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So I was reading this article (Native American saints! Hooray representation of all peoples!) and it talks a bit about how you need a papal bull and recognition of miracles and all these other things in order to be a saint. So I was wondering about the process. Before you get canonized by the Pope and worshiped on Earth and etc., are you already a saint in Heaven? Like, are you hanging around, performing postmortem miracles, waiting for the Pope to catch on and make you official so you start getting the prayers you merit? Or are you just a normal person in Heaven, chilling and whatnot, until being canonized on Earth gives you increased scope and access to the Big Three (or Mary, or whoever), so you can intercede more effectively? If the latter, how are you performing miracles in order to get canonized? Do all people in Catholic Heaven have the ability to perform miracles, and we just don’t notice most of them?
I realize there’s no real answer to this, but I was curious about it. If anyone knows about an official Catholic ruling on this, I’d love to hear it. Thoughts?