Please Tell Me,catholics Pray To Saints And To Mary, Can You Please Show Me A Bible Verse That Said We Are To Pray To Dead People.thank You
Those articles linked cover it pretty well. Just a short note that we don’t regard those prayed for as dead, but rather living members of the mystical body of Christ.
When you show me that the sting is still in death,that we are no longer the body of Christ at physical death and since we are,then you have to explain the resurrection of Jesus, because indeed since He was resurrected the Saints are more alive than we:D Alsosince God is theGod of the living and not the dead your assertion would mean that all those who died physically are doomed;)
I hightly recommend you to get the Catechism of the Catholic Church. You can look up anything at all in it, and it will give you Scripture citations to back up the teaching. But in the mean time…
My short answer is: Why not? Have you ever asked someone to pray for you? Or have you ever prayed for someone else? Intercessory prayer is not limited to us pilgrims…
I cant find an online catechism, so, I will do my best to explain w/out typing the whole thing out.I’m not sure what you already believe, so I will start here:
Firstly, the dead are not dead as in non-existant. The spirit/soul is eternal. So, in a sense, when someone dies, though the body is dead, the soul continues to live.
Secondly, we define saints as the elect in heaven; those who have died and their souls enjoy the Beatific Vision.
Now, the Cathechism (956-958) explains the “Communion of Saints”:
The 3 states of the Church. When the Lord comes in glory, and all his angels with him, death will be no more and all things will be subject to him. But at the present time some of his disciples are pilgrims on earth. Others have died and are being purified, while still others are in glory, contemplating “in full light, God himself triune and one, exactly as he is”.
So it is that the union of the wayfarers with the brethren who sleep in the peace of Christ is in no way interrupted, but on the contrary, according to the constant faith of the Church, this union is reinforced by an exchange of spiritual goods.
The intercession of the saints. Being more closely united to Christ, those who dwell in heaven fix the whole Church more firmly in holiness…They do not cease to intercede with the Father for us, as they proffer the merits which they acquired on earth throught the one mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus…So by their fraternal concern is our weakness greatly helped.
Communin with the saints. It is not merely by the title of example that we cherish the memory of those in heaven; we seek, rather, that by this devotion to the exercise of fraternal charity the union of the whole Church in the Spirit may be strengthened. Exactly as Christian communion among our fellow pilgrims brings us closer to Christ, so our communion with the saints joins us to Christ, from whom as from its fountain and head issues all grace, and the life of the People of God itself.
Communion with the dead. In full consciousness of this communion of the whole Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, the Church in its pilgrim members, from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, has honored with great respect the memory of the dead; dead that they may be loosed from their sins’ she offers her suffrages for them. Our prayer for them is capable not only of helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.
As for prayer, the CCC (catechism) states in 2634-2636:
The Holy Spirit himself intercedes for us…and intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
The Scripture support is Romans 8:26-28.
Since Abraham, intercession - asking on behalf of another - has been characteristic of a heart attuned to God’s mercy. In the age of the Church, Christian intercession participates in Christ’s, as an expression of the communion of saints. In intercession, he who prays looks not only to his own interests, but also to the interest of others, even to the point of praying for those who do him harm.
(Phil 2:4, Acts 7:60, Lk 23:28,34.)
The first Chrisian communities lived this form of fellowship intensely. (Acts 12:5, 20:36, 21:5, 2Cor 9:14) Thus the Apostle Paul gives them a share in his ministry of preaching the Gospel. (Eph 6:18-20, Col 4:3-4, 1Thess 5:25) but also intercedes for them. (2Thess 1:11, Col 1:3, Phil 1:3-4) The intercession of Christians recognizes no boundaries…
I hope this helps you understand a little better. I have recently been so blessed by the intercessory prayer of a saint. Have you read any saints’ lives? They are very uplifting and edifying. Their lives are such a testimony to our Catholic faith; the real fruits of the Church so to speak. If you haven’t read any yet, I wholeheartedly recommend you to pick up a book at your library. Try St. Francis of Assisi for starters if you have never read any yet. And then, if you have never tried, take a leap of faith, and pray to him for help in some area of your, or someone you love’s life.
God Bless You!