Catholics don’t worship statues and holy images, but we do like to pray before them, as visible reminders of God and the Heavenly kingdom He has created. This is why Catholic churches, especially the older ones designed before Vatican II, are so beautiful. They are meant to be experienced as a little taste of Heaven on earth. Inside such lovely surroundings, our thoughts are transported to Heaven.
Another idea behind having a visual to pray before is that we are using our sense of sight, given to us by God. Through the centuries, a number of miracles have happened, in which an image of Jesus exudes blood, moves from its fixed position or even speaks. Many of these events are recorded in the book, Miraculous Images of Our Lord, written by famous Catholic author Joan Carroll Cruz.Buy Now