On EWTN, again early in 1997, we find two enthusiastic priests, Fr. George W. Kosicki and Fr. Harold Cohen, offering a “Marian Helpers” booklet. They can scarcely contain their excitement as they commend to viewers Sister Faustina, who “shared so fully in Christ’s death and resurrection … and continues that ministry in heaven now.” Jesus supposedly said to her, “Distribute graces as you will, to whom you will, and when you will!” The priests urge viewers. “Get in touch with her!”
While it is biblical to ask friends on earth to pray for us, there is no example in Scripture of asking a dead person to do so, nor any means given for contacting the deceased. God repeatedly warns against attempted contact with discarnate spirits (Deuteronomy:18:9-12; etc.). Nowhere in the Bible is prayer directed to Abraham, or to Moses or Daniel or Mary. All prayer is to God alone. The Holy Spirit Himself intercedes for us (Romans:8:26), Christ is our advocate at the right hand of the Father (Romans:8:34; 1 John:2:1), and He is the “one mediator between God and men” (1 Timothy:2:5).
Yet millions of Roman Catholics not only ask the so-called saints (who can’t hear them) to intercede for them, but also pray to them directly as though they had all the power of God. It is they who answer prayers (St. Anthony himself finds and returns lost objects, etc.). And this is the official position of the Roman Catholic Church: Prayers are in fact offered to the “saints.” Both Vatican II and the new universal Catechism of the Catholic Church refer to Mary as “Mother of God, to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs.” (EWTN informs us that “Mary” came to chase the devil away when he was pummeling Padre Pio.)