A couple weekends ago the kids and I watched the movie God’s Not Dead. After the movie it got even better. Instead of my teens going off into their rooms they stuck around and started asking questions about our religion.
One question I had to search for an answer myself was why Catholics pray to Saints. I explained it the way it was explained to me as a young girl. However, I wanted to know more about this myself so that I have the right response to give my kids and perhaps one day they’ll pass it on to their children.
Why Catholics Pray To Saints
I’m sure you have heard many non-Catholic Christians feel it is wrong to pray to Saints, that our prayers should be to God directly. But what they don’t realize is that we are not praying to them but rather with them.
Praying to Saints is a way of asking them to pray to God with us and for us on our behalf. It’s like asking our friends and family for prayers.
It’s In The Bible
I found an article called Praying to the Saints by Robert H. Brom, a Bishop in San Diego, California. In it he goes into detail about this subject and provides passages from the Bible in which it guides us to invoke those in heaven and ask them to pray with us.
Saints We Pray To
Here are a couple of the patron saints we pray to for assistance and why.
St. Jude is the patron saint of times of hardship and desperation.
St. Joseph is the patron saint of the universal Church, fathers, carpenters, and for social justice. He is also the patron of the dying.
For a list of patron saints, go to catholic.org.
Over To You
What is the patron saint you pray to? Please tell us in the comments section below and how he or she helped you during times of difficulty.