Radical Catholics are intercessors and the Saints are powerful to be invoked for intercession. When we are in the battle of prayer we need to remember to invoke the Saints. Some of them are literally experts in whatever we are praying for. If you are praying for someone to be healed of a particular disease then look up the patron Saint associated with that disease and invoke Him. Sometimes we develop a devotion to a particular list of “intercessor” Saints. I have a list that I invoke in every situation but I also add particular patrons for special intentions.
The Saints can teach us about Jesus and His Church. As Radical Catholics we should turn to the people who have “won the race” for answers to our questions. We can be sure that the writings of the Saints will steer us in the right direction. Many of them were so filled with the word of God that reading their writing is like reading Holy Scripture.
The Saints are the Radical Catholics who persevered to the end. One of the greatest graces of my life has been to read to the amazing stories of the lives of the Saints. We can talk about what to do all day but there will always be questions about how to live a life faithful to Jesus. The answers to these questions can be found in reading the lives of the Saints. They are perfect examples of people trying to remain radically faithful to Jesus to the very end.
The Saints are powerful in Spiritual Warfare. These are human beings who conquered victoriously in the spiritual battle. Satan was unable to ravage their souls like he desires and so each time we invoke their name we call to mind the victory Christ gained on Calvary and the Saints who fully embraced this victory. The litany of the Saints is super powerful in deliverance ministry. In fact no deliverance ministry or spiritual warfare should be attempted without invoking the intercession of the Saints. Invoking the Saints calls to mind that each person can conquer Satan in their own life by being radically faithful to Christ.
Here are some ways to develop a devotion to the Saints:
- Read a short biography each day or a long one each week. This is easy because the stories are usually really exciting.
- Develop your own list of “intercessor” Saints to invoke: Mine is like this: St. Simeon Stylite, St. Francis, St. Pio, St. Therese, St. Theresa, Pope John Paul II, St. Michael, St. Raphael, and all Holy Martyrs…
- Pick a Saint each month and read their writings.
- Invoke the Saints each day in Spiritual Warfare: Pray the litany of the Saints for a soul given over to Satan or for the conquering of some insidious evil like an abortion clinic or new age store.
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. St. Francis of Assisi
Love the Saints, Learn about the Saints, Be a Saint.