Thursday, May 24, 2012

Our Beloved Dead

 What does our Catholic faith say about spirits of our departed loved ones' ability to communicate with us?- Theresa B.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church has this to say pertaining to the Communion of Saints: The three states of the Church. "When the Lord comes in glory, and all his angels with him, death will be no more and all things will be subject to him. But at the present time some of his disciples are pilgrims on earth. Others have died and are being purified, while still others are in glory, contemplating 'in full light, God himself triune and one, exactly as he is."  All of us, however, in varying degrees and in different ways share in the same charity towards God and our neighbours, and we all sing the one hymn of glory to our God. All, indeed, who are of Christ and who have his Spirit form one Church and in Christ cleave together. "So it is that the union of the wayfarers with the brethren who sleep in the peace of Christ is in no way interrupted, but on the contrary, according to the constant faith of the Church, this union is reinforced by an exchange of spiritual goods." The intercession of the saints. "Being more closely united to Christ, those who dwell in heaven fix the whole Church more firmly in holiness.... They do not cease to intercede with the Father for us, as they proffer the merits which they acquired on earth through the one mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus.... So by their fraternal concern is our weakness greatly helped."
Do not weep, for I shall be more useful to you after my death and I shall help you then more effectively than during my life.494
 I want to spend my heaven in doing good on earth.495
 Communion with the saints. "It is not merely by the title of example that we cherish the memory of those in heaven; we seek, rather, that by this devotion to the exercise of fraternal charity the union of the whole Church in the Spirit may be strengthened. Exactly as Christian communion among our fellow pilgrims brings us closer to Christ, so our communion with the saints joins us to Christ, from whom as from its fountain and head issues all grace, and the life of the People of God itself"  We worship Christ as God's Son; we love the martyrs as the Lord's disciples and imitators, and rightly so because of their matchless devotion towards their king and master. May we also be their companions and fellow disciples!   Communion with the dead. "In full consciousness of this communion of the whole Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, the Church in its pilgrim members, from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, has honored with great respect the memory of the dead; and 'because it is a holy and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins' she offers her suffrages for them." Our prayer for them is capable not only of helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.  In the one family of God. "For if we continue to love one another and to join in praising the Most Holy Trinity - all of us who are sons of God and form one family in Christ - we will be faithful to the deepest vocation of the Church." (CCC Paragraph 5, Section II, 954-959)

The Church believes  that our loved ones are able to intercede for us to obtain our spiritual good.  We are also obliged to pray for them being that they are no longer able to help themselves through their own efforts. 

I can't find an article which talks about communications from the dead in the sense of messages, signs, or other paranormal occurrences.  I have heard of many anecdotal stories from others.  I have not an experience myself.  My personal opinion would be that the realm of the spirit is an unknown world and that anything is possible.

1 comment:

  1. I just finished this book that I got from Amazon 1. Hungry Souls: Supernatural Visits, Messages and Warnings from Purgatory by Gerard/ J. M. Van Den Aardweg (Sep 1, 2010) and although it didn't go as deeply as I would have liked, it does deliver some insights on purgatory and life after the death of the body. Another suggestion would be any books by FR Gabriel Amorth, the excorsist of Rome. It is not unusual for devils to say they are souls of people in purgatory, and so very interesting and teaches a lot.