Saturday, May 21, 2011

Praying for bin Laden

Is it alright to now "pray" for bin Laden?

The mass this Sunday, May 22, at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in West Palm Beach, Fla., will be offered on behalf of five people. Only one of them is a recently deceased head of a global terrorist network.

Parishioner Henry Borga requested the Mass intention on behalf of one Osama bin Laden. It is a long-standing tradition in the Catholic Church to offer Masses for souls in purgatory or to remember someone who has died or to honor someone still living. Borga told a local television channel that he placed the request for bin Laden because "he needs forgiveness and compassion from God." ....

Time Mag article

Just for starters ... once a person is dead ... it's over. It is ridiculous to pray for an already dead person. Their life choices have been made ... it's over ... they stand before Holy God in judgment for their lives. Thinking that praying for a dead person is going to have any effect whatsoever on their eternal condition is pure superstition.

Next point. If you want to pray for someone associated with bin Laden ... then pray for the surviving families of the multiple thousands killed under this mad man's watch.

Find out and pray for each family by name, and each member of each family ... by name. The 3,000 or so killed on 9/11 would be a good starting place. There are many other thousands you can find as well after the first 3,000.

bin Laden left those he slaughtered without a prayer. To pray for him before earnestly praying for those he victimized would be the epitome of spiritual stupidity.


xtnyoda, shalomed

H/T Jeremy!



Blogger Prime said...

Jesus may have said to love thy enemies, but he didn't say love thy dead enemies.

I have enough problems with the first part as it is.

5:55 PM  

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