Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Top Ten Questions Catholics Are Asked

Question 6: Why Do You Pray To Idols (Statues)?

*No Catholic who knows anything about the Catholic faith has ever worshipped a statue (as in pagan idolatry). If we cherish the memory of mere political heroes with statues, and that of war heroes with monuments, then there can be no objection to honoring saints and righteous men and women: "Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emporer" (1 Pet 2:17- See also Rom 12:10; Heb 12:22-23). Statues are simply a visual reminder of great saints and heroes of the faith (Heb 11), who are more alive than we are (2 Cor 3:18), as is evident by their praying: "O Sovereign Lord...how long before thou dwell upon earth?" (Rev 6:10-See also Ps 35:17). The saints in heaven were never intended by God to be cut off from the Body of Christ on earth. They are involved in intercession, just as the saints on earth are, and they are described as "so great a cloud of witnesses" (Heb 12:1).

*Answers by Dave Armstrong

1 comment:

JohnE said...

Another way of looking at statues and pictures of the saints is this: What family does not have pictures hanging on their walls of their loved ones living and dead?

I am sure there are many of us who look to photos and perhaps statues or busts that were made of lost loved ones for inspiration and sometimes comfort.

Looking to the Saints is not any different in my mind!

Pax vobis,