A reader writes:
Regarding the TS "relic" currently offered on eBay, if, as advertised, the display dates to ca. 1733, and is protected by an unbroken "paper seal" affixed by the private secretary of Louis XV, who died in 1774, how can it contain a relic of St. Therese of Lisieux, who died in 1897? Even should the original display be authentic, a surely questionable proposition in any event, it would seem to me that its paper seal had to have been broken subsequent to 1897, thereby permitting a substitution for the original object, whatever that may have been. Caveat emptor—let the buyer beware!
In fact, it looks genuine (especially the writing). Sainte Thérèse would be of course for Teresa of Avila (many relics of Teresa are scattered across Europe) !
However “saint suaire” could also be for the “saint suaire de Besançon” or the “saint suaire de Compiègne”
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