Archive | October 9, 2014

Saints – The Process of Canonisation

Hi Everyone,

I know you have just started making a decision about a Saint to choose for your Confirmation. Below is a short video on how the Catholic Church goes about making someone a Saint. I know you will find it very interesting, and it is very easy to follow.

You will also find a definition of a Saint below the video, as well as an extract on Who is a Saint. Ask your parents to read it with you so that you and your family understand what a Saint is.

At the end of the extract, I have included some links to help you choose a Saint, to begin your research

The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines a Saint as:

  • holy, canonized or officially recognized by the church as having won by exceptional holiness a high place in heaven and veneration on earth.

  • member of the company of heaven, canonized person, one of God’s chosen people.

Who is a Saint? extract from This is our Faith. by Michael Francis Pennock. pp224 – 225

Every Christian is called to be a saint, that is, every disciple of Jesus is called to be holy. A saint is a good person. Saints are people who always choose the better of two courses open to them. Saints are christian models of holiness. To believe in christian heroes and to learn from their lives can inspire us to do heroic deeds of service ourselves on our own journey to holiness.

Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic church will sometimes declare that a person who lived a good life and died a death joined to Jesus is a saint. The process leading to adding a person’s name to the list of saints (a process known as canonization) involves a careful study of that person’s life and a sign from God (usually miracles performed in that person’s name) that this person is truly a saint and worthy of our imitation. When the church honours a saint, the church is praising God who shares his life of holiness with us, his creatures.

Every person in heaven is truly a saint, whether canonized or not. Some of these saints maybe our own deceased friends and relatives. The church honours all these good people on All Saints Day. In some countries, All Saints Day is celebrated as a holy day, a day of truly celebrating the countless number of people who have lived good, holy lives and are now sharing in God’s life and happiness in heaven.

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