Reader Mikey has an amusing question:
Hi Joe! Loved your St. Lucy posts, and I hope you won’t be offended, but being a Catholic I wonder if you can answer something for me. Do Catholics really worship saints as, well, gods?
Ha! I love that. First let me say that the first commandment states that “You shall have no other gods before me.” The before me implies that the odd kitchen or tool shed god is permissible so long as you don’t forget who number one is!
But seriously, no. Catholics “worship” only Yahweh. We would say we “venerate” or “honor” saints, which is to say people who led lives of great example which we seek to emulate…though not be roasted on a grill, eaten by lions or have our eyes gouged out by Roman centurions if we can possible help it.