There is a tiny old nun who volunteers at the Catholic Radio Station that I raise money for. I often jokingly say to her, “Sister you need to rest because if you die before I do then when you get to heaven I am going to put you to work!” We are not alone in this world. We are supported and called on by the Saints who have gone before us. The Saints play a very big role in the life of a Radical Catholic. They are the people who lived the Radical Catholic life to the end.
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:
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.
Dave VanVickle is a Catholic speaker and writer focusing on the Universal Call to Holiness and Authentic Catholic Spirituality. He is currently employed as the Director of Evangelization for the parishes of the Catholic Community of Wexford, PA.