– What is a Saint?
– Someone who has lived a heroic life of virtue
– They are raised up by the Church as examples of how to live a Christian Life
– Thought to be in heaven
– A more real and practical example of Christ on earth – typically they are
contextually bound – meaning they come from a particular region, time, …
Thus they are meant to give us a more attainable/relational example of how
to live in light of the Gospel of Christ.
– What up with Intercession?
– Often our call for intercessory prayer is misunderstood as idol worship by
fundamentalist, but as we see throughout the Bible, folks have been asking
for the intercession of angels and holy men and women throughout
– Think of analogy of applying for a job. If you know someone in the
organization pulling for you, you would be more apt to get the ear of the
– These are folks who lived lives of heroic virtue and are recognized officially by the Church as having done so after a process of scrutiny
– New Regulations were set by JP II in 1983.
– 5 Years after death – to allow for more objectivity – can be waved ( Mother Teresa)
– Bishop in Diocese is responsible for beginning the process
– Documents by the person and concerning the person
are collected and examined
– If they pass this stage they are declaired “Servant of God”
– The cause is passed on to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints
– In order to move to beatification a miracle is required
– If miracle proven to be medical/scientificly imposibility and passes scrutiny of the before mentioned process again, then the person is elevated to level of Blessed
– In order to be canonized another miracle must be varified
through the same process