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Key to answering this question is that no mainstream Christian denomination thinks they are actually worshipping any person other than the Triune Godhead - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. From the outside, however, accusations are often made in this regard. To the uninitiated, veneration of the Saints can look like worship. To the ...


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There are two main Protestant arguments against asking the deceased saints to intercede for us: It is seen as contradicting the Bible's prohibition on contacting the dead. These are found most clearly in the Jewish Law, which is not binding on Christians, but is still considered to be solid wisdom in this case. Do not turn to mediums or seek out ...


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Are saints supposed to be omnipresent, or are you just rolling the dice that they are paying attention to you at that moment? No they are not omnipresent (or omniscient for that matter), only God is. But they can hear our prayers by the power of God. Since we believe they are in heaven where they dwell in God, it is not strange that they can hear multiple '...


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The Church distinguishes between two ways God has spoken to the world: the "public revelation" beginning with the Old Testament prophets and culminating in the life of Jesus, and the "private revelations" of miracles, visions, etc., which have been given to various individuals throughout history since then. You are only obliged to believe in the public ...


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You are presenting a false dichotomy. "Prays to" does not mean "worships", and, along those lines, "worship" does not always mean what we think of when we think of "worship." If by "worship" you mean "provides honor due to God" then I will say that it is sinful to place a Saint at so high a level. Perhaps this is what happened when John saw the Angel. If by ...


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The ability to intercede on behalf of others is a gift given by God, and so He can give it to anyone He pleases. Here is how the Catechism of the Catholic Church describes prayer of intercession: Since Abraham, intercession—asking on behalf of another—has been characteristic of a heart attuned to God’s mercy. In the age of the Church, Christian ...


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In heaven we will still love God above all things, even our neighbor. The order of charity—that is, of supernatural love—will endure in heaven; the love of God must remain above all, even in heaven. Mt. 22:36-40 says that the greatest commandment is to love God, and the second greatest is like (but not identical) to it: to love one's neighbor as thyself. ...


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To say that an ecclesial body is in partial, or imperfect, communion with the Catholic Church is not to say that the members of these bodies are only partially "members of the body of Christ": [People] who believe in Christ and have been truly baptized are in communion with the Catholic Church even though this communion is imperfect. The differences that ...


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Who is the oldest Blessed? Before answering this question, I would like to explain a few questions of nuance, so that one can understand where I am going with this. First of all what is a Blessed? The Difference Between a Blessed and a Saint If you ever had a chance to look at the Order of Preacher's Liturgical Calendar, you'd see a lot of people ...


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From a reformed background the communion of the Saints is a mystical union every believer has with one another due to our common union in Christ. This does not necessarily imply we are actually 'experiencing others' that we have never met. It means we are all united in Christ as a new creation just as all humanity was once united in Adam. By being members ...


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What is the Biblical argument used by Evangelical Christians against the Catholic doctrine of the invocation of the saints? We can see a principle of equality with other Christians (and even angels) in our work for the Lord that would preclude elevated status for some. Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See ...


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The Divine Comedy relates some idea of movement of the will in heaven, in other words, those beatified constantly are filled by God and yet desire him more and more. This is reflected in Dante's "visual" experience: constant movement, swirling motion, etc., especially canto XXXIII. Contrast this with the scholastic idea of beatitude, which on the whole seems ...


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What is the basis of the teaching that souls in purgatory can intercede for the living? First of all, we must remember that there are three divisions that make up the Communion of Saints: the Church Triumphant (those in heaven), the Church Suffering (those in purgatory) and the Church Militant (those among the living on earth). The Church ultimately has not ...


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According to Catholicism, were all 1st century Christians called “saints” by saints Paul, Jude, John etc, as they addressed all believers reading their New Testament writings as “saints”? The short answer is yes, however he applied other terms to 1st century Christians as well. Saint Paul, the Apostle of the Gentiles employed several terms by which the ...


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In 1 John 4:8, (God is love) the Greek word used for love is agapē. Given that the verse refers to 'God' rather than 'the Father' or 'the Son', one could assume it is referring to God as the Trinity. Thus, the members of the Trinity (God) probably share agapē love. [agape being the highest and most unconditional form of love]


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Souls separated from their bodies understand not from their bodily senses but spiritually. See: ch. 12 "Knowledge in the Separated Soul" of Life Everlasting by Fr. Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., which quotes: Of the Knowledge of the Separated Soul, Summa Theologica I q. 89 by St. Thomas Aquinas: Do these souls know what is happening on earth? St. ...


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Do the Roman catacombs confirm the early Church believed in the doctrine of the communion of saints? In the catacombs, sometimes rich or more well to do would leave some sort of memento at the tomb of a saint as a reminder of a particular saint to pray for them. The poor and slaves would simply write on the walls things like "Petri ora pro Victor" (...


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I'm not Orthodox myself, but in the book His Broken Body, the author says that while there is no official term in the Orthodox church for "Church penitent" or "purgatory," because there is no official dogma concerning these ideas, the concept nevertheless, practically, exists: It is certain that Eastern Orthodox theologians do not use (...


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The question correctly emphasizes that intercession of the saints and invocation of the saints are not the same doctrines. Both are taught in Catholicism but only the former is taught in Evangelical Christianity. The New Testament is explicit that the saints in heaven intercedes for the saints on earth: "And the smoke of the incense of the prayers of the ...


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Well, Some facts we should take into account. Her head was cut off from her body and for centuries and centuries the relic was held for popes, archbishops, kings, and it's a very very very long history those sources are too much (especially in Italian) and I put them soon. Recently her relic was shown in a video of the relic's visit to Descalzas Reales. ...


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As Catholics, we do not pray/worship the saints. Instead, we look at them as role models because they have already achieved Heaven, which is what we must work for. Because they are already in Heaven, we ask the saints to intercede for us to God because they are so close to Him. Our asking them to intercede is what is often mistaken as worshiping them


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Yes, this is granted by God himself: 'Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.' (Rev5.8) 'Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, ...


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