Why Do Catholics pray to saints?
It’s a common misconception, Catholics actually pray with saints, not to them. Have you ever asked anyone to pray for you when you were having a hard time? Why did you choose to ask that person?
You may have chosen someone you could trust, or someone who understood your problem, or someone who was close to God. Those are all reasons we ask saints to pray for us in times of trouble. Praying with the saints help us to facilitate a conversation with God. The saints help us to see how the Gospel can be incarnated and lived out in many different ways and across various historical and social circumstances. These saints lived holy lives regardless of the situation, and we ask them to pray for us as they were living examples of the Gospel on earth.
Adapted from Catholic Online “Why do we pray to the saints and from “Catholicism” by Richard McBrien pg. 1113