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By canonizing some of the faithful, i.e., by solemnly proclaiming that they practiced heroic virtue and lived in fidelity to God's grace, the Church recognizes the power of the Spirit of holiness within her and sustains the hope of believers by proposing the saints to them as models and intercessors. CCC 828 Some angels have been recognized as ...


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As far as we know, he did not use this analogy. It does not appear in the extant writings attributed to him, nor in early hagiographies. There are several places in these documents where a shamrock metaphor wouldn't go completely amiss, and yet it doesn't seem to appear anywhere. In the Confession attributed to Patrick, he talks a lot about how he is a ...


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//Are saints supposed to be omnipresent, or are you just rolling the dice that they are paying attention to you at that moment?// No they are not omnipresent (or omniscient for that matter), only God is. But they can hear our prayers by the power of God. Since we believe they are in heaven where they dwell in God, it is not strange that they can hear ...


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There are two additional reasons for More's canonization. The first reason is that the Vatican wished to support English Roman Catholics over against the Church of England. Anglican-RC relations at this time were very frosty; and because More had defended papal (as against royal) supremacy in the church, and died for his conviction, he qualified as a martyr. ...


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It’s a subtle distinction, no doubt. There is a simplified view that Catholics pray to saints as intercessors, while Episcopalians pray about saints in remembrance. But that's not super accurate. The Catholic Church bestows the title of Saint upon an individual through a rather lengthy process of canonization, after which the individual is officially and ...


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Yes, the manner of death of the Martyrs is written of, by Pope Paul VI (citing the early Church Martyrs) as an ecstasy second only to that of the supreme joy felt by the Blessed Virgin Mary. After Mary, we find the expression of the purest and most burning joy -- where the cross of Jesus is embraced with the most faithful love -- among the martyrs, in ...


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One such appears to be St Vladimir the Great, who is revered as a saint by Churches in communion with both Constantinople and Rome. That said, it's not clear when he was canonised — that might have occurred before the Great Schism; and nor is it clear whether this is a local celebration or one recognised by Rome for the whole Church. According to ...


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Some Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational churches are named after saints. The Reformed (Calvinistic) Churches, which theologically are very much the same as the Presbyterians (just historical differences, Presbyterianism born in the British Isles and Reformed Churches in the European Continent) very rarely have churches with name of saints, ...


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Whether Angels can be considered Saints Objection 1. It would seem that angels cannot be numbered among the Saints because during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the one presiding says: ...all the Angels and Saints and furthermore, at benediction the one presiding says (and the people respond): blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints So ...


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Saint Stephen was the first martyr, at whose stoning Saul/Paul was present. He doesn't get the honour of "first saint". The rules have almost certainly changed since antiquity, and are now fairly rigid (two miracles are required, at least).


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I think there are a couple of possibilities, at least. If you can provide any more information about the text and its purpose then we could try to narrow it down. There are a few places where St Augustine proposes a seven-step journey of the soul. However, the schemes don't match up (which is fine: he actually says in the earliest work that there are many ...


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The article is incorrect on several points. For example it is true that Gemelli was critical of Padre Pio. It is also true that this was due to misunderstanding and from self inflated notions of his own importance in the Church. Gemelli evidence on the stigmata for example is fabricated and flies in the face of several medical physicians and properly adhered ...


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Yes Saint Thomas had been to India and there are enough of evidences which seems to substantiate those claims. There are christian communities in South Western India (Kerala State) which trace back their ancestry to conversions that happened during that time.A substantial part of the Christian community in that Indian state has Syrian Christian lineage. It ...


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Not just Mexican, mostly a Catholic tradition. (http://www.catholic.org/saints/faq.php) This is one way to carry-out this tradition: Catholics ask saints to give a word or two to God for them. So, if my name is Peter, I should IDENTIFY myself with Peter's Day, present gifts, ask people to help me with extra treatment/presents, so together with Saint Peter, ...


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According to Wikipedia, the halo was initially used for Jesus as a symbol of His Glory. Applied to the saints, it could be the outpouring of God's Glory, often talked about in the Bible, where the living water would flow from you, or His Light shine from you. If the position of the halo is usually from the Head of the body then I would make the assumption ...


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I can't say for certain, but I can make some inferences. A saint is someone who has been sanctified. That is, they have been made holy or sacred, or have been purified. This process implies beginning from a state this is something less. Angels are beings that exist in Heaven, and have always existed in heaven. This implies that they are without sin, and ...


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"The Wisdom of God, the Lady Theotokos our Pammakaristos and Conciliation, St. Demetrios Kanavis, St. George the Trophy-bearer of the Phanar, and all the saints of our Church are not keepers of the law but legislators according to St. Symeon the New Theologian." This answer will be in keeping with Symeon’s perspective! Symeon identifies himself with the ...



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