April 29, 2019

Why Pray for Grandma Jones?

In your August 2018 column, you wrote that God does not have a vast, eternal plan that Grandma Jones had successful heart surgery last month. OK, why do I pray for her or anyone else?

You prayed before her surgery because this expresses Jesus’ compassion and causes you to relate to Grandma Jones in a way that God certainly approves.

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Where Do Prayers Go?

If you are praying for someone who may have gone to hell, where do those prayers go? Should you keep praying for them even though you don’t really know where anyone goes? Only God knows for sure.

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Pope Francis on Mary’s ‘Yes’

Mary first conceived Jesus in faith and then in the flesh, when she said “yes” to the message God gave her through the angel. What does this mean? It means that God did not want to become man by bypassing our freedom; he wanted to pass through Mary’s free assent, through her “yes.” He asked her: “Are you prepared to do this?” And she replied: “Yes.”

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