Question from on 08-02-2007:
Dear Dr.Geraghty, Recently a EWTN viewer placed a question to Fr. Bob Levis regarding her daughter Kristy's recent death and Kristy's journal entries prior to Kristy's knowledge that she was terminaly ill at age 21 about how Kristy wanted to be a saint. How does the church view this situation? Do miracles have to happen at Kristy's grave. What is the philosophical basis for sainthood in recent times? I am asking here instead of with Fr.Bob due to this more "philosophical" nature of my question. Thank you, Kasey F.
Answer by Richard Geraghty on 08-05-2007:
There are many more saints in heaven than those canonized by the Church. What the Church does is to put those who have been especially good before us as good examples by asking God to perform miracles so that all can be sure that the people in question are in heaven.