Friday, January 18, 2013

Yet another reason Catholics believe we're in communion with the saints...

...is they have the ability to help us. 

A lot of people reject the idea of praying to saints because they go “straight to God”. Yet when we get sick we go to a doctor and when we need to learn we go to a teacher. God is the source of creation, shouldn't we go straight to him for healing? God is the source of all wisdom, shouldn't we go straight to him for education? It appears God gives us other people to help us.

God often uses humans to do his work. Did God directly free the Israelites from Egypt? No, he used a stuttering shepherd exiled for murder named Moses. Did God just appear out of nowhere in human form? No, he came from a poor family in a humble village. Did Jesus proclaim his divinity to the entire world? No, he stayed in a relatively small area and hid a lot of his miracles, leaving the evangelization to his friends.

In addition, scripture tells us to pray for each other (1 Tim 2:1-4) and that those in heaven pray for us (Rev 5:8). Catholics don't doubt that those with God in heaven pray earnestly for us and are willing to pray for our specific intentions when we ask.

That the saints in heaven have the ability to help us with their prayers is yet another reason Catholics believe we're in communion with the saints.

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