I attended a funeral for a wonderful lady who reached the age of 91 last week. She was a life long Lutheran and practiced her faith sincerely.
During the eulogy the minister talked about her and all gathered who believe, and referred to all of us as saints. He specifically mentioned that this belief is in contrast to religions who hold out those who have performed special deeds while they were alive and have now passed on to their reward.
He used Acts 9:13 and 9:23 where Peter referred to “visiting the saints in Lydda” and other examples of where believers are referred to as saints.
Why did Peter refer to others (believers) as “saints” ? Is this is a basis for Lutheran doctrine of Sola Fide? How do we as Catholics reconcile this use of “saint” in terms of our doctrine of sainthood?