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The Catholic Defender: Dr. Gregory Thompson presents Resent event at St. Joseph School-Salisbury

Luke 18:16

But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”

God's Word often compares a mother's love for her child to His love for His people. Take Isaiah 66:13 for example, “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.” A mother's love is deep and comforting. God created the family, and children are a gift from Him.

Over the past few weeks Dr. Gregory Thompson has traveled throughout the State of Missouri planning Marian Conferences, Igniting the Fire Missions, and speaking before hundreds of Catholic School children all over Missouri.

Our Preschool through 8th grade were blessed with the opportunity to witness and touch First and Second Class Relics today!

Dr. Gregory Thompson visited us and explained what the relics are and how special they are. We got to see Relics from Mary, Jesus, angels and saints.

For the child: Isaiah 54:13 "All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children's peace." For the parent: Isaiah 26:3 "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you." Trust God with your children and you will be in peace.

Some of the Relics were First Class Relics which means it is a body part of the actual person such as blood. A Second Class Relic means that it is something related to the person such as clothing, a bible or a piece of wood that the person was in contact with.

Dr. Thompson gave us each a blessed Rosary, a blessed Miraculous Medal and a blessed picture of Divine Mercy.

Dr. Thompson told us to take our Rosary and touch the crucifix to the Relics and now we have a Third Class Relic!!!!

A Third Class Relic is something that has touched a First or Second Class Relic. Each student was allowed to take 2 extra Rosaries home - one for Mom and one for Dad.

Before we took the extra Rosaries home, we touched the crucifixes to the Relics.

Now our moms and dads have a Third Class Relic!

All of the Relics were VERY impressive but I think the Relic of Mary’s and Joseph’s clothing and wood from the actual cross that Jesus died on that was discovered by St. Helena was pretty impressive!

Acts 20:35 "In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive."

We even saw wood from the crib that Jesus was laid in when he was born and a Relic from the Holy Sepulcher.

We also saw a Relic of St. Anne, Mary’s mom and St. Theresa Little Flower and St Padre Pio!! The list goes on and on!! We are so lucky to have been able to witness these holy Relics!! Such a blessed day.

Deepertruth Radio show Dr. Thompson hosted the show as he was on the road heading towards Marshal Missouri. He had previously spoken with hundreds of Catholic Students as well as several School educators.

Many of these children are being exposed to relics that brings the history of the Church into imagination. They are learning about many of the Saints whom the Lord Jesus has given us as great role modals.

People might not realize that the blessing of relics has always been a part of the Catholic Church. In the Bible we read where the sick were brought out into the street where they could fall within St. Peter's shadow and many were healed.

The Faithful helping St. Paul would take towels, hand cloths, aprons that St. Paul had touched and these items were taken to the sick who many were cured.

Psalms 127:3-5 "Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth. 5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court."

Blessed objects such as holy medals, holy water, Rosaries, these items represent the prayer of the faithful which embodies the priests blessing of sacred objects.

There is no magic or hocus pocus taking place but the very evidence of God's grace given by the Power of His Word.

One of Dr. Thompson's unique gifts is his ability to speak before children of all ages giving good Catholic teaching to the level of his listeners.

"What an awesome day yesterday at St. Martins Catholic School.

Some of you have asked for pictures to post for different reasons, and I am terrible about taking pictures, but this happens because of each of you saying yes to Mary for her Son, and some of you just to know one of the different things that happen at the Marian Association, the pictures are because of a wonderful principal Mr. Ed Mullholand.

After being with the school children, 255 of them and staff, another 30, the principal asked if he could take me to dinner and if I would stay for the PSR students and staff and some adults that might come over from the Stations of the Cross, so we were about to be with another 25-30 children and adults that night before we left.

Jesus and Mary have been so wonderful in opening doors for souls. Keep all in prayer and continue to do what you can for the lives and souls of others, and thank you for seeking to Know, Love, and Serve Jesus at every opportunity. Love and prayers in Christ, To Jesus through Mary, GregoryMary"


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