Week-end Q and A

Ask me questions about my theology writings, or general questions on any topic in theology. Post you question in the comments section. Be brief.

This is not an opportunity for debate. If you think you already know the answer, then don’t ask me just to start an argument. Ask questions to find the answers.

Ron Conte

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9 Responses to Week-end Q and A

  1. TerryC says:

    Is it possible to pray for the conversion of someone already dead? Since God is outside of time, could He take into account my “future” prayers for the conversion a soul while he is still alive on earth and help at the time of his death?

    • Ron Conte says:

      Yes, God can take into account your prayers in the present time, and apply them to someone in a past time. In other words, in that past time, God knew of your prayers in the future, and He applies the benefits of those prayers. Similarly, the graces that Jesus obtained on the Cross are distributed throughout time, even to persons who lived and died before Christ.

  2. TerryC says:

    Thanks for that reassurance Ron, you understood perfectly my question. Since my return to the Church I have had a strong calling to pray for certain dead family members and their conversion as well as for my family in general down through the generations…and of course my current (living) family members too. It seemed strange at first and yet…not, that somehow this was important.

  3. Matt says:

    According to Father Corapi, he stated that if he was on a plane, and the plane was crashing, as a priest he can absolve the sins of all the passengers on the plane, and save them from the Hell. Now, if one or more passengers on the plane is unrepentant of mortal sin, how is it possible that a priest can simply absolve you from your sins without you having contrition?

    • Ron Conte says:

      A person must be baptized to receive the Sacrament of Confession. And a person must also have at least imperfect contrition. It is possible, in dire circumstances, to give general absolution to a group of persons. But they must be baptized Christians who are repentant from any and all actual mortal sins.

  4. King Robert the Bruce says:

    I read an account of padre pio doing the same thing praying for one of his grand parents and he was praying for them at the hour of theyre death and he said the same thing as you ron he said god takes all prayers into account and used them to help his grand parents even though they died a long time before he prayed for them

  5. emlcosta says:

    Hi Ron,
    I have many friends who are not Catholic. I wonder if I should argue with them to convert to the one true Church or I just should incentive them to do virtuous things. Do you have some tips to give about how to identify false teachings about Church doctrine? In my country, Angola / Africa, we have natural marriage before sacramental marriage. Once natural marriage is done, the spouses are “required” to live together. I wonder if this is sinful. I mean, should they wait for sacramental marriage before live together?

    Thanks in advance

    sincerely,

    Emanuel

    • Ron Conte says:

      We convert others by prayer, self-denial, works of mercy, by the example of our lives, primarily. You should take an opportunity, now and then, to talk to your friends about Catholicism, when the subject arises. You can’t argue someone into having faith.

      We recognize false teachings by learning the true teachings of the Church.

      Two baptized Christians cannot have a natural only marriage. It is the Sacrament of Marriage, or it is fornication. Two baptized Christians cannot have sexual relations before they are married in the religious wedding ceremony of the Church (typically in a parish church before a priest). So what you describe is not natural marriage before Sacramental Marriage, but the grave sin of sex before marriage.

  6. emlcosta says:

    Thanks a lot. I will keep you on my prayers.

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