Saints are those who distinguish themselves by heroic virtue during life and whom the Church honors as saints either by her ordinary universal teaching authority or by a solemn definition called canonization. Altogether, veneration of the saints is a distinctly Catholic practice and one that seems especially confusing for those unfamiliar with the Church. Isn’t it idolatry? Don’t these saint devotions mean we see these people as gods or goddesses? These ideas are, of course, false – misconceptions sometimes purposely perpetrated and other times believed out of genuine misunderstanding. In fact devotion to and remembrance of the holy men and women who lived and died for their faith before us is one of the earliest of Christian devotions.
In the saints section we have a complete selection of everything you'll ever want to know about saints and sainthood. Pick up a biography or read what saints wrote themselves.
Of particular interest we recommend Butler's Lives of the Saints, St. Thomas Aquinas' Meditations for Lent, and St. Faustina's Diary.