You make a good point in that we do not know that every Saint the RCCh canonizes really ended up in heaven,the truth is according to Scripture they are all asleep,no one is in hell or heaven,their spirits are with the LORD,but the bodies are waiting for the resurrection.<quoted text>
Saints of God who are they??? They are the children of God, who alone makes saints out of His people because of their faith in a never failing God, and His Son Jesus, "The Christ,"
What your church has accepted as saint God may not. and visa versa.
you have no idea who is in heaven and who isn't Regina .
You could be praying to some one who is in hell and don't even know it.
Makes no difference any way you look at it neither can hear you.
If they have left this earth.
But LTM,for sure,we will not be able to stop an individual from praying to whoever they want to in secret.And truly if they are sincere before the Lord,and seek ultimately to serve christ,only God can judge their hearts,and if their prayers are amiss,that is between God and that person.Sooner or later an individual who seeks to live for Christ will know whether or not his or her prayers are being answered.Faith is a very important component in how we address God.We can mutter all kinds of prayers,but faith in what we pray to God for has to be evident.
ALSO grace is the basis for our faith in Christ,if grace is not in what we do to serve Christ,we could be wasting our time.God honors our faith,but only if it is rooted in His GRACE!many have experienced His grace,and they need to go back to that grace continually in their lives,and allow the Holy Spirit to widen their knowledge and experience in GRACE.Grace is the beginning of our walk with Christ,it continues always,and we end in that grace at our deaths.
Praying to saints or through them is not a problem,it is how much faith you utilize with the covering of God's grace.The only Man who is the Mediator between God and us,IS Jesus.