On April 18th, 1995, my Dad went to Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia to have surgery to remove a blockage from his heart. During the operation, a small flake of calcium broke away and caused him to have a stroke. He ended up in a coma and it did not look good for him to survive.
A friend of my family mentioned that he knew a man who lived near-by that had a Glove and some blood droplets from St. Padre Pio. He asked if we wanted him to see if he was willing to visit my father with the Glove. On April 22nd, we took the glove to my dad’s hospital room. Miracles never happen immediately and during the next few days, there were many prayer vigils because things did not look good. On April 26th, my dad opened his eyes and asked for my Mom. When she arrived, he looked her in the eyes and said “I love you”.
I bring this up because through the intercessions of the Saints, miracles do happen. In our praying to St. Padre Pio and placing his glove on my dad, we were not trying to do a magic trick. Our Catholic Church does not claim that relics have “magical powers.” We were asking Padre Pio to talk to God for us, to heal him if it was God’s will to do so.
The Glove and droplets of blood are called relics. We all know what a relic is, but I felt I needed a better understanding in order to explain it to others. An article in Simply Catholic states: When venerating relics we express gratitude to God for those members of our spiritual family. In the presence of the relics we recall their holy lives and we pray for the grace to achieve what they've achieved — eternity with God in Heaven. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in a Q&A section addresses veneration of Mary and the Saints this way: “The honor we give to God alone is properly called adoration, the highest honor we can give. The honor we give to Mary and the saints is called veneration. Proper veneration of the saints does not interfere with the worship due to God, but rather fosters it”.
We here at Visitation have the opportunity to stand in the presence of many of these Saints that have gone before us. On Friday, February 18th we will be hosting Treasures of the Church. The evening will begin with a presentation and teaching in the upper church by Fr Carlos Martins, CC. After the presentation all will have the opportunity to view and venerate the approximately 150 relics from Rome. It is a wonderful time to “Walk with the Saints” as Fr Martins states. You can visit
Fr. Martins website for an overview and more information on the Saints at: www.treasuresofthechurch.com. Hopefully I will see you there!