As the years went by the church formalized the process by which someone could be called a Saint. It involved a lengthy examination of his live and proof that God worked a miracle or two through that person. When the church is able to proclaim with authority that this person is now in Heaven with God, they are officially called a Saint and they are available to us for prayers and intersession.
So there are two types of saints: the Saints in Heaven who are already with God, and us little saints on earth stumbling toward our eternal glory.
Only God can see into a person’s heart and knows who deserves to be honoured as a saint. So the church honours ALL the saints who have ever lived on November 1st – those declared saints by the church and those known only to God, the great Saints in Heaven and us little saints on earth.
Challenge of the Week
Hearing about the saints and their love for God moves us to love God more too. The saints are the heroes of the church and we can learn a lot by following their example. Make it a habit to regularly read the stories of the saints, especially the patron saints of your children.
“…Give thanks to the Father who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.”