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Saint Stephen and Saint Catherine by Stefano di Sant`Agnese“You have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to the innumerable angels in festal gathering, እና ቤተ ክርስቲያን የመጀመሪያው-የተወለደው በሰማይ ውስጥ የተመዘገቡ, እንዲሁም አንድ ዳኛ ወደ ሰዎች ሁሉ ከእግዚአብሔር ነው;, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant” (ዕብራውያን 12:22-24).

“Give thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light” (ቆላስይስ 1:12).

For Christians, faith is not a solitary act, but a family affair. Being in the Church makes us members of a great family that extends beyond space and time, including not just believers on earth, but also the Angels and Saints in heaven, and the Holy Souls in purgatory, who will one day enter heaven as well.

Catholic-Christians especially honor the Angels and Saints. It is important to clarify that Catholics do not አምልኮ እነሱን, ቢሆንም. ካቶሊኮች worship God alone! We pray to the Angels and Saints, basically asking them to pray for us. ከሁሉም በኋላ, if we are in the habit of asking those on earth to pray for us, why would we not ask those in heaven to do the same? While we also, እንዴ በእርግጠኝነት, go to God Our Father directly in prayer, we do not go to Him alone. We are accompanied always in prayer by the Virgin Mary, our Mother in Christ, and the Saints, our brothers and sisters.

በመጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ውስጥ, we see the Saints in heaven praying for us (cf. ራእይ. 5:8; 6:10). The term “saint,” which means “holy one,” is sometimes used for believers on earth as well, though only in an imperfect way. The Apostle Paul, ለአብነት, addresses his letters to those “who are called to be saints” (ሮም. 1:7), yet at the same time admonishes them to avoid sin (cf. ሮም. 6:1 FF.). ሳይጠረጠር, that believers on earth still struggle with the capacity to sin means we are only saints with a small “s”saints in the making. We have not yet reached the perfect level of sanctity those in heaven enjoy.

Out of His great love for us, God calls His children to come live and be happy with Him in heaven! አንተ, ደግሞ, are called to one day be a Saint. How can this be possible? you might ask. You will become a Saint in the same way that Mary, ዮሴፍ, ጴጥሮስ, ጳውሎስ, ዮሐንስ, Patrick, Francis, Catherine, Teresa, and Alphonsus did: by the grace of Almighty God working in your life. Primarily, we receive God’s grace through Baptism and the other Sacraments (cf. ዮሐንስ 3:5; 6:54; 20:23, ወ ዘ ተ.). We also receive grace through prayer, Scripture reading, and by sharing God’s love with others

(cf. 2 ጢሞ. 3:16; Jas. 2:24). Grace comes to us freely by the death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Remember always His words to us, "እኔ የወይን ግንድ ነኝ, እናንተም ቅርንጫፎች ናችሁ. በእኔ የሚኖር እርሱ, በእርሱ ውስጥ እኔ እና, እርሱ ብዙ ፍሬ ያፈራል ነው, for apart from me you can do nothing” (ዮሐንስ 15:5).