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re- prayer for the dead
Question from Irene on 9/14/2007:

The questioner "cannot believe some poor soul might be worse off because no one is specifically praying for them by name." One way to remedy this is to add this to your prayers: I pray for all those who have no one else to pray for them.

As far as prayers and Masses for the dead, I went to my first non-Catholic funeral in my entire 41 years this week. I was saddened by the complete lack of prayers for the deceased father and his young son ( the plane crash into Lake Erie). Instead the entire funeral extolled their virtues and spoke of the certainty that they are in heaven. The only prayers offered AT ALL during the whole event were for the surviving family, and those prayers bemoaned the emptiness, devastation and separation they were experiencing.

I like our way MUCH better. I realized that our belief that most of the saved will not go directly to Heaven is a GOOD thing. Why? Because those of us left to mourn know we have work to do! We must pray for their souls and offer our suffering and good deeds on their behalf....in other words- our faith gives us a reason to keep busy in a time of sorrow, gives us purpose when facing profound loss and- most importantly- keeps us connected with those we love through those prayers...a reminder we are all part of the Communion of Saints.

Answer by Fr. Robert J. Levis on 9/14/2007:

Many thanks, Irene. YOu are right on. Since we have to be perfect,like the saints, to enter Heaven with God, many prayers are in order for the deceased. God bless you. Fr. Bob Levis

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