31 October 2011

Running/Praying for Souls



May the souls of the dead see the light...
Walking on the way home from my afternoon jog, I saw a family place a lighted candle in front of their gate. I am not sure, but I presume it has to do with the upcoming All Souls Day. When I got home, I did the same. I got a candle, went outside, and lighted it up.

There's a long religious debate on whether or not we should pray for/to the dead or not. There is also a long religious debate on whether or not purgatory exists, but I don't want to go into that. All religions can spend all the time that they want debating about dogma.

But for me, it makes sense praying for the dead. I don't know why, I am not sure either. I remember  attending a requiem mass sometime ago. The religious leader said:  "the dead cannot pray for their own souls, they need us, the living -- to pray for them."

I believed him. "They need us. They need us to pray for them." Tumatak yon sa utak ko.  Kailangan din nila ng moral support. The soul journeys from this world to the next. May transition na nagaganap. Endeavor. I think prayers serve as their moral/spiritual booster para makatawid sila sa next life (sa finish line?).

Parang pagtakbo din yan, kailangan mo ng someone na maniniwala sayo na KAYA MO. Kahit isang tao lang, sapat na. It just takes one person to wish and pray for your good luck and it already means a lot.

I dedicate this afternoon's run to the faithful departed, -- to the souls of those "nauna na."

Eternal rest, grant to them, God. Let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

7 comments:

khantotantra said...

true....

Kailangan mo ng someone na maniniwala sayo na KAYA MO. Kahit isang tao lang, sapat na. Just one person to wish you good luck already means a lot.


it really means a lot when having someone believe in you.

rah said...

@khant, kaya siguro yung mga ibang kaluluwa, hindi maka takbo sa finish line. In the first place, hindi sila motivated. Hindi sila maka move on sa tamang landas.

gillboard said...

i pray for the dead because yun na yung nakalakihan ko.

and alam ko diba usually yung kandila ginagawa lang pag nov 1.

ganun kasi kami sa bahay. 1 candle per family member who passed away.

krn said...

You're right. Parang inevitable practice na. But for me, I pray for dead and alive people, both. ;)

s said...

hello atorni!

ako naman as a catholic

naniniwala ako sa prayers for the dead

sa katoliko kasi pisikal na katawan lang ang namamatay

pero ang kaluluwa ay buhay na buhay

at haharap sa paghuhukom

kaya need nila ng prayers

here is my reference

http://thesplendorofthechurch.blogspot.com/search/label/Judgment%20on%20the%20Living%20and%20the%20Dead

regarding purgatory

it's a spanish word

di yan mababasa sa bibliya na tagalog or english. spanish translation ang dapat basahin para mabasa yan ng kung sino man ang naghahanap ng word na yan sa bible. hehehe :)

rah said...

@S grabe sterndal nakakabilib naman ung knowledge mo sa catholic religion :)

thanks sa pagdalaw :D

cseamush said...

mas cool pag "run for the souls" talaga, wala pa ata gumagawa nun?

yung tipong may dala dapat lahat na kandila while running..at night. =)