left Quote ST IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH (+ c. 108 AD) ST JOHN DAMASCENE (c. 675 – 749)


An argumentative unbeliever might say that when we worship images in our churches we are praying to lifeless idols.  Far be it from us to do this.  Faith makes Christians; and God (who cannot deceive) works miracles.  We do not rest content with mere coloured paint.  With the material picture before our eyes we see the invisible God through the visible representation, and glorify Him as if present, not as a God without reality, but as a God who is the essence of being.  Nor are the saints whom we glorify fictitious.  They are in being, and are living with God; and because their spirits are holy, they help, by God’s power, those who deserve and need their help.

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In their many different idioms the classical spiritual writers have attempted to throw light on the eternal question of union with God. 
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