...is the power of their intercession.
While it’s important that this not be the whole focus, it’s still
important to remember the helpfulness of the prayers of the saints.
They’re more than memories and more than examples. The saints are alive
(perhaps more alive than us on earth) and can pray strongly for us.
Before you look up the
patron saint of animals so you can pray for a pony let’s consider the
best use of the treasure of the saints’ intercessions. Instead of
praying for things and outcomes we desire; what if we prayed to St. Paul
that our hearts may be converted? What if we asked St. John of the
Cross to help us pray like he did. What if we pray to St. Thomas Moore
to have his courage for the Gospel? What if we pray to St. Aquinas for
his wisdom and understanding f the heart of God. What if we ask Mary
to help us accept God’s will even when it pierces our heart with a sword
Don’t stop praying to St. Anthony when things are
lost but maybe the best thing to do is pray to become like God wants us
instead of for the world to become like we want it. Either way,
remember you’re never alone in any struggle and always have very good
friends you can call on in your times of need.
This is yet another reason Catholics bother with the Communion of Saints.