purple.marzipan wrote:Quorum [sanctorum] imagines et quae apud nos remanserunt reliquias eodem quo et illos honore prosequimur et veneramur. Non ea quidem ratione qua sunt res quaedem, utpote colore, ligno, auro et id genus compluribus constitutae, sed qua potius illorum merita, dignitatem, excellentiam et celsitudinem signant et referunt. Hoc namque pacto in utrumque, signum scilicet et signatum, eodem momento est unus animi motus.
Whose relics that have survived to our day and images we respectfully attend and venerate the same as we do them [the saints]. Not indeed particularly because some [of these] things are mounted in paint, wood and gold,—and a good many are,—but rather because they symbolize and convey their [the saints'] meritorius actions, worthiness, perfection and elevation. For truly [their] agreement with each other, namely the symbol with the thing signified, that same deciding factor is the mind's sole motive [or that critical factor or influence is the one thing affecting thinking].