Relics you will discover in your readings
According to Mary of Agreda's books, Mary made for baby Jesus a seamless tunic when He was 1-year-old. This same tunic grew with him until he was stripped of it during His crucifixion. These books were written in 1650. However, it was Saint Faustina, in 1938, who drew Jesus' image in full-body at His request,
Take a look at His tunic and you will notice that what He is wearing matches the true relic below. This same seamless tunic is found in the Cathedral of Trier, Germany nowadays. Therefore, the 1650 writings match the 1938 painting and the 2018 relic.
At Loreto, Italy, Mary's Annunciation home (previously in Nazareth) showed up one day without any foundation; just four brick walls and a roof, with no foundation (Basilica Della Santa Casa). A miracle as well,
Book: The House of the Virgin Mary by Godfrey E Phillips
Rome's churches have many relics, Jesus' manger is in the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. You will feel a peaceful energy as soon as you go down the stairs,
Parts of Jesus' Holy Cross, one nail, two thorns, Thomas the apostle's finger, and the title of the Cross, are all in just one place, at The Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, in Rome. In 1890, Saint Therese of Lisieux touched this same nail on her Rome pilgrimage. We skipped the 3-hour lineup at the Vatican and went straight to these precious relics, only to find ourselves in front of them, alone. Jesus' physical legacy to the world is metal and tree pieces. A true masterpiece of devotion and love,
Book: Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux by Therese, de Lisieux, Saint
Parts of the Last Supper table are at the Archbasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, in Rome,
All close together at walking distance in Rome:
However, if you are in Italy, there are a few resting places of famous saints; to name a few:
- Assisi, Saint Francis of Assisi (1-hour train from Rome); Loreto, House of Mary (1-hour drive from Assisi).
- Saint Anthony of Padua, Padua (25 minutes away from Venice).
- Catherine of Siena, Siena (1.5 hours from Assisi, take the train to Perugia, then the 1-hour bus to Siena).
- Saint Gemma at Lucca, a ½ hour from Pisa.
- Padre Pio at the Church of Our Lady of Grace, San Giovanni, Rotondo (3 hours South East from Rome).
Spain has lots of Catholic churches in Salamanca, but it is in Zaragoza, Spain, where Mary's pillar statue created by angels sits, creating the first church in honor of Mary; wishes are conceded here, as explained by Mary of Agreda. This statue will last to the end of times,
In Spain, we also have Santiago de Compostela (the location of the remains of the Apostle Saint James the Great). In France, Lourdes, in Portugal, Fatima, in Ireland, Knock, all holy places as well, ready to visit. I will describe Israel in more detail below.
Why is the Apostle St. James the Great so honored by pilgrimages to his relics? Jesus said to St. Gertrude in 1290:
I took him away from the world so soon...that he was unable to convert many persons, which he most ardently desired to do... and what he was unable to do during his life I permit him to accomplish after his death, by bringing an immense number of pilgrims to his shrine, absolving them from their sins, and strenghtening them in the Catholic faith.
In Guadalupe, Mexico, we have the Virgin Mary's painted tilma from 1531, given by Mary to Juan Diego. Its physical properties are a mystery. NASA scientists are dumbfounded: the paint material does not belong to any known element on Earth, colors actually float above the surface, and a baby's heart beats around her waist, all unexplained. Nine million Native Americans were baptized because of this tilma (in the 1530s), incorporating their traditions, inclusiveness; while in Europe, the same amount was separating to protestantism (a soul won for a soul lost).
Book: Glories of Mary Liguori, Saint Alphonsus