Why do we pray before the crucifix and the images and relics of the saints?

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Why do we pray before the crucifix and the images and relics of the saints?

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It’s a very interesting question. My mother and grandmother are very religious women. They both visit the church on Sundays, and they always tell me that I have to pray because it is the only possible way to achieve peace in your heart. However, I never understood why their house is full of images of saints, and they have a crucifix almost in every single room. Now, I realized that I need to address this question to them as well. Truthfully, I’m not very religious, and sometimes I send my prayers when I feel that I need to do it.

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Why do we pray before the crucifix and the images and relics of the saints?Answer: We pray before the crucifix and images and relics of the saints because they enliven our devotion by exciting pious affections and desires, and by reminding us of Christ and of the saints, that we may imitate their virtues. This is Question 344 of the Baltimore Catechism, a work in the public domain. Previous Question | Next Question Return to the Baltimore Catechism: • No. 1 (First Communion Edition) : Lesson Twenty-SeventhNo.

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