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Relic of the True Cross Stolen | Catholic Life

Relic of the True Cross Stolen

It is not often that I regret not sinning. But right now I am regretting not stealing the relic of the true Cross from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. Because if I’d stolen it, then I could return it and all would be well. As it is, someone else has stolen it, and I doubt that they plan to return it soon.

On Thursday, July 1, staff from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross learned that the relic of the true Cross was stolen from the Cathedral’s Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Boston Police were immediately notified and an investigation was begun to determine who might be responsible. That investigation continues.

The relic of the true Cross is an important sacramental that helps Christians contemplate the crucified Savior and the great suffering he endured for the salvation of the world. The true Cross was discovered in the fourth century, and since then its particles have been diffused to the Church throughout the world. The Cathedral’s relic of the true Cross was brought from France in the Nineteenth Century and given to Bishop Cheverus, Boston’s first Bishop.

In the Christian faith, the Cross of Christ is an expression of the triumph of Christ over the powers of darkness. Fr. Kevin O’Leary, the Rector of the Cathedral, added: “We are deeply troubled that this sacred relic was stolen, and we pray for those responsible. We ask the faithful of the Archdiocese of Boston to join the Cathedral’s parishioners in praying every day for its return.” Source

I remember visiting the Cathedral of the Holy Cross for the first time with Josh and telling him about the relic. He did not believe me until the custodian who was cleaning the carpets pointed it out to him.

The great thing about Catholic cathedrals is that they are so open and easy to get into. The bad thing about them is that it is apparently easy to steal priceless relics.

I invite you to join me in praying the Stations of the Cross not only for the return of the relic, but for the conversion of whomever stole it and all those who take it into their possession.

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3 Responses to “Relic of the True Cross Stolen”

  1. Princess Christy 12. Jul, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    That is so awful! I know our church had to start locking their doors earlier due to fears of vandalism (there was some done in our school). It’s awful that a welcoming church has to fear thieves and vandals.

  2. Michelle 13. Jul, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    oh my. How terrible. I will definitely pray…


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