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84. Exterior Acts of Religion: Adoration

1. Divine adoration or latria is worship given to Godalone. It is the highest type of religious reverence. The reverencewe pay to the saints and angels is called dulia.Sometimes, especially in the older books and formulas, dulia iscalled adoration; but it is never calleddivineadoration. And the chief act of latria or divine adoration (thatis, the act of sacrifice), is never performed to express dulia, butonly to express latria; sacrifice is offered to God alone.{-To Mary, the Mother of God, is offered a reverencewhich is higher than that offered to the other saints and to theangels; this reverence to Mary is called hyperdulia. It isa superior form of dulia; it is never latria. Latria is divineworship, divine adoration; it is given to no creatures, not even tothe most perfect of creatures; it is given only to God.-}

2. We are divinely commanded to adore God with our entirebeing -heart, soul, mind, strength-for we are, body and soul,God's creatures and children. Hence, there must be external orexterior acts of latria as well as internal acts. To be sure, allsuch exterior acts have meaning as the expression of interioradoration in the soul.

3. God is rightly adored at all times and in all places.But, for the formal exercise of external acts of latria, it isfitting, and even necessary, that there should be a special andsuitable place for divine worship.

"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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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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"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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