Mother and child at the ShrineHere you will find a variety of resources to help explain what we mean when referring to devotions, novenas, and relics.

While the specialized vocabulary might make the topic seem convoluted or confusing, the simple truth is that anything good and true and holy ought to help direct us to God.

Devotions and novenas and relics are meant to help us in our earthly pilgrimage to God. Inasmuch as you find any particular devotion, novena, or relic assists you in turning to God in prayer…great! If you do not find it helpful…that is also OK.

There isn’t a requirement for Catholics to utilize or even believe in the power of any particular devotion, novena, or relic. Rather, the requirement for Catholics is to know, love, and serve God in this world so as to be happy with Him forever in heaven.