Friday, November 02, 2007

"Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed..." (Wisdom 3)

I therefore encourage Catholics to pray fervently for the dead, for their family members and for all our brothers and sisters who have died, that they may obtain the remission of the punishments due to their sins and may hear the Lord’s call: “Come, O my dear soul, to eternal repose in the arms of my goodness, which has prepared eternal delights for you” (Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life, 17, 4).

From the Vatican, 2 June 1998, Ionnes Paulus PP. II

Eternal rest grant on to them o Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.