I listen to EWTN IHRadio etc. MANY non-Catholics have the gripe about praying to saints but I NEVER hear the response I use.
When confronted with this complaint I open either a Missal or LOTH for a particular Saint and show them the prayers “to” that saint on their feast. In EVERY instance the prayers is directly to God asking for the saints prayers for us to be heard. As todays for Padre Pio illustrates:
Almighty ever-living God, who, by a singular grace,
gave the Priest Saint Pius a share in the Cross of your Son
and, by means of his ministry,
renewed the wonders of your mercy,
grant that through his intercession
we may be united constantly to the sufferings of Christ,
and so brought happily to the glory of the resurrection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Perhaps it is “ok” to make direct pleas to saints such as “St. Lucy may your prayers help to heal my sight” Shouldn’t they always begin and end as the prayer of the day; petitioning God for the efficacy of such prayers to a saint?
Concerned becuase the typical response on EWTN shows is it’s like asking a friend to pray for you which is only half the story…
Right? Is my response sound and accurate and encompassing the idea of prayers to saints?