The saints are essential to our progress in becoming good Christians because they teach by example and intercession. Every Catholic needs to inculcate the habit of a personal friendship with the saints in heaven.
Devotion to the saints is not uncommon in the lives of Catholics. But understanding the significance of saints and that they strive mainly to lead the Church Militant to Christ through example is something not very many of us know about.
Devotions play a significant role in our spiritual growth. They aid us in experiencing God through the veneration of Mary and saints.
The saints, in particular the martyrs, shared the sacrifice of their lives with Christ – they are victims in union with the divine Victim. For this reason, it is more than ever fitting that their sepulcher be in proximity to the altar.