Thursday 3rd November: What is a Saint?

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and if the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



What is a Saint?

The word ‘saint’ means ‘holy’. And holy means something, or someone, that is dedicated to God.

The Catholic Church believes that saints are ordinary and typical human beings who made it into heaven. In the broader sense, everyone who’s now in heaven is technically a saint. Saints are human beings who lived holy lives in obedience to God’s will and are now in heaven for eternity.

Saints aren’t born saints. Saints are born sinners in the state of original sin and were sinners throughout their lives. Saints are ordinary people. They weren’t born with a halo around their head, and they didn’t glow in the dark. What separated them from those who weren’t given the title is that saints never gave up and never stopped trying to be and do better.

Instead of seeing or portraying saints as superheroes, the Church wants to present them as just heroes — ordinary people who made it to heaven. The idea is that if they could do it, so can you.


Father, we come to you just as we are right now.

Remind us of the saints when we are faced with the choice to do right or wrong. We can cry out to you to help us in those moments, and to trust you. Thank you for being faithful to listen to your children and to provide for us. Thank you for your plan in our lives, God. We trust that plan. More than anything, we want to love you.

We make this prayer in Jesus’ name.


Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

All holy men and women pray for us.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.