“When the Bible clearly teaches us that ‘there is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus’ (1 Timothy 2:5), how can you Catholics even begin to justify praying to saints?”
Do you ask your friends to pray for you? And when you do, do you worry that this somehow contradicts the scriptural teaching that Jesus is the “sole Mediator between God and man”? And if you don’t worry, why not?
Clearly, the reason you don’t worry is that while you believe Jesus Christ is our Redeemer and our “way” to the Father, you also believe that those who have been made members of his mystical body, share in his mediatorial work. While you believe that Jesus is our faithful high priest who has brought us to God, you also believe that in him we have become a kingdom of priests. This is why we Christians in his name bring the message of reconciliation. This is why we serve. This is also why we pray for others in the name of Jesus.
And this is why we ask the saints in heaven to intercede for us. While Protestants for some reason believe that those who are with Jesus in heaven have ceased to function as members of his body, we do not.
There are many, many great resources out there for learning about the saints. Here are some of our favorites.
A FEW GREAT VIDEOS
A FEW GREAT TALKS
by Dr. Mark Miravalle
by Patrick Madrid
This debate, held in New York before a live audience of nearly 1,000 people, was a great opportunity to contrast the Catholic and Reformed Protestant views on the nature and meaning of the communion of saints. The exchange concentrated primarily on the biblical evidence surrounding this issue. The debate also focused heavily on the testimony of the early Church on the subject of venerating Mary and the saints.
by Tim Staples
A FEW GREAT BOOKS
by Scott Hahn
Once again Dr. Hahn provides us with an easy-to-read, engaging, thoroughly biblical study of angels and saints. If you’ve wondered “What exactly does Scripture teach on these subjects?” you will be in for a feast.
by David Matzko McCarthy
In this book, the author explores the role and significance of the saints in Christians’ lives today. Examining the lives of saints like Martin de Porres, Therese de Lisieux, and Mother Teresa he discusses topics like the veneration of martyrs, science and miracles, images, pilgrimages, and why the saints continue to captivate Christians and inspire devotion. Really interesting and informative!
by Patrick Madrid
What’s this thing Catholics have with asking Mary and the saints in heaven to pray for them? Using Scripture and the early Church fathers, in this book well-known apologist Patrick Madrid gives the simplest and clearest explanation you will find anywhere of the Catholic teaching on the Communion of Saints.