In this episode of the Catholic Link podcast, Fr. Rob is once again joined by Fr. George Elliot and they discuss why do Catholics pray for the dead and how the prayers help them in purgatory. They reference 2 Maccabees 12:46 where it states “it is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead.” However, they focus primarily on 2 Timothy 1:16 where St. Paul asks mercy on Onesiphorus’ household. It is hypothesized that Onesiphorus is deceased and that St. Paul prays for him. Listen to the podcast to learn why do Catholics pray for the dead.
Listen to the previous episode where Fr. Rob is joined by Fr. George Elliot and they talk about the intercession of the Saints. Fr. Rob bases his discussion on St. Paul’s letter to Timothy in 1 Timothy chapter 2. He also references the book Mediation and the Immediate God: Scriptures, the Church, and Knowing God by Edith M. Humphrey. They point out how mediation between us and God is more prevalent than we realize. Without our parents mediation, or the mediation of the people who came before us, we would not know God or have any relationship with him. So, therefore, the Saints have a special mediation to God for us to aid us on our earthly journey and help to gain unity with Christ that its ultimate fulfillment will come in the life to come..
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