel and I gave them a talk on veneration of relics.

Here is the summary of my talk:

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The key of veneration of relics is “connection”. Holy relics connect us to the past, to the present, and to the future.

The past: relics remind us of the lives of the saints and of the history of the Church. They remind us that the saints were humans like us.

The present: relics help us to remember the souls of the saints who are now in heaven. They help us to be in touch with the "holy”. They help us to be connected to the holy places all over the world, and to the religious communities which the saints were members of.

The future: we honor the bodies of the saints because we believe in “the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting”. We look forward to the day when we will be with the saints forever.

The bodies of the saints were made holy by the Holy Eucharist. Our bodies too are being made holy by the Holy Eucharist. Our bodies can become holy too, and we can become saints.

Relics are not magic. They are sacramentals. The stronger our faith and devotion, the more grace we can receive through devotion of holy relics.

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Some students and teachers came during recess and lunch break. I am glad that the students asked me lots of questions regarding relics. I was @ school all day! There will be another exposition next week (May 12)---same time, same place!

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Happy to include holy relics of martyrs (10 of them) and mystic (Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta) of China

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