Posted by: catholicrelics | October 10, 2009

Veneration



60, originally uploaded by Catholic Church (England and Wales).

“By inviting us to venerate the mortal remains of the martyrs and saints, the Church does not forget that, in the end, these are indeed just human bones, but they are bones that belonged to individuals touched by the transcendent power of God. The relics of the saints are traces of that invisible but real presence which sheds light upon the shadows of the world and reveals the Kingdom of Heaven in our midst. They cry out with us and for us ‘Maranatha!’ – ‘Come Lord Jesus!’” Pope Benedict XVI Address to Young People at Cologne, 2005

An act of veneration takes place when we display special honour and profound respect for someone, in this case a saint.

With relics, there is also an invitation to each person who comes to venerate them to take the next step on their own journey towards God, inspired by the unique humanity of the venerated saint.

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