Saints, Doctors & Feasts
There are now 36 doctors of the Church.
Doctor of the Church (Latin doctor "teacher") is a title given by the Catholic Church to saints whom they recognize as having been of particular importance, particularly regarding their contribution to theology or doctrine.
"Do not weep, for I shall be more useful to you after my death and I shall help you then more effectively than during my life."
"I want to spend my heaven in doing good on earth."
~SAINT THERESE OF LISIEUX
The Church is a "communion of saints": this expression refers first to the "holy things" (sancta), above all the Eucharist, by which "the unity of believers, who form one body in Christ, is both represented and brought about".
"We believe in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are being purified, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church; and we believe that in this communion, the merciful love of God and his saints is always [attentive] to our prayers"