I love to consider the saints as our friends
in heaven. Each of them has their own personality and their own characteristics. You may recognise yourself in some of them. Saint Paul speaks of our lives as if we are
running a race (1 Cor 9:24). And elsewhere in the Bible they speak about a crowd of witnesses which is cheering for us and encouraging us to run the race (Heb 12:1). These witnesses are the saints in heaven:
they are standing along the line and helping us, stimulating us, to win the race. There is a sense of urgency in the image running a race. This winning is further underlined when Saint Paul speaks about the prize at the end. He urges us to run in order to win the prize. And the prize after running your life successfully… is heaven! There is no need to copy the saints’ behaviour
in everything; each of us has their own vocation. The saints are not only witnesses, encouraging us with their example. But they’re also praying for us right now in heaven. You can also ask them to pray for you. As they are very close to God in heaven, they are very powerful intercessors. We can all have our favourite saint. And luckily, there’s no competition between the saints. There’s no envy, as we have on earth. They have been perfected by the love of God. So they will pray for you and pass your prayers on to God. It’s important to realise that this does not mean that we are adoring or worshipping the saints. We only worship God. The saints are like the heroes of our faith, and we can honour them like we honour a sportsman who has won the race. But we can ask them to pray for us to our one and only God.