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Major Relics of Saint Maria Goretti to be at Tyler Cathedral All Soul’s Day 2015 July 10, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.

Wow, what a day, for such a Saint!  The relics of Saint Maria Goretti will be available for veneration at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler, TX on Nov 2 2015.  Tyler is the location nearest to DFW where these relics will be publicly available.  Much more below:

The major relics of St. Maria Goretti will be available for veneration at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler on Nov. 2, 2015, Father Carlos Martins, CC, and Father Hank Lanik, rector of the Cathedral have announced.

With some 40 other locations around the country, Tyler and Houston are the only locations chosen in Texas for the public veneration. This is the first time that St. Maria’s body will travel to the United States. It is only the second time that she has left Italy. Her body is kept in the crypt of the Basilica of Nostra Signora delle Grazie e Santa Maria Goretti in Nettuno, south of Rome……..

……..The relics will be displayed for the faithful from 9 a.m. on Nov. 2 until 1 a..m. on Nov. 3. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate Solemn Mass in honor of St. Maria at 7 p.m. 

……..Last March Pope Francis proclaimed a Holy Year of Mercy. It will run from December 8, 2015, to November 20, 2016. A tour with the sacred remains of St. Maria Goretti became a natural choice for the Church to promote the Holy Year. While St. Maria is universally known as the Patroness of Purity, her greatest virtue was her unyielding forgiveness of her attacker even in the midst of horrendous physical suffering, a forgiveness that would completely convert him and set him on a path to personal holiness. From the time that she forgave her assassin, St. Maria Goretti has been heralded as the Patroness of Mercy. Indeed, this beloved little girl, murdered at only eleven years of age, is widely known as the Little Saint of Great Mercy. Her merciful and persistent forgiveness, and her desire to dedicate her life to God, made her a true disciple of Jesus. As such, St. Maria Goretti especially embodies what Pope Francis desires the entire Church to become.

If the article hadn’t said that, I was going to.  I can’t think of a better way to promote a Year of Mercy than by sending the relics of great Saints around the world for veneration and devotion.  That, along with other holy statues and relics, would, I hope, be a centerpiece of this year, reinforcing the great good that the intercession of the Saints does us and their role in our receiving God’s mercy.

Anyway, for us, a great blessing, and a great reason to take a Monday off and finally get to Tyler.  I’m sure we’ll make it by Saint Joseph Worker parish.

A reader I know has piously hoped that some recent changes in the Fraternity and in Tyler may portent a great Catholic awakening in what is really mission territory, there being so few Catholics.  Having the relics of Saint Maria Goretti come make me think he may be onto something.  Tyler also has one of the more orthodox bishops in the country (yes, a relative term).  So who knows, perhaps East Texas might be a great field of future conversion?

Deo Gratias!



1. Evan C - July 10, 2015

Time off scheduled!

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