“As gold in the furnace, He proved them.” –Wisdom 3:6

It is “a holy and pious thought” to pray for the dead (2 Mc 12:45). It is a good thing to do, but how good? Should praying for the dead be a footnote in our Christian life, or should it be a high priority? Those who move from purgatory to heaven due to our prayers obviously think it a high priority. Furthermore, our prayers for those in purgatory not only help them but help us to more greatly benefit from the prayers of the poor souls for us (Catechism, 958). This is all the more reason to make praying for the dead a priority. Moreover, in the eucharistic prayers, the Lord calls us through His Church to pray for the dead. Even the controversy from the Protestant Reformation over matters related to praying for the dead may be a sign of the importance of this practice. Satan often spotlights abuses in important issues to tempt us to dismiss the “something important” rather than correct the abuses.

Are you praying for the dead as zealously as you should? Is this as much a priority for you as it is for God? Ask the Lord to teach you about this for the rest of the Church year, that is, in the month of November. Set aside a time each day this month to pray for the dead. Let the Holy Spirit teach you (Jn 14:26) about the importance of praying for those in purgatory.

PRAYER: “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through Your mercy rest in peace. Amen.”

PROMISE: “All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me; no one who comes will I ever reject.” –Jn 6:37

PRAISE: A group of school children have learned the importance of praying every day for the poor souls.

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