Relics: What They Are and Why They Matter

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Scripture speaks of miracles wrought through relics: a dead man was raised when Elisha’s bones touched him, and the clothing of Jesus and His apostles healed the sick. In the early Church, Masses were celebrated over the bones of the martyrs, and phials of their blood have effected countless miracles. Direct successors of the Apostles themselves speak of venerating relics; Church Fathers encourage it; throughout the ages of Catholic legacy, relics of the saints are always present.
The Church takes diligent care in preserving and documenting the authenticity of her relics. Best-selling author Joan Carroll Cruz takes full advantage of these resources. With painstaking research, she exposes the details behind hundreds of the Church’s most famous and beloved relics. She covers 38 second-class relics of our Lord and Our Lady, such as the Holy Grail and Our Lady’s Veil, and relics of all sorts from 75 favorite saints, such as St. Mary Magdalene, St. Agnes, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Maria Goretti, and many more!
Relics is a unique collection of years of dedicated research about the lives of the saints and the mementos they left behind to remind us of their presence and intercession for us. 
Joan Carroll Cruz
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  • 5

    Posted by Angela L. on May 24th 2023

    The five years the author took to research this book was worth it. It's not an apologetics book, but rather a concise list of all the different relics (many of them) along with their stories. We have all heard of the term relics and perhaps we know about some already, but let;s expand that knowledge. This book assists with that. It will give you information and a list of relics along with new destinations to visit making the reader more aware of the stories behind what they will see while on pilgrimage. If anything piques your interest, you can research it further and keep it in mind to see it in person whenever you choose to go.

  • 4
    Another great work by Mrs.

    Posted by Tonya H. on Oct 12th 2022

    Another great work by Mrs. Cruz!

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