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La Leçon de catéchisme (Catechism Lesson), 1890, by Jules-Alexis Muenier (1863-1942), oil on canvas, Musée des beaux-arts et d’archéologie de Besançon

Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, but do so with gentleness and reverence.”

cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16

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Holy Objects

QUESTION OR COMMON OBJECTION:

Why do you wear medals of saints and the scapular?  That’s superstitious.

CATHOLIC ANSWER:

God can work through physical objects.

So extraordinary were the mighty deeds God accomplished at the hands of Paul that when face cloths or aprons that touched his skin were applied to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them.”

Acts 19:11-12

Grace that is received from holy or blessed objects is not due to the objects themselves, but because of God’s grace working through the object.

Other References:  Acts 5:15-162 Kings 13:21Mk 5:25-29

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from the author

Catholics around the globe have a special devotion to holy objects.  Often these objects like the brown scapular, the Miraculous Medal, holy water, or a crucifix are reminders that we would do well to spend our time thinking of holy things.  Much like a cross necklace we might see around the neck of, say, a Protestant friend, we Catholics too have many types of medals, jewelry, pictures and other items we use to express our faith.

Many a well-intentioned non-Catholic Christian has erred in his objection to the Catholic Church’s understanding of these holy objects.  The objection may delve into something like superstition.  Don’t make the same mistake.  Arguably, one Protestant Christian who might object to a Catholic’s holy object would surely not object to a Jesus cross necklace worn by his fellow Christian.  Just as we see in the Book of Acts how God’s grace worked through St. Paul (Acts 19:11-12), there is biblical basis for this Catholic practice.  Therefore, be careful when interpreting scripture and whose guidance you receive in trying to understand the Bible.  Remember also St. Peter’s exhortation that scripture is not for private interpretation (cf. 2 Pt 1:20).  If you hold fast to the teachings of Holy Mother Church you won’t be led astray.

Be not afraid!  Please visit our blog site often, and join us each day as we share stories of the many saints in our tradition whose fidelity and courage are a great witness to the Christian faith in Jesus Christ, and to the fullness of the Christian faith found in the church He founded – the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.  Peace be with you!

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catechism of the Catholic Church

For information about what the Catholic Church believes, answers to FAQs, and an encompassing resource addressing common objections and misconceptions non-Catholics and Catholics alike may have about the Church and what it teaches, we invite you to visit the online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. 

PRAYER

Let us pray.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen.

St. Michael the Archangel, by Reni Guido, 1635, 17th Century, originally oil on silk. St. Michael stepping on Devil’s head while holding his sword.

It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”

Saint John Paul II, pope

 

Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (cf. John 6:68).

 

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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