Friday, April 14, 2017

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 257

257.  One way of maintaining fellowship with our loved ones is to pray for them.285  The Bible tells us that "to pray for the dead" is "holy and pious" (2 Macc 12:44-45).  "Our prayer for them is capable not only of helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective".286  The book of Revelation portrays the martyrs interceding for those who suffer injustice on earth (cf. Rev 6:9-11), in solidarity with this world and its history.  Some saints, before dying, consoled their loved ones by promising them that they would be near to help them.  Saint Therese of Lisieux wished to continue doing good from heaven.287  Saint Dominic stated that "he would be more helpful after death...more powerful in obtaining graces".288  These are truly "bonds of love",289 because "the union of the wayfarers with the brethren who sleep in the Lord is in no way interrupted...[but] reinforced by an exchange of spiritual goods".290

285 cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 958.
286 Ibid.
287 Cf. Therese of Lisieux, Derniers Entretiens: Le "carnet jaune" de Mère Agnès, 17 July 1897, in Oeuvres Complètes, Paris, 1996, 1050. Her Carmelite sisters spoke of a promise made by Saint Therese that her departure from this world would be "like a shower of roses" (ibid., 9 June 1897, 1013).
288 Jordan of Saxony, Libellus de principiis Ordinis Praedicatorum, 93: Monumenta Historica Sancti Patris Nostri Dominici, XVI, Rome, 1935, p.69.
289 cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 957.
290 Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, 49.