|St. Germaine Cousin|
I have vowed to publicly thank my patron saint anytime she helps me with a problem. So, today I am here to say thank you to St. Germaine for her intercession, once again. She is known as the forgotten saint, so I have vowed to do what I can to make her name known. Her story is incredible and worth the read. I think it will inspire you. Here is a link to her story: http://www.stgermaine.com/germaine.htm
In the past several weeks I have asked for intercession twice and both times the outcome has been favorable. Not surprising to me of course, prayer is powerful. It changes things.
I wanted to talk a little bit about intercession and prayer.
Lots of people who are not Catholic, and many who are, do not understand intercession. Many people think we pray to saints instead of going straight to God. This could not be further from the truth. We are not asking the saint to grant us anything. We are asking for their prayers. Do you ever ask a friend to pray for you? This is exactly what intercession is. You are merely asking for someone else to pray on your behalf. That is what I ask St. Germaine to do for me. I have been doing this since my parents taught me to pray. I feel like she is my friend. And as I would ask any friend if I were in need, I often ask her to pray for me...or to intercede. Here is a link if you wish to read more about intercession: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08070a.htm
I have asked publicly on Facebook many times for prayers. I have a community of faith filled family and friends there who are always willing to pray for my intentions, even when they have no idea what they are praying for. You don't always have to tell people what you need. You need only to ask that they pray for a special intention. Sometimes what we need is too personal to tell the world. Or we may be embarrassed that we are asking for intercession for something we may think God thinks is insignificant. But remember this...if it's important to you, it's important to God.
Prayer is so powerful and in numbers it's power can be staggering. I have seen it in my own life and in the lives of others. Of course, we must always be mindful to pray that God's will be done. And remember that your prayers are always answered...it may not be the answer you wanted, but it is always the right answer. And sometimes you don't get the answer for years after you pray. But when the answer comes, you know it, and you realize that God knew all along. He knows what is in our hearts before we do. He knows what our lives will be before we can even imagine it. So whatever His answer is, it's the right one.
So once again, I am coming before you and St. Germaine and asking for your prayers for a special intention. I appreciate your prayers and always keep you all in my daily prayers as well.
Thanks for being such supportive and loving friends. I love you all :)