Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord

IMG_2608It’s in Sacred Scripture (2 Maccabees 12:46); it’s in Sacred Tradition (see Catechism, 1032); it’s a spiritual work of mercy (praying for the living and the dead) and, by extension, a corporal work of mercy (burying the dead). Today, the Church highlights the importance of this teaching which is constantly repeated. Perhaps the most beautiful reason for this custom of remembering and praying for the dead is that, in the words of the Song of Songs (8:6) “Love is as stern as death” (understood to mean that love is a force equal in power to death, and which death cannot destroy). Since we love those who have gone before us “marked with the sign of faith”, we want to speed them on their journey to the Home of our Father, and, once there, they are compelled by that same union of love to aid us on our own journey. Continue reading “Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord”