Originally Posted by Al Habeshi
Salam Alaikum, Brother:
Well, as a former Catholic myself, I can tell you that yes, they do call on saints for a variety of reasons. But, I was referring to what was posted above. It was a quote from Nostra Aetate concerning Muslims, and from what I could tell, it was speaking with respect about how devoted Muslims are to their faith. Saying, "Calling on her with devotion" in the context of this article, to me, simply means referring to her with respect, and was most likely because of "peace be upon her" being added when speaking her name.
As a Catholic I would have never said, I call upon St. so and so, with devotion..." I might say, "I called upon St. Jude, (the patron saint of lost items), to help me find my ring." So, the wording is different enough for me to suggest that the author meant "referring to her with devotion".
Brother, this is simply my opinion, I am not the author to know how much knowledge he had or didn't have about Islam. I based my opinion on the context of the entire quote...not just the one sentence. So, for sure, I could be mistaken.
Allah, swt, knows best.