[quote=adstrinity]Now, admittingly, praying the Rosary has always worked for me, but, I mean, there IS part of me that is skeptical. While the faith was being attacked on another site, an ex-Catholic said that Mary & saints cannot hear prayers & another said that “You don’t need her.” I was shocked, angered, & saddened by this. For my own knowledge (I just want to have proof for myself), can saints and Mary hear prayers? Biblical sources would be helpful, early Church writtings would be good, too. …Anybody have any personal experiences here?
ALSO, can the devil hear the prayers of the faithful?
NO! They’re deaf as a cue ball! That’s one of the disadvantages of being in heaven…you lose many of your UN-glorified assets you had on earth. Which in this case, you can’t even do what a cat can do on earth.:whacky:
On a more serious note, can Jesus hear us? YES. Is Jesus fully man? YES. Let us suppose that saints cannot hear us, can our (biblical-“for they watch over them”) guardian angel hear us? YES. If either Jesus or our guardian angel can hear us, can they transmit that prayer to the 'deaf" in Heaven.YES.
Now if the bible says that “their angel watches over them”, and therefore can hear them, unless angels are deaf, then why stop at angels.? Does a prot. talk to their guardian angel…EVER? NO.
However, one nice thing about heaven is that you no longer are restrained by shouting distance.
Now, about the devil and his minions. Did Jesus talk to the devils that were (in spirit only) when he drove them into the swine? YES. Did they communicate with Jesus AS A MAN? YES.
If we cannot communicate with evil spirits, then Exorcism is a bible dupe!
Now on the matter of “we don’t need them, ONLY Jesus”: Ask them if they or Jesus or another human being Baptised them? Jesus tells us that another sinful human is required for the most essential fundamental Christain activity…BECOMING A CHRISTIAN.
I don’t think prots. (yet) have gone so far out on individualism that they have recited “I baptize ME in the name of the…”