Lots of people laugh at Catholics for venerating saints' relics, seeing it as a superstitious practice or just plain idiocy. Yet many of the same people are engaged in similar things in venerating celebrities, sports heroes, etc. Why do they try so hard to get items owned by them, or associated with them, but laugh at us when we talk about relics?
Check this out:
In New Zealand (where I'm from) a rugby player, Chris Masoe punched another man in a bar after the final of the Super 14 (rugby tournament involving teams from NZ, Australia and South Africa). Tana Umanga, a member of the All Blacks, the NZ national rugby team, grabbed a woman's handbag and whacked Boscoe to stop him. In the process, Umanga damaged the woman's cellphone, and had to pay for it.
However, the bar owner put the handbag and damaged cellphone on TradeMe (the New Zealand version of eBay), and it sold for $22,800!
$22,800 just for a handbag! People will pay such an absurd sum of money for a handbag that a rugby player hit another rugby player with, yet they laugh at Catholics venerating a piece of the Cross, or the bones of St. Thérèse de Lisieux, or other relics from saints! Doesn't that just seem ridiculous?!
If you want to see the actual auction, visit http://www.trademe.co.nz/Sports/Sports-memorabilia/Rugby/Other/auction-58555525.htm