Everyone assumes that when someone becomes a saint, it is because they had lived an extremely righteous life. The truth is that many of the saints I grew up praying to were no more righteous than I was. They may not have committed the sins of today, such as sexual immorality or greed, but they were sinners nonetheless. They were people of high moral character who did a tremendous amount of good for their community, but who were not necessarily committed to living a perfect life in Christ.
As I consider all the ways in which my life has changed since I committed to aiming for perfection in my thoughts, in my words, and in my deeds, I realize how far short of God's standards I was, and certainly how far short of his standards the saints were. As a Catholic, I was taught to pray to them. I now know that the only name in whom I should pray is the Lord my God Jesus of Nazareth. I also know that the only name to whom I should pray is the Lord God Father in heaven. The Lord God Almighty reigns.