Friday, October 13, 2006
The heart of the Cure' of Ars
Did you see the news stories about the relic of the heart of St. John Vianney? It has been brought to New York and is in St. Mary's Church in Waltham, Ma, today, and will be in the Boston cathedral tomorow.
I have to admit I have mixed feelings about this, because the idea of taking hearts or other bodily organs for relics can be taken to extremes sometimes. But it does have to do with the incarnational reality that is at the heart of Catholicism. Some of the sisters are going tonight to see it in Waltham and if I'm able I would like to go too.
The priest at Mass this morning said that the bishop of the diocese where Ars is located is accompanying the relic. The vocation office here is sponsoring this as an invitation to pray for vocations to the priesthood and for the holiness of priests. Father said that when the bishop was first asked to allow the relic to be brought here, his first reply was "no." But then he said, "For Boston....yes!" as if to say that the only way out of the terrible scandal is for priests to be holy.
How do you feel about these kinds of relics?