A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

The phenomenon of Saints and Christian holiness summons a sense of wonder that has always existed in the Church. In a world that is continuously and rapidly changing, culturally fragmented in values as well as in customs, having a foundational pillar to look up to and pray to, such as the Saints, offers a sense of peace and calm.

For centuries, Christians have looked to the Saints as direct links to God; praying to them for protection, comfort, inspiration, and miracles. Saints are considered spiritual mentors who would add their prayers in heaven to those offered by Christians still living in the material world. 

When we pray to Saints, we're simply asking them to help, by praying to God on our behalf - just like we ask our friends and family to do so. Catholics have a variety of ways to show their devotion or love of God, the Holy Trinity. Catholics attend Mass, pray the rosary or the stations of the cross, wear a religious medal, or say a novena (the same prayer for nine days in a row).

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints:

1. Identify a Saint that inspires you. Choose a Saint to pray with that you are drawn to for their life or their words.

2. Draw meaning from their life or words.

3. Speak and pray openly with them.

4. Let them lead you to Holiness.