The Process of Sainthood
There are saints with a capital “S” and there are saints with a lower case “s.” Those who have proclaimed Jesus as Lord and Savior are, in one way or another all considered saints with a lower case “s.” Here, however, we are looking at the upper case Saints: those who are now called “Friends of God.” Again, this is a phrase that literally takes it to the next level as all believers are, in a sense, friends of God.
The distinction in the Catholic Church is interesting - no different, really, than the “righteous ones” of the Jewish faith. For instance, in the Jewish faith it is understood that Noah is called “righteous for his generation” which using our vernacular would be translated into a lower case “s” saint. Moses, on the other hand, is righteous for all generations - the uppercase “S” Saint status in our terminology.
Cheryl Dickow is the president of Bezalel Books and is the author of Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage and Our Jewish Roots. Cheryl lives in the beautiful state of Michigan with her husband of 27 years and her three grown sons. Her works appears on a number of faith-based sites and has been published in a variety of magazines and papers.