Apr 28, 2014 12:01 AM by Alex Labat
On account of the historical significance of today's canonization, one Acadiana Catholic church opened it's doors to teach the process of sainthood.
As the doors opened for the exhibit, we discovered not only a Pope can become a saint.
At St. Mary Mother Catholic Church in Lafayette, the saints took center stage, and if you want to become a saint, you'll have some waiting to do.
"The process of canonization can take years and years".
It's sort-of a three step process. The first step for towards sainthood, is for the vatican to approve the person lived as a role model for the Catholic Church. If the Vatican believes that is the case, then it moves on to the next step. Beatification.
"If they can prove that the Saint interceded for them, for the person that was healed, then they become blessed".
Canonization occurs only after the proof of a second miracle, in attendance at St. Peter's Basilica, a French nun cured of Parkinsons, and a Costa Rican woman healed after a brain aneurysm; two miracles of John Paul the II.
One visitor in St. Peter's Basilica said, "He's just everything we always wanted. He was always smiling, even when he was in pain. I'm sorry, I'm just overwhelmed".
But it isn't just Popes that can achieve Sainthood, three Louisiana residents are currently in one of each stage of canonization, and Tiffany Foreman says, "When we get to heaven, we're saints. So what the catholic church does is, we recognize people we know, who we can prove that are in heaven".
Basically as long as you lead a good life; you too might one day become saint!
The three Louisianans who are up for sainthood are:
Lieutenant Father Verbis Lafleur info at www.fatherlafleur.org
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos C.Ss.R. more info at www.seelos.org
Charlene Richard "The Little Cajun Saint" more info at www.charlenerichard.com