I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine who does not believe in the Saints or Our Blessed Mother. She knows Mary is the mother of Christ, but frankly she is not important to my friend, as is the case with most religions. This is very sad to me, because frankly it is like saying that Mothers are not important, but the Mother of God should strike fear and love in everyone. I can't imagine meeting Christ, and saying I love You, but not your Mother. I would not say that to any of my friends, so why would I say it to Jesus?
Nonetheless I did my best to explain to her the importance of the Saints and Our Blessed Mother. The conversation went something like this:
Friend: Please pray for my son to make the right decision about his future. (Note: pretty serious steps he is taking)
ME: "I certainly will, and why not ask St. Jude to pray for your special intentions? He is the patron of desperate cases and will not cease praying for your intentions."
Friend: "Oh Judy you know me I'll go straight to Jesus." (smiles)
Me: "OK then why ask me to pray for you?" (grins)
Not convinced but I could see I got my point across. I adore this friend and I have actually had conversations like this with others. I usually will end the conversation with, "why not ask those closest to Our Lord, those in heaven with Him as we speak, to pray for us. I mean I am a lowly sinner and you ask me, but asking his dear friends, the saints, and His Mother to pray for you honors Him all the more."
Later I had the opportunity to convince my friend even more about the Saints. I happened to call her one afternoon and she was in a state of panic. She had lost her keys and her husband was out of town. She was supposed to take one of the kids to a soccer game and had a whole list of errands to do but had given up finally as it was already 2 in the afternoon. I said calmly, "Well if you would just ask St. Jude to help you, he would." Reluctant, but desperate, she said "OK." Before we even finished praying over the phone, her son who was sitting behind her jumped up and said, "MOM MOM, THE KEYS, THEY FELL OUT OF THE RECLINER JUST NOW!"
"OK Judy you win, I'm going to have to tell my husband about this!"