Modern St. Sebastian statue from a museum in Niterói, across the bay from Rio de Janeiro. He is patron of Rio and is associated with the plight of the Amazonian indigenous and deforestation.
— St. Ambrose
Sister Antonia Brenner, a Beverly Hills-raised mother of seven who became a Roman Catholic nun and moved into a notorious Tijuana prison where she spent more than three decades mending broken lives, easing tensions and dispensing everything from toothbrushes to bail money, has died. She was 86.
Love: How it’s done.
She was beloved in San Diego, I never met her but often collected things at the parish to send “to the prison.” She was fearless and had a great heart of mercy.
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.
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He is risen.
He is risen, indeed.
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