More Useful in Heaven

If you’ve ever felt lonely, here’s a reminder: you have so many friends in heaven! These friends will never forget to pray for you when you ask, and they’re excellent role models of faith to look up to.

Catechism 956 says about the intercession of the saints: “Being more closely united to Christ, those who dwell in heaven fix the whole Church more firmly in holiness. . . . They do not cease to intercede with the Father for us, as they proffer the merits which they acquired on earth through the one mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus . . . . So by their fraternal concern is our weakness greatly helped.”

The Catechism then quotes two saints who speak to the intercession of the Communion of Saints:

“Do not weep, for I shall be more useful to you after my death and I shall help you then more effectively than during my life.” – St. Dominic

“I want to spend my heaven in doing good on earth.” – St. Therese of Lisieux

So what are you waiting for? Ask the saints to pray for you to God, to bring your petitions before his throne, and to help you to grow in holiness. Their lives inspire us to greater love, charity, and faith. Read more about their time on earth and then turn to them to help lead you closer to Christ.

“Even with all the good a saint does here on earth, they do much more good for us in heaven. For being perfectly united to Christ, we have friends in high places when we have friends in heaven,” said Msgr. Stuart Swetland.

Do you have a patron saint or a favorite saint to call upon in times of need? Perhaps you’ve received a rose from St. Therese, maybe St. Anthony helped you to find your keys, or St. Jude interceded in an impossible situation. What a gift that we have the Communion of Saints to come to our aid!


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