[quote=tuopaolo]The word in Latin, Sanctus, gets translated as Saint as well as Holy in English.
Saint can mean:
All those in heaven, including angels.
All men in heaven, excluding angels.
A title given to those we glorify – both the angels we know from the bible and men that are canonized.
Holy or holy one.
Someone who has or has died with “heroic virtue” – which is a necessary criterion for canonization which is a recognition of heroic virtue as well as being in heaven.
Someone who has or has died with heroic virtue and been canonized.
IMHO having all Christians be known as “saints” regardless of personal holiness is a “Protestant thing” Saint means holy or holy one … if someone is a Christian, duly baptized, but like me, is a horrible sinner, then that person is no holy one, no saint! Bibles translate the word as both “saint” and “holy one” – same exact word, kind of like the Latin word sanctus gets translated as “saint” or “holy” If it’s not a Protestant thing, it’s definitely a post-Vatican II thing.
From the Catholic Encyclopedia- 1908 (therefore PRE-Vatican II)
Entry- Saints, Communion of
The communion of saints is the spiritual solidarity which binds together the faithful on earth, the souls in purgatory, and the saints in heaven in the organic unity of the same mystical body under Christ its head, and in a constant interchange of supernatural offices. The participants in that solidarity are called saints by reason of their destination and of their partaking of the fruits of the Redemption (I Cor., i, 2-Greek Text). The damned are thus excluded from the communion of saints. The living, even if they do not belong to the body of the true Church, share in it according to the measure of their union with Christ and with the soul of the Church. St. Thomas teaches (III:8:4) that the angels, though not redeemed, enter the communion of saints because they come under Christ’s power and receive of His gratia capitis.
We are all saints (and have been considered so for hundreds of years). We venerate Saints…