Question of the Day for Thursday, April 25, 2013
Pray to Saints?
Q. As a Catholic, do you have to pray to saints?
A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin:
The Old Testament contains several collections of prayers — the Psalms, Lamentations, Song of Songs, and many parts of the books of the prophets. The New Testament is far more concise. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven…” (Mt 6:9).
The Catechism of the Catholic Church devotes numerous pages to individual prayer and the prayer of the Christian community. This masterful reflection names the Mother of Jesus, “the perfect … (pray-er), a figure of the Church…. We can pray with her and to her” (No. 2679). The text also remarks the other saints are always a part “of” our prayer, and our continual companions “in” prayer. “Their intercession is their most exalter service to God’s plan. We can and should ask them to intercede for us and for the whole world” (No. 2683).
Read the rest of the answer at Our Sunday Visitor: http://www.osv.com/TCANav/TCAQuestionoftheDay/April22262013/tabid/8708/Default.aspx