Notable quotations from Pope Benedict XVI and official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church
The Saints are not a small caste of chosen souls but an innumerable crowd...
This multitude not only includes the officially recognized Saints, but the baptized of every epoch and nation who sought to carry out the divine will faithfully and lovingly.
We are unacquainted with the faces and even the names of many of them, but with the eyes of faith we see them shine in God's firmament like glorious stars.
Looking at the shining example of the Saints ...reawaken[s] within us the great longing to be like them; happy to live near God, in His light, in the great family of God's friends.
Being a Saint means living close to God, to live in His family. And this is the vocation of us all...
To be a Saint requires neither extraordinarary actions or works nor the possession of exceptional charisms... It is necessary first of all to listen to Jesus and then to follow Him without losing heart when faced with difficulties.
The Church's experience shows that every form of holiness, even if it follows different paths, always passes through the Way of the Cross, the way of self-denial.
The Saints' biographies describe men and women who, docile to the divine plan, sometimes faced unspeakable trials and suffering, persecution and martyrdom. They persevered in their commitment...
The example of the Saints encourages us to follow in their same footsteps and to experience the joy of those who trust in God, for the one true cause of sorrow and unhappiness for men and women is to live far from Him.
(Source: Homily for Solemnity of All Saints, 11/01/06)
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