Sunday, September 14, 2014

The true cross: "If all the pieces that could be found were collected together..."

Fr. Christopher Phillips writes:

The authenticity of relics of the true cross
It is usual at this time of the year, when relics of the True Cross are venerated, that you will hear scoffing about the authenticity of such relics, often echoing the statement by the Protestant John Calvin that "if all the pieces that could be found were collected together, they would make a big ship-load."

In 1870 an actual study was carried out, making a catalogue of all known relics of the True Cross. It demonstrated that if the fragments of the Cross were brought together again, all of them together would not reach one-third the size of a cross sufficient to have been used to crucify our Lord.

Are there false relics around? Without a doubt. However, an authentic relic will have with it a certification, properly sealed, attesting to its authenticity.
"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me."

Mass: Nos autem gloriari oportet in cruce Domini nostri Jesu Christi.

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