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103. Veneration or Dulia

1. Honor paid to God may be wholly spiritual and in theheart, and it may also be expressed in outward acts and signs. Buthonor paid to creatures is external, for creatures cannot read theheart. The respect we have inwardly for creatures does not trulyhonor them until it is shown to them, and this cannot beexcept in external signs. We honor creatures by words, deeds,sensible signs, salutations, tributes, statues, and so on.

2. Honor or veneration is owed to persons of excellence,whether this be a general or a particular excellence, whether it beofficial or personal excellence.

3. The honor and veneration due to men is called by theGreek name of dulia. This is distinct from the honor andveneration paid to God, which is latria.

4. There are no essentially different kinds ofdulia, but it may be accidentally diversified by thevarious human relationships on which it is founded.

"Men should often renew their good resolutions, and not lose heart because they are tempted against them."
St Philip Neri

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"O Lord, my God, who will seek you with simple and pure love, and not find that you are all one can desire, for you show yourself first and go out to meet those who seek you? "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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