Defending the Church: Part IIIIn Part III, I will go over the Catholic belief of the intercession of the saints and of Mary. I will also cover the Catholic view on prayer, and the different types of prayer involved.Defending the Church: Part III by ~PieWriter
Please note that I am only going to go over it in brief in comparison to the large amount of resources out there that both support and condemn this practice. Mary herself is a whole subject on her own, and there are so many legends and stories that are connected to the many saints. There are even whole books that solely discuss the subject of prayers. Because of this, I will only cover the biblical and logical reasoning behind the practice of intercessions and other prayers, and explain why these are practices of the Catholic Church.
This also ties in rather well with another, independent piece of mine, called The Rosary: Not a Vain Repetition (which you can read here: http://piewriter.deviantart.com/art/The-Rosary-Not-a-Vain-Repetition-338676518).
Defending the Church: Part II-B-In Part II-B, I will go over and explain the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. Last time, I defined the word sacrament and the word grace. To quickly recap, a sacrament is a visible sign or symbol representing an invisible grace; grace itself is a gift from God, given to us by supernatural means but received by the physical senses. In short, a sacrament is a ceremony, or other symbolic act, that reminds the person of a grace given to him, and acknowledges it.Defending the Church: Part II-B by ~PieWriter
I also listed the seven sacraments of the Church: Communion, Reconciliation, Baptism, Anointing of the Sick, Confirmation, Marriage, and Holy Orders. While the first five apply to all members of the Church, the last two do not. I will go over this more as I explain each sacrament.
Also, it is important to note that much of the sacraments I will discuss are horribly misunderstood by non-Catholics and lukewarm/non-practicing Catholics alike. With th