Thought for the Day – 18 January – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
The Veneration and Imitation
of the Saints
“The worship of the Saints, is an act of veneration (dulia), not of adoration (latria), which can be given only to God.
It is wrong to imagine, as many Protestants do, that by praying to and venerating the Saints, we subtract something from the homage we owe to God.
The veneration of the Saints and the adoration of God are entirely distinct activities.
Moreover, the Saints are the faithful servants of God and intercede with Him on our behalf.
By venerating and invoking them. we honour the Giver of all holiness.
If anyone, on the other hand, were to disregard the worship of God, in favour of devotion to the Saints, he would be making a serious mistake.
A person who goes into a Church and rushes over to a Statue of the Blessed Virgin or of one of the Saints, without giving a thought to the Living and Eeal Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Eucharist, is developing false and sentimental piety!”