Prayers for the departed

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By Father Lukas Batmomolin SVD

Novelist Chuck Palahniuk once wrote, “I don’t want to die without any scars.” This short and meaningful statement could describe our lives as Christians. Our faith in Christ impels us to fight for the good and well-being of ourselves and others. As Christians, we suffer for ourselves but also suffer to do good for others.

We strive to express our faith not only through meaningful words that come from our hearts but also through excellent deeds that reflects our good intentions. We who strive to serve will have to deal with some scars. Nevertheless, as Lailah Gifty Akita, founder of Smart Youth Volunteers Foundation, said, “The more we serve, the more strength we receive to keep the good deeds.”

Our Christian faith teaches us that good deeds are beyond the restraint of time and space; therefore, we continue to pray and offer good things to our beloved departed ones. We remember them dearly and try to help them through our personal prayers, individual almsgiving and Mass attendance.

Our Catholic faith instills in us the belief that our prayers can help the faithful departed, our beloved ones who died. Our prayers may help to cleanse their tainted soul so that they may enjoy the radiant glory eternally with God in Heaven.

About the author
Divine Word Father Lukas Batmomolin serves as superior delegate and communications coordinator for the Chicago Province. A native of Ambon, Indonesia, Father Batmomolin was ordained in 1991 and worked in Catholic publishing in Southeast Asia for several years before being assigned to the United States. Twice, he has been a guest lecturer for the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, helping to educate diplomats about the role of culture and religion in Indonesia.

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