What is the theological reason for meriting the status of being “Blessed?” I know it requires a verified miracle and permits one to venerate one so designated. Sainthood requires another verified miracle and is an exercise of papal infallibility since it a matter of faith or morals.
Is being designated “blessed” an infallible guarantee of the soul’s heavenly status? If so, why isn’t it the same as being proclaimed a saint? Why the redundancy? Is “blessed” some sort of provisional status and hence not a matter of infallibility? Why does sainthood require two verified miracles rather than just one? Why not three or more?
Your insights and help would be much appreciated.