Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A gift of Church history and spirituality

This week, Catholic Memorial High School was gifted custody of fourteen relics.  These relics come from the estate of the late Fr. Cletus Kaiser (1929-1998).  We are honored to become caretakers of these focal points of our Church’s history and spirituality.

1.      A Relic of the True Cross
2.      St. Peregine Laziosi, patron of cancer sufferers
3.      St. Dominic de Guzman, founder
4.      St. Martin de Porres
5.      St. Henry
6.      St. Cletus
7.      St. Clement
8.      St. Francis Assisi
9.      St. John Vianney
10.  St. Maria Goretti
11.  St. John Neumann
12.  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
13.  St. Marcellinus
14.  St. Gerard Majella

This summer, it is hoped that a suitable display case for these, and the relics already held by CMH, can be built in the back of the Our Lady of Rosary Chapel.

The word “relic” comes from the Latin word meaning “I leave,” or “I abandon.” A relic is a piece of the body of a saint, an item owned or used by the saint, or an object which has been touched to the tomb of a saint.

It may seem strange that Christianity, which holds to the belief in the resurrected body, should attach veneration to relics of the faithful departed. But as Dom Bernardo Cignitti, O.S.B., once wrote, “In a religion as spiritually centered as Christianity, the remains of certain dead are surrounded with special care and veneration. This is because the mortal remains of the deceased are associated in some manner with the holiness of their souls which await reunion with their bodies in the resurrection.”

For more information about the Catholic tradition of relics, consider this simple article -  http://catholiceducation.org/articles/religion/re0331.html

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