Why pray to Mary and the Saints when I can go straight to Jesus?
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Why Pray to Mary?
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What are the benefits of praying to Mother Mary?
What is the point of praying to Mary? The reason for this is because Jesus has given us his Blessed Mother as our great spiritual mother (Rev.12:17), an advocate in heavenly places who intercedes on our behalf. “Why should we pray to Mary when we may pray directly to Jesus?” some Christians will question. In spite of this, they have no qualms about asking others on earth to pray for them instead of simply and solemnly praying to Jesus themselves. Indeed, according to St. Paul, God delivers favors “in response to numerous requests” (2 Cor.
- As James 5:16–18 points out, if the prayer of a good man on earth has great effect with God, how much more would prayers from one who has finished the race and is reigning with Christ in heaven have an even greater impact with God?
- 12:23, emphasis added).
- 2:12-26), we shouldn’t be surprised that Scripture depicts these holy men and women of heaven bringing our prayers to Jesus the Lamb (Rev.
- Accordingly, we see that the saints, as devoted disciples of Jesus, are partners with him in interceding for us, rather than rivals with him in this endeavor.
- More information on this issue may be found in our tracts on “Praying to the Saints” and “The Intercession of the Saints,” respectively.
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Why is devotion to Mary important?
Although this question appears to be difficult to answer, the solution is actually rather simple: it is because God has decreed it. We could wonder why God would want us to have a connection with his mother if it wouldn’t distract us from our relationship with him. Doesn’t that appear to be a bit contradictory? This is not always the case — as our own personal experience demonstrates. Take, for example, a young man who meets the parents of his fiancée as an example. As he gets to know them more, he learns that they are a decent family and that he loves spending time with them.
Does this imply that, as he grows in love with others, he will grow in love with his girlfriend less?
On the contrary, his affection for his girlfriend’s family may even aid him in his efforts to come to know and love his girlfriend even more deeply.
In our relationship with the Virgin Mary, we experience something akin to this. She is not there to divert our attention away from God, but rather to guide us to him.
Mary’s role in God’s plan
Despite the fact that this question appears to be difficult to answer, the answer is actually pretty simple: God willed it to happen. Many of us wonder why God would want us to have a connection with his mother if it would cause us to become distracted from our relationship with God. Do these statements not appear to be in conflict with one another. We can confirm to the fact that this is not the case. Consider the situation of a young man who meets the parents of his fiancée. With time, he comes to understand that they are a decent family, that he loves spending time with them, and that he even begins to feel a certain affection for the group.
No, this is not always the case!
In our relationship with the Virgin Mary, we experience something analogous.
Our role in God’s plan
But why would God do anything like that? What exactly would we require Mary for? This has everything to do with the manner in which God has decided to work in history, as part of his redemptive plan. God chooses to intervene in the lives of people through intermediaries or mediators. If he desired, he would not require our assistance in carrying out his plan. He might have appeared to the entire globe and persuaded everyone of his claims. He nonetheless instructed his followers to “go then and make disciples of all countries” (Mt 28: 19).
- This is true even in our own personal experiences.
- How many times has God communicated with us via the actions of others?
- God works through people, and he employs mediators.
- The epistle of St.
- When we pray for a brother or sister in Christ, we take on the role of “middleman,” much like Moses, who pleads with God on their behalf.
Only one Mediator
However, the Bible states unequivocally in 1 Timothy 2:5 that Jesus is the sole Mediator between God and man. As we’ve seen, God does operate via mediators, but only Jesus is the Mediator with a capital “M,” if we want to get technical with our terminology. That is, only Jesus was capable of linking man with God, and only he could serve as the bridge that defeated sin and brought us into a new life with the Father in heaven. There is no one else who can act as a mediator in the same manner that Jesus does.
- Jesus desired for us to take part in his mediation, but this does not imply that we should take his place or compete with him.
- He intended for his plan of redemption to be carried out in this manner, according to his will.
- We’re merely stating that he chose to include us in his purpose by allowing us to reach others via our efforts.
- The same way we ask our brothers and sisters to pray for us, we’re pleading with her for intercession.
- This is when the Virgin Mary enters the picture.
- Her purpose is to continually point us in the direction of him, telling us to “do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5).
- Using the phrase “she intercedes for us,” we do not imply that we have forgotten about God.
- As a result, when Catholics “pray” to Mary, we are not praying to her in the same manner that we pray to the Almighty.
- That is what we ask of her in the Hail Mary, and she responds in kind.
- “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the product of your womb,” the Bible says (Lk 1:41-42).
God has bestowed upon us the wonderful gift of a spiritual Mother who will assist us in our quest to become one with him. Wouldn’t welcoming her be a way to show our respect for him?
Why do Catholics pray to Mary?
Due of the vast amount of Catholic art dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, it is unsurprising that this is a common misperception. However, there is one point that must be made explicit in this article: Catholicism. DON’T DO IT. WORSHIP. MARY. As the mother of our savior, Mary is revered as a result of our religious beliefs instead. She is not worshipped since, according to the Ten Commandments, this is a reverence that should be held solely for God (Exodus 20:3).
Why do we even need Mary?
Mary, in a similar fashion to Jesus, who is the one and only real mediator between God and humanity, intercedes on our behalf before Jesus on our behalf. One possible counter-argument to this is that, because Jesus is the only genuine mediator for us, we do not require the intercession of Mary, because we only require Jesus and may pray straight to him when we do so. Even though it is true that we can pray directly to Jesus during prayer, intercessory prayer through Mary (as well as other saints such as Saint Peter or St Faustina) still makes sense because, in the same way that we ask Christian friends and family on earth to pray for us (something that is strongly encouraged in scripture, for example, 1 Timothy 2:1-4), we can ask our Christian family in heaven (Mary and the saints) to pray for us.
Why pray to Mary in particular?
So, what is it about Mary that Catholics find so compelling? For starters, it’s the quickest way to get to know Jesus. In retrospect, Mary was undoubtedly one of the persons Jesus was closest to on earth during his life (apart from God), as seen at the wedding of Cana (John 2: 1–12), when it was because of her efforts that Jesus accomplished his first miracle of changing water into wine. As a result, it makes sense to pray to Mary, because she was the one who knew Jesus best throughout his life and will guide us to him.
Furthermore, Christ has entrusted his mother to the Church for the express purpose of allowing her to intercede on behalf of the faithful.
Some Suggested prayers to Mary
So, what is it about Mary that Catholics find so compelling? As a matter of fact, it’s the most expedient method of reaching Jesus. In retrospect, Mary was undoubtedly one of the persons Jesus was closest to on earth during his life (apart from God), as seen at the wedding of Cana (John 2: 1–12), when it was because of her promotion that Jesus did his first miracle, changing water into wine. In order to pray to Mary, as she was the one who knew Jesus best throughout his life and who will guide us to him, it seems logical that we should do so.
Louis de Montfort, “The more we honor the holy virgin, the more we honor Jesus Christ, for we honor Mary only so that we may more thoroughly honor Jesus, because we go to her only as the means by which we are to reach the goal we are seeking, which is Jesus.” Furthermore, Christ has entrusted his mother to the Church for the express purpose of allowing her to intercede on behalf of the people of the world.
We witness this most clearly at Jesus’ crucifixion in John 19:26-27, when he exclaims to Saint John, “Behold your mother,” and to Mary, “Woman, behold your son,” symbolically naming her the mother of the Church and welcoming us into the divine family.
Why Do Catholics Worship Mary?
First and foremost, Catholics do not venerate Mary. We revere Mary because she is the mother of Jesus, whom we venerate. God himself saw Mary as worthy of being the mother of His only son and chose her to be his mother. Mary was visited by God’s angel Gabriel, who delivered the following message: “Hail, Mary, full of grace!” The Lord is with you at all times. Never be scared, Mary, for you have gained God’s approval in this matter. See, you will get pregnant and give birth to a son, whom you will name Jesus,’ the prophet says.
- Let it be done to me in accordance with what you’ve spoken.’ We revere Mary because she was honored by God himself, and so should you.
- Mary answered yes to God and gave birth to the infant Jesus, but she had the option of saying no as well.
- Mary was well aware that she could have been stoned to death for being an unwed mother when she was betrothed to Joseph, and she prepared herself accordingly.
- That is why she is regarded as the spiritual leader of our congregation.
- No photograph of Mary exists for us to use as a memento of her life.
- That is why we have sculptures of Mary, which serve as photographic representations of her.
- Catholics do not pray to Mary in place of Jesus, as some people believe.
In some cases, we may wish to request that Mary communicate with Jesus on our behalf, in order for him to consider answering our petitions.
When his mother posed this question, Jesus listened to her and, while he had no intention of changing the water into wine for the wedding guests, he did so since his mother had begged him to.
When we pray the rosary, the entire rosary is a reflection or meditation on the life of Jesus, and we pray it again and over again.
Among the events commemorated by the rosary are Jesus’ baptism, turning water into wine, speaking to the masses, being transfigured into a vision of light, and sharing his final supper with his apostles.
It’s really the scriptural line from the Bible that we recite throughout the Rosary, ‘Hail Mary full of grace,’ that the angel Gabriel addressed Mary with during her visit to the Holy Land.
In appearance, it appears that we are only praying to Mary; however, we are also thinking about the life of Jesus, which is not visible to the outside world.
The only thing Mary asks of us is that we love her son, and that is all she asks of us. Mary never draws attention to herself; instead, she continually focuses our attention to Jesus, her son, in the hope that we may grow to love Him as well as she does. Laura Kazlas is a published author.
Is it Okay for Christians to Pray to Mary?
In the Bible, it is clearly stated that Mary’s unique position as the mother of Jesus did not grant her any greater access to God than any other believer in Christ. Consequently, Mary is unworthy of accepting Christian prayer requests, according to the Bible. In Luke 11, Jesus addressed this issue by highlighting that being a disciple of Christ is more fortunate than being the mother of Christ.
Mary, Mother of Jesus
In the Bible, it is clearly stated that Mary’s unique position as the mother of Jesus did not grant her any greater access to God than any other believer in Christ. Consequently, Mary is unworthy of accepting Christian prayer requests, according to the Catholic Church. According to Jesus, being a disciple of Christ is far more beneficial than being the mother of Christ, as he emphasizes in Luke 11:1–3.
Mary in the Bible
In the book of Luke 11, Jesus liberated a man who had been plagued by a demon that had rendered him speechless. After Jesus drove out the demon, the man was able to talk once again, much to the delight of the onlookers (Luke 11:14). Some in the audience questioned Jesus’ authority, even saying that he was acting under the influence of Satan. After that, while Jesus was beginning to teach to the multitude, a lady exclaimed, “Blessed is the mother who bore you and nursed you!” (See Luke 11:27.) When she asked Jesus for forgiveness rather than rebuke, he responded by stating, “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it” (Luke 11:28).
According to Sam Allberry, “having him as a master is preferable to having him as a son.” While prayer to Mary is not explicitly mentioned in the Bible, it is a regular practice in the Roman Catholic faith.
The prayer, on the other hand, does not include Jesus’ criticism in verse 28.
Hail Mary Prayer
Lord be with you as you say the Hail Mary, full of grace. Blessed is thou among women, and blessed is the product of thy womb, Jesus, who came forth from thee. Prayer: Most Holy Mary, Mother of God, intercede for us sinners right now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Why Do Catholics Pray to Mary?
When it comes to the RomanCatholic church, Mary is viewed as a mediator in her own right and as such, she is worthy of receiving prayers from all believers. In accordance with the Catholic belief of the Assumption, which says that when she died, Mary was carried up into heaven with Jesus – both physically and spiritually – veneration of Mary and the practice of praying to her are reinforced by the practice of praying to her. Since before the Middle Ages, this has been a widely held belief, but it wasn’t proclaimed formal doctrine in the Catholic Church until Pope Pius XII declared it to be so in 1950.
According to the theology, because she was the mother of God incarnate, she was born free of the stain of original sin from the moment of her conception. In 1854, Pope Pius IX formally recognized this concept as official church teaching.
What Jesus Said About Prayer
1. Pray in a spirit of humility. “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who like praying while standing in synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. They have, I swear to you, got their full and complete recompense. When you pray, however, retire into your room, lock the door, and focus your thoughts on your heavenly Father, who is unseen. When you accomplish this in secret, your Father, who knows all that is done, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:5-6; Mark 6:5) 2.
- “And when you pray, don’t ramble on and on like pagans, who believe that their rambling will be heard because of their abundance of words.
- Please provide us with our daily bread today.
- “And do not lead us into temptation, but preserve us from the wicked one,” says the Lord.
- In confidence, pray to God for anything you require.
- (See also Luke 11:9)
- Luke 11:15, according to BibleHub.com’s John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible
- “Assumption,” according to Britannica.com’s “Assumption.” The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica, 2018
- Britannica.com, “Immaculate Conception,” The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica, 2019
- Britannica.com, “RomanCatholicism: Beliefs and Practices,” The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica, 2018
- Britannica.com, “Immaculate Conception,” The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica, 2018
- Britannica.com, “Immaculate Conception,” The Editors of Encyclopedia Britan Francis Christopher Oakley, Michael David Knowles, and others. Published in the year 2019.
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Why Do Catholics Pray to Mary?
What exactly is prayer? Prayer may be defined as a conversation with God, which is the most basic description. It’s speaking to the Almighty. The act of communicating might take the form of adoration, confession, thankfulness, intercession, asking inquiries, talking, and a variety of other forms of communication. As a result, I’ll admit that the Catholic habit of “praying to Mary” has always struck me as a little weird. Why would you want to talk to someone’s mother if that person is in the room?
- Simply because something is apparent to me does not indicate that it is so to everyone else in the same situation.
- As a result, I’d like to check into this practice inside the Catholic Church and try to have a better understanding of it.
- So, what is the purpose of Catholics praying to Mary?
- However, in order to comprehend these questions, we must first grasp the significance of Mary’s role in the Catholic Church’s hierarchy.
Why Is Mary So Important to the Catholic Church?
Is there such a thing as prayer? The most basic definition of prayer is that it is a form of connection with the Almighty Creator. In other words, it’s praying to the Almighty God. The act of communicating might take the form of adoration, confession, thankfulness, intercession, asking inquiries, talking, and a variety of other forms. Because of this, I will admit that the Catholic habit of “praying to Mary” has always struck me as a little odd. Is it really necessary to speak with someone’s mother if that person is present?
That what appears clear to me does not indicate that it is in fact obvious to everyone else.
For this reason, I would like to investigate and try to have a better understanding of this practice inside the Catholic Church.
Then, what is the point of praying to Mary, according to Catholics. What about Mary? Do they have a prayer service? We must first comprehend Mary’s place of importance within the Catholic Church, however, before we can begin to address these concerns.
Why Do Catholics Pray to Mary?
What is the definition of prayer? The most basic definition of prayer is that it is a kind of connection with the Almighty. It is conversing with the Almighty. The act of communicating can take the form of adoration, confession, thankfulness, intercession, asking questions, talking, and a variety of other forms of expression. As a result, I’ll admit that the Catholic practice of “prayer to Mary” has always struck me as a little weird. Why would you want to speak to someone’s mother if that person is present?
- Simply because something is apparent to me does not imply that it is so to everyone else.
- As a result, I’d like to check into this practice inside the Catholic Church in order to have a better understanding of it.
- So, what is it that Catholics believe motivates them to pray to Mary?
- However, in order to comprehend these questions, we must first grasp the significance of Mary’s role within the Catholic Church.
Is it Biblical to Pray to Mary?
I’m not going to get into the Immaculate Conception or any of the other titles that have been given to Mary in this article. Rather than attempting to determine whether or not Mary is the Beloved Mother of the Church, it may be more beneficial to consider a more fundamental question: what is the Church? Is it possible that the efficiency of prayers might be measured on a scale in Scripture? Or, to put it another way, do we find that praying from someone who is “holier” than another person increases the chance of the prayer being heard or answered?
- According to the Scriptures, when we are linked to Christ, we have access to the throne of grace (Heb.
- (Hebrews 4:16).
- Christ has been granted access.
- We have access to the information.
- Yes, our prayers can be hampered in some ways (1 Peter 3:7).
- However, there is no indication in Scripture that God listens to St.
- In reality, it’s the polar opposite of that.
Luke 11:27, I believe, is a reference to this.
In a way, people who have passed on and are with the Lord are more alive than we are, I think to some extent.
In fact, I believe Paul’s argument in Philippians would be in direct opposition to this viewpoint.
For the benefit of the Philippians, I am certain that Paul is “thinking aloud” in this passage.
How can Paul’s case stand up in the event that he is still interceding, and maybe even in a better position, after his death?
Essentially, Paul is saying, “work here” and “glory there.” While it is clearly a biblical principle to ask people to pray for us, there is no depiction of requesting the dead for aid in this way in the Bible.
As a matter of fact, when wedosee things like this in the Bible, it is frequently connected with witchcraft and sorcery. Consider how Samuel reacted when he was summoned by Saul to the palace (1 Samuel 28:7-19).
Neither the Immaculate Conception nor any of the other titles bestowed to Mary are topics for this discussion. A more basic topic, rather than debating whether or not Mary is the Beloved Mother of the Church, is one that could be useful to consider before making a final decision. Is it possible that the efficiency of prayers may be measured on a scale in accordance with the Bible? To put it another way, do we find that a prayer has a higher chance of being heard or answered if it comes from someone who is “holier” than another person or not?
- Those who are linked to Christ have direct access to God’s throne of grace, according to the teachings of the Bible (Hebrews 4:16).
- It’s possible to get in via Christ.
- It is possible for us to get in.” It really is that simple.
- For this form of access, a personal connection with Christ is necessary.
- Peter than he does to any other child of God.
- Before the cross of Christ, there is a flattening that takes place.
- To follow that up, is it scriptural to assert that asking people who have died to pray for you is no different than asking a friend or a pastor to pray for you?
- But there is no sign in the New Testament of Paul or any other disciple demanding intercession from those who have passed away, which leads me to feel there is some validity in recognizing this mystical body of Christ.
- The apostle Paul is pondering whether it would be better for him to “depart and be with Christ” or whether he should continue his labors among the Philippians as he writes to the Christians there.
- If Paul were still interceding and maybe in an even more advantageous position at the time of his death, what would become of Paul’s case?
- “Labor here,” Paul says, and “glory there,” he says.
As a matter of fact, when wedosee things like these in Scripture, they are frequently connected with witchcraft and sorcery. As an example, consider how Samuel behaved when he was called by King Saul (1 Samuel 28:7-19).
Why Do Catholics Pray to Mary?
I am not interested in debating the Immaculate Conception or any of the other names given to Mary at this time. As an alternative to attempting to determine whether or not Mary is the Beloved Mother of the Church, it may be more beneficial to consider a more fundamental subject. Is there any evidence in Scripture that there is a scale to the effectiveness of prayers? To put it another way, do we find that a prayer has a greater chance of being heard or answered if it comes from someone who is “holier” than another person?
- According to the Scriptures, when we are linked to Christ, we have access to the throne of grace in heaven (Hebrews 4:16).
- Christ has gained entry.
- We have access to the data.
- Yes, our prayers might be hampered in some cases (1 Peter 3:7).
- However, there is no indication in Scripture that God listens to St.
- In truth, the situation is just the reverse.
- I feel that Luke 11:27 is a reference to this.
In a way, those who have passed on and are with the Lord are more alive than we are, I think.
In fact, I believe Paul’s argument in Philippians would be in direct opposition to this notion.
For the sake of the Philippians, I am certain that Paul is “thinking aloud.” He wants everyone to understand that, even though it is preferable for him to go and be with Christ, he is choosing to forsake personal gain in order for others to benefit.
It would be detrimental to his case.
In fact, when wedosee things like this in Scripture, it is frequently connected with witchcraft and sorcery.
Better in Christ
Also, because Luther believed he couldn’t love God — fact, Luther stated, “I despise the just God who condemns sinners” – you had to place your heart and affections someplace else, on someone who looks to be beautiful. This is what we see with Luther. And because Christ did not appear to be attractive, Luther claims that he and his fellow monks diverted their attention away from Christ and toward Mary and the saints instead. Mary, this mother figure, appeared to be filled with compassion in a way that Jesus did not.
There is a genuine warmth of affection between them.
As a result, you’ll need someone to take up that responsibility for him.
People had the impression that they just couldn’t approach him.” As a result, the theological response you would offer to someone who was praying to Mary would be found in Hebrews 4:14–16: Jesus is our “great high priest,” and we may communicate with him directly.
However, by stating that all of the compassion and salvation that you are searching for in Mary may be found more effectively in Christ, I am not taking anything away from you. I’m offering you a better gospel, a truer, more loving God in exchange for your time.
Is it wrong for Catholics to pray to Mary?
I received a query from a friend about why we pray to Mary, and I wasn’t sure how to respond. What do you have to say?
Thank you for submitting this inquiry. It’s a question that’s frequently posed by both Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Despite the fact that the question appears to be straightforward, it actually comprises a whole series of inquiries. Allow me to demonstrate this by guiding you through them. Praying to Mary is frequently opposed on the grounds that it detracts from Jesus’ position as the sole mediator between God and humanity. This is a difficult question for me to answer because we are encouraged repeatedly throughout the New Testament to both pray for other people and ask others to pray for us.
- It is one of the most prevalent types of prayer that we provide.
- Similarly, when we ask our family to pray for us before a job interview, we are engaging in intercessory prayer.
- Praying for others and asking others to pray for us are two important aspects of Christian living.
- I’d also like to point out that when we ask others to pray for us, we prefer to ask those who we know are devout Christians and who are committed to their religion.
- When we pray to Mary, we’re really doing the same thing that they are.
- Even more, it is asking someone we know as the greatest of Jesus’ disciples to pray for us in the same way that we would ask someone we perceive as a holy person on this planet to pray for us in the same way.
- Apart from the obvious ethical concerns, there are generally a handful of other reasons why people oppose to this practice.
For the most majority of Protestants, prayer is something that is always addressed only toward God.
And, as Catholics, we are unanimous in our belief that homage and adoration are solemnly owed to God and no other deity.
For the sake of this discussion, any request for prayer that I make to an acquaintance would be understood to be a prayer in our meaning of the term Second, and perhaps more significantly, Protestant Christians are inclined to dispute the efficacy of praying for the souls of the dead.
Once again, as Catholics, we are entirely in agreement with you.
It’s critical to understand why conducting seances or employing mediums to communicate with the dead is outlawed.
As a reminder, asking Mary, or any of the angels, or the saints for their intercession is no more complicated than asking a friend or family member on earth to pray for us.
There is only one Body of Christ, only one Church, and it includes both those on the earth and those in the presence of the Lord in heaven.
We have a papyrus that dates back to 250 A.D.
Furthermore, during the early years of the Church, saints and intellectuals alike extolled the virtues of this practice.
If you have a question for which you require an answer, please send an email to [email protected] Thank you. Dr. Chris Burgwald has earned a PhD in theology and currently serves as the director of Adult Discipleship and Evangelization in the Diocese of Sioux Falls.
Why Pray to Mary and the Saints?
What is the purpose of Catholics’ prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary and other saints? Is there any evidence in the Bible to support this claim? Isn’t this something that may be termed idol worship? Why not address God directly in your prayers? Neither the mother of Jesus Christ nor the other saints have any significance or power in and of themselves, apart from God. St. Francis and the other saints are held in high regard by Catholics and many other Christians as living models of what a life abundantly open to God’s mercy may look like in a wide range of situations.
- We pray to Mary and the saints because they inspire us to live holy lives in the present.
- As previously stated in the preceding chapter (vv.
- “Through resurrection, women were reunited with their deceased loved ones” (11:35a).
- It is impossible to believe that religion was previously simpler to come by than it is now, given the large number of holy men and women.
- During the eighth century AD, particularly in the Byzantine Empire, the argument developed that praying to Mary and other saints (represented by icons) is a type of idol worship, and this was met with strong opposition.
- Saints do not serve as a final and conclusive court of appeal, where petitioners might get from them what God has refused to grant them.
Prayers to Mary and the other saints, according to this interpretation, are a win-win scenario in which nothing is taken away from God, but rather prompt the person who prays to be as open to and as willingly cooperating with the favor of God as this saint was.
Why Do Catholics Pray to Mary? — St. Mary’s Catholic Center
It is important to understand why Catholics pray to Mary before you can comprehend why they do so. First and foremost, Catholics do not revere or idolize Mary or the other Saints. We are solemnly devoted to God. When we pray to a Saint, we are asking them to intervene on our behalf in the same way that we would ask a friend on earth to do. According to the book of James, “the passionate prayer of a good person has great power.” – James 5:16 (NASB) Who is more virtuous than those who have reached perfection in heaven?
- When that happens, the next question is, “Can they hear us?” Yes, it is correct.
- “He is not the God of the dead, but rather the God of the living,” says the Bible.
- However, they now have a new and more elevated way of life.
- In fact, it might be argued that they are far more alive than those of us who are still on this planet.” Moses and Elijah came to them, speaking with him, and they were astonished.
If you like, I can set up three tents here for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah, if that is what you choose.” Even as he was finishing his speech, a brilliant cloud passed overhead, casting a shade on them, and then a voice emerged from the cloud saying, “”This is my beloved Son, with whom I am completely pleased; pay attention to what he has to say.” This passage from Matthew 17:3-5 describes Jesus’ conversation with Moses and Elijah during the Transfiguration, who are acutely aware of what has been happening on earth.
- Consequently, we may conclude that death does not distinguish between those in heaven and those on earth (as previously stated).
- This is echoed in the Book of Hebrews, which teaches that those who have gone before us into heaven are still present to observe what is happening on earth.
- The alternative would have been for Christ to tell us that prayer for one another was pointless, but he chose to do the exact opposite.
- According to me, the book of Revelation contains what I believe to be the most remarkable proof in the Bible that the Saints in heaven are listening to our prayers.
In their hands, each of the elders wielded a harp as well as gold bowls filled with incense, which represented the prayers of the holy ones.” -Revelations 5:8 (NASB) There are four living beings (who are said to symbolize the Saints and Angels in heaven) who are seen praying before Jesus, and they are giving the prayers of those on earth to him.
- Another instance of angelic intercession may be seen in Revelation chapter 8.
- He was given a large quantity of incense to burn on the gold altar in front of the throne, together with the prayers of all the holy ones, and he was instructed to do so.
- Then the angel snatched the censer from the altar, loaded it with blazing embers from the altar, and tossed it to the ground below him.
- -Revelations 8:3-5 (NASB).
“I tell you, just as there will be more delight in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine virtuous people who have no need of repentance, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents.”” Who among us would not light a lamp and sweep the house, searching diligently until she locates the one penny she had lost among ten?
One such instance of Christ speaking on this issue is seen in the parable of Lazarus and the rich man, which is found in Luke 16.
Getting back to the topic outside of the Biblical evidence, we can support the notion that those in heaven can hear our prayers since it is consistent with our understanding of God and human nature.
However, as a result of their glorification in Christ, they now have a share in God’s divine essence, since they have achieved perfect oneness with Him.
God is the only one who is by nature almighty, and God is the only one who is omniscient and omnipresent – but since God may give them if he so chooses, the Saints in heaven can in some manner partake in these characteristics.
In addition, we must keep in mind that the celestial existence is no longer constrained by space or time.
To avoid answering a question of this sort with our own limited knowledge about how things function in our world, we should refrain from doing so.
It is for this reason that we pray to the Saints.
There is no veneration, devotion, or praise of the Saints in the Church.
Mary is the most fortunate of all the humans who have ever lived on our planet.
Nobody, with the exception of Jesus, ever got to choose who would be their biological mother.
If we are Jesus’ brothers and sisters, then we have a spiritual mother in Mary, who is also Jesus’ mother.
He agrees to perform His first miracle at her request, despite the fact that he informs her that “it is not my time.” This is remarkable because Jesus continues to do what his mother asks, despite the fact that it was not yet time for him to demonstrate his divine powers.
This demonstrates to us how effective her intercession with Jesus is. As a result, it is biblical, logical, and right to ask her to pray on our behalf. Please, Mary, intercede for us!