- Sobornost - Catherine Doherty "The falling in love with God"
- Kris McGregorCatherine Doherty addresses the Eastern Catholic Charismatic Renewal conference in 1979. Her subject is sobornost, a Russian term, translatable as "unity". "Faith is the father of love, faith is the father of hope also, and its in faith, and fait…Read More
- Fourth Sunday of Advent - Sunday, Sunday, Sunday with Mark Hart
- Kris McGregorThe Sunday, Sunday, Sunday Podcast is a reflection on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings presented by LifeTeen.com and hosted by Mark Hart. Sunday Readings from the USCCB Reading 1 2 sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 Responsorial Psalm ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 2…Read More
- Faith Contemplates the Advent Mystery Because He Leads into Captivity All Powers by Dr. Anthony Lilles
- Kris McGregorAn excerpt: Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity helps us open our hearts to the coming of Christ. On the twelfth day of her Last Retreat, she offers a reflection on "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." Jesus has come to give us peace through…Read More
- AR-SP2- THE GIFT OF HOLINESS AT CHRISTMAS w/ Fr. Mauritius Wilde O.S.B., PhD.
- Kris McGregorThis reflection was given during a special advent evening of prayer and meditation service at St. Margaret Mary’s Church, in Omaha, NE on December 16. Fr.Mauritius was joined by Deacon James Keating PhD. This if the second of two talksRead More
- AR-SP1 - THE GIFT OF HOLINESS AT CHRISTMAS w/ Deacon James Keating Ph.D.
- Kris McGregorThis reflection was given during a special advent evening of prayer and meditation service at St. Margaret Mary's Church, in Omaha, NE on December 16. Deacon Keating was joined by Fr. Mauritius Wilde OSB. This if the first of two talks.Read More
- RN-3 - Value # 3 – Look , Judge, Act - Regnum Novum w/ Omar Gutierrez
- Kris McGregor3. Look, Judge, Act Blessed Pope John XXIII gave us this practical suggestion in his letter Mater et magistra. The Social Doctrine provides us with principles for reflection, criteria for judgment, and directives for action. Social justice is sup…Read More
- USCCA3 - Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature - U. S. Catholic Catechism for Adults w/ Arch. George Lucas
- Kris McGregorArchbishop Lucas offers insights on the US Catholic Catechism for Adults Chapter 3: Blessed John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council itself illustrate how the Church constantly draws upon Tradition and Sacred Scripture. This chapter examines…Read More
- ROF#1 - Witnesses to Tradition - Roots of the Faith with Mike Aquilina
- Kris McGregorWitnesses to Tradition. A grand overview of Church tradition as passed down to us by the Fathers of the Church...it's scope and relevance for our lives today!Read More
- O Rex Gentium (O King of all the nations)
- Kris McGregor“O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust.” Isaiah had prophesied, “For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder…Read More
- The Examen Prayer - A video and audio guided reflection for daily use
- Kris McGregorThe Examen can be done anytime of the day, but it is highly recommended for midday and the close of the evening. Transition: Become aware of the love with which God looks upon me as I begin this examen. Gratitude. Note the gifts that God’s lo…Read More
- O Oriens (O Radiant Dawn)
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Praying to Saints
On this faith check let’s answer the question, “why pray to a saint when you can pray straight to God?”
Of course, Catholics can and do pray straight to God. But we also pray to saints, not to worship them, but simply to ask for their prayers on our behalf, just like we ask our friends on earth to pray for us.
In the communion of saints we are spiritually connected to believers in the here and now and in the hereafter. For instance, Hebrews tells us we are surrounded by a “great cloud of witnesses,”1 who are aware of what’s going on here. We read in Revelation that the prayers of the elders and saints in heaven are ascending before the throne of God.2
The prayers of the saints are powerful because they have been perfected in God’s grace and as St. James says, “the fervent prayer of the righteous has great power.”3
Early Christian writings demonstrate that this practice was not a later corruption, but goes back to the very first centuries of Christianity. So let us join with Christians of all ages in saying “all you holy men and women, pray for us!”
1 – 12:1
2 – 5:8; 8:3; etc.
3 – 5:16