On the Honor and Invocation of the Saints
by Fr. Michael Muller, C.S.S.R., 1881

"We honor the relics of the martyrs that we may adore Him whose martyrs they are; that the honor of the servant may redound to the Master who says: "He that receiveth you, receiveth Me." (Lib. contra. Vigil.)

"Those, therefore," says the Council of Trent, "who affirm that veneration and honor are not due to the relics of the saints; or that these and other sacred monuments are uselessly honored by the faithful; and that the places dedicated to the memories of the saints are in vain visited with the vievv of obtaining their aid, are wholly to be condemned, as the Church has already long since condemned and now also condemns them." (Sess. 25.) --page 727

The following chapters are contained in this selection:

Why we honor the holy Angels . . 567
Why we honor the saints of God . . 569
The gift of miracles . . 606
Why we invoke the saints . . 634
On the Honor and Invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary . . 639
Why the prayers of the Saints are so powerful . . 666
What the angels and saints know and see . . 697
On the honor given to the crocss and holy images . . 701
God does not forbid the making, but the adoring of images . . 721
Why we honor the relics of the saints . . 723
Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 730




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