Question of the Day for Thursday, August 1, 2013
Q. I saw Pope Francis announced upcoming canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. It was also mentioned that Pope John’s cause is approved even without a second miracle. What other reasons qualify as evidence of saintliness, minus the miracles?
A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin:
We commonly assume canonization to be a process by which the Church “makes” an individual a saint. Rather, the process merely recognizes the sanctity of an individual’s life, and officially acknowledges the holiness of the individual. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “By canonizing some of the faithful, i.e., by solemnly proclaiming that they practiced heroic virtue and lived in fidelity to God’s grace, the Church recognizes the power of the Spirit … and sustains the hope of believers by proposing the saints to them as models and intercessors” (No. 828).
Read the rest of the answer at Our Sunday Visitor: http://www.osv.com/TCANav/TCAQuestionoftheDay/July29Aug22013/tabid/8728/Default.aspx