Catholics Teaching On Saints. Do We Have To Believe In Them? (Catechism of the Catholic Church)


Q. What do we mean by the “Church Triumphant”? 
A. By the “Church Triumphant” we mean all the faithful now in heaven, rejoicing with God that they have defeated their spiritual enemies and attained their salvation. 

Q. Explain the “Communion of Saints.” 
A. The “Communion of Saints” means that the members of the three branches of the Church can help one another. We can assist the souls in Purgatory by our prayers and good works, while the Saints in heaven intercede for us. 

Q. Does the “Communion of Saints” mean anything else? 
A. The “Communion of Saints” means also that we all share in the merits of Our Lord and in the superabundant satisfaction of the Blessed Virgin and of the Saints, as well as in the prayers and good works of the Church and of the faithful. 

Q. Have the Saints their bodies in heaven? 
A. The Saints have not yet their bodies in heaven, as they will have them after the resurrection on the last day. Our Divine Lord and His blessed Mother are the only persons whose bodies are now in heaven. 

Q. Are there Saints in heaven whose names we do not know? 
A. There are many Saints in heaven whose names we do not know, because all who are admitted into heaven are truly Saints. 

Q. To whom do we usually give the name of “Saints”? 
A. We usually apply the name of “Saints” to those only whom the Church has Canonized. 

Q. What is the Canonization of a Saint? 
A. Canonization is a solemn ceremony by which the Church declares that a certain person, now dead, was remarkable for extraordinary holiness while on earth, and is now in heaven worthy of our veneration. 

Q. How does the Canonization of a Saint take place? 
A. In the Canonization of a Saint (1) the accounts of the person’s holy life, heroic virtue, and miracles are collected and sent to the Holy See; (2) those accounts are examined by the Holy Father or his cardinals, and, if found to be true and sufficient, (3) the Saint is Canonized or perhaps only beatified.

Q. What is the difference between the honors conferred on a person by beatification and Canonization? 
A. Beatification limits the honor to be given to the beatified by restricting it to certain places or persons; whereas Canonization is the highest honor and permits all to venerate the Saint everywhere. 

Q. Why does the Church Canonize Saints? 
A. The Church Canonizes Saints (1) to honor them, and (2) to make us certain that they are in heaven, and may, therefore, be invoked in our prayers. 

Q. Can the Church err in the Canonization of a Saint? 
A. The Church cannot err in matters of faith or morals, and the Canonization of a Saint is a matter of faith and morals. 

Q. What is the difference between a Saint and an Angel? 
A. The Saints lived upon the earth in bodies like our own. The Angels never inhabited the earth, though they visit it and remain for a time with us. They have not now and never will have bodies.

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