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72. Prayers to the Saints

1. The saints are all the human beings who have reached heaven.They enjoy the beatific vision, seeing, directly and intuitively,God in his essence. They behold in God all that they ought to knowabout themselves and about their glory. Now, it is part of theirglory to assist others, and help them serve God and reach heaven.Thus the saints cooperate with God; thus they are made godlike. Butthe saints cannot assist others unless they know these others andunderstand their needs. Therefore, the saints know in Godthe devotions, prayers, and promises of people on earth who pray tothe saints.

2. It is right to pray to the saints for their aid. Wepray for one another here on earth. St. Paul, great apostle as hewas, asked humbly for prayers (Rom. 15:30). Our brethren with Godin heaven are in far better position to offer our petitions to himthan are our brethren on earth. Besides, the Church prays to thesaints, as, for example, in the solemn Litany of the Saints.

3. The prayers of the saints for us are effective. Thesaints pray in complete conformity with God's most loving willtowards us, and they ask favors for us according to that will.Thus, their prayers are always granted.

"Whom do you seek, friend, if you seek not God? Seek him, find him, cleave to him; bind your will to his with bands of steel and you will live always at peace in this life and in the next."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Does our conduct correspond with our Faith?"
The Cure D'Ars

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"Those who love God are always happy, because their whole happiness is to fulfill, even in adversity, the will of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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