Friday, July 4, 2008

St. Thomas The Apostle Has Small Hands

It is shockingly small. I mean it is a good inch or two smaller than my wife's hand. You will get the significance here shortly.

While on a pilgrimage we stopped at Dubrovnik. You would fall in love with this Adriatic Sea town of which St. Blaise is the patron. The little port city is surrounded by a large defensive wall to keep out invaders and in the wall are seven statue's of St. Blaise. Pretty smart if you ask me.

Anyway, in the Dubrovnik Churches are relics. You can see more relics in one room than you will see the rest of your life. Father Mark and I were looking at the relics when we saw St. Thomas' hand.

Boy, was it small. Then it dawned on me.

"The size of St. Thomas' makes perfect sense Father."

"What do you mean?"

"If you were going to have someone probe your open wounds wouldn't you want them to have small hands?"
True Story! Seeing all of those relic and beautiful Churches is awe inspiring.

Do you use relics?


Marie said...

I was given a relic of St. Therese when I became part of the Third Order (Secular) Carmelites. We were also given a first class relic of Bl. Mary MacKillop for my very ill mother. Unfortunately this relic was lost on one of my mothers many hospital stays.:(

But, what a blessing to see so many wondrous things and it makes sense about St. Thomas hand.

Thanks for sharing John Michael:)

Peace to you:)


John Michael said...

I can totally relate, Marie. We used to have a first class relic of St. James. However, God had better plans for that gift.

When the new altar was installed at our old parish (St. James Church), we loaned it to Fr. Mark. Ultimately, it became our gift to this very holy and inspiring priest.

I pray that your relic of Bl. Mary MacKillop is bestowing many graces upon its finder.

Peace to you!
John Michael