[quote="PJM, post:9, topic:303891"]
"Saint" defined by Father Hardon's Catholic Dictionary:
*SAINTS. A name given in the New Testament to Christians generally (Colossians 1:2) but early restricted to persons who were eminent for holiness. In the strict sense saints are those who distinguish themselves by heroic virtue during life and whom the Church honors as saints either by her ordinary universal teaching authority or by a solemn definition called canonization. The Church's official recognition of sanctity implies that the persons
are now in heavenly glory, that they may be publicly invoked everywhere, and that their virtues during life or martyr's death are a witness and example to the Christian faithful. (Etym. Latin sanctus, holy, sacred.)*
Which means that they HAD to die w/o unconfessed-unforgiven Mortal sins and either were "Perfect" at death ot Perfected in Purgatory.:thumbsup:
I agree. But when I thought of a Saint I always would think, someone who does good, Didn't you? I mean a Saint, always doing good works, good things.
But I was truly way off the mark of what a Saint truly is, It really has nothing to do with good works. I mean people who don't accept Christ do good things, do good works, and are truly good people. But not Saints.
Eminent for holiness, think about it, what does that truly mean. It means that you want NOTHING else in your life, NOTHING but Christ. No money, power, etc. Just Christ and Christ alone. Its your relationship with him, the one on one relationship that makes it even possible to be a Saint.
Look at our greatest example in our Time. Pope John Paul 11. It wasn't his works that made him a Saint, his books, even his teachings. It was not his position. It was how when he stood up God just sprang out of him. How you knew his love for God. It was written in every single thing he did, he said.
It was always about God. When you listened to him, in your heart you knew there was nothing in this world HE wanted from YOU. It was what he wanted to share with you the true and unselfish gift that was given to him by God.
He was loved by millions, Catholic's and Non- Catholics alike.
He would be the best example I can relate to in our time. Do you know a Priest, Nun, Preacher like that? That the only motive in thier Life is Christ and Christ alone.