Mike asked:

If the saints can hear my prayer, and your prayer, and all they other prayers from around the world at the same time, does this not ascribe omnipresence to these people?

Karlo Broussard replied:

"... we see revealed in the bible ... in Revelation 5:8. Just from a biblical standpoint that the twenty four elders ... they're actually receiving multiple prayers from the Christians on earth all at the same time and presenting them to the throne of the lamb. ... the bible reveals the souls in heaven have the power and the capacity to do this. Now the second step is to give a rationale for that revelation. The souls in heaven do not have the power by nature to hear the billions of prayers all at the same time. They don't have that power by nature. Only God has that power by nature to hear the multiple prayers at the same time. However, it really doesn't require an infinite power to hear a finite number of prayers, and consequently, Saint Thomas Aquinas would say, God through a created grace, through a created light, enlightens the intellect of the souls in heaven which empowers them, allows them to receive and be aware of the multiple prayers at the same time in order to present to Jesus the Lamb as Revelation 5:8 speaks of.

And so, what we have here is a power that transcends the natural powers of human beings but never the less, God can give those powers, through created grace, allow human beings to actually participate and perform certain operations that only God could do by nature ..."

Source material:

Revelation 5
8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints;


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Catholic Answers, "Let's Pray to the Saints" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2013)

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Show air date: November 27, 2013

Name of show: Let's Pray to the Saints

Guest comments by: Karlo Broussard

Question appeared in show: 48:12

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