Can the Saints in Heaven See What We Do On Earth?

Can the Saints in Heaven See What We Do On Earth?


We’ll go to Frank in Shreveport,
Louisiana, listening on Sirius Radio. Frank, your question for Patrick Madrid.
Hey guys, I was going to tell you that my wife and I had all sorts of glorious
plans for our retirement, but God had a better plan for her and welcomed her
home about eleven months ago. And gosh, what a blessing it has been, our belief
that we can pray efficaciously for those that have gone before us. But it caused
me to have some questions, also. One is, do we believe the Saints in Heaven know
what we’re doing all the time? First let me say, Frank, my condolences to you for
the loss of your wife, but I must say how much I admire you for your truly joyful
Christian spirit even in the midst of the suffering of losing your wife. I
really admire that. We don’t believe that the Saints know everything we’re doing
at any given moment. What we do believe is that, to the extent that God permits
it, that the Saints can be made aware of what we’re doing here on Earth. A good
example would come from the book of Revelation, I believe chapter 6, where we
see the martyrs who are beneath the altar in Heaven, and they’re crying out
to the Lord, saying, “Lord, when will you avenge us,” and smite, so to speak, “the
evildoers who martyred us?” And the Lord placates them and says, “Don’t worry, when
the full number of martyrs is present, then I will take care of it.”
So that suggests that they’re aware that the people who martyred them had not yet
been punished. So there’s an example of them being made aware by God, or being
permitted to be aware by God. Similarly we see on the Mount of Transfiguration,
where Jesus brought two “dead” people, Moses and Elijah–I’m saying “dead” with
quotation marks around them, I don’t know if I’m on the livestream right now or
not so I may just be making–video-wise– I may just be making quote marks
in the air for no good reason– but Moses and Elijah were brought into
direct contact with the three apostles Peter, James, and John; and so not only
were Peter, James, and John aware of them, but they were aware of St. Peter, James,
and John. So we do see Biblical glimpses of the Lord permitting this, but the
Catholic Church doesn’t have any strict teaching to say, you know, to what extent
or how often or anything like that. It’s just simply a matter that we
recognize that God does from time to time; permit those in Heaven to know
what’s happening on Earth for His good purposes and we leave it at that.
And we believe that the Saints in Heaven are aware of our prayers when we
ask them for their intercession. So the Blessed Virgin Mary, being the
greatest and highest of all the Saints, she would be a good example of this. And
this is all done because God permits it. That’d probably be the easiest way to
explain that. That is really helpful, I love the explanation. You know, I thought
about it, and given even if I had the power, which I clearly don’t, to bring her
back, I wouldn’t, because I would not rob her of one second of Heaven and so, you
know, we just have to humble ourselves and accept God’s will and try to
work through it the best we can. Well I must say, again, I admire your composure,
Frank, and the fact that you are seeing this through those very Christ-like eyes, so
that’s a beautiful thing. Keep praying for your wife, though. One thing that we
should always remember is that we don’t know with certitude–certitude, excuse me,
if any given person is in Heaven outside of the canonized Saints. So it’s always
the right thing to do to continue praying for your wife. If she’s already
in Heaven and she doesn’t need the prayers, don’t worry, your prayers will
not go wasted. God will apply them as needed. And if it so happens that maybe
she needed a bit of purification before she went into glory, then your prayers
can assist her and hasten the time that she enters into glory.
So I would encourage you to not neglect to pray for her, even though
you’re confident that she may be in Heaven now.

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