The holy saints are role models for all of us. The Church venerates them because they live a life of virtue as they strive to imitate Christ. The holy saints are like any of us. We can learn much from their lives and writings. Canonization by the Pope is a statement by the Church that a particular person is in Heaven and therefore worthy to given public honor by Catholics. We can even ask the holy saints in Heaven to intercede for us.
Padre Pio is an excellent role model for Catholics and most especially for priests. He suffered silently during his persecution and did not even go to any media outlet, seeking some public support.
St. John Vianney is another remarkable saint. His life was filled with works of love and charity, and he was able to convert even the staunchest of sinners with his word. John Paul II, who was also canonized a saint recently by Pope Francis once said that what is needed are holy men and women to convert others to Catholicism. The light of Christ is in us, and we need to let the light of Christ shine brightly in us so that all who see His light will glorify God our Father. We look at the holy saints as role models. From them, we learn that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.