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Friday, October 11, 2013

Praying to the Saints - XIII

 Why do we Venerate the Saints? 
Answer to those who ask "Why not pray directly to Jesus?" (III)
Source - Malankara World

Since the practice of asking others to pray for us is so highly recommended in Scripture, it cannot be regarded as superfluous on the grounds that one can go directly to Jesus.

The New Testament would not recommend it if there were not benefits coming from it. One such benefit is that the faith and devotion of the saints can support our own weaknesses and supply what is lacking in our own faith  and devotion.

Jesus regularly supplied for one person based on another person’s  faith (e.g., Matt. 8:13, 15:28, 17:15–18, Mark 9:17–29, Luke 8:49–55). And it goes without saying that those in heaven, being free of the body and the distractions of this life, have even greater confidence and devotion to God than anyone on earth.




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