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Kaylie Alioto wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am only a 14-year-old girl and lately I have been highly interested in joining the Catholic Church.

I have many concerns and I would like to talk to people who truly know this faith so I found myself here. I do not have any problem with my parents or about my possible conversion but I have concerns based on what I have learned that may prevent me from joining.

What is really weighing me down is praying to the Saints and Mary. I know Catholics do not worship Mary, nor the Saints, and when you pray to them, you are asking them to intervene for you, but:

  • Is it exactly an intervention?
  • Can I pray to Jesus or do I have to ask the Saints and Mary to intervene in order for me to pray to Him?

I was born and raised as a Protestant so praying to someone other that Jesus makes me feel like I am doing something wrong. I am not sure if this is:

  • God holding me back, or
  • the Devil trying to stop me from joining the Catholic Church.

Overall, I am confused about Catholic beliefs.

  • What is it?

Kaylie

  { Can you clarify Catholic beliefs and practices that are preventing me from joining the Church? }

Bob replied:

Kaylie,

You are right that Catholics do not worship Mary or the Saints: they are simply family with good prayers and they love and care deeply for us.

Just consider this, Jesus is our model in every facet of life. We follow His example in everything.

  • If the heroes and role models of our faith were never to have any connection with us until we join them in Heaven, why did Jesus meet with Moses and Elijah on Mount Tabor?
  • Wasn't that considered taboo?
  • How does His Life model ours in this respect?

Many scholars, of varied denominations, suggest that Jesus would have been receiving encouragement and solace from Moses and Elijah to strengthen him for what lay ahead.

  • If those two weren't even in Heaven yet, how much more could those that stand in The Light of God's Face do for us?

It's worth reflecting on. James said,

"The prayers of a righteous man of availeth much."

James 5:16

Catholics believe that the saints in Heaven are cheering us on, praying for us as Hebrews describes:

"Therefore having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us."

Hebrews 12:1

Be sure and read Revelation as well, particularly chapter 6 to see more imagery of the saints in Heaven demonstrating awareness and concern for our plight.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

Mike replied:

Hi Kaylie,

I just wanted to add to Bob’s good answer.

You said:
Overall I am confused about Catholic beliefs.

Search our database using key words and you can really learn a lot for a person your age.

Just type in a key word for a Catholic teaching that confuses you and learn what we believe, like:

Hope this helps,

Mike

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