ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open hospitals and schools in New Mexico territory took a step Friday toward possible sainthood with documents about her purported good deeds being sent to Rome.
In a public Albuquerque ceremony, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe formally closed its inquiry on why Sister Blandina Segale should become a saint and sealed its findings.
Church Investigators presented piles of documents they say corroborate the stories about the nun’s legendary clashes with Old West outlaws and her heroic actions to protect Hispanics and American Indians.
They also sealed documents about miracles attributed to Segale, who died in 1941.
**Isaiah 64:6 ***
*[SUP]6 [/SUP]We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
***Romans 3:21-30 **
[SUP]21 [/SUP]But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— [SUP]22 [/SUP]the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: [SUP]23 [/SUP]for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, [SUP]24 [/SUP]and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, [SUP]25 [/SUP]whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. [SUP]26 [/SUP]It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
*[SUP]27 [/SUP]Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. [SUP]28 [/SUP]For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. [SUP]29 [/SUP]Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, [SUP]30 [/SUP]since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. *
***2 Corinthians 5:21 ***
*[SUP]21 [/SUP]For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
**Galatians 2:20 ***
*[SUP]20 [/SUP]I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
No righteous acts make one worthy. We are only worthy due to the imputed righteousness of Christ for all who repent and believe.