Praying to Mary
Being the feast of the Queenship of Mary, it is very appropriate to talk about why praying to the saints is not sinful but a very good thing. Listen, I know if your a protestant how hard it is to go beyond your radar of thinking, and actually accept the possibility that praying to the saints is ok. First of all, Protestants will many times point to 1 Timothy 2:5-6 which states: "For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was borne at the proper time." Protestants will tell you that since the Bible says here that there is only mediator between God and man (Jesus) then praying to the saints is wrong since that would be turning the saints into mediators. But what are we Catholics doing when we pray to the saints? Are we asking that they reveal to us when our lives will come to an end? Do we want to know if we will become rich and famous? NO! When we pray to the saints we are simply asking our triumphant brothers and sisters to PRAY for us here on earth. Now tell me of a single protestant that will tell you asking someone else to pray for you is wrong! Let's look at the very beginning of the chapter in 1 Timothy we were just looking at. It says in verses 1-2, "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way."
You see, St. Paul is asking that we Christians pray for other men. That's called intercession, and that is the same thing that Catholics do when praying to the saints. We are asking for their intercessions.
"BUT THEY'RE DEAD! And we can't pray to dead people!" is what protestants will say. First of all, I always like to remind people that our God is the God of the living and not of the dead. The souls in Heaven are anything but dead. But I will not ignore your argument. Deuteronomy 18:10-14 says: "There shall not be found among you any one who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, any one who practices divination, a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer, or a charmer, or a medium, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord; and because of these abominable practices the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. For these nations, which you are about to dispossess, give heed to soothsayers and to diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you so to do."
These practices that the Lord is forbidding is such as communicating with the dead for information about stuff like 'should I use these lotto numbers tomorrow?'. (Ok, bad example, but I hope you get the point!) We do not try to talk to those who have passed from this earth, but we ask that they pray for us. Why? What is the point? Because God is pleased to have his saints offer up prayers to him. For more information on this you can post questions in the comment box, or you can go to Catholic Answers website. Queen of Heaven pray for us!