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Sunday 27 April 2014

Reminder of Patronage and Feast Days

The feast day of St. John XXIII is October 11th and he is patron of papal delegates. Nuncios are papal delegates, so pray for them invoking St. John XXIII.

The feast day of St. John Paul II is October 22nd and he is patron of  World Youth Day. So if you do not like to see the problems at those celebrations, pray to him. He is co-patron with Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

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Have a Great Day of Mercy

On the Canonizations from Rome

Pope Francis called St. John XXIII, the  Father, the Pope of the Holy Spirit and St. John Paul II, the Father, the Pope of the Family.

The vast majority of the priests on the television are giving Communion on the tongue. Praise God for the new priesthood.

Watching the Canonizations from The Midwest

The Pope Emeritus looks great,(a saint honoring two saints), but I can understand why he is not able to physically handle all Pope Francis will do this morning.

The rain has started in Rome as well, but at this moment, it may have stopped. It looks like most of the audience are from Poland! More later. Litany of the Saints has started.

Pope Francis has aged so much in one year. God bless him.

God bless all Catholics in the world today.

The woman healed by St. John Paul II brought up his relic to the Pope and lots of Latin.

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Ask Yourself "Why"?

If you are a Catholic today who is not rejoicing at the canonization of two popes, please ask yourself  "why".

Perhaps you have not read the biographies of these two popes. If not, I would recommend doing so.

Perhaps you have not understood that politics are not religion and religion is not politics.

Perhaps you do not understand mercy and forgiveness, repentance and change.

Perhaps you have not read the lives of the saints, such as that of St. Teresa of Avila, or St. Jerome.

Perhaps you do not understand that some few saints are born saints, but most become saints in their lifetime.

Perhaps you are looking at people who surrounded these saints rather than at the saints themselves. Judgments such as this have no place in the minds of good Catholics.

Perhaps you are confusing holiness, which is perfection on earth, with political astuteness or infallibility in writings. Even the writings of the great saints are not perfect, or infallible, even though the persons became saints.

Perhaps you have not understood the reason why these saints are being canonized today.

Perhaps you need to pray and read about what real holiness is.

Useful List of Criteria for Sainthood

Of course, a pope may change these, as in the case of St. Hildegard of Bingen and others. Also, martyrs are sometimes canonized without miracles and other saints if there has been a long history of veneration.

The following are the basic steps to becoming a saint:

1) The candidate must be deceased for a minimum of five years

2) Even in our modern, fast-paced society, the candidate must have lived a life of extraordinary asceticism, self-denial, faith, good works and inspirational virtue, often helping the poor and sick

3) The candidate must be recognized for two posthumous miracles...verified by a scientific board appointed by the Vatican

3) Once it is determined that the candidate has led a life of holiness, he or she is declared a Servant of God and the investigation of their candidacy begins

4) A postulator is appointed on the candidate's behalf, undertaking an exhaustive investigation into his or her life, works, writings, sayings, family life, early history, etc. – digging for any small thing that might be inconsistent with tireless faith and Church teachings

5) Witnesses (if still alive) are called to appear before a church tribunal and further evidence is gathered

6) A positioning paper presenting the case of the saint is handed to the Bishop

7) If the Bishop agrees with the evidence, he passes on the report to the Vatican's Congregation of Saints

8) If the Congregation and the Pope agree that the person lived a virtuous life, the candidate is named a "Venerable."

9) This completes the investigation of the candidate's earthly life. Now, the Congregation undertakes the investigation of the two posthumous miracles, if they have occurred. If not, they wait. The first miracle earns the candidate beatification, the second assures sainthood.

10) Miracles are intensively scrutinized by both religious and scientific authorities. Medical miracles are examined by a board of five doctors who must unequivocally determine that no other possible explanation for a cure exists.

11) All cures must be instantaneous and complete (One potential candidate's miracle – restoring the sight of a blind man – was rejected because the sight was only 90% restored). In the case of cancer, a ten year waiting period must assure that the patient doesn't come out of remission

12) If the high standards for miracles are met, the Pope bestows the title of saint on the candidate

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