Actually, when I started talking about Catholicism, I just wanted to have a big Q and A session, so I could answer any questions you readers might have. Since I just now mentioned someone who has been officially confirmed as a saint, let's discuss this reader's question:
So I have another question. Do Catholics pray to God directly or do they just pray to the saints? This is something I never fully understood.Catholics pray to God. They do not pray to the saints. Praying directly to a saint, as if he or she was God, is a form of idolatry.
It is possible to pray, on behalf of other people. For example, you can pray for people in other countries, and you can ask your friends and relatives to pray for you. Many people are in the habit of asking their relatives for prayers, even when said relative has died.
This holds true with the saints. You can ask the saints to pray for you or with you. This can only help to make your prayers more effective.
People try to be logical, when they invoke the intercession of the saints. For example, Saint Ignatius was a soldier, so soldiers ask for his intercession. Saint Lucy's eyes were forcibly removed, so people ask for her intercession with eye problems. I've even heard of people asking for St. Francis Cabrini's help in finding a parking space, because she had to deal with traffic in New York when she was alive, but I suspect that was a joke.