As an “angel mommy” I DO refer to my children as saints. However, in the non Catholic world, they are called angels as a coping mechanism. It’s easier for Mommies in Crisis to think about their babies as angels than as a dead child. The word “Saint” is shared among my Catholics friends.
I think there’s also a common misunderstanding of what an angel is versus a saint, kwim?
Also, if St. Augustine was correct, and our children are not in Heaven, but in some limbo “content” to be without Him, I’d rather picture them as angels. Lying to myself would help me cope better with this. :(:(
Why we do what we do is beyond me. I picture my boys as saints, but TBH, commercially, I find many more “angel” statues and memory gifts than saints.And these little statues and gifts are my comfort when I am upset.
I will try to correct this. However, of all the issues I had in life, I wish this one wasn’t it.