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Loved one that was unbeliever
Question from Chris on 1/27/2019:

My question. How can I be happy in heaven when a loved one is not there as an unbeliever?

Answer by David Gregson on 5/15/2019:

It's hard to conceive how we can be happy in heaven if a loved one is damned. The only solution I can offer is that in heaven the will of God will be our greatest joy. In the Beatific Vision we will see and understand why it was best that our loved one be lost, even though we can't understand that now.

But rather than trying to understand it now, it would be more profitable to our loved one, about whose salvation we may have doubts, to pray and have Masses offered for his/her salvation. Even though those who die outside the grace of God can't be saved, we don't know that a loved one in question did die outside God's grace. It has been theorized that God gives every person at the time of death a last chance to repent and turn to Him. There may be no evidence of this to those in attendance, but that doesn't mean that it didn't happen.

Another consideration is that God has known from all eternity if prayers, sacrifices, and Masses would be offered for the salvation of a loved one. And who knows whether these offerings made, even after the person has died, being foreknown by God, may not have inclined Him to give the grace of repentance at the time of death.

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