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Holiness and Sainthood

(865 words)

Author(s): Klaus Schreiner
In light of divine revelation that took on written form in the books of the Old and New Testaments, God is the Holy One per se. Only God is intrinsically suited for holiness. Holiness that is ascribed to people, cultic acts, …
Date: 2016-08-09

The Veneration of Relics

(837 words)

Author(s): Klaus Schreiner
The veneration of the physical remains ( reliquiae) of saints is an expression and a manifestation of the early Christian cult of martyrs. From the 2nd century, Christians visited the graves of martyrs becau…
Date: 2016-08-09

Mary

(685 words)

Author(s): Klaus Schreiner
Mary has many faces. The Evangelists describe her as Jewish wife and mother, who believed in her divine election and brought Jesus, the Christian Messiah and Redeemer, into the world. Theological narr…
Date: 2016-08-09

Pilgrimages

(710 words)

Author(s): Klaus Schreiner
Christians who undertook pilgrimages in the Middle Ages desired to gain indulgences, be edified when in spiritual difficulties, and be healed of physical afflictions. With this intent they traveled to…
Date: 2016-08-09

Canonization

(445 words)

Author(s): Klaus Schreiner
Canonization, the procedure by which a person is declared a saint, was intended to provide official certitude that men and women who displayed their holiness by shedding blood (like the martyrs in the…
Date: 2016-08-09