“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, మరియు అసెంబ్లీ మొదటి జన్మించిన స్వర్గం చేరాడు ఉంటాయి, ఒక న్యాయమూర్తి ఎవరు అన్ని దేవుడని, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, మరియు జీసస్, the mediator of the new covenant” (హెబ్రీయులు 12:22-24).
“Give thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light” (కొలస్సీయులకు 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 worship them, అయితే. కాథలిక్కులు worship God alone! We pray to the Angels and Saints, basically asking them to pray for us. అన్ని తరువాత, 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, కోర్సు, 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.
బైబిల్ లో, we see the Saints in heaven praying for us (cf. rev. 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, ఉదాహరణకు, addresses his letters to those “who are called to be saints” (రామ్. 1:7), yet at the same time admonishes them to avoid sin (cf. రామ్. 6:1 ff.). సహజంగానే, 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! మీరు, చాలా, 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, జోసెఫ్, పీటర్, పాల్, జాన్, 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. జాన్ 3:5; 6:54; 20:23, et al.). We also receive grace through prayer, Scripture reading, and by sharing God’s love with others
(cf. 2 టిమ్. 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, "ద్రాక్షావల్లిని నేను, మీరు శాఖలు ఉన్నాయి. నాకు అబిడ్స్ ఎవరు అతను, అతనికి నేను మరియు, అతను అది చాలా పండును కలిగి ఉంది, for apart from me you can do nothing” (జాన్ 15:5).