Who were the Saints?

On the internet and in books,

lists of saints abound

when we say or  sing them

all in a row it is a litany of saints

What are Saints or perhaps more appropriately who were the saints?

How does one become a Saint?

To be simple about it:

anyone has the potential to be a saint

saints were human

saints were not perfect people

saints were in a process of recognizing and moving beyond their imperfections.

then they died or some died of natural causes some were martyred

then miracles happen by praying to the holy person

and then someone needs to take note and request the holy person becomes a saint and the church then needs to look into and investigate the person….yada yada yada

eventually usually over hundreds of years someone can move through the canonization process(the process to become a saint)

from:beatification(blessed) to full canonization (saint)

please note….Catholics do not worship saints

we occasionally ask saints to pray for us

much like we might do of a beloved relative or friend that has died:

ie: Grandpa John if you’re up there please watch over us and say a prayer for us during this( joyous/or perhaps difficult) time

In honoring memory of the saints (blessed, fully canonized and all holy people both ordained and lay)

we are reminding ourselves of the good these people did while they were alive,


the good we could be doing while we are still alive

at the end of  one of the litany of saints I’ve heard it said

All you saints and holy people pray for us (pray for us)(check out the youtube link at the beginning of this post)

A few more places to get information on the saints:

Catholic Online

Saints Official Catholic Directory

Catholic Saints Coloring pages

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About ellasurreau

I am a first grade religious education catechist I have been teaching for 20 years I have a BA in Religious Studies I have continued taking classes in religious studies since graduating. I grew up Methodist, and became catholic after marrying.
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