Please Don’t Assume, Pray for the Dead!

I am guilty of not praying for my dead loved ones. I need to start doing it every night like I did when they first died. I rely on the grace and mercy of God to deliver my father and grandparents from Purgatory in His time, not mine.

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David Bowie. Alan Rickman. Robert Loggia. Maureen O’Hara. Over the last couple of months a number of celebrities have died. A lot of ink has been spilled and digital paper run off expressing the sorrow of their passing and how some of their deaths mark the end of era (which is true!).  In that same vein, though, it’s been interesting watching the social media feeds and reading how these people and their contributions to society have affected individuals’ lives, actually having done so or otherwise. Seeing it more in the “Facebook” arena rather than professional publications, curiously I read again and again how people say such things about deceased celebrities or family members as, “He’s in a better place now,” or, “Heaven got another good one…” As a Catholic priest, I note these sentiments quite often, more so with family or friends who mourn the…

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About Jeffrey Owens

Not much to tell. I am married and have a daughter and a grandson. I am an aspiring writer. I am a devout Pentecostal. I love football, NHRA professional drag racing, baseball and sometimes hockey. I sing and play guitar and write songs.
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