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Once word got out that there was another means of having access to God and to heaven than venerating relics and buying indulgences, there were huge crowds everywhere.
And they buried him in the style of modern Russia, too: under imitation marble markers because there is no money for genuine stone, in a cathedral plundered by revolutionaries decades ago and half-restored today, and at the center of enduring conflicts over whether the nation was venerating a monarch, a tyrant or even a fraud.
It replaces the primitive habit of worshipping gods in volcanoes with the modern superstition of venerating nature as a perfect balance sheet.
We are asked to consider embracing who we are versus venerating what we own.
We remained in silence and prayer; all present had the opportunity of viewing and venerating the miraculous Host.