A Protestant (“Born Again”) once told me, “What if somebody happen to possess a saint’s dandruff flakes, feces, urine, phlegm, nail clippings, scabs, earwax, potato chips leftovers, blackheads, pus, tartar, snot, menstrual discharge, semen, sweat, vomit, spittle, and other similar stuffs that would normally disgust many people, WILL THE CHURCH ENSHRINE SUCH RELICS FOR PUBLIC VENERATION, OR WILL THE CHURCH DISPOSE THEM AND TREAT THEM AS MERE GARBAGE? What if we found a saint’s feces to be ‘incorrupt’, I mean it remained fresh and warm after hundreds of years? Will the Church enshrine such feces for the veneration of Catholics and perhaps devise a devotional prayer in honor of that saint’s holy feces?” He was laughing sarcastically at me while saying these things.
In response I told him, “Well if that’s the case, I guess there is nothing wrong in venerating a saint’s feces. Remember the time when the Lord Jesus Himself used his own spittle and mixed it with mud to heal a blind man? If God wants to communicate something to us through an ‘incorrupt feces of a saint’, who are we to reject such a gift?”
Do you think I gave the right answer? Should we really venerate an “incorrupt feces” of a saint? I never heard of a saint’s dandruff being venerated somewhere, but his questions really made me think about our Catholic practice.