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Ask Fr. Francis: Who Are the Saints?

The following is an excerpt from askfrfrancis.org. Fr. Francis Ching, CC answers tough questions about the Catholic faith.

Question: 

I read about your answer about prayers to saints. Who are the saints and why they can answer prayers?

Fr. Francis' answer:

...But there are those, who during their lifetime, have taken a path of intentionally tending toward more and more giving and loving and merciful. They readily sacrificed themselves to set free and better others, and they have not given up becoming a better person despite their own flaws and often sinfulness. These in effect have lived their purgation during their lifetime on earth. These souls would go directly to heaven.

“Saints, in general, are all the souls who are now currently in heaven, alive before God enjoying eternal happiness. They include both those who entered directly to heaven after a virtuous life, and those who entered after a time in purgatory. Saints are therefore holy and fully alive. They see God face to face directly, and can take in as much of God as their created being allows. They are therefore more fully aware of God’s Will and pleasure, and through God’s all-knowing, more aware of our needs.” 

In fact, they love God so completely, and because God loves us so completely, they also love us more than we love ourselves. And their desire for us to be holy, which is to be totally set free from sin and hatred and selfishness and embrace our identity of God’s children is so ardent, that they long to see us to enter heaven and be with them celebrating the fullness of life. They therefore would do anything to implore God to assist us on our way to salvation...

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