The Role of Saints
In pondering our devotional life as Christians, we should consider the Saints.
The Saints are people who have dedicated their lives in a public way to serving God through service of others. The Catholic Church has publicly recognized some people as Saints — but there are vastly more than those. Everyone who is martyred for the faith is by definition a Saint.
And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held (Revelation 6:9)
When we die we can still intercede for those still alive on earth and we still know of events on earth through our interaction with the souls of the living in the spiritual realm.Those in purgatory are hindered in this ability — they need assistance from others as much as they can assist others.
In studying the way in which the Saints related to the Church we can understand what our proper role in relating to the Church should be. A few observations: