So I’ve been raised Christian but have always seen Catholism & Christianity as basically the same thing with more similarities than differences.
My question is about praying to the saints & to Mary. I was wondering why Catholics pray to them. Is it a tradition or something based off…
In the simplest of senses, all saints are people who are in Heaven.
Just as I can pray for you, and you can pray for me; Catholics believe that the grave cannot stop love.
Just as it pleases God to work through me, or to work through you, or to work through anyone else; God can work through someone who has passed from this earth, but is alive in Him!
So if I can ask you to pray for me, and that pleases God, why would it not please God that I ask someone in Heaven to pray for me? That is all Catholics do when we “pray to saints”. Because really we aren’t praying to saints, as much as we are asking them to pray for us to God.
Catholics hold Mary as the highest of saints, because she was the first to accept Jesus. She was the first to accept her Son at the Annunciation. She raised Him. And in a most mind blowing sense, God chose HER to be His mother! Thus we respect (but not worship!) her. We honor her as the highest of creatures, but not as God.
hope this helps :)
The pope is easily the most well known figure of the Catholic world. His quotations and thoughts are consistently front page news in our newspapers, and millions of people flock to see him when he travels. It is a far cry from beginnings of the Church, when accepting the office of the papacy meant almost certain death in the face of constant Roman persecution (many of the popes were martyred). Where did this office come from? Is it merely a human invention or something Christ desired for His Church? To better understand the papacy we need to go to Caesarea-Philippi, where Jesus spoke his now famous words to St. Peter, who before this was named Simon:
“And so I say to you, you are Peter [Rock], and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:18-19).
I’m so excited! I love Kateri!!!!!
Here’s an article on her: http://www.blackandindianmission.org/kateri-tekakwitha/
— St. Thomas Aquinas
“I love my Church. I remain faithful to my Church and to the priesthood. I am on Christ’s side and I love His Church.”
And took Isaac Jogues as his baptismal name.
My newest handout on prayer that I’ll present this weekend. Give it a look and if there’s any errors/changes, let me know! Enjoy :)
Prayer in many respects can be the most challenging aspect of being a Christian today. This is unfortunate because prayer is how we communicate and share in the love that God has for us. It is easy to believe that God loves us, but what does this mean if we never take the time to contemplate God’s love, or thank God for His goodness? A marriage in which husband and wife never speak to one another is on very rocky ground, similarly, how will we ever grow in our relationship with God if we do not take the time to speak with Him?
Just as different couples communicate their love to one another in different ways, and those methods may evolve over the course of the relationship; so to our prayer life with God can be expressed in an infinite variety of ways. Sometimes we may think that we are “bothering” God with our prayer, or that God does not care about us. Is a mother “bothered” when her child wants to talk to her or ask for her help? Is a father “bothered” when he is asked for advice by a son or daughter? Of course not! How much more so for God, who created each of us uniquely and loved us into being! God created the whole universe with each of us in mind, and He could not have imagined a universe without you! What an amazing gift that we have, to be able to share in the life that God has given to each one of us, and to share our joy, sorrow, and presence with our Creator.
— St. Teresa of Avila
“One year ago today I delivered my son, a stillborn. For a moment he was placed in my arms quiet, blue, and limp. The midwife and her assistant then took him from me and began CPR. They could not find a pulse. He did not breathe. Because we were at home (it was my third, planned homebirth) 911 was called. While cpr was continued and we waited for the ambulance my husband took water and baptized him using the name we had agreed upon, James Fulton. I remember sitting on the floor saying, “Fulton Sheen, Fulton Sheen, Fulton Sheen” over and over again in my head. I suppose it was as close as I could come to a prayer; I suppose it was my way of asking Archbishop Sheen to interceded for my son.” Much more at the link- Fulton Sheen, ora pro nobis!
“One year ago today I delivered my son, a stillborn. For a moment he was placed in my arms quiet, blue, and limp. The midwife and her assistant then took him from me and began CPR. They could not find a pulse. He did not breathe. Because we were at home (it was my third, planned homebirth) 911 was called.
While cpr was continued and we waited for the ambulance my husband took water and baptized him using the name we had agreed upon, James Fulton. I remember sitting on the floor saying, “Fulton Sheen, Fulton Sheen, Fulton Sheen” over and over again in my head. I suppose it was as close as I could come to a prayer; I suppose it was my way of asking Archbishop Sheen to interceded for my son.”
Much more at the link- Fulton Sheen, ora pro nobis!
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