Below is a small selection of links to web sites containing useful resources on Saints for Catholic religion teachers and catechists. We review sites on different themes regularly. Please bookmark this page to find it again or subscribe to our newsletter to receive notification when it is updated. Saint of the Day "Were we only to correspond to God's graces, continually being showered down on everyone of us, we would be able to pass from being great sinners one day to great saints the next. We are continually immersed in God's merciful grace like the air that permeates us." (From Father Solanus, Odell 1988 OSV) -- Quoted from Father Solanus Casey Saint For Our Modern Age


bulletPatron Saints Quiz - One hundred questions. "Each question has a right and a wrong answer. When you click on the right answer, you'll be linked to a few descriptive lines about the Saint; if you select the wrong answer, you'll be returned to the original question, so you can try again!" This might be useful as a review quiz following a unit on saints, or a trivia game?

Lord, help me to relax about insignificant details beginning tomorrow at ll:41.23 a.m. e.s.t.

God, help me to not try to RUN everything. But, if You need some help, just ask.

-- from Prayers For The Almost Saints

bulletPrayers to Saints: Patronage of the Saints - Help in time of need - This is part of the Prayerbook web site created and maintained by Geo. M. Haney Jr. Prayers to Saints are listed under the following categories:

bullet Saints Alive, "an educational website promoting the 'cultus of the saints'." Contains information on saints and relics: Introduction to Relics - articles, historical notes, and photos; a list of Patron Saints and symbols related to saints.

Interesting articles/facts pages on saints and sainthood:

bulletAsk a Catholic: How do people become saints? - A short and clear outline of the "saint making" process by Fr Victor Hoagland, C.P.

bulletPraying to Our Advocates in Heaven - Fr. William Saunders

bullet The Theological Library contains a number of annotated links to web site on saints.

bulletScientific Investigation of Miracles- Praying to Saints - Prayers to Saints- from the Father Mateo Archives

"In official Church procedures there are three steps to sainthood: one becomes Venerable, Blessed and then a Saint. Venerable is the title given to a deceased person recognized as having lived heroic virtues. To be recognized as a blessed, and therefore beatified, in addition to personal attributes of charity and heroic virtue, one miracle, acquired through the individual's intercession, is required. Canonization requires two, though a Pope may waive these requirements. Martyrdom does not usually require a miracle." -- What is a Saint?

"We are formed by what we admire. But it is possible to cultivate one’s taste in this regard as in any other pursuit. It is important to learn how to recognize what is good, to train our ears to discern the truth, to pay honor to what is truly honorable, to choose a moral standard that lies beyond our easy grasp. It is especially important to convey such lessons to our children, who are otherwise too easily beguiled by our culture to admire what is merely glib or successful, to honor power, superficial beauty, and the illusion of celebrity."
-- The Mystery of Holiness, Sojourners Magazine

bulletThe Declaration of Sainthood - The Catholic Church's Acknowledgment of Extraordinary Holiness - Another "brief summary of the steps in the Church's process which leads to the canonization of a saint."

bullet When did the custom of canonizing saints start, and is it true that canonizations are infallible?- excerpts from two articles on canonization of saints; they are taken from <The New Catholic Encyclopedia> (1967).

bulletCatholic Online Saints & Angels, is certainly one the most extensive and most useful site to find out "everything there is to know about Saints". Here you will find a monthly Saints Calendar, a Saint FAQ, a Feast Day List given in chronological order. As well there is an extensive alphabetical listing of Saints' names linked to a brief biography of each Saint. Just click on the letters below to see a listing of thousands of Saints:

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

bullet features a Saints site hosted by Sheila M. Coyle. Every month Sheila writes one article on a specific Saint and provides 15 links to websites on this particular Saint and gives a brief summary of content for each of these sites. Past articles have focused on St Therese of Lisieux, St Francis, Catherine Laboure, St. Jean Marie Vianney, the Cure d'Ars and St Philomena.

bulletSaint Patrick's Church For All the Saints Index is another excellent compilation of Saints' lives. It already contains over 11,000 entries and more will be added in the future. In some cases webmistress Katherine Rabenstein also provides links to images of saints available online. Most of the quotations found on our "Wisdom of the Saints" page come from this source.

bullet See also our selection of links elsewhere on the Catholic Religious Educators Web site: Saint

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