Venerating a relic should be understood as affirming a number of key doctrines of the Catholic faith:
1. Venerating a relic affirms the belief in the mystical body of the church which includes those who have gone before us - the church triumphant.
2. Venerating a relic affirms the belief that God created the human body and in all its forms it is meant to be reverenced and respected.
3. Venerating a relic affirms the belief in the power of intercession—that the Communion of Saints is a real and viable way to call upon heavenly help.
According to St. Jerome, veneration of relics brings us closer to Christ: We do not worship…but we venerate the relics of the martyrs in order the better to adore Him whose martyrs they are.