Did canonized saints ever commit sin? Were they born with a halo? Were they perfect in every way possible? In the eyes of many Christians saints can appear too “heavenly” or “perfect” to be imitated. Often when reading a biography of a saint the reader can be left with the false impression that if you want to be a saint, you have to be born sinless like the Blessed Virgin Mary.There is even one legend of a saint who refused to be breast-fed as an infant in order to observe a weekly fast on Friday!Is that true? Were all saints born without sin and lived a perfect life united to God’s will?Thankfully, no. Almost all of the holy men and women that we hold up for veneration in the Catholic Church were sinners like you and me (with the exception of the Blessed Mother and possibly Saint John the Baptist).

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