...is the saints were (are) real people.
Often I hear that it may be fine to pray
to the saints but why bother? What’s the point? What can they do for
us? God is the source of all grace so who cares about the saints?
Imagine a child saying, “why bother with my siblings? What can they do for me? I get everything I need from my parents; my brothers and sisters are unnecessary. Who cares about them?”
Imagine an employee saying, “why should I bother with my co-workers; my
boss is the one who gives me raises. Who cares about the rest of
Saints are real people and they’re worth having a
relationship with. What we can get from them is secondary and, frankly,
unimportant. We have the opportunity to form a real relationship with
Mary the Mother of God, St. Francis of Assisi, and thousands of others;
if all we can think about is “what’s in it for me” then aren’t we
missing the point?
Yes, the saints can help us, but you don’t
want to be that person who only calls when they need something (we all
have “friends” like that). Our first purpose for dealing with the
saints should be making friends simply because they’re there to be made.
This is yet another reason Catholics bother with the Communion of Saints.