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The Things We Keep

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relics

Rebecca Brown writes for The Stranger about her fondness for St. Therese of Lisieux and why relics of the dead mean so much to us, “Sometimes it seems the Catholic Church, if it has a sense of humor at all, has a bad one. But sometimes it has a terrific one—like when they made stay-at-home Therese a patron of missions, along with Francis Xavier, the 16th-century Jesuit who missioned to Goa, India, Japan, Borneo, etc. (Another funny Catholic and relic thing: Xavier’s body—er, most of it—is in Goa; his forearm is in Rome.)” Read it: The Things We Keep. The first chapter of our book is about relics. Buy it here.

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