Question: Why do Catholics pray for the dead?

Man praying with eyes closed, leaning on his hands

I’m sure you’ve seen it—any time there is a national tragedy or terrible event, people of faith on social media post their prayers and get responses such as: “Don’t pray, do something!” The people who respond this way see prayer as a cop-out, an excuse for not doing anything. This can be really hurtful to the people posting prayers, since they see themselves as having the same goal as others: to right the wrong.


"The glory of God is man fully alive." -St. Irenaeus

God didn't create us to be slaves or sleepwalkers; he created us to be free and fully alive. This is a prayer for the grace to live and love as God intends.

To live a well-ordered life so that my love may be wild; Lord, grant me the grace.

"40 Days 40 Chaplets" and Divine Mercy Jesus image

 Will you join us in praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day this Lent?

St. Francis, pray for us!
CatholicTV Webathon Novena: Day 1

Thank you for dedicating nine days of your Lenten journey to the CatholicTV Webathon Novena. Today, Day 1 of the Novena, we ask Saint Francis of Assisi to pray for us.

open Bible

This week in our blog series on prayer, we will look at lectio divina, an ancient form of prayer whose name translates literally to “divine reading.” In lectio divina, we pray with scripture and come to know God through what is truly his living Word.