Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Reason no. 9 why I remain Catholic: Communion of Saints

Probably one of my favorite things about being a Catholic is that we have so many "friends" to help us out; to pray for us: the saints!

The saints are the superheroes of the Catholic Church.

A hero is someone who is admired for their outstanding qualities or virtues. They typically stand out in a crowd for their courage and care for others.

Saints are heroes. They show heroic virtue and stand above the rest of us Christians for their courage and compassion and love for others and above all their love and imitation of Christ.

The communion of saints is the company of those who have gone before us and now dwell in the beatific vision and thus can intercede for us before God. The saint par excellence is Mary, our Blessed Mother. To whom should we turn to first. She is the one closest to God because she was chosen by God himself. But those who once dwelled on earth and were unperfect creatures like us and yet strived to imitate Christ with both their actions and their love, are given the privilege of heaven.

So we as Catholics are taught from a very young age that we can go to these holy people and they will intercede for us before God.

Who has not had a favor to ask from a friend who might help them get that job they have their heart set on? What about asking that friend to introduce us to that person we really like? Asking others to intercede for us is natural. It is what makes us a community of people. We help and intercede for one another on many levels. The same goes for the highest level.

Those who have gone before us, the saints, can help us reach our end goal. We who dwell yet on earth—as well as the saints and the Blessed Virgin in heaven—are "mediators of grace"; but Christ alone is "the mediator of justice."

Saints are said to be road signs that lead us to heaven. They exemplify the life we are created to live.
We are all called to be saints. And so the saints are our role models in heaven. They encourage us to imitate Christ just as they did. And as many lived imperfect lives and finally rose to the level of holy virtue through God's perfect grace, they give us hope and make the goal of reaching holiness a bit more attainable.

And for every saint, there is a specific intention.

If you have a specific intention? There is a particular saint!

There is the saint for studying: St. Joseph of Cupertino.
There is the saint for impossible causes: St. Rita of Cascia
There are saints for motherhood/mothers: Mary, St. Anne, St. Gianna Beretta Molla

And the list goes on.

"Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” St. John Paul II

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