by Jim Perdue

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How to Be a Saint (16 of 16)
Series: Philippians
Jim Perdue
Philippians 4:21-23


As Paul concludes his letter to his friends, the Philippian believers, he refers to them as ''saints.'' This is, in fact, the same word he used in verse 1 of chapter 1 in his introduction. There, he offers greetings ''to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi…''

The word ''saint'' means set apart, separated or sanctified ones. Probably the best translation is ''holy ones.'' In fact, if we were to bring the translation into our language it would be the ''holified ones'' or the ones who have been made holy. READ TEXT

As we conclude our series in Philippians, I wanted to talk to you this evening about ''How to be a Saint.'' We throw around that term a lot, ''saint.'' We'll say, ''I'm no saint'' or (especially in the south) ''my momma, she's a saint!'' But have you ever really stopped to ask, what does it mean to be a saint and how can I become a saint?

*I did a little research this week to determine what you need to do to be qualified as a saint in the Catholic Church. First, let me say, it's a lot of stuff. And second, let me add, that some of you have a long way to go!

Here's the process as determined by the Catholic Church. To be Canonized as a saint

First, you have to be dead at least for five years.

Second, you have to either a) die for the Faith (a martyr) or b) demonstrate ''heroic virtue.'' Heroic virtue means that you live a life so that anyone who looks at the list of virtues can say that you excelled at them all.

Next, a bunch of people have to actually know that you lived a life of heroic virtue and decide to start pestering the local bishop about it.

Next, your cause goes before Rome and pope decides if you are declared venerable.

Then, prayer cards are made for you asking for the furthering of your cause and intercession.

You have to perform two medically proven miracles. Then you can be considered bles ...

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