Thursday, November 22, 2012

The most sensible of gifts: Prayer for the Dead

During this month of November as we continue to commemorate All the Faithful Departed  "it is especially important to recall the Church’s teaching that there is indeed a Purgatory in which the souls of the saved but imperfect are awaiting the fulfillment of their purification and healing, and that these souls can be greatly helped by the prayers, sacrifices and Masses offered by the living.  This is an aspect of the Catholic patrimony that must not be forgotten or de-emphasized.  Justice demands that our brothers and sisters in the faith who have died find in us faithful friends who acknowledge that 'it is indeed a good and pious thing to pray for the dead.'"

Click here to read the full article by Father Michael Monshau, O.P. professor of liturgy, homiletics and spirituality at the Angelicum.