The Sojourner: On the Saints, Part 1 of 2
The year 2021 is quickly passing. The Church soon will be celebrating the month of All Saints. Why are the Saints important in our everyday lives?
Who are the saints? In the book All Saints: Why are the saints important in our everyday lives? — Joy In Truth we read: The saints are models of human excellence – perfected by the life of Christ and the communication of his Spirit. They demonstrate by their lives how to live and how to die. They consistently point to the horizon of love which leads to the fulfillment of all human desire: eternal communion with the Holy Trinity.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says this about the saints:
Being more united to Christ, those who dwell in heaven fix the whole Church more firmly in holiness. They do not cease to intercede with the Father for us. They proffer the merits which they acquired on earth through the one mediator between God and men – Christ Jesus. So by their fraternal concern is our weakness greatly helped. [, CCC 956, LG 49; cf 1 Tim 2:5.]
The catechism (Paragraph 2683) continues: The witnesses who have preceded us into the kingdom, [Cf. Heb 12:1.] especially those whom the Church recognizes as saints, share in the living tradition of prayer by the example of their lives, the transmission of their writings, and their prayer today. They contemplate God, praise him, and constantly care for those whom they have left on earth. When they entered into the joy of their Master, they were put in charge of many things. [Cf. Mt 25:21.] Their intercession is their most exalted service to God’s plan. We can and should ask them to intercede for us and for the whole world.”
While he lay dying, St. Dominic said this to brothers: “Do not weep, for I will be more useful to you after my death. I will help you then more effectively than during my life.”
St. Therese of Lisieux wrote: I want to spend my heaven in doing good on earth. [The Final Conversations, translated by John Clarke (Washington: ICS, 1977, 102.]”
There are many resources available to us about the Saints. Among them are:
Saints & Angels – Catholic Online https://www.catholic.org/saints From this site there are links to the most popular saints; Female, Male, and Patron saints; Saints Fun Facts; Saint Feast Days by the months of the year; Saints A to Z; and details about All Saint’s Day.
CatholicSaints.Info https://catholicsaints.info Catholic Saints information with 6,231 topics and 16,131 saints, blesseds, venerables, and feasts. This is a Catholic Saints MEGASITE! Who’s the patron of your state (political or spiritual)? Condition (physical or spiritual)? Vocation (monetary or spiritual)? Hobby? Maybe you can find out here. This site has information on topics with patron saints, and profiles of those saints.
Some might say, “I can’t be a saint. I’m not good enough. I don’t have any talents like those other saints. Next time, allow me to introduce you to the story of Blessed Herman. You might change your mind.