Why do Catholics believe that the universe and all life in it was
created by, and is governed by, an all-powerful Spirit Being called God?
What actual proof is there of God's existence and omnipotence?
Why do Catholics venerate relics of Saints, martyrs, the holy cross of Christ, and of the objects used for Christ's crucifixion?
Christ Himself used things to accomplish good works and His miracles. In the Gospels He used His saliva, dirt, water, his garment and other things to accomplish
His miracles. (Saint John 9:6-7) He healed a woman just by her touching His garment.
"And behold a woman who was troubled with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment.
For she said within herself: If I shall touch only his garment, I shall be healed."(Saint Matthew 9:20-21)
God used Saint Peter's shadow to accomplish good to those that would be overshadowed by it.
"Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that, when Peter came, his shadow at the least might overshadow any of them and they might be delivered from their infirmities."(Acts 5:15)
Finally we see that even the mere handkerchiefs and aprons brought forth from the body of Saint Paul, touching the sick, could heal them.
"And God wrought by the hand of Paul more than common miracles. So that even there were brought from his body to the sick, handkerchiefs and aprons: and the diseases departed from them: and the wicked spirits went out of them."(Acts 19:11-12)
All this supports the holy use of relics. Those things that are actually a part or a piece of, or touched by a Saint or martyr or a piece of the cross of Christ,
or a piece of the objects used to crucify Christ can bring about actual grace to those that touch them or venerate them. As Catholics we believe in the resurrection of the body on the last day.
"Of the doctrine of ... the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit."(Hebrews 6:2-3)
On the last day all the particles of the body will come together and resurrect. Since the Saints are
an integral part of the mystical body of Christ, touching or venerating a relic is the same as touching the
mystical body of Christ or touching a piece of heaven. Relics are placed in the altar where Holy Mass
is offered as a special way when consecrating the altar to God.
Note: A human body should never be cremated as in the current conciliar church, a
body that has been cremated as if scattered into many particles into the ocean.
Where on the earth can the True Church be found?, scattered all throughout the
world. The whole earth is mission territory.
First, we need to understand that things can either be used for good or for evil. The devil wants to
mock God and misuse good things for evil purposes. The devil uses black for the color of witches, satanists
and anything of the like, but only because he wants to associate evil with good. The colors of a cardinal
are black, red and white. The most common Nazi colors are black, red, and white. Because the devil mocks God and
wants to misuse holy things, he uses the colors of black, red and white for evil when in fact these colors are holy.
The priest wears black for penance because black means
"Penance, Mourning, Protection against evil, Humility, Purity of Life, and Protection from 'worms' (Disease)".
"A woman shall not be clothed with
man's apparel, neither shall a man use woman's
apparel: for he that doth these things, it is abominable
before God." (Deuteronomy 22:5)
Pants are for men only, NOT for women. However there are some special
cases where woman can wear men's attire, such as in the rare exceptional case
of Saint Joan of Arc, but they are very rare.
"Nor the EFFEMINATE nor liers with
mankind nor thieves nor covetous nor drunkards nor
railers nor extortioners shall possess the kingdom of
God." (I Corinthians 6:10)
EFFEMINATE are those men who act and dress like women.
The same applies to women. Women should not dress or
act like men and men should not dress or act like
women. Men should be men and women should be women.
In fact Saint Padre Pio would refuse to hear the confession of
women who were not wearing a dress or skirt, or women who were
wearing pants, and in fact Saint Padre Pio knew
and could see the insincerity of the soul, and knew
beforehand even if a women who normally wore pants,
borrowed a skirt or dress that she did not herself
own or normally wore. Such a "woman" if she could be
called a woman, then proceeded to the Holy
Sacrament of Penance, and even then Saint Padre
Pio would refuse to hear her confession.
The priest puts on black attire or the attire of their religious order with the intent of serving God
and never ridiculing this holy image and office, bearing witness to Christ.
In the United States the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore (1884) determined that clerics were to wear the Roman collar and cassock at home and in the church.
The 27th Canon of the 6th Ecumenical Council, Constantinople III,
states: "None who is counted with the clergy should
dress inappropriately, when in the city, nor when
traveling. Each should use the attire which was
appointed for clergy members. If someone breaks this
rule, may he be deprived of serving for one week."
Nihil Obstat:Rev. Edmund J. BradleyCensor
Imprimatur:+ Timothy ManningAuxiliary Bishop of Los
AngelesVicar General April 13, 1961