Pastor's Corner (10/22/21)

The Value of Saints
November 1 is All Saints Day in the Catholic Church. Halloween gets its name from All Hallows’ Eve, or the eve of All Saints Day.
Catholics do pray to saints. We do not worship the saints. We do not worship Mary. We only worship God – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. But praying to the saints simply means communicating to someone who is no longer part of this earthly world.
For those still living this life here on earth, we often ask them to pray for us. And they often ask us to pray for them. We ask them to intercede for us. And they ask us to intercede for them.
When we pray to the saints, we ask them to intercede for us with God. They offer the merits of their own lives as part of making the request on our behalf.
Mary is the greatest of all saints. She was the only human creature conceived without sin. She is the only human creature who did not commit sin during their life. And she is the mother of our Savior. Jesus listens to her requests in a special way. But she does not grant those requests on her own. 
Your children learn the “Hail Mary” prayer at Epiphany. The last lines of that prayer demonstrate what we believe is happening when we pray that prayer. “Pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death.” We pray to Mary to ask her to pray for us.
Saints remain great role models for us. But they are also intercessors for us with God for our needs.