A Religious Relic

Say the word relic and the first thought that comes to my mind is religion. Through the decades, objects have been venerated by people because of who they belonged to or what they represent. Each time I have been to Mauritius, I have visited a place where a shrine has been erected in memory of a Catholic priest, Jacques-Désiré Laval.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
The sarcophagus of Pere Laval. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Visitors remember the good works he did for the poor and disenfranchised during a time when not much was done to help this group of people. Modern visitors, however, are not only those from the poorest of society. Instead people from all walks of life come to this place to light a candle and say a prayer.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
Close-up of the sarcophagus of Pere Laval. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Each time I leave the shrine, a sense of peace surrounds me and I can understand why believers visit the vault built in memory of this man and what he did.

(For a previous post on this man, you may visit here.)

Have you seen a religious relic?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post was inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge prompt: relic)

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33 thoughts on “A Religious Relic

    1. It is also a tradition that has been followed by Catholics through the centuries. I think of the relics that worship peers used to pray before during the Middle Ages – things claimed to be from saints, or from Jesus himself. Nowadays, of course, people don’t believe in these things as readily as they did in the past.

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      1. Indeed, there is nothing Pagan about the relic tradition. The whole Holy Grail quest was looking for a relic. The Shroud and numerous others are relics to do with the Christian faith – and not only Catholic.

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        1. Thank you for these examples Colonialist. I know that if I ever had the chance to see the shroud, I would do so – even though I am a learned, modern person. There is something to be said about seeing something that was touched by a person you admire.

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  1. I’ve never been to a shrine like that. The feeling must be intense in such places. The feelings of devotion and veneration must uplift the spirit of everyone who visits.

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  2. I think it’s nice to honor someone as good as that in such a way. For those that believe, it does bring a sense of peace and comfort. Beautiful post and photo’s Colline. 😀

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  3. A relic that inspires faith, renews faith, heals one’s faith. Thanks for sharing an inspiring post. Life is a journey of storms, calmness and all things in between. In all, we need relics that symbolize our faith, hope and dreams. Happy Summer!

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    1. As you say, these relics are a symbol of what we believe in. Visiting Pere Laval certainly reminds me that one can work for the good of others, and do it selflessly.

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  4. Good post Colline.
    I recall and actually have a similar photograph as yours, mine was taken in the Cathedral in Chile.
    Also a shrine to Padre Pio.
    Regards
    Ian

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