Saints Are Alive and Can Hear Our Prayers
It is wonderful to go directly
to Jesus when we pray. But we can also ask the saints to storm
the throne of God with their perfect prayers of love and praise.
Asking saints to pray for us can actually help us receive
answers to our prayers. Saints have constant union with God and
He allows them to know our situations. They love to pray with us
and for us.
- We know we can pray directly
to God, but we can also ask the help of the saints, just as we
ask people on earth to pray for us. If we only believe in
praying directly to God, we should never ask other people to
pray for us.
Communion of Saints is real: we are
surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses.
and many other Christians pray the Apostles Creed and say:
I believe in the Communion of Saints.
Communion of Saints is comprised of the community of believers
on earth and all the saints who once lived on earth.
Jesus said: I am the vine, you
are the branches. (Jn.
15:5) and Paul writes: so we,
though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members
one of another. (Rom.
Sadducees asked Jesus about the resurrection of the dead and
Jesus said: Have you not read in the Book of Moses, in
the passage about the bush, how God told him, ‘I am the God of
Abraham, [the] God of Isaac, and [the] God of Jacob’?
He is not
God of the dead but of the living….
demonstrated how the saints are fully alive
when he had Moses and Elijah appear
to Peter, James, and John when He was transfigured:
And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking
- The saints know what is happening on earth, for Jesus said:
be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
(Luke 15:7) Heaven is not limited by the physical world, by time
on earth, or our puny minds.
- The saints are alive, they are not dead.
When Jesus died on the cross:
The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were opened, and the
bodies of many saints who
had fallen asleep were raised. And coming forth from their
tombs after his resurrection, they entered the holy city and
appeared to many. (Mt. 27:
- When we
ask people to pray for us, we do not
interfere with Jesus as the one mediator; likewise, when we ask
saints in heaven to pray for us, we do not interfere with Jesus
as the one mediator. For there is one God, and there is one
mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. (1 Tim.
- In the verses
immediately preceding 1 Tim. 2:5, Paul says that
Christians should intercede: First of all, then, I urge
that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be
made for all men… (1 Tim. 2:1–4).
- Jesus asked us
to pray for others,
Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
asked people to pray for him, just as we can ask this of people
here and saints in heaven: I appeal to you…by our Lord Jesus
Christ… to strive together with me in your prayers to God on
my behalf. (Rom. 15:30)
- Paul also asks
people to pray for him many times. (Eph. 6:18–20, Col. 4:3, 1
Thess. 5:25) James writes: The prayer of a righteous man
has great power in its effects. (Js. 5:16) We
can ask people here and in heaven to pray for us.
- From earliest times, Christians asked for the prayers of the
saints at all Masses, celebrating feast days in their honor.
(The Catholic Church focuses on union with God through
Sacred Tradition and official teachings of the Magisterium
of the Catholic Church, based on 1 Tim 3:15, which says the
Church is the pillar
and foundation of truth.)
- The saints in
heaven offer to God bowls of incense which are the prayers of
the saints on earth. (Rev. 5:8)
- Angels do the same thing for
an angel stood at the altar to mingle incense with prayers of
the saints. (Rev. 8:3–4).
- Just as
Mary helped those in need at Cana and Jesus responded with his
very first miracle (Jn. 2:1 ff), she hears our prayers by the
grace of God, and she will pray for us. There is no greater
voice that can be joined with ours than the voice of the Mother
who was the first to have the closest, personal relationship
with Jesus that anyone could ever imagine. Jesus honors Mary,
obeying the Commandment: Honor your mother and father.
- At the
foot of the cross, Jesus gave Mary as a mother to all of us in
the person of John. Jesus said to Mary: Woman, behold your
son. John’s own mother was there too, and yet Jesus
gave His mother to John saying: Behold your mother.
(Jn.19:26-27) John calls himself the disciple whom Jesus
loved, which applies to everyone.
people are children of God, and Mary is the Mother of Jesus (who
is God), then Mary is the spiritual Mother of all people, and
she hears our prayers by the grace of God. God will bestow
innumerable gifts upon those who ask Mary’s help. Try praying to
Mary, and even pray the Rosary, and ask her to help you and she
Angels Are Real and They
Also Can Hear Our Prayers
really exist and they help human beings. God assigns a Guardian
Angel to every person. Jesus said: See that you do not
despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven
their angels always behold the face of my Father who is
in heaven. (Mt. 18:10) Speaking about angels, the Book of
Hebrews says: Are they not all
ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake
of those who are to obtain salvation? (Heb. 1:13-15)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says:
of the spiritual,
non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls
angels is a truth of
Examples of Angels in the Old Testament
. . . . . Two angels led Lot and his family out
of Sodom before it was destroyed.
. . . . . . Jacob saw a ladder to
heaven and angels of God
were ascending and descending on it.
. . . . . . An angel appeared to Moses in the fire of a
burning bush. God said: This is holy ground.
. God said to the Israelites:
Behold, I send an angel before you, to guard you on the way and
to bring you to the place which I have prepared. Give heed to
him and hearken to his voice.
. . . . . . . The Lord instructed Abraham to build the
Ark of the Covenant with two golden cherubim on it.
. . An angel of the Lord appeared to the mother of Samson
to say that she, though barren, would conceive and bear Samson
and he should be consecrated to God in her womb.
. Solomon had two angels made, covered in gold for the
inner sanctuary of the Ark of the Covenant.
An angel woke up Elijah twice and told him to eat.
Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who
do his word… his ministers that do his will!
. . . . The
Archangel Rafael said: And so,
when you and your daughter-in-law Sarah prayed, I brought a
reminder of your prayer before the Holy One; and when you buried
the dead, I was likewise present with you.
. . The Archangel Rafael said he is
one of the seven holy angels
who present the prayers of the saints
and enter into the presence of the glory of the Holy One.
. . . . . . Daniel was not hurt in the lion’s den and he said
God sent His angel and closed the mouths of the lions.
Daniel’s accusers were then devoured by the lions.
Examples of Angels in the New Testament:
. . . An angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and
explained Mary’s pregnancy to him.
. . . . . An angel appeared to Joseph in a dream to have
him take Jesus and Mary into Egypt.
. . . . . An angel appeared to Joseph in a dream to have
him take Jesus and Mary back to Israel.
. . . . . When Jesus was transfigured, Moses and Elijah
appeared to Peter, James, and John.
. . . . Jesus says that when the Son of man comes in his glory,
He will have all the angels with him.
. . . . When Jesus was arrested, He said He could appeal to His
Father for 12 legions of angels to help Him.
. . . . Guards fell down at Christ’s tomb when an angel
appeared and rolled back the stone.
. . . .The Angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah to tell
him about the birth of John.
. . . .The Angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary, to
ask her to be the Mother of Jesus, saying: Hail, full of
grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women.
(These are the words of the first part of the Hail Mary.)
. . . . . Angels appeared and announced the birth of
. . . . An angel appeared to Jesus during His agony in
the garden to strengthen Him.
. . . After the ascension, two angels appeared saying,
Why do you stand here looking up at the skies?
. . An angel opened the gates and led the apostles out
. . . . Stephen tells how an angel appeared to Moses in
the flame of a burning bush.
. . . An angel directed Philip to an Ethiopian court
official. After Philip baptized him, the Spirit of the
Lord snatched Philip away and he saw Philip no more.
(Philip found himself at Azotus next.)
. . . An angel appeared and woke up Peter and led him
out of prison.
. . . . . Paul praises God, for
in him all things were created, in heaven and on
earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or
principalities or authorities--all things were created
through him and for him.
Major Obstacle for Protestants: Bible Alone or Sola
Scriptura – A
major obstacle for Protestants to believe in praying to saints
is the Protestant belief that they rely on the Bible Alone,
which is not even in the Bible. However, all Protestant churches
and pastors follow traditions. SOME
TRADITIONS PROTESTANTS FOLLOW ARE:
- They have
traditional and often contradictory interpretations, telling
followers what verses of the Bible are more important than
others (The Bible itself does not say what verses are more
important than other verses are);
- Salvation by
accepting Jesus as personal Lord and Savior or by praying a
specific Sinners Prayer is a tradition (which may be a
good first step for many people), but is not spelled out or
required in the Bible;
- Bibles come from
tradition since there is no directive to prepare a Bible, and
the word Bible is not even in the Bible;
- Having Bibles
--and which books to include-- come from Sacred Tradition and
the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, since there were dozens
of possible writings that could have been included in the Canon
- Observing the
Lord’s Day with worship on Sundays (not Saturdays) is a
tradition not specified in the Bible - Paul says: stand firm
and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either
by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess 2:15);
- Churches, church
buildings, and pulpits are traditions, not required in the
- Starting new
Christian denominations and independent churches are traditions
not authorized anywhere in the Bible (The splintering of
followers of Christ is a huge rebellion opposing the prayer of
Jesus: that all may be one - Jn. 17:21)
- Reading the Bible
at church services, giving sermons, and singing hymns are
traditions, not required in the Bible;
- The dates of
Christian feasts like Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter are
traditions, not specified in the Bible;
- Marriages in
church, marriage vows, and giving wedding rings are traditions,
not required in the Bible;
- Most Protestants
believe many teachings that came from Sacred Tradition and from
the Magisterium of the Catholic Church like the Trinity, the
Virgin birth, the Deity of Christ, the Canon of Scripture, which
were debated and defined by councils of the Catholic Church,
aided by Augustine, Jerome, Thomas Aquinas, and other saints;
- The Bible Alone
theory is a tradition, not in the Bible. (This theory is based
primarily on 2 Tim. 3:16-17 - All scripture is inspired by
God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction,
and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be
complete, equipped for every good work. - This does NOT
say ONLY scripture - Also this verse applied only to the
Old Testament since the Book of Timothy was written over 200
years before the Bible existed);
- The Bible actually
says the Church is the pillar and bulwark of the truth;
(1 Tim. 3:15)
- The Faith Alone
theory is a tradition –that Faith in Jesus Christ Alone
saves people– is not in the Bible.
James 2:24 says specifically you
are NOT justified by faith alone - a man is justified
by works and not by faith alone. (Faith without love and
charity cannot save – it is nothing. (1Cor.13:2)
- To say you are
justified by faith alone contradicts an explicit text of
(Js.2:24). The Bible actually
says there are many other things people must do to be saved, a
few of which are listed below.
What must Christians do to be saved?
says there is not just one requirement to be saved, but there
are many things that Christians must do to be saved. Some
- By believing in
(Jn 3:16 -
whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life;
and Acts 16:31 -
Believe in the Lord
Jesus, and you will be saved… )
- By grace
(Acts 15:11 -
But we believe that we shall be saved through the grace of the
Lord Jesus; Eph 2:8 -
For by grace you
have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing,
it is the gift of God.)
- By keeping the
(Mt. 19:17 - If
you would enter life, keep the commandments.)
- By Baptism
(Mt. 28:19 – Go…make disciples of all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit;
- unless one is born of water and
Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God; Mk. 16:16
– He who believes and is baptized will
be saved; Jn. 4:1-2 – Jesus’s disciples baptized; Acts
8:18 – Paul regained his sight and was baptized;
Acts 10:48 – Peter commanded Cornelius, his relatives, and
friends to be baptized; Acts 22:16 – Ananias said to
Paul: Rise and
be baptized and wash away your sins; 1 Pet 3:21 –
Baptism now saves you.)
- By hope
(Rom 8:23-4 - we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of
our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. )
- By repentance
(Acts 2:38 -
Repent, and be baptized every one of you…; and 2 Pet
3:9 - The Lord is not slow about his
promise…but is forbearing toward you… that all should reach
- By doing works
(motivated by grace)
(Rom 2:6-7 - For
he will render to every man according to his works: …he will
give eternal life;
Acts 10:4 –
Cornelius was not yet saved but an angel came to him and praised
his prayers and almsgiving; Js 2:21 -
Was not Abraham our
father justified by works, when he offered his son Isaac upon
the altar?; Js.2:24 –
You see that a man
is justified by works and not by faith alone;
Js. 2:26 - faith
apart from works is dead.
- By doing works
(Mt. 25:31ff -
When the Son of man comes in his glory… he will place the sheep
at his right hand, but the goats at the left. And they will go
away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal
- By doing the
will of God
(Mt. 7:21 - Not
everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom
of the heavens, but the one doing the will of my Father….)
Catholics know they are saved by grace (Eph 2:5–8), they are
being saved (1Cor 1:8), they continue to hope they will be saved
(1Cor 3:12–15), they are working out their salvation with fear
and trembling (Phil 2:12), they must endure to the end to be
saved (Mt 24:13), and with hopeful confidence they will share in
the glory of God (Rom 5:2).
Catholics know John 6:53-54 must be taken
literally because Jesus says it four different ways -
Jesus said... unless you eat
the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have
life within you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has
eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day
(see also Jn. 54-59). (This is the only time many of his
disciples walked away from Him, never to return.) Paul wrote
that those who eat the bread or drink the cup of the Lord in an
unworthy manner are guilty of profaning the body and blood of
For any one who eats and
drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon
himself. (1 Cor. 11: 29)
Bible references are taken from Revised Standard Version (RSV)
of the Bible
because it is a popular Protestant Bible to help show the
references are not just in the Catholic Bibles.
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