The purpose of this document is to help
the faithful better focus their prayers, thus make them much
Without denying nor questioning the Divinity of Jesus.... let us
review what Jesus Himself told us about the Father....
1.- When He taught us to pray, it was through the Lord's Prayer: Our Father, Who art in Heaven...
He did not teach us to pray: "Lord Jesus Who art in Heaven....
2.- Jesus made quite clear His position in relation with the Father:
me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me,
you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is
greater than I.
Jesus is not the Creator; He is the Word through which Creation came
into being. That is why....
truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been
doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am
going to the Father. [John
3.- Jesus is indeed the ultimate mediator for us before the Father. He
Highest and only Priest Who can present an unblemished sacrifice to the
Father - Himself ! - and because of that....
you ask in my name
the Father will give you.. [John
now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you
receive, and your joy will be complete. [John 16:24]
I go to the Father: I will do whatsoever
you shall ask the Father in
name, that will I do: that the Father may be glorified in the Son. [John
that day you will ask in my
name. I am not saying that I will ask the
Father on your behalf. [John 16:26]
you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and
it will be done for you.. [John 15:7]
Therefore, our prayers are to be directed to the Father while invoking
the Name of Jesus - the Word of God - Who told us that: whatsoever you shall ask the Father in my
name, that will I do: that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
Of course, we can pray to Jesus asking Him to secure for us,
from the Father, a particular favor but it is ultimately the Father Who
bestow the favor. So, to better focus, we should directly ask the
Father invoking the Name of Jesus.
How does the Holy Spirit of God fits in this picture? Quite simple.
The Spirit of God is that - a Holy Spirit - which can literally enter
into our material body and: (a) illuminate our intellect so that we may
see things that we may be blind to; and (b) guide our actions to secure
whatever we are requesting from the Father in the Name of Jesus.
For example, miguel de Portugal often prays to the Holy Spirit as
follows: Holy Spirit, illuminate my
intellect so that I may more accurately understand, and sooner respond
to, the inspirations from God so that I may be able to better
Now, when we pray to Mary, it is done in the spirit of what we learned
the wedding feast at Cana:
a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and
Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the
wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine."
“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet
come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Even if Jesus is not inclined to intercede before the Father on our
behalf to secure a certain favor, if Mary asks Him He may just do it as
He did in Cana.
What about the prayers to the Saints? The secret lies on the balance of
our "Heavenly account". To wit:
store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do
not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.ut
lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither the rust nor
moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through, nor steal.
Those "treasures" could be seen as our "Heavenly currency" that
will help us secure the favor requested. If our "account" is low
or overdrawn we seek "a loan" from a Saint by seeking his intercession
before the Father.
The above - which is expressed in very imperfect human terms - should
reader understand the mechanism of the prayerful requests.... which
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