What is a Saint?

What is a Saint?


(bright brass music) – [Announcer] A new saint is proclaimed by the Roman Catholic Church. In Rites at St. Peter’s, Vincent Pallotti, a 19th century priest who founded a missionary society, is canonized in ceremonies that are attended by 28 Cardinals and pilgrims from 13 countries. Pope John XXIII presides at the major portion of
the three-hour ceremony. (gentle piano music) – [Man] But I saw nothing
extraordinary in all of this, nothing to distinguish his
life from that of other men, except that the total sum of his virtues formed an uninterrupted whole. – [Narrator] For four
years, Father Paul de Geslin accompanied Saint Vincent Pallotti throughout the streets of Rome as he carried out his ministry. Father de Geslin came to Rome after hearing about the saintly priest, to join his institute and
to answer to the question. – [Man] What is a saint? (gentle piano music) – [Narrator] A frequent letter-writer, Father de Geslin normally
burned his letters after reading them. In this specific instance, Father Pallotti noticed and
yelled out for him to stop. He instructed the young priest to separate the blank
paper from the used paper and to get rid of what was used. The two left their residence to make a visit to the nearby hospital. On the way, Father
Pallotti sold the scraps of Father de Geslin’s
letter for five cents. Later, they stopped at a grocery store where Father Pallotti
purchased some biscuits before they continued on their journey. The spiritual care of the
patients in the hospital was entrusted to the Catholic Apostolate founded by Father Pallotti. Many times, the men the
priests were tending to wanted nothing to do with them. Father Pallotti was always called in when no one else could
make the situation better. On that day, there was a
particularly difficult patient who was close to death. When Father Pallotti arrived, he gathered the priests to go and pray. Expecting a miracle from the
hands of Father Pallotti, Father de Geslin readied himself. Father Pallotti laid back, glancing periodically at the patient. When the man closed his eyes, Father Pallotti slipped to his bedside. When he opened his eyes, a look of anger overtook him and he went into a rage. The man tried to shout, but Father Pallotti stuck
his hand into his pocket and took one of the biscuits
he had bought earlier and put it into the man’s mouth. As Father Pallotti pled
for the man’s soul, the patient finished his biscuit
and again began to curse. So Father Pallotti stuffed
another biscuit into his mouth. Continuing, he exorcized
the man and prayed. Eventually, the man’s anger and rage broke and he began to repent. As he finished his contrition, the man drew his final breath and died. (gentle piano music) Father Pallotti looked to
Father de Geslin and said. – [Man] There goes a soul who never expected to enter
purgatory this morning. Now you see the importance of
even little scraps of paper. – [Narrator] This act was
nothing extraordinary, but instead was the
work of a virtuous man. Father de Geslin did not expect this. Rather, he expected the Earth to tremble and buildings to shake. Father Pallotti’s prayer,
humility, and charity were not enough to help Father
de Geslin see his holiness. It is not a certain gift or lifestyle that is a measure for holiness. Holiness comes from God’s grace. To truly achieve holiness, we must ask God for His grace, be aware of the graces He give us, and be faithful to them in order to bring about true holiness. – [Man] Holiness is boldness, an impulse to evangelize and
to leave a mark in this world. To allow us to do this, Jesus Himself comes
and tells us once more, serenely yet firmly, “Do not be afraid.” (bright gentle orchestral music)

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