Question from wayne on 12/16/2007:
I am attending RCIA. I feel called to "come home" to the Church after stumbling 49 years in darkness and in my youth as a protestant. I have a question about praying to Holy Mother Mary and / or to the Saints or a Saint for intercession or for "mediation". 1st Timothy 2:5 says "there is one God,and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,...". Is praying to Mary and the Saints contrary to 1st Timothy 2:5?
Answer by Fr. John Echert on 1/27/2008:
Christ is the Mediator between God and man but this does not disallow further mediation between Christ and us. For instance, St. Paul often assures his Christian communities that he is constantly praying for them, which makes him an intercessor or intermediary on their behalf. Any response to his prayers is from Christ but he becomes a channel of petition. So, too, with Mary and the Saints of Heaven; they are fully members of the Church and in a position to pray for us to our Lord.