Saturday, June 30, 2007

When Was I Canonized?

As a protestant christian am i a Saint, or is that title reserved for special, really holy, canonized people like Saint Nicholas?
The Church uses the word "saint" just as the Bible does, both for Christians on earth who are in a state of grace and for the souls in heaven. From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 823 says in part, "The Church, then, is 'the holy People of God,' and her members are called 'saints.'"

"Her members" would be anyone (even from other denominations) who is baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and who believes in Christ. From the Catechism we read [again, in part]:
838 "The Church knows that she is joined in many ways to the baptized who are honored by the name of Christian, but do not profess the Catholic faith in its entirety or have not preserved unity or communion under the successor of Peter." Those "who believe in Christ and have been properly baptized are put in a certain, although imperfect, communion with the Catholic Church."
Pax Christi,
phatcatholic

2 comments:

D. G. D. Davidson said...

Oh, and by the way, really nice blog you have going here. I like the respectful attitude you present toward the opinions you argue against. Something we (especially me) can all learn from.

phatcatholic said...

Thanks bro!

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