Do we stop to think about how we are in communion with the souls in purgatory?
On this day, an interview with Teresa Tomeo on the Catholic Connection, caused me to stop and ponder. Teresa’s father recently passed from this life, this “pilgrimage of love” to enter eternal life.
Why do we pray for the dead? The answer is based on scripture. In Maccabees (2 Macc. 12:46) it states that is a good and holy thing to pray for the dead. After my interview, I stopped by for a visit to a local church. The quiet refuge was perfect for bringing to mind those relatives and friends that have gone before me.
On the way home I made a short visit to a cemetery to ask for prayer for all the souls who had been laid to rest there. Later that afternoon a sweet satisfaction entered my soul knowing that those I had prayed for were grateful for the remembrance, and I had benefited from it. My own father, Deacon Bill Reuter, experienced such a “holy death” surrounded by all of us, his loved ones. “May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.”