Intercession of Our Blessed Mother and Saints.
Question from on 05-17-2007:
We are discussing about Mother Mary. The miracle of Fatima etc. My friend who is not Catholic (used to be Baptist, then Methodist but right now does not go to any church) believes that once somebody died, he/she will not have any connection with the world and cannot do anything, because they can't see us anymore, so it is impossible to ask Mary or the saints to help pray for us. He believes that we can only pray to the Lord. How should I explain this to him? Thank you.
Answer by David Gregson on 05-29-2007:
If your friend still puts any faith in the Bible, you may refer him to Hebrews 12:1. "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us..." Our progress through life is compared to a footrace in a stadium, with an audience cheering us on. Our audience is the Saints, heroes of the faith who have gone before us, some of whom are named in the preceding chapter.
Your friend's supposition that the faithful departed know nothing about us, who are still "on the way," is nothing but an unsubstantiated opinion. Ask what evidence he can supply for it. If none, then humility would call for his compliance with what the majority of Christians have believed for 2000 years.