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Do Catholics Worship Saints?


Hi my name’s Father Mike Schmitz and this is Ascension Presents. So I was recently talking with a man, he’s a missionary
with FOCUS: The Fellowship of Catholic University Students. This awesome guy;
he wasn’t always a missionary and actually he wasn’t even always Catholic. He wasn’t even always Christian. He became a Christian when he was 19 years old;
encountered Christ in this powerful way; but then in the course of the next few
years he kind of became a little bit – I guess what you’d say anti-Catholic. He had a number of things against the Catholic Church, and one of the
things yet against the Church was he said that he believed that we as
Catholics worshipped the saints. He said, “No, worship belongs to God alone.
I see all their paintings … “… I see the kneelers in front of the statues.
I see the candles in front of the icons, or in front of the paintings. It’s really clear, it’s really obvious, they’re worshipping those statues,
they’re worshipping those saints.” For us, we’re like, “No, not at all.” There’s probably, if you were raised Catholic, there was nothing in you that when you see a statue thinks, “Oh, I’m gonna bow down before that statue.”
You look at the statue think, “Oh hey, there’s a statue of—oh that’s St. Francis of
Assisi …” or “… there’s a painting of mother Teresa”
and you just think it’s a painting of a family member. You think it’s a statue of one of your older brothers or one of your older sisters. It has no more significance, no more weight,
no more desire to … impulse to worship that thing than when you see a picture
of your family. They’re simply reminders to us if
someone could say now someone could say, “What about, you know, God saying,
‘Don’t create a graven image to worship?'” We say, “You’re right, we’re not worshiping.” What about the graven image?
Now God didn’t completely prohibit making images. One, in the Old Testament, he conscripts the
Israelites to fashion angels over the top of the Ark of the Covenant. He tells Moses to make a bronze serpent on a staff and those who look at the
bronze serpent on that staff will become healed. In the New Testament Jesus is the
fullness of God revealed; and there was this big big heresy called the
iconoclast heresy way back in the day where the question was:
Should all images be destroyed? Should icons be destroyed or are those
icons—are those images—reminders to us of God’s goodness? The Church definitively came to the conclusion that—the Christian Church—came to the definitive conclusion that those images, not being worshipped, are simple reminders of God’s goodness. That’s why we talk about the saints so much;
because I’ve heard people also say, “Well, you guys you talk about the saints more than you talk about Jesus.” Now A) If that’s we’re doing, we need to stop that.
We need to talk about Jesus far more than anything or anyone else. But does it take away from the honor belonging to God if we talk about the saints? We all love testimonies don’t we? I mean I’m sure if you’re a Christian who’s not a Catholic you’ve gone to a thing when someone stepped up and said, “Here’s my life
before I met Jesus, then I met Jesus … Here’s my life after I’ve met Jesus.” You wouldn’t say, “Hey, sit down and stop talking about yourself. Only talk about
Jesus.” They’d say, “No no no, I’m talking about what God did in my life.” Look at what God has done in the life of an ordinary average person. He took their
ordinary life and he made it extraordinary. He actually even took a a broken destroyed life and made it remarkable
and phenomenal. That doesn’t take away from God’s honor any more than if you went to an art gallery and there with the artist standing next to their painting and you went on you said, “Oh my goodness look at this painting! This painting is incredible. Look at the colors and the detail and the creativity that went behind it.” The artist wouldn’t stand next the painting say,
“Hey hello over here why are you looking my painting? Why are you talking about how great my painting is?
I’m right here.” When you’re praising what the artist did
you’re actually praising the artist. The same thing is true when we talk about the saints. We’re not just talking about how good Joseph or Mary or Therese or whoever was. We’re talking about how amazing God is, that God took this
ordinary average person and made something extraordinary by His grace through them. Lastly, what about asking for the saints’ prayers? Isn’t that like kind of uh … um … prohibited in the Bible? Isn’t Jesus the one
mediator between God and man? Well we say, “Of course Jesus is the one mediator between God and man.” He is the one, the only one, who gives us access to the Father; but, as we all know, Jesus has enlisted a whole host of co-workers. Hasn’t he? Scripture even talks about this—we become co-workers with Christ, and in that, whenever you’ve taught someone about Jesus you were a mediator of the teaching of Jesus. Whenever you’ve prayed with someone, you were a mediator of God’s grace in a certain way. Whenever you even gave someone a Bible or shared a link to a video like this, you became a mediator, a part of God’s truth, part of God’s Word, part of God’s wisdom, part of God’s life. Now Jesus is the one
mediator between God and man of salvation, but again, as I said, he’s
enlisted a whole host of brothers and sisters—coworkers— and he’s commissioned us to be co-mediators
(and I say that in a very specific term)
with him. If you were to go to another Christian and say, “Hey, I’m going through a lot; would you pray for me?” They wouldn’t look at you and say, “I’m not going to pray for you. Go right to Jesus you talk to Jesus. I’m not going to talk to Jesus for you.” They would say, “Of course I will.” The same is true when it comes to the
saints, those who have died. We believe they are not dead. We believe they are alive with Christ. In fact, Revelation chapter four, five, six, and eight all talk about the fact that the saints in heaven right now are praying. They’re praying to worship God but they’re also praying for us here on this earth. It’s simply saying those of you who have died in Christ and are alive in him right now, please, you’re my brothers and sisters, you are more alive than anyone, please pray to our Lord on my behalf. The saints, every single one of them with their lives, with their death, with their words, with their actions, with their everything,
they point us more and more to Jesus. But to deny that we have brothers and
sisters in heaven would not give God more honor. It would not give God more glory, it would simply deprive us and the family that he’s given us. Last thing:
Early on, in the Christian Church, in about the 4th century Saint Augustine even talked about this. He says when it comes to the Saints we
give them “dulia” which means honor, veneration. When it comes to Mary, we give her “hyperdulia” which is this even more honor and veneration. When it comes to God we give him “latria”
which is worship. And worship belongs to him alone. This is all to praise God and he wants to bless us through his saints. From all of us here at Ascension Presents, my name is Father Mike.
God bless.

Otis Rodgers

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100 COMMENTS

  1. Michael Trn Posted on May 30, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Catholics of the world do worshiped Mary real or fake one and that a fact and looking upon a broonze serpent dont mean worshiped nobody bowling down and worshiped the broonze serpent u Catholics liar like they do with idol of Mary.

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  2. Michael Trn Posted on May 30, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Mary is blessed among women and not above women.

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  3. Giannis Zelianaios Posted on June 1, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    May God be with you brother, you explain lot's of things that non-catholics cannot understand. I am orthodox and we also love Mary and Saints, we have beautiful churches like yours, a choir and paintings. God bless you !

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  4. Jerrieme Stebbins Posted on June 2, 2019 at 3:33 am

    Bible says that dead saints cant hear your prayers.

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  5. Leyda Leon Posted on June 4, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    I love saints.. they remind us what we should aspire too with their life example… I am devote to St. Anthony of Padua and I love Padre Pio's story… what can I say… yes… they are like big brothers to look at as examples, which brings me way close to GOD… by the grace given to them, I can aspire to the same <3

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  6. Lefo Lefo Posted on June 5, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Protestants dont understand the difference between veneration and worship. Thats the reason why they think we worship saints. The veneration got rooted out from their faith during the early protestant days.

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  7. Aaron Creagh Posted on June 10, 2019 at 8:57 am

    The saints may be alive in heaven, but don't you think they follow God's laws there?

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  8. Robin Unterweger Posted on June 10, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Origin of The Roman Catholic Church – When It Did Not Begin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g28-oSpjCAU

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  9. Maya Orlov Posted on June 11, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    They worships statues and inferior beings in the spirit world which they call "saints" instead of gods.

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  10. Milhouse Van Houten Posted on June 11, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Michigan Catholics are encouraged to pray to Father Solanus Casey for miracle healings. He needs one more miracle to become a saint. https://youtu.be/ho_Zi2HWm0M

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  11. Devon Josiah Posted on June 14, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    But, the saint are dead. Does it mean that we pray to dead people? It's a different context when we're talking about praying with someone that lives. Oh yeah, the realm of the living and the dead is different.

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  12. Jim G. Posted on June 15, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    I knew this form of prayer has been around long before pretty much most of the big schisms and separations from the Catholic church… it really is- pretty much an 'old school'- form of prayer.
    I wonder what Fr Mike's take is on Revelation 5:8 of the RSVCE. Even it clearly states- prayers of the saints, granted- he mentioned the other chapters in that book.
    The concepts of Dulia, Hyperdulia, and Latria – are plenty enough for me.
    I also like the idea of even Lapsed Catholics being able to pray to saints for guidance- into finding a pathway back to the Lord and the church too.

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  13. miriam john Posted on June 18, 2019 at 3:26 am

    I AM VERY SORRY BUT I WONT BELIEVE ANY HUMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST EXPLANATION ABOUT IDOLS OR BIBLE BECAUSE CATHOLICS DON'T KNOW THE WORD OF GOD IN THE BIBLE AND CATHOLIC DON'T REALLY UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE SO PLEASE STOP CONFUSING PEOPLE HERE. LET THEM COME OUT OF BABYLON

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  14. miriam john Posted on June 18, 2019 at 3:27 am

    YOU NEED TO COME OUT OF BABYLON TOO, THE GREAT PROSTITUTE DESCRIBE I REV 17 AND REV 18

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  15. Jay Are Posted on June 18, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Saints are false idols "Sanctified by men". No man has the right to declare someone holy, only the Father. Even if you're praying "through" a saint, it's an idol established by men. Pray only to the Father through Jesus.

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  16. SanSebastian Posted on June 21, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    But Catholics are praying to Saints and Mary for healing, good fortune etc. They treat them like guardin angels, do this, do that for me. They don't ask God or Jesus, they ask people like saints and Mary, and I don't think that's ok.

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  17. bobbysworldrox Posted on June 21, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    I hate to say this "father" but I've seen people bow before statutes and images and start talking to them. If that's not praying an worshipping I don't know what is.

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  18. JESUS IS TRUTH Posted on June 24, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Yes they do

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  19. Dana May Posted on June 26, 2019 at 6:05 am

    I love saint stories. They were such Nobel people.

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  20. JESUS IS TRUTH Posted on June 26, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    https://youtu.be/5L5TXQokygM

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  21. Daniel Torres Posted on June 28, 2019 at 8:35 am

    It’s interesting to see how different your views are, and I am glad you do no worship the saints or Mary … but the argument that catholics worship the saints and Mary is not completely false. In Latin American culture it is certainly true, and I say that as a South American myself and have seen it to this day. Especially in Mexico … People pray to Mary and borderline worship her more than they do Jesus , heck I barely hear Jesus’ name mentioned among Latin American catholics because they always talk about Mary instead. Just thought I’d let you guys know this argument did not come out of nowhere

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  22. susan cinek Posted on June 29, 2019 at 2:09 am

    Thank you for the clear explanation of the praying to saints question I have had for a long time that hindered me from seeking to become a catholic.

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  23. Day Flaubert Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:01 am

    We adore the eucharist, not the images…

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  24. RexMAIZER Posted on July 3, 2019 at 4:25 am

    😐

    Matthew 23:9 (KJV)

    And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

    Why would anyone call this man "Father"? 1. He is not a father. 2. He is not your earthly father. 3. He is not your heavenly Father. HE IS NOT THE FATHER OF ANYONE!

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  25. Kon Kon Posted on July 3, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    That's not true, the moment you pray TO someone you are worshipping it and telling me yall don't pray TO a saint is a lie.

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  26. Jules Taylor Posted on July 4, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Maybe your not worshipping but your idolising like you do the pope, why risk it, yes you do need to keep it to Jesus.

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  27. MsPinklady75 Posted on July 5, 2019 at 6:11 am

    If you're bowing and/or kneeling to it, it's Worship!

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  28. MsPinklady75 Posted on July 5, 2019 at 6:14 am

    Jesus enlisted co-workers???? Stop lying you necromancers!!

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  29. CivilizationsGearBox Posted on July 7, 2019 at 1:32 am

    🤔Oh Catholics… Smh
    Why skip Jesus, and pray to Mary?
    Why ask a priest (a man), to forgive sins?… Isn't that the definition of blasphemy?

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  30. Harrison Williams Posted on July 7, 2019 at 6:02 am

    I love you Fr Mike. You’ve helped me tremendously on my path out of atheism, to the kingdom of God.

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  31. Strange07 Posted on July 9, 2019 at 6:43 am

    I’m born again Christian and I respect how catholics do the sign of the cross but for us born again we don’t do the sign of the cross because it only reminds us the suffering of our lord Jesus Christ everytime we remeber our Lord we picture in our mind the Free Jesus the one that is not Crucified ofcourse we value the cross because it is how we are redeemed. But if you go back to history when they crucified Jesus they ask the crowd if they want Jesus to be crucified because they accused him of blasphemy and the crowd responded by doing the sign of the cross meaning they want Jesus to be crucified so for us born again Christian we don’t want Jesus to be crucified again that’s why we don’t do the sign of the cross.

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  32. Robert Mannarelli Posted on July 9, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    I recently have came back to my catholic faith. But during this spiritual journey, I’ve been accused of idolatry and that I won’t go to the kingdom of god and it really hurts me that my fellow Christians can be so mean sometimes. Shoot it has even got me thinking if I’m in the right “church”. I honestly get uncomfortable when I am trying to spread the gospel and people ask me why so many different churches. I have to go back to Martin Luther and explain the Protestant reformation. Then I feel I look dumb when I say well we’re all heading to the same place haha expect for some churches which I can’t put in the same category like the LDS church and Jehova witness. There beliefs are completely different in their view of Jesus Christ our Lord. I think I’ve ranted enough haha

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  33. The Chill Dude Posted on July 11, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Yo any catholic can answer me… I do not deny the saints and mother mary. You as catholics should know that God is the ONLY ONE that is omniscient and omnipresent… Which basically means everywhere at the same time… Now, the thing that i deny is.. When did the saints and mother mary became gods? To be able to recieve more than a 100000 prayers at the same time would require omnipresence and omnipotence. Please explain.

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  34. Patrick McMullin Posted on July 14, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    You make it almost sound like you know what your talking about!(I am curious,can you do a better job than lying?)If so why is making Mary equal with the Lord Jesus Christ?(Wow so I am not a mediator with God?Can a human intercede for a human when the item(salvation)is in question!(Luke 1:38 King James Version of the Holy Bible!(So what is a servant?)(IS A servant on equal footing as the Master?) What is alchemy? Transubstantiation? Eucharist? Seriously misspelling it?(No,no,no,no,and no we are just deceiving the Catholic converts?After all why not say"So we don't get)Now I know why you don't + Eu to the Lord's name, though since you did prove Catholics does worship saints!No no we don't worship saints you'd say"I don't believe you!Why?You don't give me a choice!What seriously didn't you hear what he said"We just venerate Mary,and the other saints!(I'm sad,but not glad with your idol worship!)We both agree to disagree!(You will not believe……)I hope I'm wrong,and that you'll see that you need to follow the Lord Jesus Christ,and go to a church that worships God,and does the will of the Lord Jesus Christ,and lets the Holy Ghost guide them!

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  35. Jesse Martinez Posted on July 15, 2019 at 2:55 am

    Yes they are worshipping saints when they make idols and light candles and offer food to them

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  36. onemarktwoyou Posted on July 16, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Got to love how roman pagans lie, must be the classes they take that teach them to do it.
    Even the roman pagan demigods say their goddess is their ONLY savior!!!!
    " Every grace which is communicated to this world has a threefold origin: it flows from God to Christ, from Christ to the Virgin, and from the Virgin to us . . . Nothing comes to us except through the mediation of Mary, for such is the will of God. Thus, just as no man goes to the Father but by the Son, so likewise no one goes to Christ except through His Mother. Whosoever will not have recourse to her is trying to fly without wings . . . O Virgin Most Holy, no one abounds in the knowledge of God except through thee; no one, O Mother of God, attains salvation except through thee!"

    Pope Leo XIII

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  37. Billinta Tirkey Posted on July 22, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Fr. Mike Thank you so much for this video. It was really informative.

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  38. Maya Drawz Posted on July 22, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    How do I avoid worshipping? And is drawing random people part of that?

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  39. ceemer cafe Posted on July 22, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    We have sa answer father when someone ask about this. 😁
    And when it's my turn, I ask them 1. Who the of your church? 2. Who the founder of Catholic Church? 3. You have a clue then why are you still confused?
    Then they get angry. But I told them, don't be angry, we are just sharing the truth. So now that you know, what will you do?
    Then they're gone(BTW we are just talking in YouTube and Facebook).

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  40. Matt Blaise Posted on July 22, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Short answer : No. Long answer: Nooooooooooooooo

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  41. Rob Ode Posted on July 23, 2019 at 12:36 am

    Have you ever been to Mexico and south America? I have seen many "Catholic" Hispanics pray to Saints and worship them. Go-to Mexico or South America, you can see shrines and people directly praying to Saints even by their name. I have literally seen them pray to Saints and ask Saints to do magic/spells. Latin American litterly pray to Saints and ask for magic/spells…. You cannot tell me that is not Idolatry, you are kidding yourself. The cross is a graven image in itself, but adding prayer for magic from saints is flat out paganism.

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  42. Warp Biz Posted on July 28, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    "The devil is in the detail"
    On the prayer Hail Mary, the line "Holy Mary Mother of God" is a very political and formative language.
    Sure, we can play words here by saying that since Jesus is God and Mary is his mother, thefore, Mary is a Mother of God.
    The latter is a logically valid argument, but it is not truthful. How can Mary, a finite being, be a Mother of a pre-existent God? To say "Holy Mary Mother of God" is tantamount to saying "Holy Mary Mother of Yahweh". Mary is not the "Holy Mother of God".

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  43. bilbo baggins Posted on July 28, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Slow down buddy

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  44. Peter Harrison Posted on August 2, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    STILL THERE ALOT OF SCRIPTURE AGAINST THIS PRAYING FOR INTERCESSION OF THE SAINTS…..THE WAY YOU JUSTIFY THIS IS NOT VERY CONVINCING TBH. And here is why.
    The saints may be in heaven but WHERE IN THE BIBLE DOES IT SAY TO ASK FOR THEIR INTERCESSION. CO-WORKERS WITH CHRIST WHO ARE DEAD? ARE YOU SURE THEY ARE IN HEAVEN? WHY NOT PRAY TO ELIJAH OR ENOCH OR MOSES THEN????? WE ARE NOT INSTRUCTED TO DO THAT

    Remeber Saul when he summoned Samwels spirit. Samwal was Gods prophet but his spirit was at rest somewhere awaiting Judgement Day! Most saints yall pray to are sleeping like Samwel awaiting Judgement Day. What makes you think they are in heaven? EVEN IF THEY ARE WE ARE NOT INSTRUCTED TO PRAY FOR THEIR INTERCESSION!

    For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

    1 Timothy 2:5 KJV

    But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

    John 14:26 KJV

    Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.

    Leviticus 19:31 KJV

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  45. R. David Cruz Posted on August 3, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    In Mexico they have a saint call "el senor de los milagros" in English "lord of miracles". They believe is Jesus himself, the priests, bishops, cardinals know this and they still allow it, below ill leave a link of a video that shows ecactly what im talking about, this is wrong and God does not allow this, https://youtu.be/O4otevx3HYM

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  46. R. David Cruz Posted on August 3, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Jesus did say to pray for ourselves and for our brothers whilr aluce this is biblical, but when it comes to praying to the saints that have passed, this is not biblical and God never taught of left this in the bible.

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  47. Mib Posted on August 3, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Thank God for the Saint's for they intercede on our behalf. This year I went and saw the incorrupt body of St Rita. The Incorruptibles are saints whose bodies are miraculously preserved after death, defying the normal process of decomposition. You can't deny praying to the saints. Have faith.

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  48. Spirit of YAHUSHA Posted on August 6, 2019 at 4:06 am

    You dont worship the saints but you worship the white washed false image "Jesus Christ" aka Cesear Borgia. They are constantly honoring false images everywhere like the white Mary behind you and creating idols where you bow down, kiss, worship, pray to, and give money to smh. None of that is scripture along with the Catholic belief that the Pope is God and/or the mediator between you and God.. Therefore people confess everything to a mere man instead of Yahusha.-1."For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus."1 Timothy 2:5 -2.-Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”John 14:6

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  49. Jonathan Kotyk Posted on August 6, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    I used to be a Catholic, but then I read the Bible and found out the Catholic Church has been lying to me.

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  50. vaughn longanecker Posted on August 7, 2019 at 12:46 am

    God has spoken (scripture) so that we would know Him and His will and that we are sinners, liars, dead to Him, wrong in all we do and say out of His salvation. The criteria for all of life is what God says is truth, right, just, not man. The Roman and Orthodox Catholic church began to depart from Biblical teaching in the 4th century and have continued in their heretical additions and subtractions to God's sovereign word. This departure from God and His word carries with it a severe consequence that all that hold to it will answer to. Rev. 22:18-19; Joshua 8:8; Deut. 4:2;12:32; Prov. 30;6
    What is apostasy revealingly absent in the Catholicisms doctrine are scriptural support for many of their "traditions" and then when they try to use scripture it's in error, it does not agree with all of scripture.
    Catholics and critics of them, go to God's word to discover truth, not what man has come up with.

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  51. Dayalin Suriel Posted on August 7, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    This is bs. I was raised Catholic & they place too much emphasis on these statues. They pray to it & around it. God is a jealous God. He pulled me out of these lies. Praise God.

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  52. Dayalin Suriel Posted on August 7, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    And also, you guys have like how many hundreds of different “versions” of Mary? You are like making her into a goddess herself it is impossible for her to have these many forms if it is not believed she isn’t s goddess. The only one who can be many places at the same time is God!

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  53. Dr. Alan Hales Posted on August 9, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Ascension presents, Catholics do worship saints, they either don't know what worship is, or they are telling lies, like they tell lies about them not worshiping Mary.
    Christians can't believe a word that Catholics say.
    Why do you think Catholics have taken the 2nd commandment out to the ten commandments.

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  54. Die Jessi Posted on August 9, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Only God can hear and answer our prayers. So why do catholics pray to Mary or Saints who cannot hear their prayers for they are not almighty? Only God is. Praying to anyone else than God is idolatry

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  55. Die Jessi Posted on August 9, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Repent if you pray to Mary or Saints. Thats idolatry. Pray to God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ only!

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  56. william lopez Posted on August 14, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Can you be more specific on where the Bible says that the saints are praying for us I couldn’t find it.🤷🏻‍♂️

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  57. Stephanie T Posted on August 15, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    I am in a similar dilema. The father of my daughters is protestant. He is against catholism due to his protestant roots. I could never have him understand, what significance the saints have. All I do is pray for him to be enlightened

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  58. jc Penny Posted on August 20, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Did anyone else catch the eyebrow movement at the end?! I am laughing so hard! Fr. Mike, you made my day! This video was just so amazing! Thank you:)

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  59. P News Posted on August 23, 2019 at 2:52 am

    Father can you talk faster please😜

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  60. Francis Hmuaka Posted on August 28, 2019 at 7:18 am

    I'm so glad i found your channel Father, I'm a new guy in the Catholic church..and thanks to your explanation and all..i found the truth and all…GOD BLESS

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  61. Josh K Posted on August 28, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    To God be the glory, not the saints…

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  62. Jason R. Merrington; Retina Jay Posted on August 29, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    If as some say, Catholics need to get rid of their statues/icons/pictures of family members… then every Jehovah Witness, Mormon or any other Protestant needs to stop printing pictures of Bible characters, like Mary, Joseph, Satan, God, Lazarus etc. in their books and magazines and periodicals which they continually bow down to just the same; not to mention the pictures of their pastors, governing body members, Santa and Elves and the like they also print and bow to and promote. An act of worship as taught by Jesus is "to care for orphans and widows in their troubles", THAT IS THE TRUE DEFINITION FOR CHRISTIANS WORSHIP, whether your anglo-websters dictionary says otherwise or not. Jesus words should take precedence!

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  63. Tom Saltsman Posted on September 1, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Those of us who truly believe in Jesus, that is the very important things that he taught, know that Abraham rejoiced to see the Day of our Lord because Abraham was alive and looking down from heaven. He was watching in a cloud of witnesses.

    God is a God of the living. Two living persons, not dead, visited Christ in the Transfiguration. They were Moses and Elijah.

    Dead Protestants would only naturally see such people as dead. They are not. As living people, it is no more a sin to ask for their heavenly prayers than to ask for your earthly ones–even if you are dead in trespasses and sins. Become a Catholic (if not) as you study God's Word..which is spirit and life…and you, too, will be one of the living.

    "I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly," Jesus proclaimed.

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  64. Dominick Bass Posted on September 2, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    But who are we to decide who saints are? In Romans 1:7 and in 1 Corinthians 1:2 talks about those who are sanctified by christ sacrifice and search the earth for lost souls to help lead them to christ are saints (paraphrasing) so are not all teacher of the gospels and scriptures saints in Gods eyes?
    This is just where (as a protestant) I get confused and haven't found a priest to answer this question.

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  65. Mib Posted on September 5, 2019 at 4:24 am

    We honor the saints and ask them to intercede on our behalf. Going through life without asking the saints for their help is like never asking a friend here on earth for their help. The Saints are our Friends in Jesus Christ. I have favourite saints I like to pray too St Francis Assisi, St Joseph, St Rita, St Jude, St Francis DeSales, St Monica, St Augustine, St Faustina, St Michael St Anthony and so on whos your favorite saint

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  66. SanSebastian Posted on September 6, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Let me ask you one thing. The statue of Mary. How do you know it's Mary? You don't! She didn't pose to any painter or sculpturer. Nor did Jesus. Whatever your painting or sculptures represent it is NOT Jesus, therefore you go against the first commandment. You guys create your own gods by doing so. Why didn't Jesus tell people: " oh yeah, make a painting or statue of me? Because it is the dominion of pagans, who worship false gods, making some weird statues. We don't know what Jesus or Mary looked like. All the paintings or statues are false and wrong, because they were created through man's imagination. And you kneel before them. Oh Lord, have mercy on you. Your comparison to the pictures of your loved ones is, I'm sorry, laughable. I know what my loved ones look like. They are here, walking and talking, and they are on the picture. Do you have a photo of Jesus? No. For example. I will draw your grandpa. Even if you give me some vauge description of him, Is it realy your grandpa? No. So please, stop evil doings. I know you mean well, but it's wrong. Deadly wrong.

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  67. Glenn Barrett Posted on September 6, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    No, catholics don't worship the saints. We should honor them,for the apostles all died violently for their faith in Christ. However we shouldn't pray to them,or ask for their prayers. Jesus is the only one we should pray to. Jesus created all things and is more than able to answer our prays. It hurts Him when we bring our prayers to the saints,and not Him.

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  68. Michael Samano Posted on September 6, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Father Mike Schmitz Do a video about whether or not is is shameful for men to have long hair

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  69. Niko Kapanen Posted on September 8, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    An example; one person asks aother "do you worship God?"
    – No, but i do pray to God, i ask help, protection, guidance from Him, i thank Him and show my graditute to Him, i praise and raise Him up, i sing songs to Him to glorify Him.

    – So you do worship God after all.

    A christian asking a catholic; "Do you worship Mary?"
    – No, but i do pray to her, i ask help, protection, guidance from her, i thank her and show my gratitude to her, i praise her and raise her up, i sing songs to her to glorify her.
    – So you do worship Mary after all…

    So catholics, stop pretending you dont worship Mary, most of you and orthodox people focus on Mary and saints way more than on Jesus himself. It is sad but it is true.

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  70. JOHN David Posted on September 10, 2019 at 1:56 am

    I believe if God tells you to do something you should do it, but when men tell you to do something then that is not of God.
    Believers of Christ are Saints…
    Philippians 1:1 “Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:”
    Pagan Gods and Goddesses Worshipped as Christian Saints from early times.
    Not only that but the trinity was formed to end religious conflict and bring peace among the people.
    The Catholics are a Religion of peace…
    But what did Jesus say?

    Matthew 10:34 Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.

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  71. Talamom Elenete Posted on September 15, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    I went to a catholic school, St josephs school. I remember i lost my watch and i asked my teacher if she'd seen it. She told me that she hasnt seen and I should pray to one of the saints, i forgot the saints name but i know now that my teacher knew nothing about worshiping.

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  72. Paula Riveraa Posted on September 16, 2019 at 3:31 am

    This priest is lying, the statues will cause people to worship them, this is true, he speaks of the old testament about statues, but he cant say nothing about the new testament & statues, because Jesus dont like images or statues in his father's house.

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  73. Mert Özel Posted on September 19, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Latria: In the Roman Church supreme worship allowed to GOD alone.

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  74. Frank Conti Posted on September 20, 2019 at 2:18 am

    i was afraid if we worship anyone else such as saints, will god throw us to the lake of fire?

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  75. GC067 GC067 Posted on September 25, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    So these are just “reminders” right. So let’s say if the pope and the church said get rid of these statues or images because they are idols, would you destroy them?

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  76. onemarktwoyou Posted on September 25, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Roman Missal, No. 302 Says they cut up their saints and place them in the alters of their pagan temples.
       Tell us again how roman pagans black magic practices does not allude to some pagan divine power to infuse itself it in the sanctifying of rome's evil alters and temples. Then say you pagans don't worship these divine pagans as greater than mankind.

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  77. Márcio Affonso Posted on September 28, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    He's teaching against the doctrine of his very church. Go to the Vatican site and see for yourselves.
    Go break all the statues and substitute them for plastic ones if you can. It could prove that you don't believe in those very statues.

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  78. John Constantine Grey Posted on October 2, 2019 at 1:23 am

    I consider my self Roman Catholic but I'm somewhat of an iconoclast. I believe Catholic art or icons should be preserved and not distroyed for cultural and historical purposes. What I believe is that there should be a movement to stop depicting saints what we should instead is write their names on canvas in calligraphy form and write the prayers associated with the specific saint under their name.

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  79. 택일 Taekil Travis Kim Posted on October 3, 2019 at 5:57 am

    I love you father Mike! Bravo! It makes me happy to see, even the thumbnail of your videos! hahaha

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  80. Amy P Posted on October 6, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    I hear all the time that supposedly Catholics worship statues, Saints, etc. I try to tell people that this isn't the case. It's just a representation of that person or idea. We don't make graven images out of wood or stone or gold that we bow down before and worship. I don't worship saints as a Catholic . I was a Christian before entering the Catholic Church and I'm STILL a Christian and always will be. Good video Father Mike.

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  81. Fred Flintstone Posted on October 14, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand [generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments.” (Exodus 20:4-6) ….written by the very finger of YHWH. It doesn't change and never will. May the Holy Spirit guide everyone to the truth, and not by man made religions.

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  82. Thien An Vu Posted on October 17, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Thanks Father Mike so much, this is the best explanation I have heard so far <3

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  83. Roberto Avila Posted on October 17, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    You say that catholics dont worship idols then how come ive seen them kneel down to them

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  84. Brandon Fontenot Posted on October 17, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    100% not the case the pope himself is anointed to a position man has created for him to live and showcased around cities in a glass car tell me that’s not worshipping you set idols out in the church there’s no such thing as saints or good people there is only one that’s good and that’s God Jesus said that so all of those people just regular people you decided to make a statue of is still giving too much energetic to just people think for yourself people Jesus is coming back and There’s only way to live and it’s by his commandments not by a church’s rules they invented themselves

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  85. chicago man Posted on October 18, 2019 at 4:34 am

    the Father and the Son are the Parents of the Holy Spirit, if many churches are correct. The  Trinity is a Family– two Parents and an Offspring, if many churches are correct. In the book of Job which is part of the Bible, the Lord is compared to a father and also a mother with a womb "From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens?"-Job 38:29 Note: What i wrote above is compatible with Catholic Church doctrine. Saying the Father and the Son are Parents of the Holy Spirit is simply another way of saying "the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son" which has been official Catholic dogma for centuries

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  86. Kayla Downs Posted on October 19, 2019 at 3:25 am

    This guys is speaking in circles

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  87. Platito Crib Posted on October 21, 2019 at 6:24 am

    One thing I considered my self as blessed for being a Catholic is, we never preached to destroy or discredit some other beliefs – we just let them be. We focus on our faith and commitment to the Lord instead of throwing hate against other religion, instead of spreading love. We don't distribute pamplehts nor organise rallies and scream that the end false religion is near, instead we rejoice through the fiestas and other celebrations to commemorate the life of the saints and God who always inspired us in many ways. We don't say that other religion is practicing evil rituals and stuff, but rather we sing to the heavens and show our love to God. None of our Pope and priests said that they are the chosen son of God, but rather they all remain humble and true to their challenges. All these and many more reasons, I'm a happy and blessed to be a Catholic. Despite the hate being thrown upon us, and the various tongues who spoke against our practices, we stood strong and faithful – that's how blessed we are in the words of our Lord Jesus Christ. 🙏🙏🙏

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  88. Maria C Posted on October 24, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Yes, it is about God! We don’t worship those images or statues or icons! The Second Commandment is talking about having idols, but we don’t idolize those objects!

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  89. Jorge Posted on October 27, 2019 at 5:15 am

    Not saints, but apparently we worship Pachamama or Mother Earth per the Holy Father’s example

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  90. Chris Balogh Posted on October 30, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Father Mike… praying the rosary is not biblical and does not please god… praying to saints does not please god…please read – Revelation 22:19 t
    You will be held accountable for misleading people and so will anybody else that teaches the catholic doctrine, the only way to the father is through Jesus he is the only way, as brothers and sisters in christ we can pray for eachother on earth but once we pass away i cannot pray to you in the afterlife and ask that you intercede on my behalf to the father because there is only one way to the father… god is no respector or persons… so that is the most foolish thing i ever heard and i pray that god will open your spirtual eyes because your eternity is nothing to mess around with please read and study the bible for yourselves and dont be decieved ask the holy spirit for wisdom and discernment…

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  91. Gil Edwards Posted on October 30, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    I just wanna say I'm not Catholic, I'm Protestant but I love your channel and despite our differences I see you all as brothers in Christ. As long as we agree that Christ is the only way and you only follow the Bible and no other doctrines, you're Christians and I refuse to let Satan divide us..

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  92. Victoria Timmermans Posted on November 1, 2019 at 5:17 am

    Could you please share this with your catholic brothers and sisters around the world?
    I’ve seen Catholics worship saints and Mary in places like Portugal and Mexico.
    There’s also a problem when people are more comfortable going to a saint to talk to God for you.
    I don’t go to my earthy brother to talk to my dad before I go to him myself. So, I won’t go to a saint in lieu of going to talk to my heavenly dad. If can talk to my dad directly why would I ever want to talk to someone else to go chat with him for me.

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  93. Christine Corey Posted on November 4, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Love the painter/ painting analogy… right on Father!

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  94. Agustin Hernandez Posted on November 5, 2019 at 5:20 am

    Beautiful video, God bless 🙏

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  95. Andrei Laurea Posted on November 5, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Hahahahah. So awesome of a reminder that people venerate it. You bow down to what you worship. Lol

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  96. Andrei Laurea Posted on November 5, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    True. But do the Israelites bow down and venerate the cherubs on the Ark? Do they bow down and venerate the bronze serpent? Lol

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  97. Antonia Southern Posted on November 7, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Those are really the reasons-some of them-that I left the Catholic Church.

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  98. xysmiles Posted on November 16, 2019 at 4:40 am

    I love this. A truly passionate and interesting lesson

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