“It’s a finger from his right hand from which he often gave a blessing to St. Faustina.”
Roman Catholics in Poland is ready to take a “holy finger” out for a stroll.
The Most Rev. Edward Ozorowski, Archbishop of Bialystok, Poland, brought a relic of Blessed Michael Sopocko, who was St. Faustina’s confessor and spiritual director.
The principal celebrant at the Solemn Liturgy on Divine Mercy Sunday came bearing a special gift for the Marians of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
“It’s a finger from his right hand from which he often gave a blessing to St. Faustina,” explained Br. Andrew R. Maczynski, MIC, general promoter of the Association of Marian Helpers.
The relic, which came encased in a golden monstrance, is about 5 centimeters long. It will be placed in the National Shrine, which is administered by the Marians.
Bishop Ozorowski, in whose archdiocese Blessed Michael Sopocko was beatified Sept. 28, 2008, presented the gift during Holy Mass on Sunday.
“We express our sincere gratitude to His Excellency for making it possible that a relic of St. Faustina’s spiritual director will find its place here in the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy,” said Br. Chris Alar, MIC, during the presentation.
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The relic will join another relic in the Shrine — the “basal phalanx” of a great toe of St. Faustina, to be exact. A larger piece of her relic remains in a reliquary within the Shrine.
The Christian New Testament Bible says;
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean."
You have to be completely disconnected to dress up in a parade uniform, and carry around a finger bone on your shoulder.
It is not so strange that Catholics want to adore more than just a cut off finger. Inside the Shrine the finger bone will be entertained also by a piece of a “holy toe.”