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Think ——-
that you must die as a martyr,
robbed of everything,
stretched out on the ground,
naked, unrecognizable,
covered with blood and wounds,
violently and painfully killed —
and desire
that that may be today.

— Blessed Charles de Foucauld (martyred 1916)

Can a person be canonized as a saint while they are in purgatory, or do they have to be in Heaven? - Anonymous

Canonization (and actually the previous step of beatification) includes the Church’s declaration that the person is already in heaven, as proven by the fact that at least one miracle has been attested (and fully investigated and corroborated) to the person in question.

God bless you!

- Father Shane

I know that we have no spouses in heaven, but do we still have genders? Are we still male and female? - Anonymous

Yes! There is still sexual differentiation — because it is so closely tied to our identity as human beings — but not sexual activity, for the number of the blessed will already be complete and no one else needs to be begotten. The love that those in heaven feel for each other and for God (and express!) is so intensely deep that it goes far beyond what sexuality here below offers…

God bless you!

- Father Shane

May the heart of Jesus bless you and make you holy not as you want but as he desires.

— Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

Dude. Is. Real.

Justin Fatica is at OLQM in Manhattan tonight, and I’ll be there with our youth group. Have a blessed weekend…

Vatican City, 28 June 2012 (VIS) - Today, during a private audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Pope authorised the Congregation to promulgate the following decrees:
HEROIC VIRTUES
- Servant of God Fulton Sheen, American archbishop, and former bishop of Rochester (1895-1979).

Vatican City, 28 June 2012 (VIS) - Today, during a private audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Pope authorised the Congregation to promulgate the following decrees:

HEROIC VIRTUES

- Servant of God Fulton Sheen, American archbishop, and former bishop of Rochester (1895-1979).

The trouble is that rich people, well-to-do people, very often don’t really know who the poor are; and that is why we can forgive them, for knowledge can only lead to love, and love to service. And so, if they are not touched by them, it’s because they do not know them.

— Mother Teresa

If I can give you any advice, I beg you to get closer to the Eucharist and to Jesus.

— Blessed Teresa of Kolkata

Today’s Roman “Wow”

Surprising rumor making the rounds:

Coming Soon: St Kateri? Buzz tips final miracle decree for “Lily of the Mohawks” in coming months; canonization in May or Oct 2012

No better time to get to know Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha!

This is the first time that the Church celebrates the feast of Blessed John Paul II! (October 22)

Why is Russia demolishing Mother Teresa's hospices?

Will the Pope canonize America's first Opus Dei priest?

What is the difference in a beaitfied person and a canonized? I don't see the point. Beatifying them means we can pray to them, venerate their relics, etc.. we know they are in Heaven. But isnt that what a saint is?

Isn't anyone who the Church recognizes as "Servant of God', "Venerable", or "Blessed" in Heaven, which would mean they are already a saint? I am so confused.
- Anonymous

Sure! You’re right that both a “blessed” and a “saint” are in Heaven. But that wasn’t our doing anyway. The Church is simply recognizing it.

The only major difference is how the veneration comes about. Rather than create an immensely huge list of saints for everyone, the Church set up (a very long time ago) a local/universal split.

"Blesseds" are only venerated (officially, in the sense of having Masses said on their feast day, etc.) in specific places, whereas "saints" are venerated by the whole Church. That’s why you won’t celebrate Blessed Mother Teresa’s feast day, but everybody celebrates Saint Maximilian Kolbe’s feast day.

So that gives each place some special heritage of its own, plus the saints that everyone venerates.

God bless you!

- Father Shane

Why do Catholics call Mary the "Blessed Virgin Mary" instead of "Saint Mary"? Isn't she a Saint? Isn't 'blessed" a title under "saint"? - Anonymous

It’s an ancient, ancient, ancient title, so ancient that Elizabeth was the first to use it:

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” (Luke 1:41-42)

Generally the word “blessed” is used of her in a unique way, not in the way we now refer to those who have been beatified and are awaiting canonization. Obviously, in its broadest use, even you and me are “blessed” (very much so!) by God, right?

God bless you!

- Father Shane

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