How can the saints in heaven hear us?

By December 25, 2014 31 Comments

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How can the saints in heaven hear us?


Jesus said that he is the true vine, and we are the branches. When a Christian (one branch) dies physically and is taken up into heaven (he might have to go through purgatory first, of course), he isn’t broken off the vine. He remains in Christ (Rom 8:38-39). The deceased Christian is still united with the vine (Jesus) and with the other branches (all other Christians, living or dead). This communion of saints makes possible the sharing spiritual things with other Christians—including intercessory prayer.


  • I am a recently converted Catholic. Intercessions of the Holy Mother Mary and the Saints are most difficult for me to grasp. In Protestant teaching, we were taught Christ’s words, “I and My Father are one. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Can some explain why would praying under any other name than Christ is beneficial?
    Thank you.

    • jasmin says:

      Nicholas Lebish has got video lessons in you tube ;topic includes mary and the rosary, i thought it might help you as it did for me, like you i was questioning the intercession of the saints and mary , nicholas was a protestant and now converted to catholic, just search his name in YouTube! God bless!

      • Kevin says:

        Hi Jasmin.I would like to thank you for introducing to us(me) this Nicholas.Im always searching for new preachers, especially those who were protestants, and now have seen the True light, and became Catholics.God bless you 🙂

    • belle says:

      It is part of the catholic dogma..and Saints are also part of God’s plan. God gives them all the graces they need to live a Holy Life thus become Saints in the next life. I suggest you watch or read a story of any saints you like..and keep on doing so and you will understand. Above all ask the Lord to teach you on this and the gift of understanding and wisdom.
      About Mama Mary..just a short one out of other explanations…
      Ar the foot of the Cross, Jesus said “Woman behold thy Son”
      “Son Behold thy Mother”
      Jesus has given her Mother a task to take care of us. Without Mama Mary’s obedience the great plan of God would have not been made.
      I hope that helps at least.

    • DKBM says:

      The prayers of the Blessed Mother and saints always go to Jesus before reaching the Father. Remember that they are humans like us. They also intercede for us in Jesus’ Name.

    • Maria says:

      When we need prayer here on earth for any reason, we ask our family members, friends and prayer group in church (our brother and sisters) to pray for us and with us. The same goes with asking the saints or our deceased family members to pray for us and with us. We do this because we know that once you’re dead you have gone to heaven and are close to the Father. Saints are men and women who lived their lifes imitating Jesus. They lived to be as holy as Jesus. They are our role models to follow as they show us how to live a godly life. Saints therefore intercede on our behalf to the Father.

    • Eddie T. Lozada says:

      My dear brothers and sisters in Christ. The gospel of today, the transfiguration of Jesus answers your doubt or question. Why did Moses and Elijah made a conversations with the Lord Jesus. What the two holy men tell the Lord. How did St. Peter recognized the two holy men who died hundred or thousand years before them. That’s what we are practicing now through their (the apostles) experience with the Lord.
      May be the two reminded the Lord of His mission here on earth to save us. Have you remember also the 1st miracle of the Lord Jesus at the wedding in Cana? The Lord Jesus called His mother as woman who asked the son of God for a miracle because it’s not yet time may be for Him to do it but what did He do? He made the water in the jars filled with water as told by Mama Mary to the servants of the host in the wedding into the sweatiest wine ever.
      So how much more they are together in Heaven.

    • Douglas Jimenez says:

      Use your education, rationality, logic and what you have between your ears and the truth will set you free.

    • Billy Thillet III says:

      Jesus is the only mediator (1 Timothy 2:5 );
      however, Mary and the Saints are intercessors. We ask them to pray FOR us we do not pray TO them.
      Mediator=Brings information from a higher power to a lower power. i.e. Jesus.
      Intercessor= Brings information from a lower power to a higher power. i.e. Jesus, Mary, and Saints.

    • Abhulimen says:

      “No one comes to the Father except through me” means Jesus is the only one who leads us to the Father. If it equally (or literally) meant that there should be no other intercessors, then the logical implication would mean all who pray for others, including you and me (who could ask the other to assist with prayers for one need or the other) would be committing a sin. But we take it as a normal Christian obligation to ask fellow Christian brothers and sisters to pray for us — to whom? Of course to the Father through Jesus Christ. Remember John 2:1-11?
      But for Mary the Great Mother of God’s intercession, the couple wouldn’t have had wine to celebrate with. Check Revelations 5:8-14 and 8:4, and especially Matthew 11:11 where Christ tells us that the least in the Kingdom of God is greater than John the Baptist who is the greatest of “all children born of women.” The implication, therefore, is, it is logical, scripturally sound, traditionally based, and apostolically wise that, if we mere mortals have no problem interceding (through prayers) for one another, that the souls in heaven, who have washed their garments clean with the blood of the Lamb, should be more worthy and in a better position to pray (intercede through Christ to the Father) for us.
      As a concluding thought, just know that the Catholic Church existed for over 1517 years before the first Protestant group. For the sake of argument, if the Church were a mere human institution, those years should have afforded her enough time correct her mistakes and still be better in understanding Christianity than any other Protestant group. But the good news is She is an institution founded by God in Christ on Peter (Mtt16:16-19, 28:19-20, John 21:15-17, etc). So, rest assured you are in the right and only Church established by God, and that this Church definitely has all the answers and means of salvation like no other church could ever imagine or conjure up.

  • jasmine says:

    mary is the mother of Jesus. She doesnt intervene. but everytime u say the rosary our mother mary prays with u. Jesus cannot resist the prayers of her mother, in that case, Jesus will then be the one to ask God for granting of prayers. Mary does not pray for you, but prays WITH you.

  • Totet Matias says:

    Jesus Christ is the ONLY Mediator to our covenant to God the Father, and Christ is the Covenant. Blessed Virgin Mary is the mediator to our prayers to her Son, Christ. In rosary which is a mini-gospel, when we pray with Mary who is very close to her Son, Christ is there. When Christ is there the Holy Trinity is there too. When God us there so is His angels and saints. This is Church in Heaven. Similar to Holy Mass but Mass is the highest form of public praying or liturgy because we give adoration to the Sacrifice, the Offered, the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world, the Manna, the Living Bread, the Altar, the Temple, the Highest Priest who is Christ. The REAL Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. The Blessed Sacrament bonded Christ Church, meaning the Church in Heaven, on earth and in purgatory. We are ONE Church of Christ even they are physically dead but our souls are eternally living. The Church in Heaven pray for us here on earth and purgatory. The Church here on earth or Militant is militantly praying for all of us and the souls in purgatory so all of us can go to Heaven. Our prayers can be store in Heaven like a repository, here’s what merits and indulgences comes in. Church in Heaven/Triumphant is with the Holy Trinity, and Mary is the closest to her Son, the Queen of Heaven where Christ her Son is the King, whatever we ask in prayers with them if it’s for the goodness of our souls can be honored by Christ when His Mother ask. Remember we are ONE not divided. Christ teachings was to help the poor, the one in need. Saints or holy people helped the ones in need when they were alive. Mary and the saints will not stop helping us, more so now they are already in Heaven. Church pray for each other. We are UNITED in Christ. 🙂

  • Leolaydz says:

    Very detailed reply! I believe in what you said here Totet! Thanks for a very good & inspiring statement …I hope others will believe in the one true God, the Blessed Trinity, our Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints,Purgatory and Heaven…

  • Chill Camp says:

    read the Holy Bible. king james version. no such purgatory. no such virgin mary a mediator to Jesus Christ. because only God can hear our prayer. can be in many place in the same time. if you died as a christian you are already saint. to be save. you only need to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour. accept that you are a sinner, repent and be born again. As promise your name will be written in the book of life.

  • randy says:

    The most comprehensive reply. I like this so much. Blessed Mother Mary’s mission is to keep us close to Jesus. All Saints are close to Her. Jesus exalted her when He said ” Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of Godis my brother and sister and mother.” Jesus knows that there is no other person completely obedient to God’s will but Blessed Virgin Mary. With these words we now become adopted sons and daughters of Blessed Virgin Mary. let’s pray to her and the saints. Satan cannot touch Blessed Virgin Mary.

  • Douglas Jimenez says:

    Wow, what rationalization. Purgatory is not in the bible. Its an invention. So its okay for anyone to do a story anytime.

  • Douglas Jimenez says:

    Ok, listen to this. In the rosary, in response to the hail Mary,we say, hail mary full grace the Lord is with thee blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. PRAY FOR US SINNERS NOW AND AT THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH AMEN. Clearly we’re asking Mary to pray for us. Actually we’re not praying to anyone but Mary.

  • Douglas Jimenez says:

    All truthful comments are awaiting moderation. I don’t know how that can be done. Truth is truth, unless we’re talking of imaginary things here.

    • Invinc1ble says:

      Truth is there’s no way protestants can be correct since they’re newcomers 500 years ago and have no right to interpret the bible which The Catholic Church approved of the bible you read today. The bible is a Catholic book and God allowed it to be fully put together by the Catholic Church councils that is a fact.

  • Douglas Jimenez says:

    only non sensical comments are accepted here..

  • Julian Bryan White says:

    Can other people that are in Heaven like family members and friends hear the ones that are thinking about them.

  • Larry S says:

    For Chill, I was looking in the bible and can’t find the verse that says we have to “accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour”. Can you help with that?

  • jonathan says:

    a. SAINTS are those who not only believes in God but OBEYS and FOLLOWS His Commandments!
    b. There is NO PURGATORY ever written in the Bible, when man dies he returns to God as if he has fallen asleep [John 11:11-13]. And when he is asleep he can never hear you! So there is no truth in the teaching that saints can intercede for us but only JESUS CHRIST who died for our sins! (..end of argument!)..And, the forgiveness of sins cannot be interceded even by Christ because it remains solely to the one who COMMITS it! For forgiveness cannot be given without REPENTANCE.

  • Miguel says:

    It’s amazing how confused people are. When I was Catholic from birth, I always remember masses being held for the deceased to pray them out of purgatory. Now all the false teaching has Reversed itself by having the deceased help pray for us on earth!!!
    Make up your mind. These are both wrong. When you are born again in spirit, the man spirit is overtaken by the Holy Spirit. Your body now becomes the “new temple” of the Holy Spirit. God is now within you not up on the altar in a tabernacle. When we don’t know how to pray the Holy Spirit does it for us. Romans 8:26 “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;”
    Ask seek and knock! Not for a new car or good grades. God says if you do this He will give the Holy Spirit for those who ask. Stop twisting truth. There is nothing but mind games in the Catholic Church. There is enough truth about Jesus, then when you get into the details of saints, purgatory, changing bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ… Doesn’t that make people cannibals?! And, why does the water and wine still taste like water and wine after and not like blood and flesh?!
    Be born again in spirit and the truth will set you free!!!!

  • Kunanaku Yalstainde says:

    Miguel…! You know a lot about the Catholic Church but unfortunately you know from the surface only it seems?

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