C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith – What’s Up with Catholics and Saints?

C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith – What’s Up with Catholics and Saints?


A lot of my non-Catholic
friends have questions about saints. Are we supposed to be worshipping saints? Mom, how do you even become a saint? All the saints just seem kind
of “old.” Are there any modern-day saints? Catholics are really into saints. We have St. Anthony, St. Francis, St. Therese. All of our churches, all of our schools are named for saints. Saints are spiritual heroes for us. I liken them to astronauts. What astronauts
are to outer space, saints are to holiness. They explore for us, the outer limits of human possibility. Here’s what it looks like when a particular person hands
herself or hands himself over to the grace and the power of God. One of my favorite saints is Francis of Assisi. A rich, young man who lived in the Middle Ages in Italy, completely gave away everything that
he had and went to live with the lepers. He started a whole new movement within the
Church because he was serious about holiness. We think of St. Therese, this little girl
whose dream was to become a Carmelite nun, died tragically of tuberculosis at
the age of 24, did nothing spectacular, but laid out her conviction that God was not calling
her to do great things, but to do little things with great love. So, we see her as kind of a patron saint of all of
us little people who are filled with the daily tasks of life. Saints are examples for us then, of
what is means to live the Gospel of Christ. Secondly, they are powerful intercessors for us. We pray to the saints, but we only worship God. We pray to the saints, just as I would ask you to pray
for me in a moment of crisis or for a particular need. The saints are those men and
women who are with God in the joy of heaven. Their greatest prayer for us,
their greatest desire is that one day, we will stand where they are-caught
up in the glory of God’s Kingdom forever. So, no wonder that they would pray for us and make
intercession for us, just as we pray for each other. All of us, living and dead, baptized into the mystery
of Christ are bound in the communion of saints. We are one family of God. The prayer of the saints, the example of the saints,
the intercession of the saints, is a great comfort for us. We are not alone in this Christian journey. This path has been trod by millions
of holy women and men before us, and we follow in their footsteps as
they follow in the footsteps of Christ. Thank the Lord for the saints! They show us that holiness is possible, even for the likes of us. None of the saints were perfect. They were sinners that just kept on trying,
and God’s grace filled them and lifted them up. It’s the Year of Faith and we’re connecting
Christ and the Catechism of the Catholic Church! Ignite your faith! Share this video with a friend and
spark-up a spirited conversation today! So what’s the next C-4 all about? We invite you to come back and “C-4” yourself!

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