Saints never grow old.
They never become figures of the past,
in fact they belong to the future,
and are witnesses of the world to come.
[Pope John Paul II]
More and more we have saints of whom we have photographs or film images, and not just drawings or paintings that hand down to us an image "from the past". More than ever we can have this sense of the saints as being figures of our own time, and figures for the future, and not just figures from the past.