March 25 is Abortionist Repentance Day (and the great feast of the Annunciation)

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One of our readers has a special prayer intention. Your participation is urgently requested.

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Holy Saint Fr. Pio, at this current time, one of the places in our country was struck by the recent super typhoon.

I humbly request you to please pray for those who are in need of homes “for their shelter”, food “for their hungry stomachs”, medicine “for their sickness” and faith in God “to strengthen their prayers”.

Help the people who are asking those things, especially those who are in places that have not yet been reached  by the rescuers. Please! They are in urgent need of help. Help also the rescuers find those missing people who want so urgently to see  their family members again.

Let me also ask for your guidance Saint Fr. Pio because, I am the eldest of eight children, striving hard ever since I was young, to help my family.

Give me peace of mind when I am taking my board exam and help me to pass it. I want to help people, especially my family, and specifically, my mother, who has cared for me always.

I ask all this in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, and all the saints that bless me by their intercession.

Amen.

George

Janet Baker adds:

Besides prayers, you can easily donate money. I chose to donate to SSPX because they have a mission there (it was affected, but I forget what they said about the church) and I know the people are getting more than food and water, but the faith along with the charity. Here’s the site and the steps, if you also wish to make sure they are not being pressured to abort or accept sterilization in exchange for food, as some US aid efforts actually do!

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/sspx

First, select an amount, then select One Time for a single donation, then credit/debit or PayPal, then select Foreign Missions, then fill in the words, For the Typhoon Victims.

Love does not let a little thing like death stand in its way.

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We pray for our beloved in Purgatory so that they may enjoy the Beatific Vision and for our loved ones in Heaven in memoriam and so that they may intercede for us, just as those we love in Purgatory and Heaven pray for us.  Thus the bonds of love expressed in prayer keep us linked to those we cannot see, except in priceless memories, and who we long to be reunited with after our days in this Vale of Tears are done.

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The Miracles of St. Padre Pio (Saint Pio of Pietrelcina)

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A characteristic of many of the miraculous cures effected through Padre Pio’s intercession was that the damaged organ would remain damaged, but would begin to function perfectly after his intervention.

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Read the inspiring story of the alleged miracle that is at the center of Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s cause for sainthood

One year ago today I delivered my son, a stillborn.  For a moment he was placed in my arms quiet, blue, and limp.  The midwife and her assistant then took him from me and began CPR.  They could not find a pulse.  He did not breathe.  Because we were at home (it was my third, planned homebirth) 911 was called.

While cpr was continued and we waited for the ambulance my husband took water and baptized him using the name we had agreed upon, James Fulton.  I remember sitting on the floor saying, “Fulton Sheen, Fulton Sheen, Fulton Sheen” over and over again in my head.  I suppose it was as close as I could come to a prayer; I suppose it was my way of asking Archbishop Sheen to interceded for my son.

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Fortnight for Freedom Issue #8: Praying for saintly intercession.

St. Thomas More
Patron of Religious Freedom
Pray for Us

O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received
our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us
the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God,
and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be “one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: USCCB website

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St. Rita – a secret baseball fan?

The way Willie Bloomquist sees it, he’s living an impossible dream. Of all the players who try to make it to the major leagues, only a relative few actually get there.

Bloomquist is one of those few, but he doesn’t attribute this to his own skills.

The 34-year-old Port Orchard, Wash., native says he’s not as talented as some other players who never made it to the majors. Why, then, is he there?

In part because of the intercession of St. Rita of Cascia, he says. After hitting a low point in the minor leagues, he began to ask for her prayers, and he made it through the often slow grind.

After playing nine full seasons in the majors, Bloomquist has a renewed appreciation for his Catholicism, family and opportunities to help others. He spoke with Register correspondent Trent Beattie prior to the beginning of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ regular season opener in early April.

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This Week’s Ask Alice: A litany of interrelated Catholic questions



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Jennifer writes: I grew up in a Catholic school but was raised Baptist. My husband and I decided to raise our son in Catholic school as well. After 3 years, we are seriously considering converting. We love the values and many things about the faith and feel as if we belong and are called. I was wondering about a few things:

1) Why does the Catholic Bible have additional books? How or by whom were they added or omitted?
2) Regarding Mary being without sin, I see how it could be assumed, but is there biblical scripture which supports the theory?
3) Is Mary regarded as an equal to Christ? And why is prayer and focus given to her instead of Christ? Is there biblical scripture which supports this as well?
4) What is the significance of statues within the church?

Thank you so much, in advance. I hope my questions don’t seem ignorant. I believe there was a period where women were highly disregarded, and maybe the lost books could reveal some things.

Alice answers: Your questions are worthwhile ones. Catholicism is considered the “fullest measure” of faith, and sometimes, things can seem a bit complicated.

My friend, Pat, spent years driving from one Protestant church to another in search of a religion to follow. But after attending a Catholic Mass one Sunday, Pat felt that all the other churches she visited seemed empty, as if something was missing. And it wasn’t just those seven books!

1) The Catholic Bible contains all 73 books (46 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament) that have been accepted by Christians since the time of Jesus Christ. The Catholic Old Testament follows the Alexandrian canon of the “Septuagint”, which was translated to Greek around 250 B.C.

Jesus personally read from the Septuagint, and he also commissioned the Apostles to use it.

Beginning around 1521, Martin Luther and other reformers acted to separate themselves from the Catholic tradition, and decided to revert back to the Hebrew canon of the Old Testament, which contained 7 fewer books than the accepted Greek/Catholic canon. The books missing from the Protestant collection: 1&2 Maccabees, Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, Sirach/Ecclesiastes and Baruch. (Review ALL the books here.)

For the first time in over a thousand years, certain Christians had arbitrarily decided to reject the clear advice of St. John, that we read in Revelation 22:19.

“And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from these things that are written in this book.”

2) Catholics believe that Mary is sinless, based on scripture and tradition, i.e., divine revelation, first-hand knowledge, beliefs, customs and teachings, both written and oral, about all things Christian.

In Luke 1:28 Mary is uniquely greeted by the angel Gabriel with the words, “Hail favored one! The Lord is with you.” (Or more to the point, “Hail Mary, full of grace.”)

This is the only place in Scripture where we find an angel greeting anyone (other than God) with such high honor and praise. It is also the only place in scripture where we find God waiting for the permission of any human being … a woman, no less … so that he might send his son into the world, to save us.   

A sacred “vessel” that is “full” of God’s grace simply has no room in it, for sin. Much more than a mere vessel, the Mother of God is a unique person, supernaturally preserved from sin by God, from the moment of her conception, for the very highest of purposes.

Mary’s sinlessness was indeed a practical necessity if she was to give birth to the Son of the Most High God, who in his divine holiness, required as much … and who also demanded absolutely pure, undefiled, holy flesh in order to fashion the human body that he would one day offer up to his Heavenly Father, as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.

It is through “divine election” that Mary was conceived “full of grace” … and she permanently remained that way … according to the practical necessities of God’s eternal plan for the ultimate destruction of the forces of evil, and the salvation of mankind.

Mary never sinned. Satan never touched her.

In her permanent virginity, she remained always holy, perfectly obedient, and dedicated solely to to God … before and after she gave birth to our Holy Redeemer.

The Catholic Church knows all this because “the Church” was there with Mary, and knew her better than anyone.

All four evangelists (the writers of the Gospels) knew her and relied on her for many of the details we find recorded therein.

St. John lived with her and cared for her for many, many years … as she had no children, other than Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, non-Catholic Christians, separated from the living tradition of the Catholic Church by hundreds and hundreds of years, know Mary only from the few lines they read about her, in the Bible!

3) Mary is not regarded as an equal to Christ.

Jesus Christ is the Almighty and Eternal God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords … by his own power and in his own right.

Mary is a mere created human being, wholly dependent upon God for all things.

But by virtue of her singular, maternal relationship with Jesus Christ, the grace of God, and the merits of her holy life, the Catholic Church rightly understands that the Blessed Virgin Mary is already the recipient of all the Heavenly promises of her divine son.

Needless to say, that state of existence encompasses the unimaginable fullness of the Kingdom of Heaven, with the Blessed Virgin Mary as its Queen … courtesy of Jesus, the Eternal King … since according to God’s system of things, the mother of the king is the queen. (Summarized and explained here)   (And here.)

Catholics properly worship God alone, and merely venerate the Blessed Virgin Mary, which means that we honor and respect Mary as a great saint and as the Mother of God. But we do not worship her.

Modern Protestants often tend to have problems understanding this because their chosen faith tradition mistakenly tends to push the Blessed Virgin Mary off to the side … and over-emphasizes the role of the Holy Bible. 

It is not right to worship the Holy Bible OR the Holy Mother of God … even though both are great works of God … and both are very intimately related to the Holy Spirit.

From a human perspective, who rightly deserves the greater praise and honor: George Washington … or the Blessed Virgin Mary?

Mary is Jesus’ first, best, and most constant disciple. Along with her divine son, she is at the very center of God’s plan for salvation. Mary willingly and totally cooperated with God. “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)

By voluntarily cooperating with God’s grace and his plan, selflessly dedicating her whole life to God, and providing her own flesh and blood to make Jesus’ human body, Mary is also rightly regarded as co-redemptrix … intimately cooperating with God, in his eternal plan for our redemption in Jesus Christ.

4) Statues are displayed in Catholic churches for the same reason that you and I hang family photographs in our homes. Pictures of Grandma Ann and Uncle Bob remind us of people we love and admire. As members of the Body of Christ, we and the saints belong to God’s family. Jesus, Mary and the saints are leaders in our faith. They inspire us to follow their virtuous examples. Statues are similar to the posters of our sports heroes today. We should try to imitate the saints’ behavior in our daily lives. (More details here.)

Statues also serve to remind us of the words of Jesus Christ:  “And as concerning the dead that they rise again have you not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spoke to him, saying: I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob?  He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You therefore do greatly err.”
(Mark 12:26-27)

I pray that you and your husband will heed God’s call to become Catholic.

Ours is a faith that has deep respect for women and regards every human life as sacred, from conception until natural death.

Catholics have the charism of praying for our deceased loved ones, to help them get to Heaven. We believe that as members of the Body of Christ, as we pray for the souls in Purgatory, they in turn pray for us, as we continue our earthly journey.

The best part of becoming Catholic is that you experience a miracle … the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist … every time you attend Mass.

Please write again and let us know how you are doing.

In Christ’s Love,

Alice

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This Week’s Ask Alice: Generational curses



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Evonne Asks: Do generational curses exist, and how can one get them removed?

Alice Answers: The Catholic Church does not promote the concept of generational curses. Catholics and Protestants who believe in such curses usually refer to the book of Exodus as their source.

“The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, yet by no means clearing the guilty, but visiting the iniquity of the parents upon the children and the children’s children, to the third and fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:6-7)

To best answer your question I spoke with two priests. My Uncle, Fr. Sergius Wroblewski, a Franciscan living at Lourdes Friary, in Cedar Lake, Indiana, has performed numerous exorcisms in South Africa and the United States.

“Exorcists do talk about such curses. I, myself, have never had any experience with generational curses. The person who seems to belong to a family that has been cursed, can and should disregard it if he/she has been baptized and lives out his/her baptism. Baptism removes sin and makes one a Temple of God and the Lord’s possession. If a person is experiencing diabolical attacks, he/she should look within and clean up his/her life.”

My dear friend Fr. Walter Dziordz, a Marian of the Immaculate Conception, is the Pastor at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Darien, Illinois. Fr. Walter has performed exorcisms.

“There is a book called, “Healing the Family Tree,” which seemed to develop your question as reality. My understanding, however, is that the Roman Church discounted such beliefs as generational curses as pure fiction. As such, the sheer belief in such ‘things’ is what hurts you, as opposed to anything intrinsic in the curse.”

My personal feeling about curses is similar to the opinions expressed by my Uncle and Fr. Walter. Often I’ve seen recurring family problems, such as alcoholism, spousal abuse, money demons, divorce, and depression that span three or four generations. Here’s an example:

Grandpa Will took all the money from the sale of the family farm, ignoring the needs of his 8 siblings. Thirty years later, Grandpa’s son, Johnny, took all of the inheritance money from his 3 sisters when their father died. Twenty years later, Uncle Johnny’s daughter, Kay, took her father’s house and all of his estate money from her brother Bob, leaving him homeless, and so on…………. Rather than a generational curse, Grandpa Will and his descendants influenced and led each other to sin, which persisted to the third generation.

There is much we can do to heal our the sinful roots in our family trees. The affected individuals can go to Confession, since Penance is a sacrament of exorcism. Always, there is prayer for our deceased family members and ourselves The power of prayer is miraculous! Masses can be offered for those living and deceased. Also, we can make reparations for sins committed by ourselves and our ancestors by performing acts of charity and offering our good works to God in their behalf. The benefits of our prayers and acts of mercy are twofold. Our charity provides healing for the recipients of our kindness and by loving others we are healed.

In Christ’s Love,

Alice

Doug Lawrence adds: Another reason the Catholic Church does not promote the concept of generational curses is the reality of the “Cloud of Witnesses” mentioned in the Book of Hebrews which consists of countless of our brothers, sisters, relatives and friends who have gone before us in Christ and are now in Heaven, empowered by his grace, capable of approaching the very throne of God, and personally interceding there for us.

Heaven poses absolutely no barrier
to the power of God’s love.

This, along with the sacraments and the many other benefits of membership in the Catholic Church is typically more than enough to destroy any supposed “curse” … whether real or imagined!

JP II – Reconciliation, Penance and “Sinful Structures”

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This Week’s Ask Alice: Prayer for Blessed John Paul II’s Intercession



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Anonymous asks: Are there any existing, church-authorized prayers to newly beatified John Paul II … especially for healing?

Alice answers: I’m glad you asked this question! A few weeks ago, my friend, Fr. John Zemelko, Pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows in Valparaiso, Indiana, shared this prayer with me. It’s a joy to share it with you.

PRAYER FOR BLESSED JOHN PAUL II’s INTERCESSION

O Blessed Trinity,

we thank you for having graced

the Church with Blessed John Paul

and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care,

the glory of the cross of Christ,

and the splendor of the Holy Spirit,

to shine through him.

Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy

and in the maternal intercession of Mary,

he has given us a living image of

Jesus the Good Shepherd,

and has shown us that holiness

is the necessary measure of

ordinary Christian life and is

the way of achieving eternal

communion with you.

Grant us, by his intercession,

and according to Your will,

the graces we implore, hoping

that he will soon be numbered among your saints.

Amen.

In Christ’s Love,

Alice

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Editor of the Vatican’s newspaper was healed through the intercession of St. Pius X

He says: “This is what my parents told me.  In 1954, when I was just two years old, I was struck with a virtually lethal form of diphtheria: it was the vigil of the canonization of Pius X and I was recommended to him by a historian, a Spanish priest friend of my father, don Vincente Castell Maiques.  Don Vincente celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s on the tomb of the Pope to whom my family, of Venetian origin, was very devoted.  I recovered.”

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Editor’s note: Now … to whom do we have to pray, in order to “heal” L’Osservatore Romano, the (often goofy) Vatican newspaper?

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“The strength you get from praying the rosary is remarkable. People in the military learn that pretty quickly.”

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That’s true, agreed Father Bill Devine, a military chaplain in Iraq.

“As I travel around, celebrating Mass or talking with Marines, I see the rosary hanging inside their vehicles, tanks and living quarters,” Father Devine wrote to Ranger Rosary volunteers. “They have it hung over their racks or on their flak jackets. Many wear them around their necks. They are an ever-constant reminder of the power of Our Lady’s intercession and protection on these young men.”

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Make ’em. Buy ’em. Donate ’em.

What Catholics know about God that Protestants typically don’t. Or won’t.


God respects the dignity of the human race, (which he created in his own image and likeness) by kindly remembering to include the People of God (along with our good works/voluntary cooperation with his grace) in his ongoing, universal plan of salvation.

It makes no difference where we (or the saints) might presently happen to be, since Heaven poses absolutely no obstacles to the awesome power of divine love and grace (with the unfortunate but notable exception of those already in Hell.)

This is the basic premise behind the Traditional Catholic practice of venerating the Blessed Virgin Mary, along with all the other saints. It also forms the basis for the belief that the saints do indeed have the necessary power and authority from God, to intercede on our behalf.

It’s all totally biblical, and an essential function
of God’s “amazing” grace.

The Book of Revelation lists a number of divine “rewards” that will be bestowed on those who manage to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil, by voluntarily cooperating with God’s grace.


Eternal life

Revelation 2:11  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches: He that shall overcome shall not be hurt by the second death.

Ruling and Reigning

Revelation 2:26  And he that shall overcome and keep my words unto the end, I will give him power over the nations.

Divine Honor and Recognition

Revelation 3:5  He that shall overcome shall thus be clothed in white garments: and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life. And I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.

Holiness – Being Set Apart by God for His Express Purpose

Revelation 3:12  He that shall overcome, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God: and he shall go out no more. And I will write upon him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God, and my new name.

Theosis – Becoming like God

Revelation 3:21  To him that shall overcome, I will give to sit with me in my throne: as I also have overcome and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Relationship – As God’s Tried and True, Sons and Daughters

Revelation 21:7  He that shall overcome shall possess these things. And I will be his God: and he shall be my son.

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All Saints Day Novena for the Holy Souls

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Begins nine days before All Souls Day (November 1st) – Pray for your deceased loved ones.

The following Prayer to Our Suffering Savior for the Holy Souls in Purgatory is said after the particular prayers for each day of the novena, which follow.

O MOST SWEET Jesus, through the bloody sweat which Thou didst suffer in the Garden of Gethsemane, have mercy on these Blessed Souls. Have mercy on them.

R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel scourging, have mercy on them. R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most painful crowning with thorns, have mercy on them. R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in carrying Thy cross to Calvary, have mercy on them. R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel Crucifixion, have mercy on them. R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most bitter agony on the Cross, have mercy on them. R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the immense pain which Thou didst suffer in breathing forth Thy Blessed Soul, have mercy on them. R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

Here recommend yourself to the Souls in Purgatory, and mention the favour you wish to obtain through this Novena.

Blessed Souls, I (we) have prayed for thee; I (we) entreat thee, who are so dear to God, and who are secure of never losing Him, to pray for me a miserable sinner (us miserable sinners), who is (are) in danger of being damned, and of losing God forever. Amen.

Specific prayers for each of the nine days here

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Death poses no barrier to the love of God, and Heaven poses no barrier to the work of the saints.

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While Jesus remains the one mediator between God and man, anyone who is in God’s favor (particularly, faithful Church members) especially those who are already perfected in Heaven (Mary, the Saints, the Angels) has the right (and yes, even the duty) to intercede for anyone on earth (or in Purgatory) who might need or request it.

This would typically be accomplished by humbly approaching the throne of Jesus Christ with one’s request, which is certainly permitted, since Jesus remains not only the one mediator, but also (among many other wonderful things) our High Priest, our brother, our King, and our God. Catholics do this when they participate at Mass, but also in other ways.

The Book of Revelation describes the Heavenly version of the sacred liturgy, where the intercessory prayers of the saints are never disregarded, since Heaven poses no barrier at all to God’s great and continuing work of redemption.

Legion of Mary – Intercession

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Why do some ex-Catholics say that Catholics worship Mary and the Saints?

Q: Why do some ex-Catholics and Protestants say that Catholics worship Mary and the Saints?

A: The biblical concept of “kinsman redeemer” gives any blood relative the right to intercede on behalf of one of their own.

Jesus is the primary kinsman redeemer. He became a man so he would qualify, as we are all related through Adam.

Other than Jesus, anyone else who is rich and powerful enough to do so, may also intercede.

The saints in Heaven are most certainly co-heirs with Jesus Christ, and the inheritance of the saints includes both power and authority.

This is why Catholics quite rightly understand that there is absolutely nothing wrong with looking to Mary and the saints for help, since all that they might be able to do for us is wholly dependent on Jesus Christ.

And while Jesus is indeed the only mediator between God and man, there is absolutely no prohibition against the saints interceding for us with Jesus.

In fact, according to the Bible, the role of the Queen Mother is to be the official intercessor with the King, for the people.

Protestants should understand the concept of kinsman redeemer well, since it is the subject of many Protestant Bible studies on the Book of Ruth.

The only reason many of them fail to make the obvious connection to Mary and the saints is their ignorance, and their deliberate, anti-Catholic bigotry.