intercessory prayer

The Problem with “Praying to Saints”

"All Saints" by Fra Angelico

At one time in my life I viewed Christians as shallow people blindly following silly rules. As I was to discover, these perceptions were not only wrong, they were worlds away from reality. The root cause of my misconception was my confident ignorance. Until I allowed Christians to speak to me and define their faith their words, I was unable […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori, C.Ss.R.

St. Alphonsus Maria de' Liguori, C.Ss.R. Bishop and Doctor of the Church

“How pleasing to Him it will be if you sometimes forget yourself and speak to Him of His own glory, of the miseries of others, especially those who mourn in sorrow; of the souls in purgatory, His spouses, who long to behold Him in Heaven; and of poor sinners who live deprived of His grace.” (St. Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori, […]

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

"All Saints" by Fra Angelico

When I was a Protestant I wondered why Catholics had so many statues of saints in their churches. There were two problems. First, I had been raised to believe that carved images were wrong because they broke the commandment “you shall not make to yourself any graven image.” Second, I was told that Catholics worshipped the saints, and sure enough, […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori, C.Ss.R.

St. Alphonsus Maria de' Liguori, C.Ss.R. Bishop and Doctor of the Church

“How pleasing to Him it will be if you sometimes forget yourself and speak to Him of His own glory, of the miseries of others, especially those who mourn in sorrow; of the souls in purgatory, His spouses, who long to behold Him in Heaven; and of poor sinners who live deprived of His grace.” (St. Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori, […]

Why You Should Ask God for …

I’ve often heard people say that they don’t want to trouble God with their petty needs and concerns. After all, he has more important things to attend to, like running the universe. Yet the New Testament makes God out to be a glutton for punishment. Not only does Jesus often urge us to ask for what we need, (“Ask and […]

Lenten Prayer Intentions for Our New Pope

I don’t know about you, but when I heard the news about Pope Benedict XVI, my heart dropped. I was immediately saddened. Being in the news business, I had to immediately push this aside in order to work to confirm the statement — and work with our Register team and EWTN to get the word out. Since this initial scramble, […]

Praying to Mary and the Saints

Continuing last week’s theme of answering a protestant’s questions about Catholic teachings and practices, this week we will look at the Catholic practice of asking the saints to intercede for us before the Throne of God. In the years during which I have been assisting people who are inquiring about the Catholic faith, I have often encountered questions about the practices of […]