[quote=quintessential5]Hmmm…I’m not sure where you’re going with this…
I apologize for the tardiness of my post. However, a recent visit to Beirut has reminded me of the brevity, as well as the limit of human existence.
In my opinion, there is no sin regarding prayers to the dead. And no sin in optimism. Hope this clarifies, at least somewhat, where I went with this… in sum I fall upon the warning of St Athanasius: ( Dear Lord, I hope I’m not embarrassing myself by quoting the wrong saint!!!)" one cannot limit the mercy of God."
Regardless of this, it is important to be honest here . Truthfully, Quintessential5, I blurted out the first thing that came to mind, and did not actually use the brain God gave me. It is a serious fault; if you look at my previous posts, you can readily see that I am prone to hot-headedness and careless words, especially when my passions rob my good sense. I work to try to correct this.
But I hope that many whom I knew and loved are either Home, or on their way There, and it hurts a bit to think that God might be angry at me for opportunistic optimism…and yet, still I hope…
I don’t think it is bad to pray in hope…for me, for them. As Dr Colossus said, all prayers go, ultimately, to God .
Most respectfully, and kindest regards,