“Through beatifications and canonizations, the Church gives thanks to God for the gift of her children who responded generously to divine grace. She honors and invokes them as intercessors. At the same time, she presents these shining examples for the imitation of all the faithful, called through baptism to holiness, which is the proposed goal for every state in life. By their existence, the saints and blesseds bear witness to Christ, his person, his doctrine. They remain closely united to him and thus become a living illustration of one aspect or another of the perfection of the Divine Master”.
Benedict XVI, December 17, 2007
How do we honor and celebrate the saints?
Mother Scholastica suggested a way to evaluate whether the celebration of the patron saint of one sister, that is, Saint Peter: “Did you ask him for his apostolic zeal? His ardent love for Jesus? Have a holy ambition to compete with him in love, since you must honor him in this way. He is very pleased with this contest since it brings great glory to God. Joyfully love your good Savior. Bear with something for him whom you encounter daily, and make prayer the breath of your soul”.
Mother M. Scholastica Rivata