25. Praying to Saints

Catholic Position

¶956 The intercession of the saints. “Being more closely united to
Christ, those who dwell in heaven fix the whole Church more firmly in
holiness…. [T]hey do not cease to intercede with the Father for us,
as they proffer the merits which they acquired on earth through the one
mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus…. So by their fraternal
concern is our weakness greatly helped.”

Do not weep, for I shall be more useful to you after my death and I shall help you then more effectively than during my life.

I want to spend my heaven in doing good on earth.

¶828 By canonizing some of the faithful, i.e., by solemnly pro claiming
that they practiced heroic virtue and lived in fidelity to God’s grace,
the Church recognizes the power of the Spirit of holiness within her
and sustains the hope of believers by proposing the saints to them as
models and intercessors. “The saints have always been the source and
origin of renewal in the most difficult moments in the Church’s
history.” Indeed, “holiness is the hidden source and infallible measure
of her apostolic activity and missionary zeal.”

Scripture Says

Romans 1:7
7  To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 3:8
8  Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this
grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable
riches of Christ;

Jude 1:14
14  And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these,
saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,


Ephesians 4:11-12
11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Commentary

  • Don’t ask the wrong person for help.
  • Pray only to God.