Sunday, July 01, 2007

Saint Prosper's Reliquary

Saint Francis de Sales Oratory, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - reliquary of Saint Prosper of Aquitaine

IN THE CENTER of the photo is a reliquary containing remains of Saint Prosper of Aquitaine (ca. 390 – ca. 455), at Saint Francis de Sales Oratory, in Saint Louis, Missouri. Saint Prosper was a correspondent and defender of Saint Augustine, and wrote against the idea that Man can attain his own salvation through purely his own effort, and which is now a core heresy of the Enlightenment. Prosper is also known for stating the principle lex orandi, lex credendi, (which means roughly 'the law of prayer is the law of belief'): this Saint is therefore an appropriate patron of this church which attempts to revivify the faith via a restoration of worship.

1 comment:

  1. Mark,
    Did you actually go up to the reliquary and see the size of the relic? I think it is actually the shoulder bone or top of the arm. It's bigger than a golf ball.


    Marc P.

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