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No lineups here, just relics from my past

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13.01.2018

Although I can’t possibly match the venerable gravitas of the severed, withered forearm of St. Francis Xavier, I have given some devout thought, nevertheless, to relics in my possession that connect me in a direct — even a profound way, in some cases — to my spiritual past.

Now, needless to say, there will be no ceremonial procession to see or touch any of these relics, as there was the week before last at the Basilica in St. John’s when true believers ignored what I’m sure they thought of as blasphemous ridicule in some social media circles of their conviction that merely a glance at, a moment with, what appeared to resemble a leftover prop from an episode of “The Walking Dead,” would enhance the stature of their souls.

A piece I read on the CBC website, written by Wanita Bates, revealed (at least for an agnostic like myself) that St. John’s residents are, after all, far from the first staunch Catholics to achieve a Godly belief buzz after being exposed to a relic of St. Francis. During the centuries, parts of his body have been exposed to pious crowds around the world. My good God — a Portuguese woman even bit off one of poor old St. Francis’ toes, actually drawing blood from the corpse! (Unfortunately for her, the cannibalistic act — performed, I am sure, for the most righteous of reasons, undoubtedly to provide a........

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