Our Faithful Departed

Our Faithful Departed

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When someone we love passes away, it can be difficult to see past our sorrow and realize that they are still with us.

The funeral liturgy does, however, state that "life is changed, not ended." Theologian Leonard J. DeLorenzo from the University of Notre Dame explains what this implies and how we are obligated to continue being faithful in our interactions with the deceased in his book Our Faithful Departed.

DeLorenzo writes, “Those whom we have known and loved in this life we have only known and loved partially, imperfectly,” 

He emphasizes that according to Catholic teaching, heaven is more of a perfect communion in Christ where the living and the dead are eternally linked than it is a physical location.

You'll learn from this book that: 

  • St. Teresa of Calcutta thought of her own life as a practice for heaven;
  • the Eucharist is a prayer for the dead, an offering brought to the altar;
  • Día de los Muertos is an understanding that death is not the opposite of life, but part of it;
  • Christ wants us to broaden and deepen our notions of the body;
  • we can practice communion with the dead by praying for them, remembering them by name during the Mass, sharing memories of them, and celebrating them in devotional practices.

According to DeLorenzo, the Church should promote connection with the deceased by open acts like Eucharistic processions, prayer, monthly adoration with petitions for the souls in purgatory, and by tenderly and compassionately supporting the mourning.

Paperback, 160 pages

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