Is Keeping Statues or Pictures of Saints Idolatry?

We carry photos to remind us of people we love, to help us feel that they’re close when we’re not together, or to share with people we meet. Those are some of the same reasons we have statues and pictures of saints. Seeing a statue of Saint Therese of Lisieux who lost her mother when she was a child might make us feel less alone when we are grieving. A picture of Saint Francis of Assisi might remind us of how much he loved God’s creation and make us more aware of our environment.