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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Praying to the Saints - VIII

Praying to the Saints - Why do we Venerate the Saints?
Overlooking the Obvious (I)
Source - Malankara World

Some objections to the concept of prayer to the saints betray restricted notions of heaven. One comes from anti-Catholic Loraine Boettner:

"How, then, can a human being such as Mary hear the prayers of millions of Roman Catholics, in many different countries, praying in many different languages, all at the same time?

"Let any priest or layman try to converse with only three people at the same time and see how impossible that is for a human being. . . . The objections against prayers to Mary apply equally against prayers to the saints.

For they too are only creatures, infinitely less than God, able to be at only one place at a time and to do only one thing at a time.

"How, then, can they listen to and answer thousands upon thousands of petitions made simultaneously in many different lands and in many different languages? Many such petitions are expressed, not orally, but only mentally, silently.

How can Mary and the saints, without being like God, be present everywhere and know
the secrets of all hearts?" (Roman Catholicism, 142-143).

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