Ask a Franciscan

How Do the Saints Help Us?

Q: Do you think that saints can help us out? Can you be sure that they are there and that sometimes they talk to you?

A: I think saints help us out primarily by inspiring us to believe that holiness is possible for us—right here, right now.

At Mass, one of the prefaces for the saints says: “God, you renew the Church in every age by raising up men and women outstanding in holiness, living witnesses of your unchanging love. They inspire us by their heroic lives, and help us by their constant prayers to be the living sign of your saving power.”

In rare situations, saints may speak to some people. Most often, the saints help us through their encouraging example to live the Good News generously.

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