Previously God, who has neither a body nor a face, absolutely could not be represented by an image. But now that He has made Himself visible in the flesh and has lived with men, I can make an image of what I have seen of God...and contemplate the glory of the Lord, His face revealed.
"You shall then make a propitiatory of pure gold, two cubits and a half long, and one and a half cubits wide. Make two cherubim of beaten gold for the two ends of the propitiatory, fastening them so that one cherub springs direct from each end. The cherubim shall have their wings spread out above, covering the propitiatory with them; they shall be turned toward each other, but their faces looking toward the propitiatory... There I will meet you and there, from above the propitiatory, between the two cherubim on the ark of the commandments, I will tell you all the commands..."
We declare that we preserve intact all the written and unwritten traditions of the Church which have been entrusted to us. One of these traditions consists in the production of representational artwork, which accords with the history of the preaching of the Gospel. For it confirms that the incarnation of the Word of God was real and not imaginary, and to our benefit as well, for realities that illustrate each other undoubtedly reflect each other's meaning.CCC 1161:
Following the divinely inspired teaching of our holy Fathers and the tradition of the Catholic Church (for we know that this tradition comes from the Holy Spirit who dwells in her) we rightly define with full certainty and correctness that, like the figure of the precious and life-giving cross, venerable and holy images of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ, our inviolate Lady, the holy Mother of God, and the venerated angels, all the saints and the just, whether painted or made of mosaic or another suitable material, are to be exhibited in the holy churches of God, on sacred vessels and vestments walls and panels, in houses and on streets.CCC 1162:
Ephesians 1:19-23And indeed the Roman Catholic Church has the fullness and completeness of Jesus Christ who is the Head of this Church. And just as Jesus Christ is:
"...And He put all things beneath His feet and gave Him as head over all things to the CHURCH, which is HIS BODY, THE FULLNESS of the One who fills all things in every way."
John 14:6so does His Mystical Body, the Church, embody and follow His Way, Truth and Life.
"...the Way and the Truth and the Life..."
Acts 9:1-5Thus, whenever a Catholic is persecuted, or whenever the Roman Catholic Church (which embodies the Way, the Truth and Life of Christ) is being persecuted, Jesus Christ takes that to be direct personal persecution towards Himself; see how He stated "ME" when Saul was coming after His early Church disciples.
"Now Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that, if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains. On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting ME?' He said, 'Who are you, sir?' The reply came, 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting'..."
John 15:5-10And the Church, as a whole, does fulfill the law because she is the Mystical Body of Christ, continuing His founded mission on earth - to bring people to God's fold. Besides the gift of obedience, belonging to the Roman Catholic Church adds to Christ's success in bringing the Truth, Light and Life to the world because the Church delivers the Whole of the Good News to all people.
"I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit (good works), because without Me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit (good works) and become My disciples. As the Father loves Me, so I also love you. Remain in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I kept My Father's commandments and remain in His love."