The seventh spiritual work of mercy: ‘pray for the living and the dead’

The seventh and last Spiritual Work of Mercy urges us to “Pray for the Living and the Dead.”

The truth is, I haven’t quite figured out exactly how praying for someone or something works. I believe it does, but I’m not quite sure how.

I know from my own experience, and what lots of people have told me, that prayer makes a difference. “I could feel all those people praying for me,” is what people often say as they look back on difficult or painful situations.

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