QUEZON City, Nov. 8, 2014—Those devoted to relics or simply curious about them are invited to a free talk on this form of popular piety on Nov.10, Monday, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Pro Life Philippines Main Office, Horseshoe Village, Quezon City.
The discussion to be headed by Br. Dave Dela Cruz, chairman of the Totus Tuus Tour, is part of the sendoff rites for the sacred relics of saints known for defending life—most notably St. John Paul II—exhibited at the venue.
“The talk will focus on the significance of the saints in our faith and their relics [given] that November is a month dedicated to them,” he shared.
Dela Cruz told CBCPNews he intends to give the Biblical and theological foundations of the veneration of saints and their relics, as well as its pastoral implications, in the light of the Year of the Laity and the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the country.
While confirming that the veneration of relics has recently become popular again among Filipino Catholics, he lamented that few are catechized enough to understand the spirituality behind the practice.
According to the Catechism of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), the veneration of relics is one of the various forms of piety surrounding the Church’s sacramentals in which the religious sense of the Christian people has always found expression (1674).
CCC 1676 adds that pastoral discernment is needed to sustain and support popular piety and, if necessary, to purify and correct the religious sense which underlies these devotions so that the faithful may advance in knowledge of the mystery of Christ.
Besides studying for the priesthood, Dela Cruz Is the Vice Postulator for the cause for canonization of the Croatian Blessed Ivan Merz.
His best-selling book “More Precious Than Gold” won the Jaime Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards in 2013.
For inquiries, contact (02)655-62-02, (02)571-65-50, or visit www.facebook.com/stjohnpaulrelics. (Raymond A. Sebastián)