I figured this topic was probably covered many times before so before posting I did a search but came up empty.
God, is outside time. We are instructed to pray to save souls. Most notably I think of our Blessed Mother instructing the children of Fatima to pray many rosaries to save souls.
If our prayer can assist in saving the soul of a living person (assuming I am interpreting Mary’s request properly), and God is outside time, can I pray for a soul of a loved one with hope that my prayer, in the present, assited the loved one, in the past?
Love to hear thoughts on this and particularily any theological evidences or Catholic teachings to either support or deny this.