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Saint of the Day

St. Gilbert of Sempringham (1083-1190)
The son of a wealthy Norman knight, Gilbert used his inheritance to build monasteries and open schools for poor children. He founded the Gilbertines, and was later imprisoned based on a false accusation.

Reflections from the Saints

Take heed not to foster thy own judgment, for, without doubt, it will inebriate thee; as there is no difference between an intoxicated man and one full of his own opinion, and one is no more capable of reasoning than the other.
– St. Francis de Sales
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2132

The Christian veneration of images is not contrary to the first commandment which proscribes idols. Indeed, "the honor rendered to an image passes to its prototype," and "whoever venerates an image venerates the person portrayed in it." The honor paid to sacred images is a "respectful veneration," not the adoration due to God alone.