- Actively use that rosary to pray to Mary, Jesus mother, while the Bible provides no instruction on praying to anyone besides God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ.
First, the meaning of the word, pray, means to ask someone for a favor. When Catholics ask for the Saints in heaven to speak to God for them, that is what we are doing. We realize that the favor or answer to our request comes from God and not from the Saint whom we might be asking to pray for us. I know for a fact that JWs ask others to pray for them. The difference of course is that these JWs are not in heaven with God. Catholics not only ask Catholics who are not yet in heaven to pray for them but also Catholics who are in heaven to pray for them.
Now, the JWs unfortunately do not completely understand the communion of Saints. The great irony is that they do have some understanding of it but have vacillated back and forth over it. For example in their book, “Revelation-Its Grand Climax at Hand!” they say the following about certain JWs they believe to have died and gone to heaven to live and rule with Christ (Note the JWs believe that the 24 elders spoken of in Revelation 4:4 represent certain people among the JWs who are resurrected to heavenly life with Jesus):
“This suggests that resurrected ones of the 24-elders group may be involved in the communicating of divine truths today.” Revelation-Its Grand Climax at Hand!” page 125
In other words, JWs believe that those of the heavenly calling who die and go to heaven today may be involved in communicating divine truths from God to their organization today. This is not anything new because after Charles Russell died it was common for Bible Students (the earlier name for JWs) to say that Pastor Russell was running the Watchtower organization “from beyond the veil”. Of course Rutherford rejected this notion and since then the publications of the Watchtower Society have gone back and forth over whether this actually happens or not.
The great thing about being Catholic is that we have no doubt that those Saints who go before us and make it to heaven really are praying to God for us. Jesus makes it clear to the Sadducees in Mark 12:27 that “He is a God, not of the dead, but of the living.” This means that faithful men of old such as Abraham, Issac, and Jacob are alive in the presence of God and can intercede for us. If those individuals who looked to the promise of the coming Christ can pray for us, then how much more so can Jesus’ own mother intercede for us? She of all people is the closest person to Him. Afterall, Jesus received His very flesh and blood from her.
In addition the book of Revelation makes it clear that those Saints in heaven who have been martyred in some way for the Gospel are praying for us here on earth:
“And when he opened the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those slaughtered because of the word of God and because of the witness work that they used to have. And they cried out with a loud voice, saying: “Until when, Sovereign Lord holy and true, are you refraining from judging and avenging our blood upon those who dwell on the earth?”-Revelation 6: 9, 10 (New World Translation).