“We beg the reader to note well the underlined sentence, as we mean to test its truth impartially. We are prepared to adduce proofs, undeniable and undenied even by the Popish Church – forced, as she was, into the confession – proofs of hundreds of cases in relation to the most solemn of her dogmas, wherein the “spirits” lied from the beginning to end. How about certain holy relics authenticated by visions of the blessed Virgin, and a host of saints? We have at hand a treatise by a pious Catholic, Jilbert de Nogen, on the relics of saints. With honest despair he acknowledges the “great number of false relics, as well as false legends”, and severely censures the inventors of these lying miracles.
“It was on the occasion of one of our Saviour’s teeth”, writes the author of Demonologia, “that de Nogen took up his pen on this subject, by which the monks of St. Medard de Soissons pretended to work miracles; a pretension which he asserted to be a chimerical as that of several persons who believed they possessed the navel, and other parts less comely, of the body of Christ.”
“A monk of St. Antony”, says Stephens, having been at Jerusalem, saw there several relics, among which was a bit of the finger of the Holy Ghost, as sound and entire as it had ever been; the snout of the seraph that appeared to St. Francis; one of the nails of a cherub; one of the ribs of the Verbum caro factum, (the Word made flesh); some rays of the star that appeared to the three kings of the East; a phial of St. Michael’s sweat, that exuded when he was fighting against the Devil, etcetera. ‘All which things’, observes the monkish treasurer of relic, ‘I have brought with me home very devoutly.'”
And if the foregoing is set aside as the invention of a Protestant enemy, may we not be allowed to refer the reader to the History of England and authentic documents which state the existence of a relic not less extraordinary than the best of the others? Henry III received from the Grand Master of the Templars a phial containing a small portion of the sacred blood of Christ which he had shed upon the cross. It was attested to be genuine by the seals of the Patriarch of Jerusalem, and others. The Procession bearing the sacred phial from St. Paul’s to Westminster Abbey is described by the historian: “Two monks received the phial and deposited it in the Abbey…which made all England shine with glory, dedicating it to God, and St. Edward.””
H. P. Blavatsky