- Many of these were first class relics - fragments of the body of a saint like pieces of bone, flesh, hair and so on.
- A few were second class relics - things personally owned by a saint.
- Third Class Relics are those items touched by a saint. And every article of devotion that has been touched to a first class or second class relic of a saint becomes a third class relic. Wow!
We were armed with rosaries and prayer cards and we touched it to many first class relics. Now, my home is filled with third class relics of so many saints. Thank you Lord for this blessing!
As I walked into the room and held the relics of some of my favorite Saints, I experienced such great peace & joy.
I felt I was living the era of Christ & the early Church when I touched the relics of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. Anne, St. John the Baptist, St. Martha, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Peter, St. Paul, St. John, St. Jude, St. Matthew, St. Thomas, all the other apostles, St. Mark, St. Luke and so on.
I held the first class relics of St. Anthony, St. Anne, St. Gerard, St. Rita of Cascia and prayed for all my family, friends & Blogger Ladies waiting to be blessed with a child. I prayed for all who were pursuing adoption & asked intercession for all Pregnant Ladies.
I prayed to St. Catherine of Sienna for all who had experienced Pregnancy Losses. I experienced great peace when I held her relic to my body. I prayed to St. Peregrine for all battling with Cancer.
Last week, I had just read the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska - "Divine Mercy in my Soul". I truly rejoiced when I saw the relic of St. Faustina. I begged St. Faustina to intercede to the Lord to have mercy on our poor souls.
I could find the relic of every Saint I had heard of - St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Teresa of Avila, Blessed Mother Theresa, St. Bernadette, St. Padre Pio, St. Dominic Savio, St. Augustine, St. Monica, St. Maria Goretti, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Maxmilian Kolbe, St. Francis Xavier, St. Josephine Bakita, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Clare of Assisi, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Teresa of the Andes, St. Alphonsis Liguiori, St. Catherine Laboure, St. Gertrude, St. Ignatius Loyola, St. John of the Cross, St. John Neumann, St. Louis de Montfort, St. Martin de Porres, St. Edith Stein, St. Thomas More, St. Thomas Beckett, St. Nicolas (Santa Claus), St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Pope Pius X, Pope Pius V and so many more.
Thank you Jesus for all the graces you have given us!!!
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