make sure that we know who we are
If I am your friend, and well known to you personally, you might ask me
for my help in some matter, or to "put in a good word" for you.
That is the basis of intercessory prayer with the saints. Key to this
is the concept that we are not "praying to
..." a saint, but rather
requesting that they pray for us. Mary always made this clear.
Many Catholics mistake the saint as the object
instead of a helper and friend.
Asking the intercession of any saint is certainly proper, just as is
asking for the intercessory prayers of the souls in Purgatory (as well
as praying for them!).
Now, the thorny question is: What is
the result of 'asking the intercession of' (or praying to) a soul which
is neither in Heaven nor Purgatory?
The Devil 'hath power to assume a pleasing form'; and to grant favors
or even 'miracles' as if they were of God. All of this is to deceive
the unwary. (1)
But how would any Catholic fall into this trap?
First, let us look at the recent changes in the
office (of the Devil's Advocate) was established in 1587 during the
reign of Pope Sixtus V and abolished by Pope John Paul II in 1983. This
reform changed the canonization process considerably, helping John Paul
II to usher in an unprecedented number of elevations: nearly 500
individuals were canonized and over 1,300 were beatified during his
tenure as Pope as compared to only 98 canonizations by all his
20th-century predecessors, which has led many persons to question the
validity of the process and whether all of those canonized today are
deserving of the recognition....." (2)
The answer is: Many Catholics simply do not know any better, as they
are blindly accepting
every new 'Beati' or 'Saint' as 100% unquestionably legitimate. This
goes hand in hand with the conditioned response to 'blanket
upon which such Beatification
and Canonizations rest... ...like the proverbial 'house built on sand'.
We mortals have no right to judge the eternal destiny of a soul. Yet at
the same time, we are being asked to turn off our intuitive faculties
as well as our spiritual discernment (which is guided by the Holy
Spirit of God).
Some questions are in order:
1) what if one is (innocently) asking
the intercession of someone presented as a 'saint', who is neither in
Heaven nor Purgatory? (i.e. in Hell)
2) what if one is (innocently) venerating the image/statue or relics of
the same alleged saint?
3) what if a church builds a shrine or side chapel honoring the same
4) what if priests and bishops say the votive mass or feast day mass of
the same alleged saint?
Items #3 and 4 above have one meaning if the cleric who does such is
ignorant of the reality, while they have quite another meaning if done
knowingly (even if only by a select few...), nonetheless, both have the
same net effect - the glorification of evil.
This could be equated with the global scam of distributing
un-consecrated hosts for 'Holy Communion'. It could also be done by
both the knowing and the ignorant priest - nonetheless, both have the
same net effect: The next-to-the-ultimate deception to the Faithful who
unknowingly is receiving a false-host and not receiving the true-host -
the Living Christ.
Perhaps some of this is what Mary referred to in La Salette:
the year 1864, Lucifer together with a large number of demons will be
unloosed from hell; they will put an end to faith little by little,
even in those dedicated to God. They will blind them in such a way,
that, unless they are blessed with a special grace, these people will
take on the spirit of these angels of hell; several religious
institutions will lose all faith and will lose many souls.
"Evil books will be abundant on earth
and the spirits of darkness will spread everywhere a universal
slackening in all that concerns the service of God. They will have
great power over nature: there
will be churches built to serve these spirits. People will be
transported from one place to another by these evil spirits, even
priests, for they will not have been guided by the good spirit of the
Gospel, which is a spirit of humility, charity and zeal for the glory
of God. On occasions, the dead and the righteous will be brought
back to life. (4)
The spiritual effects of items #'s 3 and 4 may have something to do
with what I have 'felt' and sensed in certain churches and prominent
Cathedrals. When this is combined with what may either be the continual
or periodic absence of the Real Presence in the tabernacles of these
churches - a "different spirit' may be present in its stead.