In thinking of prayer to the saints, a practical question entered my mind. How can you know that the saints in heaven can hear our prayers? How can you know that we are able to communicate to them? We know from Scripture that we can communicate to God through Christ. We know from Scripture that the “heavenly host” praise God. But why should anybody believe that we can pray to the saints and ask them to pray to God for whatever worthy things that might be on our mind. Maybe they do pray to God (Jeremiah 15:1), but how do we know that we can communicate to them?
The Catechism of the Council of Trent says that this doctrine of praying to the saints is so entrenched in Catholic theology that nobody should ever even entertain a single doubt as to it’s truth, so I’m not trying to give you doubt. I just want to know.