Thursday, June 14, 2007

Relics of John Paul II

I heard from the Office of the Postulation for the Cause of John Paul II today that some people are sending back the holy cards of Pope John Paul II with the relic "ex indumentis," saying, "This is just a holy card. Where is the relic I asked for?"

Some have even sent the Catholic News Service article on the relics along with their complaint, underlining the fact that it clearly says one will receive "a small piece of one of the white cassocks worn by Pope John Paul [II]."

So, in case anyone out there feels that the Office of the Postulation for the Cause of John Paul II has hoodwinked you, let's take a closer look at the holy cards that they send out










To the left, one will see the front of the holy card.


Notice in the lower right hand corner a small circle where something white is visible. To the right, one will see the back of the holy card with a paper seal corresponding to the small circle on the front of the holy card.

Here is a closeup for a better look.



Notice that the small circle on the front of the holy card (see above left) clearly contains a piece of white fabric. Also notice that on the back, the seal (see right) clearly has the papal crest of John Paul II with the words "EX INDUMENTIS S.D. IOANNIS PAULI PP. II" circling the crest. These words mean "From the clothing of the Servant of God, Pope John Paul II." ("S.D." is an abbreviation for "Servant of God" in Latin and "PP." is a Latin abbreviation for "Pope."). This is the "piece of one of the white cassocks worn by Pope John Paul" that everyone has been requesting. I guess some people were expecting a reliquary or a full blown "relic" like they see in Church.


Which brings up another point, the Office of the Postulation has on a number of occasions asked that people keep in mind that these "relics" are simply momentos for private devotion and not fully "relics" that one could use in public devotion (which can only be for those already proclaimed "Blessed" or "Saint" by the Holy See). Prudence and patience are needed, and one must not presume the judgement of the Holy See.

Studying

Thanks to all who have left comments recently. Sorry I've been away. I've been studying for exams. I have one more to go and a paper to write, so I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks to all who have been praying for me.