Lumen Gentium 49

What the Church teaches on the role of and our relationship with the dead:

Until the Lord shall come in His majesty, and all the angels with Him (Cf. Mt. 25, 31.) and death being destroyed, all things are subject to Him,(Cf. 1 Cor. 15, 26-27.) some of His disciples are exiles on earth, some having died are purified, and others are in glory beholding “clearly God Himself triune and one, as He is”;(Conc. Florentinum, Decretum pro Graecis: Denz. 693 (1305).) but all in various ways and degrees are in communion in the same charity of God and neighbor and all sing the same hymn of glory to our God. For all who are in Christ, having His Spirit, form one Church and cleave together in Him.(Cf. Eph. 4, 16.) Therefore the union of the wayfarers with the (believers) who have gone to sleep in the peace of Christ is not in the least weakened or interrupted, but on the contrary, according to the perpetual faith of the Church, is strengthened by communication of spiritual goods.(Praeter documenta antiquiora contra quamlibet formam evocationis spirituum inde ab Alexandro IV (27 sept. 1958), cfr Encycl. S.S.C.S. Officii, De magne tismi abusu, 4 aug. 1856: AAS (1865) pp. 177-178, Denz. 1653 1654 (2823-2825); responsioner S.S.C.S. Offici, 24 apr. 1917: 9 (1917) p. 268, Denz. 218 (3642).) For by reason of the fact that those in heaven are more closely united with Christ, they establish the whole Church more firmly in holiness, lend nobility to the worship which the Church offers to God here on earth and in many ways contribute to its greater edification.(Cf. 1 Cor. 12, 12-27.)(Videatur synthetiea espositi huius doctrinae paulinae in: Piu XII, Litt. Encycl. Mystici Corporis AAS 35 (1943) p. 200 et passilr) For after they have been received into their heavenly home and are present to the Lord,(Cf. 2 Cor. 5, 8.) through Him and with Him and in Him they do not cease to intercede with the Father for us,(Cfr., i. a., S. Augustinus, Enarr. in Ps. 85, 24: PL 37, 1095 S. Hieronymus, Liber contra Vigl lantium, b: PL 23, 344. S. Thomas In 4m Sent., d. 45, q. 3, a. 2. Bonaventura, In 4m Sent., d. 45, a. 3, q. 2; etc.) showing forth the merits which they won on earth through the one Mediator between God and (humankind),(Cf. 1 Tim. 2, 5.) serving God in all things and filling up in their flesh those things which are lacking of the sufferings of Christ for His Body which is the Church.(Cf. Col. 1, 24.)(Cfr. Pius XII, Litt. Encycl. Mystici Corporis: AAS 35 (1943) p. 245.) Thus by their … interest our weakness is greatly strengthened.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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