In Catholicism we speak of praying to “save souls”. “Say many rosaries to save souls”.
I ask by what mechanism are they saved? Is it simply unearned merit attributed to the soul that was prayed for? In other words, if I spend my life praying for an indivual I believe is living a life conrary to Gods will, and my prayers are well received by God, might God elect to pardon this individual soul at the time of death?
If this is correct, I wonder about the similiar person who happens to have nobody to pray for them. Isn’t there an element of lack of fairness, or luck of circumstance involved?
I must not be thinking about this correctly.