Saints’ relics ‘remind us of a world beyond our own’

CNY photo by Mary DiBiase Blaich

Father Eugene J. Carella tells Claudia McDonnell of Catholic New York that he became fascinated with saints as a small boy in Brooklyn, accompanying his great-grandmother to see shrines at their parish church. Today the Staten Island priest has a huge collection of statues and relics.

Relics “remind us of a world beyond our own” and “connect us to the communion of saints,” said the pastor of St. Adalbert’s Parish in the New York Archdiocese.

Relics  also are a reminder that saints “were people like us, struggling to live a good life,a Christ-like life, and in the end they won the battle,” he added.

3 Responses

  1. I agree with this. I attended two weeks ago a presentation on 150 holy relics at Holy Spirit Church in Atlanta, GA. Fr. Martin shattered my ignorance about the Biblical and logical basis of these “Treasures of the Church.” The miracle of forgiveness on the part of say, St. Maria Gorretti, lives on. The incarnational theology is so missed by skeptics. The living glow of God via things that exhibit holiness is a pathway to, not a replacement of, God. See: http://www.treasuresofthechurch.com for more info.

  2. Interesting…I thought Canon Law prohibits such practices as collecting relics by Catholics. The Code of Canon Law states:[19]

    §1190 §1 – “It is absolutely forbidden to sell sacred relics.”
    §1190 §2 – “Relics of great significance and other relics honored with great reverence by the people cannot be alienated validly in any manner or transferred permanently without the permission of the Apostolic See.”

    So how is a Priest able to amass “a huge collection of statutes and relics” because he is a Priest and is able to obtain permission of the Apostolic See, one or two maybe but for a huge collection?

  3. One does not need to purchase these treasures anymore, they are litterally thrown away! At an auction yard in NY the “trash” heap is full of holy discards.

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