Do you know there are relics of Jesus from His birth, life, and crucifixion?
Recently on “The Catholic Talk Show,” Ryan Scheel, Ryan Dellacrosse, and Father Rich Pagano explore the historical and spiritual significance of different Jesus relics, like the True Cross.
As Father Pagano explains,
“The history of the Cross goes all the way back to where Saint Helena discovered and secured one of the most important relics to Christendom.”
Yet, not many know that the majority of it was lost during the Battle of Hattin in 1187!
“Incorrectly, Martin Luther said that one could build a whole house using all the parts of the True Cross scattered around the world,” he continues, debunking that myth with the fact that research reveals the known fragments of the True Cross amount to less than one-ninth of its original volume.
The guys also share the pious tradition of the Scala Santa, or Holy Stairs.
As it goes, Jesus ascended these stairs to His trial, and they were later transported to Rome. Today, pilgrims “by tradition climb up on [their] knees on the very staircase that led to Christ’s condemnation,” Scheel says.
Another surprising relic with an unexpected meaning can be found in the picturesque city of Dubrovnik, Croatia: the “holy diaper.”
“They’re called the ‘holy diaper’, but it’s the clothes that Jesus was swaddled in,” Scheel elaborates.
Touching upon the deep spiritual significance of relics, Scheel beautifully puts it, “Our Salvation is not the wood; our Salvation is the God-made-Man who hung on it.”
These relics, he says, hold value due to their association with Christ and what they represent, rather than any “magical power.”
From fragments of the True Cross to the Holy Stairs, these relics continue to play a powerful role in the lives of Catholics today, providing tangible links to stories of great miracles and deep devotion!