Praying for those who have died is a spiritual work of mercy

Before the Cross - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's Column

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Archbishop Robert Carlson
Catholic Christians always have believed in the importance of praying for those who have died. We call this a spiritual work of mercy. We also believe that the dead pray for us -- that they intercede for us as advocates. This means, of course, that we believe there is a real relationship that continues to exist between the living and the dead. And like all personal relationships, we believe that our connection (communion) with those who have died is nourished and strengthened by personal, and sometimes intimate, communication.

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