Wholly Bones But Rotten – A Tragedy of Error!
Dr. Ian R.K. Paisley
Having heard some weeks ago that on their way to Ireland were the bones of St. Therese of Lisieux or what the Roman Catholic Church call ‘relics’, this week has seen finally the release of the advertising brochures about this idolatry.
On reading the brochure detailing viewing dates and venues of these pieces ossein, and salts of carbonate and phosphate lime, one is treated to a most amusing little comedy called, ‘The Greatest Saint of Modern Times’ from Rome’s unrivalled ‘theatre’ of comedy. That is to say that it could have been so considered, were it not that its effects promulgate idolatry, heresy and blasphemous fable such as would draw souls away from the Truth.
The relics arrive on a Sunday, April 15th courtesy of Irish Ferries. The reliquary (normally a small casket – but perhaps she was a woman of large proportions) weighs an apparent 400lbs and the Irish Army will carry it to the, wait for it, Theresemobile!
With the current Foot and Mouth crisis, these bones should be prevented from entering the country let alone travelling throughout it for it is not clear as to what it was from which she died. Further this unbiblical worshipping of relics cannot endear us to Almighty God, afterall, He is a jealous God.
The following is that stated in the brochure. Note that there is no detail about why or how the bones remain, or what this woman actually achieved. While the Pope may say:
‘Of St. Therese of Liseux it can be said with conviction [not necessarily truth] that God chose her to reveal directly to the men and women of our time the central reality of the Gospel, that God is our Father and we are his children. This is the unique genius of St Therese of Liseux. [Hardly, I happen to recall a carpenter called Jesus and a few of his friends got in ahead on that one!] Thanks to her the entire Church has found once again the whole simplicity and freshness of the Gospel truth [something that the Pope hasn’t managed - complicity is his forte] which has its origin and source in the heart of Christ himself.’,
the accompanying information clearly defies Biblical Truth and is but a comic tragedy from the ‘teatro del Vaticano’.
‘The Greatest Saint of Modern Times’ [More likely a bone of contention!]
‘St. Therese of the Child Jesus was born in Alencon in France on 2nd January 1873. She was the last of nine children, four of whom had already died. Her father was a watchmaker and her mother ran a small lace-making business. When Therese was four her mother died and the family moved to Lisieux. Here she spent the next ten years of her life brought up in an atmosphere of love and affection.
From an early age she wanted to give herself to God. She struggled with her own stubbornness of will and suffered a lot from her very sensitive and scrupulous nature. When she was ten years old she was cured through the intercession of our Blessed Lady.
At the age of fifteen, she entered the Carmelite1 convent in Lisieux and was given the name ‘Therese of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face’ [only the face, not a whole Jesus Christ]. She spent the next nine years of her life there, faithfully and heroically living the life of a Carmelite nun with great simplicity and humility. She discovered what she called her "Little Way" – a way of confidence and trust of total surrender to God’s merciful love. At the end of her life she realised her mission was about to begin and she would spend her heaven doing good on earth.
1 Carmelite originally inhabitant of Mount Carmel. Regards religious order – a group of mendicant (begging blemished and faulty – OED) friars 12th cent. Also a fine woollen stuff. Presumably the nuns version must the same. They appear to be definitely woolly in their thinking and what they here claim and ask us to idolise and worship certainly beggars belief.
St Therese died on 30th September 1897 at the age of 24 after 18 months of great physical suffering and desolation of spirit.[?] She was canonised in 1925. She has been proclaimed Patroness of France and of the Mission and in 1997 was declared a Doctor of the Church.’ [Not much of a doctor when all about her, her family died and did she at a young age. And as for her theology?]
‘A Pilgrim Saint’
"I would like to travel over the whole earth to preach your Name [whose?]….to preach the Gospel on all five continents."
Therese’s wish has been fulfilled. Six years ago the relics of St Therese of Liseux began a ‘pilgrimage of grace’ [grace?].
The reliquary contains a treasure far greater than the bones of the greatest saint of modern times. It is a gift of grace, an icon of God’s presence among his people, a sign and reminder of his merciful love and compassion. We need signs, something to see, to hear, to touch and feel close to. [Some much be itchy] The saints glorified God in their bodies – poor, weak and fragile as they were – and God now manifests his power and glory through them.
Rather than ‘Carmelite’ being the word for these itinerant peddlers of myth, fable and deceit, a more appropriate word is, ‘Carminate’, as the stench and ungodly air of these relics definitely needs to be carminated; like much in the stomach and bowels of the Roman Catholic Church and its Orders.
Anyone for a disinfectant impregnated mat?