When holy men and women die and proceed into eternal glory, their power of intercession increases as they become perfect and more pleasing to God. In Heaven, the saints partake in the priestly role of Christ, mediating between humankind and God, praying for people and asking for forgiveness on their behalf. When we hour the saints, we give glory to God, who sanctified them and worked (nay, works) wonders in them. These holy souls continue to intercede for devotees, obtaining countless favours for them every day. Depending mostly on events during their lives, saints are often ascribed the special patronage of particular causes and subjects. Thus, there are patron saints for countries, professions, diseases and infirmities, states of life, and other situations. There is St. Anthony for lost things, St. Jude for hopeless cases, St. Theresa for those suffering from Tuberculosis, St. Monica for troubled mothers, and so on. This treasury of prayers and venas to saints provides a handy resource for Catholics who seek the intercession of saints and the intervention of God in their various situations. Praying With The Saints aims to help Christians draw closer to God through His saints.
Udeh Onyekachukwu Patrick is the Founder and President of the Catholic Poets Society, the Director of Arts Alliance Africa and a member of the African Research and Policy Analysis Group. He has a degree in Mass Communication, a Diploma in Management and a Proficiency Certificate in Conflict Analysis. Patrick is a practicing Catholic with a strong devotion to saints. He lives with his family in Lagos, Nigeria.