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.

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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.

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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?

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