When Catholics say we are praying to a saint, we really mean through or with a saint. Just like you may ask a friend to pray for a loved one — or even for yourself, we ask a member of the Communion of Saints, our brothers and sisters in Christ who are with Him in Heaven, to pray for a loved one — or even for oneself.
So, we are literally saying “Saint (insert name), can you pray for me today”.
The answer to that prayer (a miracle) is simply our proof that they are indeed in Heaven in communication with Christ — and Jesus performed the actual Miracle.
When I’m asked: Why don’t we just go directly to Jesus? I humbly reply: I do, but sometimes I need more help.
In short: If you’re in Heaven, you are a Saint, regardless whether your name is John Paul, Padre Pio, Mother Theresa — or Chuck.
Every family has someone in Heaven, so every family has a Saint Grandpa John or a Saint Uncle Pio or a Saint Aunt Theresa. Every family has a Saint Chuck to pray to.
Your Saint Chuck may not have an official Feast Day or two credited miracles or have “fame of sanctity” beyond the confines of your home — but that doesn’t make your Saint Chuck any less a saint.
So, ask your Saint Chuck to pray for a friend, for a loved one — or even for yourself.
It’s simple. All you have to say is…
Saint Chuck pray for us … and then let go.
In God’s time, a miracle will occur.
James Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman & McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.
So, who’s the Saint in your family? Tells us in the comments below.