sweet disposition: Calling all Catholics...
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 :)