Did You know that a mass said for you while you are living is more powerful than a mass said for you when you are dead, teaching from the ‘Soul institute’

Most masses are offered for the dead. While it a holy and pious practice to pray for the dead that they may be released from their sins. Have you even considered that a mass said for you when you are living is more powerful than a mass said for you when you are dead?

Now objectively speaking each mass is infinite in grace and power. But subjectively, we receive the graces offered at the mass according to our faith and dispositions. It we had perfect faith, hope and love one Eucharist would make us a saint. The Church teaches that the souls in purgatory are incapable of helping themselves and growing in merit and grace. The masses said for the souls of the dead are offered so that they can be freed from anything that prevents them from going into Heaven.

However, a mass said for us when we are living can obtain an increase in grace, divine favor, spiritual and material blessing, protection from future evil.

Father Cole OP writes, “While it is important to keep in mind that Masses for the deceased do help them, one Mass offered for anyone living will have a greater efficacy for that person because in this life all are capable of freely cooperating with any grace and the graces of a Mass may even change the direction of someone’s life including one’s own. However, it may be that a particular grace of a Mass is not accepted for many years which is why one must take a long term view of supplications for loved ones still on earth. Even more, one needs to take an even longer term perspective when praying for the poor souls because we do not see what we are doing to help them. We only know by faith that we are helping them.”

One of the blessing of being a priest is the gift of offering mass for people who are very much alive. Only in Heaven will be see the blessing that were given to us by virtue of the mass. One of the reasons that parents might encourage their sons to become priest is that their sons out of gratitude to their parents will offer many masses for the intentions of his parents.

Last year at Christmas, I had masses offered this year for the 3 priests that lived with me here at St Timothy. I am now in the middle of offering masses for family and friends.

Next time you go to the Church office to have a mass said for a deceased member of your family. Remember a mass said for you when you are living is more powerful than a mass said for you when you are dead. So have a mass offered for yourself, spouse, children or friend.

5 thoughts on “Did You know that a mass said for you while you are living is more powerful than a mass said for you when you are dead, teaching from the ‘Soul institute’”

  1. Thank you Fr. Stephan,
    I am having Masses said for my wonderful boyfriend who suffers from OCD, depression & anxiety. He was laid off in September and hasn’t found work yet, his mom is not well (CHF & COPD) and we live 3 1/2 hours away from each other. It has been so difficult and I have been trying hard to move to his area to be closer. We have been seeing each other every weekend since July 17th (my birthday) but we won’t be seeing each other this weekend. He said he needed space to figure things out because of all the stress. My boyfriend told me today that he regrets asking for the space because he misses so much now. I’m so heartbroken and am praying that this experience just brings us closer together and solidifies our commitment to each other.
    All I feel is pain because we love each other dearly, and I hate being away from him. We have talked about getting married. I pray that The Holy Spirit come down upon us especially my boyfriend during this difficult time while he figures things out. I don’t want to break up, I desire healing…. May it be God’s Will.
    Can I ask for prayers for these intentions? I would love a Mass said if possible. I will pray for you and your ministry Fr. Stephan.

    God Bless you,

  2. We never even thought of having a Mass said for someone who is living. We will now have Masses said for our family members, perhaps on their birthdays and special days throughout the year. Thank you for enlightening us! God Bless You!

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