Cleveland Catholics are making the case for a 1950’s televangelist priest, Fulton J. Sheen, to be recognized by the Roman Catholic Church as a saint. Part of their argument for his canonization is that he answered a prayer addressed to him by healing a dying infant, which could be one of two miracles necessary for him to be eligible for sainthood.
A video and story from Cleveland’s WKYC News Channel 3 can be found here.
Frankly, it feels a lot like the endeavors Coloradoans made to get Randy Gradishar and Goose Gossage elected into pro sports Hall of Fames when I was growing up—even to the point of debating over necessary “stats.” Strange.
Thankfully, the Bible teaches that our “sainthood” or holy standing with God rests in the finished work of Jesus Christ, not in our own performances (Ephesians 2:8-9). The Bible offers holiness as a gift to sinners, regardless of what they’ve done (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). And the only one we need to make our case is Christ:
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1-2)
That’s the Gospel, and it’s further explained in this mp3. I commend it to you.