The sacraments, especially the
Eucharist, are like windows
through which eternal life
bursts into our world. The saints, too,
in their own way, are windows that
onto God's world,
through which we are allowed to glimpse what awaits us.
— from Sober Intoxication of the Spirit
WHY the Saints? "The
saints have been traditionally honored in the Church. The feasts of the Saints proclaim
the wonderful works of Christ and His Servants, and display to the faithful
fitting examples for their imitation"
~Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy n. 111.
devotions of the Christian people are warmly commended, provided they accord
with the laws and norms of the Church." ~CS L n. 13.
has...days devoted to the memory of the martyrs and other Saints... [The Church] proposes them to the faithful as examples, who draw all to the
Father through Christ, and through their merits she pleads for God's mercy."