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Sainthood in the Catholic Church

Sainthood in the Catholic Church; you’ve just been declared a saint by the Catholic Church. What’s next?

Most people would probably think that you get your own feast day and maybe a holiday in your honor. But what else comes with being canonized by the church?

Sainthood in the Catholic Church
Sainthood in the Catholic Church

Sainthood isn’t just about having done great deeds or being super religious. In fact, many of the saints were regular people who faced challenges and temptation, just like the rest of us.

So, what does it really mean to be a saint?

And what happens after you’re declared one?

Read on to find out more about sainthood in the Catholic Church.

Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio

The Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio is one of the oldest churches in Milan that still stands today. Originally named for martyred Saints, it became a place where Ambrose might be worshiped after his death and dedication by all Christians as martyrs themselves because he reigned so well during his time on earth – just like they did before them!

The Basilica is a place where you can find relics of the past. Papers and parchments dating back centuries are stored in this very room, documenting life at one time long ago with Saint Ambrosius himself present for all to see today through his belongings which continue on as if he never left!

Multifaceted Approach

The Catholic Church takes a multifaceted approach to canonizing its saints.

First, there are the congregations consisting of cardinals and archbishops that study candidates’ deeds in order to determine if they were indeed “inline” with our teachings–theological scholars try this through logic while studying both works written by them or else what might’ve been said during their lifetime which can provide insight into how these individuals thought about religion at large;

Secondly, special commissions made up mostly theology professors examine all available documentation on an individual’s life-writing skills are also weighed heavily when determining whether someone deserves sainthood.

Four Cardinal Virtues

The process to be declared a saint begins with the four cardinal virtues:

  • prudence
  • justice (or equity)
  • temperance
  • courage

This is followed by three theological ones

  • faith in God’s promise;
  • hope which allows one’s soul remain cautious despite their trials ;
  • charity towards others human beings especially those less fortunate than oneself .

A person must also possess these five qualities before being eligible for sainthood including death while performing miracles posthumously can make them candidates too!

Saints are made on paper – but in practice, it’s a little more complicated. When someone becomes venerated, the story of their life becomes public property and never set in stone; instead, they’re constantly being rewritten by conflicting interpretations from followers who try to put themselves into his shoes or add something new at every turn.

In Patrick Boucheron’s book Trace & Aura he explains this process better than any other writer could– perhaps because as an expert medievalist himself (with books like ‘The Making Of A Saint’), he knows exactly what makes up authentic legend-making!

It is hard to summarize the thoughts of Boucheron, but in his essay, on Ambrose, he creates an image for society’s collective memory.

This newest definition suggests that each person can be sanitized and shoe-horned into a certain type of mold which makes them more palatable than their individual selves.

By creating this augmented reality out these followers’ impressions from just one glimpse at him or her beforehand (a patchwork collection), there becomes some sort of identity crisis when looking at your own reflection instead; you are no longer seeing yourself individually—you have become part “of those who remember.”

Saint Ambrose

Upon his death, Saint Ambrose left behind a legacy that is both secular and religious. He was born into royalty but received an education worthy of any man when he became bishop in upper Germany near Trier during the 4th century AD.

His work as such included analyzing scripture critically among other things which made him one out for Doctors Holy Church: only ones who influenced theology greatly enough to receive this title-which means “the teacher” or doctorates from their respective universities before being recognized academically.

Saint Ambrose

Liturgy – the formalities of worship, such as a sacrament or ritualistic practice which must be followed by all Christians in order to maintain their faithfulness-should not come from centralized authority but rather should vary depending on where you live. Centralized systems often become outdated and ineffective due its changing needs with time; Local customs allow for more creativity while still maintaining tradition.


When Saint Ambrose died in 397, monasticism was just beginning to take off. His influence helped ensure that the early cloisters and nunneries would be patterned after his principles rather than emulate other styles or religions like paganism did at times before then.

Like most members of clergy during this time period (and unlike many others), he chose celibacy–a very unusual choice for someone who wanted children; but even though it meant giving up all rights over earthly possessions including his own land which had been given him upon becoming a bishop.

Ambrose was a political leader before he became the bishop of Milan. He served as governor in Italy and often mediated between Theodosius & Magnus Maximus, but even after becoming fully absorbed into Christianity, there were still times when you could tell that Ambrose didn’t really change at all – just look how quickly his interference got results!

One incident involved refusing Communion until Emporer did penance for war crimes committed against Greeks; another time it seemed like everything came down to whose prayers were louder (or more persevering).

Criminal Cleanup

His religious foes were not to be argued with, but rather scolded. When Theodosius attempted a criminal cleanup of synagogues in Rome and Alexandria that had aligned themselves against him; Ambrose stepped up as protector for these criminals who destroyed such holy places from within its own walls – he was most certainly no friend to Judaism!


In the 4th century, Christianity was on a collision course with Arianism. This sect of radicalized believers rejected key aspects from Christian tradition including Jesus’ divinity and henceforwardcalled themselves ” Arians.”

One man who stood firm in defense against these teachings were Saint Ambrose – bishop forwriter/empresario (someone skilled at both business AND religion) within The Church Of Rome.

Guardian Angel

Milan had a guardian angel who dealt blows against the Roman Empire and its powers to protect Milan’s civil liberties. Theodosius, along with imperial encroachments on their Church’s libertas (or “free status”), made Ambrose fight for them in defense of both spiritual freedom as well as political democracy–a role which earned him an honored spot among Italye’s Pantheon di santo (“League” protector angels).

The students from the University of Pavia, after Milan’s Duke Fillipo Visconti died in 1447 and left his kingdom to be governed by a council for peace instead. The Golden Ambrosian Republic lasted just two years before it was conquered with military force from France who ultimately took over all parts Lombardy-wide including Desenzano del Garda which is where this story takes place!


When Ambrose died, the people of Milan were quick to claim he left them something valuable. They knew that with his hagiography they could become rich and famous forevermore! But when Gratian heard what had happened -he approved wholeheartedly- there would be no more hiding places for this heretic bishop anymore; instead everyone got their wish: an eager audience listening intently whileArtist’s conception Of Auto Biography

The city of Milan has grown so much to love Ambrosius that they named it after him. Today, everything in this once small place is now an extension or representative for its founder—and there’s no better example than Patrick Boucheron

A beautiful personage who tirelessly worked hard just like any other citizen would do while living their lives doing what’s right by day; but at night when all were sleeping (or rather loafing), he transformative abilities became revealed as if by some divine plan: sewing patterns onto fabric with such accuracy you can’t tell one thread from another; sketching out designs before

The Church of Milan must have been a pretty important place in Italy during the fifth century. As powereastward and Rome’s sway declined, they found themselves on their own as Milanese citizens with an opportunity to become something big – just like Florence had done before them!

To solidify this autonomy from other city states around them who were also claiming territory for themselves –the Merians settled upon choosing Saint Ambrosius as not only their Patron but also constructing “a collective identity distinct” by association thanks too him; making it one among many churches dedicated specificallyto THIS particular individual.

Is it because you are Catholic?

That’s what I was wondering too.

Because this passage makes perfect sense if we assume that all of these people lost their faith and became Christians as a result–which would mean they were originally Jews!

The interesting thing here isn’t just how much Boucheron understands about humanity, but also his ability (in Benjamin’s words) “to simplify things so nearly,” says the writer who once described himself in an interview with

“It is in the trace that we have a sense of nearness and distance, but what’s more important to note here are these claims about how objects can take on different forms. You could say an object has both its own ‘trace’ as well as another person or thing leaving behind them.”

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