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<< Sunday, November 2, 2003 >> All Souls
 
2 Maccabees 12:43-46
Revelation 14:13

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Psalm 23
John 6:37-40

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12 REASONS TO PRAY FOR THE DEAD

 
"It is the will of Him Who sent Me that I should lose nothing of what He has given Me; rather, that I should raise it up on the last day." —John 6:39
 

When we pray for the dead, we:

  • obey the Lord and His Church,
  • love our neighbor,
  • express our unity with the other members of God's family,
  • help purify people in purgatory,
  • help those in purgatory to go to heaven,
  • face death and thereby become more aware of reality,
  • express and strengthen our faith in the power of prayer,
  • receive the benefit of the prayers of those in purgatory (Catechism, 958),
  • rejoice, for all those in purgatory have given their lives to Jesus and will go to heaven,
  • purify ourselves so that we will go directly to heaven and skip purgatory, or lessen our time in purgatory,
  • share in the pouring out of God's mercy, and
  • enter more deeply into the mystery of God's love and His plan of salvation.

There are other reasons to pray for the dead, but these twelve reasons show that, in praying for the dead, we act "in a very excellent and noble way" (2 Mc 12:43), for it is "a holy and pious thought" to pray for the dead (2 Mc 12:45).

 
Prayer: Father, free me from all attachment to sin so that I will go to heaven without going to purgatory (see Catechism, 1472).
Promise: "I heard a voice from heaven say to me: 'Write this down: Happy now are the dead who die in the Lord!' The Spirit added, 'Yes, they shall find rest from their labors, for their good works accompany them.' " —Rv 14:13
Praise: Praise the risen Jesus, Who lived, died, and rose in the perfect will of the Father.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Giles H. Pater, April 24, 2003
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 28, 2003
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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