Thursday, November 02, 2006

Prayer effects changes

(There’s that pesky little kid again.)

Many thanks to Andrew Junker, journalist for the Phoenix Diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Sun, for his email interview of your servant for the November 2 article entitled “Praying for the faithful departed: Church remembers the dead on the feast of All Souls.”

Mr. Junker includes this in his piece:

For Fr. Loren Gonzalez, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Peoria, the day is also an opportunity to catechize the living, teaching them that their relationship to the dead is more than mere remembrance.

“I preach on the efficacious nature of our prayer,” he said, noting that he reminds the faithful at Mass that prayer can effect actual change.

Fr. Gonzalez treats the All Souls Day Mass as a solemnity and places a list of the names of the departed his parish has buried near the Pascal candle and baptismal font.”

Visit The Catholic Sun Online for the entire article.

9 Comments:

Blogger Sorka said...

Please, if you would be so good as to remember the soul of my mother, Charlotte, in your prayers? Thank you.

1:05 PM  
Blogger rev fr lw gonzales said...

Absolutely. Consider it done.

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI --
Your blog is mentioned in prolifeblogs. It comes up in a google search. Wonder if this article will as well.

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There have been a few times when I have purchased Mass cards at the parish office of the church. (Usually, I get them through the mail.) Afterward,I was told that the souls could not be prayed for because they did not belong to the parish -- they were from out of state.

4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was going to respond to your post but instead will comment on a comment. It is very nice of you to pray for the person one of your readers requested.

4:27 PM  
Blogger rev fr lw gonzales said...

Email me the names of those you would like to be remembered and I will offer my prayers.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good of you. Don't you think you will get about a million requests?

4:37 PM  
Blogger rev fr lw gonzales said...

I don't do enough penance. Maybe a few hours of prayer on my knees will suffice as atonement for my sinfulness.

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget the hours on your knees. Why don't you just "offer up" the things that you must do that really get your goat. (Disclaimer: No offence intended if you have a goat.)

6:26 AM  

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