I have a question (ok, a few)

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I have a question (ok, a few)
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Fri, 05-21-2004 - 7:20pm

Yesterday there was an article on the recent declaration of the new saints in the diocese paper.

Kim mom to Brad, Matt, Emma, Sarah, and Meagan

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Fri, 05-21-2004 - 10:58pm
Saints are Saints at the moment of their death. Even with a stop in Purgatory they have the ability to intercede in prayer on our behalf. Miracles are always performed by God through the intercession of His Saints. To determine if a miracle happened experts in the sciences are consulted as to if the cure or event can be attributed to natural or manmade effects.
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Sat, 05-22-2004 - 11:26am
This will sound totally not Catholic, but why the intercession?

Kim mom to Brad, Matt, Emma, Sarah, and Meagan

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Sat, 05-22-2004 - 12:33pm
Hi Kim, thanks for sharing!

I think this deal with Saints is a mystery. As Catholic, I believe in the intercession of Saints performing Miracles, also "Acts" of God. For God lives in everyone of us, baptized in His holy Name. Catholcism is where we received our basis of truth in religion, for we were Baptized, in the family of God. Hope this helps.

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Sun, 05-23-2004 - 11:20am
This will sound totally not Catholic, but why the intercession? I do get the idea of having friends in high places, but is it necessary?

When I was a child, my CCD teacher explained the intercession of Mary like this:

You go to the store and buy an apple for your father. You want to give it to him as a present. On the way home, you drop the apple. It rolls down the street and it gets dirty and bruised. Your heart is broken. You spent the last of your allowance on this apple and now it is not fit to give. Your mother understands how upset you are. She takes the apple, washes it and ties a ribbon around it to hide the bruises. The apple is now suitable to offer to your father. The apple in the story represents our prayers and petitions.

As I got older, a friend offered this explaination. She simply asked. Have you ever asked someone else to pray for you? (even non-catholics can say yes to this). Praying to the saints is just like asking a friend here on earth to pray for you. Since Catholics believe in the communion of saints, it does not matter if that friend is on earth or in heaven.

Just some thoughts,

Sharon