Has the definition of 'saint' changed in recent times? The Pope beatified Cardinal Newman last week, on behalf of his flock and according to a written process. Millions have expressed similar or possibly greater ongoing emotional response regarding the careers of Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Lady Diana Spencer and John Lennon; and the homes of these great people and the places they made famous are looking remarkably like shrines and places of pilgimage - and the laying of offerings, lighting of candles fits the pattern seen with holy people. Do we need a new word, or are are they saints by popular acclaim rather than 'official' declaration?
The Bible's definition of Saints are those who are followers of God. they can be alive or dead. Living Saints are not necissarily perfect but they strive for perfection through God's power.
(Ephesians 2:8-10) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.(so its not as simple as doing good things, even atheists do good things) 10For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Whosoever has Realized God, irrespective of caste, creed or religion. Who does not make any difference between stone and gold, who has gone beyond the bondage of good and bad. One is in love with mankind as whole and yet unattached from everything while being here is a Saint.
Well you have to do something extremely great and holy. Are be one of the Arch Angels. Regardless you can't be a saint while you are living. The best way would be to dedicate your life to a holy cause that is powerful and that no one else is willing to do.
as far as I know you have to witness three miracles or something...