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Intercession of Heaven

The following are my collective thoughts to date regarding the help we get when we ask it from our family and friends in Heaven. 
The Saints suffered a lot more than everyone else.  The thought crossed my mind that if Jesus, Mary or one of His angels appeared to a person, this would only result in hardship and later on Sainthood.  That may be true.  However consider also the opportunity – the favor done out of mercy – that God gives that particular person.  It is a more active share in participating in His work of salvation.  Where the work of salvation is more, there where He is more, and to be that close physically and spiritually with the Creator and Savior of the universe is indeed a great privilege.
There was a time when I wondered why we still needed to pray to Mother Mary and all the Saints when in fact we can go straight to God, to Jesus for our prayers and help.  We know this to be true, because out of God’s love for us He would want us to approach Him in prayer.  I think it’s still okay to pray to Mother Mary and the Saints only because God gives them a share in His work of Salvation.  Ultimately whatever intercession Mother Mary and the Saints are able to do for us, they would not be able to do without God’s consent, too.  And they would not be able to do any intercessory work at all if He also didn’t permit it.  God’s graciousness allows them a share in His work of Salvation.  Their intercessory assistance is not an end in itself, for ultimately it’s used to help bring us closer to Him. 
One other thing to consider: God is a community in and of Himself by virtue of being three Persons.  Granted that God is love, this in a way makes sense because by the very nature that we know love to be, it is not selfish and in fact is generous of one’s self.  Mother Mary and the Saints have an opportunity to express their love for God and us by helping us in our needs in this world…
One new insight I’d like to add is this: By allowing our family and friends in Heaven to help us, God shows His generosity to His children: He allows Mother Mary and the company of Heaven to express their love for Him and all His people by participating in His work of salvation.
Let’s not hesitate to have recourse to our family and friends in Heaven for the help we need in this world.  They have gone through what we are going through now, and by their union with God they can serve as His instruments to give us the graces we need. 
 
Jesus, King of Mercy, I trust in You!
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