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The Saints Made Human

OR ARE HUMANS MADE SAINTS?
The Church canonizes certain men and women to hold them up as heroic models for us to imitate.
But somewhere along the line, we lost sight of the premise of canonization and sainthood.
"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 of holiness within her and sustains the hope of believers by proposing the saints to them as models and intercessors (CCC 828)".
The saints are models for us based on their heroic virtue and fidelity to grace. The saints are the standard for us. But somewhere along the line, we began to flip things around and make ourselves the standard for the saints. 
Today there seems to be an excessive focus on the humanity and relatability of the saints. When we hear stories about saints, too often it is about their violent temper, their large belly, their love of adventure. These stories are n…

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