On this episode of "Our Daily Bread," host Father Paul D. Seil is joined in the kitchen by his classmate Father Michael Burzynski, pastor of St. John Gualbert Parish in Cheektowaga. On the menu: bones.
Father Burzynski will be talking about relics and their importance in the Catholic faith. In keeping with this theme, Father Seil will be preparing osso bucco. This Italian dish is made with veal shanks or shin bones, which are slowly braised with onions, garlic, carrots, celery, tomatoes, stock and white wine. As Father Seil prepares the meal, Father Burzynski, who has collected over 1,100 relics, shares his knowledge and story of how he became interested in collecting them.
The word relic comes from the Latin reliquiae, which means "remains." A relic is part of the body of a saint or a venerated person. It can also be an object which has been carefully preserved. In this show, we learn there are three types of relics: first class, second class and third class.
Father Burzynski explains that first class relics are the remains of the bodies of saints, like bones, hair or blood. Second class relics are objects used by the saint or holy person in life, such as their clothing, Bible, vestments or other objects which can be associated with them. Third class relics are usually small pieces of cloth, which have come into brief contact with the first class relic.
To hear more about the relics Father Burzynski has collected, and for a delicious osso bucco dish, tune in to "Our Daily Bread," Saturday May 10, at 5:30 a.m. and noon on WKBW-TV Ch. 7.
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