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Old Apr 30, '12, 7:59 pm
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Default Prayer to saints who may not be real?

I have been praying to St. Dymphna for intercession for a family member suffering from mental illness. I decided to read more about her on the Catholic Encyclopedia and found that there is no basis in history for her existance other than stories that grew from local legends.

This is very disheartening and makes me wonder how much can we really trust stories about saints? Should we just stick to the apostles and Our Lady?
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Old Apr 30, '12, 9:03 pm
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Default Re: Prayer to saints who may not be real?

It is sad and upsetting once you find out that a Saint you have been asking to pray for you is only based on a legend, but I don't think that means we should only stick to asking the Apostles and our Mother for favor with God because some other Saints have been the grace to preside over certain circumstances that are real. For me, whenever I feel compelled to pray to a saint who I know little about, I like to investigate their stories further.

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Old Apr 30, '12, 9:30 pm
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Default Re: Prayer to saints who may not be real?

The Saints hear us through the grace of God.

God understands our intentions better than we do.

If our intention is to gain intercession for, say, mental illness, and we pray with good heart and faith to the patron Saint of such; God, in His great mercy and wisdom will hear and understand and take that into account.

Put another way.

You go before a judge and ask for a favor, but refer to him by the wrong name, he will still respond to you according to his position; not his name. (If he's uptight he mmight correct you, but Saints are never uptight).

Finally, just because there is no historical evidence for a person, does not mean that they don't exist.

Pray to God always, but never be afraid to ask for the intercession of any number of Saints. I ask St. Dymphna to pray for people on occasion and I never feel like my prayers fall on deaf ears.

Paryers are never wasted.
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Default Re: Prayer to saints who may not be real?

Personally I ask Saint Dymphna for her prayers all the time and I trust that she was a real person and is a real saint. But that is just me. I don't care that the only basis for her sainthood is based on legends. That doesn't matter to me. I still ask for her prayers on a regular basis.
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Old May 2, '12, 8:15 pm
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Default Re: Prayer to saints who may not be real?

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The Saints hear us through the grace of God.

God understands our intentions better than we do.

If our intention is to gain intercession for, say, mental illness, and we pray with good heart and faith to the patron Saint of such; God, in His great mercy and wisdom will hear and understand and take that into account.

Put another way.

You go before a judge and ask for a favor, but refer to him by the wrong name, he will still respond to you according to his position; not his name. (If he's uptight he mmight correct you, but Saints are never uptight).

Finally, just because there is no historical evidence for a person, does not mean that they don't exist.

Pray to God always, but never be afraid to ask for the intercession of any number of Saints. I ask St. Dymphna to pray for people on occasion and I never feel like my prayers fall on deaf ears.

Paryers are never wasted.
I like that perspective. Thanks!
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