Definitions of a Saint

There are many definitions of a Saint, including:

  • An example of holiness that we can follow with confidence.

  • The person who kept on trying when everybody else gave up.

  • ‘Spiritual force-fields’, exerting a powerful attractive influence on followers but also touching the inner lives of others in ways that transform them for the better.

  • A person who has been formally canonized (officially recognized) by the Catholic Church, and is therefore considered to be in Heaven.

  • A saint is always someone through whose life we learn what God is like – and of what we are called to be. Only God ‘makes’ saints. The church merely identifies from time to time a few of these for imitation.

  • Anyone who is in Heaven, whether recognized here on earth, or not (Eastern Orthodox definition)