Goodness and the Saints

Any journey dedicated to finding goodness should take at least one side trip to the saints. Slate reminded me of that with its recent article on the topic of the Catholic Church, the Pope and his enthusiasm for canonizing new saints. Slate quotes author Kenneth L. Woodward on what one needs to do to become a saint. Two miracles are required and a moving life story, but also something else matters:

(T)hrough reflection and renunciation the person in question found divinity in interior life and became capable of extraordinary charity

Whatever one thinks of the Catholic Church or its practice of creating saints (which apparently costs at least $1 million now), anything that enables an individual to be capable of extraordinary charity must have something to do with goodness.

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