How we are in communion with our dearly departed?

How we are in communion with our dearly departed?

Uploaded on Dec 8, 2006

www.catholictelevision.org An excerpt from the Catholic television program ‘The One True Faith’. Death does not put an end to life with loved ones in Christ. It actually enhances Life. Find out about one of the most beautiful teachings of Catholicism as host Michael Voris reveals how we are in communion with our dearly departed — sometimes without even being aware of it. To purchase this episode, visithttp://www.CatholicTelevision.org

Death does not put an end to life with loved ones in Christ. It actually enhances Life. Find out about one of the most beautiful teachings of Catholicism as host Michael Voris reveals how we are in communion with our dearly departed – sometimes without even being aware of it. “What is the Church if not the assembly of all the saints? The communion of saints is the Church” (CCC: 945). “Being more closely united to Christ, those who dwell in heaven fix the whole Church more firmly in holiness… They do not cease to intercede with the Father for us, as they proffer the merits which they acquired on earth through the one mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus…. So by their fraternal concern is our weakness greatly helped” (CCC: 956). “In full consciousness of this communion of the whole Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, the Church in its pilgrim members, from the very earliest days of Christian religion, has honored with great respect the memory of the dead; and because it is a holy and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins she offers her suffrages for them (2 Macc 12:45). Our prayer for them is capable not only of helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective” (CCC: 958).

Pope Francis on the communion of saints

Published on Oct 30, 2013

Pope Francis discussed the communion of saints during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square October 30.

Catechism (The Communion of Saints)

Published on Sep 29, 2012

Hector Molina – The Biblical Basis for the Communion of Saints

Published on Mar 4, 2014

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Why do Catholics pray to Mary and the Saints when the Bible clearly teaches that “there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5)? Open your Bibles and follow Hector as he teaches how to convincingly refute this most common objection and establish a biblical case for the communion of saints.

Hector Molina is the newest addition to the Catholic Answers team and our first bilingual apologist and speaker. With more than twenty years of experience in professional pastoral ministry and evangelization, his passion for sharing the truth of the Catholic faith makes him ideal for the job.

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No Apologies #19 – Communion of Saints

Uploaded on Apr 9, 2008

Seeking the intercession of the Saints in Heaven is 100% Scriptural.

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What is purgatory? Purgatory  is the state of those who die in God’s friendship, assured of their eternal salvation, but who still have need of purification to enter the happiness of heaven (CCC: 1030-1031, 1054).

How can we help the souls being purified in purgatory? Because of the communion of saints, the faithful who are still pilgrims on earth are able to help the souls in purgatory by offering prayers in suffrage for them, especially the Eucharistic sacrifice. They also help them by almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance (CCC: 1032).

In what does hell consist? Hell consists in the eternal damnation of those who die in mortal sin through their own free choice. The principal suffering of hell is eternal separation from God in whom alone we can have the life and happiness for which we were created and for which we long Christ proclaimed this reality with the words, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire” (Matthew 25:41; CCC: 1033-1035, 1056-1057).

Death does not put an end to life with loved ones in Christ. It actually enhances Life. “What is the Church if not the assembly of all the saints? The communion of saints is the Church” (CCC: 945). “Being more closely united to Christ, those who dwell in heaven fix the whole Church more firmly in holiness… They do not cease to intercede with the Father for us, as they proffer the merits which they acquired on earth through the one mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus…. So by their fraternal concern is our weakness greatly helped” (CCC: 956). “In full consciousness of this communion of the whole Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, the Church in its pilgrim members, from the very earliest days of Christian religion, has honored with great respect the memory of the dead; and because it is a holy and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins she offers her suffrages for them (2 Macc 12:45). Our prayer for them is capable not only of helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective” (CCC: 958).