Why Saints?

At the shrine of Mary Annai Velangkanni in Medan, Indonesia

The saints do not need our honours and devotion. Evidently, then, our commemoration of them aids us, not them. For my part, I confess that I am inflamed with desire when I remember them: First, to enjoy their society and become their fellow citizens and companions… The saints want our company, and we disdain them! … Second, that Christ our Life should appear to us as he did to them.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux


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