Happy All Saints Day!

Today is the Solemnity of All Saints. It’s a Holy Day of Obligation usually – this year, due to it falling on a Saturday, it is not a Holy Day of Obligation – however it is still a Holy Day and special.

But why on earth do we have a whole day dedicated to the Saints?  Why do we dare to honor them and ask them to pray for us?

Here’s a peek at what I say about the Saints in How to Become a Heroic Catholic:

….We look to the Saints for assistance and guidance since they are already in heaven. They are closer to God than we are, and they can pray and intercede for us if we ask of them. I ask people to pray for me and I think that it’s pretty common among people of all faiths to ask that a fellow believer prays for them. Look at what St. Paul says in 1st Timothy:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way. This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was given at the proper time.

 (1 Timothy 2: 1-6)

 

He opens up that letter asking for prayers to be offered for everyone. He is telling us to pray for each other. So why then does it become an issue when I ask someone in heaven to pray for me? If we’re in heaven with Christ, can’t we still pray for people?

St. Dominic said, as he was dying in the year 1218 A.D., “Do not weep, for I shall be more useful to you after my death and I shall help you then more effectively than during my life.”

 He told his brothers that after he died on earth he would be able to help them more from heaven. If the Saints can’t help us, why would he say that?

            St. Therese of Lisieux said something similar around the year 1825 A. D., “I want to spend my heaven in doing good on earth.”

            The Saints want to help us here on earth. We can ask them to pray for us, just like I’d ask you to pray for me. They are our brothers and sisters in heaven and they want to lead us to eternal life with Christ. I pray to them, or ask them, to give me guidance, and to help me be like them. They help us find our own paths to holiness.

Why do we honor the Saints?

Do we honor them more than Christ? No.  We honor the saints, we greatly honor Mary as Queen of Heaven, but worship is something given to God alone. [Fun fact: Something neat I learned about not too long ago is the contrasting terms of Dulia vs. Latria. Dulia is honor. Honor is what we give to the Saints in their glory. Hyperdulia is highest honor, which we show to Mary, the mother of God. Latria, on the other hand, is worship. Latria is given to God alone.]

            The Saints are role models for everyone, and come from all walks of life. We pray for them to intercede on our behalf, or on a friend’s behalf, to God. They are our friends. We do not worship them. We show them honor because they are beautiful examples of holiness and because they are already in heaven with Christ.

Even when the Church was still very new, she was teaching that we can ask the Saints to pray for us.

St. Augustine once said:

“It is true that Christians pay religious honor to the memory of the martyrs, both to excite us to imitate them, and to obtain a share in their merits and the assistance of their prayers.” [Reply to Faustus the Manichean 20:21 {c. A.D. 400)]

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2 thoughts on “Happy All Saints Day!

  1. Very good blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you recommend starting with a free platform
    like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely confused ..
    Any suggestions? Thank you!

    • Tips for aspiring writers…I suppose my tips would be to pray about what you write – a lot. To not be afraid to jump around in the book or whatever it is you’re writing and put everything in order later. Be persistent. Get that rough-draft done and then settle in for editing. For blog posts I don’t really do much – I just write what I feel I need and make sure it looks great. I use the free platform with WordPress and it works amazingly! 🙂

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