CAN SAINTS IN HEAVEN HEAR OUR PRAYERS?
“In heaven the elders and angels offer up the prayers of the saints [on earth] as incense before the throne of God” Revelation 5:8; 8:3-4
This implies that the angels and elders (holy Christians now in heaven) hear the prayers of every Christian on earth, and join their prayer now with ours: they can hear our prayers.
We can indeed ask the angels and saints for their prayers. They can hear us and respond to us by praying for us. This is not idolatry. Idolatry would only occur if one believed that a saint or angel would give you something that our Lord would not.
God provides everything we need for us to be transformed into the image of Christ in this life.
If we die in the state of grace but before we have been fully conformed to the image of Christ, purgatory will complete that process for us. The process of purgatory has been compared to the refiners touch. The souls of our loved ones must be saved by prayer from torments .
LOST IN PURGATORY: the Immortal Soul
“Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt. So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart.” Matthew 18: 34,35
Doesn’t that sound like a form of purgatory to you: “until he should pay back the whole debt.”?
Message from a soul in Purgatory to a mystic: “I know when you pray for me, and it is the same with all of the other souls here in Purgatory. Very few of us here get any prayers; the majority of us are totally abandoned, with no thought or prayers offered for us from those on earth … Continue to pray; I will repay you later on. When I am released you will see that I will do far more for you than you have ever done for me.”
YOUR LOVED ONES
As we get older, the majority of those we love best are dead. What sort of intercourse with God could we have, if what we love best were not important to Him? C.S. Lewis
So where does that leave your loved one? You probably never even considered the possibility of purgatory: no thought, no prayers, no hope. You may even have been taught that there is no purgatory, because it has not been mentioned specifically by name in the Bible.
YOUR LOVED ONES ARE TOTALLY HELPLESS.
But your loved ones could be in purgatory and they can no longer do anything for themselves; they are totally helpless. If the living does not pray for them; they are totally abandoned. Therefore, it is very important to realize the immense power and the incredible power that each one of us has in our hands to relieve your loved ones who suffer.
KNOWING HOW TO PRAY
Most people who do not pray simply do not know how to begin. Others don’t pray because they think that the problems are too small to worry God. Still others feel that they have no right to pray because of their sins that disqualify them.
The people in your life need you to be a person of thoughtfully intense and habitual prayer. Pray for those whose lives have crossed yours.
PRAYING FOR OTHERS WHO ARE LIVING NOW
When you offer to pray for someone, simply tell them that you have been praying for them and their hearts will begin to change. “I never made more progress in my spiritual life, as when I began to devote myself to praying for others.” St. Theresa of Avila
JESUS WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU.
Prayer is of the Utmost Importance.
“Come near to me, I embrace you for I love you.
So few people pray these days. Many go for days without saying a prayer, without lifting their hearts and minds to Me. They are pre-occupied with the things of the world such as money and pleasure, but neglect the things of the spirit. They care little for their Creator or their Redeemer.
Yet, prayer is of the utmost importance for Christians. You cannot be a Christian if you do not pray. I’ve taught you this excellent prayer, contemplative prayer, which I favor so much.
Most people can pray in this way if they apply themselves. I give the grace of contemplative prayer to all who ask with faith. Do you believe Me?
I am calling you, My dear friend, to begin by spending time with Me. I will lead you up the mountain for I want a close relationship with you. I will soften your heart and empty it of pride, resentment, and hurts. You must desire this relationship with me and submit yourself completely with Me. My grace is there for you if you wish to cooperate with it.
Come and live in my heart and remember I love you. I am ready to warm your cold heart. I am waiting for you today. I bless you with My peace.”
The above messages came to Father Melvin Doucette:
Fr. Melvin Doucette was ordained to the priesthood on and joined the Missionaries of Africa for 29 years in Africa. In contemplative prayer every morning, Fr. Doucette receives by interior locution “messages from heaven” to share with the public.