Crisis makes people return to their faith,” says Father Carlos Martins. “To hold a relic of a beloved saint makes the faith real for people, because the touch of a saint is always a touch of tenderness.”
Father Martins’ ministry is to carry that “touch of tenderness” to parishes across North America through his “Treasures of the Church” exposition. Incorporating both a multimedia presentation and exposition of actual relics, the exhibit gives the scriptural, catechetical and devotional basis for the Church’s use of relics and offers attendees the opportunity to venerate the relics of more than 150 saints.
At a time when religious liberty is being threatened and the truths of the faith attacked, the saints are a tangible source of solace to the faithful.
“The saints are God’s agents whom he sends to carry his love and mercy,” explains Father Martins. “As members of his mystical body, they are an extension of him. They are his hands and feet that go out to touch his children and make them aware of his presence.”
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