The Theotokos is like a Rapid Response Unit since she is God's mother, which
means that he has to listen to her (4th Commandment). So, when we pray to
her asking for her intercession, she is speedy and quick to help. She
doesn't dilly dally.
Other saints are known for their speedy intercession on a range of topics.
Each of the saints retains a personality and 'style' of their own. They are
not simply subsumed into a single, holy 'type'. There are as many ways to be
holy as there are persons that have ever lived. So, some saints (like some
people) tend to prefer a more hands-off approach, others will just tweak a
little something here and there, others can be sort of 'dangerous' and
unpredictable in the help they offer (fools for christ are often like this),
and others are just straightforward, take charge fix everything in one go
Of course, how they help (the effect of the intercession on the one hand and
on their union with God [deification] on the other) is always according to
the will or allowance of God in His wisdom. Speedy help may mean allowing us
to fall - because that is what we needed to learn a lesson unto our
salvation. Sometimes it is getting sick, losing a job, losing a loved one,
going through a sort of existential crisis - all as a part of what we need
to reach the ark of salvation. Salvation is not always comfortable, in fact,
it usually isn't. CS Lewis has a great little parable about this where a tin
soldier starts to become human but is afraid, it hurts, etc. because it is
something totally new. Salvation is death to death, and we have been living
in death since Adam - it is what we mistake for natural when in fact our
lives are against our true nature. So, from our perspective, Aslan is not a
tame lion - but he saved all Narnia.
On Sun, Nov 2, 2008 at 7:56 PM, <phos_hilarion@...> wrote:
> Hi. Why is it that the saints and particularly the Virgin Mary are called
> "speedy" intercessors? Why are they "speedy"?
> Love in Christ, phos.
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