Why Make Saints?

Why Make Saints?

In the wake of the canonizations of Saints John Paul II and John XXIII, James Martin, S.J., responds to common critiques of the canonization process.

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Tammy Gottschling
4 years ago
Enjoyed listening to your podcast on the saints. Interestingly, I've been reflecting with Thomas Merton's assertion to let us dare call our self a saint. This said, I consider you to be one such person along with a few other good men, Father Jim. The Church triumphant is surely with us making our time a historical moment in the life of the Church in 2014.
Tammy Gottschling
4 years ago
Enjoyed listening to your podcast on the saints. Interestingly, I've been reflecting with Thomas Merton's assertion to let us dare call our self a saint. This said, I consider you to be one such person along with a few other good men, Father Jim. The Church triumphant is surely with us making our time a historical moment in the life of the Church in 2014.
Tammy Gottschling
4 years ago
I stand in communion with Father John Carpi and Father Robert Barron. I could not be more proud (this is not a spiritual pride) to be in solidarity with the Catholic Church. I think we do have an intellectually rich tradition that we had become passive with.
Bruce Snowden
4 years ago
I want to be a saint, not the canonized kind, just a quiet model to myself not to the Church at large, honoring Christ in fulfillment of what fidelity to God can do. Of course I cannot become a saint on my own, but need a lot of help from above as only God makes saints. When it comes to canonization all that is, is a public confirmation of what God has done. It's just wonderful to be able to achieve perfect affinity to God through fidelity to the Gospel, an opportunity given through Baptism of water, blood, or desire and open to all. Why did God make me (us?) "God made me (us) to know, love and serve him in this world, so as to be happy with him forever in the next." That's what life is all about!
David Pasinski
4 years ago
Saints are great... Robert Ellsberg's "All Saints" is often bed time reading. But skip the miracle stuff... I believe in miracles but not as a criteria for who's got God's ear.... Two miracles for some - one's enough for another... four were necessary in the past...c'mon....

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