Home | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising | El Centinela | ARCHIVES
Catholic Sentinel | Portland, OR Friday, July 21, 2017

Marylhurst grad program May-August

Home : Faith/Spirituality : The Question Box
1/2/2013 9:17:00 AM
Why can't we pray directly to saints?

Deacon Owen Cummings

Q —Why can’t I pray directly to a saint, but just for the intercession of saints?
A — We cannot pray “directly” to a saint because, strictly speaking, saints do not exist on their own, just as the baptized do not exist on their own but only as embodied in Christ,  only “in Christ” to use the term preferred by St. Paul. When, therefore, we pray to the saints, we pray to the saints “in Christ.” Intercession has to do with our communion in and with the communion of the saints, in Christ, and never apart from him.

Advanced Search

News | Viewpoints | Faith & Spirituality | Parish and School Life | Entertainment | Obituaries | Find Churches and Schools | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising
E-Newsletter | RSS Feeds

© 2017 Catholic Sentinel, a service of Oregon Catholic Press

Software © 1998-2017 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved