Police in Los Angeles are searching for a stolen 780-year-old religious relic of St. Anthony of Padua. What is fascinating is that I cannot find a single article saying what the relic was — clothing, teeth, bone, or other object. I would love to read the police report under description of property. In the meantime, Catholics are praying to the patron saint of lost and missing items . . . St. Anthony of Padua.
The relic was stolen on the feast day of St. Anthony.
The Rev. Jose Magana discovered the theft when he turned to the cabinet during the celebration of a mass.
Police are looking for a woman in her late 30s and was short and heavyset with wavy, shoulder-length black hair.
In researching the subject, I did find one relic of dried skin (below) as well as the fact that when St. Anthony’s tomb was opened for the 800th anniversary — new relics were removed. I am just happy that the relic was not revealed to be a middle-aged man masquerading as a relic.
Source: Fresno Bee
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And it’s just such an understated and sublime piece of church hardware too . . .
I hope this doesn’t have anything to do with “The Creation”
लेखक डैन ब्राउन स्टीव meyer संत anthonys चर्च पिता mollinger
Bingo! The patron saint of stolen item also happens to be the very same St. Anthony of Padua!
*laughs at AY’s comment*
The patron saint of thieves would be St. Nicholas.
However, only if thieves are repentant.
I tried to look for patron saint of stolen item, no luck…
Yes Pete….its the current pope…..
don’t they have a patron saint of thieves they can ask?
You want a toe? I can get you a toe, believe me. There are ways, Dude. You don’t wanna know about it, believe me.
My father was Catholic and I recall seeing in my grandparents home some little crosses and lockets with ‘stuff’ inside small glass capsules/bubbles inside them. From my early training I recall that these things were relics of some sort, a bit of holy water or blood or wood etc. After he died I was going through a box of his stuff and ran across on of these things.
The relic was reduced to a black film on the inside of the little glass compartment. I thought: keep it out of respect?, Ebay? and ‘ewwwww, I could catch something ugly if I handle it’, so I threw it away and washed my hands. I would advise that such treatment is probably a good idea for all relics; one just can’t know what they really are and as I heard many times as a child “Don’t touch that, you don’t know where it’s been.” 🙂
Well the answer is as plain as the nose on your face. St. Anthony finally found his missing body part and took it back. Note the facial similarity.
I wonder what the internal rules are for “relicification” of the remains of a saint? Obviously, everyone wants the “premium” cuts – fingers, crusty bits of blood, hair and the like. Is there a “market” for second or third tier bits like spleen or knee cartilage? I wonder what saint has been distributed to the most locations?
And are there specific rules for, um, uh, you know, the, uh, “dangly bits”?
Are you sure this isn’t another episode of “Where’s Regis?”
GREAT THEOLOGICAL QUESTIONS FOR TODAY:
If you tried to use the stolen relic for your own purposes would the Great Cosmic Muffin reward you for your faith or punish you for purloining the do-dad in the first place?
How many angles can dance on the head of a relic?
I read a story someplace and sometime ago…that if all of the pieces of the Jesus Cross were reunited…they’d have like 1,700 to deal with….
Psst…that’s not a woman!
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