I have had a difficult time understanding the relics on saints. Oftentimes throughout Church history the relic of a saint would be touched to some person suffering illness, and that person would be cured. I find this a little difficult to understand, since it would seem that the healing comes just as much (if not more) from the material relic than from prayer. My questions are, 1) What is the relationship among the relic, prayer and the person in need of healing? And, 2) will the saint’s prayer have greater strength for the individual in need if the relic is placed upon the ill person?
It just oftentimes seems to me that a relic (especially 2nd and 3rd degree ones) have powers of its own.
Anyhow, perhaps someone can clear up the confusion :yup: