Fox 2 covered the relics exposition this past weekend at St. Francis de Sales Oratory. My wife and I were able to make the Saturday event, so I can’t speak to Friday’s attendance. If it were close to Saturday’s turnout, it would have been huge. The talk of Fr. Martens– very informative– was given to a full house in the Church hall prior to the display of relics in the Church.
It was a great blessing to those in attendance. There were so many important relics that it was nearly overwhelming. Imagine if you will stopping yourself, because you just sort of breezed past a relic of St. Luke the Evangelist, because, hey there were others just as great. Each encounter with these relics– nearly all of them first-class relics– was a special means of intercessory prayer to these friends of God. As Catholics, we believe in the communion of saints, and this was a very tangible reminder.
Others may have their own experiences to report, but I will pass along something my two oldest children told me afterwards. My daughter and my son did not arrive together, and did not go through the exhibition together. Yet at home, each of them told my wife and me that when they touched the relic of St. Alphonsus Liguori, they clearly smelled incense. I was not fortunate enough to smell incense or roses, but I was glad to venerate relics of my patrons and those of Our Lord, Our Lady, St. Joseph and the Apostles.
All you Saints of God, pray for us!