Short poem of the Novatory (aka Protestant) violent actions against the Catholic Church, Jesus and IHs Saints, before the 1846 Catechism, on RELICS. City had intended to bring to mind all the plundering by christian revolutionaries, to Catholic Churches, with Novatories incited riots upon images and relics. But instead presents this poem below, as more fitting of the nature in satanical unholiness of these puritanical heretics unrighteousness? Even the holy Cross! Oh my!
Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, laments the excesses of Puritan iconoclasm in her poem ‘An antient Cross’, first published in 1656 in Natures Pictures:
An antient Cross liv’d in our Fathers time,
With as much Fame, as did the Worthyes nine;
No harm it did, nor injury to none,
But dwelt in peace, and quietly alone; (. . .)
Yet peaceful Nature, nor yet humble Mind,
Shall not avoid rude Ignorance that’s blind,
That superstitiously beats down all things
Which smell but of Antiquity, or springs
From Noble Deeds, nor love, nor take delight,
In Laws, or Justice, hating Truth and Right;
But Innovations love, for that seems fine,
And what is new, adore they as divine; (. . . )
And so this Cross, poor Cross, all in a rage
They pull’d down quite, the fault was only Age.
((Peter Davidson, ed., Poetry and Revolution: An Anthology of British and Irish Verse 1625-1660 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), pp. 450-1, lines 1-4, 9-16, 19-20)
A DOCTRINAL CATECHISM; WHEREIN DIVERS POINTS OF CATHOLIC FAITH AND PRACTICE ASSAILED BY MODERN HERETICS ARE SUSTAINED BY AN APPEAL TO THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, THE TESTIMONY OF THE ANCIENT FATHERS, AND THE DICTATES OF REASON 1846
Q. In what manner do Catholics honor relics?
A. As precious remains, which bring to their remembrance distinguished sanctity, and as dear pledges, which animate their confidence in the communion and intercession of saints.
Q. Did the first Christians honor relics?
A. Certainly; and it is from them that we have learned to do so.
Q. Repeat St. Augustine’s words—Epist, 103, ad Quint.
A. “I send you the relics of St. Stephen, to which pay due honor.” St. Jerom wrote a whole book against Vigilantius, who was the first to deny honor to holy relies. [St Jerome Doctor of the Church]
Q. Have relics any secret or interior power or virtue?
A. No; but God has often granted great favors through them.
Q. Do Catholics adore or worship relics?
A. No, this would be rank idolatry. [pg. 277] Catholics can, with a safe conscience, say,—”Cursed is he who commits idolatry, who prays to images or relics, or worships them for God.”
Q. Has God himself honored relics, and through them wrought astonishing miracles?
A. Yes; the waters of the Jordan being struck by Eliseus with the mantle of Elias, suspended their course and afforded him a dry passage,—4 Kings ii, 14, (Prot. ver. 2 Kings ii, 14.) And, in the same chapter, verse 8th, the same astonishing prodigy was performed by the same means. Read the wonders performed by means of the rod of Moses, (Exod. vii.) See also 1 Kings, (alias Sam. v,) and also Sam. vi, 19, as to the wonders God was pleased to perform on account of the Ark, which was certainly a mere relic. See also 2 Kings, (alias Sam. vi, 6, 7,) and 4 Kings, (alias 2 Kings xiii, 21,) where the bones of the prophet Eliseus raised a dead man to life.
Q. Are any such examples to be found in the New Testament?
A. Yes; many such—Matth. ix, 20-21. The woman troubled with an issue of blood for twelve years is cured by touching the hem of our Saviour’s garment. In Matth. xiv, 36, as many as touched the hem of his garment were made whole. In Acts xix, the handkerchiefs and aprons which had touched the body of St. [pg. 278] Paul, removed diseases, and expelled devils. In fine, the shadow of St. Peter healed multitudes that were sick and troubled with unclean spirits. (Acts v, 15, 16.)
Q. What inference do you draw from all this?
A. That Protestants show a lamentable ignorance of Scripture, when they rail against holy relics. If God has so honored them, and has wrought such wonderful miracles by them, as honored instruments, under both the Old and New Law, should not all Christians honor them; and may not those men be deemed wicked who despise the venerable instruments, used by the Almighty, to display the wonders of his power?
Daily Indulgence: An indulgence Partial (7 yrs), once each day of the month. A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions if they persevere in their prayers throughout the month; where however, a public exercise is held, this indulgence is available only to those who are legitimately hindered from taking part in it. (S.C. Ind., Jun 4, 1850; S.P. Ap., May 12, 1931). RACCOLTA page 150.
#217. “Those who during this month perform privately certain pious practices in honor of the same Precious Blood, may gain:”
Precious Blood – Holy Shroud of Turin post coming soon.