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EYE

A symbol of the omniscience of God. "The eye of Yahweh is in every place beholding the good and the evil" (Proverbs 15:3). Established about the sixteenth century, it is often represented in a triangle, the "all seeing eye" serving as an admonition against sinning. Eyes on a plate have been used in illustrations of St. Lucy, probably because her name means light and she suffered greatly from eye disability.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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