Can I become a saint if I am not Catholic?
Yes! And it’s not just if you can, but you must! It’s a command Christ gave to ALL,
– “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
– “This God’s will, your sanctification.”
– “God chose us, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in his sight.”
What you cannot be is a Catholic saint, simply because you’re not Catholic.
And why do we pray to saints?
We ask them to intercede for us in the same way when you need something from dad sometimes you ask him yourself, but other times – esp when its something big you want – you ask mum to ask him for you i.e. to intercede for you. Why ask mum? Because she’s closer to dad than you are. Why ask saints? Because they are closer to Jesus than we are.
Can we ask Jesus instead to pray for us? Because He is much closer to God than the saints… And He loved us more than they did?
Of course! And not just because he is closer to God, but because he IS God. He is perfect God and perfect man.
All the saints (including our friends, parents, siblings, relatives etc when they end up in heaven), all the faithful in heaven are only able to intercede for us precisely because they carry our prayers through Christ.
They don’t and can’t like skip Christ and go to God directly. Even Mary. In the miracle at Cana, when she noticed they were running out of wine, she didn’t perform the miracle herself and turn water into wine. She couldn’t. But she could convince her Divine Son to work that miracle, even though Jesus remarked it was not yet time for him to begin working miracles (“…my hour has not yet come.”) And after the miracle was done, who does the glory go to? St. John is clear: “This, the first of his signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee, and manifested HIS glory…”
We seek the intercession of saints
1. because like Mary’s last recorded words in that wedding at Cana, they encourage us through their holy lives and holy words to “Do whatever He (Jesus) tells you.”
2. because like Mary, they are better able to convince Jesus than we are.