I didn’t really want anyone to defend the prayer to saints, I understand where Catholics are coming from with their prayers, I understand they want to get all the help they can get, I respect that. Its just asking saints for help not actual prayers to them. I’ve also read the biblical scripture that says angels do pray from us… its in Revelations I think. So I get it, its an important part of being a Catholic. But, I also understand the Dictionary definition to the word pray and that’s kind of where its feels wrong to me, if you want to be technical… but that’s not my question. That’s not why I’m here. You, as a Catholic if you want to pray to saints, go for it… but my question is can I be a practicing Catholic without praying to saints?
For me, on a personal level prayers to saints is not the same as asking someone to pray for me. Its not to me, it doesn’t feel the same, it feels like I’m on my knees, standing up, bowing my head, folding my hand, closing my eyes or any way you do it, praying to someone who isn’t God, so it’s not the same as saying ‘hey, buddy pray for me’… it just doesn’t feel the same.
Besides, since you don’t know me, let me tell you, I would never ask anyone to pray for me…I just don’t. I just kind of think of they’d do that on their own without me asking, so I never do… and yes I’ve prayed for others, a LOT of people, weather they ask me too or not… so that’s not the issue. To me, the issue is how I feel that praying to saints just feels to much like a prayer to someone who isn’t God. Prayer for me should just be for God.
so can I be a practicing Catholic without praying to saints?
MiserereMei, in my church its during mass, after we bow our head to confess out sins to God during the service, its ended by praying the Hail Mary, and then mass is ended by the Saint Michael prayer… and the class I go to… after each class they end with a prayer which includes the Hail Mary… and I don’t want to be disrespectful to anyone so I don’t participate… so back to my original question… can I be a respectful practicing Catholic and not pray to saints?