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St. Gildas (516-570)
Gildas was an English noble who was taught by St. Illtyd. Later, as a teacher, he taught several saints himself. After he was ordained in Ireland, he returned to evangelize England, where he founded several churches and monasteries. He then became a hermit, living on the tiny island, where he wrote several works about holiness. He was one of Britain's earliest historians.

Reflections from the Saints

The rosary is said not with the lips alone, muttering Hail Marys one after the other. For a Christian vocal prayer must spring from the heart, so that while the rosary is said, the mind can enter into contemplation of each one of the mysteries.
– St. Josemaria Escriva
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2113

Idolatry not only refers to false pagan worship. It remains a constant temptation to faith. Idolatry consists in divinizing what is not God. Man commits idolatry whenever he honors and reveres a creature in place of God, whether this be gods or demons (for example, satanism), power, pleasure, race, ancestors, the state, money, etc. Jesus says, "You cannot serve God and mammon." Many martyrs died for not adoring "the Beast" refusing even to simulate such worship. Idolatry rejects the unique Lordship of God; it is therefore incompatible with communion with God.