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Saints: ordinary people; extraordinary lives

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Cecilia Torres

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Ordinary People
Extraordinary Lives

The Communion of Saints
Incorrupt Saints
Thru Divine Intervention normal decomposition does not occur
St. Maria Goretti
16 October 1890 - 6 July 1902
Bl. Jose Sanchez del Rio
28 March 1913 - 10 February 1928
Servant of God: A pious person whose cause for canonization is being investigated. Declared by a bishop. Example: Dorothy Day: American journalist, Social Activist; d. 1980
A man or woman is called a saint by reason of their destination and of their partaking of the fruits of the Redemption
It is the spiritual solidarity which binds together the faithful on earth, the souls in purgatory, and the saints in heaven under Christ its head
Canonized Saints: men and women who are formally recognized by the Church as in Heaven because they exhibited heroic virtue
Honoring the Saints
Adoration belongs to God alone
We honor the saints because they participated with God's Divine Grace to reach Heaven
They help us and encourage us to be heroic
Allows public veneration of an individual
Servant of God
Venerable: A pious person whose cause for canonization is under investigation. Declared by the Pope as having led a life of heroic virtue. Example: Fulton Sheen: Archbishop, radio/TV host; d. 1979
Postulator-General chooses a vice-postulator to gather all inquiries of the individual and presents them to the Congregation of Rites in Rome
Inquiries: writings of the Servant of God/Venerable, eye-witness accounts, etc.
Nothing contrary to faith and morals in the person's writings then the Pope issues a decree: Venerable!
Two: if practice of heroic virtue has been proven
Three: if eyewitnesses were found during the ordinary processes
Four: if the virtues are proven only through hearsay of witnesses
Congregation debates sanctity only once. Majority agrees to the practice of heroic virtue and validity of miracles: Pope approves Beatification.
Process of Canonization
Up to two additional miracles must be confirmed thru the Blessed's intercession
Pope issues:
Bull of Canonization

In it he not only permits but commands veneration of the Saint

Act of Canonization is infallible
Examples: John XXIII & JPII
St. Bernadette
Died: 16 April 1879
St. Clare of Assisi
Died: 11 August 1253
Bl. Pope John XXIII
Died: 3 June 1963
St. Catherine of Siena
Died: 29 April 1380
St. John Vianney
Died: 4 August 1859
One of the youngest canonized saints: 12 years old
Fought against Alessandro who wanted to commit impurity with her
He stabbed her 14 times after she refused
Imprisoned - Maria appeared to him
Reverted, begged forgiveness
Attended her canonization in 1950
Martyred by Mexican Govt Officials after refusing to renounce his Catholic Faith
Viva Cristo Rey!
Patron Saints
Personal & lifelong relationship with a particular saint
Saint will aide you in living a holy life
Emulate that Saint's particular virtues
Why choose a patron?
Reasons to choose a particular saint:
Named after them
Born on their feast day
Patron saint of...particular interest
Desire to live like them
Inspired by their life
Devotion to that Saint
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