We should always promote the sanctity of life.
Our Question of the Week:
We are taught that faith is a gift from God and that no one can come to Jesus unless the Father draws him (Jn 6:44). But this seems to imply that God decides who will be saved and that we are not really free?
Answer: Not necessarily. If someone were to open their door and call to me to come into their home, I would be drawn by their voice. And the open door would be supplied by them for me to enter. However, none of them would compel me to enter, such that I lose my freedom. Further, the notion that God does not want to save some, seems a view set aside in 1 Timothy 2:4, which says God “wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.” There is, to be sure, a mysterious interaction between God’s sovereignty and our free will, but we cannot resolve it by picking our freedom or God’s sovereignty. We must hold both truths in balance.
When we invoke Michael the archangel, we say ‘St. Michael.” Isn’t the term ‘saint’ only applied to human beings?
Answer: The word ‘saint’ means “holy.” St. Peter more literally rendered, is ‘Holy Peter.” And while we usually apply the term “saint’ in our tradition to canonized men and women in heaven, this is not exclusively the case as you note. The angels are holy, and thus are rightly called saints. Since we know the names of only a few of them, we generally speak of them merely as angels. But for the three names we know from Scripture, we do assign the title ‘holy.’ Thus: St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael are rightly termed saints since they are most certainly holy and among the highest multitudes in heaven.
Pastoral Answers: Monsignor Charles Pope
(Our Sunday Visitor)