The Study of Saints and Why Its Important

Sainthood?that title given by the Catholic Church that seems to draw so much criticism from so many denominations. The mere mention of it angers some people. It's not so much the title itself that draws attention but the dogma that prayer to those saints is helpful to the living. And while opponents of such an idea try to distance themselves from Catholic theology, they miss out on a big benefit of this 'disagreeable' doctrine.

As they venture further from Catholicism (like the Church is an embarrassing ancestor that people try to keep in the closet) they stop any real honor of holy men in Church history. The mere study of their devout becomes a sin, and the only ones mentioned in their washed-out history books are the ones who's only accomplishment was extreme opposition to Catholicism. And ignoring the lives of the saints only leaves them with a terrible void?one that should've been filled by an incredible gift from God.

That gift isn't so much the greatness of men and women who have dedicated their lives to the greater glory of God (and the beneficial fruits that come from this) but the display of diversity within the God's Church. As we study the life of Jesus (and try to imitate it) there's always the alluring temptation to give up, because he was God, and not being God, how could we hope to replicate such holiness.

But in the study of saints, we don't always focus on the man...but on specific characteristics of a man. Pope John Paul II, for example (who'll no doubt receive the title some day), brought us an attitude of peace and the promotion of a "culture of life". Yes, he was smart, prayerful, holy, and had all the other markings of a saint. But history (while it might mention these other things) will always point to his accomplishments in the promotion of peace and unity. The Church will always see him as a shining example of what a peaceful man should be. Someone with a weakness for anger will always see his life as source of inspiration.

A quick look through the lives of the saints reveals thousands of such characteristics. St. Thomas Aquinas was the intellectual giant. St. Francis of Assisi showed us how to live a life of poverty. St. Catherine of Sienna reflects a deep love for Christ. St. Bernadette's simplicity (and obedience) gives us a powerful example of what God can accomplish through unlikely channels.

As each of these saints had prominent virtues in their lives, each of these virtues have a contrasting weakness or tendency that we're forced to fight throughout our own existence. And that's why we contemplate on their lives. Not just for example and inspiration, but because they signify that such perfections in virtue are possible?even for someone without a divine nature.

Written by Eric Engel at Copy For Sale

In The News:

The EU's Work On Freedom Of Religion Or Belief Is Being Challenged From Within  ForbesGetting the European Union (and its different mechanisms) to engage effectively on the subject of freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) has always been difficult.
Islam as statecraft: How governments use religion in foreign policy  Brookings InstitutionThe discussion of Islam in world politics recently has tended to focus on how religion is used by a wide range of social movements, political parties, and militant ...
Respecting An Establishment Of Religion  Above the LawForcing free and independent individuals to pay for religious displays violates the First Amendment.
‘Religious freedom’ bill pitched in Iowa Senate  Waterloo Cedar Falls CourierDES MOINES — Iowans would be granted broader legal protection to take actions guided by their religious beliefs under a proposal advanced Tuesday by ...
Controversial 'religious freedom' bill gets another look at Iowa Capitol  Des Moines RegisterRepublican lawmakers have reintroduced a bill at the Iowa Capitol that they say will protect religious rights but that critics warn could allow businesses in the ...
Nigerians Deeply Divided by Religion on Key Issues  GallupAs Nigerians prepare to cast their ballots, the country's Muslims and Christians are deeply divided on key issues.
Abortion is not about religion | Letters  Jamaica GleanerTHE EDITOR, Sir: For Peter Espeut, contrary to his claim, and for many church people, abortion is very much a religious issue. Their position is clearly based on ...
Religious freedom bill makes ground at Statehouse  KCCI Des MoinesA Religious Freedom Restoration bill that was shelved by lawmakers in 2018 advanced in the Iowa Statehouse on Tuesday. Supporters say the bill will protect ...
Should the state leave religion alone?  The HinduThere is no simple yes or no answer to this question. Much depends on what we mean by the term religion.
POLL: Sidhu says terror has "no country, no religion". Do you agree?  Yahoo NewsCongress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has been condemned for his remarks that terrorism has “no country, no religion”.
Why we studied the possible links between religion and happiness, health and civic engagement  Pew Research CenterPeople who regularly attend a house of worship are more likely to be happy and civically engaged than those who do not, according to a new Pew Research ...
Iran should return to ancient teachings of Islam, a religion hijacked in 1979 by a dictatorial regime  Fox NewsMany experts on the Middle East never thought they'd see the day the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates would be ...
UP budget 2019: Religion, cows among Yogi Adityanath’s 4 point development formula  The Financial ExpressThe budget aims to create a generous fusion between rural livelihood and cattle economy, women welfare, development of tourist destinations, modernization ...
The Supreme Court Is Playing Favorites With Religion  ACLULast week, the Supreme Court permitted the state of Alabama to execute a Muslim man, Domineque Ray, without his religious advisor present. The court's 5-4 ...
Sociologists study the impact religion has on child development  Science DailyDo children raised by religious parents have better social and psychological development than those raised in non-religious homes? In a new study, ...
Trump just promised to help religious adoption agencies that won’t work with gay parents. Here’s what he could do.  Washington PostAt Thursday's National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump introduced a family he called “inspiring to us all”: the Bucks from Michigan, who have adopted five ...
What Science Can Learn From Religion  The New York TimesHostility toward spiritual traditions may be hampering empirical inquiry.
Cult leader Serge Benhayon’s ‘sick’ global religion found by jury to be dangerous  NEWS.com.auA former NSW tennis coach, posing as a religious leader, has been found to have taken millions of dollars from families and had an “indecent interest in girls as ...
Men and women religious feel shame for failures on abuse  Vatican NewsThe abuse of children is wrong anywhere and anytime: this point is not negotiable.” This is what the leaders of men and women religious of the world ...
As Americans disengage from religion, a California institution encourages questioning  Religion News ServiceOJAI, Calif. (RNS) — They come by the dozens, making their way past groves of orange trees and converging on a low-slung white house with a gnarled pepper ...
Analysis | How offensive have Trump's past comments on race and religion been? You tell us.  The Washington PostPresident Trump raised a few eyebrows earlier this week when he criticized tweets by freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) suggesting that American politicians ...
When Religion Leads to Trauma  The New York TimesSome churches “weaponize scripture and religion to do very deep damage on the psyche,” one pastor says.
Does Religion Define a Citizen?  Economic and Political WeeklyThe Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which was recently passed in the Lok Sabha updates the existing Citizenship Act, 1955, to provide Indian citizenship to ...
How to have productive disagreements about politics and religion  The Conversation - USResearch suggests people intuitively draw a distinction between what is known and what is believed. Recognizing the difference can help in ideological ...
Fat and happy: the comforts of practicing a religion  Religion News Service(RNS) — People who are active in their religious congregations tend to be happier, a new Pew survey finds. But that advantage doesn't extend to their waistlines ...
Why a centuries-old religious dispute over Ukraine's Orthodox Church matters today  The Conversation - USUkraine's Orthodox Church recently broke off from Russia. This dispute has a history that goes back to medieval Christianity, and continues to shape ...
Marie Kondo and Kuyō: Is throwing things away really a religious experience?  Religion News Service(RNS) — “Does it spark joy?” Since the release of the 2019 Netflix documentary “Tidying Up” with Marie Kondo, people across the globe have been inspired to ...
Listen to R.E.M. Perform "Losing My Religion," Released on This Day in 1991 :: Music :: Features :: R.E.M. :: Paste  Paste MagazineAthens, Ga. alternative rockers R.E.M. released their best-known song, “Losing My Religion” on this day in 1991. It was the first single from their 1991 seventh ...
Florida bill would require Bible, religion classes as electives  The Northwest Florida Daily NewsTALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers have proposed a bill that would require each school district to offer elective courses with the Bible and Christianity as their ...
Absent an imam, Domineque Ray's execution by Alabama disenfranchises Muslims  Religion News Service(RNS) — Last Thursday (Feb. 7), the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a federal appeals court's stay of execution granted to Domineque Ray, a death row prisoner ...
Exclusion of women from temples not essential to Hindu religion: Kerala government on Sabarimala  Economic TimesNEW DELHI: Exclusion of women from temples is not essential to the Hindu religion, the Kerala government said Wednesday vehemently opposing in the ...
Mike Pence has inserted religious considerations into setting of foreign-policy priorities  MarketWatchIn the first two years of the Trump presidency, Vice President Mike Pence has worked to put religion at the heart of key diplomatic efforts, steering hundreds of ...
'Fleabag' Season 2 Explores Religion With Help Of “Hot Priest” – TCA  DeadlineThe second season of Amazon's Fleabag surprised nobody more than series creator/star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, she told TV critics at TCA. "I decided not to do a ...
China’s disdain for religious freedoms  BusinessLineIts superpower status has allowed it to get away with persecution of religious minorities. India should leverage its soft power.
Volunteer religion teacher accused of indecent behavior with juveniles, sexual battery  WAFBAuthorities say a Prairieville man, who volunteered as a religion teacher, has been accused of indecent behavior with juveniles and sexual battery.
Books explore Merton the writer, Religion 101 and Antarctic ice  National Catholic ReporterDuring Lent, Trappist Fr. Thomas Merton was irate when the Passion was read in what he described as an "extremely trite and pedestrian English version," albeit ...
'Alien Religion': Tajik Customs Officials Burn 5,000 Baptist Calendars  RadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertyA senior official in Tajikistan's Customs *Service* has confirmed that the authorities have confiscated and burned 5000 evangelical Christian calendars ordered by ...
'No magic formula' for approving religious diets in Pennington County Jail  Rapid City JournalAn inmate and former inmate are seeking $2 million in combined damages while arguing that their right to religious freedom was violated after they were denied ...
Religion vs. Free Speech  The Jewish Press - JewishPress.comSpeaking and writing about Islam today requires discretion, sensitivity, and a good grasp of facts. Doing this is harder in most European countries than it is in the ...
Religion and Spirituality Book Deals: February 13, 2019  Publishers WeeklyDutch extreme athlete Wim Hof, known as the Ice Man, brings a book on his methods to Sounds True; WaterBrook buys a stand-up comedian's debut; and more.
YDS 'Quadcast' explores how to reconcile religion & philosophy  Yale NewsBy Emily L. Judd. Yale Divinity School Professor John Hare joins the YDS podcast for its February episode, in which he discusses the relationship between ...
Apparently Killer Mike Really Does Have His Own Religion  VICEKiller Mike is full of big ideas. On his wild new Netflix show Trigger Warning With Killer Mike, the rapper-turned-public personality goes to extreme lengths to ...
Tax business denies service to gay couple, citing religion  Effingham Daily NewsFor the last four years, Bailey Brazzel has gone to Carver Tax *Service* in Russiaville, Indiana to have her taxes done by Nancy Fivecoate, who runs the business.
Religion makes America give  The Week MagazineHere are three of the week's top pieces of financial advice, gathered from around the web: Burned by a hot startup. When a well-funded big company goes bust, ...
Religious people are happier than atheists, finds study  Times of IndiaIt seems impossible to zero down on ways that can induce happiness but there may be a way to do that - and the answer lies in your religious beliefs.
Nebraska Lawmaker: Atheists Should Promote Religion Since It Keeps Us “In Line”  PatheosNebraska State Sen. Steve Erdman recently introduced a bill, LB73, which would require public schools to display the phrase “In God We Trust” in “each ...
Two national religion communication groups to hold joint convention in Chicago  Religion News ServiceCHICAGO — The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) and the Associated Church Press (ACP), two long-established professional associations serving the ...
Kansas bill calls LGBTQ a religion, same-sex unions 'parody marriages'  KWCHLocal LGBTQ rights groups are worried about the safety of Wichita students after a bill presented in the Kansas House called same-sex unions 'parody ...
Administration seeks to fund religious foster-care groups that reject LGBTQ parents  Washington PostPresident Trump made religious leaders a contentious promise at this week's National Prayer Breakfast: Faith-based adoption agencies that won't work with ...
Students present at Religious Education Student Symposium  Universe.byu.eduBYU students presented papers on a religious subject of their choice at BYU's 21st Annual Religious Education Student Symposium on Friday, Feb. 15.
Woman claims discrimination by SC foster agency over her religion  WLTX.comIn an AP exclusive story, the woman says she was told she couldn't be a foster parent due to her religion.
State Supreme Court Enforces Law, Not Religion  Shepherd ExpressFreedom of religion, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, protects the rights of all Americans to follow their own religious beliefs. It's amazing how many people ...
Abortion, death penalty, religion: Late-night rulings show new alliances at Supreme Court  The Washington PostLate-night rulings that touched on abortion, the death penalty and religious rights provided new insight into the alliances on the reconstituted Supreme Court and ...
The Coming Test Acts Will Challenge Religious Freedom  National ReviewThink of a country where leading politicians question whether members of a long-established religious minority are fit for public office. Or where the head of state ...
UTSA sociologists study the impact religion has on child development  UTSA Today(Feb. 6, 2019) -- Do children raised by religious parents have better social and psychological development than those raised in non-religious homes? In a new ...
A flourishing United Methodist church considers a way out  Religion News ServiceMt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington, S.C., will be considering its next moves after a special session of the United Methodist Church's legislative ...
Organizers Of Religious Events Shall Undertake That There Will Be No Denigration Of Any Other Religion: Madras HC [Read Order]  Live LawSadly, on display are sporadic instances when every religious group competes to dominate with shameless quest its supremacy over the other. The Constitution ...
Robots to ‘be part of religious rituals’ as AI-based religions grow | Daily Star  Daily StarROBOTS could be part of religious rituals and help humans to bury and mourn the dead in the future, it has been predicted.
Bossier Parish Schools, AU reaches agreement on federal lawsuit over religion in schools  KSLAThis resolution comes almost a year after the religious liberties watchdog group announced they would be filing a federal lawsuit against the Bossier City School ...
The Anti-Israel Religion  besacenter.orgAnti-Israelism is the modern face of anti-Semitism and just as toxic. Anti-Israelism is a modern-day religion in that it demands unquestioning adherence to a ...
What Religion is 'The Pioneer Woman' Ree Drummond?  The Cheat Sheet'The Pioneer Woman' star Ree Drummond sometimes mentions faith, but what religion does she practice? Here's what we know about Ree Drummond's ...
After 9-year battle, Vellore lawyer gets no-caste-no-religion certificate  Times of IndiaA Snegha Parthibaraja, a lawyer,is the first in the country to get certified that she does not belong to any caste or religion. She said, "people wit.
African religion comprises of witches, satanists, spiritualists, spirit mediums  Bulawayo24 NewsAfrican religion comprises of witches, satanists, spiritualists, spirit mediums, healers, kings and queens. While Christianity remains as that or those institut...
Six-year prison sentence for Jehovah's Witness in Russia sparks outcry  Religion News ServiceMembers of Jehovah's Witnesses wait in a courtroom in Moscow on April 20, 2017. Russia's Supreme Court banned the Jehovah's Witnesses from operating in ...
Geneva votes to ban religious symbols on public employees  The Local SwitzerlandGeneva residents on Sunday voted for a controversial new "secularism law", which will among other things ban elected officials and public employees from ...
Religious orders apologize for sex abuse inaction, cover-ups  TribDem.comCatholic religious orders from around the world apologized Tuesday for having failed to respond when their priests raped children, acknowledging that their ...
Murders of Religious Minorities in India Go Unpunished, Report Finds  The New York TimesNEW DELHI — The Indian authorities have delayed investigating a wave of vigilante-style murders of religious minorities, with many instead working to justify ...
Shoppers unknowingly buying no-stun religious meat in supermarkets  The IndependentShoppers have been unwittingly buying meat from animals that were not stunned when killed under religious rules because it is going unlabelled in ...
Katy Perry opens up about religion: “I’ve never felt closer to God”  NME LiveKaty Perry has spoken about her religion in a new interview, saying she has “never felt closer to God.” The pop star was brought up in a strict religious ...
Why some young Muslim women are leaning into arranged marriages  Religion News Service(RNS) — Last month, Muslim matchmaking app Muzmatch hit 1 million users around the world. The co-founders of the so-called halal dating tool claim that at ...
Senators Can and Must Ask About Nominees' Religious Beliefs  Rewire.NewsQuestioning federal nominees on religion has been decried as a violation of the Constitution's ban on religious tests. But not only does it do nothing of the kind, ...
What enables political parties to exploit religious fervour? The answer: Economics  Scroll.inSriya Iyer's 'Economics of Religion in India' shows how religious practices are often a response to economic realities.
Baltimore County hires outside attorneys for religious zoning lawsuits  Baltimore SunBaltimore County is set to spend up to $1.5 million on private attorneys to defend itself against a series of federal lawsuits claiming religious discrimination ...
Muslim, Jewish college presidents focus on common goals with Christian educators  Religion News ServiceWASHINGTON (RNS) — Like most college presidents, Ari Berman and Hamza Yusuf care about giving their students the best education possible in the ...
How Does Religion Impact Child Development?  PsychCentral.comA new study suggests that growing up in a religious household can be a mixed blessing for childhood development. The findings, published in the journal.
A Howard Schultz platform that could energize faith voters  Religion News Service(RNS) — Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks, is so far having about as hard a 2019 as a billionaire could have. Okay, he has a bestselling book and ...
Dying for a better Sudan: On the politics of privilege, religion and peaceful uprisings  Middle East EyeThe youths putting their lives on the line every time they step outside to protest deserve to be active participants in forging a new political agenda.
Is Cannabis Against Your Religion?  LeaflyReefer Madness—the movie—was famously produced by a church. But do the world's religions really forbid the enjoyment of a plant?
We Are All Evangelicals Now  Religion & PoliticsSometimes it seems like there are two Americas: evangelical America and the rest of us. Reports often highlight conservative political trends in the evangelical.
In revering Trump, the religious right has laid bare its hypocrisy  The GuardianThe evangelical fortress around the president can look like a problem, but progressives can use that heresy to fight opponents.
Recently converted Sikh boy in legal battle over religious symbol in Pakistan  Times of IndiaAMRITSAR : After being denied to wear kirpan, one of the five religious symbols of Sikh faith, a recently converted Sikh student have moved a petition in Sindh, ...
Terrorism has no religion, no nation, says Navjot Singh Sidhu, favours talks with Pak, faces fire  India TodayPulwama terror attack: At least 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers were killed yesterday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in three decades of Kashmir's ...
Once a majority, Protestants now account for fewer than a third of Germans  Pew Research CenterGermany has seen a dramatic shift away from Protestantism – one that has greatly outpaced a decline in the share of Germans who are Catholic.
Why is Nigeria cracking down on peaceful religious protests?  The Washington PostThe Nigerian government appears to be taking a hard line on religious opposition — though not against the usual suspects. Even as the Boko Haram insurgency ...
Provoked By Trump, The Religious Left Is Finding Its Voice  NPRThe Trump administration has inspired a new activism on the part of liberal religious groups. Like the Moral Majority of the 1980s, they fear an assault on their ...
Is Religious Freedom for Christians Only?  The New York TimesDomineque Hakim Marcelle Ray wanted an imam by his side when he was executed. The Supreme Court said no.
Why Religious Freedom Matters  TownhallWhy Religious Freedom Matters - Alan Sears: Of the beloved “Four Freedoms” famously described by Franklin Roosevelt .02/20/2019 1:05:32AM EST.
Cuba's proposed constitution cuts religious freedom  BrnowCuban pastors are resisting pressure to support a Feb. 24 constitutional referendum that further limits religious freedoms in the Communist nation, international ...
Andrew Mackenzie finds new religion as BHP delivers on dividends  The Australian Financial ReviewBHP exercised the recovered power of its balance sheet by maintaining the interim dividend, even though earnings were shaken by the vicissitudes of running a ...
An Indiana tax preparer turned away a same-sex couple, citing religious beliefs: 'I am a Christian and I believe marriage is between one man and one woman'  Business InsiderAfter using the same tax *service* for four years, Bailey Brazzel was denied last week when the business owner found out she is married to a woman.
Religious Exemption Vaccination Bill Fails  KJZZA bill that would have allowed Arizona parents to claim a religious exemption for the requirement to vaccinate their children to attend school did not pass out of ...
Fifty years later, Catholic Church reckons again with unbelief  Religion News Service(RNS) — Fifty years after it held the world's first international conference examining the rise of atheism and secularism, the Vatican is joining forces with a British ...
What we know, and don't know, about Jeff Bezos' religious beliefs  INSIDERHere's what we know about the religious beliefs of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, based on their family histories and public records.
George Washington's faith under scrutiny after sale of 'God letter'  Religion News Service(RNS) — The sale of a 230-year-old letter in which America's first president speaks of “Providence” guiding the fledgling republic's affairs has rekindled interest ...
'Thaipusam shows Malaysians enjoy freedom of religion' - Nation  The Star OnlineKUALA LUMPUR: The peaceful Thaipusam celebration this year affirms the fact that Malaysians are able to enjoy freedom of religion, says National Unity and ...
Reclaiming Religious Freedom  Center For American ProgressLast month, the most religiously diverse U.S. Congress in our nation's history was sworn into office. For proponents of religious liberty, this was an incredible ...
Majority-Muslim Turkey Becomes Less Religious, Poll Says  NPRDespite a rise in religious doctrine from the government, a recent survey shows a dip in the portion of people identifying as religious, compared with a poll in ...
Five things to know about religious freedom in the United Arab Emirates  The Washington PostWhile the freedom of worship is enshrined in the constitution, the government maintains tight control over where religious activities can take place.
Here's What Members Of Malta's LGBT+ Community Had To Say About Religion On The Island  Lovin MaltaWe know what the Church's position is when it comes to same-sex marriages. We've heard it all time and time again.
Baltimore County Council approves outside legal contracts for religious lawsuits, labor negotiations  Baltimore SunThe Baltimore County Council on Tuesday approved several contracts with private attorneys to handle legal work.

Witnesses, Mormons, Masons and More

The founding of the United States went along with the... Read More

Ministry Of Absence

I was meditating the other day and contemplating the thousands... Read More

Me and My Big Mouth!

During World War II the government realized that the majority... Read More

The Purpose of Creation: the Kabbalah of Transformation

"I want to know how God created this world. I... Read More

Gays and Lesbians Attempt to Distance Themselves From Catholic Priests

There is a new term being thrown around "phenophilia", no... Read More

The Women Issue

The following message entitled THE WOMAN ISSUE is a study... Read More

Amos and Social Justice - Part 1

Amos was a shepherd who lived in the region of... Read More

Gods 4 Avenues to Reach the Lost During the Tribulation

If the Church is raptured off the face of the... Read More

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

In a time when public scrutiny is becoming tighter and... Read More

The Lost and Found

When we think in terms of what it means for... Read More

Possibilities in Prayer

Prostrateology is the theological term for the doctrine of prayer.... Read More

WARNING - Do Not Take The Mark Of The Beast

This article, on the mark of the beast, will be... Read More

Christian Universalism, Calvinism, and Arminianism: Where Do You Fit In?

All of the various denominations of professing Christians may be... Read More

Let Her Be Covered Part Three

Now, let's recall again the text: "Let her be covered."... Read More

A Time of Suffering

As the clock ticks down to the fateful day of... Read More

While the World is on Fire

Revelation 8:8-8:9What will you be doing? How many people have... Read More

The 1000 Year Millennium Kingdom

After the last bowl judgment is thrown by God the... Read More

Whose Land?

It is interesting that everyone is so hung-up on the... Read More

Slaves Songs and Freedom

It may seem trite and naïve to suggest we can... Read More

Imagine

Some people imagine what glory will behold them at the... Read More

End Time Events - The Miscellaneous Signs

Per the miscellaneous signs listed in my previous article, Jesus... Read More

What Did I Do To Deserve This?

"You must have done something awful for this to happen... Read More

For Those Who Cannot Speak For Themselves: My Own Abortion Story

(Parental discretion advised)Please forgive me if you find any part... Read More

Firstfruit from Death Guarantees the Coming Harvest

The farmer handed buckets to us, the blueberry pickers. "You're... Read More

Religion has Served Its Usefulness for Mankind

As the world becomes closer and closer together, there seems... Read More