Saints seem to have lost some of the popularity they used to enjoy with Catholics. Perhaps this is because they have too often been seen as impossibly Perfect People, who lived long ago in a world very different from the one we have to live in. They used to be known as ‘heavenly helpers’, but it is hard to see how they could be any help in our modern secular society, where people are full of doubts about everything beyond the here and now. So, why approach the faith, and particularly the history of the faith, through a study of her saints? Why is this a useful approach for teachers and catechists to take? Four important reasons stand out.
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