- From the earliest of Church Councils, the distinction was made between worship and honor. Catholics believe that worship is due to God alone. Catholics honor those saints who have gone before us as a sign of faith and victory in living the Christian life... The Christian who has been called out of this life...is not dead, but alive!... The communion of saints is the Church, with Christ at its head communicating His riches to all the members. Some of these members are still wayfarers on earth, while others have died and are being purified. Yet others...already gloriously contemplate in the afterlife the triune God Himself... The Mystical Body of Christ Is the Catholic Church.
- "The Head of the Catholic Church is Jesus Christ, and Mary is the neck which joins the Head to its Body." Because she has merited so well of God by her perfect conformity to His holy will, He has decreed that "all the gifts and all the graces which proceed from Christ as the Head should pass through Mary to the Body of the Church... She unites the Head to the Body, and therefore through her, before all others, flow the heavenly blessings from the Head, who is Christ, to us who are His members."
- Jesus was and is the one mediator [with God]. In the Eucharist we remember the saints, and we honor them. But we see them as disciples of Jesus who join us as we worship, just as our worship is joined with their unceasing praise of God. Notice how in the liturgy we don’t pray to the saints as objects of worship, but rather to ask them to pray to God with us. All of us, in heaven and on earch, are worshiping God together.
- [The sainta] are that wonderful “cloud of witnesses” spoken of in Hebrews (12:1) who are our friends, encouraging us, rooting for us, also challenging us to complete the work they had begun... They are seen “as advocates pleading causes before a stern judge, as mediators, as go-betweens"... with Mary as the arch-intercessor..
- Dwelling in closer and holier unity with Christ in heaven than we earthly pilgrims, these saints are better able to intercede unceasingly, fraternally, and to our immense benefit, with the Father. In the words of Pope Paul VI, “we believe that in this communion [of all the faithful in Christ], the merciful love of God and his saints is always [attentive] to our prayers.”
- Fraternal love and charity: The Saints in heaven intercede for the souls in purgatory because they are both members of the same Body. The souls in purgatory intercede for each other because they are also members of one Body; the Saints and poor souls intercede for us because we are one Body with them, member of member; and we are moved to pray for each other on earth, to ask for favors from the Saints in heaven, and to pray for the souls in purgatory because "together with them we form one Church and one Body, united by the bond of the same charity in the Kingdom of Christ."