loved. Through our prayers and suffrages we pay in some measure our debt of gratitude to them for all the good things they said and did to us.
The dead and we are bound together by a multiplicity of close bonds: bonds of justice, love, gratitude and blood relationship. They are all our people, and our love and sense of duty do not permit us to ignore them. We do well to be generous in helping them through our prayers and sacrifices, and let us be sure: what is given to them will come back to us hundredfold.
Remembering, reflecting on and praying for the deceased bring relief to those beloved souls. Such remembrance brings benefit also to ourselves, because it helps us avoid sin and do good. Moreover, it brings glory to God, for heaven will be opened to a multitude of the faithful departed who will sing the praises of God for all eternity.
The Book of Wisdom affirms that the souls of the just are under the protection of God. Persecutions and torments inflicted by the wicked cannot touch them. In their death the just have arrived at true peace which is not only the absence of all evil but also the delight in all what is good in the intimacy of God (Wis 3:7-9). The faithful will remain forever in the presence of God whose intimacy with them will never end. As St Paul says, in Christ we have the certainty of the love of God.
The reality of life as we see it often does not lead us to optimism. Yet the basis of the experience of the Christian is solid: in the uncertainties of life he/she resists in all andagainst all because God loves him/her.