Each day of the year has a Catholic Saint attributed to it. This is the day the Saint died.
What is a Saint?
Saints were regular human people, just like us, who had an extraordinary love for God when they lived on earth. They loved God so much that many of them faced great hardships during their lifetime because of their dedication to Him. Some Saints even died because of their love for God.
How does a person become a Saint?
Back in the day, around 1200, faithful people were declared Saints at the time of their death. In more recent times, the process to become a Saint has grown to take years, decades, or even centuries.
First, when a faithful person dies, their life is examined by the Church. Their writings are examined and so is their faith from their time on earth.
Next, the Church investigates to see if the hopeful Saint has performed any posthumous miracles (miracles after they died). Once the
Do Catholics pray to Saints?
This is one of my favorite questions. Before I became a Catholic (at the ripe ol' age of 21!) I struggled with this question as well.
Catholics pray to God and believe in the Triunal God - The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. Just like we ask our friends and family to pray for us on earth, Catholics ask the Saints in Heaven to pray for us, too. After all, they are up there with God and are honored to do His will "on earth as it is in Heaven". Saints' "loving their neighbor" transcends into Heaven and they love to do God's will and help us here on earth!
Why remember Saints?
Remembering these special Christians and learning about hardships they faced during their lives can give us inspiration to fight whatever battle we may be facing in our lives, too.